Featured SpeakersRhonda Gass
, Vice President & CIO, Stanley Black & Decker
Rhonda Gass is Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Stanley Black & Decker. She was appointed to this position in September 2012.
As CIO, Rhonda is driving a strategic agenda that will equip the company's businesses with the digital, data and collaboration capabilities required to win and grow in the global marketplace. Concurrently, she is leading a cultural transformation focused on managing the IT function as a business and delivering greater economic value. Rhonda also leads the Functional Transformation initiative for the company, which is focused on leveraging advanced technologies and innovation to bring greater effectiveness and efficiency to general and administrative operations
Rhonda is a leader in the Women's Network employee resource group, and she was integral in bringing in Workplace by Facebook, the communication and collaboration tool used by the company's tens of thousands of employees around the world. Rhonda and her team are also integral partners for the Industry 4.0 and Data & Analytics initiatives.
Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, Rhonda was a Vice President at Dell, where she served for 12 years in positions of increasing scope and responsibility. Rhonda's experience includes positions as a General Manager for a product line as well as positions leading multiple areas in the IT function, such as the IT systems supporting Dell's world-class supply chain operations. Prior to Dell, Rhonda worked for NCR Corporation, where she began as a software developer and rapidly progressed to executive leadership roles in the Columbia, South Carolina facility.
Rhonda is on the Board of Directors for Flowers Foods, one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in the United States. She also serves on the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council board, a nonprofit organization which strives to advance the discipline of IT. Additionally, Rhonda serves on the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Science Center, which is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through science and endeavoring to create a workforce equipped for jobs in the science-related fields.
Rhonda holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
, Vice President of Digital Product Security, Stanley Black & Decker
Julie Fitton is a highly motivated and experienced leader with expert proficiency in product and corporate security, delivering comprehensive and efficient cyber protection strategies. Julie combines security industry expertise with business strategic thinking to assist in the development of security features that serve as differentiators in product positioning. Julie is currently a Vice President of Digital Product Security for Stanley Black & Decker, she serves as Trustee and Audit Committee Chair for a Massachusetts community savings bank, and is an adjunct professor at Boston College.
is Stanley Black & Decker's first Chief Technology Officer. In this position, Mark manages a team across the company's businesses and functions and advises on technological threats and opportunities, as well as provides access to all elements of the global technology ecosystem.
Prior to joining Stanley Black & Decker, Mark spent 27 years at The MITRE Corporation, where he held a variety of strategic technology roles. Most recently he served as Vice President of Intelligence Portfolios and prior to that was MITRE's Vice President and Chief Security Officer and Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). Before joining MITRE, Mark served as a U.S. Air Force officer. He later returned to the Air Force as Chief Scientist from 2010 to 2013 where he advised the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.
He is currently a member of the Defense Science Board and recently completed multiple years of service on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory committee. He is a fellow in both the IEEE and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Mark earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from College of the Holy Cross (Fenwick Scholar, valedictorian), a master's degree in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge University, England (Rotary Scholar), a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctoral degree in artificial intelligence also from Cambridge University.
Moderator: Lori Groth
, CIO of the Industrial business unit, Stanley Black & Decker
Lori Groth is the CIO of the Industrial business unit at Stanley Black & Decker and is responsible for setting the technology strategy and delivering solutions for the Stanley Engineered Fastening, Stanley Oil & Gas, and Stanley Infrastructure BUs. Lori works with her business partners to digitize and optimize business process technology that can be leveraged for ongoing operations and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to her work in Industrial, Lori was responsible for Corporate systems at Stanley Black & Decker and supported global implementations of Finance, HR, Global Supply Management, and Global Shared Services technology. Prior to her 15 years at Stanley Black & Decker, Lori worked for various insurance companies as well as PwC in the IT risk area. She resides in central Connecticut with her husband and two children.