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.

Learn About CXO Summit 2017


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



Mike Brady, CTO, AIG
David Tsao, CISO, Veeva


– Machine Learning (ML) and Public Cloud transforming business and IT processes
– Addressing security and compliance risks in public cloud

Anil Earla, Head of Info & Data Analytics, VISA
Adelyn Zhou, CMO, Topbots
Adam Carmi, CTO, Applitools
Mahe Bayireddi, CEO, Phenom People


– Deep Learning & AI Best Practices
– AI in Applications Development
– AI in HR

Dhruba Borthakur, The Big Data Guy, Facebook
Fawad Butt, Chief Data & Governance Officer, Kaiser Permanente
Ben Sharma, CEO, Zaloni


– The Evolution of Facebook’s big data journey
– Lessons learned while achieving Exabyte scale
– Looking ahead at the data and analytics space

pinterest-videoWatch CXO Speaker Series:
Marley Gray, Director of Blockchain, Microsoft


Marley Gray, Director of Blockchain, Business Development and Strategy at Microsoft presents to the Sierra Ventures’ CXO Advisory Board insight about “Blockchain as a Service.” Marley covers essential points such as:

– What is Blockchain?
– What is the big deal about Blockchain to consumers
– What are the implications for enterprise IT
– What IT leaders should be doing today

This presentation is 42 minutes long.

Steve Schmidt, CISO, Amazon Web Services




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


Paul CheesbroughChief Technology Officer21st Century Fox

Andrew WilsonChief Information OfficerAccenture

Tom PeckSenior Vice President & Chief Information Officer AECOM

Mike BradyGlobal Chief Technology OfficerAIG

George LladoSVP, Chief Information OfficerAlexion

Steve SchmidtVP & Chief Information Security Officer Amazon Web Services

Tom MildenhallGlobal Head of Technology Business DevelopmentBank of America Merrill Lynch

Ken JohnsenChief Information Officer Caterpillar

Richard WilliamsSVP and Chief Information OfficerCelgene

Aamir HussainChief Technology OfficerCenturyLink

Keith SchlosserExecutive Vice President & Chief Information Officer Chubb International

Motti FinkelsteinCTO - Americas & Global Strategy PlanningCiti

Sunil CutinhoPresidentCME Clearing

Alan BoehmeGlobal CTO, Chief Innovation Officer, & Head of Enterprise ArchitectureCoca-Cola Company

Sangy VatsaChief Information OfficerComerica Bank

Gregory MorrisonChief Information Officer and Senior Vice President Cox Enterprises

Josh JewettChief Information OfficerDollar Tree Stores

Debra KingChief Information Officer - AgricultureDuPont

Philip PotloffChief Operating Officer & Chief Information

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.

Joe SimonChief Operating Officer Encompass Digital Media

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.”

Rob WebbChief Information and Technology OfficerEtihad Aviation Group

Debra RobinsonSenior Vice President & Chief Information OfficerHearst

Jeff Smith Chief Information Officer IBM

Ashwin RanganChief Innovation and Information OfficerICANN

Steve MillsGlobal Chief Information OfficeriHeartMedia

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 ZelemChief Technology OfficerJohnson & Johnson

Mike SuttenChief Technology OfficerKaiser Permanente

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

Srini KoushikChief Technology OfficerMagellan Health

Rashmi KumarVice President, Information TechnologyMcKesson Corporation

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.”

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

Eduardo ConradoChief Strategy & Innovation OfficerMotorola

Kalyan RamanChief Technology Officer Nielsen Company

Jim Scholefield Global Chief Information Officer Nike

Madhu NutakkiChief Digital OfficerNissan Motor Corporation

Mark SettleChief Information OfficerOkta

Aijaz "Jazz" TobaccowallaVP & Chief Information Officer Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Mark ShowersChief Information Officer and Executive Vice PresidentReinsurance Group of America

Bill SchloughSenior Vice President & Chief Information OfficerSan Francisco Giants

Johnna MarcusSenior Director, InnovationSephora

Milo SpragueChief Technology OfficerSilicon Valley Bank

Michael IsraelSenior Vice President & Chief Information OfficerSix Flags Theme Park

Gary BaumgartnerVice President, Information Technology & eCommerce Smart & Final

David BuckholtzSenior Vice President, Corporate Information TechnologySony Pictures

Tony YoungChief Information Officer Sophos

Ken VennerChief Information Officer SpaceX

Gerri Martin-FlickingerChief Technology OfficerStarbucks

Carol Donovan Juel Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer Synchrony Financial

Cody SanfordExecutive Vice President & Chief Information OfficerT-Mobile

Hugh BradlowChief Scientist Telstra

“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.”

Rahul Merchant Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer TIAA

Anil Earla Head of Information and Data Analytics - Global lSVISA

Bask IyerChief Information OfficerVMware

Jamie VorisChief Technology OfficerWalt Disney Studios

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

Kris OngbonganCTO - Director of Technical

“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

Dave Webb
CIO, Equifax
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
James Swanson
CIO, Monsanto

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

James Swanson
CIO, Monsanto