Street Smart is a forum for Rimini Street and its clients to share executive insights gleaned from experience. As global circumstances continue to influence the way we do business, Rimini Street clients continue to defy the odds, fuel innovation, and drive competitive advantage.

Join the sharpest minds in IT and business to highlight and celebrate organizations that have been able to respond rapidly to change and innovate for the future. You’ll also get a sneak peak into Rimini Street’s vision to support the evolving needs of its clients and discuss how you can continue to enable growth and future-proof your business-driven IT roadmap.

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Emmanuel Richard
Emmanuel Richard
SVP & GM Manager, North America
Rimini Street

Richard brings over 20 years of experience building and running field operations for technology companies in the U.S. and internationally.

At Rimini Street, he serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, responsible and overseeing the entire business operations across North America’s three regions – NAMER Central and Northwest, NAMER South/Southwest, and NAMER East – including marketing, sales, service, and support delivery, client success and revenue operations.

Before his successful track record as general manager at Rimini Street, he was responsible for building the East Coast operations for Kyvos Insights, a pre-venture start-up in the Cloud Analytics market. Richard also spent nine years at MicroStrategy, the largest independent Business Intelligence vendor, where he served as the general manager for indirect sales worldwide. His previous experience spans sales executive roles at Microsoft, Borland Software, Quest Software, and other technology organizations.  He holds a diploma of arts and history from Universite Paris-Sorbonne.

Seth Ravin
Seth Ravin
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Rimini Street

Mr. Ravin is a 30-year enterprise software industry veteran who pioneered the independent enterprise software support industry. In 2005, The Enterprise Software Observer named Mr. Ravin one of the 25 next-generation leaders of the enterprise software industry. In 2010, Mr. Ravin was featured in Deal Architect CEO Vinnie Mirchandani’s new book, The New Polymath: Profiles in Compound-Technology Innovations, where he is credited with enacting a visionary, disruptive strategy for dramatically reducing the cost of information technology and ushering in a new era of customer choice.

In September 2005, Mr. Ravin launched Rimini Street, Inc. with a mission to redefine enterprise software support using innovative, next-generation support services delivered at more than a 50 percent savings in fees compared to a software vendor’s annual support program. Rimini Street currently offers support services for Oracle, SAP, IBM, Microsoft and other enterprise software.

Rob Wilkes
Rob Wilkes
VP Analyst, Sourcing, Procurement & Vendor Management

Rob Wilkes is a Sr. Director, Analyst in Gartner’s Sourcing, Procurement and Vendor Management organization. Mr. Wilkes advises organizations on negotiation strategies to achieve sustainable, best-in-class deals with major business application software vendors such as Oracle. He advises on software asset management and audit and compliance for major software vendors such as Oracle. He also provides best practice advice on negotiating software support and maintenance contracts and the use of third-party support providers such as Spinnaker and Rimini Street.

Christina Kirk
Christina Kirk
GVP, Global Client Engagement
Rimini Street

Christina Kirk is responsible for ensuring a successful client experience among all enterprise clients globally. Her team is charged with effective service adoption, positive client satisfaction, client retention, and continued contract renewals.

Within this role, Ms. Kirk brings extensive experience in global enterprise client relationships, business development, ERP, financial services, and sales. She is a proven leader with the ability to lead diverse teams towards enterprise goals while remaining sensitive to overall business objectives, and has worked with top Fortune 500 and Global 100 corporations in a variety of industries.

Ms. Kirk joined Rimini Street in 2010 after 10 years with Oracle, where she held a variety of strategic roles focusing on ensuring customer success and retention. She joined Oracle as part of its acquisitions of JD Edwards and PeopleSoft.

Ms. Kirk holds a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on global strategy and finance from the University of Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University.

Wally Kulesza
Wally Kulesza
Sr. Director, Applications
Boar’s Head

Wally Kulesza, an expert in both current and emerging technologies with over thirty years of experience managing information technology systems. A seasoned veteran of package implementations, custom application development, legacy renovation, production maintenance, datacenter and network infrastructure modernization, Wally applies these skills as the Sr. Director, Applications at Boar’s Head, one of the nation’s leading providers of premium fine crafted foods products.

