Board of Advisors
Rich Adduci – Global Chief Information Officer, National Grid
Rich Adduci joined National Grid in September 2015 as the Global Chief Information Officer and is based at National Grid’s US Head Quarters in Waltham, MA.
Prior to joining National Grid, Rich Adduci served for 9 years as Boston Scientific’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). In his role as CIO at Boston Scientific, Rich has led the transformation of Boston Scientific’s IS organization, creating a Global IS organization focused on delivering competitive advantage for Boston Scientific through the innovative use of information and technology. This transformational journey was featured in the book “The Transformation CIO: Leadership and Innovation Strategies for IT Executives in a Rapidly Changing World” by Hunter Muller. Rich is actively engaged in shaping direction in the Information Technology community at large through his role on several advisory groups including the SAP Life Sciences Advisory Committee, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the GHX Healthcare Exchange. In 2012 and 2013, Rich was named as one of CIO Magazine’s top 100 CIOs and also ranked #5 in the top 100 CIO’s by ExecuRank. Rich is a champion of inclusion and diversity in the workplace and was named as the 2013 Diversity Executive Sponsor of the year by Boston Scientific. Rich actively supports his community, among his community outreach is his membership on the Boston American Heart Association Board of Directors since 2007. Rich was selected as the Boston American Heart Association Board Chair in 2012.
Prior to joining Boston Scientific, Rich was a Partner at Accenture where he had an 18 year career. Rich holds more than 15 European Patents and two United States Patents for the development of modeling tools to support Business Strategy and Market Entry for new wireless technologies.
Rich earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1988 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1993 with concentrations in Finance and Economics. Rich was recently honored as a Purdue Outstanding Industrial Engineer, a distinction limited to less than 1% of all Industrial Engineering graduates at Purdue.
Jamshíd Afnán – Vice President of Information and Cyber Security Services, ISO New England, Inc.
Jamshíd Afnán is the Vice President of Information and Cyber Security Services at ISO New England Inc. Jamshid Afnan is responsible for all ISO New England’s information technology (IT) and Cyber Security functions. He directs the information and data integrity of the organization as well as all information systems (IS) functions, including data centers, technical service centers, physical and cyber security, production scheduling, enterprise systems, communications service and software development. Jamshíd has managed the information technology functions of ISO New England Inc., since its inception in July 1997, as the first ISO in the United States.
He has represented ISO New England in a number of forums such as the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board, Information Technology Committee (ITC) of ISO/RTO Council (IRC) and Western New England University College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.
Previously he was employed by New England Power Pool as a Senior Computer Scientist and Manager of Computer Support Services. Jamshid has thirty-six years of experience in Electric Power Industry.
Jamshíd graduated from State University of New York in Albany with degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.
Michael Ball – Chief Information Security Officer, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Michael Ball serves as the Chief Information Security Officer supporting Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s family of businesses, which comprises operating units in 11 states and three countries (Canada, Philippines and United Kingdom). From his headquarters in PacifiCorp’s offices in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Ball leads a team of cybersecurity professionals focused on development and implementation of strategic global cybersecurity policies and practices. The organization is responsible for the enterprise security monitoring, alerting and incident response activities that support its cyber and operational resilience. In this role, Mr. Ball frequently works with external stakeholders and industry partners to share best practices and promote advancement of industry cybersecurity capabilities.
During Mr. Ball’s 17 years with the business, he has also led the companywide risk management program in addition to PacifiCorp’s physical security and business continuity teams.
Prior to joining PacifiCorp, Mr. Ball worked in the banking industry as Assistant Vice President of Support Services at U.S. Bancorp’s affinity credit card operations division.
Jeff Brausieck – Chief Information Security Officer, City of Seattle
Jeff Brausieck is an information technology and security professional with over 15 years of experience planning, implementing, administering, securing, and supporting information systems; leading and mentoring technology teams; developing strategic plans and road-maps; and managing IT risk for government and military information systems where service availability was paramount for mission success. Organizations served include the US Air Force, US Army, NATO, the US Senate, Seattle City Light, and most recently Jeff serves as the CISO for the City of Seattle.
