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Saturday, July 15, 2:00-3:00 pm, Steven J. Ross Theater

The network is oxygen—fuel for all of tomorrow’s connected technologies. A seamless network is essential for end-to-end connectivity across a growing and diverse set of devices, applications, and services. Join John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President of AT&T Technology and Operations, and Gerd Leonhard, futurist, humanist, and author of Technology vs. Humanity and CEO of The Futures Agency, as they journey through the network revolution and discover how it can change the way we watch, work, play, connect, and live.

After the Session Interview

The Network Revolution Fueling Next-Generation Experiences - Full Session

John Donovan
Chief Strategy Officer and Group President
AT&T Technology and Operations

John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President —AT&T Technology and Operations (ATO), is responsible for the corporate strategy function, technology development, network deployment and operations, and AT&T’s transition to a software-defined network.

Donovan is driving AT&T’s global leadership position in the technological transition to separate hardware and software and virtualizing network elements to the cloud. His responsibilities also include oversight of the company’s global information, software development, network technology, and big data strategy; AT&T Intellectual Property, Labs and Foundry innovation; IT and digital planning, engineering, implementation and operations; network planning, construction and operations including security; field operations, installation and maintenance; global supply chain; and corporate fleet operations.

Donovan previously served as Chief Technology Officer for AT&T, overseeing the company's global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.

Under his leadership, AT&T has turbo-charged its innovation programs and now is recognized as an industry leader in working with application developers and others to make AT&T's network open to collaboration and innovation.

Donovan previously was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing and operations at VeriSign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, John was responsible for leading its global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability.

Before that, he was chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Previously, John was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas Industry Practice director for telecom.

Donovan serves on the Board of Directors for Palo Alto Networks. He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. John received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and earned an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Gerd Leonhard
Futurist, Humanist, Author of "Technology vs. Humanity," CEO
The Futures Agency

Listed by Wired Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe (2015), Gerd Leonhard is a widely-known and top-rated futurist whose work focuses on the future of humanity and technology, digital transformation, big data, automation, AI and robotics, media, content, marketing and advertising, telecommunications, culture and tourism, banking and financial services, and government and leadership.

Gerd is also an influential author, a sought-after executive ‘future trainer,’ and a trusted strategic advisor. He is the co-author of the best-selling book The Future of Music and the author of 5 other books, including The Humanity Challenge (June 2016). Gerd is also the host of the web-TV series TheFutureShow and the CEO of TheFuturesAgency, a global network of over 30 leading futurists.

In his keynotes, presentations, workshops, and advisory sessions, Gerd often addresses topics such as digital Darwinism and the challenges of digital transformation, the redefinition of human-machine relationships, the future of work and jobs, privacy in the era of big data, the sharing economy, and many more. His presentations are renowned for a hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, humorous, and motivating style.