Atlanta Board of Directors
Current Altanta Board of Directors
Associate Professor in MIS
Terry College of Business
University of Georgia
Dr. Dave Chatterjee is Associate Professor in the Management Information Systems department at the Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia (UGA). Driven by a mission to positively impact practice, he engages and influences executives through his teaching, writing, talks, and consultations. Much of Dr. Chatterjee’s work has focused on recognizing and leveraging the strategic value of IT and reducing the disconnect between technical and business people. He has received numerous teaching accolades and honors over the years, such as the Outstanding Executive MBA Professor of the Year and UGA Outstanding Teaching Faculty Honoree. His research has been sponsored by grants from industry and has been published in prestigious journals such as The Wall Street Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Communications of the ACM, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, and the Journal of CAIS. He received the Scholarship of Engagement grant from the University of Georgia in recognition and support of his ongoing community service projects to identify and meet the IS needs of the various counties in the state of Georgia.
Dr. Chatterjee has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Information Management (SIM) Atlanta Chapter since 2005 and has been the Chairman of the Chapter since 2008. SIM is a premier knowledge sharing and networking community of senior IS executives, prominent academics, and other thought leaders. He was nominated for the SIM 2009 Leader of the Year award and served as the Co-Chair for SIMposium 2010, the SIM international conference. He has served as a judge for the Georgia CIO of the Year Awards in 2010 and 2011.
Namita began her career as a high-school educator and later moved into Information Technology as a consulting systems analyst. She has been involved in the Marketing and Sales of Pyramid Consulting's service offerings for well over five years. In her current role, she is responsible for the company's sales vision, customer relationships and revenue targets. She also plays an active role in mentoring junior sales associates and is a highly visible and respected member of Atlanta's technology community. Namita has affiliations with numerous professional organizations such as WIT (Women In Technology), SIM (Society for Information Management), and GMSDC (Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council). She graciously serves the business community in various capacities on multiple boards of these organizations and has devoted countless volunteer hours to strengthen and grow the technology community. Namita has a MS in Mathematics from Delhi University, New Delhi, India and an Associate's Degree in Computer Programming.
VP- IT Risk & Compliance
Graeme is Vice President – IT Risk & Compliance at Equifax Inc. In this role he is responsible for the identification, analysis and management of global IT-related risks and compliance issues, including access management, asset management, software and regulatory compliance. Graeme has spent over 20 years helping companies address enterprise governance, risk and compliance issues. He has worked with companies in telecommunications, media, financial services, health care, retail, manufacturing, and utility industry sectors. Graeme’s experience includes financial and IT audit and risk management, SOX remediation, regulatory compliance (including HIPAA, GLBA and privacy), information security, business continuity, enterprise risk management and IT governance.
Prior to joining Equifax, Graeme was Global and Americas Practice Leader – Governance, Risk & Compliance within Wipro Consulting Services. His past experience also includes several years as a Risk Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young.
Graeme has a B.Com from the University of Canterbury. He is a Chartered Accountant (New Zealand), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He has been a member of SIM Atlanta since 2008 and has served on the SIM Atlanta Board for the past year as Membership Chair. In his spare time, Graeme is a rugby referee and Cub Scout leader.
Senior Sales Executive
Fidelity Information Services
Patrick has been involved
with the SIM–Atlanta chapter for over 14 years. Patrick has served on the Board
of Directors for 9 years. Patrick was asked by SIM National to start a new SIM Chapter
in South Florida. The SIM South Florida chapter
holds the record for the greatest attendance
for an inaugural meeting, a meeting that Patrick personally planned and organized.
Patrick served as the SIM South Florida chapter President for one year. Patrick
has served as the Membership Chairman for SIM—Atlanta for 5 years and he has assisted two Membership
Chairs for an additional 4 years. Patrick has personally recruited several IT leaders
to join SIM every year he has been a SIM member. During Patrick’s last term as the
Membership Chairman, he increased the SIM--‐Atlanta membership by over 50 new members,
surpassing the SIM Chairman’s goal of 100 members in January 2011.
For over 17 years, Patrick
Wright has interfaced with various levels of IT managers from many F1000 and mid--‐sized
companies in Atlanta.
