The accelerating pace of technology change is causing organizations to be disrupted with increasing frequency. Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, quantum computing, blockchain, and big data are leveling the playing field and reducing barriers to entry for competition. Amazon, Uber, Apple, Netflix, and Airbnb are but a few examples of this. Directors need to understand how to think about disruption, with its potential value and risk, in order to work effectively with management on a strategy that makes sense for the organization. If you attended last year's Emerging Technologies: What Directors Need to Know to Drive Shareholder Value, you will not want to miss this year's program on digital disruption. A team of Accenture experts will target breakout sessions with Q & A on the following:
Michael Ljung, a Senior Managing Director, leads the Intelligent Software Engineering business for Accenture in North America. Software Engineering because building future-ready systems requires architecture principles and engineering discipline; Intelligent Software because more and more systems rely on AI, automation, and analytics. Michael’s group of 8,100 includes technology architects, cloud native engineers, serverless programmers, devops experts, custom delivery leads, agile scrum masters, AI professionals, and data scientists. Working together, they help clients embrace what we call Exponential IT. Prior to this role, Michael ran Accenture’s Midwest Technology business, responsible for sales and delivery of all types of technology solutions, custom and packaged, across industries.
Chris Roark is a Managing Director and the North America Lead for Accenture’s Competitive Agility Growth Platform, which served clients to drive enterprise value through growth strategies, operating model design and structural cost resets. Prior to this role, Mr. Roark was the Managing Director responsible for Accenture Strategy’s Midwest Region as well as Consumer Goods & Services Industry. He is a frequent speak and author, including recent publications titled The Bottom Line on Trust, How Boards Can Accelerate Growth With A Zero-Based Mindset, Putting the Consumer Back in CPG and The Big Zero.
Mr. Roark holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He and his wife have 4 children. They live in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood.
Tanarra Schneider is a Managing Director in our Human-Centered Design and Innovation Practice, Fjord. Over her 20+ year career, she’s designed everything from corporate education programs to healthcare apps to business models, both as a consultant and as a member of “in-house" design teams. She currently leads our Fjord business in the Midwest and Southwest, working with teams and clients to create capacity for sustainable innovation, design amazing customer and employee experiences, and uncover new sources of value – all with a keen eye towards positive human impact. Prior to joining Fjord 5 years ago, Tanarra has held leadership positions at agencies in New York and Chicago. She was the Sr. Director of Design and Development at Playboy Enterprises and spent 3 years crafting JetBlue Airways’ internal eLearning practice.
Mike Redding is the Global Managing Director of Accenture Ventures. In this role, Mike is responsible for growing a worldwide network across more than 40 countries that is building a portfolio of strategic partnerships and equity investments in emerging technology companies. The intent of this portfolio is to catalyze Accenture’s and our client’s business transformations. Investment and business growth priorities include Artificial Intelligence, Industry X.0, CyberSecurity, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Blockchain, and Cloud (SaaS/PaaS/IaaS).
Mike was recognized in 2019 by Global Corporate Venturing, the international industry association for Corporate Venture Capital, as #9 on their Powerlist of Top 100 Corporate Venture Leads out of 2,200 CVC units globally.
Mike’s passion for bold ideas that produce game-changing results has been a constant theme over his 28+ years with Accenture. Mike has incubated and launched technology innovations to clients across multiple geographies and industries including Banking, Mortgage Lending, Insurance, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, Telecommunications, Life Sciences, and Public Sector Agencies (Defense and Postal). Mike speaks frequently on the impact of emerging technology on large organizations across various client, industry, and media forums.
Previously, Mike served five years as the Global Managing Director of Accenture Technology Labs, the dedicated technology R&D organization of Accenture. In that role, he led a diverse team of technology experts across the five global Labs locations in North America, Europe, India and China. He directed the investment in technology R&D, collaborated with Accenture’s largest clients on their innovation agendas and oversaw all Labs go-to-market activities.
Mike received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1988 and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1991.