Experts Shaping the Future of Automotive
We have brought together experts from accross innovation in connected car, mobility and autonomous car. We will be adding to the speaker line-up in the coming months, but take a look at who's already confirmed here:
Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by company.
Raj Rao CEOView Bio
Ford Smart Mobility LLC
Rajendra “Raj” Rao is chief executive officer of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Ford’s subsidiary working to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. As CEO, Rao leads Ford Smart Mobility LLC’s various businesses, including the recently announced City Solutions business, the Chariot shuttle business and Greenfield Labs, Ford Smart Mobility LLC’s business model incubator. Before joining Ford, Rao wasvice president of digital business model innovation at 3M and led the international operations of Life Fitness as part of the Brunswick Corporation leadership team. A native of Bangalore, India, Rao has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce at Delhi University and a master’s degree in management from Boston University.
Thilo Koslowski Managing Director/CEOView Bio
Since May 2016 Thilo Koslowski has been Managing Director of Porsche Digital GmbH.
Before moving to Porsche he was Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Head of Automotive Vehicle ICT and Smart Mobility Practice at Gartner Inc., which he founded in Silicon Valley in 1997.
Prior to this, Thilo Koslowski was Managing Consultant of Emerging Technologies and Business Practice at Gartner, where he was responsible for global consulting assign- ments for leading organisations in the automotive, consumer electronics, hardware, software and IT sectors.
His career in the automotive sector began with various marketing and strategy posi- tions with Audi.
He holds a degree in Business Administration with a specialism in Marketing and Pro- duction Technology from RWTH Aachen.
Jeffrey Massimilla Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer, Product CybersecurityView Bio
Jeffrey Massimilla was named chief product cybersecurity officer, Product Cybersecurity for General Motors Company in 2014. This role was expanded from Massimilla’s most recent position as director, vehicle cybersecurity.
Massimilla is responsible for leading the team that is developing and implementing protocols and strategies to reduce the risks associated with cybersecurity threats related to the vehicle and vehicle connected services.
Prior to this role, he served as the engineering manager, Next-Generation Infotainment Systems and Integrations. During his time in this role, Massimilla led the development and launch of an entirely new vehicle infotainment system.
Massimilla joined GM in 2001 as a design release engineer, and has held held multiple roles both in electrical and vehicle product program engineering.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Master’s degrees in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Jeff was recently named Vice Chair of the Auto Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), which is focused on further advancing cybersecurity protections within the auto industry.
Jeff lives in Milford, Michigan with his wife and their two daughters. He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Governor Rick Snyder MichiganView Bio
As Michigan’s 48th Governor, Rick Snyder has implemented a commonsense approach to governing focusing on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.
A self-proclaimed “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective. Since he took office, the state has passed six balanced budgets early eliminating a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.
Governor Snyder was raised in Battle Creek where his parents demonstrated the value of hard work, which was instrumental in leading the state’s successful comeback.
After graduating the University of Michigan, he joined accounting firm PwC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). There, he met his wife Sue. They are the proud parents of Jeff, Melissa and Kelsey.
Following a successful career as partner at Coopers & Lybrand, Snyder joined Gateway as President and COO. He later returned to Michigan, cofounding Ann Arbor Spark.
Since Snyder took office, Michigan has created more than 500,000 private sector jobs.
He successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan providing affordable, quality healthcare for more than 500,000 hard-working Michiganders.
With his unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged bankruptcy as one of the great comeback stories in American history.
The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future.
Burkhard Huhnke Senior Vice President, E-MobilityView Bio
In his role as vice-president at Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center (EPC), Burkhard Huhnke encourages innovation in the market, builds relationships with national R&D organisations and liaises with universities.
Huhnke previously served as head of Product Engineering at VW’s Chattanooga plant, leading the product engineering teams for the Passat and mid-sized SUV projects. From 2006 to 2011 he was executive director of VW’s Electronics Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, California. His other achievements include helping to initiate the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Center (VAIL) at Stanford University and leading the Autonomous Car Project: Volkswagen Passat Junior.
Huhnke continues to represent VW at the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. He has also been named research fellow at the Global Center for Disruptive Innovation at Hult International Business School in San Francisco Bay, California
Mircea Gradu Executive Director, Engineering and QualityView Bio
Hyundai Motor America
Mircea Gradu, Ph.D., joined Hyundai Motor America in May 2014 as director of engineering and quality. Gradu leads the development and implementation of product strategy to improve both the initial quality of Hyundai models and vehicle durability.
