Atos NA SKO 2022 Speakers

Rodolphe Belmer

Rodolphe Belmer joined Atos on January 1st, 2022 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of satellite operator Eutelsat Communications, a position he held for six years, following a 14-year career at Paris-based television giant Canal+ where he was appointed CEO in 2003 and served as Group Managing Director from 2012 to 2015.

During his career at Canal+ Group he led several transformational projects, including diversification of the area of free-to-air television and its expansion into streaming services (OTT). He began his career in the marketing department of Procter & Gamble France before joining McKinsey in 1998.

Rodolphe is a graduate of the renowned HEC Paris business school.

In addition to his duties at Atos he is also a member of the Board of the world leading streaming service Netflix and President of the Lille-based Series Mania Festival.

Dave Seybold
Atos North America

Dave Seybold is the CEO of Atos North America. Dave and his leadership team are responsible for $3 billion in revenue and 11,000 technologists, who ensure that customers stay at the forefront of digital transformation and realize their business goals through technology. Atos North America includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Janine Shepherd
Motivational Speaker

Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker and former champion skier whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person,” has over 1.7 million views. After a bike accident ended her skiing career, Shepherd faced a daunting recovery and an uncertain future. She went on to become a commercial pilot and aerobatics flight instructor, earn a university degree and author six best-selling books. She is currently undertaking a PhD in resilience and disability.

Vinodh Balaraman
Head of Managed Technology
Atos North America

Vinodh Balaraman is the Head of Managed Technology Services for Atos North America. Vinodh and his leadership team are responsible end-to-end for various key Technology practices that provide the foundational large-scale long-term services to our clients for both IT Infrastructure and Applications. These include our practices for Digital Workplace, Data Centers and Hosting, Networking and Communications, ITSM/ Tooling / Automation, and Application Management.

In addition, Vinodh serves as the Global Head of the Resources & Services Industry for Atos|Syntel – as part of this he is responsible for the end-to-end P&L for all global clients in the Retail/ Transport/ Logistics/ Energy/ Utilities sectors, where he has produced double-digit year-over-year growth in each of the last few quarters.

Prior to Atos, Vinodh was a Senior Partner at ZS Associates, a Chicago-based 10,000+ employee strategy consultancy. At ZS, he helped the company achieve multi-fold business growth as the Head of the Supply Chain & Manufacturing practice and the Advanced Analytics & AI/ML group. Previously, Vinodh was at Cognizant, where he served as VP/ Head of the Travel & Hospitality (T&H) Business Unit, producing 5X growth to $325M over 7 years, and also additionally served as Chief Strategy Officer for the broader Products & Resources unit.

Vinodh’ s career has covered a wide range of industry verticals including Retail, Consumer Goods, Financial Services, Manufacturing/Logistics, Travel & Hospitality, Energy & Utilities, owning large P&L’s at companies like ZS, Cognizant and HSBC, which makes him a great fit for Atos and our Spring Initiative. Vinodh has an MBA (graduated with Honors, and Dean’s Honor List) from the University of Chicago. Vinodh is based in New Jersey, where he resides with his wife and two children. He loves to travel with his family to explore new destinations.

John Cipolla
Head of Cloud Enterprise Services
Atos North America

John Cipolla is the Head of Atos OneCloud and Digital Platforms. John and his leadership team are responsible for driving all Atos OneCloud, Cloud Advisory, Transformation, Migration and run services to accelerate our client’s transformation journeys.

John has over 25 years experience as an accomplished Fortune 500/Global Systems Integrator Executive leading and motivating high-performance teams. Prior to Atos he served as Managing Director at Accenture (NYSE ACN) leading the Journey to Cloud, Intelligent Cloud & Infrastructure teams along with Global Go to Market Lead for the Google Business Group and most recently the West Microsoft Business Group inclusive of Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft partnership. John also spent time at Insight Enterprises (NASDAQ NSIT) as North America Services Sales Lead driving all services and solutions to Fortune 1,000 clients. He also served as Director of Sales at AT&T (NYSE T) leading teams supporting client digital transformation utilizing latest networking technologies.

