CXO Advisory Board

The Sierra Ventures’ CXO Advisory Board is an invitation-only group of leading CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, CMOs,
COOs, CISOs and other tech-savvy Global 1000 executives across a variety of industries and geographies.


Watch the Sierra Ventures’ CXO Summit 10 highlights, recapping the event and value to entrepreneurs and CXO Advisors. All Advisors are invited to participate in the CXO Summit, an invitation-only executive event.


The CXO Advisors:

  • Influence Sierra Ventures’ strategic investment decisions
  • Receive exposure to emerging technologies expected to impact the enterprise
  • Provide direction on what large enterprises expect from these new technologies, and emerging solutions
  • Meet regularly throughout the year to discuss business innovation, key trends and insights


pinterest-videoWatch CXO Speaker Series:
Raj Patel, Head of Cloud Engineering at Pinterest


Raj discusses internet-sale cloud infrastructure and the challenges of managing complexities of infrastructure… people, culture, and services for Pinterest, a catalog of ideas 100 million people use to plan their everyday lives. All of that activity is helping to build the worlds largest discovery engine.


Andrew WilsonChief Information OfficerAccenture

Martin LeachVP R&D ITAlexion

Steve SchmidtVP & Chief Information Security Officer Amazon Web Services

Ryan RathmanSenior Vice President, Technology Partnership DevelopmentBank of America Merrill Lynch

Andi KaraboutisEVP, Technology & Business SolutionsBiogen

Charly PaelinckCIO & CTOCaesars Entertainment

Ken JohnsenCIOCaterpillar

Richard WilliamsSVP and Chief Information OfficerCelgene

Bill BradleyCIOCenturyLink

Keith SchlosserEVP & CIO, InternationalChubb International

Motti FinkelsteinCTO - Americas & Global Strategy PlanningCiti

Ed SteinikeChief Technology Officer and Vice PresidentCoca-Cola Company

Esat SezerChief Information Officer and Senior Vice PresidentCoca-Cola Enterprises

“We’ve started to take more of an ownership role in the innovation process. We’re bringing a portfolio of new ideas to the business.”

Paul ObermeyerExecutive Vice President and Chief Information OfficerComerica Bank

Gregory MorrisonChief Information Officer and Senior Vice President Cox Enterprises

Donald FergusonVP, CTO SoftwareDell

Frank PalaseSenior Vice President Strategy and InnovationDirecTV

Bill MaguireChief Information OfficerDoosan

Philip PotloffCOO &

Patrick NaefDivisional Senior Vice President Information TechnologyEmirates Group

Patrick Naef is Divisional SVP IT of Dubai-based Emirates Airline & Group. The group comprises of Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers and 60 group companies. Patrick is responsible for providing business technology solutions and systems to support the daily global operations and future growth plans of the group and its subsidiary companies.

Dave WebbChief Information OfficerEquifax

“Sierra gives us unsurpassed opportunity to network across so many dimensions. The firm is remarkably connected to the leaders of some of the most important technology companies in the world, and the exposure to emerging companies creates an opportunity to think differently about how to solve some of the most complex challenges we face.”

Barry LibensonGlobal CIOExperian

Tim CamposChief Information OfficerFacebook

“The CIO Board is the best way for me to keep a pulse on cutting edge companies. Sierra is in a unique position to connect my peers and me to smart, current innovators--and I also get the opportunity to help influence new products.”

Josh JewettChief Information Officer and Senior Vice PresidentFamily Dollar Stores

Tony YoungCIOGoPro

Debra RobinsonSVP, CIOHearst


Ashwin RanganChief Innovation and Information OfficerICANN

Steve MillsGlobal CIOiHeartMedia

Mark SettleChief Information OfficerIHS

Patricia A. HatterChief Information Officer, Intel Security Group General ManagerIntel Security

Visionary operations and IT change agent who designs and deploys strategies for global companies that accelerate revenue, market position and profitability. A proficient profit and loss manager and executive leader of sales, partner experience, operations and IT organizations. Drives large scale transformation by developing and implementing creative strategies that boost productivity, speed to new capabilities, employee engagement and customer equity.

