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Edward Y. Abbo
President and Chief Technology Officer
Edward Y. Abbo
Mr. Abbo has served as our Chief Technology Officer since July 2011. He previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from September 2009 to July 2011 and a member of our board of directors from August 2009 to November 2020.
Prior to joining us, Mr. Abbo served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer for Siebel Systems from July 1994 until it merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006, and Senior Vice President of Oracle Corporation from January 2006 to July 2009.
Mr. Abbo holds a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Executive Vice President
Mr. Behzadi serves as Executive Vice President at C3 AI.
Prior to joining us, Mr. Behzadi held various leadership roles with Siebel Systems from January 2001 until it merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006, and then served as Director, Application Development at Oracle Corporation from January 2006 to January 2010.
Mr. Behzadi holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Parkkinen has served as our SVP and Chief Financial Officer since March 2022. He has served as the Company’s principal accounting officer since December 2021, and from February 2021 to December 2021, he served as the Company’s Vice President and Corporate Controller. From March 2017 to January 2021, Mr. Parkkinen held various positions in the financial reporting group at MongoDB, Inc., a software company. From September 2009 to February 2017, Mr. Parkkinen held positions at Ernst & Young.
Mr. Parkkinen holds a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Accounting and Mathematics from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.
Board of Directors
Thomas M. Siebel
Thomas M. Siebel
Mr. Siebel is the founder of our company and has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since January 2009, and as our Chief Executive Officer since July 2011. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Siebel founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Siebel Systems, a global CRM software company, from 1993 until it merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Mr. Siebel served in various leadership positions with Oracle Corporation from January 1984 to September 1990. Mr. Siebel currently serves as a member of the College of Engineering boards at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Berkeley. He was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2013. Mr. Siebel holds a B.A. in History, an M.B.A., and an M.S. in Computer Science, each from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of four books, including most recently the best-selling Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction (RosettaBooks, 2019).
Honors and Awards
- Entrepreneur of the Year – EY, 2018
- Glassdoor Top CEO – 2018
- Honorary Ph.D. – Politecnico di Torino, 2018
- Entrepreneur of the Year – EY, 2017
- Best Places to Work, 100% CEO approval rating – Glassdoor, 2017
- Most Admired CEO Lifetime Achievement Award – San Francisco Business Times, 2016
- Academy of Arts and Sciences, Elected Member – April 2013
- #3 of the World’s Top 25 Philanthropists – Barron’s, November 2010
- Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship
- Engineering at Illinois Hall of Fame – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
- #5 of the World’s Top 25 Philanthropists – Barron’s, 2009
- Top 50 Philanthropists – BusinessWeek 2007, 2008
- Honorary Ph.D. Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
- Thomas M. Siebel, Master Entrepreneur of the Year – Ernst & Young, 2003
- Entrepreneurial Company of the Year – Harvard Business School, 2003
- Hall of Fame – CRM Magazine, 2003
- CEO of the Year – Industry Week, 2002
- Top 25 Managers in Global Business – BusinessWeek, 1999 to 2002
- Top 10 CEOs of 2000 – Investor’s Business Daily, 2000
- The World’s Most Influential Software Company – BusinessWeek, 2000
- The Most Influential Company in IT – Intelligent Enterprise, 2000
- Fastest Growing Technology Company – Deloitte & Touche, 1999
- Fastest Growing Company in America – Fortune, 1999
- Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction, RosettaBooks, July 2019
- “Digital Transformation: The Post-Industrial Utility,” Aspenia Magazine, June 2018
- “Why Digital Transformation Is Now on the CEO’s Shoulders,” McKinsey Quarterly 2018 Number 1
- “Thought Leaders Speak Out: Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry,” The Edison
- Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI), 2015
- Advanced Smart Grid, introduction, Artech House, 2015
- “The Internet of Energy,” Electric Perspectives magazine, 2015
- Written Testimony to the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee,
- Subcommittee on Energy and Power, 2015
- “Big Data and the Smart Grid: Is Hadoop the Answer?”, Stanford Energy Journal, 2014
- Taking Care of eBusiness, Doubleday, 2001
- Cyber Rules, Doubleday, 1999
- Virtual Selling, Free Press, 1996
Dr. Rice has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2009. Since September 2020, Dr. Rice has served as the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In addition, Dr. Rice has served as the Denning Professor of Global Business and the Economy for the Stanford Graduate School of Business since September 2010.
Since March 2009, Dr. Rice has served as the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow of Public Policy for the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as a Senior Fellow for the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, and as a Professor of Political Science for Stanford University. Dr. Rice has also served as a partner at RiceHadleyGates LLC, an international strategic consulting firm that Dr. Rice founded, since November 2009.
