Data Center World Global 2018 will feature several fantastic keynote addresses from some of the industry's top leaders. Stay tuned as we reveal the remaining keynotes in the coming months.

Kim Stevenson

Senior Vice President and General Manager for Data Center Infrastructure, Lenovo

About Kim Stevenson: As Lenovo’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for Data Center Infrastructure Kimberly (Kim) Stevenson is responsible for product management business, product marketing, building end-to-end teams aligning product development, quality, supply chain, services and the customer experience. Kim is a highly respected and accomplished executive with deep understanding of data center technologies and customer needs.

Kim has spent the past eight years at Intel, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for the Client, Internet of Things and System Architecture (CISA) Group. Prior to that, she was Intel’s Chief Information Officer. Before Intel, she spent seven years at the former EDS, now DXC Technology, holding a variety of positions including Vice President of its Worldwide Communications, Media and Entertainment (CM&E) Industry Practice, as well as Vice President of Enterprise Service Management, where she oversaw the global development and delivery of enterprise services.

Before EDS, Kim spent 18 years at IBM in several executive positions including Vice President of Marketing and Operations of the eServer iSeries division. She also has served on the board of directors of Cloudera and Riverbed Technology and is currently serving on the board of Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc.

Stevenson won numerous awards including Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Best CIO, an Evanta Top 10 Breakaway Leader, and Huffington Post’s Most Social CIO as well as the CIO 100 award by for four years in a row. She was named the Woman of Excellence Digital Trailblazer by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE). Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University. In her free time, Kim is an avid tennis player and enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding.

Joe Kava

Vice President Global Data Centers, Google

About Joe Kava: His current responsibilities include engineering, construction management and delivery, critical facility operations, environmental health and safety, sustainability, and physical security for Google’s global fleet of data centers. Joe joined Google in 2008 from RagingWire Data Centers, a privately held colocation provider in Sacramento, California. While at RagingWire, Joe served as the company’s chief operating officer, where his responsibilities included design, construction, facility operations, managed services, business planning, and development.

Prior to joining the data center industry, Joe spent 17 years in the semiconductor industry, working at LSI Logic and Applied Materials in various technical and executive roles, such as process and product development, new product introductions, engineering operations, business development, general management, and IT operations. He holds four U.S. patents for his work in reactive ion and plasma etch technology while at Applied Materials. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

During his tenure at Google, Joe has been a staunch advocate for building sustainable data centers and implementing Google’s cloud computing strategy. He is passionate about educating the global data center industry so that others can benefit from the efficiency best practices pioneered by Google.

Heather Dooley

Data Center Business Operations, Google

About Heather Dooley: For nearly 20 years Heather has been developing internet infrastructure from the first days of DSL to today’s scaled data center services. Heather coordinates near-term strategic objectives for Google’s global data center organization and is responsible for developing long-term planning. She also leads program management for metrics and analytics, new products, documentation and communications. Prior to Google, Heather was responsible for private cloud product management, data center commercial portfolio management and business development for companies including Microsoft and Earthlink. She is passionately involved in developing opportunities for women in technology through volunteering, mentoring and leading corporate initiatives. Heather earned both a bachelor’s degree and MBA with honors from Gonzaga University.

DCI Board of Directors and AFCOM Leaders Lab Participants

State of the Data Center Industry Report

Keynote Description: Whether you’re a c-level executive, data center facilities director, or data center IT operations professional, you are being challenged – possibly more than ever before – by any number of disruptive technologies. The bi-annual State of the Data Center Industry presentation delivers a macro perspective of how our industry as a whole is approaching the modern data center and how you can embrace and prepare for the new trends. This survey is produced by AFCOM’s Data Center Institute board of directors and is executed in the spirit of helping the industry better strategize for success in the upcoming three years. This compelling synopsis will take an analytical look at the unprecedented challenges facing modern data center today and how professionals, like yourselves, are meeting them. Explore a window into the future and the imminent trends that will define it.

Complementing the state-of-the-industry presentation, the results of the AFCOM Leaders Labs will also be unveiled during this general session. All in attendance will receive copies of the hot-off-the-press whitepapers providing actionable insights and guidance on the topics of big data and machine learning, disaster prevention and recovery, energy efficiency, data center model assessment, IoT, and security. This content is certified by the Data Center Institute board of directors and is the culmination of in-depth dialog and collaborative work of the Leaders Lab participants who worked side-by-side to tackle the rapidly changing demands on the data center and map out recommendations for future directions.

Stay Tuned - Additional Keynotes will be announced soon!