Until retiring in 2002, Stan McKee served for over 13 years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Electronic Arts Inc., the world’s largest developer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Among his many claims to fame in the gaming industry, he led the acquisition by EA of Maxis, which led to the final development of The Sims. During Stan’s executive-committee tenure, EA grew to become a leader in the global gaming business online and across all game platforms, including the development and acquisition of many leading brand franchises such as Madden Football. Mr. McKee has served on numerous private company and joint venture boards and holds B.A and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University.
JEFFREY PAPOWS, PHD
Jeffrey Papows is President & Chief Executive Officer of Weblayers, the industry leader for automated IT governance solutions. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Papows has a proven history of success in both emerging companies and global organizations. Most notably, Papows was president and CEO of Lotus Development Corporation where he is widely credited for taking Lotus Notes from its initial release to sales of more than 70 million copies worldwide, making it the leading collaboration platform. Upon the acquisition of Lotus, Papows helped steer the company's successful integration into IBM. Papows was also president of Cognos Corporation, taking the business intelligence software provider from its early stages to sustained profitability, a successful public offering and years of continued growth that met or exceeded market expectations.
Papows has been a frequent guest of CNN and Fox News. A successful author, Papows wrote "Enterprise.com: Information Leadership in the Digital Age" has sold more than 80,000 copies.
Davis, the founder of VIA Partners, is a recognized thought leader in strategy, organizational design, brand, and implementing complex change. He is viewed by many senior executive clients as a trusted advisor when they face difficult choices associated with improving business performance. Rob has over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies spanning the Telecommunications, Financial Services, High Tech, and Consumer Packaged Goods industries, and works with clients to define strategic change, and ensure successful implementation and achievement of desired results.
Prior to VIA Partners, Rob was Managing Vice President of Hitachi Consulting, leading the Organization & Transformation Solutions Practice. Before Hitachi, Rob served as VP & Managing Director, Strategy & Organization Effectiveness Practice for Dove Consulting, which was acquired by Hitachi in 2005.
Fred Seegal joined Peter J Solomon Company in 2009 as a Senior Advisor and was named a Vice Chairman in 2012. Mr. Seegal came to PJSC after spending most of his 35 year investment banking career at Wasserstein Perella, where he served as President; and Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers, where he concentrated primarily on major media, telecom and internet clients. In recent years, Mr. Seegal has advised such companies as eBay, BellSouth, LIN Cellular, SBC Communications, Time Warner, EDS, Gannett Co. Inc., McCaw Cellular, AT&T, LIN Broadcasting Corporation, Infinity Broadcasting Corporation, Media General, Vanguard Cellular Systems, Cellular Communications International, Inc., Viacom, Lycos, Geo Cities & Insight Communications.
Clifford “Cliff” Skelton is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Fiserv Corporation. Prior to joining Fiserv in April 2012, Cliff served as the Global Chief Technology and Operations Officer at Ally Financial Corporation, a company he joined in 2007, after spending nearly 9 years at Bank of America Corporation. As a member of the Ally Corporate Executive Team, he transitioned the company to a Bank Holding Company and developed new products and services in the Retail Bank, Auto Lending, Insurance, and Mortgage Services businesses. At Bank of America, he was a member of the Management Operating Committee and served in roles as the Corporate Merger and Acquisition Transition Executive, Chief Operating Officer for Card Services, Merchant Services Executive and several other transformational roles. Prior to joining Bank of America in early 1999, Cliff spent 21 years as a Naval Officer and Navy fighter pilot. He commanded an F/A-18 squadron, served as a member of the 1997-98 White House Fellows program, and was the lead solo pilot and Operations Officer for the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels. He achieved the rank of Captain (0-6) and surpassed 5,000 hours of tactical flight experience, including 800 carrier landings. Cliff has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Jerry is the Executive Vice President of SATMAP with responsibility for Marketing as well as Sales and Business Development responsibilities. SATMAP offers the only contact center technology that pairs agents and callers on personality basis maximum call optimization. SATMAP, an acronym for SATisfaction MAPping, is an artificial intelligence application for matching callers to agents in a contact center, based on a real-time analysis of diverse personality attributes. Prior to joining SATMAP, Jerry was an executive at Sprint where he transformed Sprint’s customer experience and achieved industry-leading customer experience metrics. Jerry received his MBA from Columbia University and his BA from Yale University. He resides in Leawood, Kansas with his wife and four children.
Robert A. “Rob” Strickland is currently the Cofounder of Direct Nexus, a next-generation Management Consulting and Business Solutions Company that helps domestic and international organizations understand and harness the power of technology to propel their business and brand today and well into the future. Prior to his current position, Rob was the CTO of Leap Wireless leading IT, Engineering and Field Operations, as well as Product Realization Teams. Leap/Cricket was purchased by AT&T in July of 2013 and closed the merger with AT&T/AIO on March 13, 2014. His prior roles also include Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of T-Mobile USA, Inc., were he was responsible for an operation that supported 33.8M wireless subscribers in North America. Strickland has also held senior executive technology positions at EchoStar Communications Corporation, and Landmark Communications, where he helped shape the strategy and subsequent success of The Weather Channel as a major source of weather information on the Internet. Rob has been honored with a CIO 100 Award twice, in 2009 and in 2006.