Mark Brooks – Chief Information Security Officer, PPL
Mark Brooks currently serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) PPL. Mr. Brooks’ responsibilities include Physical Security, Cyber Security, and Business Continuity Planning/Disaster Recovery. He serves as PPL’s NERC CIP Senior Manager and is the senior IT executive for PPL Corporate Governance groups that ensure oversight, control, and compliance of PPL’s business operations.
Previously, Mr. Brooks was CISO and Executive Director at MISO, and prior to that he was Director, Global Cyber Security Solutions at Cisco advising global companies on cyber security strategies and programs. Prior to Cisco, he was Cyber Security Advisor and Principal at EMC/RSA.
Before his roles at Cisco and EMC/RSA, Mr. Brooks worked at Eli Lilly and Company. At Lilly, he held a number of leadership roles that spanned IT Applications Development and Support, Human Resources, IT Infrastructure, and Information Security.
Mr. Brooks is a military veteran and served as a United States Army Officer at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He serves as Vice President of the Clean Water Missions, St. Louis, MO.
Roman Coba – Chief Information Officer, Emera Inc.
A dynamic “roll-up the sleeves” transformational, innovation driven, Senior Information Technology Executive known for bringing a business mindset to IT and developing integrated strategies that leverage technology for enterprise competitiveness. A well respected leader with proven ability in people/team transformation/management, strategic business integration, technology transformation, and strategic program designs.
Roman Coba is the Chief Information Officer of Emera Inc. having joined in August of 2015. Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia with over $10.19 billion in assets. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, as well as gas transmission and utility energy services. Emera’s strategy is focused on the transformation of the electricity industry to cleaner generation and the delivery of that clean energy to market. Emera has investments throughout northeastern North America, and in four Caribbean countries.
Roman has more than 25 years of Information Services experience. Prior to joining Emera, Roman was the Global Chief Information officer for McCain Foods. Prior to McCain Foods he held the position of Chief Information Officer/Senior vice president, Information Technology, at Loblaw Companies Limited, where he was employed since 2000. Prior to Loblaw for seven years Roman was Director, Information Technology for Wal-Mart Canada, and gained global experience managing transition projects and implementing IT best practices in the regions of Brazil, Argentina, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Roman is an active member within both community and industry organizations. He holds and has held a number of Board and Advisory position with organizations like New Brunswick IT council, University of New Brunswick Computer Studies Advisory board, GS1 Global and GS1 Canada, HP, Bell Canada, and others. As well, he is a founding member of the Canadian RFID Centre, the Retail Advisory Board of Teradata, a large-scale database vendor, the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors.
Roman actively supports and provides strategic guidance to various community organizations and is active on a number of CIO executive boards and summit committees. He has been an instrumental part of developing and shaping technology in business and across the industries he has been engaged with.
Bernie Cowens – Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Bernie Cowens is Vice President and Chief Security Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a Fortune 200 company, and one of the largest combined gas and electric utility companies in the United States. In this position, Bernie is responsible for leading company-wide efforts to identify and manage physical and cyber security risks to protect PG&E’s people, critical infrastructure, information assets and business operations.
Prior to joining PG&E, Bernie was Chief Information Security Officer for First American, where he oversaw all aspects of information security for the company and its global business units. He has held senior security executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Experian and the Automobile Club of Southern California. He previously served as the vice president and Chief Information Officer for SafeNet, a global encryption technology manufacturing company.
A former military officer and Special Agent, Bernie has extensive international counterintelligence, counter-terrorism and physical security experience. He completed his military service as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Security Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Los Angeles. He has more than 30 years of security and technology leadership experience, and he holds the CISSP and CISA designations.
Bernie has a bachelor’s degree in information systems management from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in management information systems from Bowie State University.
Keri Glitch – Vice President, Cyber and Physical Security, AVANGRID
Keri Glitch is vice president, cyber and physical security at AVANGRID, where she is responsible for physical and cyber security, threat & incident management and security compliance for all operations and nearly 7,000 employees located in 25 states.
