Mark Egan

Mark Egan

President

Mark Egan is a partner at StrataFusion Group, Inc. and has more than 25 years of information technology experience, with expertise in IT transformation, information security, and mergers & acquisitions...

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Pamela Vaughan

Pamela Vaughan

Secretary

Pamela Vaughan is a business focused, high energy, proactive IT Executive. Her first CIO role was 19 years ago with Hub Group Distribution Services, a third party logistics provider and four time Inc. 500 company during her tenure...

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Shobhana Ahluwalia

Shobhana Ahluwalia

Treasurer

Shobhana Ahluwalia is Head of Information Technology for Uber. Prior to joining Uber, Shobhana served as Vice President of Information Technology at Rocket Fuel, where she created and scaled a global IT team to support...

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Jim Cates

Jim Cates

Member at Large

James E. Cates is the President and Founder, LOBI Group, LLC and believes that leadership has basically three dimensions: attitude, aptitude and efficacy. He has developed a framework for applying this approach to any...

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Sunny Azadeh

Sunny Azadeh

Member at Large

Entrepreneur and experienced Information Technology executive with solid industry experience in Semiconductor and Software verticals. Successful track record of building the technology & infrastructure for...

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Mark Egan

Mark Egan

Mark Egan is a partner at StrataFusion Group, Inc. and has more than 25 years of information technology experience, with expertise in IT transformation, information security, and mergers & acquisitions. His extensive experience includes managing global IT organizations with over 1,200 employees, budgets in excess of $350 million, and IT integration for over 60 mergers and acquisitions. Mark has been repeatedly recognized for his leadership and success in scaling IT organizations to support rapid growth companies.

Experience

Prior to joining StrataFusion, Mark was a CIO at VMware where he led the company from a server virtualization vendor with $2 billion in revenue to a $5 billion market leader of cloud solutions. During his 6 years as CIO at Symantec, Mark's leadership in IT was instrumental in supporting the company's transformation from $600 million consumer software publisher to a $5 billion market leader of enterprise security solutions. He held senior level positions with companies in a variety of industries, including Sun Microsystems, Price Waterhouse, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Mark is author of Executive Guide to Information Security: Threats, Challenges, and Solutions and was a contributing author of CIO Wisdom, CIO Perspectives, and CIO's Body of Knowledge. He is the founder of the CIO Development Program that mentors aspiring CIO's and president of the CISE Education Fund that raises money for underprivileged students to pursue technology degrees.

Education

Mark holds a master's degree in finance and international business from University of San Diego and a bachelor's degree in computer sciences from University of Clarion. Mark developed and taught a graduate class, "Building Business Value through IT Innovation," at the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley.

Pamela Vaughan

Pamela Vaughan

Pamela Vaughan is a business focused, high energy, proactive IT Executive. Her first CIO role was 19 years ago with Hub Group Distribution Services, a third party logistics provider and four time Inc. 500 company during her tenure. Pamela has also held IT executive positions with Ariat International, The SAK, American Century Investments and The Dialog Corporation. In 2009, she became a Partner at the Office of the CIO. Pamela is now the President and CEO at Advance Management, a management consulting business providing interim CIO and project management services.

Pamela is a contributing author of "CIO Perspectives" and "The Chief Information Officer's Body Of Knowledge: People, Process, and Technology" books covering best practices from Silicon Valley's leading CIO's. She is an active member of the Consortium of Information Systems Executives and is on the board of the CISE Education Fund. Pamela was a founding member of the Office of the CIO, the former Chairperson of the Northern California IBM Cognos User Group, and the membership chair for the San Francisco Bay Area Society of Information Management.

Pamela works with under-performing IT departments and high growth companies by transforming them into strategic high performance teams that are focused and aligned with corporate goals. She is experienced implementing Information Technology Portfolio Management as the common-sense approach to aligning, prioritizing, selecting, and managing IT investments to ensure optimum alignment with and contribution to the organization's goals. Pamela excels in leading the ERP selection, implementation and support of SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Microsoft and Workday. She is experienced at implementing Business Intelligence solutions providing a "single version of the truth" and significant improvement and efficiency in reporting and analysis enhancing companies' growth and profitability.

Pamela holds both an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree, in Applied Statistics and Computing, from the University of Wales.

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Shobhana Ahluwalia

Shobhana Ahluwalia is Head of Information Technology for Uber. Prior to joining Uber, Shobhana served as Vice President of Information Technology at Rocket Fuel, where she created and scaled a global IT team to support Rocket Fuel’s rapid business growth. Until 2013, Shobhana held various roles at CBS, including the Vice President of Enterprise Resource Planning and IT at CBS, where she led internal technology for all 10 of CBS’s business units including Network, CBS Studios, and Simon & Schuster.

In her current role, Shobhana is responsible for a global organization that provides IT operations and services support for an exploding business. She leads both the strategic and tactical support for Uber worldwide corporate infrastructure components, network and telecommunications, enterprise applications, endpoints and a 24×7 internal service desk.

Shobhana holds an MBA with a double major in Strategy and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Computer Science in Engineering.

Fun facts: Proudest accomplishment: I trained for and completed a marathon to raise much­needed funds for Asha for Education, a charity focused on educating underprivileged children in India. Surprising fact about you: I am a closet fan of the 80’s sitcoms "The Golden Girls" and "Full House".

Jim Cates

Jim Cates

James E. Cates is the President and Founder, LOBI Group, LLC and believes that leadership has basically three dimensions: attitude, aptitude and efficacy. He has developed a framework for applying this approach to any business task. He founded LOBI, which stands for Ladder of Business Intelligence (BI), a consulting services firm where he is developing management-training modules using his techniques.

Jim draws on more than 30 years of executive leadership (CIO / VP) in software development, IT deployment and corporate management in leading companies including Altera, Brocade, Synopsys, Silicon Graphics and IBM. He has served on the Ohio State University Engineering Computer Science and Engineering Advisory Board for over 25 years. He also serves on the Arts and Sciences Advisory Board of the Ohio Northern University.

He holds an MS in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University Engineering College. He is a recipient of Ohio State's Distinguished Alumnus Award from the college of Engineering.

Jim believes that all American youth who desire to attend college and have the academic ability and commitment to attend college should be able to go. This is the only way the US will retain its ability to compete at the highest economic level in world. He is excited to help CISE contribute to that goal by serving on the BOD.

Author:

Jim has co-authored two books: CIO Wisdom and Climbing the Ladder of Business Intelligence.

Community Activities:

  1. Past Chairman of the Board for the Glow Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps high school juniors and seniors in the Bay Area and the state of CA, who are academically gifted but financially challenged, get into college. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Governance Committee on the board of the GLOW Foundation.
  2. Current member of the board of the CISE Education Fund- a non-profit organization that helps fund students to get into college.

Sunny Azadeh

Sunny Azadeh

Entrepreneur and experienced Information Technology executive with solid industry experience in Semiconductor and Software verticals. Successful track record of building the technology & infrastructure for during startup, turn around, IPO, and merger & acquisition.

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