For more than fifty years, Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world.
Before becoming Secretary of State, Powell served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as National Security Adviser to President Reagan. He also served 35 years in the US Army, rising to the rank of four-star general and serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
His autobiography, My American Journey, was a best-seller and has been published in more than a dozen different languages. His second book, It Worked for Me, reveals the lessons that shaped his life and career and was also an instant best-seller upon its release in May 2012.
Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker and business adviser to many of the leading companies in the high-tech sector, including Cisco, Cognizant, Compuware, HP, Microsoft and SAP.
Moore divides his time between consulting on strategy and transformation challenges with senior executives and speaking internationally on those same topics. His latest book, Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the Past, keeps this intent in mind and is the result of his years of experience working with large enterprises.
Former Deputy Director of National Security, FBI
Former Deputy Director, Counterterrorist Center, CIA
Senior Research Fellow, Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation
Author of Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda
Philip Mudd joined the CIA in 1985 as an analyst specializing in South Asia and then the Middle East. He began work in the CIA's Counterterrorist Center in 1992 and then served on the National Intelligence Council as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia (1995-98). He later managed Iraq analysis at the CIA (1999-2001).
Mudd worked on Middle East issues at the White House National Security Council in 2001. He left after the 9/11 attacks for a short assignment as the CIA member of the small diplomatic team that helped piece together a new government for Afghanistan. Mudd returned to the CIA in early 2002 to become second-in-charge of counterterrorism analysis in the Counterterrorist Center. He was promoted to the position of Deputy Director of the Center in 2003 and served there until 2005, when FBI Director Robert Mueller appointed him as the first-ever Deputy Director of the National Security Branch in 2005. Mudd later became the FBI's Senior Intelligence Adviser and then resigned from government service in March 2010.
Mudd has commented about terrorism often in Congress, and he has been featured by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, BBC, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has written for Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and Sentinel, the journal of the US Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center.
Mudd now serves as the Director of Global Risk at SouthernSun Asset Management in Memphis, Tennessee. He sits on the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Group and is on the advisory board of the National Counterterrorist Center.
Since he co-founded SAS in 1976, Jim Goodnight has served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. The worldwide leader in business analytics, SAS has more than 13,500 employees in 55 countries. The company’s 2012 revenue was $2.87 billion, its 37th consecutive year of growth and profitability. Goodnight considers his employees to be his most valuable asset and has created a world-renowned workplace model. In 2013, SAS ranked No. 2 on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list from Great Place to Work Institute. Goodnight has a PhD in statistics and speaks internationally on leadership, education and innovation.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Jim Davis provides strategic direction for SAS products, solutions and services and presenting the SAS brand worldwide. He helped transform SAS from a tools provider to a software solutions provider.
A respected thought leader, Davis co-authored the book Information Revolution: Using the Information Evolution Model to Grow Your Business.
Since joining SAS in 1994, Davis has pioneered many key initiatives, including global projects that incorporate customer feedback in the development process. Today, he continues to refine the model for continuous collaboration and innovation, enabling SAS to meet the global demand for business analytics.
Jill Dyché is Vice President of Best Practices at SAS, and a noted speaker and author. Her first book, e-Data, has been published in eight languages, and she is the author of The CRM Handbook, a best-seller. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Computerworld, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.com, and she writes a blog on technology trends for Harvard Business Review. Her latest book, Customer Data Integration: Reaching a Single Version of the Truth, was the first book on the topic of master data management. Dyché was the co-founder of Baseline Consulting, which was acquired by SAS subsidiary DataFlux in 2011.