Date & Time 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Location 
TechMart, 5201 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Event Description 

As part of the Saint Mary's College 150th anniversary "Gaelebration", the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) presents its Executive Speaker Series on the topic of

Technology and Global Competitiveness: Best Practices and Future Trends

Global TechnologyWhat are the best technology practices that leading corporations are using? How do they help improve their global competitiveness? What are the emerging technologies that are re-shaping the global competitive landscape? How can we best prepare ourselves for the future increasingly being dictated by technology?

Join fellow Saint Mary’s College faculty, students, alumni and friends to hear what technology executives are doing to prepare their companies for emerging technologies and global competitiveness.

RSVP NowDate: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:00 - 6:30 PM - Registration
6:30 - 8:00 PM - Panel Discussion and Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 PM - Networking Reception
Network Meeting Center at the TechMart, 5201 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Free for Current Students | $25 for Alumni | $35 for Friends of SMC


Mark Egan, Partner of StrataFusion Group, Inc. and Former CIO of VMWare and Symantec

Mark EganMark Egan is a partner at StrataFusion Group, Inc. and has more than 25 years of information technology experience, with expertise in IT transformation, information security, and mergers & acquisitions.  His extensive experience includes managing global IT organizations with over 1,200 employees, budgets in access of $350 million, and IT integration for over 60 mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to joining StrataFusion, Mark was a CIO at VMware where he led the company from a server virtualization vendor with $2 billion in revenue to a $5 billion market leader of cloud solutions.  During his 6 years as CIO at Symantec, Mark’s leadership in IT was instrumental in supporting the company’s transformation from $600 million consumer software publisher to a $5 billion market leader of enterprise security solutions. Mark is author of Executive Guide to Information Security: Threats, Challenges, and Solutions and was a contributing author of CIO Wisdom, CIO Perspectives, and CIO’s Body of Knowledge.  Mark holds a master’s degree in finance and international business from University of San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from University of Clarion.  Mark developed and taught a graduate class, “Building Business Value through IT Innovation”, at the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley.


Rebecca Jacoby, CIO and Senior Vice President of the IT and Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group at Cisco

Rebecca JacobyRebecca Jacoby is Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President of the IT and Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group at Cisco. Her extensive understanding of business operations, infrastructure, and application deployments as well as her knowledge of products, software, and services helps her advance Cisco's business through the use of Cisco technology.

Jacoby has two distinct areas of responsibility at Cisco. As the CIO, she has made the Cisco IT organization a strategic business partner, producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity. At the Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group, she is leading the strategy for how best to manage and orchestrate the delivery of business technology services for customers.

Her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally have reshaped and elevated the role of IT at Cisco, resulting in great synergies of IT and Engineering through a history of Cisco on Cisco deployments.

Since joining Cisco in 1995, Jacoby has held a variety of leadership roles in operations, manufacturing, and IT. Prior to joining Cisco, Jacoby held a variety of planning and operations positions with other companies in Silicon Valley.

Jacoby holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Adam Joffe, CTO for Blurb, former CTO of Sony Online Entertainment.

Adam JoffeAdam was practically born with an Ethernet port built into the side of his head (no wireless then). Building software and systems to scale on the network has been at the core of his professional endeavors. Through extensive experience in content creation, delivery, and consumption, Adam has lead efforts in creating successful technology platforms and applications that provide cutting edge experiences for customers.

Adam comes to Blurb from a stint in the financial services arena as VP Data Management for PayPal and CIO for Bill Me Later. Prior to the financial services industry, Adam spent many years in the entertainment industry as CTO of Sony Online Entertainment, as well as starting up and managing successful ISP, Web development, and content creation companies.


Michael Blitz, Director, Accenture Technology Vision—Accenture Technology Labs

Michael Blitz

Michael is a Director who leads Accenture’s annual Strategic Technology Visioning efforts. Through Accenture’s Technology Vision, Michael coauthors Accenture’s perspective on the future of technology beyond the current conversations about the cloud, social, mobility, and big data. This year’s report—Technology Vision 2013—outlines the emerging technology trends that forward-thinking C-level executives will use to position their organizations to drive growth, rather than focusing on cost-cutting and efficiency improvements.

In this role, Michael helps Accenture clients filter through the changes in the technology marketplace to understand how these changes will impact them over the next 3-5 years. Internal to Accenture, Michael also helps guide Accenture’s research and development investments.

Prior to his current role Mr. Biltz led the businesses development efforts for Technology Lab’s ‘Accenture Innovation’ program. Here he managed the Labs' relationship with Accenture’s internal organizations to direct the ‘Accenture focused’ research and development within the labs as well as managing the deployment efforts of surrounding labs assets to Accenture. The primary research area focused on by the Accenture Innovation program was software engineering.

From 2006-2008 Mr. Biltz led the efforts of Accenture’s Technology Labs to define and implement the strategic direction and asset development for mobility and intelligent device management.

Mr. Biltz joined Accenture in 1998 after receiving a B.S. in engineering from Northwestern University.



Jyoti Bachani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Fulbright Fellow, Saint Mary's College of California

Jyoti BachaniJyoti Bachani is an Assistant Professor and Fulbright Scholar at Saint Mary’s College of California where she teaches courses in strategy and management of technology and innovation. Bachani earned her Bachelor's degree in physics and MBA from the University of Delhi, her Master's in management science and engineering from Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from London Business School. She has several years’ experience as a strategy consultant to Fortune 200 companies, working for Strategic Decisions Group. She has authored, published and reviewed several casestudies, and recently published a book on Strategy Making in Nonprofit Organizations. She has presented her research at the Academy of Management and North American Case Research Association (NACRA) and other conferences. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies journal and as a board member at NACRA.
Event Contact 

If you have any questions please contact Jackie Williams at

Maps & Directories

Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
Google Map | Campus Map | PO Boxes