Christopher (Chris) Perretta is executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at State Street Corporation. In this capacity, Mr. Perretta is responsible for State Street’s information technology businesses globally and the strategic direction and management of State Street’s information technology organization, which includes more than 5,300 employees and contractors around the world. He oversees global technology infrastructure, application development and systems architecture for all of State Street worldwide.
Prior to joining State Street, Mr. Perretta was the chief information officer for General Electric Commercial Finance. Previous to this he served as CIO for the North American Consumer Financial Services unit and chief technology officer for GE Capital. Prior to his tenure at General Electric, he was an associate partner at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he dealt in both the industrial and financial services practice areas. He also spent more than five years leading the development of various technology initiatives in Europe.
Mr. Perretta holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and Syracuse University, respectively.
John Littlechild has been a general partner of HealthCare Ventures since 1992. He has been in the venture capital industry since 1980 when he joined Citicorp Venture Capital in London. He subsequently joined the Advent Group, opening the London office of Advent U.K. and then became a founding general partner of Advent International in Boston.
Prior to his career in venture capital, John held marketing and financial management positions with Rank Xerox and ICI. He has focused his investments in biotech and was a very early investor in and Board member of Genzyme. Other companies he has been involved in starting and building include Orthofix, Leukosite, Diacrin and TolerRx. He with his partners in HealthCare Ventures, has also built Human Genome Sciences and Medimmune.
John holds a BSc in Engineering from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
After a successful high tech sales and marketing career culminating in VP Marketing, Oracle USA in 1990, Chris became one of the three founders of Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP) in 1991. As a systems integrator, CTP designed and developed custom client server software applications for enterprises. CTP also pioneered a fixed-time, fixed-fee development methodology. Chris ran Sales and Marketing as CTP grew explosively from start-up to over $850m in revenue in 1997. The company had one of the most successful IPO’s of the 90’s and had a market cap of over $5b. In late 1997 Chris left CTP and founded Breakaway Solutions, a similar integrator focused on the next technology wave, internet driven enterprise solutions. Breakaway also had a successful IPO and had a market cap of over $7b.
Chris also made numerous personal investments in companies such as Siebel Systems and sat on a number of high-profile boards including Clarify and Glasshouse. In 2002 Chris joined the dark side as a venture capitalist with Kodiak Venture Partners and made several investments in 2007 including Astadia, a cloud integrator. Chris has realized the folly of his ways and rejoined the light founding Cloud Technology Partners most recently.
Chris grew up in New Zealand, came to the US on an NCAA tennis scholarship, degreed in Math and Business, played professional tennis, and married Ellen in 1981.
In his role as Chief Architect and Technology Officer, Erik helps enterprise customers begin and complete enterprise-wide transformations to cloud-based solutions. He facilitates sessions to derive a strategic roadmap of prioritized initiatives, well balanced with the organizations capacity to achieve them. From his recent entrepreneurial endeavors, he separates the true benefits from the hype of cloud computing.
Erik Sebesta served as a National Principal Architect for Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP)/Novell from 1991 to 2006. In his extensive career at CTP, Erik led teams of up to 75 people on successful implementations of client-server architecture projects and packaged solutions.Erik is also an expert in secure identity management, leading a large project for the US government, speaking at security conferences, and guiding many financial, consumer product, and healthcare organizations. In 2003, Erik was named to the Novell Worldwide Architecture Community of Practice advisory board. From 2007-2009, Erik founded several Web 2.0 startups including YouHaveNotChangedOneBit.com and Rrankk.com. He led successful projects with distributed teams working across several continents and rolled out solutions to hundreds of thousands of users. An avid sports fan, he founded and serves as director of TheUltimateShowcase.com.
Erik holds a BA degree from Williams College (Go Ephs!).
Jon is a seasoned business executive who brings experience in financial services, consulting and healthcare to Cloud Technology Partners. During the past seven years, Jon was part of the leadership team for two start-ups, Health Dialog, where he was head of client operations; and RISC Ventures, where he was co-founder and chief operating officer. Previously, Jon worked in financial services for Fidelity Investments, Chemical Bank and Citibank; and in consulting for the Boston Consulting Group.
Throughout his career, Jon has been a leader of technology intensive businesses and has done extensive business/IT planning, re-engineering, governance and portfolio management. In addition, Jon has been the executive sponsor of major technology projects including an early client server replacement for a mainframe wire transfer processing application, the merger of the institutional back-offices of Chemical Bank and Manufacturers Hanover, and an ERP solution implemented as part of re-engineering a Fidelity Investments’ operation.
One of Jon’s passions is education and he is currently the chair of the board of the Boston Children’s Museum. In addition, Jon is a founder of the Brookline High School 21st Century Fund, has done fund-raising for Northfield Mount Hermon School and Brown University, and is an advisor to Thinking Beyond Borders.
Jon has an A.B. in English and American literature from Brown University and a MBA from Stanford University.