From January 2005 to January 2009, Dr. Rice served as the Secretary of State of the United States of America and from January 2001 to January 2005, Dr. Rice served as Chief National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. Dr. Rice currently serves on the boards of directors of C3 AI and Makena Capital Management, LLC, a private endowment firm.
Dr. Rice holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Denver, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Denver.
Richard C. Levin
Richard C. Levin
Dr. Levin has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2010. From April 2014 until June 2017, Dr. Levin was the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera, an online learning platform company.
Prior to his role at Coursera, Dr. Levin served as President of Yale University from July 1993 to June 2013. Dr. Levin is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and is a former trustee of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Dr. Levin served as a director of American Express Co. from January 2007 to May 2019. Dr. Levin also served as an advisor on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Dr. Levin holds a B.A. from Stanford University, a B.Litt. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.
Michael G. McCaffery
Michael G. McCaffery
Mr. McCaffery has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2009. Since December 2005, Mr. McCaffery has served as the Managing Director for Makena Capital Management, an investment management firm, and was Chief Executive Officer of Makena Capital Management from December 2005 to January 2013. Since February 2015, Mr. McCaffery has also served on the board of directors for NVIDIA Corporation, a technology company.
Mr. McCaffery holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a B.A. Honours and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Merton College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Sewell has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2017. Mr. Sewell served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Apple Inc., a technology company, from September 2009 to December 2017.
From October 1996 to September 2009, Mr. Sewell served in various leadership positions with Intel Corporation, including as Senior Vice President, General Counsel from September 2002 to September 2009. Since January 2013, Mr. Sewell has served on the board of directors for Vail Resorts, Inc., a mountain resort company.
Mr. Sewell holds a B.S. from Lancaster University (U.K.) and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Lisa A. Davis
Lisa A. Davis
Ms. Davis has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2021. From August 2014 to March 2020, Ms. Davis served as a member of the Managing Board for Siemens AG, the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, with responsibility as CEO for Siemens Gas and Power, which includes Power Generation, Power Services, Oil and Gas, Transmission and New Fuels, and operates in over 80 countries. During her tenure at Siemens, she also served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Corporation USA and as a member of the Board of Directors of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA.
From 2012 to August 2014, Ms. Davis served as Executive Vice President, Strategy, Portfolio & Alternative Energy of Royal Dutch Shell, UK. Prior to that, Ms. Davis served in various capacities and leadership positions with Royal Dutch Shell, Texaco USA and Exxon Corporation in upstream and downstream operations and project development.
Ms. Davis currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Penske Automotive Group, an international transportation services company; Kosmos Energy Limited, an international E&P company; Air Products and Chemicals, an international industrial gasses product and project company; and Phillips 66, an international downstream oil and gas company. Ms. Davis previously served on the board of directors of Spectris plc, an industrial productivity enhancement products company.
Ms. Davis holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jim Hagemann Snabe
Jim Hagemann Snabe
Jim Hagemann Snabe is the former co-CEO of SAP AG. He is now Chairman A. P. Moller Maersk (DK), and Nominated Chairman Siemens AG (D) Vice Chairman Allianz SE (D). He is member of the Board of Trustees at World Economic Forum (CH).
With 25 years of experience in the IT industry, Jim Hagemann Snabe is focused on leadership around innovation, digitization and societal progress. As co-CEO of SAP Jim, together with Bill McDermott, was instrumental in driving the strategic development of SAP to double the value of the company and play a more responsible role in society. In 2013 he and co-CEO Bill McDermott were ranked #2 on Glassdoor.com’s listing of the top fifty highest rated CEOs, based on their 99 percent approval rating from employees.
In his capacity as a global business leader, Jim is involved in a number of activities focused on societal progress and the role of business in society. Snabe’s views on leadership is shaped by his commitment to solving societal issues and his trust in human potential.
Snabe received a master’s degree in operational research from the Aarhus School of Business in Denmark. In 2016 Jim was appointed Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School based on his work around digital transformation and its impact on business and society. He lives with his family in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jim Hagemann Snabe has a master’s degree in Operational Research, University of Aarhus; Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Stephen M. Ward Jr.
Stephen M. Ward Jr.
Mr. Ward has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2009. Mr. Ward served as the Chief Executive Officer for Lenovo Group Limited, the international personal computer company formed by the acquisition of IBM’s personal computer division by Lenovo, from April 2005 to January 2006. Prior to that acquisition, Mr. Ward held a number of management positions with IBM from September 1978 to April 2005, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Personal Systems and Retail Systems Group from March 2003 to April 2005, General Manager of the Industrial Sector from February 2000 to March 2003, General Manager of the Thinkpad and Mobile division from January 1998 to March 2000 and Chief Information Officer from February 1997 to March 2000.
