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Christopher Young: CEO, McAfee

Christopher Young (@youngdchris) is CEO of McAfee, LLC. He works side by side with the industry‘s best and brightest to protect all that matters through leading-edge cybersecurity.

In 2014 he joined Intel, and later led the initiative to spin out McAfee, one of the largest, pure-play cybersecurity brands in the world. As a standalone company, McAfee has a clear mission and roadmap for the future to drive limitless innovation, securely.

Under Chris‘ leadership, McAfee protects mission-critical systems and data for nine of 10 Fortune 100 firms, and is in more than two-thirds of the Global 2000. Governments and organizations of every size also rely on McAfee, as do nearly 300 million consumers.

Chris serves as a member of the President‘s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), which advises the U.S. government on national security and emergency preparedness. He also helped establish the non-profit Cyber Threat Alliance—a group of companies who share threat intelligence and currently serves on its board.

As a recognized and respected voice in cybersecurity, media rely on Chris‘ insights and industry events feature his keynotes on their center stages.

Earlier in his career, Chris led cybersecurity efforts at Cisco, RSA (a division of today‘s Dell EMC), and AOL. He also led end-user computing at VMware and cofounded the company, Cyveillance.

Chris currently serves on the board of directors of American Express and Snap Inc. He was formerly a board member of cybersecurity data analytics firm Rapid7 before its IPO and during its transition to a publicly held company. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University.

Chris holds a bachelor‘s degree cum laude from Princeton University, and an MBA degree with distinction from the Harvard Business School.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. With many scientists participating in experiments at CERN and returning to their laboratories around the world, these scientists were eager to exchange data and results but had difficulties doing so. Sir Tim understood this need, and understood the unrealized potential of millions of computers connected together through the Internet.

Sir Tim documented what was to become the World Wide Web with the submission of a proposal specifying a set of technologies that would make the Internet truly accessible and useful to people. Despite initial setbacks and with perseverance, by October of 1990, he had specified the three fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web (and which you may have seen appear on parts of your Web browser): HTML, URL, and HTTP.

He also wrote the first Web page editor/browser (“WorldWideWeb”) and the first Web server (“?httpd“). By the end of 1990, the first Web page was served. By 1991, people outside of CERN joined the new Web community, and in April 1993, CERN announced that the World Wide Web technology would be available for anyone to use on a royalty-free basis.

Since that time, the Web has changed the world, arguably becoming the most powerful communication medium the world has ever known. Whereas only roughly one-third of the people on the planet are currently using the Web (and the Web Foundation aims to accelerate this growth substantially), the Web has fundamentally altered the way we teach and learn, buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate, meet and love, and tackle problems ranging from putting food on our tables to curing cancer.

In 2007, Sir Tim recognized that the Web’s potential to empower people to bring about positive change remained unrealized by billions around the world. Announcing the formation of the World Wide Web Foundation, he once again confirmed his commitment to ensuring an open, free Web accessible and meaningful to all where people can share knowledge, access services, conduct commerce, participate in good governance and communicate in creative ways.

A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering and in a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CSAIL. He is a professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and author of Weaving the Web and many other publications.

Walter Isaacson, Best-Selling Author; Acclaimed Historian and Journalist

Walter Isaacson is the past president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. Isaacson’s most recent book, Leonardo da Vinci (2017) brings history's most creative genius at the crossroads of the humanities and the arts to life, and highlights and teaches the importance of creativity and challenging the status quo. Isaacson is also author of The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (2014), a biographical tale of the people who invented the computer, Internet and the other great innovations of the digital age. His other books include Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

Isaacson was born in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times- Picayune. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of digital media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2004.

He is chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. From 2005-2007 he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, which oversaw the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held from 2009 to 2012. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, the Overseers of Harvard University, the New Orleans Tricentennial Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Carnegie Institution, the Society of American Historians, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

Allison Cerra: Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, McAfee

Allison Cerra is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at McAfee. In this role, she is responsible for leading all of McAfee’s marketing and communications initiatives. Cerra was previously vice president and head of marketing at Intel Security Group.

