Executive Advisory Board
  • Raj Datta

    Mr. Raj Datta

    President, Software AG, North America

    Mr. Raj Datta joined Software AG in August 2018 and the Board of Directors of Software AG Government Solutions in October 2018. As the President of North America, Mr. Datta acts as a visionary, customer-centric, driven executive, and inspirational leader to the organization. Mr. Datta has full responsibility for go to market, including sales, presales, marketing, services, finance, and support as well as all operational responsibilities leading the growth of the North America market. Mr. Datta brings with him 20+ years of enterprise IT experience, most recently as the Chief Revenue Officer at CiBO Technologies, a science-based technology organization. During his tenure at CiBO, Mr. Datta was responsible for all revenue generating processes within the company and was accountable for driving better integration and alignment between all revenue-related functions. Prior to his role at CiBO, Mr. Datta spent 19 years at IBM holding numerous leadership roles, both nationally and globally. His last role at IBM was the Vice President of Cloud, Cognitive and Analytics for the Distribution (Retail, CPG and Travel / Transportation) Market in North America. He was also responsible for the Distribution Market’s Blockchain and Digital Transformation business. Mr. Datta was responsible for leading an organization of 350 sales, business development, and technical people. Mr. Datta delivered double-digit signings growth every quarter in 2017. From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Datta was the Global Director / Head of Sales for Channels and Analytic Solutions for IBM’s Watson Internet of Things division. He had worldwide executive responsibilities for all sales, technical sales, marketing and field operations within his division. Mr. Datta delivered double-digit revenue growth for the seven straight quarters. Prior to those roles, Mr. Datta held various leadership positions in IBM’s Global Services Division and IBM’s Systems and Technology Group. Mr. Datta holds an M.B.A in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

  • Pierre-Emmanuel Deliou

    Mr. Pierre-Emmanuel Deliou

    Global Director of Digital Technology & Program Management, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health (BIAH) – United States operations

    Mr. Pierre-Emmanuel Deliou is responsible for articulating and developing the technology strategy roadmap for BIAH in the field of wearables, big data, and internet of things for both pets and production animals. This includes establishing partnerships with key companies for the development of digital solutions. Throughout his career, Mr. Deliou has held positions of increasing responsibility and seniority in various areas including project management, strategic planning and mechanical engineering. He owns/co-owns five patents on key digital technologies for animal health. Mr. Deliou holds a Master's degree in industrial and mechanical engineering from Arts et Métiers ParisTech, a graduate engineering and research school located in Paris, France.

  • Jeff Evans

    Mr. Jeff Evans

    Co-Founder of CDAIT, and Chair, CDAIT Executive Advisory Board

    Mr. Jeff Evans is a Principal Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Director of the Digital Transformation of Things at the Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP). He is the former Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL) at GTRI, which conducts research in computer science; information technology; communication; networking; and socio-technical systems. Jeff has extensive research experience in the communications field, in particular in broadband wireless networks and emerging mobile communication services. He is one of the founders of the first multi-disciplinary unit, the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech, which aims to integrate theoretical research, basic research and to conduct applied science about the emerging technologies that directly impact people: health care, education, humanitarian systems and media. He has helped build numerous international and industry partnerships, as well as multidisciplinary “living lab” test beds. Among those, he co-founded GTRI’s Foundations for the Future (F3) program, which helps to bring Georgia Tech’s expertise into the state’s K-12 classrooms. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Dr. Thierry Godart

    Dr. Thierry Godart

    General Manager, Business Development and Strategic Marketing, Industrial Solutions Division,Internet of Things Group, Intel

    Thierry Godart, Ph.D. is the General Manager of Business Development and Strategic Marketing in the Industrial Solutions Division of the Internet of Things Group within Intel Corporation. The vision of Industrial Solutions is to transform the industrial infrastructure to improve our world. The portfolio of Industrial Solutions includes microprocessors, embedded hardware, and IoT platforms for automation systems in Manufacturing, Energy, Logistics and Buildings. Thierry is working with the ecosystem of device makers, software vendors, system integrators as well as energy companies, industrial manufacturers, logistics suppliers and building managers to develop and deploy ubiquitous connected devices, IoT edge platforms and cloud architectures. Thierry has 25+ years of experience providing advanced solutions to the global industry. Prior to his tenure at Intel, Thierry held leadership positions at Schneider Electric, Siemens, Areva T&D, ABB and GE. Thierry holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, all from Georgia Tech. He is a SUPELEC (Paris, France) Engineer.  Thierry is married with two children and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • Doug Guthrie

