Charlie Feld, Founder and CEO, The Feld Group
Charlie Feld is Founder and CEO of The Feld Group—based in Dallas, Texas—Feld built a team of information technology executives that enabled dramatic results in Fortune 500 companies through the transformation of their own IT organizations. The Feld Group was acquired by EDS in 2004, which was subsequently purchased by Hewlett-Packard in 2008. In September 2008, Feld retired as a senior executive vice president and member of EDS’ Executive Committee. The Feld Group was re-launched as a Leadership Development firm in 2009.
Feld has garnered accolades from numerous sources, including Business 2.0 and Computerworld magazines. He has also been featured in InformationWeek and CIO magazines, which placed him among its “5 Top CIOs” in 2001. In 1997, Feld was named “One of the 12 Most Influential IT Executives of the Past Decade” by CIO magazine and Computerworld named him as one of “25 IT People to Watch in 1998.” His articles on IT leadership topics have appeared regularly in Computerworld Executive Suite, Harvard Business Review, and CIO magazine. He has received several industry awards, including the Smithsonian Award for Technology Excellence and the Carnegie Mellon Award for Innovative Technology. In addition, The Feld Group’s work has been the subject of multiple case studies appearing in the Harvard Business School, MIT and McKinsey Quarterly.
Charlie Feld earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the City University of New York, Hunter College.
Tarek ElHadidi, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Freescale Semiconductor
Tarek ElHadidi is vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Freescale Semiconductor. He is responsible for the discovery, development and delivery of quality information technology services and solutions that optimize the operational effectiveness and market performance of Freescale. Tarek joined Freescale in April 2011.
Prior to Freescale, Tarek served as senior vice president and CIO of the Haldex Group, a provider of proprietary and innovative solutions to the global vehicle industry. Tarek joined the Haldex Group in April 2007.
Before that, Tarek served in a number of senior management positions during his 14 years with the ABB Group. He began his career with ABB at the Research and Development facility in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also served as vice president of Information Systems for Business Unit Transformers in Zurich, Switzerland. His last position with ABB was as vice president and CIO for ABB China and North Asia.
Tarek earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical/Production Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He is married with two children.
Theresa Meadows, MS, RN, CIO & Senior Vice President, Cook Childrens Health Care System
Theresa Meadows, MS, RN, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cook Children’s Health Care System. Cook Children’s Health Care System, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a national award-winning, not-for-profit, integrated health care system comprised of seven companies. She leads a team of 150 staff with initiatives that include deploying business intelligence, advanced clinical systems, and enterprise resource management.
Theresa has 15+ years of experience leading efforts for incorporating information systems as a mechanism for facilitating process improvement and efficiency. Prior to joining Cook, Theresa was the National Director for the McKesson Community of Excellence for Ascension Health Information Services. In that role she led the strategic direction for clinical information solutions that cross care settings for 10 facilities within Ascension Health.
Meadows’ has a master’s degree in healthcare informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a certified Health Informatics Professional.
David Richter, Vice President of IT Infrastructure Solutions, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
David Richter is Vice President of IT Infrastructure Solutions for Kimberly-Clark Corporation responsible for global IT infrastructure, operations, security, and user support.
Dr. Richter began his career with Kimberly-Clark in 2008 and has driven global improvements in operational excellence, IT talent, and innovation. Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Dr. Richter built multiple start-up companies and transformed several large, global, and high-growth IT organizations. As an avocation, he has taught Management, Computer Science, and Mathematics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California State University Chico, University of Texas at San Antonio, California State University Sacramento, and Golden Gate University.
Dr. Richter was born in Northern California and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to complete his Masters of Computer Science from California State University, Chico; an MBA from Humboldt State University; and a PhD. in Engineering and Technology Management from North Central University.
Dr. Richter is based at Kimberly-Clark’s operations headquarters in Neenah, Wisconsin.
James Clent, Chief Information Officer, United Orthopedic Group
With 27 years of international manufacturing and healthcare experience, James Clent, CIO of United Orthopedic Group, first and foremost is a partner to the executive team and the board. He believes in total transparency of process, creating access for the business to the data it needs to define, manage, and measure in order to accomplish its strategic and tactical objectives.