Industry Roundtable – The AI Networking Revolution: Navigating Network Automation in the Limit; Can You Trust It?

Spring 2024

In this closed-door roundtable, IT leaders will engage in a candid discussion about the integration of AI in the networking and security stacks. Participants will share concerns, experiences, challenges, and strategies related to implementing AI networking solutions. Key topics will include balancing innovation with risk, scaling AI initiatives, and addressing the talent gap in AI and automation. This session adheres to Chatham House Rules, ensuring a private and open dialogue, free from external influences.


Chris Cheu is an experienced leader with Evernorth Health Services, a part of the Cigna Group. Besides learning the ever evolving Healthcare Business, he has a focus on driving engineering maturity, infrastructure simplification and hybrid cloud strategy for Evernorth. Prior to Cigna, Chris had technology and leadership roles ranging from computer system programming, infrastructure engineering to leading some of the very challenging M&A and divestiture infrastructure programs for global enterprises. Over 30 years, Chris gained deep expertise through hands-on experience in building global network services, securing IT infrastructure, integrating Data Centers with cloud (XaaS) services, and IT service management. Chris is passionate to deliver business results through strategic planning, innovation and execution.

Chris holds a MSECE from University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Chris is currently based in Bloomfield, CT.

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Carlos is formerly the Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Risk covering the areas of Automation, Infrastructure, Networks, Cloud, and SecDevops.

Prior to JPMChase, Carlos was with Bank of America for 3 years where he worked defining the Strategy for Automation and Digital Transformation of the Infrastructure, and later led the Automation of all of Network Services, and transformation of the organization end-to-end delivery and operational model.

Before BoA, Carlos worked for Fidelity Investments for over 15 years in multiple areas including Operations, Engineering, and Architecture. In addition to being the Architect for the External infrastructure (Internet and Extranet), he led the emerging technologies, (NSV/NFV) Network Service/Function Virtualization, and (SDN) Software Define Networking Programs; he was also the Network Architect for the Private and Public cloud projects from its inception, overseeing the entire design, automation of network Services, and creation of Network self-service offerings, Next generation data center, next generation firewall, NG monitoring projects among many others.

Before joining Fidelity, Carlos worked for The Venezuelan Revenue Service, and Verizon Wireless as Chief Internal Auditor among other positions.

He has a bachelor degree in Business, and Management of Information Systems from the University JMV, Venezuela, and an MS in telecommunications and Data Networks from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Regis Rogers is a business and technology leader with expertise in AI, Enterprise IT and Cyber Security.  He is Co-Founder and CEO of Bordo AI, a technology venture focused on providing conversational and contextual AI solutions to Enterprise.

Regis also serves as a member of the Kingdom Capital investment management team.  He previously spent 15 years at General Electric and its subsidiaries in various executive leadership roles supporting IT infrastructure and cyber security across industrial, aviation, and renewable energy business units. In addition, Regis was SVP of Cyber Security Engineering at Fifth Third Bank, applying software-defined and zero trust principles in a financial industry setting.

Regis earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and currently resides in Cincinnati, OH with his family.

As Head of Technology at Nokia enterprises, Senad Palislamovic is responsible for the strategy and technical evolution of Nokia’s enterprise presales organization, solution architecture and sales engineering teams.  As part of his role, Senad is directly engaged with the customer base spanning from Fortune 500, large and small enterprises all the way to public and private utilities and energy companies.  Senad’s technical involvement with Nokia’s enterprise customer base spans the entire Nokia ION wireline and wireless portfolio.  His current focus is in data center technologies and ongoing DC evolution.  Prior to this role, Senad led a sales engineering organization focusing on SDN and SDWAN technologies as part of Nuage Networks BU.  Before Nuage, Senad worked as Consulting Engineer within Nokia’s RBC ION organization focusing on the service provider market.  And before joining Nokia, Senad spent ten years with Juniper Networks in various customer facing engineering roles.  Senad holds a BS Degree in Telecommunications from Weber State University and has over 20 years of experience in networking and telecom industry, is a co-author of JUNOS High Availability Book, and numerous IETF RFC Standards in the area of IP/MPLS Control Plane signaling.

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