John leads his group using 4 “C”- Culture, Communication, Community, and Compassion. His 5 key strengths are; Learner, Strategic, Developer, Competitive and Achiever. He is keenly focused on driving diversity and equal opportunity throughout his organization. Outside of work; John has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren. He supports Rare KC/Florence Fighters Charity in Kansas City. He and his wife Paula enjoy outdoor activities like; hiking, swimming and traveling internationally, especially in Italy where he gets to spend time with extended family.

Bob DeHaven
Head of TMT
Atos North America

Bob De Haven is the Head of TMT of Atos North America. Bob and his leadership team are responsible for $1 billion in revenue and a growth strategy from IT to Network in Telco, a Media Production Cloud Model, and deeper connections to our Global Hyperscaler Partners, this will ensure that customers stay at the forefront of digital transformation and realize their business goals through technology. Atos North America includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Shaji Farooq
Head of FS&I
Atos North America

Shaji is the Head of Financial Services & Insurance Organization (FS&I), North America. Shaji brings over 30 years of experience in Digital Transformation, Business & IT Strategy, Business Process Redesign, Business Value Realization, and Technology Development. Shaji and his leadership team are responsible for driving growth and while leading secured decarbonized digital journey with our FS&I clients in North America.

Brad Foster
Head of Business Transformation
Atos North America

Brad has been named Head of the Digital Transformation Practice Group, North America. Brad joined Atos as part of the Maven Wave acquisition, where he is currently Global Head of Cloud Portfolio and NA Head of Cloud Advisory. An experienced executive with proven success in the information technology services industry, he is skilled in IT Strategy, Cloud, Application Development, Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence. Being the conduit between the industry and practice, Brad’s strong entrepreneurship background combined with deep experience working inside the walls of Fortune 500 companies gives him a unique capability to think like a start-up, but navigate large, complex environments to help clients with their digital transformation.

Christine A. Gaines
Head of PS&D
Atos North America

Christine A. Gaines is the Industry Head of Public Sector and Defense in North America. Atos PS&D focuses on partnering with our Public Sector clients to assist them in their digital transformation journey. We work at all levels of Government, Education, and Defense to help serve the constituents in the communities in which we all live.

Rocio Gajano
Head of Alliances
Atos North America

Rocio is part of the Atos Executive Team that embodies the growth and entrepreneurial mindset needed to drive Atos forward, supporting Atos’ strong industry and customer focus, and more closely represents the diversity of the wider Group. As the North America Head Alliances and Partnerships, Rocio is committed to maximizing customer value by overseeing strategic intercompany initiatives with Atos’ Strategic Alliances Global Team. Her priority is to elevate Atos NA Ecosystem relationships to make sure that Atos is part of each strategic project in U.S, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala, bringing a partner ecosystem built to deliver superior business value.

Beth Howen
Global Head of Public Sector & Defense

25+ years of experience in information technology leadership supporting a diverse group of organizations that span government, non-profit and private sector organizations. I am also a strong advocate for women in IT serve as an active member of the Women and Hi Tech organization which works to connect female STEM professionals as well as engage with young women who aspire to STEM careers.

Carol Houle
Senior Vice President
FS&I Consulting & Marketing

In her role Carol is responsible for Marketing, Pre-sales Engineering, and Portfolio for the entire FSI vertical in addition to being responsible for global Consulting.   She is a builder and renovator of strategic businesses for companies seeking to focus on holistic digital transformation. 

Starting her career with PwC Consulting, she has played many highly technical engineering roles as well as led strategic change initiatives.  When Lean principals were applied to the software delivery lifecycle, she was an early adopter and has remained on the cutting edge of modern engineering practices and cloud native platforms.

