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The Changing Face of Communication, Collaboration, and Innovation
Wednesday, May 27
Rebecca Jacoby, MBA '95
Chief Information Officer Rebecca Jacoby has more than 14 years of experience at Cisco in a variety of operations and IT leadership roles. Her extensive understanding of business operations helps her advance Cisco’s business through the use of Cisco technology. Jacoby is responsible for making the Cisco IT group a strategic business partner and for producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity. Her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally are reshaping and elevating the role of IT at Cisco.
Previously at Cisco, Jacoby was Vice President for Customer Service and Operational Systems and played a key leadership role on the Business Process Operations Council, which governs the transformation agenda at Cisco. Before that she was director of manufacturing for the Access business unit prior to establishing the central manufacturing planning function in 1997 and assuming responsibility for manufacturing IT in 1999. Jacoby joined Cisco as senior manufacturing operations manager. In 1996, she was recognized with the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) award.
Prior to joining Cisco, Jacoby held a variety of planning and operations positions at UB Networks, Inc. and Amdahl Corporation.
Jacoby has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and a masters in business administration from Santa Clara University.
Bill Barmeier has served as eBay's Vice President of Global Citizenship since 2007. In this role, he leads team responsible for all aspects of the company's citizenship initiatives. These initiatives harness the company's assets, expertise and reach to connect people to opportunities to make a difference in the world, with the aim of collective social and environmental impact. The initiatives include three social ventures: 'triple bottom line' businesses, enable people to conveniently donate to causes of their choice, invest in microcredit funds to alleviate poverty, and purchase socially responsible products. In addition, several philanthropic programs engage employees and consumers in the grant making process. Environmental activities comprise another portion of Barmeier's portfolio, focusing on ways for people to pursue more sustainable consumption, as well as ways for eBay to reduce its environmental footprint. In 2008, almost 1.5 million people participated in eBay's citizenship initiatives, making a difference every 18 seconds.
Barmeier has nearly three decades of diverse professional experience, spanning general management, financial, legal and related roles. Prior to his current position, he was eBay's Vice President of Corporate Development, responsible for exploring, executing and integrating the company's strategic acquisitions and investments. Before joining eBay, Barmeier was senior vice president of operations at a leading payment systems company, general partner at an international venture capital firm, and on the senior management team of two Silicon Valley start-ups. Barmeier began his career as a corporate lawyer in private practice, counseling clients on a range of business matters.
Bill Barmeier holds an AB degree from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Graham Barnes, MBA '89
Graham Barnes has over 25 years of experience in wireless telecommunications, management, strategic planning, business development, sales, marketing, systems engineering both domestically and internationally. As CEO of Concerro, he leads a team providing Web-based workforce management software and services for the healthcare industry.
Prior to Concerro, Barnes was Senior Vice President at Covad Communications and the General Manager of the NextWeb Wireless division formed after the merger of NextWeb and Covad. Before the merger, he was CEO of NextWeb, Inc., California and Nevada's largest fixed-wireless provider for business, delivering broadband Internet and VOIP services. NextWeb was named to the prestigious Inc 500 list at position #104, being the #8 company in telecommunications on the Inc 500 list. Additionally, for the second year in a row, NextWeb placed in the Top 5 of the 50 fastest growing Bay Area companies by the East Bay Business Times. Barnes entered the USA in 1980 with Harris Corporation (a $2 billion international communications firm, now partly split off to form Harris Stratex).
Previously, as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service with Western Multiplex Corporation (subsequently Proxim, now owned by Terabeam), Barnes lead the introduction of market-leading Lynx and Tsunami spread spectrum radios.
In 2005, Barnes was named finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young's San Jose office. He has a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, and an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Santa Clara University. Barnes is also a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Santa Clara University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In November 2006, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Sunol Glen School District.