Frances Fragos Townsend is the Executive Vice President at MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc. Townsend was a corporate partner at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP.
Previously, Townsend served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008. Moreover, she spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush.
Currently, Townsend is an on-air contributor for CNN as an expert on counterterrorism, national security, and homeland security. She is a director and chairs the compensation committees of three private companies' boards of directors and serves as a director of two public companies. She serves on numerous government advisory and nonprofit boards. In addition, she is a former chair of the Board of Directors of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and is a member of the board of the Bipartisan Policy Council. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.
Denis A. Bovin is a Senior Advisor at Evercore Partners, a leading global independent Investment Banking and Strategic Advisory Firm. He is also Chairman of the MIT Investment Management Company, which oversees the investment of MIT's approximately $17 billion endowment and is a member of the MIT Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Vice Chairman of Business Executives for National Security, Inc., a Vice Chairman of the Intrepid Foundation; and serves on the Board of the Center for a New American Security and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Mr. Bovin received his B.S. degree from MIT and an M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Bovin is a member of the Defense Business Board, the Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel and received a Presidential appointment to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Defense Science Board and a representative of the Defense Policy Board and has also served on the Senior Advisory Groups for both the United States Southern Command and the United States European Command.
H. Lowell Brown has practiced law in Falmouth, Maine since 2000. A former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and an Assistant General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Brown was Assistant General Counsel of Northrop Grumman Corporation from 1991-2000. He has served as an independent special compliance officer for Raytheon Corporation and the DIRECTV Group to oversee compliance requirements of consent agreements entered into with the United States Government.
Brown currently serves as a director of two foreign-owned corporations that provide goods and services to the U.S. government. In addition, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Bangor Theological Seminary and serves as a member of the board of Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls, and as a director of the Maine Bar Foundation.
Brown is a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Maine School of Law and is a frequent speaker on white collar crime. He has written law review and journal articles concerning compliance programs as well as the ethical and legal issues facing corporate counsel in regard to internal investigations. He is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors in Presidential Impeachment, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
William T. Vinson is a Director and the Chairman of the Westminster Free Clinic (pro bono), which provides free medical services to the homeless and working poor.
He also has assisted many major corporations in acquisition and corporate governance matters. Vinson retired in 1998 as the Vice President and Chief Counsel of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Lockheed Corporation (1992) and prior to that as Vice President-Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of Lockheed Corporation (1990).
Vinson joined Lockheed in 1975 as an attorney, serving as counsel on various major domestic and international programs, including those related to fleet ballistic missiles, strategic defense, space station, international launch joint ventures, offshore oil recovery and commercial ocean mining. In 1990, he moved to the corporate headquarters, where he served as counsel to management in a number of diverse legal situations.
Vinson has been a speaker on numerous occasions in the areas of U.S. Government Procurement Law, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions and the FCPA, and has been included in "Who's Who in American Law" and "Who's Who in America."
Mark Testoni has been President and Chief Executive of the company since 2011 with responsibility for management, sales, consulting, product support, and go-to-market strategy for SAP's most secure and sensitive U.S. government markets, customers and partners. Prior to assuming this position, Testoni served as President of SAP Public Services.
Before joining SAP, Testoni spent more than nine years at Oracle, where he was responsible for building the company's application business within the Department of Defense. He was an architect of some of Oracle's most significant business systems wins, including the largest ERP project in company history, supporting the U.S. Air Force.
Testoni has more than 14 years of IT industry expertise and 30 years of public sector experience.
Testoni is a graduate of the University of Tampa and holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in financial management, information technology and logistics. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; a member of the board of directors of Integra Realty Resources (IRR), a nationwide commercial real estate consulting firm; and an editorial advisor to ExecSense, a service of the Financial Times.
With more than 25 years of information technology experience, Ron Police is Senior Vice President for SAP NS2, with a primary focus on corporate development.
Previously, Police served as a Vice President for Apple Inc., where he was responsible for business-to-government markets. At Apple, Police implemented strategies to boost revenue and profitability, spur interest in the Mac, and launch mobility solutions for use by local, state, and federal governments.
