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General Wesley Clark
Mr. Maynard Webb
Dr. Larry Ponemon
Mr. Howard Schmidt
Mr. Michael Dearing
Mr. Thomas Keevan
Ms. Lynn Reedy
Mr. Patrick Gross



General Wesley Clark
Wesley Clark Born in 1944 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Wesley Clark distinguished himself early as an athlete and a scholar, leading his high school swimming team to a state championship and graduating first in his class from West Point. In 1966, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he earned a Masters Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

During thirty-four years of service in the United States Army Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an investment banker, author, commentator, and businessman. In September 2003 he answered the call to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004.

In his final military command, General Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, NATO's first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, and he was responsible for the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.

In previous duty, General Clark was the Commander-in-Chief, US Southern Command, where he was responsible for all US military activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. And from April 1994 through June 1996, he was the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, in the Joint Staff, where he helped negotiate the end to the war in Bosnia. His previous assignments include a wide variety of command and staff positions, including Command of the 1st Cavalry Division.

General Clark's awards and honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, The State Department Distinguished Service Award; the US Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal;(five awards), The US Army Distinguished Service Medal(two awards), The Silver Star, the Bronze Star (two awards), the Purple Heart, and Honorary Knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments.

He is the author of the best selling book Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat (Public Affairs, New York, NY 2001) and Winning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire (Public Affairs, New York, NY 2003). General Clark graduated from the United States Military Academy (B.S.) in 1966 and completed degrees at Oxford University B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. He is also a graduate of the Ranger and Airborne schools.

General Clark joined UCLA as a senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations in UCLA's International Institute in 2006, where he teaches seminars, publish through the Burkle Center and hosts an annual conference of government, corporate and opinion leaders from around the world on national security.

General Clark currently serves in leadership roles with a number of organizations.


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Mr. Maynard Webb
Maynard Webb
Including his current role as President and CEO of LiveOps, Maynard Webb has almost 30 years of experience developing and leading high-growth companies. Prior to joining LiveOps, Maynard served as Chief Operating Officer at eBay, Inc. At eBay, Maynard directed engineering and technology operations, product development, customer support, trust and safety, global billing, human resources, and legal functions.

Prior to eBay, Maynard was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Gateway, Inc. He has also held management and leadership positions at Bay Networks, Quantum Corporation, Thomas-Conrad Corporation and IBM. A respected member of the Silicon Valley technology community, Maynard sits on the boards of several successful companies, including Salesforce.com, Admob and Baynote. Maynard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University.

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Dr. Larry Ponemon
Larry Ponemon Dr. Larry Ponemon is the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research “think tank” dedicated to advancing privacy and data protection practices. Dr. Ponemon is considered a pioneer in privacy auditing and the Responsible Information Management or RIM framework.

Ponemon Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organizations in a various industries. In addition to Institute activities, Dr. Ponemon is an adjunct professor for ethics and privacy at Carnegie Mellon University’s CIO Institute. He is a founding board member of the Unisys Corporation’s Security Leadership Institute.

Dr. Ponemon consults with leading multinational organizations on global privacy management programs. He has extensive knowledge of regulatory frameworks for managing privacy and data security including financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, telecom and Internet. Dr. Ponemon was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Online Access & Security for the United States Federal Trade Commission. He was recently appointed by the White House to the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee for the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Ponemon was also an appointed to two California State task forces on privacy and data security laws.

Dr. Ponemon is a member of the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona. He serves as Chairman of the Government Policy Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Internet Task Force for the Council of American Survey and Research Organizations (CASRO).

Dr. Ponemon was a senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he founded the firm’s global compliance risk management group. Prior to joining Price Waterhouse as a partner, Dr. Ponemon served as the National Director of Business Ethics Services for KPMG Peat Marwick, and was appointed Executive Director of the KPMG Business Ethics Institute.

Dr. Ponemon has held chaired (tenured) faculty positions at Babson College, Bentley College and SUNY Binghamton. He published numerous articles and learned books. He has presented more than 500 keynote speeches or learned presentations at national or international conferences on privacy, data protection, information security, corporate governance, and responsible information management. Dr. Ponemon is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, serving as founding member of the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) Advisory Board.

Dr. Ponemon is column editor for Computerworld, CSO Magazine, BNA and other leading publications. He is a frequent commentator on privacy and business ethics for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times, Business 2.0, Newsweek, Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, CIO Magazine, Industry Standard, Boston Globe, InfoWorld, InformationWeek, Forbes, Fortune, CFO Magazine, Red Herring, Dow Jones News and others.

Dr. Ponemon earned his Ph.D. at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He has a Master’s degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended the doctoral program in system sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ponemon earned his Bachelors with Highest Distinction from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He is a Certified Public Accountant (active license in Texas).

Dr. Ponemon is a veteran (Vietnam War era) of the United States Navy. He is married and has two sons.


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Mr. Howard Schmidt
Howard Schmidt Howard A. Schmidt is president and CEO of R & H Security Consulting, LLC. He has a long and distinguished career in defense, law enforcement and corporate security spanning almost 40 years. He has served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for online auction giant eBay. He most recently served in the position of Chief Security Strategist for the US CERT Partners Program for the National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security.

