Interop New York Announces Keynote Speakers

Leading Executives Take the Stage to Cover the Most Pressing Business Technology Issues; Blackstone's CTO Unravels the Question: Is IT Still Relevant?

Aug 6, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Interop New York, produced by UBM Tech, announced new keynote speakers and panelists for the fall event including executives from The Blackstone Group, Cisco, IBM, Verizon Terremark and more. These speakers will deliver insightful presentations from the main stage covering the relevance of IT, business innovation through technology, and hot topics like Cloud and Software Defined Networking (SDN). With a comprehensive view on the business technology market, Interop enables IT professionals and technology solution providers to leverage technology to power their business.  Interop New York will take place at the Javits Convention Center, September 30 - October 4, 2013. For more information or to register, visit:


As part of the keynote presentations, Master Leadership Trainer, Rob Cordova will use award-winning innovation exercises to make innovation real, accessible, and practical.  This new, interactive keynote format will empower IT professionals to drive innovation within the industry. Meanwhile, Blackstone's CTO, William Murphy, will take to the keynote stage to unfold a lively discussion around the relevance of IT. 

To date, Interop announces the following keynote speakers for the New York event:

  • Rob Cordova, Master Leadership Trainer – "Creative Leadership: Driving Innovation and Change"
  • William Murphy, Chief Technology Officer & Head of Blackstone Innovations & Infrastructure, The Blackstone Group – "Is IT Irrelevant?"
  • Mark Headd, Chief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Sujai Hajela, Vice President & General Manager, Wireless & Cloud Networking Group, Cisco
  • Rick Dodd, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Ciena
  • Dr. Angel Luis Diaz, Vice President of Software Standards, Cloud Labs & HiPODS, IBM Software Group
  • Kevin Hooper,  Senior Vice President,  NEC Corporation of America
  • Michelle Lee, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Textizen & 2012 Code for America Fellow
  • John Considine, Chief Technology Officer, Verizon Terremark

"Through our keynote lineup, Interop captures the vision and theme of this year's event that when IT leads, business succeeds," said Jennifer Jessup, Interop General Manager. "Recognizing the challenges facing the IT professional, while focusing in on the trends that drive business value, Interop works to present attendees with the information needed to innovate through technology and create an IT strategy that will lead to smarter business decisions."

This year, Interop New York presents two days of pre-conference workshops and three days of conference sessions across six in-depth tracks featuring discussions on hot technology topics likes Mobility, Risk Management & Security and Cloud Computing & Virtualization. A bustling expo floor returns, showcasing the full range of IT solutions from industry-leading companies. Sponsors currently include: Airwatch, Ciena, Cisco, Fiberlink, IBM, HP, Huawei, NEC, Riverbed, Samsung and Verizon Terremark. 

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Interop provides the knowledge and insight to help IT and corporate decision-makers bridge the divide between technology and business value. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet program, Interop provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. Interop Las Vegas is the flagship event held each spring, with Interop New York held each fall, and annual international events in Mumbai and Tokyo, all produced by UBM Tech and partners. For more information about these events, visit

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