Keynote Speakers

Sunday, Nov. 2, 1:00pm

Kris KutcheraKris M. Kutchera
Vice President Information Technology
Alaska Air Group

Kris Kutchera is vice president information and technology services for Alaska Airlines. Kris leads a team recognized for its award-winning web site, mobile apps and loyalty program and industry-leading airport automation. Kris focuses on innovation to improve customer experience and employee productivity, while ensuring the reliability of core systems needed to run the airline.

Kris joined Alaska Airlines in 2005 with more than 20 years of experience in IT. Previously at Alaska, Kris served as managing director of IT applications. She began her career at Boeing Computer Services and Cap Gemini America before moving on to leadership positions at Washington Natural Gas (now part of Puget Sound Energy), Fluke (now part of Danaher), and F5 Networks, where she served as vice president of information technology for five years. 

Kris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science degree in zoology. She trained and taught as an instructor at Boeing Computer Services, and in 2009 she graduated from the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Kris currently sits on the State of Washington Technology Services Board, the University of Washington iSchool Founding Board, the Technology Access Foundation Board and she serves as a governing body co-chair to the Seattle CIO Executive Summits. 


Monday, Nov. 3, 10:30am

Alessandro AcquistiAlessandro Acquisti
Heinz College
Carnegie Mellon University

Alessandro Acquisti is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the co-director of the CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR). He is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute and a member of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the CyLab Usability, Privacy, and Security (CUPS) lab.

Alessandro’s research investigates the economics and behavioral economics of privacy, and privacy in online social networks. His studies have been published in leading journals across diverse disciplines (such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Comparative Economics, ACM Transactions on the Internet), as well as edited books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and numerous international keynotes. 

Alessandro has been the recipient of the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, the Heinz College’s School of Information Teaching Excellent Award, and various best paper awards. He has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, Transcoop Foundation, Google, and Microsoft. He has been invited to be part of the Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Roundtables and to co-chair the Cyber-Economics Track at the "National Cyber Leap Year Summit,” as part of the NITRD Program under guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media and Associated Privacy Considerations.