Prior to his work at Apple, Police spent 17 years at Oracle Corporation, serving as Senior Vice President of Higher Education and Healthcare Sales, Senior Vice President of Sales Operations, and Vice President of DoD and Intelligence Operations for Oracle Service Industries.
In 2012, Police established a consulting business focused on strategic planning, marketing, and sales strategies for technology companies. He has also been actively involved in numerous technology trade associations and has participated in several advisory boards for technology companies in the Washington D.C. area.
A 1982 graduate of Penn State, Police has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Logistics. He also completed an executive studies program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and a leadership development program at The Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado. He currently serves as an advisor to Penn State's College of Information Science and Technology.
David Erley is the chief financial officer for SAP NS2. He is responsible for all financial activities, including forecasting, business planning and analysis, driving finance efficiency and profitable revenue growth for SAP NS2. He was previously the CFO of SAP Canada, in Toronto Canada with over 2,000 employees and $700M in revenue and prior to that he was previously the vice president for the North American Services organization where he was responsible for $1.5B in revenue and the overall financial plans, forecasting and budgeting for the consulting and education lines of business. David reports directly to Mark Testoni, the CEO of SAP NS2.
David joined SAP in 1998 as a senior financial analyst. During his tenure with the company he has held numerous finance and management related positions including: senior director of finance supporting strategic industries, inside sales and the small and medium enterprises sales line of business.
Prior to joining SAP, David worked in various finance and business related positions at VerticalNet, Deloitte and Touche, Cox Enterprises and Bass Worldwide.
David is a certified public accountant and a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor of business administration in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Joseph Kernan, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, retired, is Vice President of Business Development for SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2). After 36 years of active duty service in the Navy, with deep experience in special operations and international affairs, Kernan brings an expert's perspective to the task of advising SAP NS2 and its customers on national security and technology.
Kernan spent the early part of his career as an engineering officer on Navy surface ships before joining the Navy Special Warfare/SEAL community in 1981. He operated in many regions over 25 years and became Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command in 2007, overseeing all resourcing and readiness issues for nearly 8,000 personnel. He subsequently returned to the fleet as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, managing naval sea, air, and land activities in the Caribbean and Central and South America. He served for two years as Senior Military Assistant to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, where he was involved in various aspects of the Secretary's U.S. and overseas engagements, Defense Department strategy, and resource planning and operations globally.
Most recently, Kernan served as the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, where he led efforts to resource and coalesce the strategies of the U.S. military, other U.S. government agencies, and other nations in the hemisphere.
Throughout his career, Kernan has worked extensively with U.S. and foreign leaders to strengthen national, regional, and global security as well as facilitate diplomatic, economic, and humanitarian initiatives.
As the Consulting Leader within SAP NS2, Harish Luthra is responsible for leading successful program oversight, staff development in North America, and business development. The consulting organization he heads also liaises with SAP's solution management and development teams to enhance client success.
Prior to joining SAP NS2, Luthra was the National Vice President of SAP Public Services, having started the Federal Professional Services practice in 1999. In this role, Luthra was responsible for Professional Services sales and delivery for the federal government (defense and civilian), state and local governments, aerospace and defense corporations, and higher education institutions. His successful project implementations have included the IRS IFS, USPS Human Capital Enterprise, U.S Army Medical Materiel Agen
As Senior Vice President and General Manager, Robert Butler is responsible for all customer support and security operations.
Prior to joining the company, Butler was the President of CGI-AMS Secure, Inc., which he founded and led subsequent to the acquisition of American Management Systems (AMS) by CGI, a Canadian corporation. At AMS prior to the acquisition, he served as Vice President responsible for various segments of AMS' public sector business over a 25-year career. His AMS responsibilities included numerous large, complex ERP implementations for federal, state, and local government clients. He was also general manager of AMS' national ERP practice for state and local governments, including license sales, implementation consulting services, customer support centers, and product development.
