PBExpo Keynote Presentations
Kick-off each day at PBExpo with inspiring Keynote Presentations by
Terry Jones, Alex Hunter and William "Chip" Crane.
Founding Chairman, Kayak.com
Wednesday, May 16 - 8:30 AM
Bio: Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation. His career path has established him as a thought leader on innovation in our increasingly digital world.
A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones, began his career as a travel agent, spent 24 years at American Airlines in marketing and information technology, capping his career as Chief Information Officer of its SABRE division. While at SABRE he led a team of six working on a project that became Travelocity.com. Jones served as CEO of Travelocity for seven years transforming it to a public company with three billion dollars in travel sales.
He left Travelocity when the company was taken private and became part of the founding team at Kayak.com, a company that yet again revolutionized how travel was purchased. He served as Chairman of the company from its founding until it was sold to Priceline for $1.8 billion dollars in 2013.
Today he is the Chairman of WayBlazer and managing principal of ON Inc, a consultancy he founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy.
He serves on the boards of Boingo, Smart Destinations and Camping and Education Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of Entrust, Overture, La Quinta Hotels, Luxury Link and EarthLink.
He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst and Sierra Angels.
ON Innovation Keynote: Every business needs to innovate, but where do you start? In this presentation, Terry Jones explores the fundamentals of innovation and gives leaders simple but powerful ideas you can use to create a more innovative organization. Drawing from his experiences, this fast-paced presentation will give you the keys to successful innovation and provide you lessons you can put to work as soon as you return to the office.
William "Chip" Crane
Security Technical Specialist Leader North America, IBM
Wednesday, May 16 - 12 PM
Bio: William "Chip" Crane currently leads the North American Security Integration team for IBM. This affords him the opportunity to work directly with CISOs/CSOs, CIOs and CEOs across North America advising them on a business led security strategy to meet their organization’s insatiable needs for security while fostering business growth. Prior to coming to IBM, Chip was responsible for worldwide Global Security Projects and U.S. day-to-day security operations for a global retailer. The experience of the role allows Chip to provide very real world, practical advice to organizations from a business perspective.
Keynote: When developing your cyber security posture, you need to assume that your company is already under attack. Today’s hackers are highly organized and pose a threat from inside and outside of your organization. Perimeter based defense is no longer adequate! Join William (Chip) Crane as he takes you through the growing security concerns and exposures that companies today face daily, using real life accounts from his time as a CIO.
Chip is the North American Security Executive for IBM and a noted industry speaker and expert whose "Security Strategy Whiteboard" presentation delivers a crisp, impactful overview of IBM's security portfolio. He is outstanding at combining his deep technical knowledge of security with an acute focus on business imperatives. Most importantly, he is responsible for driving programs that deliver sales results to IBM Business Partners across North America.
Former Global Head of Online, Virgin Group
Thursday, May 17 - 8 AM
Bio: Alex Hunter is a branding and customer experience expert and angel investor. He is also the creator and host of Attaché, an award-winning online travel show, aimed at showing frequent travelers all they need to know before visiting a city on company business.
Previously, Alex served as the Global Head of Online for the Virgin Group, overseeing the Virgin brand's global digital strategy in its entirety, as well as Sir Richard Branson's personal digital strategy.
Before joining the Virgin Group, Alex was part of the founding team of award-winning US airline Virgin America. His work at Virgin America was covered by Time Magazine, CNN, and CNBC, and received several accolades including ad:tech and Webby Award honors.
Alex most recently served as the Chief Executive of a venture-backed digital music company, with investment from the backers of Twitter, Tumblr, Medium, and Kickstarter. He steered the company through a successful international mergers and acquisitions deal, and significant multi-national growth in under a year.