Mr. Ward has also served as a member of the board of directors for Carpenter Technology Corporation, a specialty metals company, since March 2001. From December 2014 until its sale to The Boeing Company in October 2018, Mr. Ward served as a member the board of directors of KLX Inc., an aerospace solutions and supply chain company, and since September 2018, he served as a member of the board of directors of KLX Energy Services Holdings, Inc., an oilfield services company spun out from KLX Inc.
Mr. Ward also previously served as a member of the board of directors of E2Open, a supply chain SAS company he co-founded, from January 2001 to March 2015, E-Ink Corporation, a maker of electronic paper displays, from December 2006 to December 2009 and QD Vision, Inc., a nanomaterials product company, from June 2014 until its sale to Samsung in November 2016.
Mr. Ward holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
KR Sridhar is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Bloom Energy. Prior to founding Bloom Energy, KR Sridhar was Director of the Space Technologies Laboratory (STL) at the University of Arizona where he was also a Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Under his leadership, STL won several nationally competitive contracts to conduct research and development for Mars exploration and flight experiments to Mars. KR has served as an advisor to NASA and has led major consortia of industry, academia, and national labs. His work for the NASA Mars program to convert Martian atmospheric gases to oxygen for propulsion and life support was recognized by Fortune Magazine, where he was cited as “one of the top five futurists inventing tomorrow, today.”
As one of the early pioneers in green tech, KR also serves as a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and as a special advisor to New Enterprise Associates. He has also served on many technical committees, panels and advisory boards and has several publications and patents.
KR received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from the University of Madras (now called NIT, Trichy), India, as well as his master’s degree in nuclear engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Professor, writer, Honorary Member of the Council of State, Special Adviser to the President of the Republic from 1981 to 1991, founder and first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1993, Jacques Attali (www.attali.com) is currently CEO of A&A, an international consulting firm (www.aeta.net) specialised in new technologies, based in Paris, and President of PlaNet Finance (www.planetfinance.org), an international non-profit organisation assisting microfinance institutions all over the world. PlaNet Finance is the most important world institution of support to the microfinance. PlaNet Finance advises and finances the development of the microfinance in 80 countries.
He founded Action Contre la Faim in 1980 and the European programme Eurêka (a major European programme on new technologies that invented, among other things, the MP3). In 1989, he also launched an international programme of action against the disastrous floods in Bangladesh. Jacques Attali then advised the Secretary General of the United Nations on the risks of nuclear proliferation. He is at the origin of the higher education reform, known as LMD, to bring all European degrees into line.
Jacques Attali has a doctorate in Economics and is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (first in the class of 1963), the Ecole des Mines, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and the Ecole Nationale de l’Administration. He taught Economic Theory at the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées and the University of Paris-Dauphine. He has received honorary doctorates from several foreign universities and is a member of the Universal Academy of Cultures.
Jacques Attali is a columnist for the magazine L’Express. He has written 65 books, translated into more than 30 languages, with over eight million copies sold all over the world, including essays (dealing with a wide variety of subjects ranging from mathematical economics to music), biographies, novels, children’s tales and plays. Dr. Attali has been designated as one of the three most influential intellectuals in France and one of the 100 most influential worldwide.
On April 2011, he was honored with the Corporate Citizenship award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Rick Ledgett began his NSA career in 1988 and has served in operational, management, and technical leadership positions at the branch, division, office, and group levels. Mr. Ledgett served as the 15th Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. From 2012 to 2013 he was the Director of the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center, responsible for round-the-clock cryptologic activities to discover and counter adversary cyber efforts. Prior to NTOC he served in several positions from 2010 to 2012 in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in both the collection and cyber mission areas. He was the first National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, serving as principal advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on all cyber matters, leading development of the Unified Intelligence Strategy for Cyber, and coordinating cyber activities across the Intelligence Community (IC). Previous positions at NSA include Deputy Director for Analysis and Production (2009-2010), Deputy Director for Data Acquisition (2006-2009), Assistant Deputy Director for Data Acquisition (2005-2006), and Chief, NSA/CSS Pacific (2002-2005). He also served in a joint IC operational activity, and as an instructor and course developer at the National Cryptologic School.
He led the NSA Media Leaks Task Force from June 2013 to January 2014, and was responsible for integrating and overseeing the totality of NSA’s efforts surrounding the unauthorized disclosures of classified information by a former NSA affiliate.
Franck Cohen previously served as President of EMEA and led the Digital Core & Industry Solutions for SAP.
Cohen is a global leader in using the cloud to transform ERP, known for taking radical approaches to business processes. He is an innovative Enterprise software executive with over 30 years of global experience. While at SAP, Cohen was President of EMEA for seven years and led the Digital Core Lab which was responsible for developing all of the company’s industry verticals.