He retired from the White House after 31 years of public service in local and federal government including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the FBI National Drug Intelligence Center. He was appointed by President Bush as the Vice Chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House in December 2001. He assumed the role as the Chair in January 2003 until his retirement in May 2003. Prior to the White House, Howard was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., where his duties included CISO, CSO and forming and directing the Trustworthy Computing Security Strategies Group.

Mr. Schmidt also serves as the international president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and was the first president of the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC). He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. Mr. Schmidt has been appointed to the Information Security Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) to advise the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget on information security and privacy issues pertaining to Federal Government information systems.


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Mr. Michael Dearing
Michael Dearing Michael Dearing joined the d.school faculty in Spring 2006. Since that time, he has co-developed and co-taught courses including Creating Infectious Action (MSE288) and Creating Mass Market Experiences (MSE289). He also teaches graduate seminars including Innovation in Complex Organizations (MSE282A), and Creative Product Marketing (MSE282B). Michael's current interests include process design for new product development, "productizing" emerging technologies, web-based businesses, product marketing, and pricing.

Before joining the d.school, Michael spent nearly seven years at eBay (NASDAQ – EBAY) serving most recently as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for eBay. In that role, he led category management, product marketing, seller development, eBay Stores, and direct-to-consumer marketing for eBay North America. While at eBay, Michael and his colleagues were also responsible for the launch and growth of many new merchandise categories, and new businesses such as Buy-it-Now, the listings upgrade business, eBay Stores, and ProStores. Prior to eBay, Michael held leadership positions at Bain & Company, Filene's Basement, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE-DIS), and Industrial Shoe Warehouse.

Michael is an east coast native, now happily a citizen of the Bay Area. He holds an AB in Economics, with a focus in economic history, from Brown University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Economic History Association and the Business History Conference. When he's not at the d.school, Michael enjoys working with small companies on issues of strategy and marketing, growing fruits and vegetables, hiking, and playing with his dogs.

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Mr. Thomas Keeven
  Tom is a veteran IT and technology executive with both Fortune 500 executive and startup executive experience. Tom's experience includes 6 years at eBay where he was VP of Infrastructure, VP of Operations and VP of Architecture. Tom oversaw all of eBay's technical operations globally, including those of it's wholly owned subsidiaries such as PayPal. Tom helped grow the technical infrastructure to achieve world class availibility and scalability ultimately serving billions of requests per day and was a member of eBay's Extended Executive Staff.

Prior to eBay, Tom held executive management positions in Operations and Architecture at Gateway and Gateway Country stores.

Prior to Gateway, Tom held executive management positions in Whirlpool's Global Operations organization. He managed infrastructure and operations organizations on three continents.
Tom's Architectural and Operational experience includes mangaging international organizations, ranging in size from 30-300 person organizations. Tom's architecture and infrastructure experience includes running one of the highest transaction processing systems on the internet and operating infrastructure and teams in complex business environments, including Eastern Europe, Europe, China and Mexico.

Tom attended Ferris State and serves on the technical advisory boards of Salesforce.com, Tiversa, Bix.com, LiveOps and Rearden Commerce.


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Ms. Lynn Reedy
Lynn Reedy Lynn Reedy is currently serving on many technology boards assisting companies in evolving their products, scaling their technology platforms, and optimally growing the product and technology organizations.

Before serving on her various boards, Lynn was CTO and Senior Vice President of eBay’s Product & Technology organization. Lynn Reedy oversaw the entire product development process for the number one consumer e-commerce site in the world. This included responsibility for product specification, UI design, usability testing, architecture, development, quality assurance, release management, and 24x7 site operations.

Lynn joined eBay in 1999 and was responsible for creating the processes and organization that increased output ten fold. When Lynn left eBay in May, 2006 eBay was releasing 100 thousand lines of code biweekly, and delivering over 300 features per quarter across seventeen different countries. The software architecture supported over 800 million page views, 130 million searches and four billion database calls per day.

Prior to joining eBay, Lynn was SVP and CIO of Miller Freeman, Inc. a leading media company and largest trade show producer in the world. At Miller Freeman, Lynn implemented strategic business systems and developed the company’s Internet strategy for over 200 web sites. Lynn also spent nine years at Amdahl Corporation and seven years at Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture).

Lynn received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science from University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

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Mr. Patrick Gross
Patrick Gross Pat Gross has more than 35 years of senior management experience. Currently, he serves as Chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm.

Prior to forming Lovell, from 1970 to 2001, Mr. Gross was a founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS), an information technology consulting, software development and systems integration firm. Under his leadership, AMS grew to approximately $1 billion in annual revenue with 7,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe in 2001.

Mr. Gross is an active corporate director, serving as the presiding/lead director of several public companies, including Capital One Financial Corporation (a NYSE-listed financial services company) and Computer Network Technology Corporation (a NASDAQ-traded storage area networking company). He is also a director of Mobius Management Systems, Inc. (a NASDAQ-traded content management software company) and a number of private companies, including The Sarnoff Corporation and Liquidity Services, Inc.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Gross is vice chairman of the Council for Excellence in Government, co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Technology Leadership Consortium and a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, a member of the Council on Competitiveness, and a director of the Aspen Institute. Mr. Gross is a co-founder and past chairman of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., a director of the Foreign Policy Association, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Mr. Gross attended Cornell University and received a BES from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MSE from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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