He is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). Butler received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his MBA degree with distinction from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Dale Chakarian Turza is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of SAP National Security Services, Inc.® (SAP NS2®). Prior to joining SAP NS2, Dale was a Partner in the White Collar Defense and Complex Litigation Group of the New York law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP, and, prior to that, she was a Partner in the global law firm, Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells, LLP. With over three decades of experience, Dale is a nationally recognized expert in issues relating to national security, corruption, commercial and arms exports, boycotts and economic sanctions. In private practice, she represented many U.S. and foreign defense contractors, industrial companies, financial institutions, and news organizations, among others, and she handled numerous enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance matters over the years.
Dale received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Connecticut College for Women, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her M.A. degree from Columbia University and a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center where she was editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business. She has lectured extensively and has contributed numerous articles to the New York Law Journal, Asia Law and the Petroleum Economist.
Dale is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Her professional affiliations include the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the American Bar Association. She is past Vice Chair of the ABA's Task Force on Professional Responsibilities Regarding Money Laundering and past Vice Chair of the ABA's Task Force on International Standards for Foreign Corrupt Practices. Dale is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences of Columbia University, a 2011 Columbia University Alumni Medalist and a past Trustee of Connecticut College.
Steven Fehr joined SAP National Security Services in 2013, with more than 25 years of experience managing businesses in commercial and government sectors worldwide.
Previously, Fehr served as Vice President of Aerospace and Defense for SAP Public Services. At SAP, Fehr oversaw the entire portfolio of SAP's aerospace and defense work, including software sales and licensing, education and training of clients, and providing strategic consulting services.
Prior to his work for SAP, Fehr served as Executive Vice President for Government Services at the Brooks Group, a practice he initiated for the company. In this position, Fehr he was responsible for global operations management, strategy implementation and operational-improvement services for private-sector companies and government agencies.
Fehr has also held numerous management and executive positions at BearingPoint, Inc., a major systems integration and management consulting firm.
A graduate of the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, Fehr has served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from National University, San Diego, California.
Laura serves as the Vice President for Human Resources for SAP National Security Services® (SAP NS2®). In that role, Laura is responsible for human resources and recruitment for the company.
Carmack's background and expertise include more than 21 years in human resources, with 16 of them being with Sybase, Inc. At Sybase, Inc. Laura was responsible for human resources for all of North America Sales and Services as well as Latin America. She has planned, implemented and evaluated employee relations as well as human resources policies, programs and practices.
Laura has also worked at Societe Generale in New York for several years in their human resource department in charge of their stagiaire program. This was where her HR career began after several years of teaching French at various private high schools.
Carmack is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where she majored in French with a concentration in Education.
As Vice President of Marketing for SAP NS2, Kristen Sanchez is responsible for marketing strategy and execution for the company.
Sanchez's background and expertise includes more than 14 years in public sector marketing and communications. Prior to joining SAP NS2, she served as an Industry Marketing Director at SAP Public Services, focusing on the Federal and defense sectors. Before joining SAP, Sanchez spent five years at Oracle where she held both sales and field marketing positions focusing on the public sector market. Sanchez has also held account executive positions at INPUT and Upstart Vision, a public relations firm focusing on technology start-ups.
Sanchez is a graduate of Radford University, where she majored in communications with a concentration in public relations.
Amy Duffy Isom serves as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Business Operation for SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2). Amy is responsible for seamless collaboration across the senior management staff, as well as, sales processes and logistics across all lines of business.
Amy has over 17 years of experience in the technology industry. She began her career at PeopleSoft, proceeded to Oracle and joined SAP in 2006. Amy has held various roles across Sales Operations and Marketing. Amy has worked with many different sales industries, most notably with the U.S. federal sales team since 2008.
Amy holds a BS in human physiology from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Michael Vickers is widely recognized as one of our nation’s top national security professionals. He was a key operational strategist for the two great wars of our time: the operation in the 1980s to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan that helped bring an end to the Cold War – the largest and most successful covert action program in the history of the CIA – and the ongoing war with al-Qa’ida. He played a major policy and planning role in the operation that killed Usama bin Ladin.
