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 the CXO Summit

Watch the 2017 Sierra CXO Summit Highlights

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-videoSnehal Antani, Former CIO of GE Capital & CTO of Splunk


  • Cyber is becoming the ‘Space Race’ of our generation, and success will require tremendous collaboration across government, academia, and the private sector
  • Snehal shares the lessons he learned applying advanced security practices in financial services, defense, and national security organizations

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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

Cynthia StoddardChief Information OfficerAdobe

Mike BradyGlobal Chief Technology OfficerAIG

George LladoSVP, Chief Information OfficerAlexion

Sean LennonChief Information OfficerAllergan

Steve SchmidtVP & Chief Information Security Officer Amazon Web Services

Gary BaumgartnerChief Information OfficerArmanino LLP

Tom MildenhallGlobal Head of Technology Business DevelopmentBank of America Merrill Lynch

Gill HausSVP, CIO Retail & Direct TechnologyCapital One

Yuvi KocharManaging Director, Technology & OperationsCAQH

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

Josh ArensbergCTOComcast Technology Solutions

Sangy VatsaChief Information OfficerComerica Bank

Gregory MorrisonChief Information Officer and Senior Vice President Cox Enterprises

Bask IyerChief Information OfficerDell / VMWare

Josh JewettChief Information OfficerDollar Tree Stores

Debra KingChief Information Officer - AgricultureDuPont

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

Rob WebbChief Information and Technology OfficerEtihad Aviation Group

Gus ShahinChief Information Officer, Information Technology/SystemsFlex

Ashwin RanganChief Innovation and Information OfficerICANN

Steve MillsGlobal Chief Information OfficeriHeartMedia

Tom PeckExecutive Vice President & Chief Information & Digital OfficerIngram Micro

Kris SingletonCIOInternational Cruises & Excursions, Inc.

Daniel ZelemChief Technology OfficerJohnson & Johnson

Mike SuttenChief Technology OfficerKaiser Permanente

Bobby BellExecutive Vice President, Chief Strategy OfficerKLA-Tencor

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

Srini KoushikChief Technology OfficerMagellan Health

Rashmi KumarSVP and CIO U.S. PharmaceuticalMcKesson 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

Alan BoehmeGlobal Chief Technology OfficerProcter & Gamble Co.

Naveen AgarwalChief Customer OfficerPrudential Financial

Aijaz "Jazz" TobaccowallaVP & Chief Information Officer Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Mark ShowersChief Information Officer and Executive Vice PresidentReinsurance Group of America

Prakash MuppiralaCTO & President, RH Digital InnovationRestoration Hardware

Ralph LouraChief Technology OfficerRodan + Fields

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

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

Ananth KrishnanChief Technology OfficerTata Consultancy Services

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

David TsaoGlobal Information Security Officer (CISO)Veeva Systems

Anil Earla Head of Information and Data Analytics - Global lSVISA

Jamie VorisChief Technology OfficerWalt Disney Studios

John PeckhamChief Information OfficerWestern Alliance Bank

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

Kris OngbonganCTO - Director of Technical

“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
President & Global 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

"The opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs, understand new developments, and learn where people see industries heading, and then consider how we apply that to our business, is invaluable."

Dennis Barnes

Dennis Barnes
Steve Mills
Global CIO, iHeartMedia

"It's a great set of folks that I've gotten to know over the years. It's really interesting to me to be able to share stories and hear what's going on in other IT shops and find out what's working and what's not."

Steve Mills
Global CIO, iHeartMedia