The Sapphire Ventures CIO Advisory Board is composed of forward thinking leaders within the IT community. By combining the perspectives of our investors, executives and affiliated venture capital funds with the expertise of our CIO advisors we work to build a robust understanding of where the IT markets are moving beyond what can be seen in Silicon Valley.
By creating a shared vantage point for both startups and real world operators, our CIO advisors help guide growing companies to the power of enterprise.
Chief Information Officer, Box
Paul Chapman is Chief Information Officer at Box, where he is responsible for leading the company’s global information technology strategy and driving the development and delivery of key IT initiatives to support the company’s growing workforce and customer base.
Prior to Box, Paul was the CIO of HP Software for HP, where he led the IT organization and supported the development and delivery of IT solutions. He was also tasked with defining and managing HP’s global information management strategy, analytics platforms and data services. Previously, Chapman served as Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Cloud Operations and Vice President of Enterprise Applications at VMware. He has held other leadership roles at Affymetrix and Sun Microsystems.
He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Filton Tech in the United Kingdom.
Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Johns Hopkins University
Geof guides the effective use of technology in support of Johns Hopkins’ tripartite missions of research, teaching and service/patient care. As deputy chief information officer, he partners with the enterprise CIO in developing and leading strategy, implementation and operations relating to enterprise information systems and services, with a specific emphasis on service excellence. In addition to ensuring service excellence, he directs an enterprise portfolio that includes the business systems and business intelligence solutions used by both the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System.
Geof previously worked for Goldman Sachs, for the Yale School of Medicine and in e-business consulting. He is a member of the board of directors for America’s SAP Users’ Group and the Maryland Enterprise Education Consortium and serves on a number of industry advisory councils, including SAP’s Higher Ed & Research Advisory Council, Salesforce.org’s Higher Ed CIO Advisory Council and Salesforce.com’s Commercial CIO Advisory Board. Geof earned both his bachelor’s degree in computer science and his MBA in marketing at the Johns Hopkins University.
Jean K. Holley
Group Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Brambles
Jean is a member of the global executive management team at Brambles Limited and is directly responsible for leadership on technology trends and industry futures including the internet of things (IoT), big data/analytics, cybersecurity and disruptive technologies. As a member of the executive team, Jean is directly responsible for the assessment and integration of acquisition strategies, divesting targeted businesses and the global IT operations for Brambles worldwide.
Prior to joining Brambles, Jean served as executive vice president and chief information officer for Tellabs, where she was responsible for defining and executing the company strategy including acquisition strategies, new product/service development, supply chain operations, marketing, investment and research of innovative technology solutions worldwide. Prior to Tellabs, she was the first chief information officer to lead and support global IT operations for USG Corp.
Jean holds a master’s degree in computer science/engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and a bachelor’s degree in computer science/engineering from the Missouri University Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri – Rolla).
General Manager, Applications Management, Chevron
Jana has more than 30 years of IT experience leading both project and operations organizations at Chevron. In her current role as general manager of applications management, she is responsible for the strategy and support of Chevron’s global ERPs and integration platforms, as well as application development standards across the enterprise. She has held a variety of management positions in the past 15 years focused on delivering IT strategy and services to a number of Chevron businesses, including SAP global application manager, CIO Americas products, CIO global lubricants and IT manager for Chevron’s credit card enterprises.
Earlier in her career Jana was involved in application architecture and technical project management. She is actively involved in Girls Who Code as a local high school mentor and advisor. Jana has a BS in computer science from Washington State University.
Former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Avnet, Inc.
Steve was the chief information officer at Avnet from 2005 – 2016.Under his leadership, Avnet was recognized with multiple IT awards, including CIO 100, InfoWorld Green 15 and InformationWeek Elite 100. In 2015, Steve was inducted into CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement that honors IT executives and visionaries whose leadership has significantly impacted the field of IT.
Steve joined Avnet with the 2005 acquisition of Memec, where he served as senior vice president and chief information officer since 2004. Prior to joining Memec, Phillips was senior vice president and chief information officer for Gateway Inc. and served in a number of engineering and operations leadership roles at Thorn EMI.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Essex University and a post-graduate diploma in management studies from the University of West London. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Chief Information Officer, SAP SE
Thomas Saueressig is Chief Information Officer , Senior Vice President, Global Head of IT Services and a member of the SAP Chief Technology Officer circle. In his role as SAP CIO, he represents the entire IT organization internally and externally and is actively rejuvenating the IT organization to become agile, user-centric and business driven with a cloud first approach. As global CIO of SAP, he is enabling new business models as well as optimizing business processes by leveraging the latest technologies and innovations while providing a modern workplace.
Thomas has vast experience in the global IT organization, having led multiple organizations, always following his vision to become a user-centric IT organization and with this not only deliver great user and customer experiences but also change the perception of IT. Starting with building up the Enterprise Mobility organization and leading all cross functions, over to heading the entire IT Project Delivery and Client IT organization globally.
Prior to this, he supported Executive Board Member Gerhard Oswald as Executive Board Assistant in his daily operations and strategic projects. Thomas started his career in SAP Consulting where he successfully led multiple CRM customer projects.
Thomas was named in the renowned Fortune 40 under 40 list and holds an executive MBA Mannheim Business School (Germany) and ESSEC (France).
Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Information Technology, Micron Technology, Inc
Trevor is responsible for providing strategic leadership to Micron’s global IT team in delivering a comprehensive portfolio of business-aligned, leading-edge technology services and solutions.
Prior to joining Micron in July 2015, Trevor served as corporate vice president of enterprise applications at Broadcom Corporation, where he oversaw direction and management of enterprise-wide IT systems supporting core business processes. He spent the bulk of his professional career at Cisco Systems, occupying a number of strategic roles in which he drove global development and operational innovations that optimized the way the company designed, collaborated and produced products.
Trevor holds a number of patents in the area of core networking, and the products he helped design have won more than 15 ‘best product’ awards from industry organizations and publications. In 2012, he was recognized with CIO Magazine’s prestigious ‘Ones to Watch’ award.