zNext 2015 Launch Event - London



Rakesh Kumar, Managing VP, Gartner

Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar is a Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where he leads the Data Center Strategies team.

With more than 25 years of international experience, Mr. Kumar is a recognized leader in data center architectures, infrastructure, high availability and operational processes.

Mr. Kumar also leads the research in data center power and cooling issues and is an established international authority in environmental and "green" IT strategies.

He has worked with the European Union and various governments around the world on energy-related technology issues.

Mr. Kumar has spent considerable time in India working with many companies and government departments. He is one of the world's foremost experts on the development of core IT infrastructure in India.

Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM

Tom Rosamilia

Tom Rosamilia is Senior Vice President of IBM Systems and Technology Group and IBM Integrated Supply Chain. He has global responsibility for all aspects of IBM’s semiconductor, servers, storage, and the system software businesses; all of IBM’s supply chain; and the company’s Global Business Partners organization.

Prior to this role, Mr. Rosamilia was Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Manager of Enterprise Initiatives. In this role, he was responsible for IBM’s strategic direction as well as developing IBM’s path forward in the new era of computing.

Mr. Rosamilia joined IBM in 1983 as a software developer for the MVS operating system. He held a variety of programming and management positions in software development in the S/390 organization and became Vice President of S/390 Software Development in 1998. Following a number of leadership roles in IBM Software Group (Vice President of WebSphere, Vice President of Development for Data Management, and General Manager of IBM’s Silicon Valley Laboratory), Mr. Rosamilia became General Manager of IBM’s WebSphere software division.

In 2009, Mr. Rosamilia joined IBM Systems & Technology Group as General Manager of System z and, soon after, Power Systems as well. In this role, he was responsible for all facets of both businesses, including strategy, marketing, sales, operations, technology development and overall financial performance.

Mr. Rosamilia received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, with majors in computer science and economics. In 2004, he completed the IBM Strategic Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School. Mr. Rosamilia has also served on the boards of the United Way of Dutchess County, the United Way of Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group and the California Manufacturing and Technology Association.

David Stokes, Chief Executive, IBM UK and Ireland

David Stokes

David Stokes is the Chief Executive for IBM in the UK and Ireland (UKI) where he is leading the charge in helping organisations across all industries leverage digital technology to transform; both by streamlining their business operations and by creating engaging front office systems.

David is responsible for all IBM's operations in the UK and Ireland. This includes all of IBM's lines of business (services, software, hardware and global financing), client and partner relationships and support functions. The UK and Ireland is one of IBM's largest international operations and includes a number of international client delivery, development and support functions.

David has had an extensive international career holding various senior technology and business leadership roles in IBM. His roles include the launch and expansion of IBM’s Websphere (e-business middleware) business in the UK and then into Europe, Middle East and Africa, the development of IBM's commercial business operations in the UK and a number of leadership roles across the emerging markets.

David is passionate about the role technology can play in transforming business and society and is a champion of the importance of developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills to help solve the UK skills shortage and drive growth in the UK economy. In support of this and other important business and societal issues, he is a member of the e-Skills UK IT and Telecoms Board, the Information Economy Council and the CBI Presidents Committee.

David plays a key role in championing diversity across the business by chairing the IBM UKI Diversity Council as well as being an active advocate of the importance of gender diversity. He is also a keen sponsor of the IBM graduate, student and apprenticeship programmes.

In additional to his responsibilities leading the UK and Ireland workforce, David is a member of the global IBM Strategy team which is responsible for shaping and developing IBM’s corporate strategy.

C. Richard (Rick) Fuchs, Vice President, System z Brand Management, Global Sales, IBM

C. Richard (Rick) Fuchs

Rick is responsible for worldwide System z sales generally and in particular developing and deploying effective worldwide programs and offerings with our customers to ensure their continued business success using System z in support of their business process model. This includes the cross-IBM sales execution model in support of their continued success with using System z to drive sustainable competitive advantage with compelling business value (ensuring that those offerings remain representative of our customers’ ongoing business needs in areas such as, Cloud Computing, Business Analytics , Integration of Mobile Computing with our clients’ current business processes and Information Technology model, Security, Linux, and Industry-focused solutions) to better exploit the System z architecture --- bringing the business advantages System z offers to both our current System z users as well as new System z clients.

Prior to his current assignment, Rick was responsible for IBM’s alliance with Lenovo including the development and deployment of an effective worldwide cross-IBM sales execution model in support of the continued success of IBM’s alliance with Lenovo.

