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Paul Gaffney is Sr. Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Kohl's. Paul was previously EVP and CTO for DICK's Sporting Goods and prior to that Senior Vice President of Technology for The Home Depot where he used technology to transform customer and associate experiences. He was previously President and CEO of After I Go, a seed-stage venture providing peace of mind through software for estate planning. Paul has a broad background in consumer services, retailing, and software. From 2009 until 2013, he was president and CEO of the Northern California, Nevada, and Utah chapter of AAA, a 112-year old auto club that provides services to over four million members. He has held executive positions at Charles Schwab, Staples, and Office Depot, where brought internet technology to consumer financial services and to traditional retailing. Paul has been an early-stage executive at two start-ups: the initial CEO of Website Pros, now web.com, and the COO of Desktone, acquired by VMWare. Paul was inducted into the Chief Information Officer Hall of Fame by CIO magazine. He lives in Milwaukee and Scraggy Neck with his wife Kate and their two black labs, Nike and Cosmo; their daughter lives and works in southern California and their son lives and works in NYC. Paul earned his A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard College and has completed graduate coursework in Psychology at Harvard University. He is a 2009 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute as well as a member of and Moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.