Gradu has more than 22 years of experience, most recently serving as vice president and head of transmission powertrain and driveline engineering for Chrysler Group LLC.
He started his automotive career at Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany and transitioned into other key executive roles within the automotive space including Schaeffler Group and The Timken Company.
Gradu’s distinguished career includes being the recipient of the 2008 Edward Cole Award for Automotive Innovation, the 2005 Forest McFarland Award and the SAE-Timken Howard Simpson Innovation Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Gradu was appointed SAE Fellow in 2011. He served as Vice President of SAE International - Automotive Sector from 2010 to 2012.
Gradu was listed among the 50 most influential automotive executives in 2012 by Motor Trend, and credited with the revival of the rear-wheel-drive automotive platforms through the introduction of the novel and fuel efficient transmission solutions.
He was awarded 56 patents on mechatronic automotive systems, published over 40 papers and held seminars or offered presentations at IEEE, SAE, TOPTEC, VDI and IFToMM events.
Gradu holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.
He enjoys classic car driving and restoration, travel and outdoor recreation, including mountain biking, skiing and kiteboarding.
Faye Francy Executive DirectorView Bio
Prior to joining Auto-ISAC, Ms. Francy was responsible for establishing, implementing, and overseeing the mission, goals, and policies of the Aviation-ISAC. As lead of the BCA Cyber ONE team at Boeing, she led an enterprise-wide group focused on leveraging the best of Boeing in the cyber domain. Before joining Boeing in 2001, Ms. Francy was the Director of FAA Programs at ARINC Incorporated and also owned and operated two private companies – Intersec and AvSec.
Ms. Francy has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Towson State University and a Master's Degree in Forensic Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh. She is also an AIAA Associate Fellow.
Martin Rosell Managing DirectorView Bio
Martin has served in the IT industry since 1982 with involvement in a broad range of applications spanning from transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications, product development & life cycle mgmt to driverless navigation and management solutions. Since 2008 Martin has been the Managing Director at WirelessCar. WirelessCar is now one of the world's leading telematics service providers serving the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors with services operational in 50 countries on four continents.
Larry Hilkene Product Cybersecurity LeaderView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Roger Lanctot Director, automotive connected mobilityView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Holger Weiss CEOView Bio
German Auto Labs
Holger G. Weiss is founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has a 15+ year track record in managing and building technology driven companies with innovative business models in the future mobility sector.
Mr. Weiss has a deep expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a pivotal role within the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin from its founding until the exit to Nokia in 2006. gate5 was the germ cell of HERE - a map and content provider that has recently been acquired by three German car makers for nearly 3 billion Euro.
Before founding German Autolabs Mr. Weiss was managing director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership the music streaming startup developed into one of the leading provider of internet-based audio content for the automotive industry. In 2013 Aupeo got acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America.
Mr. Weiss is member of the board in various technology companies and also Venture Partner at Target Partners - one of the leading VC companies in Europe. Besides his business activities he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young founders. He consults medium-sized companies as well as tech and industry related associations. He is an author, moderator and speaker.
Doug Davis Senior vice president and general manager of the Automated Driving GroupView Bio
Douglas (Doug) L. Davis is senior vice president and general manager of the Automated Driving Group (ADG) at Intel Corporation.
Previously, he was general manager of the Internet of Things (IoT) Group, where he led a worldwide organization responsible for Intel® architecture computing solutions across IoT market segments, including manufacturing, industrial, retail, transportation, smart buildings and homes, aerospace, and many others. Davis started his career at Intel in 1984 as a product engineer in the company’s Military Division, then went on to manage product engineering, manufacturing and operations for the group. Subsequently, he became the operations manager and later general manager for the Embedded Microcomputer Division, and general manager of the Network Processor Division. He was named a business unit vice president in 2003.
In 2004, Davis became general manager of the Infrastructure Processor Division, which was formed from the consolidation of all of Intel’s embedded processor efforts. A year later, he assumed the role of general manager of the Embedded and Communications Group, where he was instrumental in establishing Intel’s position in embedded market segments such as communications, automotive, retail and industrial control. In 2010, Davis became the general manager for the Netbook and Tablet Group, with responsibility for the platform planning, architecture, enabling and marketing of Intel’s solutions for the netbook and tablet market segments. Most recently before assuming his current role, he served as general manager of Arizona Fab/Sort Manufacturing, where he oversaw all aspects of the Arizona wafer factory operations.
Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University and earned his MBA degree from Arizona State University.