Previously, Glitch was the Iberdrola USA (predecessor to AVANGRID) Chief Information Officer, responsible for managing the strategic and operational aspects of all IT applications, communications and infrastructure across four regulated utility operating companies in Maine and New York.
Prior to joining the energy/utility industry, Glitch was an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she also coordinated the US Air Force ROTC program.
Glitch holds a master’s of science degree in multidisciplinary studies with concentrations in Human Resource Management, Instructional Technology, and Service Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology; and a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Scott Goodhart – Vice President & CISO, AES Corporation
Scott Goodhart has over 35 years of progressive leadership and technical experience. He joined AES in 2009 and is currently serving as Vice President and CISO. In this role he is responsible for global cybersecurity governance and oversight across six AES strategic business units in seventeen countries. Scott’s prior assignment was Vice President Global IT Infrastructure, and was responsible for the operations of the AES global network, data centers, and email platform.
Before joining AES, Scott spent twenty-one years in various companies including MCI, WorldCom, Discovery Communications, and Verizon. He held various leadership positions in Network Implementation, Technical Sales Support, Service Delivery, System Development and Support, and Infrastructure Operations. Scott started his career as a U.S. Marine Corps officer.
Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Cam Henderson – Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Portland General Electric.
Cam Henderson is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Portland General Electric (PGE). In that role, he is responsible for the infrastructure, operations and system development of all information systems. This includes developing a strategic plan for information technology and implementing enhanced project management and methodology. Henderson’s CPA credentials, extensive business operations expertise, and technical experience provide a strong background for leading the information technology operation at PGE.
Cam joined PGE in 2005 after serving as chief information officer at Stockamp & Associates, a health care consulting organization, since 2003. Prior to that, he spent 12 years with Willamette Industries, a Fortune 500 forest products company, where he served as vice president and CIO. He began his career with Arthur Andersen’s Consulting division. During the 12 years he was with Andersen, he had the opportunity to work with a variety of industries and organizations.
Before joining PGE, Henderson spent 12 years with Willamette Industries where he served as vice president and Chief Information Officer, and 12 years with Andersen Consulting.
Although he grew up in the Pacific Northwest, he chose to go to college in the south. He received a bachelor’s degree in management from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Cam serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and advisory boards for two different software companies. He resides in Beaverton with his wife, Andrea, and they have two grown children, one who lives in Oregon and one in Texas. His outside interests include travel and gardening.
Bryan Kearney – Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Arizona Public Service Company
Bryan Kearney is vice president and chief information officer for Arizona Public Service Company (APS). Based in Phoenix, APS is Arizona’s largest electric company and serves nearly 1.2 million customers across the state.
Kearney has almost 30 years of experience managing information systems, technology infrastructures and technical staff. He joined APS in 2014 from the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) where he was vice president, information systems. During his tenure at MISO, one of the world’s largest energy markets, he was responsible for cyber security and information protection, safeguarding the integrity and availability of information systems and data. He also managed IT strategy, operational planning, development, implementation, compliance, risk management and infrastructure.
Kearney previously served as the top technology officer at Bear Creek Corporation in Oregon and then for IDACORP Inc. and Idaho Power Company. He progressed into those roles from director-level information-technology positions in the government sector. From 1984 to 1990, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, advancing from second lieutenant to captain as a data systems officer.
He holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Hiram College in Ohio and a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.
Branndon Kelley – Chief Information Officer, American Municipal Power
Branndon is a nationally recognized innovative CIO that has spent the last 18 years providing vision, leadership, governance and execution for technology programs, projects and departments. He approaches IT as a partner of the business and brings a diverse background leading the development & deployment of enterprise-level IT infrastructure & applications in a wide variety of business environments including technology, education, government, financial services, energy, healthcare & manufacturing. His experience spans IT operations, infrastructure, application development, project management, executive leadership, strategy, & business development. His technology skills and business acumen allow him to communicate to individuals from a technical to executive-level.
Utilizing his ‘partner’ approach Branndon has helped organizations realize business value through the implementation of strategic technology solutions. Those solutions range in size, complexity and scope including projects in both the private & public sector(s); up to 100 million in total contract value.
