Brian Toba
Director of Software Engineering, CME Group

Brian Toba has been with CME Group since June 2006. Since that time, he has taken on increasing roles and responsibilities. He currently serves as a Director in the Regulatory and Exchange Business Systems department in the Technology Division. His areas of responsibility include the management of the third party systems, which support all of the administrative divisions including: Accounting, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Compliance, Telecom, Real Estate and others.
In addition to his role in third party system implementation and management, Brian also manages the project portfolio, staffing and planning for REBS. This requires an understanding of the technology employed the business drivers of our projects, and the resource impact of various strategies to execute these projects.
Prior to joining the company, Brian worked in various positions for a variety of Accounting, IT implementation and management consulting organizations
Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

John Verburgt
Director, Business Process Management, CME Group

John Verburgt has been with CME Group since June 2004. In August 2010, he was appointed Director of Business Process Management after a successful business base campaign for BPM. Previously, he was Director of Compliance and Controls, reporting to the Chief Accounting Officer. John's initial role was to help the company address the compliance requirements of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, and his responsibilities grew to include more than 30 critical process areas.
The CME Group Compliance and Controls Program has been consistently recognized as an industry best practice, both internally and externally by industry publications (Computerworld in February 2006, Business Finance in March 2007).
In 2005, John implemented a certification process to effectively monitor and advocate improvement of the company's internal controls. This process continues to provide support and visibility for executive certification of publicly filed financial statements. In 2007, John led the transition of Sarbanes Oxley assurance responsibilities from Internal Audit into the Finance Division.
Prior to joining the company, John worked for seven years in various technology roles at McDonald's Corporation.
John earned a bachelor's degree in finance from DePaul University and an MBA degree in finance from Loyola University in Chicago. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Samir Gulati
Vice President Marketing, Appian Corporation

Samir Gulati is the Vice President of Marketing at Appian Corporation where he has successfully positioned Appian as an innovative leader in the BPM softwaremarket. Previously, Samir served as Vice President, Global Marketing for Pegasystems, a large publicly traded software company. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years at various divisions at General Electric and at Software AG, where he held several Product Management and Marketing leadership positions. Samir holds an MS degree in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from University of Chicago.

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