Boards today are facing a world where the data our companies receive, send, generate and manage is burgeoning beyond all expectations. The business potential is visible, our infrastructure may or may not be secure; our customers may have differing expectations about how trusted (or unknown) brands will manage their information, and our regulators are increasingly stepping up to have a say in it.
Change is rapid: whether it’s the cost of technology, or substantive advances like faster computing, big data/analytics, machine learning/AI, cloud-based data storage and software, Internet of Things, and expanded availability of mobile connectivity. Together these are quickly shaping what is possible. And, what is expected of a board in governance terms may be changing with each news cycle. The specifics vary by industry, but the business potential of harnessing data is expanding, and so are the risks.
How can board directors, senior executives, and advisors provide effective governance, challenge and counsel to companies across a wide range of industries in this fast-changing landscape?
Join us as we hear boardroom perspectives from a panel of experts who have dealt with these challenges and opportunities, whether as a CIO/CTO addressing the wide range of opportunities and threats, a cybersecurity advisor, a CMO dealing with the expanded potential for digital outreach (but also the reputation problems if a customer data breach occurs), or a consultant evangelizing around the powerful business case of bigger and better data use. Our lively discussion will focus on what’s really happening out there and how boards can learn about and address the possibilities, the power, and the risks.
Our lively discussion will focus on what’s really happening out there, and how boards can learn about and address the possibilities, the power, and the risks.
Leroy J. Williams, Jr is the Chief Executive Officer of CyberTekIQ, which partners with clients to maximize business performance through smart technology investments and the deployment of information security best practices.
Prior to CyberTekIQ, he was the Global Chief Information Officer for Ball Corporation. From 2005-2016, Williams served as a member of the Senior Executive Team tasked with strategy development, achievement of profitable growth, and enterprise risk management across three global product lines focused on consumer packaged goods and aerospace technologies. As an executive business partner, he was responsible for all aspects of information technology, cyber security, data analytics, and value added business solutions across the global reach of the company.
Prior to Ball Corp, he spent three and a half years working in the public sector as a cabinet member for Colorado Governor Bill Owens' administration. In this capacity, he served in several roles with statewide responsibility, including the Secretary of Technology, the Chief Information Officer, and the Executive Director for the Department of Labor and Employment.
Before his career in the public sector, Williams directed Qwest's supply-chain management and procurement B2B initiatives. He also served as Director of E-Business for U S West/Dex, Inc., Director of Local Market Integration for U S WEST Communications, and Senior Manager of Business Process Integration for U S WEST, Inc. Prior to his career in telecommunications, Williams worked in the banking industry for Norwest (now Wells Fargo) as a Senior Technical Consultant responsible for the design, development, and deployment of next generation technology solutions.
Williams currently serves on the board of directors for UMB Financial Corporation, the Daniels Fund, and the Colorado Education Initiative. He previously served on the Governor's Commission on Information Management as the chairperson, the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority, the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Aurora Education Foundation, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Williams served 4 years in the U.S. Army and trained as a telecommunications specialist. He holds a master's in business administration from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business and earned an undergraduate degree in computer information science from Denver Technical College. Leroy is a Colorado native and a graduate of Hinkley High School in Aurora.
Chris McShea is an Expert Partner in the Financial Services Practice for McKinsey. For over twenty years he has focused on helping clients innovate with advanced analytics. Working at the intersection of strategy and analytics, Chris has developed pragmatic solutions that blend emerging capabilities with the realities of the client’s competitive environment.
Chris’ assignments have spanned the entire value chain as well as industry ecosystems. His research has examined various business implications of advanced analytics programs including: adoption rates across the value chain, cross industry innovations, maximizing ROI, and the challenges of c-suite dynamics. The latter work has been published in the Harvard Business Review.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Chris served in various leadership roles. Most recently he was a partner at EY where he created the Strategic Decision Analytics practice that works with clients on their growth and profit agendas. He also co-led their support for the Federal Reserve during the Financial Crises. During the Dot.com era he led the development of analytic capabilities for a high-profile tech startup developing a platform to digitize financial services distribution. Earlier in his career Chris was a Partner at Deloitte where he founded and led the Advanced Quantitative Sciences practice, which capitalized on its distinct firstmover advantage in the advanced analytics space.
His community activities include serving on various United Way leadership committees, participating in the Chicago Anti-Violence and Community Stabilization Initiative and sponsoring a Wounded Warrior outdoors program. Mr. McShea is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University
Christopher Lietz is a Principal and Coalfire, a Colorado-based cybersecurity advisory firm. He is has more than 25 years of technology, analytics and security industry experience, and has served clients in the insurance, retail, consumer products, healthcare, transportation, and technology services industries. In addition to a B.S. degree in engineering and an MBA in finance and marketing, he maintains multiple security-related certifications (CISSP, CGEIT, CRISC, CISA, CISM, and CTPRP).
Elizabeth G. (Libby) Chambers is a board director and advisor, with experience as a senior financial services executive, strategist, and marketing leader. She helps companies develop and deliver growth plans that succeed, typically involving digital transformation, brand building, and leveraging data and insights to strengthen customer relationships.
She currently serves on the board of Smith & Williamson, a large private bank providing wealth management, accounting, and tax advisory services. She is on the advisory boards of several fintech startups including Datami, Loyalty Angels (Bink), and Digi.me. Her previous directorships have included Dollar Financial Group, hibu plc (formerly the Yell Group), and the Home and Savings Bank. She also served on/chaired the boards of Barclays' joint ventures with Home Retail Group (Argos), Thomas Cook, and Solutions Personal Finance (Littlewoods).
Chambers' executive career included roles as EVP and chief strategy, product, and marketing officer of Western Union, the global payments company, with responsibility for global strategy, products, marketing, and communications and a range of corporate transformation and innovation initiatives. Prior to Western Union, she held a variety of senior marketing roles at Barclays, including serving as chief marketing officer of retail and commercial banking and Barclaycard. She also led Barclaycard's cobranded credit card-issuing business in the United Kingdom for three years. Her tenure at Barclays was marked by a string of market-leading product innovations and partnerships, as well as digital channel development and brand transformation. She has also held C-level strategy, marketing, and new business development roles at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Bank of America, Reader's Digest Association, and Bingham McCutchen.
Earlier in her career, Chambers was a partner in the Financial Institutions and Organisation Practices at McKinsey & Company, where her clients included a range of consumer and B2B financial services providers and payments companies. While at McKinsey, she coauthored the renowned "War for Talent" study, published in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and several other publications, including The McKinsey Quarterly.
A Harvard MBA, she is also a Stanford graduate and started her career as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley & Co. Chambers is a Colorado native and resides in Denver and Vail.