Mark Hurd

Chief Executive Officer
Oracle

As President, Mr. Hurd oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Oracle’s global field operations, including marketing, sales, consulting, alliances and channels, and support. He focuses on strategy, leadership, innovation, and customers. Says Mr. Hurd, “It’s our job as a company to help our customers save money and innovate.”

Before joining Oracle, Mr. Hurd served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President of HP, where his focus on customers, innovation, improved operational efficiency, and execution led to significant company growth. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at NCR Corporation, where he held a variety of management, operations, sales, and marketing roles, ultimately serving as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and President and leading a successful effort to improve operational efficiency, strengthen the product line, and drive growth.

Mr. Hurd was listed as one of Forbes’ Market’s Best Managers for 2009. In 2007, Mr. Hurd was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Business. He was recognized multiple times by Business 2.0 magazine as one of the 50 Who Matter Now and by Barron’s in its Best CEOs lists. The San Francisco Chronicle honored him as the 2008 CEO of the Year. He appeared on CRN’s 25 Most Influential Executives list in three separate years and was twice one of CRN’s Top 25 Executives.

Mr. Hurd earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1979 from Baylor University, in Waco, Texas, which he attended on a tennis scholarship. He continues to show his passion for tennis, supporting Baylor’s national championship tennis program through philanthropic donations to upgrade and renovate facilities in the Hurd Tennis Building, which is part of the Hurd Tennis Center. He also supports the Baylor Bear Foundation and the Men’s Tennis Excellence Fund. He has been honored with the 2012–2013 Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award—the Baylor Legacy Award—in recognition of his extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor.

Since joining Oracle, Mr. Hurd has worked to share Oracle’s strategy and vision with customers, partners, shareholders, and investors. “Our strategy is complete stack, open, best-of-breed at every single layer of the architecture,” he says. “We vertically integrate those best-of-breed pieces for extreme performance and total-cost-of-ownership benefit to give you differentiation. Our products are designed to be the best technology at every single layer of the stack, and then be vertically integrated. We want to give customers choices for how they access that technology—on premises, building a private cloud, using a public cloud, or a hybrid cloud combination. It’s your choice how you get access to all of this technology.”

As one of the world’s largest enterprise technology companies, Oracle has more than 390,000 customers in 145 countries and annual revenues of $37.1 billion. The company engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in customer data centers—from servers and storage, to database and middleware, through applications. Oracle is the only vendor able to offer a complete technology stack in which every layer is engineered to work together as a single system. Oracle’s industry-leading on-premises and cloud-based solutions give customers complete deployment flexibility and unmatched benefits, including unbreakable security, high availability, scalability, energy efficiency, powerful performance, and low total cost of ownership. The company has an active mergers and acquisitions program, with more than 80 in the past six years, including the industry-transforming acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Mr. Hurd’s leadership in managing past acquisition integrations has enabled him to take a significant role in Oracle’s acquisition strategy. He is also responsible for Oracle’s global business units for industries, which build products for specific industries such as telecommunications, financial services, health sciences, retail, utilities, and public sector. Says Mr. Hurd, “This industry focus is an important strategy for us. We get deeper into these industry verticals because they solve our customers' most difficult problems, which are very industry- and business-specific.”

Chris Leone

Senior Vice President, Applications Development
Oracle

Chris Leone is Senior Vice President of Development for Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management, as well as Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service and Oracle Taleo Social Sourcing Cloud Service, all part of Oracle Application Cloud Services. In this role, Mr. Leone is responsible for driving the strategy, product management, product development, and product go-to-market functions.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Leone has been developing enterprise software applications for large and midsize companies. Mr. Leone came to Oracle via the acquisition of PeopleSoft, where he was responsible for the product management activities of the company’s financial management and enterprise performance management product lines. Prior to joining PeopleSoft, Mr. Leone was Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Hyperion, where he was responsible for product strategy for business performance management solutions.

Mr. Leone earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and a master's in finance and management from Loyola Marymount University.

Condoleezza Rice

Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy, Graduate School of Business; Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Science, Stanford University; Founding Partner, RiceHadleyGates LLC

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates LLC.

From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender— Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, special assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors—the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation, an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Club of America) of which she remains actively involved in today.

Rice currently serves on the boards of Dropbox, a cloud storage company; KiOR, a renewable fuels company; C3, an energy software company and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice has also served on various additional boards, for example: the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the University of Notre Dame and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded ten honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.

Dave Ulrich

Professor of Business at the Ross School, University of Michigan and partner at the RBL Group

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the Ross School, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group (http://www.rbl.net) a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He studies how organizations build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability, and talent through leveraging human resources.  He has helped generate award winning data bases that assess alignment between strategies, organization capabilities, HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results.