Steve Surhigh VP & GM of Applications ServicesView Bio
Stephen L. Surhigh is the Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Cloud Services for Harman International. He leads the Automotive Cloud Services business unit that focuses on data exchange between vehicles and the cloud. He has over 30 years of operations, sales and management consulting experience and has led cloud-based implementations for a substantial number of Automotive Manufacturers and Suppliers.
Previously, Mr. Surhigh was the Vice President, Automotive Solutions for Compuware Corporation. In this role, Mr. Surhigh was the global lead responsible for sales and delivery of Compuware products and services to auto manufacturers and Tier One suppliers. Mr. Surhigh previously managed business development for a technology service provider where he established outsourcing engagements with UPS, HP, Microsoft, Apple, Coca-Cola, Miller Brewing, Sears, Nike, The Gap, JPMorganChase, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Prudential, PG&E, Sempra Energy, SunAmerica, Harley-Davidson, GlaxoSmithKline, and many other Global 2000 companies. While in this role, Mr. Surhigh led all marketing, sales and channel management activities focused on the acquisition of new business. In other roles, Mr. Surhigh combined his financial and technical expertise to define new products and services, expand into new markets, restructure unprofitable business segments, and improve operational and administrative support processes.
Previously as a consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Surhigh focused on improving the business performance of technology-based organizations through more effective project management and capital investment. His assignments included leading the installation and customization of an ERP application and managing numerous technology deployment programs.
Claes Herlitz VP Global Automotive ServicesView Bio
Bio coming soon..
Oliver Rumpf-SteppatHead of Product Requirements, Development and Connected DriveView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Christian ClaussConnectedDrive Project ManagerView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Heini SchulzConnectedDrive Services ManagerView Bio
BMW of North America, LLC
Bio coming soon.
Michael Mikos CFOView Bio
Michael Mikos is chief financial officer and director of business development of car2go N.A., LLC, a role he assumed in July, 2015. In this role, Mikos is responsible for the financial management and expansion of car2go’s business in North America. He reports directly to car2go N.A. president and chief executive officer Paul DeLong.
Prior to his appointment as CFO, Mikos served as director of strategic development, assuming that role in March, 2013. He was responsible for the development car2go’s city launches across North America and managed the development and integration of new Daimler mobility products. Mikos also built strategic partnerships and investments throughout the North American mobility market.
Prior to joining car2go, Mikos was project manager of revenue enhancement for Daimler Trucks of North America, where he wore multiple hats from marketing and sales to financial analysis since assuming that role in 2009. From 2008 to 2009, Mikos served as district sales manager, where he was responsible for sales of Sterling Trucks through direct dealer and customer contacts in the Southern Region. Prior to that, he served as national sales support manager, leading sales operations projects, and was also a financial product analyst for Daimler Trucks of North America.
Before joining Daimler Trucks of North America, Mikos worked at Navistar International – formerly International Harvester – as an operations finance and activity-based management analyst, developing and implementing financial models at manufacturing sites and conducting analyses that helped identify operational efficiencies.
Mr. Mikos has an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, as well as a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Radovan MiucicTechnical SpecialistView Bio
Changan US R&D Center, Inc
Dr. Miucic is a Technical Specialist at Changan US R&D Center, Inc (since 2015) in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle group. Radovan Miucic received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit MI, in 2001, 2002 and 2009, respectively. He worked as research engineer for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (2007-2015) and as an embedded software engineer (2001-2007), working for Delphi and Siemens. He is also Adjunct Professor of ECE at Wayne State University since 2012. His current research is in wireless communication, sensors for autonomous driving, and development of cooperative safety applications and autonomous driving features.
Scott BurnellGlobal Lead, Business Development and Partner Management, Ford Developer ProgramView Bio
Ford Motor Company
Scott Burnell leads business development and partner management efforts for the mobile industry at Ford Motor Company. In 2013 Scott created the Ford Developer Program, the world’s first developer ecosystem for in-vehicle connectivity. Open to all developers, Ford Dev has welcomed more than 8,000 registered community members from around the globe to innovate alongside the Ford AppLink team. By creating partnerships with mobile app publishers and developers, wireless network operators, and handset device manufacturers Scott drives Ford’s in-vehicle connectivity initiatives.
Prior to joining Ford, Scott enjoyed a successful career in the wireless industry, starting with more than a decade building the retail side of the industry for wireless operators such as Verizon, Sprint and T- Mobile. As the Director of Mobile Content for Wireless Developer Agency he led the mobile efforts for top brands such as E! Entertainment, Maxim, and Turner Networks, including the development and launch of more than 500 apps and the administration of mobile ecosystems for AT&T, Sprint, and Bell Canada.
