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Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps, Vice President, Wordlwide Indirect Digital Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

Xavier Poisson advocates economic growth through community development and innovation. In his role as Vice President for Worldwide Indirect Digital Services, he leads global expansion of an ecosystem that federates all types of channel partners and creates new opportunities for partners and customers alike to accelerate their business results.

To increase partners and customers’ capacity to succeed in today’s digital world, he initiated and continues to drive the growth of a unique digital business platform known as Cloud28+. An open community, Cloud28+ unites Service Providers, ISVs, VARs, distributors, public sector organizations, and technology vendors to offer a cloud services catalog for customers who require specific business and workload solutions.

Similarly dedicated to helping young companies and young professionals launch their businesses and careers, Xavier coaches start-ups as part of the Milkshake Valley program, as well as students from the ESCP Europe business school, from which he is a graduate.

Having spent his childhood in the Ivory Coast before later moving to France, Xavier particularly supports initiatives, such as Cloud28+, that drive cross-border, cross-region cooperation and development.  

Prior to devoting his leadership fulltime to community development, Xavier most recently ran Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Hybrid IT and Cloud business groups in Europe, Middle East and Africa, for which he oversaw go-to-market strategy, sales, and marketing initiatives, while working with partners and companies of all sizes across the region.


Kirk Bresniker, Chief Architect and HPE Fellow/VP CTO and Hewlett Packard Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kirk Bresniker is Chief Architect of Hewlett Packard Labs and an Hewlett Packard Enterprise Fellow and Vice President.  He joined Labs in 2014 to drive The Machine Research and Advanced Development program, leading teams across Labs and across HPE business units with the goal of demonstating and evangelizing the benefits of Memory-Driven Computing.   His current focus is accelerating the transfer of technologies from The Machine research program in order to drive differentiating value into existing product categories  as well as disruptive new offeings.  Prior to joining Labs, Kirk was Vice President and Chief Technologist in the HP Servers Global Business Unit representing 25 years of innovation leadership.  

Joining HP as a PA-RISC system hardware engineer in 1989, he has always been a part of the Business Critical Systems team.  In 1993, he was the design lead for the first HP entry-level multi-processor system which broke new ground in terms of low-cost, high performance design.  Following that, he was the design lead for the entire D-class PA-RISC product family, one of the highest volume BCS product families ever introduced.   Starting in 1997, Kirk began a decade-long research and development effort to develop novel new modular system architectures which would eventually become a new category of integrated hardware and software offerings known as Blade Servers.   This early work was eventually refined and blended with the contributions of the combined HP-Compaq merger lead to become HP BladeSystem c-Class, the undisputed leader in Blade Server platforms. In 1999, he was the key architect for all PA-RISC and Itanium entry and mid-range servers and oversaw a complete re-vamp of the product line and prepared for the PA-RISC to Itanium transition.  From 2000 onwards, Kirk oversaw the transformation of the HP-UX UNIX and fault tolerant NonStop to blades to extend BladeSystem to the misison critical market, culminating in the Superdome X mission critical X86 blade platform, the highest performing HPE Mission Critical ProLiant system ever created.  It was also during this period that he lead the earliest investigations into what would become The Machine Research program.

Kirk current holds 28 US and 10 foreign patents in areas of modular platforms and blade systems, integrated circuits, and power and environmental control. He  graduated in 1989 Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a BSEE and was also a member of the Humanities Honors program.


Ric Lewis, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Software-Defined & Cloud Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

Ric Lewis is senior vice president and general manager of the Software-Defined & Cloud Group (SDCG) within HPE’s Enterprise Group. In this role, Ric is responsible for defining and developing the world’s most efficient and agile software-enabled hybrid IT solutions to provide the simplest experience for customers to consume and operate their business workloads.

The SDCG product portfolio is comprised of an integrated software-defined system and hybrid IT software products. The software-defined system includes the composable infrastructure product family (HPE Synergy), hyperconverged products, and the CloudSystem private/hybrid cloud solution. Hybrid IT software products and technologies include HPE OneView for infrastructure automation and the HPE Helion suite of software for hybrid cloud orchestration and management. Additionally, the SDCG team defines and drives the partner strategy for the HPE software portfolio.

Prior to this position, Ric was vice president and general manager of the Converged Data Center Infrastructure and Enterprise Server Business segments. In these organizations, Ric’s team established the composable category and drove HP’s strategy for converged, hyperconverged and composable solutions. The portfolio of products and solutions included HP BladeSystem, Converged Systems, Synergy, HC 380, HP OneView, and HP Virtual Connect. Prior to this, Ric led the Business Critical Server organization where his team developed Superdome 2, Superdome X, NonStop systems, Integrity servers, and the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating environments.

Ric joined HP in 1987 and is based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He spent his earlier years leading design teams in computer system, chipset, CPU, and firmware development for a broad range of products spanning from workstations to high-end servers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Utah State University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.


Keith McAuliffe, Vice President and Chief Technologist, HPE Servers Global Business Unit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Keith McAuliffe is Vice President and Chief Technologist in the HPE Servers Global Business Unit representing more than 30 years of innovation leadership.

