Information Technology Awards Judging Committee

Sheryl HaisletChair:                                                           

Sheryl Haislet, Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Adient, Plymouth, Michigan, USA

Sheryl is vice president and chief information officer for Adient. After joining Johnson Controls in 1988, Sheryl held various positions in engineering, manufacturing, and information technology. Most recently, she served as the company’s vice president of information technology for Power Solutions, where she helped drive commercial excellence programs and implement an enterprise-wide SAP system. Other notable moments during her Johnson Controls tenure include her role as vice president of information technology for the North American Automotive Division, and vice president of global infrastructure. Sheryl also served as interim chief information security officer from 2014 to 2015 for the enterprise. She is a graduate of the Johnson Controls Leadership Development program and the eXtreme Learning Program. In 2016, Sheryl was recognized by Computerworld as a “Premier 100 IT Leader.”

Sheryl earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in information systems from Grand Valley State University. She also holds a graduate certificate in SAP Business Processes from Central Michigan University.

Sheryl sits on the board of directors for the Southeast Michigan American Diabetes Association Community Leadership.


Shiva Ayalasomayajula, Business Systems Manager
Illumina, San Diego, California, USA

Devanshu BhattDevanshu Bhatt, Consultant, IT App Development (Test Automation Lead / Architect)
Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, Ohio, USA

12+ Years of experience in software quality assurance and Test suite automation development for Desktop, client/server, web based (Front End / Back end), GUI, SOA, E-commerce and cloud based applications. Received number of Bravo rewards for exceptional work and helping and resolving critical problems.  IT Star Nationwide Level winner. Quick learner, self starter, strong team player with good work ethics and a good understanding of QA methodologies. Handles multiple projects.

Robert BornhofenDr. Robert Bornhofen, Strategy & Innovation
IBM, Armonk, New York, USA

Dr. Robert Bornhofen is a practitioner-scholar with over 25 years of experience. His corporate career includes such Fortune 500 companies as Citibank, Delta Air Lines,  and Avaya. He is currently with IBM where he leads global strategy and innovation for the Enterprise Services Division.

Michal Cenkl, Director of Innovation and Technology
The MITRE Corporation, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

Sayan ChatterjeeSayan Chatterjee, Technology Manager
ZealTech Inc, Fremont, California, USA

Sayan Chatterjee holds a BS in Computer Science Engineering. He has over 14 years of robust Data/Analytics management experience majority of which he spent building, scaling and managing Data/Analytics teams consisting of data engineers. Sayan is an active Silicon Valley angel investor and passionately invests in private startups.

Sanjay ChoubeySanjay Choubey, Vice President, IT
Briggs & Stratton, Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA

Proven leader with demonstrated experience in defining (digital strategy, roadmap), implementing and sustaining business and technology transformation at global scale. Recognized for successfully developing and implementing differentiating solutions, strategic planning, and global delivery support for more than 20 years as leader of large global initiatives with budgets ranging from $40M to $800M and team size of 50 to 800 in a matrix environment.

Scott EpterScott Epter, Vice President, Business Development and Technology
Exago Inc., Kingston, New York, USA

Over 20+ years, Scott has worked with Global Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. For the past 7 he's enjoyed helping Exago become the best embedded Business Intelligence solution for SaaS. In 2000, Scott received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. When not in the office, he can be found with his family, in the mountains, or working on his house and large vegetable garden.

Atul Gupta, Managing Principal
Capco, Houston, Texas, USA

Arnav GuptaArnav Gupta, Lead Full Stack Developer
Cognizant Technology Solutions, Denver, Colorado, USA

Lead Full Stack Developer with Charter Communications with experience of 7+ years in guiding Software Projects and leading teams of 100+ developers.


Mehdi HassanMehdi Hassan, Principal Consultant
Wipro Limited,  Painted Post, New York, USA

Mehdi Hassan is an IT Leader & Cyber Security Evangelist with 18+ years of international experience with multinational firms – PwC US, Wipro Limited and CMC Limited. He has experience working with many Fortune 500 customers. He has developed extensive Strategic Leadership, General & Project Management, Cyber Security Architecture and Business Development skills within a variety of business industries including Finance, Insurance, Telecom, Retail, Manufacturing and Healthcare across USA, Asia, Europe, Australia and Latin America. He has helped customers with IT Strategy, Solution Roadmap, Business/IT Alignment, Program Plan, Cyber security Implementation, Consulting and Solution Architecture & Design. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

Stevie IffieSteve Iffie, President & CEO
Glossive Technologies, San Marcos, California, USA

Steve Iffie is the President and CEO of GlossiveTech. He has over 21 years experience in designing and programming highly responsive mission critical Enterprise and Cloud-based Business / Education software and services that is accessible on Desktop, Tablet and Mobile.

Kendall KnightKendall Knight, Senior Director of IT Transformation
Hertz, Estero, Florida, USA

I’m a decisive leader who fosters a collaborative environment by investing time in relationship development, active listening and talent management.  I seek alignment with my business partners and IT teams through frequent communications (group settings, one-on-one, social media).  I believe people are more motivated when they feel like they are respected and that their input is valuable to the success of the organization.  I realize the importance of motivating staff to deliver their best and I’m tactful and diplomatic when dealing with potential problems; I believe a lot will be achieved through effective communication.

Rishit Mishra, Senior Associate
PwC, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Chris MorrisonChris Morrison, Director of Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, Plano, Texas, USA

Chris has been in Information Technology for over 29 years in the Oil & Gas, Consumer Product Goods and Financial industries.  As an Information Technology executive, accomplished with extensive experienced gained from Fortune 5 and Fortune 50 global corporations working in application development and support, all areas of infrastructure and now cybersecurity.

Rajesh Kumar Mudiakal, Senior Project Manager
Ernst & Young, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ravi Nandivada, Vice President
Intueor Consulting, Inc., Irvine, California, USA

Satprem Pamudurthy, Senior Quantitative Developer
Ellington Management Group, Old Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Julie Ragland, Vice President, IT
Adient US, LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Fawaz RasheedFawaz Rasheed, Chief Information Security Officer
Trustmark Companies, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA    

Experienced Chief Information Security Officer with a demonstrated history of working in multi-faceted environments to develop cyber security strategies and build information security programs.   

Salil Ravindran, Chief Financial Officer
Marlabs Inc., Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

Haider Raza Rizvi, Software Quality  & Technical Manager
Siemens, USA

Viurniel Sanchez, Information Management
Infrastructure Technology Services, Miami, Florida, USA

Ioannis SaratsidisIoannis Saratsidis, President & Founder
PC Pal Global, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

Ioannis is a dynamic and highly skilled information technology and business professional with industry certification in a plenitude of disciplines. From technology and corporate consulting to business development services he has brought an appreciation and understanding of complex concepts to the everyday workforce without jargon or gimmicks.

Chad Steighner, Vice President Information Technology
Johnson Controls, Inc., Glendale, Wisconsin, USA

Subash ThotaSubash Thota, Data Manager
Data Diverse, Ashburn, Virginia, USA

I have been working in the area of Data Analytics, Big Data, and Cloud Computing for more than a decade. My research in these scientific areas resulted in several publications.

Mike Ulicki, Vice President, Information Technology
Uline, Pleasant Prairie,  Wisconsin, USA