Sven Gerjets, Mattel

Sven Gerjets, EVP & CTO Mattel.
Sven Gerjets, EVP & CTO Mattel.

Sven Gerjets is chief technology officer and is leading Mattel's rapid transformation into a leaner, faster and smarter high-performing toy company. Gerjets oversees all aspects of Mattel's technology implementation, including shared technology platforms, analytics, software and hardware development and connected products. He is also responsible for Mattel's initiatives around data privacy and security.

Gerjets has more than 25 years of experience leading technology organizations across the higher education, telecommunications and biotechnology industries. Previously, he served as chief product officer of Innovation, a start-up that develops a real-time, distributed and extensible software platform used to integrate legacy technology with modern forms of computing, such as AI and IOT.

Prior to Innovation, Sven was chief information officer at Time Warner Cable, where he was responsible for consolidating the IT and cybersecurity functions and led a team of 1,400 people through acquisition. He also served as chief technology officer for Pearson Education, where he was responsible for creating and delivering the technology product strategy for Pearson's $2.5 billion global higher-education business. Earlier in his career, Gerjets held senior roles at DIRECTV, Symantec and AT&T Wireless.

In 2014 Gerjets was named a top 100 technology leader by Computerworld. He has also contributed to leading industry publications, including Wired, InfoWorld and CIOReview.

He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kennedy-Western University and participated in Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He currently serves as an advisor to Innovation and is on the board of the Family Online Safety Institute.