Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Steven A. Ballmer to Speak in Nashville

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Steve Ballmer

CEO, Microsoft Corporation

Steven A. Ballmer is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of software for personal and business computing. Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the first business manager hired by Bill Gates. Since then, Ballmer’s leadership and passion have become hallmarks of his tenure at the company.

Ballmer and the company’s business and technical leaders are focused on continuing Microsoft’s innovation and leadership across the company’s core businesses. Microsoft’s goal is to provide an integrated platform to enable a seamless experience across a wide range of computing and non-PC devices and services.

Variously described as ebullient, focused, funny, passionate, sincere, hard-charging and dynamic, Ballmer has infused Microsoft with his own brand of energetic leadership, vision and spirit over the years.

Ballmer was born in March 1956, and grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Co. He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. While in college, Ballmer managed the football team, worked on the Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the university literary magazine, and lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates. After college, he worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Co. as an assistant product manager and, before joining Microsoft, attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Abbie Lundberg

Lundberg Media; Former Editor in Chief, CIO Magazine

Abbie Lundberg is a business technology analyst, editor and professional speaker with 21 years experience reporting and commenting on the use of technology in business. She led the award-winning CIO editorial team as Editor in Chief from 1995 through 2008. Under her stewardship, CIO became the publication of record for chief information officers and all executives interested in the use of information technology for business value and competitive advantage.

As President of Lundberg Media, Abbie helps chief information officers (CIOs) and their senior teams translate complex issues into clear messages to speed organizational buy in and delivery of results. Whether introducing a new technology, delivering a new capability or rolling out a whole new strategy, meaningful communication is central to a CIO’s ability to effect change. Few communication consultants offer the depth of business technology insight that Lundberg Media provides, and few technology consultants can match its communication strengths. With extensive connections among thought leaders and IT practitioners, Lundberg Media is uniquely positioned to provide this essential service to CIOs and their organizations.

In addition to her work with IT leaders, Abbie provides businesses and non-profits with media and communications services including writing, editing, presentations, research, public speaking, online strategy development and group facilitation. She works with companies to develop online and face-to-face communities and writes and speaks about the use of technology and social media in business.

A leading expert on the major technology and business issues of the day, Lundberg appears frequently as a speaker and moderator at key industry events. Her columns chronicling the evolution of the CIO role can be found on CIO.com.

Abbie is a longtime proponent and facilitator of peer-to-peer executive learning and knowledge sharing. She was involved in the creation and launch of the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service for IT executives founded in 2004, as well as its predecessor, the CIO Best Practices Exchange. In 2005, she also ran operations for CXO Media’s executive programs group.

Under her leadership, CIO received over 230 editorial awards. In 2008, the American Society of Business Publication Editors named CIO the “Best of the Best” magazine and CIO.com the “Best of the Best” website since 2000.

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