Patricia Florissi is vice president and global chief technology officer for sales at Dell EMC, where she helps define mid- and long-term technology strategy representing the needs of the broader EMC ecosystem in EMC strategic initiatives. Patricia also acts as the liaison between EMC and customers and partners to foster stronger alliances and deliver higher value to EMC clientele. Patricia holds the honorary title of EMC distinguished engineer. She is the creator, author, narrator, and graphical influencer of the educational video series EMC Big Ideas on emerging technologies and trends, which accelerates and expands technical thought leadership in EMC using innovative learning methodologies in a fun, easy way without talking about products to both internal and external audiences. Previously at EMC, Patricia was the CTO for Ionix, where she was responsible for defining and communicating EMC’s medium- to long-term vision for delivering solutions to automate the management of information infrastructure resources; the strategic initiative leader for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC), where she was responsible for leading the research, design, execution, and communication of EMC’s GRC vision and strategy; Americas CTO for sales; and Americas and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) CTO. Before joining EMC, Patricia was the vice president of advanced solutions at Smarts, where she was responsible for defining the strategy that Smarts would take in bringing solutions to market to address the challenges introduced by emerging technologies and led the research, design, and first release of over half a dozen products that have been driving millions of dollars in revenue and still remain in the market today.
Patricia has written articles on the impact of big data in accelerating innovation and for the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global IT Report Newsletters and has published in periodicals including Computer Networks and IEEE Proceedings. She holds multiple patents. Patricia is a board member of the Columbia School of Engineering Board of Visitors, a board member of the Brazilian/American Chamber of Commerce, where she assists in fostering relations with Brazil, and the chairman of the advisory board for the Data Science Graduate Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she advises and assists in the school’s new program. She is also an active member and participant of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas organization. Patricia serves as a mentor for several groups both inside and outside of EMC. She sits as mentor and judge for the Boston-based Mass Challenge group, as well as the Boston Club for advancing women’s leaders. Patricia holds a PhD in computer science from Columbia University in New York, an MBA from the Stern Business School in New York University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Brazil.
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