Before joining McAfee, Cerra served as vice president of marketing for the Americas Enterprise Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to that, she served as vice president of marketing and communications at Alcatel-Lucent, vice president of sales and marketing at Frontier Communications, and director of consumer marketing at Verizon.

An accomplished senior marketing executive, Cerra has co-authored four books exploring how technology is changing business models and user behaviors. Most recently, she co-authored The Second Economy, which defines a new paradigm for how cybersecurity professionals can more effectively defend their organizations against online adversaries. She was named "CMO of the Year" and "Top Researcher of the Year" by the Dallas/Fort Worth American Marketing Association, and was recognized as a "Women in Business" and "Women in Technology" honoree by the Dallas Business Journal.

Cerra earned bachelor's degrees in marketing and management from the University of South Florida, and master's degrees in business administration and telecommunications from Southern Methodist University.

Steve Grobman: Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, McAfee

Steve Grobman is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for McAfee. In this role, Grobman sets the technical strategy and direction to create technologies which protect smart, connected computing devices and infrastructure worldwide. He drives McAfee innovation and leads thousands of technical resources to deliver robust and sophisticated cybersecurity solutions that protect corporate and consumer assets. Grobman is a trusted advisor to the industry and media in the field of cybersecurity defense and the evolving threat landscape.

Prior to joining McAfee, Grobman was at Intel where he spent over two decades in senior technical leadership positions related to the field of cybersecurity. His roles varied from protecting Intel‘s own assets as an IT security architect to building new security architecture into hardware and software as the chief architect for Intel‘s vPro platform. After the acquisition of McAfee in 2012, Grobman moved into the CTO office to drive new research and innovation capabilities for the division and was named worldwide CTO in 2014.

He has published multiple technical papers and books, and holds 24 U.S. and international patents in the fields of security, software, and computer architecture, with another roughly 20 patents pending.

Grobman earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from North Carolina State University.

Rajiv Gupta: Senior Vice President, Cloud Security Business Unit, McAfee

Rajiv Gupta is senior vice president of the cloud security business unit at McAfee. Rajiv joined McAfee in January 2018 with the acquisition of Skyhigh Networks, the leading cloud access security broker (CASB) company where he was the founder and CEO.

Gupta has more than 20 years of successful enterprise software and security experience, and is recognized as a pioneer of web services. Prior to founding Skyhigh, Rajiv was vice president and general manager of the policy management business unit at Cisco.

Prior to Cisco, Rajiv was founder and CEO of Securent Inc., a policy-based web services management company that was acquired by Oblix/Oracle. Before Securent, he spent 11 years at Hewlett-Packard, where his work on client-utility computing technology was the precursor to cloud services as we know them today. With more than 45 patents, Rajiv is the inventor or co-inventor of some of the seminal concepts that underpin web services.

Rajiv earned a bachelor‘s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology and his doctorate in computer science from the California Institute of Technology.

Raja Patel: Vice President & General Manager Corporate Products, McAfee

Raja Patel is a vice president general manager of corporate security products at McAfee. He is responsible for defining and executing the strategic direction for McAfee's corporate products portfolio, which includes solutions for endpoint security, advanced threat detection, security operations, network security, & data protection. Raja leads strategy, product management, business development, product marketing & user experience teams responsible for building security solutions for the corporate products group.

Prior to this role, Raja was general manager for the network security business unit, within Intel, and at Cisco where he led product management for cloud security services business, with a focus on content security, threat intelligence and advanced threat solutions. Raja also held other senior positions at Cisco, including strategy development across the enterprise-networking portfolio, product management for its multi-billion-dollar integrated services routing portfolio, overseeing development, go-to-market and lifecycle management for a broad range of hardware and software offerings.

Prior to Cisco, Patel worked in business development, application and flight test engineering at Honeywell.

Patel holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in mathematics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, and an MBA degree in global management from the University of Phoenix.