Kurt HoppeGlobal Head of Innovation - Connected CarView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Peter Kosak Executive Director, Urban Mobility ProgramsView Bio
Peter Kosak is GM executive director of global Urban Mobility Programs, and responsible for implementing the company’s urban mobility initiatives around the world. His team is charged with developing new services, products and partnerships to address new opportunities and challenges associated with the world’s growing urbanization.
Kosak began his GM career in 1986 as an aerodynamics engineer. He has since held various positions in purchasing, engineering, design, product planning and marketing. Recent assignments include global vehicle line executive, large RWD cars and executive director of global advance purchasing, new technology and advanced propulsion within the company’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization.
Kosak holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Lakshmi Thanayankizil Ph.D. Wireless Connectivity Specialist General Motors /View Bio
Vice-Chair, DSRC Marketing Task Group, Wi-Fi Alliance
Bio coming soon.
Sean Simpson Investment ManagerView Bio
Prior to joining GM Ventures in April 2016, Sean was Founder/CEO of AutoBike, a startup that designed and built electronic automatic shifting systems for bicycles. Before that, he worked in both the automotive and military defense industries as a lead engineer with a focus on powertrain activities.
Sean received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan.
Ken Stewart Chief Business & Technology OfficerView Bio
Ken is Karma’s “Renaissance man”.
He trained as an engineer, but his first paycheck came from a Dixieland jazz band. He has designed engines; worked with NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and marketed cars. His intellectual appetite is broad, and he is a leading candidate for the executive you would most like to have dinner with if you couldn’t talk about work.
His job at Karma is to figure out what consumers want; what is possible; and what Karma should do. It combines business and technology strategy. Most of us are focused on launching a car. Ken is focused on what Karma does after they launch the car.
He grew up in Detroit, with a father who spent a life working in the car business. He is Midwest-nice, has travelled the world and works successfully with everyone.
Henry Bzeih Managing Director, Kia Connected & MobilityView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Sirish Batchu Head Infotronics Technology & Advance ElectronicsView Bio
Mahindra & Mahindra
Bio coming soon.
Darren Gosbee Vice President - EngineeringView Bio
Darren Gosbee is Vice President Powertrain and Advanced Technology for commercial vehicles manufactured by Navistar Corporation. At Navistar’s World Headquarters in Lisle, Chicago, he is responsible for Advanced Vehicle Technology development as well as overseeing the design, development and installation of all Navistar and vendor engines used in International Trucks and IC Buses. In this role Darren is also responsible for the development of Navistar’s DoE SuperTruck2 program. The engine and vehicle Certification and Compliance activities for Navistar products complete Darren’s portfolio of responsibilities.
Darren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from City University, London and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology, a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council and is a member of SAE.
Gaurav Bansal Senior Researcher - Cooperative Automated DrivingView Bio
Gaurav is a Senior Researcher at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center in Mountain View, CA, where he leads several research initiatives on the design of communication systems for Automated Driving. Gaurav is an expert in Vehicular Communications, pioneering contributions in Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) congestion control and in innovative use-cases to leverage connectivity in cars. His current research interests also include millimeter wave & full-duplex wireless communications. Gaurav represents Toyota in the Automakers’ Vehicle Safety Communication Consortium and in the SAE, ETSI standardization bodies. Gaurav's paper on DSRC Congestion Control received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE WiVEC Symposium. He also holds several patents in the field. Gaurav serves in the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials Journal and IEEE Connected Vehicles Initiative. Gaurav holds Electrical Engineering degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and The University of British Columbia.
Michaela VanderveenCo-leader of the Cellular V2X working groupView Bio
Michaela Vanderveen has more than 20 years of mobile wireless R&D experience, including a broad background in networking, wireless communications systems and security. She has a history of active participation in standards organizations including 3GPP, IEEE, and IETF, and most recently, has been focusing on Cellular-V2X efforts within 3GPP and 5GAA. Dr. Vanderveen is co-lead of the 5G Americas Cellular-V2X working group and co-author of the 5G Americas Cellular-V2X whitepaper.
From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Vanderveen lead the network architecture and protocol design and associated standards effort for LTE-Direct/D2D/ProSe work item. She joined Qualcomm in 2006 as part of the Flarion acquisition. She has a Ph.D. and MSEE from Stanford University and is an inventor on 27 granted U.S. patents.
