Patricia Florissi is vice president and global chief technology officer for sales at EMC Corporation. As global CTO for sales, Florissi helps define mid and long term technology strategy, representing the needs of the broader EMC ecosystem in EMC strategic initiatives. Before joining EMC, she was the vice president of advanced solutions at Smarts in White Plains, New York. Florissi holds multiple patents, and has published extensively in periodicals including Computer Networks and IEEE Proceedings. She is a member of the Columbia School of Engineering Board of Visitors and is on the advisory board at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, she 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. Florissi holds the honorary title of EMC Distinguished Engineer, having been nominated in October 2007. She also earned a Ph. D. in computer science from Columbia University in New York, graduated valedictorian with an M.B.A. at the Stern Business School in New York University, and has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Brazil.