He has published over 200 articles and book chapters and over 25 books. He edited Human Resource Management 1990-1999, served on editorial board of 4 Journals, on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller, and Board of Trustees at Southern Virginia University, and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources. Honors include:

2014:  *Ranked #1 speaker in Management/Business by Speaking.com

*Commencement speaker, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

2013: *Lifetime Leadership Award from the Leadership Forum at Silver Bay

*Listed in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader

2012: Lifetime Achievement Award from HR Magazine for being the “father of modern human resources”

2011: *Ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine

*Listed in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader

*Ranked in Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Leadership Behavior

2010: *Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking

*Lifetime Fellowship in Australia Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

*Ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine

*Kirk Englehardt Exemplary Business Ethics Award from Utah Valley University

*Why of Work (co-authored with Wendy Ulrich) was #1 best seller for Wall Street Journal and USA Today

2009: *Listed in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader

*Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine

2008: *Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine

2007: *Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)

*Honorary Doctorate from University of Abertey, at Dundee Scotland

2006: *Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine in vote by influential HR thinkers

*Dyer Distinguished Alumni Award from Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management

2005:*Ranked #2 management guru by Executive Excellence

*Named by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative and creative thinkers of 2005

  1. President, Canada Montreal Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2001: Ranked #1 management educator and guru by Business Week

2000: *Lifetime achievement award from World Federation of Personnel Management

*Listed in Forbes as one of the "world’s top five" business coaches

1998: *Society for Human Resource Management award for Professional Excellence for lifetime contributions

*Lifetime achievement (PRO) award from International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment, and Employment Management Association

1997: *Warner W. Stockberger Lifetime Achievement Award from International Personnel Management Association

He has consulted and done research with over half of the Fortune 200.

Cara Capretta

VP HCM Transformation
Oracle

Cara Capretta, Vice President – HCM Transformation Practice for Oracle, has over twenty years of internal and external experience in Human Resources. She is a recognized speaker and thought leader in the field of talent management.

Cara is a resource to assist Oracle clients think through their talent management priorities that may include:

  • Alignment of talent strategies to business plans
  • Integrated HR practices that support the entire employee lifecycle
  • Competency-based human resources applications
  • Design and roll-out of enterprise-wide succession planning processes such as talent review meetings, talent profiles, use of the 9-cell, replacement planning, etc.

Cara is the former President and COO of Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry Company. Lominger is a global provider of competency-based leadership development tools. During her tenure at Lominger, she co-authored several books and product lines including FYI ™ for Teams, FYI™ for Talent and The Interview Architect®.

Lominger was sold in 2006, at which time Cara became the VP of Strategy and Intellectual Property for Korn/Ferry International, the largest executive search firm in the world.

Prior to working in the consulting and commercial product arena, Cara was a Human Resources executive at Nationwide Insurance for 13 years, where she was responsible for enterprise-wide assessment, leadership development and succession planning efforts for more than 25,000 employees. She also has experience as a Human Resources generalist.

Cara is a native of Columbus, Ohio where she attended The Ohio State University and graduated from Franklin University.

Bertrand Dussert

VP HCM Transformation
Oracle

Bertrand Dussert serves as HR transformation and technology advisor to Oracle’s executive clients, primarly at large global companies with complex HR service delivery needs. When not working directly with clients, Bertrand serves as HR thought leadership speaker and Oracle representative for targeted events, and partners with product strategy to help inform product design.

In his most recent role prior to joining Oracle, Bertrand served in a dual capacity as the global leader for both HR Shared Services and Recruitment Operations at American Express. Bertrand was responsible for a number of key work streams in the American Express Global Recruitment Transformation, and most recently served as a full member of the Transform HR Project Executive Council.

During his tenure there, Bertrand was awarded the American Express Chairman’s Award for Innovation for 2012. This award went to 0.1% of employees globally, and focused on projects with large positive impact for the business.

Prior to American Express, Bertrand was Executive Director in UBS Investment Bank’s HR function, led a 125 person strong Global Field Operations team in the HR software industry, and served as a partner in an HR consulting firm that is now part of Korn/Ferry International.

Bertrand holds an MA and BA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

When not at work or enjoying time with his family, Bertrand is an avid cyclist, Ironman Triathlete, and all around endurance sports fan.

Kraig Eaton

Managing Director – HR Consulting Americas Lead
Accenture

Kraig leads the Accenture HR consulting practice for the Americas region—creating innovative HR solutions, researching trends, and developing Accenture’s HR practitioners to deliver business results to clients.  Kraig advises leading firms on how to build high performance businesses that drive optimization and growth through human resources and talent management solutions.

Dan Staley

Principal
PwC

Dan helps organizations better connect and engage with their workforces by leveraging today’s leading HR technologies. With more than 25 years of experience in human capital transformation and technology, Dan serves as PwC’s HR technology leader and oversees the firm’s annual HR Technology survey. Dan’s passion for helping clients better leverage HR technologies helps them achieve their business goals and associated people strategies. He frequently publishes articles on the topic, and is often invited to speak at major conferences to discuss how organizations can better plan for, deploy and support technologies that enable their people processes.

Sheryl Johnson

PwC