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Panel Discussion:

New Business in Atlanta

December 2, 2019 |  12:15-1:30PM

Loudermilk Conference Center


Blake Brannon

VP Products, OneTrust

Blake Brannon serves as Vice President of product at OneTrust, the #1 most widely used privacy, security and third-party risk technology platform to comply with the CCPA, GDPR, ISO27001 and hundreds of the world’s privacy and security laws. Today, OneTrust is used by more than 4,000 companies, both big and small across 100 countries, is powered by 60+ patents and employs nearly 1,000 people across 8 global offices. Brannon oversees all aspects of OneTrust’s product and is responsible for defining the privacy, security and third party risk markets and product capabilities.  Brannon evaluates industry trends and analysts research, while driving product planning, design, customer advisory testing, and product launch activities. 


Prior to OneTrust, Brannon was one of the first employees at AirWatch and served as Global Director of Sales Engineering and Vice President of Product Marketing.  In 2014, VMware acquired AirWatch for $1.54 billion and now serves more than 20,000 global customers and is recognized as the undisputed market leader in mobility management.  During his time with VMware, Brannon successfully integrated AirWatch into a broader Digital Workspace solution and the VMware end-user computing division, making it the largest business unit outside of VMware core virtualization business.


Brannon earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech where he worked as a research engineer.  He served in the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory and the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory, focusing on wireless mobile computing and computer security.


Rob Martinez

VP Business Development & Real Estate, Norfolk Southern

Rob Martínez is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.  During the first Bush Administration, he served at the U.S. Department of Transportation as Deputy Administrator for the Maritime Administration and was promoted by President George H. W. Bush to Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Office of Intermodalism. 


Dr. Martínez began working for Norfolk Southern in 1993 but left in 1994 to become the Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia under Governor George Allen.  As Secretary of Transportation, he had oversight over the Virginia Department of Transportation (highways), the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Virginia Department of Aviation, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Virginia Port Authority.


Dr. Martínez returned to Norfolk Southern in early 1998, where he now serves as Vice President Business Development and Real Estate.  In this position, Dr. Martínez has oversight for: Industrial Development; Real Estate; Market Research and Forecasts; and Norfolk Southern Mexicana, which is Norfolk Southern’s marketing subsidiary in Mexico.  He has focused on the pursuit of industrial projects to grow the revenue base, in support of capital projects, including corridor development efforts, intended to grow the franchise, proper management and monetization of NS assets, and support for forecast and research efforts.


Dr. Martínez is married to Cristina Dziwura Martínez and they have three grown children, son Javier, daughter Pilar Rocío and son Sebastián.  They reside in Norfolk, Virginia.


Claude Wade

Managing Director, BlackRock

Claude Wade, Managing Director, leads the BlackRock Atlanta Innovation Hub and is Head of the Client Experience Platform. He is a member of BlackRock's Human Capital Committee.

Claude was formerly the Global Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock’s Institutional Client Business. After joining BlackRock from Marsh & McLennan Company where he was the Chief Operating Officer of Marsh's Global Risk Practices and Specialties Division. In that role he oversaw operations, technology, and program management across the division. Claude also led efforts to establish alignment, consistency, and efficiencies across the portfolio of diverse businesses and technologies.

Previously at Marsh, Claude was Chief Operating Officer for US and Canada, where he focused on strategic, financial, and operational initiatives. In this capacity, Claude led the implementation of an industry leading solution for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) clients.

Prior to joining Marsh McLennan Company, Claude was Senior Vice President of Mortgage Backed Securitization for Fannie Mae where he implemented a multi-year strategy for post-regulatory reform mortgage backed securitization.  He was also Chief Risk Officer for PNC Financial's PFPC Unit, and served as Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Prudential Financial, where he led the team that was awarded the 2000 Technology Managers Forum Award for Business Process Improvement in Financial Services.  Claude began his career in the operations function at Dean Witter Reynolds where he eventually rose to the position of Vice President of Compliance.

Claude received a B.A. in Finance from Pace University and an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business and is both a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified SCRUM Master. Claude is also team Leader/inventor of Registered U.S. Patent entitled "System and Method for Comparing Information in a Process for Issuing Insurance Policies", and the sole holder of Registered U.S. Patent entitled "Method and apparatus for a Processing Risk Assessment and Operational Oversight Framework".


Moderated by: Hala Moddelmog, President & CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Hala Moddelmog is a business and civic leader with more than 20 years in president and CEO roles. She also serves as a corporate director for two NYSE companies – FLEETCOR Technologies and Lamb Weston – and as a board member of several blue-chip nonprofit organizations.


As the first female president and CEO of the nearly 160-year-old Metro Atlanta Chamber, Hala works on behalf of FORTUNE 500 companies and SMEs in the country’s ninth largest metro region. Prior to joining MAC, Hala was president of Arby’s Restaurant Group, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the first woman to lead an international restaurant company as president of Church’s Chicken.


Hala’s current nonprofit boards include Georgia Public Broadcasting appointed by the Governor of Georgia, Woodruff Arts Center, The Alliance Theatre co-chair for 2017-2019 and Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.


Hala has a Master of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgia Southern University. She has attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Management. Georgia Southern University awarded Hala an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.

Event Location

Loudermilk Conference Center

40 Courtland Street

Atlanta, GA 30303

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