    Mr. Douglas Guthrie

    Senior Vice President, Comcast Big South Region

    Mr. Doug Guthrie is the senior executive responsible for operations, financial performance and customer experience for one of the largest regions within Comcast serving more than 2-million customers residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Doug has 30 years of experience in the communications industry, holding a variety of senior management, operations and marketing positions with Comcast and its predecessor companies, including AT&T Broadband, MediaOne and Continental Cablevision, where he began his career in Massachusetts in 1985. His previous roles include serving as the Senior Vice President for the Houston Region, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Western New England Region, and Vice President of Advanced Services for Comcast’s former Northern Division. Doug is very involved in many industry and community organizations. He actively supports Atlanta’s Special Olympics and personally mentors three individuals. He is also a strong supporter of industry groups such as Women in Cable Telecommunications and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. Currently, he serves as the executive champion for Comcast’s Employee Resource Group for Black Professionals. In Houston, Doug was a board advisor for the Texas Chapter of NAMIC in 2012. There, he was honored with the President’s Award for outstanding support to the growth of the organization. A native of Western Massachusetts, Doug earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Bridgewater State University.

  • Russ Gyurek

    Mr. Russ Gyurek

    Director, IoT-CTO and Industries, Cisco

    Mr. Russell Gyurek is currently a Director, IoT-CTO and Industries at Cisco. He has over 25 years of networking related technology experience, the majority in leadership positions. Russ’ range of expertise includes; IoT/connectivity of things, analytics and big data, cloud, optical networking technologies, broadband architectures, and related technical policy, and emerging market development. He has held various leadership roles in creating strategy and direction in these areas. In Russ’ current role he is responsible for technology leadership, market development and partner due diligence & enablement related to IoT. The CTO group evaluates future trends, emerging standards, technologies, and architectures that drive and influence Cisco’s market portfolio relating to IoT. He also works closely with the vertical solutions organization- turning strategy into real-world IoT deployments, including Smart Cities. For the past year, he has been leading an industrywide effort focused on the security and scale-ability of “things”. This effort is now in productization and development with the various players in the IoT ecosystem. In addition, Russ is a value-of-the-infrastructure advisor to customers, helping to create new business models and use cases to leverage network data for cloud and real-time event processing. Russ engaged in numerous sponsored research work at various universities during his 20-year career at Cisco. In industry related work, he holds board seats on University of Washington IoT Board, and the NCSU ECE strategic advisory board. In these board roles, he has collaborated with multi-stakeholders to create new programs for IoT and data science/analysis. Russ has held board roles in the past on the FTTH Council and the OCF (Open Connectivity Foundation). He has given numerous keynotes at conferences and research workshops on IoT and related topics. Russ has played key roles in IEEE standards development and ratification including 802.3. Russ holds an appointed position on the FCC-TAC (Technical Advisory Council) where he has chaired Working Groups on the “sunset of the PSTN”, “network resiliency”, “IoT”, Next Generation Internet and “Next Generation Policy and Regulations”. He is currently the working group Chairman for the 5G/IoT FCC working group team. Russ has led and participated on numerous technical policy teams in the past 10 years. These include the state of California, West Virginia, and the country of Lebanon. Prior to Cisco, Russ held senior technical and leadership roles at BellSouth (AT&T), in the networking part of the business. Russ has a BSEE from Trine University and an MBA from UNC’s Cameron School of Business.

  • Parth Joshi

    Mr. Parth Joshi

    CTO and Vice President Engineering, Eaton's Lighting Division

    Mr. Parth Joshi is CTO and Vice President of Engineering for the Lighting Division of Eaton. He is responsible for leading the Lighting Division’s engineering, technology, and connected lighting strategy development and execution for Eaton Lighting’s Connected Cities, Homes, and Buildings Teams. He works closely with other Eaton engineering teams around the globe to leverage and scale the connectivity for Eaton’s broad electrical and lighting portfolio, which is unmatched in the electrical industry. Mr. Joshi brings a wealth of experience in defining, developing and bringing to market software, hardware, professional services, and solutions for customers. Parth was recently the senior vice president, Engineering at Technicolor in their Connected Home Business Unit. During his 15 years of experience with Cisco Systems and Technicolor, Joshi held roles of increasing responsibility in technology, engineering and program management leadership with specialization in Hardware, Software, Mechanicals, Services and Data Analytics for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Mr. Joshi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and MBA from Strayer University.

