AI at the Helm: Transforming Enterprise Infrastructure with Intelligence

Spring 2024

In this dynamic panel session moderated by Andy Brown, industry titans Gene Sun of FedEx, Tom Gillis of Cisco, and Mike Taylor of WWT will converge to discuss the revolutionary impact of AI on enterprise compute infrastructure. Following their insightful keynotes at the AI Networking Summit, this discussion will delve into the nuances of cybersecurity, networking, and the lifecycle management of AI-driven solutions. The panel will explore real-world applications, emerging trends, and strategic insights into harnessing AI for enhancing enterprise security, networking efficiency, and overall infrastructure management.
-Introduction by Andy Brown: Setting the stage for the discussion and introducing the panelists.
-Impact of AI on Cybersecurity: Gene Sun shares FedEx’s journey and insights into integrating AI for bolstering cybersecurity.
-AI-Driven Networking Innovations: Tom Gillis discusses Cisco’s advancements in AI-driven networking solutions and the future landscape.
-Lifecycle Management of AI Solutions: Jim Kavanaugh explores the lifecycle management of AI solutions in enterprise infrastructure from WWT’s perspective.

Who Should Attend:
-CIOs and IT Executives: To gain strategic insights into leveraging AI for enterprise infrastructure optimization and innovation.
-Cybersecurity Professionals: For a deeper understanding of AI’s role in enhancing cybersecurity measures and strategies.
-Network Architects and Engineers: To explore the latest AI-driven networking solutions and best practices for efficient network management.
-Enterprise Decision-Makers: Business leaders looking to understand the impact of AI on enterprise infrastructure for informed strategic planning.
-AI and Tech Enthusiasts: Individuals keen on the intersection of AI and enterprise technology, looking for the latest trends and insights.

This session is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the transformative role AI is playing in shaping the future of enterprise compute infrastructure, making it a must-attend for professionals and enthusiasts alike looking to stay at the forefront of technological innovation.


Andy Brown currently serves as CEO of Sand Hill East, LLC, which provides strategic management, advice and marketing services to emerging companies. Mr. Brown is also a member of the boards of directors of Guidewire inc. a public traded company in the PNC insurance business, Zscaler, Inc., a publicly traded company providing cloud security services, Pure Storage, Inc., a publicly traded software-defined data storage solutions company, Digital Asset, a company providing solutions in the DeFi and Digital Ledger workflow world, Moogsoft, a next generation AI-Operations company, Skyhive, a company providing Digital Reskilling & Education.

He is also CEO and co-owner of Biz Tectonics LLC, a privately held consulting company. From September 2010 to October 2013, Mr. Brown served as Group Chief Technology Officer of UBS, an investment bank. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served in a variety of executive management and leadership roles at a variety of leading banking companies including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. Mr. Brown holds a BSc Honors Degree in Chemical Physics from University College London.

Gene Sun joined FedEx in 1997 as a System Analyst, focusing on the design and implementation of large-scale eCommerce and Data Warehouse applications.

In 2000, he entered into management and assumed leadership roles including Manager, Managing Director, and Vice President responsible for the creation of the first-generation FedEx pricing system that supported the global FedEx sales force as well as the entire customer base. He also led FedEx’s global Information Security and Risk Management program for four years ensuring security, brand protection, and regulatory compliance.

In his current role as Vice President of Global Network and Communication Services, Gene is accountable for:

  • Long term strategic vision and business plan for Global Network and Communication program
  • Multi-hundred million dollar budget and globally diverse organization
  • Architecture, implementation and operation of global data, voice, video, customer service/call centers and telecom infrastructure as well as social/collaboration tools/solutions

In May 2008, The ComputerWorld magazine named Gene to the “40 under 40 IT Innovators” list of the most promising IT leaders under 40 years old.

Prior to his studying and working in the United States, Gene was employed for two years in China as a sales engineer for Hewlett-Packard, China, LTD.

Gene holds both a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from The University of Memphis.

As Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Services, Mike Taylor oversees WWT’s Global Engineering and IT organization and Services segment to position WWT as a single-source provider to accelerate digital transformation. Mike aligns WWT’s unparalleled technical capabilities with its collective business acumen to both advise and execute customers as they seek to become more agile and innovative.

As business and technology become more complex, it is crucial organizations use technology investments to drive strategic initiatives. Mike is responsible for connecting business strategy into the IT organization, and simplifying the sales and services process to create a more seamless experience for both customers and partners.

A member of WWT’s executive leadership team, Mike joined WWT in 2000 and remains committed to fostering a culture of innovation across engineering and technology, and maintaining WWT’s status as an unparalleled partner for customers to evaluate, architect, integrate and operate complex technology solutions.

Mike serves on the board of directors for Nurses for Newborns, a non-profit organization that sends nurses to the homes of pregnant women or parents with infants who face medical, social or environmental risks in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect. Mike and his wife have four children and live in St. Louis, Missouri.

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