Patrick has worked with many different types of clients and technologies, which
has expanded his view of business operations and the use of technology. Patrick
has received numerous awards and recognitions, including #1 office of the year and
numerous SE Manager of the Year awards. Patrick has owned and operated his own firm
and operated a F1000 professional services firm. He has an extensive network in
the Atlanta IT community and that network expands every day.
Currently, Patrick is a
Client Executive for FIS, the world’s largest developer of software and services
for the financial services industry. FIS also provides a wide range of consulting
service for all industries, which allows Patrick to interface daily with many of
the IT leaders in the Atlanta
community. Patrick has held Director--‐level or above positions, including 2 partner
positions, in 4 companies in the IT services industry. He understands the value
of technology and how it relates to a company’s P&L. Patrick’s profile was featured
in a 2008 issue of the "Smart Set” business section of Atlanta Peach magazine as
a successful young entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
Patrick is passionate about
giving back to the community. He is a member of the host committee at Buckhead Church, a mentor for 2nd grade students at Woodson
Elementary, a "Big Brother” and a member of the Advisory Council for the Safehouse
Outreach organization, a table host and active participant with Hi Tech Ministries,
and Patrick volunteers for various charities throughout the year. In his spare time,
Patrick is an owner of a local mixed martial arts academy, avid cyclist, and he
trains and competes in triathlons.
VP and CIO
Atlantic American Corporation
John Dunbar is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Atlantic American Corporation, a publicly traded holding company with three subsidiaries involved in well-defined specialty markets of the life, health, and property & casualty insurance industries. John is responsible for setting the information technology vision for Atlantic American, including the planning, development, implementation, and management of all IT systems.
Prior to joining Atlantic American, John was the VP and CIO for Aquilex Corporation, a provider of specialty repair and overhaul services for the energy industry. There he led a team of IT professionals responsible for the implementation and support of systems to deliver a competitive advantage and drive growth in a challenging economy. Before Aquilex, John served as Chief Information Officer for EMS Technologies where he provided global technology leadership overseeing all business systems, including ERP, CRM, supply chain management and web applications, as well as a worldwide voice and data infrastructure. John has been Treasurer and Board member of the Society for Information Management Atlanta Chapter since 2006, has served on the CIO Host Committee for the TechBridge Digital Ball since 2008 and is a longstanding member of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.
Director, Global Applications
Proven, business oriented
Global IT leader with over 17 years experience delivering solutions that maximize
business growth and profitability. Recognized by CIO magazine as a rising star in
IT leadership by winning the 2012 Ones to Watch award. I have a broad background
of global experience from both corporate America and consulting that covers strategic
planning and tactical execution in all areas of IT. Throughout my career, I have
managed through many challenging times where my adaptation skills and leadership
qualities were proven. I have led my teams through mergers & acquisitions and
successfully driven a business through the life--‐cycle of complete IT outsourcing.
I have rescued numerous ‘at--‐risk’ projects. In fact, one of my greatest assets
is striking a balance between business needs and technical possibilities. This has
allowed me to create strategies and implement change across organizations that align
objectives with technical solutions. My work has impacted high profile businesses
and organizations such as the worlds premier sporting academy, the worlds top modeling
agency, PGA Tour, Rugby World Cup, past and future Olympic games, and over 200 colleges
VP of Technology for Supply Chain Systems
Compass Group North America
Ron Gastin is Vice President of Technology for Supply Chain Systems at Compass Group North America. Compass Group is the world's largest foodservice and facilities management organization. It is the world's sixth largest employer with annual revenues of over $23B. Ron is responsible for leading, directing and providing the strategic vision for the technology organization that develops and maintains custom software used internally for contract, pricing and volume allowance management.
With over 30 years of working in the technology community, Ron has extensive experience in successfully leading business critical initiatives and high performing technology teams. Highly skilled at driving value to the business through the effective alignment of technology to organizational goals, Ron has a consistent and proven track record of delivering results and exceeding expectations across a variety of industries and technical environments. Ron leads the Product Management, Application Development, Reporting and Data Analysis, Quality Assurance, Application Support, Infrastructure, and Data Integration teams for Compass Group North America.
Ron graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and later received his Master's degree in Management from Georgia State. He was a finalist for the Southeastern Software Association's 2011 IMPACT Awards. Ron has been married to his wife Shirley for 25 years and has 2 sons, Drew and Colin.