10:00am: Fireside Chat
10:45am: Take a Byte Panel
Join us as C_TEC welcomes Chris Hjelm, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Kroger, and Stuart Aitken, CEO of 84.51°, for an inaugural TecExec Series event.
The TecExec Series seeks to convene experts and dreamers to give talks that are idea-focused, not only on the outlook of their respective companies but on the future of technology and its role in the world around us.
Following Mr. Hjelm’s and Mr. Aitken’s remarks, we will host a panel using Chamber and Kroger partners to tell the full story of how food gets from the farm to the table using technology in agriculture, retail and the grocery industry.
Take a Byte: a panel discussion featuring:
Chris Courtney, Chief Pilot, Measure
Ravi Kanniganti, Director Retail Vertical Market Strategy, Zebra Technologies Corporation
C. Birge Sigety, CEO, Bison Investments
*Moderated by Lesie Sarasin, President & CEO of the Food Marketing Institute
About the Speakers:
Christopher T. Hjelm
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Chris Hjelm is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Kroger Co. He is responsible for managing the company’s nationwide network of Information and Technology Systems, including systems used in retail stores, manufacturing plants, distribution centers and offices, as well as Research & Development. He also oversees 84.51°, Aviation, Corporate Travel, Indirect Sourcing, and the Check Recovery Center.
Chris earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and an honorary Ph.D. from Colorado Technical University. Before joining Kroger in 2005, Chris was CIO of Cendant’s Travel Distribution Services. He also served as senior vice president for technology at eBay Inc., executive vice president at Excite@Home, and senior vice president and CIO at Federal Express Corp.
He serves on the board of directors for Kindred Healthcare, a public company that provides acute care rehabilitation services.
Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Cincinnati and enjoy travel and golf with their three children and growing family. He has a particular passion for food and is an aspiring amateur chef.
GROUP VICE PRESIDENT
As CEO of 84.51°, Stuart Aitken leads the team of 500+ associates as they work together to put the consumer at the center of every business decision. With an extensive background in technology, marketing and managing large organizations, he’s a firm believer in using data science to make people’s lives easier. Stuart previously served as CEO of dunnhumbyUSA for six years. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for arts-and-crafts retailer Michael’s Stores. For nearly a decade, he led marketing strategies, loyalty marketing, data analytics, innovation, and category management at Safeway.
Stuart is originally from Scotland and lived in South Africa for 10 years before coming to the United States. He played rugby both those places and the US, and learned the value of teamwork and the power of courage. Stuart is an active participant for non-profits and businesses throughout the Tri-State community. He serves on the board of directors for the CincinnatiUSA Regional Chamber and on the board of trustees for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the CBACM for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
He is married and has two children.
Stuart holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Information Management and also worked as a software industry consultant and as a technology professor.