From 2011 to 2015, Vickers served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, an $80 billion, 180,000-person, global operation that includes the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Security Service, and the intelligence components of the Military Services and Combatant Commands.
From 2007 to 2011, he served as the first and only Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities. Vickers served as the “Service” Secretary for all Special Operations Forces – a 70,000-person, $10 billion enterprise with personnel deployed in 90 countries – and had policy oversight of all of DoD’s core operational capabilities – strategic forces (nuclear forces, missile defense, space, cyber), conventional forces (air, ground and maritime), and Special Operations Forces.
Earlier in his career, he served in the Special Forces and in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, and had operational and combat experience in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.
Dr. Vickers has received the nation’s highest awards in the fields of intelligence and defense, including the Presidential National Security Medal.
Michael Morell, the recently retired Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of the country's most prominent national security professionals, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy. During his 33-year career at CIA, Michael served as deputy director for over three years, a position from which he managed the Agency's day-to-day operations, represented the Agency at the White House and Congress, and maintained the Agency's relationships with intelligence services and foreign leaders around the world. Michael also served twice as Acting Director, leading CIA when Leon Panetta was named Secretary of Defense and again after David Petraeus left government. Michael's senior assignments at CIA included serving for two years as the Director of Intelligence, the Agency's chief analyst, and for two years as Executive Director, the CIA's top administrator—managing human resources, the budget, security, and information technology for an agency the size of a Fortune 200 firm.
Jack Devine is a founding partner and President of The Arkin Group LLC, which specializes in international crisis management, strategic intelligence, investigative research and business problem solving. He is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA"). Mr. Devine served as both Acting Director and Associate Director of CIA's operations outside the United States from 1993-1995, where he had supervisory authority over thousands of CIA employees involved in sensitive missions throughout the world. In addition, he served as Chief of the Latin American Division from 1992-1993 and was the principal manager of the CIA's sensitive projects in Latin America.
Between 1990 and 1992, Mr. Devine headed the CIA's Counternarcotics Center, which was responsible for coordinating and building close cooperation between all major U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies in tracking worldwide narcotics and crime organizations. From 1985-1987, Mr. Devine headed the CIA's Afghan Task Force, which successfully countered Soviet aggression in the region. In 1987, he was awarded the CIA's Meritorious Officer Award for this accomplishment.
Mr. Devine's international experience with the U.S. government included postings to Latin America and Europe. During his more than 30 years with the CIA, Mr. Devine was involved in organizing, planning and executing countless sensitive projects in virtually all areas of intelligence, including analysis, operations, technology and management.
He is the recipient of the Agency's Distinguished Intelligence Medal and several meritorious awards. He is a recognized expert in Intelligence matters and has written articles for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Miami Herald, The World Policy Journal and Politico. He has also made guest appearances on National Press Club, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CSPAN as well as the History & Discovery channels, PBS, NPR and ABC Radio.
Mr. Devine resides in New York City and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has a Top Secret U.S. Government security clearance and is a Board Member of the CIA Memorial Foundation. Mr. Devine's book, "Good Hunting! A Spymaster's Story," will be published later this year. It focuses on his Agency career and the role of covert action in the past and the future. Mr. Devine speaks Spanish and Italian.
Alan Wade retired from federal service at the end of 2005 after a 35-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired as the Chief Information Officer, a position he held since 2001.
Wade held a series of senior positions at CIA, including the Director of Communications, Director of Security, and Chief Information Officer. In his assignment as Chief Information officer, he was dual-hatted as the Chief Information Officer for the United States Intelligence Community.
During his career, Alan's contributions were recognized several times. He is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Director's Medal, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Since retirement, Alan has worked with several early-stage companies. He served on the boards of Safeboot N.V. (acquired by McAfee in 2007); Detica DFI (acquired by BAE Systems in 2008); Composite Software (acquired by Cisco in 2013); and Applied Communications Sciences (acquired by The SI Organization in 2013). He currently serves on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California; Chiliad Inc. in Washington, DC; and Assyst Inc. in Herndon, Virginia. Additionally, he serves on the public sector advisory boards of several technology companies; on the advisory board of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech; and on the Board of the Organization of Retired CIA officers.