Today, Branndon is a member of the Executive Management Team & CIO for American Municipal Power, where since 2009 he has lead a complete IT transformation, was named Intelligent Utility’s 2012 CIO of the Year, recognized in 2014 as one of the 20 Most Innovative CIOs, and awarded the 2015 Frost & Sullivan CIO Impact Award. Branndon oversees all information technology, information security and SCADA functions, projects and people. He is responsible for setting, facilitating and leading technology strategy and tactical execution.
Branndon has a BS in Computer Information Systems, and a MBA. Branndon has been honored as the CIO of the Year, Top 20 Most Innovative CIOs, included in the DeVry Wall of Fame, awarded the DeVry Pinnacle & honored with Keller’s top 40 for 40th. He holds a number of certifications, is a adjunct college instructor & the proud father of Jackson.
Scott King – Director, Information Security, Sempra Energy
Scott King started his professional career as a network and systems engineer in the midst of the dot com boom of the 1990’s. In 2001 he moved into the information security field supporting the Department of Defense. For the next several years Mr. King helped many organizations understand their cybersecurity challenges and had the opportunity to work alongside some of the smartest people in the industry. In 2008, Mr. King began working for the Sempra Energy family of companies. Today he holds the position of Director, Information Security and is responsible for leading a very talented team chartered with protecting IT and critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks.
Sempra Energy is a Fortune 500 energy services company, based in San Diego, Calif., that combines deep industry expertise with rigorous risk management to deliver superior shareholder returns. In 2014, Sempra Energy produced revenues of approximately $11 billion.
With 17,000 employees, the Sempra Energy companies develop energy infrastructure, operate utilities, and provide related products and services to more than 32 million consumers worldwide.
Sempra Energy’s California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Co., serve more than 20 million consumers. And its other businesses – Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Sempra International – develop and operate critical energy infrastructure and provide gas and electricity services in North America and South America.
Matt Lampe – Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Matt Lampe is the Assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a position he took after being LADWP’s Chief Information Officer for the previous eight years. In his new role, he provides subject matter expertise as well as is working to develop the next Technology Strategic Plan for the LADWP. As the CIO, he was responsible for application development for all divisions of the Utility, the largest municipally owned utility in the United States.
Previously, Lampe was the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Portland, with responsibility over the City’s e-government initiative, the telecommunications infrastructure, and business, utility and public safety applications. During his tenure, the utility billing system was replaced.
Prior to Portland, Lampe held a number of leadership positions with the City of Seattle in technology, technology policy, and development regulation and project management.
Lampe has a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan.
Dirk Mahling – Vice President – Technology, Alliant Energy
Dirk joined Alliant Energy as Vice President of Technology in May 2016. Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer at Seattle City Light since 2012. Other previous positions include: Senior Vice President, Alstom Grid North America; Vice President, Operations Technology, Constellation Energy; as well as leadership roles in two start-ups and consulting positions with Ernst and Young and A.T. Kearney.
Dirk holds patents in the area of energy management and renewables installation. He is the author of many books and articles at the intersection of information technology and utilities.
Dirk earned a PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts. He also has a master’s degree in industrial psychology from the TU Braunschweig in Germany (English translation: Brunswick Institute of Technology).
Karen Mincey – Vice President, Information Technology & Telecommunications and CIO, TECO Energy
Karen Mincey is vice president of Information Technology and Telecommunications and chief information officer for TECO Energy. Mincey leads a team of technical professionals responsible for TECO Energy’s corporate computing systems. She joined TECO in 1990 and worked in Commercial & Industrial Marketing as well as Distribution Engineering.
She has been nationally recognized for her leadership in the Information Technology industry. Mincey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.
Mincey serves on the boards of directors of Tallahassee-based Municode, the nation’s leading codifier of local government ordinances, the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay, and is past chair of the board of the Hillsborough Community College Foundation.
