VP & CIO
Federal Home Loan
Bank of Atlanta
VP & CIO (Ret.)
VIP & CIO
Karen Renner was appointed Vice President and CIO, Novelis, Inc. October 2010. As head of Novelis’ IT organization and member of the company’s Global Operating Committee, Ms. Renner is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s global information technology and business information strategy.
Ms. Renner began her career with Lockheed Martin in engineering. While at Lockheed; she attended Georgia State University where she received a MBA in Finance. After three years in Atlanta, she moved to Nashville, TN as an industrial Engineer with Northern Telecom. In Nashville, she transferred to Emerson Electric for three years as Operations Manager in the temperature controls division. In Nashville, Ms. Renner also worked as a part-time instructor in Financial Accounting at Cumberland University. She joined General Electric in 1992 in the GE Capital division. She held a variety of positions in engineering, call center management, technology, operations, e-business, IT and Six Sigma. In 1999, she was appointed quality leader TMS and in 2000, CIO for IT Solutions Products division. Ms. Renner joined GE Energy in October 2001 in Atlanta, GA to lead Acquisition Integration. In September 2005, she became the CIO GE Security in Bradenton, Florida.
Ms. Renner was born in Camp Zama, Japan. She attended Auburn University in Auburn, AL and graduated with a B.S. Degree and M.S Degree – both in Industrial Engineering; she holds an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University.
Ms. Renner is married to Jim and they have a daughter age 19 and a son, age 22. She enjoys golf, tennis, running and (American) football.
Active in her profession, Ms. Renner is a member of the GCLA. She is also on the board of directors of TechBridge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that proves IT consulting, hosting and outsourcing services to other nonprofits and has served as a volunteer judge for the 2012 and 2013 TechBridge Technology Innovative Award. In 2012, she was the co-chair of the Make-a-Wish Walk for Wishes which engages Atlanta area businesses and families to raise money to fund the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Throughout her career, Ms. Renner has been active with various IT-related and women in technology groups and has served in IT advisory roles for nonprofit organizations, including the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
As Cbeyond's Chief Information Officer, Carrie A. Wheeler is responsible for overall Corporate Capital Investment Portfolio & Prioritization, Cbeyond's Program Management Office, IT Strategy, and Application Development. Her scope of support includes Online Customer Support Systems & Value Added Applications, Sales & Marketing Systems, Customer Relationship Management, Operational Support / Care Systems, Corporate Systems, Billing and Billing Operations. In this role, Carrie is responsible for the development and support new product development, 100% of customer electronic transactions, the complete sales to cash process (revenue stream), and all internal support systems including Financial Management & Reporting and HR.
Carrie joined Cbeyond in 2009 to lead Cbeyond's Information Technology Strategy & Planning teams. Prior to joining Cbeyond, Carrie had held several IT leadership positions at AT&T, BellSouth, MCI Communications and Accenture. In previous roles, she held leadership positions across a variety of organizational functions including IT strategy, merger and acquisition planning and execution, customer operations, development, quality assurance, program management and capital management.
Carrie complements her diverse set of skills by giving back to the community where she lives in works. Carrie currently serves at eh Chair of the Technology Association of Georgia's Education Collaborative Board of Directors. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, is an active supporter of Girls Inc., Girls Get IT, is a member Women in Technology, Atlanta Telecommunications Professionals and Cbeyond's Women's Network. In 2010, she was nominated for Women in Technology's Women of the Year Award and in 2011 Carrie was honored to win this award.
Robert Bennett is chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. FHLBank Atlanta is a cooperative bank that raises funds in the global financial markets and distributes the proceeds to 1,100 member banks and provides affordable housing funding to local communities. As CIO, Bennett is responsible for all technology strategy and operations for the bank.
Prior to joining FHLBank Atlanta, Bennett was executive vice president and CIO for Homebanc Corporation, a leading retail mortgage bank in Atlanta.
Prior to that position, he enjoyed a 17 year career with BellSouth Telecommunications, serving as CIO of BellSouth Small Business Services as well as numerous other leadership positions in both the information technology and marketing areas.
Bennett graduated from Ohio University.
Michael T. Long is a senior level executive with extensive experience in global information technology; infrastructure; operations; development and networking. During his career Michael has held senior management positions with industry leaders across a variety of commercial sectors in both the United States and United Kingdom, and he is currently Chief Information Officer at the Georgia Department of Revenue.
Prior to his current position he was CIO & Vice President, Information Technology at USTravel, a leading corporate and leisure Travel Company based in Atlanta.
Prior to that, he was Vice President of Global IT Infrastructure & Operations at Knowledge Learning Corporation based in Portland, OR. In this role, I was responsible for the strategy, planning, direction and coordination of all activities associated with delivering reliable computer infrastructure, applications and networking services throughout the company.
Prior to that, he held several interim IT Vice President positions including WellPoint, a $40 billion healthcare insurance provider. There, he was responsible for the enterprise-wide IT and networking systems, from which he drove a total restructuring of the IT infrastructure and prepared WellPoint for the merger with Anthem.
Prior to the interim assignments Michael was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Group 4 Securicor, Plc where he designed and implemented a passenger tracking system for Delta and United Airlines and negotiated and implemented a new managed network service offering from a leading network vendor.
VP & CIO (Ret.)
John Seral currently is an IT Advisory partner for Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a NYC based Private Equity firm with investments that span multiple industry segments and have enterprise values from $1B to $15B. His role is to advise on IT investments, due diligence, strategies, staffing, and program execution for their 17+ portfolio companies. He also advises the firm’s Operating and Financial Partners on broader opportunities to improve business processes and growth with technologies such as ecommerce, analytics and mobile solutions.
Prior to CD&R, John was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GE Energy, a global technology leader providing solutions in power generation, oil and gas production, and water treatment. Comprised of three business units – Power & Water, Energy Management, and Oil & Gas – GE Energy had 2011 revenue of over $47 Billion.
At GE, John led a global team responsible for implementing information management solutions and tools to drive business and customer growth. His responsibilities included infrastructure, cyber-security, enterprise resource planning systems, as well as application maintenance and support.
John began his career with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was responsible for designing and implementing Criminal Justice IT solutions. He joined GE in 1982 and spent 12 years working for GE Capital in a variety of CIO assignments in the Railcar Services and Auto Financial Services businesses. In 1994, he joined GE Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio as CIO, and in 1997, he became CIO for GE Plastics (now SABIC Innovative Plastics) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where he became a GE Officer in 2000.
John was named CIO for GE Energy in 2002. His responsibilities grew to include the GE Aviation and GE Transportation businesses in 2005 and the larger GE Infrastructure business in 2007. John has served as the University of Illinois Executive for GE from 2003 to 2013. He held both a DoD Top Secret and DOE “Q” Nuclear government clearances.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Marketing/Finance, cum laude, from Keller Graduate School in Chicago. John lives in Greensboro, GA with his wife Anne and they have two sons living in Atlanta and Austin. His hobbies include golf, skiing, boating and motorcycle touring.