Daniel ZelemVP & CTOJohnson & Johnson

Jennifer SepullVP ITS & CIOKimberly-Clark

Dr. Ashwin BallalChief Information Officer and Vice PresidentKLA Tencor

Mike RobinsonExecutive Vice President, Digital Technology, Customer Experience and Site

Srini KoushikChief Technology OfficerMagellan Health

Randall SprattExecutive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology OfficerMcKesson

“If you’ve chosen the right VC to partner with, chances are, they know the industry well enough to give you the perspective you lack. They can help you find that diamond in the rough that will become your next strategic partner or vendor.”

Clark GolestaniChief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Merck Research Labs ITMerck

“I have come across some really valuable technologies from startup companies through the introductions made by the Sierra team. It would both be very hard to come across these companies and for the startups to get exposure if it was not for the CIO Board.”

John BollenSVP & CDOMGM Resorts

Rick HopferChief Information OfficerMolina Healthcare

“Sierra is constantly assessing the market for technology trends and entrepreneur companies that will offer enterprises transformational opportunities. As a CIO Board member, being part of their network is like having an entire team of researchers available to you as an extension of your team.”

James SwansonChief Information OfficerMonsanto

Tsvi GalChief Technology OfficerMorgan Stanley

Cynthia StoddardSVP & CIONetApp

Aijaz TobaccowallaVP & CIORegeneron Pharmaceuticals

Mark ShowersChief Information Officer and Executive Vice PresidentReinsurance Group of America

Bill SchloughSVP & CIOSan Francisco Giants

Johnna MarcusCDO, Senior DirectorSephora

Michael IsraelSVP & CIOSix Flags Theme Park

Gary BaumgartnerCorporate VPSmart & Final

David BuckholtzSenior Vice President, Corporate Information TechnologySony Pictures

Ken VennerCIOSpacex

Gerri Martin-FlickingerCTOStarbucks

Sonja Chirico IndredoCIO, SVP ITStatoil

Matt PancinoCEO & CIOSuncorp

Milo SpragueChief Technology OfficerSVB Financial Group

Hugh BradlowChief Technology OfficerTelstra

“Through Sierra, I gain exposure to new companies that are going to shape our world. Industry insiders never seem to see the disruptions coming at them--but engaging with young companies gives us a radically different view of the world and better equips us for change.”

Jay VijayanCIOTesla

Kalyan RamanCTOThe Nielsen Company

Dave BarnesSenior Vice President, Chief Information and Global Business Service OfficerUPS

Robert UrwilerCIOVail Resorts

Bask IyerSVP & CIOVMware

Jamie VorisCTOWalt Disney Studios

David ThompsonChief Information Officer, Executive Vice President, Global Operations and TechnologyWestern Union

Dave Webb
CIO, Equifax

“There is a great deal of noise in emerging technologies, and a real need to understand what new opportunities are truly being created.”

Dave Webb
CIO, Equifax

“The CXO Board is the best way for me to keep a pulse on cutting edge companies.”

Tim Campos
CIO, Facebook

Tim Campos
CIO, Facebook
Hugh Bradlow
Chief Scientist, Telstra

“Through Sierra, I gain exposure to new companies that are going to shape our world.”

Hugh Bradlow
Chief Scientist, Telstra

“I have come across some really valuable technologies from startup companies through the introductions made by the Sierra team.”

Clark Golestani
CIO, Merck

Clark Golestani
CIO, Merck

"I have come across some really valuable technologies from startup companies through the introductions made by the Sierra team."

Michael Israel
CIO, Six Flags Entertainment

Michael Israel
CIO, Six Flags Entertainment
James Swanson
CIO, Monsanto

"The Advisory Board gives insights to those companies on how to make their products more effective for a business, also give them insights on how to grow their business in a way that would have high value."

James Swanson
CIO, Monsanto

"Our Advisory role is to be able to think about where technology is headed to help our business grow into the future. Things are so vibrant and dynamic now, I’m not sure how to do it without having a pulse on the startup community."

Mark Showers
SVP & CIO, Reinsurance Group of America

Mark Showers
SVP & CIO, Reinsurance Group of America
Ashwin Ballal
CIO, KLA Tencor

"The advisors are an elite group of folks that share best known practices, who get to interact with the Sierra partners and find out what they are thinking about."

Ashwin Ballal
CIO, KLA Tencor