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Karen Coburn

President & CEO

Karen Coburn founded Cutter Information Corp. in 1986. She leads Cutter's strategic vision and growth initiatives and directs Cutter's global sales activity. Karen has 35 years of experience in the information and publishing business. She is a past President, Officer, and Board member of the International Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association. Prior to starting Cutter she worked at Cahners Publishing Company for eight years, helping to develop Cahners Newsletter Center and serving as its Director. Karen holds an A.B. from Harvard University.

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Paul Bergeron


Paul Bergeron is responsible for Cutter's finance and operations. From 1986 until 1998, Paul served as Cutter's Marketing Director. He has over 29 years' experience in the information and publishing industries and is a past president of the New England Newsletter Association. Paul has been with Cutter since its founding in 1986. Prior to that, Paul worked with Karen Coburn for four years at Cahners Publishing Company as Marketing Director. Paul has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and a Certificate in Management in Finance from Harvard University.

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Anne Mullaney

Vice-President, Product Development & Marketing

Anne Mullaney oversees Cutter's marketing and product development activities and in-house editorial/research teams. She has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech publishing business. Prior to joining Cutter Information 15 years ago, Anne was the Director of Marketing for Technique Magazine, where she was responsible for developing subscription acquisition and renewal programs, as well as marketing programs and collateral to support advertising sales efforts. Anne has a B.S. in Marketing from Penn State University.

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Cuitláhuac Osorio Ayllón

Director, Cutter Latin America

Cuitláhuac Osorio Ayllón is responsible for managing Cutter throughout Latin America. Before joining Cutter, Cuitláhuac worked in the IT consulting industry for more than a decade, primarily focused on helping organizations achieve their business objectives through the use of IT. Cuitláhuac has a degree in Computer Science engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Monterrey, Mexico, and also completed the program for Master's in Political Science at Mexico's National University (UNAM).

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Ronald B. Blitstein

Director, Business Technology Strategies

Ron Blitstein sets the direction for Cutter’s CIO-focused products and services. His extensive international operations experience spans all aspects of information management, and gives him a true understanding of what makes a CIO successful. As a senior technology executive, Ron has been a hands-on change agent working in companies across several industries including office products, chemicals, medical systems and pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. A hallmark of his accomplishments has been the creation of rich business partnerships as well as the tight alignment of IT strategies, tactics, and execution with overall corporate goals and ambitions. Read more »

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Israel Gat

Director, Agile Product & Project Management

Israel Gat leads Cutter's Agile practice, ensuring it provides end-to-end consulting and training and setting the research agenda. Israel is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market than industry average and 20%-50% improvement in team productivity. Dr. Gat's executive career spans top technology companies, including IBM, Microsoft, Digital, and EMC; he is also well versed in growing smaller companies and has held advisory and venture capital positions for companies in new, high-growth markets. Read more »

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Rob Austin

Advisory Board

Robert D. Austin is a Fellow of the Cutter Business Technology Council. He is Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, Canada. Previously, he was Associate Dean of MBA Programs and Professor of Managing Creativity and Innovation at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Dr. Austin has also served as CEO of the CBS-SIMI Executive Foundation, a top provider of non-degree executive education in northern Europe. He is the current Chair of Harvard Business School's executive program for CIOs and a former HBS Professor in economics, financial reporting, IT, and operations management for MBAs and executives. Dr. Austin also serves on the advisory boards or boards of directors of several IT industry firms and advises major corporations worldwide. Before joining HBS, he was a technology manager at the Ford Motor Company. Read more »

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Richard L. Nolan

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Richard (Dick) Nolan serves as the Philip M. Condit endowed Chair in Business Administration at the University of Washington's School of Business, where he is evolving a set of workable management principles for the information economy. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Dr. Nolan was the William Barclay Harding Professor of Management of Technology at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Nolan served as Chairman and CEO of Nolan, Norton and Company, an information technology management consulting company, from 1977 until 1987, when the company was acquired by KPMG. After the acquisition, Dr. Nolan served as Chairman of Nolan, Norton and Company and Partner of KPMG until 1991.

Dr. Nolan is the originator of the "Stages Theory," one of the most widely used management frameworks for IT baselining and planning. He also has authored and coauthored a number of books, including Globalization, Technology and Competition; Building the Information Age Organization: Structure, Control, and Information Technologies; and Dot Vertigo.

Dr. Nolan is also a member of the Board of Directors for Novell and Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea.


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