Eric Helmer
Eric Helmer
SVP & Chief Technology Officer
Rimini Street

Eric Helmer is an information technology executive with 25 years of experience and  proven leadership delivering strategic corporate IT transformational projects. He has a strong track record in designing and implementing technical, complex enterprise technology initiatives that provide real return on investment, competitive advantage, and growth for companies.

Mr. Helmer has a broad consulting background with firms such as Linium, ADI Strategies, and The Hackett Group, where he has delivered successful IT projects throughout the U.S., the U.K., India, the UAE, Singapore, and Thailand.

As Chief Technology Officer at Rimini Street, Eric is charged with advising clients on strategic innovative initiatives that align with financial, technical, and functional long-term corporate goals across various applications including Oracle, SAP, IBM, and Microsoft.  These initiatives are designed to maximize the effectiveness of their mission-critical enterprise software systems.

Before joining Rimini Street, Mr. Helmer was a vice president at Velocity Technology Solutions, where he led the application services team in delivering transformational cloud and IT solutions for Oracle enterprises.

He is a published author, Oracle ACE alumni and a sought-after, award-winning industry speaker in Oracle conferences. He also has served on many board of directors including the Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG).

Mr. Helmer holds a Master’s degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.

Jim Schubert
Jim Schubert
Manager-SAP Center of Excellence

Jim has spent the last 20+ years in management @ PSE&G.  Most recently, Jim has managed the SAP Center of Excellence @ PSE&G.  His responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing the relationship, metrics & on-going deployment of the AMS solution from Rimini Street.  His focus at PSE&G has also included projects calling for specialization in Program Management & Business Process Improvement.

Prior to PSE&G, Jim was employed in various management roles at Exelon, a Fortune 100 Energy company, HQ’d in the Mid-Atlantic.

Don Wright
Don Wright
American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.

Donald E. Wright is Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for American Axle & Manufacturing (NYSE: AXL), a Fortune 500 company and Tier-One global automotive supplier. Mr. Wright’s professional career spans over 30+ years primarily with large global companies where he has held a variety of leadership roles with Continental Automotive AG and Philips Electronics NV. For the last fifteen years he has focused on IT transformation and creating IT organizations that drive sustainable business value. As a member of the AAM Global leadership, reporting to the President of AAM, Mr. Wright has been a champion for Digitalization.
Mr. Wright graduated from Ohio Northern University and received a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Auburn University. He is a recipient of several Global Recognition Awards at Philip Electronic NV and Continental Automotive AG.
Industry Experience: Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Logistics, Utilities, Food Equipment Specialties: ERP/SAP Deployment & Mgmt. – Infrastructure & Operations Mgmt. – Business Process Re-Engineering – IT Governance – IT Strategic Planning – Implementing IT Shared Services – Mergers & Acquisitions/Due Diligence – Global IT Mgmt. – IT Process (ITIL) Mgmt. – Outsourcing – IT Architecture Planning – Program/Project Mgmt. – Organizational Development – Application/Software Development – Business Alignment – IT Auditing/Controls – IT Financial Planning/Management – IT Restructuring



Schedule is in Pacific time

10:00 am
Welcome & Introductions
Emmanuel Richard, SVP & GM Manager, North America
10:05 am
Global Trends, Leading Through Change
Seth A. Ravin, CEO & Chairman of the Board​
10:30 am
North America Outlook
Emmanuel Richard featuring Rob Wilkes, VP, Gartner
10:45 am
Client Spotlight – Boar’s Head IT Transformation Faces a Changing Marketplace
Wally Kulesza, Sr. Director, Applications, Boar's Head
11:00 am
Securing your Enterprise Systems
Eric Helmer, SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Rimini Street
11:15 am
Client Spotlight – PSEG’s Journey to Unified Support
Jim Schubert, Manager-SAP Center of Excellence, PSEG ​
11:30 am
Client and Analyst Panel Discussion & Q&A​
Moderator: Christina Kirk, Rimini Street
Rob Wilkes, Gartner
Don Wright, American Axle
Wally Kulesza, Boar’s Head
Jim Schubert, PSEG
11:55 am
Closing Remarks​ and Announcements
Emmanuel Richard, SVP & GM Manager, North America​
Christina Kirk, GVP, Global Client Engagement