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Top 10 Most Innovative CTOs to Watch in 2022 These inspiring leaders are taking their organizations to new highs by combining their business-savvy geniuses and tech visionaries

By Srivatsa KR

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Today we are releasing a list of futuristic tech leaders bridging the gap between business ideas and technology in the larger environment with digital trends. These inspiring leaders are taking their organizations to new highs by combining their business-savvy geniuses and tech visionaries. They also play a more strategic role in the C-suite by becoming a thought leader in the field.

Here is the list of the top 10 most innovative CTOs in 2022

Viren Shah, GE Appliances

Since 2018 as Chief Digital Officer at GE Appliances, Viren has been in the unique position to drive the digital mindset and is enabling the organization to become the number one appliance ecosystem company in the US. For the last 20+ years across four continents - America, Asia, Africa, and Australia – for organizations like Walmart, he has institutionalized the Think Global Act Local methodology. He managed the complexity of mergers & acquisitions and enjoyed fast growth & turnarounds situations.

At GE Appliances, Viren realizes his dream of becoming an entrepreneur in a company that connects people to their passions while creating value for its consumers. His current focus is digitization, correcting courses when needed, and exploring entirely new avenues to unlock value across different ecosystems. He thinks we are truly entrepreneurial when the combination of genuine passion, co-creation mindset, skills, and market opportunities are at work. Viren has the privilege to contribute via organizations like Red Cross and Waterstep. These platforms inspire the entrepreneur in him every day to directly help people across the country and the world.

Joe Sueper, Nu Skin

With over 20 years of technology experience, Joe has worked with several large enterprises, including Amazon Web Services, Dell EMC, and Ball Aerospace. His career highlights include starting and selling his own software company and contributing to the Kepler, HI-RISE, and James Webb Space Telescopes.

Joe's background spans various engineering, infrastructure, and software domains. He has an expansive skill set, including progressive experience in systems design, implementation, integration, consolidation, deployment, and maintenance. One of Joe's strengths is his ability to build a culture of innovation and merge business strategy with technical execution.

A key area of passion for Joe is Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and how they will play a key role for customers by personalizing and simplifying their daily lives and unlocking greater value for businesses worldwide.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys learning about upcoming technology and spending time with his wife and three children.

CP Lee, Mola TV

As a technically sophisticated executive leader, CP Lee has over 20 plus years of dynamic experience leading engagements with potential and existing partners to source new business, inspire customer loyalty, and add positive effects to the top and bottom line.

In each of his professional roles, he has proven to have a keen aptitude for taking ownership of highly critical and visible projects and delivering optimal results in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. CP currently is the Chief Technology & Operation Officer for Mola, a dynamic OTT service platform from Indonesia which reaches throughout Asia and Europe.

Garrett Hampton, MainStem

Garrett Hampton is an accomplished technology executive with over 15 years of experience leading companies through digital transformation. Throughout his career as a technology leader, Garrett has been successfully listed on Inc. 5000 on five separate occasions and has been an integral part of several successful acquisitions.

As a MainStem's executive team member since 2016, Garrett was the principal architect in developing the only intelligent supply chain platform built specifically for the enterprise cannabis market. With the largest database of suppliers, products, and purchasers operating within the cannabis industry, MainStem connects buyers and sellers within an end-to-end sourcing and procurement ecosystem. With its phenomenal growth, MainStem has more than tripled its market value in just a few years. Under the guidance of Garrett Hampton, he continues to leverage cutting-edge technology to provide users with a robust, data-driven supply chain solution for their cannabis businesses.

Anurag Kanungo, Voxel

Anurag Kanungo is a dynamic, results-driven technology executive with a passion for leveraging technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to improve business operations. With 10+ years of experience in technology innovation and software engineering across multiple startups and autonomous vehicle companies, Anurag has consistently demonstrated his ability to scale and lead world-class teams across diverse organizations. He also has multiple successful startup exits, including his previous venture, Sherbit, that was acquired by Huma.

Currently serving as the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Voxel, Anurag focuses on providing a critical solution for enterprises to reduce risk, prevent worker injuries, and foster safer workplaces by partnering with Fortune 500 companies. He also plays an integral role in leading engineering operations, defining the product vision, and delivering the product to ensure success. Recognized as a technology leader, Anurag has led Voxel through Seed and Series A rounds within six months of operation.

