Director, Db2 / BigSQL / Data Virtualization / Watson Query Development, IBM Data and AIDr. Michael Kwok is the Executive Director of Db2 LUW, BigSQL, Data Virtualization & Lakehouse Development at IBM. Michael leads a global team of 600+ people and delivers world-class database products & services. His portfolio includes Db2, BigSQL, Data Virtualization, and Lakehouse on premise, on cloud, and on Cloud Pak for Data. His team is responsible for product development, customer support and database services on the cloud. Michael has over 15 years of experience in enterprise database technology and holds a Ph.D. degree in computer system performance from the University of Waterloo, Canada. In his leisure, Michael likes playing video games. He has also published research papers on topics related to multi-player online games.
Celia Gahagan, PanelistExecutive Director, Mainframe Computing, Morgan Stanley
Deb Carbo has 25 years’ experience in a variety of IT roles in both Software and Hardware development and services and began her career as a Db2 Systems Programmer. Her passion is delivering infrastructure offerings that will extend value on the mainframe platform for decades to come and in developing the next generation of mainframe talent to lead us there.Celia Gahagan has more than 30 years’ experience in Db2 and the financial services industry, Celia is currently responsible for Db2 Systems Engineering, setting and supporting the strategic direction of Db2 for z/OS. She is a member of IDUG’s Board of Directors, an IBM Champion, and president of TRIDEX, the regional Db2 user group for the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.Florence Dubois has been leading z/OS and Db2 infrastructure teams for the past three years, supporting a SAP Core Bank system. Prior to joining Nationwide, she was a member of the IBM Db2 for z/OS Development SWAT team and a regular presenter at IDUG conferences.Lisa Lamb started her technology career in mainframe in 2004. She spent 10 years specializing as a VTAM and TCP/IP Sys Prog before taking a leap into management. Initially leaving mainframe, but remaining in technology, she became a manager in disaster recovery. However, the pull of mainframe was too great and she ended up returning to lead and support the Db2 DBAs and Sys Progs.
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