Greg BrannonDirector, Automotive EngineeringView Bio
In his role as the Director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations for AAA, Greg Brannon oversees all automotive research and testing for the association. Past research projects, designed to inform and educate consumers, include advance driver assistance systems, autonomous vehicles, advanced headlight technology, electric vehicles and evaluations of fuel quality and octane ratings. Greg’s key focus is building AAA’s technical expertise on emerging automotive issues to serve the association’s 56 million members.
Greg regularly serves as a AAA expert on automotive technology and is frequently featured in the national media, including the Associated Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Car and Driver, Automotive News and NPR. Leading AAA’s automotive industry relations, Greg has also been a featured speaker at National Transportation Safety Board and National Safety Council events, and fosters AAA’s relationships with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Center for Automotive Research, automakers, tier-one suppliers and other industry stakeholder groups. He also regularly provides guidance to the automotive and safety industries, assisting in the development of test plans and industry standards.
Greg begin his 25-year tenure at AAA as an emergency roadside service counselor and, throughout his career, has held positions within Market Research, Strategy and Plans, Member Relations and Business Markets, where he worked with OEMs including Lexus, Volkswagen/Audi, Porsche and BMW.
Outside of work, Greg is an active drag racer and, as a previously nationally- ranked sports car racer, serves as a National Hot Rod Association Sportsman Race Advisory Councilmember. Greg is a seasoned automotive enthusiast, having held multiple ASE certifications, and is an avid Volkswagen fan, frequently seen under the hood of his 1958 Volkswagen Beetle or on the trails with his hand-fabricated sand rail.
Greg holds a B.S. in Business Management and a MBA from the University of Central Florida.
Chris GardnerVice PresidentView Bio
Chris manages all technology areas for AASA members, including the AASA Technology Council and the AASA Technology Conference. The AASA Technology Conference is the leading technology event in the North American Automotive Aftermarket industry. He represents members on the Aftermarket Telematics Task Force, AASA Telematics Working Group, ETI’s Equipment & Tool Committee and the SAE Automotive Aftermarket Electronics Committee.
He has 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, has received two automotive component patents, and has written dozens of articles and white papers.
He has been with the MEMA organization and has managed the AASA Technology Council for almost 19 years. Other areas of responsibility include AASA operations, AAPEX and managing the AASA Intellectual Property Council.
Gardner has a B.S. degree from North Carolina State University.
James Hodgson Industry AnalystView Bio
James Hodgson, Industry Analyst at ABI Research, conducts research relating to the field of autonomous driving and smart mobility, with a focus primarily on quantitative forecasting and analysis in the areas of ADAS, autonomous driving and connected infotainment. James also writes reports on the transformative effect of automotive technologies on personal mobility and ecosystem dynamics.
James graduated from Cardiff University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, where he specialized in the areas of econometric analysis and statistical forecasting.
David Beberman Director of Business DevelopmentView Bio
Mr. David Beberman is the Director of Business Development for Aicas, Inc., the US subsidiary of Aicas, GmbH. Prior to his current position, Mr. Beberman has held a variety of software engineering, engineering management and business management positions during a 25 year career. Mr. Beberman's business accomplishments include a joint venture between Logic solutions, Inc. and Routerware, Inc. to develop and market network protocol source pools (subsequently sold to Windriver Systems as Windriver Networking); and the management of the US Northeast and Eastern Canada territory for Lynuxworks, Inc. Mr. Beberman's engineering accomplishments include the development of On-demand class loading for the PenPoint operating system, the object-oriented development environment, PenSIL, implementation of a variety of network protocols, design of traffic independent congestion resolution algorithms for multiple access datalink layers, and the implementation of various operating system services, drivers and firmware. Mr. Beberman holds a B.S.E.E. with Computer Engineering from Tufts University, and various industry certifications. LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/davidbeberman
Scott Frank VP Marketing,View Bio
Scott Frank, Airbiquity Vice President of Marketing since 2013, is a seasoned marketing and business executive with deep experience developing and deploying global and regional marketing programs for enterprise businesses and technology start-ups alike. Mr. Frank’s marketing experience spans brand building, product development, advertising, direct and relationship marketing, online and event marketing, media planning and buying, and publishing. This diverse portfolio of expertise stems from working with the world’s foremost technology, publishing, research and communications companies, including IBM, Microsoft, International Data Corporation and multiple New York City based advertising agencies. Mr. Frank received his degree in advertising from the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and resides in Seattle, WA USA with his wife and three children.
