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.
Gene Reznik is Accenture’s chief strategy officer with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s strategy and investments, including ecosystem strategy and ventures and acquisitions. He also has management responsibility for Accenture Security and the company’s industry and research programs. Mr. Reznik is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.
Before being named to his current position in September 2018, Mr. Reznik served as the senior managing director for the Accenture Technology Ecosystem & Ventures organization with responsibility for leading all facets of the Accenture ecosystem and venturing lifecycle—setting strategy, forming and managing strategic partnerships, developing relationships with venture capital firms and start-ups, and driving the Accenture innovation agenda.
Throughout his more than 20-year career with Accenture, Mr. Reznik has held a number of global leadership positions across Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology (CMT) operating group, including serving as the group technology officer for CMT. In this capacity, Mr. Reznik was responsible for leading the technology agenda for the group globally, which included defining the CMT technology strategy, overseeing current and future technology partnerships and developing emerging technology areas. Mr. Reznik previously led the CMT business in Asia Pacific, served as global managing director of Accenture’s Communications industry group and led the CMT global strategy practice.
Throughout his career, Mr. Reznik has led high-profile engagements with some of the world’s largest organizations. He has developed Accenture’s thought leadership across technology and strategy and has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
Mr. Reznik joined Accenture in 1994 and became a partner in 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
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.