The MEF Enterprise Leadership Council comprises senior executives (CxOs) from mid-to-large enterprises for which the network is critical. The council enhances the service providers and the technology providers in the MEF Board of Directors and Technology Advisory Board; together, they create a powerful trifecta of all key stakeholders.
The mandate of the ELC covers a broad range of topics, including:
Beyond Connectivity—NaaS and Multi-cloud
Edge Computing—IoT and Private 5G
Training & Certification—Standards and Individual
AI Insights & Automation—AIOps and GEN-AI Applicability; Contracts & Blockchain
Nabil Bitar holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is the CTO – Head of Network Architecture at Bloomberg LP working on WAN, enterprise, private and public cloud networking. Prior to his current position he was the CTO for the Large Enterprise & Webscale Segment at Nokia. and a fellow and director of Services and Network Architecture at Verizon. Nabil was also a principal engineer and architect at Ascend Communication (acquired by Lucent) working on routing and routing system control and data plane architecture, and a principal member of technical staff at GTE Laboratories working on IP, QoS, VoIP and wireless data and AIN.
Nabil has been a frequent contributor to IETF in the areas of MPLS and Layer2 and Layer3 VPNs (21 FFCs, including EVPN) and a frequent contributor to the Broadband Forum. He held working group positions in the IETF, ONUG and OFC, and has been a frequent speaker at various fora. He has several refereed publications and conference presentations, and holds 30 patents in the various areas he worked on.
Mr. Carmody has been a health care technology leader within UPMC for over two decades in a variety of roles. As chief technology officer and senior vice president he leads more than 1,300 IT professionals on the infrastructure teams, including cloud, data centers; data, voice and video networks; cybersecurity; analytics; enterprise architecture; hospital-based technology support and enterprise applications.
He also serves as a member of the Board of ClinicalConnect Health Information Exchange (CCHIE), which he led as president for more than nine years. In 2015, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group named him Pittsburgh CIO of the year. He also serves on numerous Healthcare IT Advisory Boards.
Mr. Carmody earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Westminster College, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. He earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Information Systems Management from Robert Morris University, and has taught as an adjunct professor at multiple universities, including Duquesne and Point Park.
Senior Vice President of Technology, Williams-Sonoma, Inc
Senior Vice President of Technology, Williams-Sonoma, Inc
Raleigh Mann has been at the forefront of networking and infrastructure for 30+ years. Early in his career he worked for Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) as a network analyst at the early days of the public Internet, then on to America Online just prior to the explosive growth of Dial-up Internet. He then moved to the West Coast and created the networking and security team at Industrial Light + Magic (a Lucasfilm company)—where high-performance compute systems were in huge demand for special effects in the film industry. After 7 years and completion of the technical studios at the Presidio campus, Raleigh joined Google’s production networking team.
While at Google and with 10x+ growth year over year, his team designed and launched the first large scale SD-WAN/OpenFlow (B4 network), continuing on to implement and manage SDN in the datacenter as well, utilizing their own hardware and software. This team was also recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with multiple EMMY(™) awards for their work on the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, capable of broadcasting nearly all events live and globally through the Google/YouTube systems, delivering orders of magnitude with more capability than the 2010 Olympics.
Raleigh Mann now serves as the Senior Vice President of Technology for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. where they have implemented SD-Wan for the retail stores, SDN in the datacenter and are on a Zero Trust migration for the entire enterprise, among many other transformations, both technical and cultural.
Neal Secher is the Vice President and Head of Network Services at TD Bank. He has spent his career working at leading firms within the Financial Services industry in both technical and leadership roles. Neal has extensive experience with designing, building, and operating infrastructure for cloud architectures, large-scale data centers, latency-optimized network fabrics, software defined networks, secure business-to-business and Internet perimeters, and collaboration technologies.
Neal sits on multiple vendor technical advisory boards and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Previously, Neal has held board positions at the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) and the New York Network Operators Group (NYNOG). He holds a BA from New York University.
Prior to joining TD, Neal served as SVP and Head of Networks at State Street Corporation. He previously held the roles of Managing Director and Head of Network Infrastructure Architecture at BNY Mellon, Executive Director and Head of Network Architecture at Morgan Stanley and Senior Vice President and Head of Network Architecture and Engineering for the Systematic Trading Infrastructure group at Citi.
Alejandro is a seasoned senior leader in the ITC B2B market. Today, he is managing Roche global network for all companies in Roche Group where he joined in 2020. Before that Alejandro has played different initiatives and endeavours as an executive consultant introducing new services for Telco providers. As Director for Global Strategic Alliances in Colt Alejandro achieved key partnership agreements with ecosystem partners (CSPs, Datacenter, Integrators).
Alejandro has played different roles in the past as marketing director, head of product management and market management in several big multinationals like Colt, British Telecom, Philips and Alcatel. Alejandro is leading an entrepreneurial program with Universidad Francisco de Vitoria and helping students buld their End of Studies and develop their skills to join labour market. He collaborates with different bodies and associations like Aslan where he stayed as part of the executive borad and vicepresident during many years to promote the technology ecosystem.
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