The HPE award winning server portfolio provides end-to-end Compute solutions for small and medium business, enterprise, service provider, OEM and Telco customers, making HPE Servers #1 in the industry. Our ProLiant, Apollo, Integrity, Edgeline and Cloudline portfolios transform hybrid cloud environments, empower data driven organizations, enable workforce productivity and protect digital assets around the world.  

In this role, he is chartered with driving long-term technology and intellectual property strategy in HPE Servers to help insure that HPE continues to deliver industry- and market-leading products aligned with customer needs.

McAuliffe is an industry pioneer and highly respected technologist with a successful track record driving engineering teams, managing businesses and creating strategic technology visions. Prior to joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise, McAuliffe held various technical and management leadership positions focused on the development of server platforms, semi-conductors, data privacy products, smart phones, solid-state storage and management software for datacenters. 

McAuliffe joined Compaq in 1984 and held key leadership positions in desktops and server engineering as well as led Compaq’s Service Provider and .COM business unit. McAuliffe held key executive engineering and management positions at RLX Technologies, Surgient Networks, ClearCube Technology, Britestream Networks and most recently Imerj Design. He has also served on the board of directors of publically-traded Silicon Image, acquired by Lattice Semiconductor.

McAuliffe is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Engineer in the Whitacre College of Engineering.  He also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is a member of the ECE Academy.


Paul Miller, Vice President of Marketing for HPE's Converged Data Center Infrastructure Business

Paul H. Miller is vice president of Marketing in HPE’s Converged Data Center Infrastructure business unit. Under Miller’s direction, the organization is responsible for Marketing for the HPE composable and hyper converged portfolio’s, HPE OneView, HPE BladeSystems, and the ConvergedSystem and Converged Solutions portfolio. Miller’s team consists of product marketing and technical marketing for infrastructure management, blade infrastructure, and workload optimized solutions spanning Composable, Hyperconverged, Cloud, End User Computing, and Enterprise Applications. Previously, Miller was vice president of worldwide marketing for Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) at HP, where he launched the HP Converged Infrastructure portfolio and strategy across multiple business units. He also served as vice president of Marketing for Industry Standard Servers (ISS) and HP BladeSystem, spearheading the marketing strategy for the fastest growing division in ESSN. Under Miller’s leadership, HP extended its x86-based HP ProLiant market share leadership into new categories with HP’s BladeSystem, Virtual Connect networking, and HP CloudSystem, which are cornerstones of the company’s Converged Infrastructure strategy. Miller has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, leading R&D, Product Management, Product Marketing and Alliances teams. Prior to joining HP, he held positions at IBM in engineering, software development, services, planning and strategy. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley’s Hass School of Business, with a dual emphasis in marketing and finance.


Mark Potter, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Mark Potter is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer for the Enterprise Group (EG) and Director of Hewlett Packard Labs, the company’s exploratory and advanced research group.  The Enterprise Group is a $28 billion annual revenue business that includes server, storage, networking, technology services, and cloud solutions. In this role, he works closely with the business, sales and Hewlett Packard Labs to set strategy, help incubate and commercialize new businesses and accelerate HPE’s innovation agenda to a broader set of customers.   

Prior to this role, Potter served as the senior leader over key business areas at HP spanning close to a decade.  Most recent, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager (GM) of the $14+ billion server business which included the industry standard and mission critical server portfolios.  Before taking the server leadership role, Potter was the GM of HP’s Blades business growing it from $400M to over $3B in revenue and establishing it as the clear #1 market leader and establishing new categories of products in the market.  In addition, he served as the GM of the strategic infrastructure software business at HP which focused on developing and growing cloud software and infrastructure management solutions, as well as managing key OEM software relationships with Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware.

The recipient of eight engineering patents, Potter has held numerous senior business and management positions since joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in 1989.   In addition, Potter currently serves on several boards including private and public companies as well as non-profits.  Before joining HPE, Potter served in leadership and engineering roles in the aerospace industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and serves on the University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering Board of Advisors.



Andrew Wheeler, HPE Fellow, Vice President and Deputy Labs Director, CTO and Hewlett Packard Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Andrew Wheeler is currently Vice President and Deputy Director of Hewlett Packard Labs. His present responsibilities include managing strategic research and advanced development programs focused on next-generation computing platforms and software while driving commercialization of technologies and intellectual property.

As an HPE Fellow, Andrew works across the company to drive innovative technical solutions and identifies industry and technology trends that shape technology and business strategies. As a technical leader, Andrew is actively involved in the growth and development of the HPE technical community.

In his 21 years at HPE, Andrew has held several Chief Technologist and lead architect roles in multiple business groups covering a broad range of products, spanning real-time operating systems to mission critical servers. His areas of expertise covers computer architecture, embedded computing, VLSI design, system architecture, and enterprise computing.

Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. His patent contributions cover a variety of technologies including primary patents in dynamic power regulation, memory error correction, computer architecture and data storage.