Alan graduated from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1973, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1978, he received his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Austin Yerks is President and founder of AJY III, a business focused on supporting strategic alliances between commercial firms and agencies of the federal government. Yerks's last position prior to retirement was President of CSC's North American Public Sector (NPS) Defense and Intelligence Group. This Group supported all of the company's defense and intelligence community clients: the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, National Intelligence Agencies, and all other defense agencies. The defense and intelligence group consisted of more than 13,000 people and sales in excess of $3 billion annually. Prior to this assignment, Yerks was the President of CSC's Federal Business Development organization, responsible for all business development and strategic marketing oversight for the operational business units of CSC Federal Sector.
Yerks has been a senior executive in the federal marketplace for more than 30 years. He is known for his technology vision and solving the most difficult client challenges. He is a member of the board of directors for AFCEA, NDIA, and GEIA, which are three of the largest associations that support the federal market. He is active in community affairs and supports fund-raising for local schools and the Fairfax Hospital. Yerks holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served ten years in the U.S. Army.
Joe Maguire became the President and CEO of The Special Operations Warrior Foundation in September 2103; having served on the Foundation's Board of Directors for the previous three years. He was a career Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL) and retired from the Unites States Navy in 2010, having served 36 years in uniform. He commanded at every level, including the Naval Special Warfare Command. His last assignment in government was Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning in the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, DC. While in this position, he was a member of the National Security Council's Counterterrorism Security Group. His awards include The National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Prior to leading the Foundation, he was a Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton.
A native of New York City, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and received a Master's degree in Scientific and Technical Intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. Joe serves on the Advisory Board of Operation Helping Hands, whose mission is to help the families of wounded and injured warriors during their hospital stays in Tampa Bay. Additionally, he is a military advisor to the Board of Directors of Athlete's Performance Institute, which honored him by establishing a scholarship in his name for wounded Special Operations Forces at The Eagle Fund of the Andrew's Institute Foundation. The Eagle Fund's mission is to provide wounded warriors with the highest quality care possible. Joe and his wife Kathy are proud to support Southeastern Guide Dogs. They reside in Tampa, Florida.
Rear Admiral Michael Hewitt retired from active duty on 1 January 2014, after 31 years of service in the United States Navy.
A career naval aviator, RDML Hewitt distinguished himself across a diverse spectrum of defense-related competencies. He was not only an outstanding leader at the flag rank in naval aviation, he also had unqualified successes in major acquisition programs, legislative affairs, joint warfare, and most notably as lead for Information Operations, Cyberspace Operations, Non-Kinetic and Net warfare for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). He was recognized as one of the department's leading experts in strategy for asymmetric warfare, non-kinetic warfare, and sensitive collaborations within the DoD, Interagency, and National Security Staff. Unique among naval Officers, Hewitt served six years in the Operations directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, leading information ops, cyber warfare, and operational oversight of all DoD Special Access Programs. During this period, Hewitt was also assigned to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as his chief innovator and entrepreneur, standing up the department's first Special Programs Cross Functional Team. He was widely recognized by the Interagency and National Security Staff for his keen ability to create collaborative environments, spark innovation, and develop campaigns focused on difficult national security challenges.
As the founder and senior partner of HSH Analytics, Hewitt now provides his unique skill set to support new solutions in the national security environment. HSH Analytics is composed of unique leaders and technical experts who are dedicated to the pursuit of innovative problem solving and disruptive technologies. HSH provides unmatched expertise in special access program operational employment, future warfighting scenario development, and emerging technologies aligned to asymmetric warfare. HSH focuses on the nexus of intelligence and military operations across the DoD, IC and Interagency. Hewitt is an advisor for several corporate entities involved in cyber warfare, countering weapons of mass destruction, commercial capabilities for USG requirements, and advanced warfare concepts. Complementing his technical and advisory support to the private sector, RDML Hewitt is dedicating much of his time to support academic endeavors, think tanks and interagency task forces tackling our nation's most difficult national security challenges.