  • Pramod Kalyanasundaram

    Dr. Pramod Kalyanasundaram

    Vice President and Chief Technologist, Verizon Connect

    Dr. Kalyanasundaram is currently leading the Consumer OEM product lines for Verizon Connect since 2016 that includes Hum and OEM products. Under his leadership Hum has grown to a subscriber base of over a million devices and the OEM product line supports millions of subscribers. Prior to Telematics, Pramod has been with Verizon since 2012 and was instrumental in crafting the vision for Verizon’s Thingspace platform and ecosystem. The first version of Thingspace launched in 2015 to the developer community and now has thousands of developers. Pramod also was responsible for building the team across geographies that took the Verizon Internet Services Platform (VISP) from concept to full deployment in Verizon Wireless’ network. Over the past eight quarters VISP has helped with the Root Metrics scores in performance and reliability.Prior to joining Verizon, Pramod served as the VP of Engineering for multiple successful venture funded startups and has held senior leadership roles in publicly traded companies. Pramod started his career at Center for Development of Telematics (CDOT), India, which developed a suite of telecom products ranging from PBXs, rural exchanges and Class 5 switches that has revolutionized the Indian telecom infrastructure and accounts for 40 percent of the lines being served in India. Pramod has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Delaware and a BSEE from University of Madras. He is the author of several publications, served as a referee for several international conferences and a member of IEEE. He has four issued patents. Pramod’s interests are his family, giving back, music, photography, and thinking good thoughts about the role of technology in future.

  • Mr. Forrest Pace

    Mr. Forrest Pace

    Major Accounts Business Development Manager, AIG

    Mr. Forrest Pace is the Major Accounts Business Development Manager at AIG, advising clients and industry partners on emerging risks and board-level exposures. Since joining AIG he has held positions as the Cyber Sales Leader for the South Zone and within Executive Liability as a senior professional liability underwriter and as the Regional Cyber Expert specializing in robotics and the Internet of Things. Forrest serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce IoT Leadership Council and is Vice-Chair of the IoT Thought Leadership Working Group for the Georgia Institute of Technology Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT). Forrest earned his B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Mississippi.

  • Philip Waddups

    Mr. Philip Waddups

    Vice President, IT Strategy & Planning and CIO Customer & Commercial Group, The Coca-Cola Company

    Mr. Phil Waddups is a senior IT executive at The Coca-Cola Company responsible for IT strategy, planning, program management, vendor governance, workforce and talent management and customer, commercial and sales technology solutions. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands and nearly 3,900 beverage choices. More than 1.9 billion servings of the company’s beverages are enjoyed by consumers in more than 200 countries each day. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, the company’s portfolio features 21 billion-dollar brands. Phil’s career has spanned more than 25 years with senior roles focused on transformational change in IT, Finance, Commercial and Operations. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Phil worked with several large multinational food and beverage businesses in Australia, including Coca-Cola Amatil, Goodman Fielder, The Smith’s Snackfood Company and Unilever. Phil holds a bachelor's degree in Business from The University of Western Sydney.

  • Tim Weidenbach

    Mr. Tim Weidenbach

    Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Operations, Landis+Gyr North America

    Tim Weidenbach serves as Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Operations for Landis+Gyr North America. In this role, Mr. Weidenbach is responsible for leading the teams that sell, deliver, implement and support the entire portfolio of solutions Landis+Gyr offers to the utility market. He is instrumental in establishing strategy and serving as a primary customer advocate within the organization. Prior to his current role, Mr. Weidenbach served as Senior Vice President Customer Delivery, Vice President Product Management and Director of Programs for Landis+Gyr. Mr. Weidenbach has worked in the electric utility industry for twenty five years with management roles in transmission and distribution organizations and now in the Smart Grid Infrastructure industry. His experience includes direct industry experience with fifteen years at the Southern Company in leadership positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.