Speaker "Cynthia Stoddard" Details Back



General Keynote : Fireside Chat: Navigating AI: The Changing Role of the CIO


Navigating AI: The Changing Role of the CIO: In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, operational excellence is a key differentiator for a successful cloud-based business. Adobe’s CIO, Cynthia Stoddard, is making AI/ML a strategic priority in how Adobe is delivering experiences to customers to operate at scale. Cynthia will share insights on how CIO’s roles are changing and how Adobe is innovating with AI/ML for business efficiency.


As senior vice president and chief information officer of Adobe, Cynthia Stoddard oversees Adobe’s global Information Technology & Cloud Operations teams. In her leadership role, Cynthia spearheads a global strategy for delivering services and operations that form the mission-critical backbone for the company. This includes providing always-on systems and enterprise applications; resilient and reliable end-to-end operations; productive employee experiences; and data services for real-time decision making and personalized customer experiences. Cynthia is an IT industry veteran, with more than 25 years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology development. Before joining Adobe in 2016, she was chief information officer and senior vice president at data storage and management company NetApp, where she led the company’s traditional IT functions while also expanding focus on innovation, customer-facing programs, and strategic partnerships. She previously held a number of information technology and technical leadership positions at supply chain, retail, and technology companies including Safeway Inc. and APL Limited. Cynthia was honored with the CIO Hall of Fame award in 2019 for her contributions to business and technology. Additionally, she is a recipient of the CIO 100 Award in 2017 and 2018 for Adobe IT’s innovative ways to deliver business value. In 2019, she was named a Top Technology Executive to Watch by HMG Strategy and was recognized with the Professional Business Women of California (PBWC) Industry Leader award. She is a founding member of Impact100 East Bay, whose mission is to raise funds to meet the needs of the local community. Also, Cynthia is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Conservation Society of California (Oakland Zoo). Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Western New England University, from which she graduated cum laude, and an MBA from Marylhurst University.