IT Hall of Fame Selection Committee
COO, Heartland Technology Solutions
With more than 30 years of IT industry experience, Jane Cage is known for her channel advocacy and leadership, as well as her successful approach to building a business. She serves on a number of industry and vendor boards and is COO and one of three partners at Heartland Technology Solutions. She’s served as the past president for a number of organizations including the Humane Society, the Family Y and the Rotary Club.
President and CEO, SED International
Robert G. "Bob" O'Malley has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Before joining SED International as president and CEO in October 2012, he served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of InFocus Corporation, a provider of imaging products and applications, from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, marketing and product management at Tech Data Corporation, a global distributor of hardware, software and services, from 2005 to 2007. O'Malley started his technology industry career with IBM as a sales representative before advancing to executive positions in sales, financial and product management. He also served as CEO of Immersion and Pinacor, as well as president of Intermec Technologies and MicroAge. O'Malley holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the W.P. Cary School at Arizona State University. He served as an instructor pilot and captain in the U.S. Air Force, and has been an active board member for a variety of professional, charitable and civic organizations.
Executive Vice President, Nine Lives Media, Inc.
Joe Panettieri is executive vice president and co-founder of Nine Lives Media, Inc., which serves emerging IT audiences. As editorial director, Panettieri oversees content development, search engine optimization and website strategies.
Previously, Panettieri spent more than a decade building and managing integrated media platforms and events for Microcast Communications, Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. At Microcast, he was vice president of editorial content for a variety of IT channel and municipal broadband platforms. Earlier at Ziff, he was vice president and editorial director of the Custom Solutions Group and editor of Smart Partner.
Panettieri has moderated more than 100 CIO events annually, and was the founding editorial director for the Ziff Davis CIO Summit, Accelerate (for AMD) and Innovations (for IBM). Earlier, he spent six years at CMP, rising through the editorial ranks at InformationWeek and Windows Magazine. Panettieri has also developed targeted content for Business 2.0, CFO, Fortune and Fortune Small Business, and he has appeared on CNN and CNBC to discuss trends in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Panettieri created AfterCMP and AfterZiffDavis, two popular social networks for former CMP and Ziff Davis employees.
When not blogging live from conferences, Panettieri spends time with his wife and three sons in Long Island, N.Y.
President & CEO, CompTIA
Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the leading trade association representing the business interests of the global IT industry. He is responsible for leading strategy, development and growth efforts for the association.
Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations.
Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, Thibodeaux's love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).
Vice President, NA Channel Sales
Frank Vitagliano, vice president of sales in Dell’s global commercial channels division, is responsible for regional partners and Dell’s distribution businesses.
Prior to joining Dell in April 2013, Vitagliano was the senior vice president at Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for all partner relationships for the Americas. Frank started his career with IBM in 1973, where he held a number of assignments, ranging from business operations to sales management in both the enterprise and channel organizations. In 1994, he was named director of channel marketing for the IBM Personal Computer Company and held that position until 1996 when he was named vice president of worldwide fulfillment operations. In 2000, Vitagliano was promoted to vice president of distribution channels management and in 2003 was named as the vice president of worldwide distribution channels for the IBM global business partner organization.
Vitagliano has a degree in business management from Northeastern University in Boston. He is married with one daughter, who is currently a teacher in Georgia. He is currently a member of the board of directors for CompTIA and was a member of the Marketing Board of Technology for Georgia from 2002 to 2004 and on the board of directors for XSIGo’ Corporation from 2007 to 2008. In addition, he has served on the boards of advisors for numerous companies and provided advice-related go-to-market strategies, particularly regarding channels.
In August 2003, Frank was recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award by VAR Business Magazine in recognition of ongoing accomplishments in the U. S. information technology marketplace. In September 2008, he was the first vendor executive inducted into the Ingram Micro Venture Tech Networks Hall of Fame.