Christopher Peters – Vice President & Chief Security Officer, Entergy
Christopher Peters is VP and chief security officer for Entergy. Peters oversees all aspects of physical and cybersecurity at Entergy, including governance, strategy and risk. Peters is a member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force which is responsible for developing and advancing U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy related to cybersecurity, supply chain, customs and trade facilitation, public-private partnerships, and emergency preparedness. In addition to serving as U. S. Marine Corps Reserves intelligence officer in the Fleet Marine Force and Defense Intelligence Agency, other professional experience includes serving as the lead business information security officer for GlaxoSmithKline, vice president of cybersecurity solutions for ICF International, and an operations manager for Intel Corporation.
Peters holds a master’s degree in IT management from the University of Virginia, a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Greenville College, and certifications as an information security manager from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and as an information privacy manager from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program in Cybersecurity.
Joseph Santamaria – Vice President – Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, PSEG
Joseph Santamaria is vice president – Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for PSEG Services Corporation, as of October 2012. He is responsible for leading, directing, planning and managing all activities relating to the company’s information technology needs and for ensuring innovative, reliable, timely, cost-effective and secure delivery of information technology to all areas of PSEG.
Mr. Santamaria previously served as CIO at UIL Holdings Corporation, an electric and gas utility servicing New England. While at UIL, he successfully integrated IT activities of a major acquisition, integrated operational technologies with IT, established a best-in-class cyber security framework, and led the company to receive the 2011 SAP Best Run Utility Award for excellence in business transformation.
Prior to his role at UIL, Mr. Santamaria worked at Pitney Bowes in several capacities, including global vice president-enterprise business applications. Before then, he was a principal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, managing commercial and delivery aspects of large, global business transformation projects.
With 15 years of experience in global Fortune 500 companies and an extensive technology background, Mr. Santamaria has successfully managed business process transformation, strategic planning, merger and acquisitions, and enterprise application development.
Mr. Santamaria holds a Master of Business Administration degree from ESADE, in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master of Science in Applied and Industrial Physics from the University of Barcelona, Spain.
James Dean (JD) Senger – Chief Information Security Officer, Oncor Electric
James Dean (JD) Senger is the Chief Information Security Officer for Oncor Electric, in Dallas, TX. He is an executive with and impeccable record and over 33 Years years in Information & Cyber Security for Military, Government, Banking, Financial, Consultant, Service/Manufacturing Industries, and Utilities & Electric. He has been recognized by government agencies for his top programs.
Senger is pursuing a Master of Science in Cyber Security at Bellevue University, which is designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Security, with an expected graduatio in May 2017.
At Oncor, Senger is responsible for setting the road-map and strategy for integrated security solutions that will ensure all proprietary/confidential data and systems are protected. He also maintains relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement and other related government agencies, as well as establishing and managing strategic security relationships with business partners and customers. He is a subject matter expert to executive management on a range of information security standards, as influenced by federal and state regulatory agencies (e.g. NERC, HIPAA, SOX), industry best practices (e.g. FIPS 140-2, NIST, ISO 27000, COBIT). He is responsible for the development and implementation of security strategies and processes that support compliance management, security standards and policies, communications, awareness and forensics, implementation of Security Services, coordination with external service providers, development and integration of compliance, and security awareness & communications programs. He leads groups for Cyber Security, Forensics, Physical and Logical Security, Security Operations, Security Risk Management, Compliance, Vulnerability Management and Testing, Intrusion Protection, Incident Management, Security Architecture and Design, Data Security, Provisioning and Access Management, Exploit and vulnerability Analysis, End User Computing, Help Desk, IT Disaster Recovery, SCADA Systems Support and Maintenance, and Messaging.
Stacy Shuler – Chief Information Officer, SCANA Corporation
Stacy Shuler is the Chief Information Officer at SCANA Corporation responsible for overseeing their technology services and strategies. His previous experience includes Facilities and Real Estate, Fleet Services, Strategic Sourcing, Corporate Security, Right of Way, Materials & Stores, SCE&G Safety, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Customer Service, and Information Technology. In addition to his normal job responsibilities listed above, he is also the company’s Emergency Response Coordinator which includes facilitating the company’s corporate storm response.
Stacy has been with SCANA for 30 years. Stacy graduated from the University of South Carolina and is past Board Members of the Harvest Hope Food Bank and the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council.