Carol is an avid supporter of women in technology and was recently recognized as a top 100 diverse leader globally.

She is a leader in her personal life. She cherishes her family and is involved in their growth and development. She gives back and contributes to her church and community. 

Jane Jellema
CCaaS Technical Director, Contact Center Leader
Atos North America

Jane has been a part of the contact center/voice industry for 20+ years.  During that time, she has worked as a consultant, strategic account presales engineer and technical manager.

Jane’s current role is to champion CCaaS (Cloud Contact Center as a Service) in her position as a Technical Director for Contact Centers in North America.  Although she isn’t bi-lingual (except for 4 years of German in college), she speaks many different contact center “languages” in the cloud world.

In her spare time, she volunteers for non-profits and is an active board of director’s member for multiple local organizations. Her son and husband keep her busy and summer weekends are spent on Lake Michigan at the family cottage.


Michael Liebow
Head of Atos OneCloud

Liebow is a recognized Top 100 cloud influencer and advisor to the c-suite on market shaping initiatives and growth programs in a broad range of categories including technology, semiconductors, internet services, satellite communications, and direct to consumer goods and services like food, beverages, travel, and healthcare.

Alok Magan
Head of MAN
Atos North America

Alok Magan leads the manufacturing industry business for Atos North America. In this role, Alok is responsible to drive high double-digit profitable growth for the industry. He is focused on innovative and domain driven digital solutions leveraging Atos’ key strengths such as Smart Manufacturing, One Cloud, Cybersecurity and Decarbonization. Alok and his leadership team are embarking on strategic vision to grow the Atos North America Manufacturing business to $1Billion.

Jerry Mathews
Head of HLS
Atos North America

Jerry Mathews is the Head of Healthcare & Lifesciences (HLS) Industry of Atos North America. Jerry and his leadership team are responsible for a P&L of $650+ million in revenue, servicing North America’s broad healthcare ecosystem comprising of Payers, Providers, Pharma/MedDevices/Distribution & Products. Jerry has also recently led multiple global executive leadership roles in the HLS industry at Atos, most recently as HLS head of global business platform, applications and digital services and HLS global industry head of Consulting, Portfolio & Presales, Marketing & Alliances.

Rajat Mohanty
Head of Digital Security
Atos North America

Rajat heads Digital Security for North America. Earlier, he was the founder and CEO of Paladion, which was acquired by Atos. Rajat has spent over 20 years in the security industry with multiple patents to his name. He lives in Fairfax, VA.

Meena Patel
Head of R&S
Atos North America

Meena Surti Patel is the SVP - Head of Resource and Services for Atos North America.  Resource and Services includes the following industries: Retail, Travel & Hospitality, Transportation and Logistics, Energy and Utilities, Oil and Gas.  Meena and her leadership team are responsible for $500 million in revenue delivering process innovation, cloud, platform, and security solutions to drive complex digital transformation for our customers.    

Jen Steinbauer
Head of Strategic Sales
Atos North America

Jen is the Head of Strategic Sales for NA. She is an accomplished sales, marketing, and partner executive with over 20+ years of experience in helping organizations decipher complex technology solutions for digital transformation and delivering a client-centric approach as organizations choose, implement, and manage IT solutions. Atos North America includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Ajay Tikare
Industry Practice Lead for Managed Technology Services
Atos North America

Ajay is the Industry Practice Lead for Managed Technology Services (MTS) covering both the FS&I and R&S Industries. As part of this role, he will be responsible for creating cohesion between these Industries and the MTS Practice Group. Ajay has been with Atos (formerly Atos|Syntel) for more than 11 Years, during which time he has successfully managed Delivery Units, Engagements and Client Relationships in the US and UK. He has 26+ years of experience in driving growth for Industry Practices and Sales Units, and executing Development and Deployment programs in the BFSI, Healthcare, eGov, Telecom and R&S domains. Ajay is an alumnus of Mumbai University and IIM Bangalore.