Cohen is frequently interviewed as an ERP, artificial intelligence and machine learning expert and industry leader. He started his career with the successful launch of an ERP reseller business in France. Cohen later joined Intentia, a Swedish ERP company.
He studied mathematics and electronic engineering at Tel Aviv University.
George Mathew serves as Managing Director at Insight Partners. He focuses on venture stage investments in AI, ML, Analytics, and Data companies as they are establishing product/market Fit.
He brings 20+ years of experience developing high-growth technology startups including most recently being CEO of Kespry. Prior to Kespry, George was President & COO of Alteryx where he scaled the company through it’s IPO. Previously he held senior leadership positions at SAP and salesforce.com. He has driven company strategy, led product management and development, and built sales and marketing teams.
George holds a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology from Cornell University and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.
Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, Ret.
Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, Ret.
Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon (U.S. Army, retired) serves as chair of C3 AI’s Federal Systems. Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army for 36 years. During his distinguished military career, he commanded troops in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including four separate deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Most recently, Lt. Gen. Cardon, Ret. served as the Director of the U.S. Army Office of Business Transformation. In this role, he helped establish the Army Futures Command, which was the most significant Army command restructuring in more than 45 years. Prior to that, he headed the Army Cyber Command from 2013 to 2016, where he transformed the command into a world-class cyber force, including development of the cyber task force focused on combating ISIS.
Lt. Gen. Cardon, Ret. holds master’s degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College and the United States Naval Command and Staff College. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security, which supports the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense; is a senior counselor to the Cohen Group, a global strategic consulting firm; and is the CEO of Touchstone Futures. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Military and Political Power and is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
General John Hyten, Ret.
General John Hyten, Ret.
General John Hyten (Ret.) served as the 11th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retiring in November 2021 after a distinguished 40-year career in the United States Air Force. In this role, Gen. Hyten served as the nation’s second highest ranking military officer, responsible for supporting and overseeing joint military requirements for nearly 1.5 million service members and their families across the U.S. Armed Forces.
Gen Hyten (Ret.) previously led Air Force Space Command from 2014 to 2016 and U.S. Strategic Command from 2016 to 2019. Among many other assignments, he was deployed to Southwest Asia as the Director of Space Forces for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has received numerous awards and recognition including, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters; and Commendation Medals from both Air Force and the Army.
He attended Harvard University on an Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied sciences. He also holds his MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery and is a distinguished graduate from Squadron Officer School as well as Air Command and Staff College. He was also a National Defense Fellow at the University of Illinois.
Lord Aamer Sarfraz
Lord Aamer Sarfraz
Aamer Sarfraz, The Lord Sarfraz, is a Member of the House of Lords, the upper house of United Kingdom Parliament.
He was nominated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the 2019 Dissolution Honours, and took his seat as Baron Sarfraz, of Kensington in the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in September 2020. He was previously a Treasurer of the Conservative Party, including during the 2019 general election, where the party won a historic 80 seat majority. He also served as an advisor to the party leadership on outreach.
Lord Sarfraz is a graduate of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (Royal Navy). He is a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), currently attending the 2022-23 course.
Lord Sarfraz sat on the Lords Science and Technology Committee, and co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sovereign Wealth Funds.
On his appointment to the Lords, at the age of 38, he was the 3rd youngest Peer in the United Kingdom Parliament.
Sir Gordon Messenger
Sir Gordon Messenger
General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO* OBE DL
General Sir Gordon Messenger served as a Royal Marine from 1983 to 2019, in a career that spanned operational command, capability development, public communications and the strategic leadership of Defence.
His career was notable for two reasons: he was the first Royal Marine to be promoted to 4-star rank for 50 years, and the first member of the naval service since the Korean War to receive a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.
His operational tours include Kosovo, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, culminating in command of 3 Commando Brigade in Helmand from 2008 to 2009. He was appointed Vice Chief of Defence Staff in May 2016, acting as the Chief of Defence Staff’s principal deputy for operational matters and leading on the management and oversight of military capability, including nuclear and cyber issues.
Since retiring from the military in October 2019, he has established a portfolio career in both the public and private sectors. He is a Board member of UK Health Security Agency and a Patron of several military charities. He supported the Department of Health and Social Care on the Community Testing and Managed Quarantine programmes as part of the pandemic response. In October 2021, he was commissioned by the Government to lead a Review into leadership and management in the Health and Social Care sectors, which reported successfully in June 2022.
He was appointed Rear Admiral of the UK by the Sovereign in December 2021. He was installed as His Majesty’s Constable of the Tower of London in October 2022, a role which includes trusteeships of Royal Historic Palaces and the Royal Armouries.