Eric Slavinsky – Chief Information Officer, PPL Corporation
Eric Slavinsky was named to his current position as Chief Information Officer for all PPL Corporation domestic operations in 2014. He joined the company as CIO for LG&E and KU in 2010 and continues to serve in a leadership capacity as a key executive strategist in shaping the future of the organization and the industry.
Previously, Slavinsky was vice president of Information Technology for the East Division of Comcast Communications. He was responsible for all technology, including call center, network, server, storage and infrastructure for seven states. He also has held upper-level management positions with Delphi Corporation, Kelly Services Inc., and Dimension Data Holdings in South Africa.
Slavinsky has a BBA in management information technology from Cleary University in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Slavinsky serves on the Kentucky Center for the Arts Endowment Board, the Kentucky Center for the Arts Facilities Committee, and Edison Electric Institute’s CIO Group. He is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Louisville, a 2011 graduate of Focus Louisville and a volunteer for Metro United Way.
Doug Thomas – Vice-President of Information and Technology Services, and Chief Information Officer, IESO
Doug Thomas is Vice-President of Information and Technology Services, and Chief Information Officer with eighteen years of experience in the electricity industry covering a number of different areas. In his current role to which he was appointed in March 2013, Doug has responsibility for all information technology solutions and services that support the reliable operation of the IESO-controlled grid and the IESO-administered market, as well as all corporate functions, information management, project management, and cyber and physical security. Doug also has responsibility for the Smart Metering Entity which provides billing information for residential and small general services customers in Ontario in addition to a data analytics platform.
Prior to joining the Information Technology group in 2012, as Director – Information Technology, Doug held the positions of Director – Settlements where he was responsible for all metering and billing related activities in support of the wholesale market, and Director – Finance where he was responsible for all aspects of the Finance function and day-to-day oversight of the pension management fund.
Prior to joining the IESO, Doug worked for ICI Canada Inc. in a number of different financial roles.
Mr. Thomas is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of the Honours Business Administration program from The Richard Ivey School of Business at Western Ontario.
Tim Virtue – Chief Information Security Officer, Lower Colorado River Authority
Tim Virtue is a transformational and strategic global security, risk management and compliance leader. Virtue currently serves as the CISO at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), a billion-dollar public energy and water utility serving more than a million people in the State of Texas with 5,100 miles of the Texas electric grid. LCRA also supplies cost-effective electricity for Central Texas, manages water supplies and floods in the lower Colorado River basin, provides public parks, and supports community development in 58 Texas counties.
Virtue is an active member in various industry organizations. He is a recognized thought leader that has presented at several industry conferences and the author of several books and articles relating to technology, information security, compliance and risk management. Virtue holds an Executive Master of Science in Information Systems Management from The George Washington University School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.
Thomas Wilson – Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Southern Company
As vice president and chief information security officer for Southern Company, Tom Wilson is responsible for managing corporate cybersecurity risk. Wilson joined Southern Company in 1989 and has more than 25 years of experience leading information technologies to various areas of the electric utility industry, including applications, infrastructure and security. He has been involved in information security since 1998. For more than a decade, he has worked with Southern Company’s executives and board of directors to develop best practices and critical initiatives that further the company’s cybersecurity and business continuity planning.
A nationally recognized IT security leader, Wilson works with U.S. federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies – including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service – to share and analyze threat intelligence to protect critical U.S. infrastructure. He was one of 25 U.S. chief information security officers selected for the inaugural FBI CISO Academy. Wilson represents Southern Company as a member of the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council. He consults with state public service commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy.
Wilson’s work with legislators, Congressional staff, the U.S Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the Bipartisan Policy Center and Edison Electric Institute has helped influence national security policy.
Wilson serves on the executive committee for the industry’s Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and is a member of the Senior Executive Working Group for the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council. He is a member of an executive committee overseeing a venture capital fund founded by a group of utilities to invest in energy and cybersecurity technology. He has been involved in numerous strategic industry initiatives with the U.S. Department of Energy and national laboratories, and serves on executive customer advisory boards of leading cybersecurity companies, including Palo Alto Networks and Hewlett Packard.
Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in management information systems from the University of Georgia and completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.