Kevin Byrd
Senior Vice President, IS Planning, Finance and Administration
Baylor Scott & White

Kevin has been with Baylor Scott & White for the last 6 years, serving as VP, Business Planning and now as SVP, IS Planning, Finance and Administration .   Kevin is the executive sponsor and responsible for the overall relationship between Baylor Scott & White and Atos.  In addition to managing the on-going partnership,  Kevin was instrumental in not only helping secure the deal with Atos, but led all the efforts in ensuring that the transition was completed on-time and successfully. 

Kevin has over 36 years of high-tech professional experience, including over 20 years experience in healthcare provide IT.  Prior to BSWH, he spent 2 years at GuideIT, a healthcare managed IT services company, as a Vice President and Partner. He also spent 10 years at Perot Systems/Dell leading managed IT services business development and operations for healthcare provider customers, as well as, leading Dell’s Education, State & Local Government managed services business unit.

During his tenure at Dell, he led the strategic planning, solution design and/or overall business development efforts for 18 IT managed services solutions representing $4B in contract value. Prior to Dell, he spent time as a product manager, consulting practice leader and vice president of marketing and professional services at various IT product companies. He also spent the first ten years of his career at IBM in a variety of product marketing, professional services and engineering positions.

Kevin is proud graduate of Ohio State University and if not in Dallas, you will find him in his home town of Mansfield, Ohio.

Sam Hatoum
Director IT for FedEx Services in Pricing & Revenue Systems

Director IT for FedEx Services in Pricing & Revenue Systems. His organization is responsible for delivering Enterprise Rating solutions, and extending those solutions to all the FedEx operating companies including FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight and FedEx Office.

Josh Zalen
Vice President, IT Service Operations
Independent Health

Joshua Zalen is an IT executive with over 20 years of leadership experience at regional health plans and a top-tier management consulting firm. Josh has developed IT strategies at large and mid-size companies and seen them to fruition with a focus on movement to as-a-service and cloud-based solutions. Since 2010 Josh has served in executive positions at not-for-profit health plans based in Upstate New York where Josh most recently has been a Vice President of IT Service Operations at Independent Health.

Ogua Atuanya
General Manager of Global Scale and Services Partners

As General Manager of Microsoft’s Global Scale and Services Partners within Microsoft US Global Partner Solution (USGPS), Oguo Atuanya leads partner development and customer segment scale organization which engages and manages partnerships with a diverse portfolio of global market maker, including Indirect Providers (Distributors), Scale Services Partners (LSPs), Telco & Media Operators, Domain & Hosting Providers, as well as Global MSPs. Oguo’s GSS organization is directly responsible for +$30 billion in annual revenue.

Oguo is an 18-year Microsoft veteran, who’s held various leadership roles domestically and internationally, most recently leading the Device Sales and Intelligent Edge business across all of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, as Head of Worldwide Distribution, Oguo led the transformation of Microsoft’s global distribution business, and was part of the core team that created CSP.

Oguo is a graduate of Weber State University’s College of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology, earning a BS in Technical Sales and Professional Services; he was also an NCAA Division 1 FCS Football student athlete. Educated in 3 different continents, Oguo has the unique ability to interweave his mixed cultural background with his rich career experiences in ensuring that Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) are core pillars of his leadership principles.

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Elitsa Bakalova
Senior Analyst


Elitsa Bakalova is a senior analyst in TBR’s Professional Services Practice. In 2005 Elitsa launched TBR’s IT Services Vendor Benchmark, a quarterly comprehensive evaluation of approximately 30 professional service providers. Elitsa’s primary research and coverage focus includes vendors such as Atos, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Cisco Services and T-Systems. She provides a holistic analysis of IT services vendor businesses and develops quarterly vendor reports that combine financial modeling, analysis and insights. Elitsa’s analytical commentary has been quoted by various online sources.