Anurag earned a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University before gaining hands-on experience across all facets of technology that have led him to the forefront of the fields of AI and Machine Learning.

Xavier Amatriain, Curai Health

Xavier Amatriain (Ph.D.) is co-founder and CTO of Curai, a series B health tech startup. Previously, he led Engineering at Quora and was Research/Engineering Director at Netflix, where he led the team building the famous Netflix recommendations. With over 50 publications (and 5K citations), Xavier is best known for his work on AI, machine learning, and recommender systems. He currently oversees Curai's technology organization while contributing to all other aspects of the company, particularly company culture.

For the past five years at Curai, Xavier has led teams at the intersection of product development and medical AI research and engineering. Curai has built an end-to-end virtual primary care service that provides high-quality medical care for under $10 a month, thanks to its state-of-the-art care delivery platform and a top-notch medical team. On the research side, Curai has published over ten peer-reviewed publications.

Michael Schwall, SSW Advanced Technologies

Michael is Chief Technology Officer of SSW Advanced Technologies, a role he assumed in 2020. Before this role, he was heading the New Product Development and Innovation department of the SCHOTT Gemtron Corp., using a deep understanding of material properties and Technologies from his various roles in the Corporate R&D departments at SCHOTT AG based in Germany. Michael received his Ph.D. in inorganic Chemistry in 2012 from the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

His key to success is that he can build a bridge between the scientific and the commercial world. Acting as a "science translator," his Philosophy is to use advanced technologies to enable state-of-the-art product features to a broad consumer base. A diverse team, freedom for creativity, resilience, and improvisation are the key attributes of his work, which he needs as well in his free time doing offshore sailing races.

Jeff Bruce, Quality Claims Solutions, Inc

Jeff Bruce began technical transitions and innovation for Quality Claims Solutions in 2007. His CTO vision integrates CEO growth concepts with on-the-cusp technology adoption to enhance efficiency in company and client potentials, "Timing is everything." Jeff maps innate programming understanding and broader company experience to reach next-level product implementation that grabs future realities now. His specialties include overall program lead, chief architect, technology lead, and product solutions specialist in various property and casualty insurance programs and the fleet industry. His diverse historical path in program development expertise and exploratory projects allow applied 3D damage modeling, AI estimation, and augmented human ability through ML to assist in the P&C claims Process.

Unmesh Srivastava, Clever Care Health Plan

Unmesh Srivastava has dedicated 15 years of his professional career to value-based healthcare care through technology innovation, data enablement, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, and digital transformation of payor and provider business operations. He has been instrumental in managed care space in both startup and publicly traded companies.

He serves as the Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer at Clever Care health Plan, leading everything in technology, data, analytics, and digital enablement. Before that, he served as the CTO at P3 Health Partners and led the technology enablement efforts there. He has also led Innovation and Business transformation for Optum Care California and has consulted enterprises like Kaiser Permanente, Toyota, and Verizon.

He has a BS in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Rajasthan University India, MS in Engineering Management from Cal State Northridge, and numerous executive certifications in Management, AI, Finance, and Entrepreneurship from Wharton, MIT, and Harvard Business School.

Kader Sakkaria, Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Kader has earned a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Madras (India) and an MBA in Global Management from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).

Before joining RNL, Kader led all technology Build and Delivery organizations across Cartus. He joined Realogy to oversee Cartus Technology Digital Transformation Strategic Initiatives.

Prior to joining Realogy, Kader was the Head of Business, Technology, and Portfolio Management at BMO Harris Bank. Previously, Kader He has led large-scale technology transformation initiatives for fortune 500 companies like Deloitte and Accenture. He was the country head for TransUnion in South Asia. He has directed PMO and offshore delivery centers at various organizations, including State Farm Insurance, Highmark(Blue Cross Blue Shield of PA), US Foods, and Ryder Logistics. He has deep vertical expertise in Healthcare, Logistics, Financial Services, and Consumer and Industrial Products. He is also associated with Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) as President of the Board.

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