Rick has held numerous executive positions within IBM such as Vice President of Strategy and Operations, later Worldwide Sales, for IBM’s On Demand Business strategy ensuring that all of IBM's resources --- research, technology, services, consulting, hardware, software, financing, and sales --- were marshaled and coordinated with only one goal in mind: to help our customers gain competitive advantage by leveraging the benefits that On Demand Business can bring to them. He was also Vice President of Operations for IBM's Americas Group where he was responsible for customer satisfaction; sales management; the end-to-end distribution and delivery management of all IBM products and offerings; implementation and support of IT and related support systems; technical support programs for IBM’s customers and business partners; and all aspects of daily operational support to IBM’s sales organization across North, South, and Central America. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Enterprise Server Sales for IBM’s Americas Group with responsibility for System z and S/390 sales to IBM's largest customers in North, South, and Central America. Rick also established IBM's worldwide Server Consolidation Solutions Consulting Practice and was responsible for its solution framework and strategy in that marketspace, including the industry-leading ALIGN methodology. He has also served as the General Manager for High End Server Sales, System z, and System 390 Sales for IBM in Latin America.

In addition to holding various management positions in IBM’s sales organization, Rick has held positions within IBM’s Communications and Media Industry Solutions Unit where he was responsible for sales and marketing programs and within the System z and S/390 brand organization where he was responsible for sales support for all of North America.

Rick started his career with IBM in New Jersey in the United States in sales serving clients in Power Utilities, Higher Education, Telecommunications, and Health Industries. He is a graduate of Brown University where he received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics.

Michael A. Desens, Vice President and Business Line Executive, System z, IBM

Michael A. Desens

Mike Desens is the Vice President and Business Line Executive of System z, responsible for all facets of IBM’s mainframe business, including strategy, architecture, technology development and overall financial performance.

Previously, Mike was Vice President of Power and System z Development with responsibility for leading a global hardware and software development team to design, develop and deliver IBM’s System z and Power Systems. He was located in Shanghai, China, with the additional responsibility for leading the Systems and Technology Group’s laboratories in China and Taiwan.

Mike has over 29 years of experience in the IT industry leading global development and business teams delivering high quality hardware and software solutions. Mike joined IBM in 1984 and has held a wide range of management and executive positions in the strategy, development, manufacturing, marketing and brand management areas.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University.

Dan Bailey, WW Sales & Dist Mobile Business Director, IBM

Dan Bailey

With over 20 years of experience in IT Dan has worked in many countries across Asia, Australia, Americas and Europe. He has worked closely with clients on programmes that covered the whole spectrum of IT sales and delivery for public sector, financial services, travel & transport, natural resources and telecommunications. He has successfully delivered complex integration and transition projects; managed the operational running of systems; had P&L responsibilities; brought new technologies to market, and defined and deployed strategies for the IBM corporation and clients.

He is thought leader in Cloud Computing and High Availability. He pioneered the UK Government G-Cloud programme, influenced IBM’s corporate cloud strategy and based on practical client experience building complex highly available systems he created IBM method & courses on the topic.

Outside of IBM Dan has worked with universities in the UK and in the US to help ensure that future leaders in our clients also understand the importance of IT. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

Paul DiMarzio, System z Big Data and Analytics Offering Manager Product Manager, IBM

Paul DiMarzio

30+ years experience with IBM focused on bringing new and emerging technologies to the mainframe. Currently part of the System z Growth business line, with specific focus on cross-industry big data and business analytics offerings.

Simon Hutchings, Consultant, Nationwide Building Society

Simon Hutchings is a Consultant in Nationwide Building Society, where he leads the IBM z Systems and z/OS Systems Programming Team.

Simon has over 32 years of IBM Mainframe experience starting as a VM/VSE Operator and then moving swiftly into VM Systems Programming (gaining skills for DOS/VSE and MVS/XA).

Simon joined Nationwide in 1991 and was a key player in building the new 'Greenfield' MVS/ESA infrastructure to host a new General Ledger system bringing some HR applications in house. Over the years Simon has acquired good experience in CICS, IMS/DB, DB2 and a plethora of ISV software.

In 2008 Nationwide decided to deploy a new SAP Banking system onto a completely new z Systems infrastructure including the first Parallel Sysplex at Nationwide. This system now hosts all of Nationwide’s current accounts.

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