Prior to joining TBR, Elitsa was part of a research team at the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, where she conducted research on the equity financing of New Hampshire startups. Her professional career started in the banking industry in the area of consumer and mortgage loan services. Elitsa holds an MBA from the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and a B.S. in tourism and hospitality management from the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria. Elitsa speaks several languages, including English, Bulgarian and Greek. In her free time, Elitsa likes to travel, spend time with her family, hike and ski

Bozhidar Hristov
Principal Analyst


Bozhidar Hristov is a principal analyst within TBR’s Professional Services Practice. Bozhidar leverages close to a decade of analytical experience to lead and participate in research and analysis of the financial performances and strategic investments of the companies in the professional services market, including Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG and Infosys. He also leads TBR’s Digital Transformation research, where he focuses on analyzing the evolving business models of ICT market participants as a result of adopting disruptive technologies while addressing ever-changing enterprise buyers’ expectations and managing partner ecosystems. Additionally, Bozhidar is the lead analyst for TBR’s Global Delivery Benchmark. Bozhidar also oversees and contributes to custom research for clients and financial modeling projects and plays an integral role in presenting key findings from reports and thought leadership through TBR webinars. Bozhidar’s commentary has been quoted by online sources such as The Register, CRN, TechTarget, Diginomica, CXOtoday, Nearshore Americas, The Hindu Business Line, IT-TNA, PTeducation, The Economic Times and Livemint.

Bozhidar joined TBR as a research analyst in 2012, supporting TBR’s Professional Services team on syndicated reports, quarterly benchmarks and custom projects. While pursuing his graduate degree, Bozhidar conducted empirical research using valuation analysis to find the magnitude of correlation between frontier markets’ and emerging and developed markets’ financial performances. He then diagnosed frontier markets’ leading companies’ attractiveness to less-risk-averse investors. Bozhidar was a team lead on numerous academic projects, which included researching, analyzing and comparing quarterly financial data on IT vendors such as Apple and Dell, and using regression analysis to forecast stock performance and make recommendations to prospective investors.

Bozhidar holds an MBA in finance from the Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, from which he graduated with honors. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Technical University in Bulgaria. Bozhidar is fluent in English and Bulgarian and speaks conversational Russian and Polish.

Kirsten Kliphouse
President, North America
Google Cloud

Kirsten joined Google Cloud in June 2019, leading the customer-facing and partner-facing teams that serve enterprises, mid-market customers, and small to mid-sized businesses for Google Cloud in North America. She’s a technology industry veteran, with business leadership and sales experience ranging from startups to the largest software companies in the world.

Prior to Google, Kirsten was senior vice president and general manager of North America Commercial Sales at Red Hat, and CEO of Yardarm Technologies, an IoT startup.

Earlier in her career, she spent more than 25 years at Microsoft, where she was corporate vice president of the company’s 10,000-employee worldwide Customer Support and Professional Services organization.

Kirsten lives in Florida and mentors various startups and entrepreneurs.

Chris Niederman
AWS General Manager, Global Systems Integrators

Chris Niederman is the General Manager, Global Systems Integrators (WW Sales and Partner Teams) at AWS leading sales and partner teams around the world focused on the largest and most influential Systems Integrators, Management Consulting and Advisory firms in the industry.

Prior to joining Amazon, Chris held sales and executive leadership positions at VMware and other large high-tech and “start-up” companies spanning the Cloud, Software, Security, Networking, and Hardware Infrastructure industries.

Patrick Heffernan
Practice Manager and Principle

Patrick Heffernan is practice manager and principal analyst in TBR’s Professional Services Practice, where he directs the practice’s portfolio and manages projects on topics ranging from creating management consulting services to deciphering digital transformation for consultancies and IT services vendors to analyzing the business impact of emerging technologies. Patrick’s responsibilities tap his expertise in competitive intelligence, strategy, and global political-economic impacts on business cycles and consulting vendors.