AMCIS 2018: CIO Forum

Please join us on Friday, August 17th at 1:30pm where we hear from three thought leaders on Digital Disruption and how it is changing the competitive landscape. This panel will focus on tales from the trenches from those who are at the forefront of leading their organizations through the new business models caused by emerging digital technologies and the seismic shifts in organizational practice that result. Moderated by Elizabeth White Baker, PhD, Associate Professor at University of North Carolina – Wilmington, the panel participants will provide wide-ranging insights to academics and practitioners alike! We look forward to having you join our conversation.


Ron Milliet – Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Ron Milliet, executive vice president and chief information officer at Hancock Whitney Bank, headquartered in Gulfport, Miss., serves as the senior leader responsible for the overall execution of the company’s Information Technology (IT), Information Security (InfoSec) and digital strategy. He is also a member of the company’s operational risk committee.

Before joining Hancock Bank in 2006, Milliet worked in various technology leadership roles at Texas Instruments, AmSouth Bank, Georgia Pacific, and Koch Industries.

In his current role, he oversees a group of 300 Technology and Operations professionals focused on delivering relevant solutions and quality service to meet the corporate strategic objectives for Hancock Whitney Corporation, the parent company of Hancock Whitney Bank, and its affiliates.

Milliet earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He serves on the technology committee for the United Way of South Mississippi.

Zeeshan Sheikh – Vice President, Chief Information Officer Entergy Corporation

Zeeshan Sheikh became Entergy’s chief information officer in January 2014. He leads the company’s information technology function in both daily operational and strategic roles.

Prior to becoming CIO Sheikh served at Entergy in a variety of roles over more than a decade, supporting the company’s nuclear, transmission, system planning and operations, fossil and wholesale commodities organizations.

Sheikh began his career in 1997 as an engineering assistant for Con Edison at Indian Point Energy Center, later transitioning to an IT role there. He joined Entergy in 2001 when the company acquired Indian Point Unit 2. Sheikh became the site’s IT manager in 2004 and the nuclear fleet’s senior IT manager in 2008.

In 2010 Sheikh became Entergy’s business unit CIO for all of the operations side of the business, with accountability for consolidating IT functions across various business units and improving Entergy’s critical infrastructure protection program.

He has led a number of significant projects designed to improve the reliability and efficiency of the company’s SCADA systems, which are used to monitor and control plant operations. From 2008 to 2010, Sheikh built, managed and decommissioned a spin-off company for Entergy.

Sheikh received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Rutgers University.

Kevin Dawson – Vice President, GE Digital New Orleans GE Digital

GE is the Digital Industrial Leader and the GE Digital Hubs are driving the company’s digital transformation.

In his role as Vice President, Kevin Dawson has focused the New Orleans GE Digital hub on a singular mission – to be the best software development and delivery shop in the company. As a result, GE Digital New Orleans has been highlighted as a “best in class” across GE for financial rigor, speed to value, code quality, automation, organizational structure and culture.
Through intentional choices to create a welcoming, diverse, and modern office culture focused on customer outcomes, Kevin has dramatically reduced attrition, improved morale, and built a world-class Agile software delivery organization.