Gail Gottehrer PartnerView Bio
Gail Gottehrer is a partner at Akerman LLP in New York where she is a member of the Labor and Employment Group and the Data Law Group. Gail's practice focuses on management-side labor and employment litigation, class action defense and other complex commercial matters, including privacy and technology related litigation. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.
Gail is a frequent speaker on topics relating to the implications of technology on the law, on business operations and on the digital workplace, including data ownership and data privacy, telematics, autonomous vehicles, drones, robots, electronic evidence, usage based insurance, smart buildings, biometrics, wearable technology and the Internet of Things. Gail teaches a course in Law for Knowledge Innovation and Practices at Columbia University and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School. Gail is the Director of the Connecticut Chapter of Women in eDiscovery. She is the co-chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s eDiscovery and ESI Committee and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Executive Women's Forum.
Gail was recently selected as one of the New York Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence, as one the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation, and as one of the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2016 Women Worth Watching. She is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of The Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and a Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Koichi KandaManaging DirectorView Bio
Alpine Technology Fund
Bio coming soon.
Meg NovacekExecutive Director Business Development in North AmericaView Bio
Argus Cyber Security
Meg Novacek is the Executive Director of Business Development in North America. Prior to joining Argus, Meg established Novacek Services, an engineering and quality consultancy and worked for Chrysler, most recently as Director Vehicle Cybersecurity, where she was responsible for developing a technology roadmap and phase-in plan to ensure the cyber security of vehicle systems for the entire FCA fleet. Before her role as Director Vehicle Cybersecurity role, Meg was Director Software Quality where she focused on improving embedded system development processes at FCA across the enterprise; her work ensured that software meets customer expectations on-time, the first time. Meg also held the roles of Director Reliability Quality and Director Powertrain Systems at Chrysler.
Brendan O’Brien Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder,View Bio
Brendan O'Brien is Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder at Aria Systems. In 2002 he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications before the concept of “cloud” was on the horizon. O’Brien is the industry’s foremost thinker on recurring revenue: enabling new business models, improving business processes, providing multi-dimensional customer choice, and ultimately increasing revenue. The product architecture he designed for Aria was the culmination of that experience; it’s an infinitely flexible and scalable cloud-based billing and monetization solution that can be adapted to any industry or vertical. Aria’s recognized leadership confirms Brendan’s original vision.
Trained as a professional stage actor and classical tenor, in the mid ‘90s Brendan realized coding paid better; his love of music’s reflected in the company’s name, and his continuing contributions to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the Walnut Street Theater, and the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Grady IreyVP Data Science and Analytics LeadView Bio
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Chad AmmonsVice President, Global Strategy & DevelopmentView Bio
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Donny SeyferChairmanView Bio
Automotive Services Association
Bio coming soon.
Liz Kerton Executive DirectorView Bio
Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing. Building on 15 years' experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies, she started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation. Through 30+ meetings each year, the Telecom Council now connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos. 10 years later, in 2011, she spun off the Autotech Council which connects auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors with innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, Spanish and Japanese, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012 by the San Jose Business Journal.
Thomas BloorDirector, Sales and Business DevelopmentView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Jonathan AllenPrincipalView Bio
Booz Allen Hamilton
Jon is a Booz Allen Hamilton Principal/Director and the firm’s executive over the high-tech manufacturing practice focusing on cyber security, enabling connected vehicles, introducing automotive data analytics, incident response, and cyber threat intelligence related to vehicle safety.
Before joining Booz Allen’s commercial practice, Jon helped reestablish the firm’s commercial business in the Middle East and previously supported the US Government clients within the defense and intelligence agencies developing resiliency and risk practice protecting US critical infrastructure.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jon served as a US Army Infantry Officer with assignments in Georgia, Korea, Washington DC, and Texas – to include serving as the Senior Army Social Aide to President Clinton and commanding an infantry company with the 1st Calvary Division. Jon received his BA from Norwich University and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. He also serves as the Vice Chairman for Norwich University’s Board of Fellows.
Dan SmithPresidentView Bio
Capstone Financial Group
A nationally recognized expert in the automotive industry, Dan Smith is the founder and CEO of Capstone Financial Group, a specialized investment banking firm that has focused on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising for automotive-related companies since 1989. Capstone has worked with more than 200 automotive clients and has been involved in several of the industry’s more prolific consolidations, refinancings and turnarounds. These clients include private equity firms with industry holdings, as well as public and private companies that are OEM and aftermarket suppliers located throughout North America, Asia and Europe.
With extensive hands-on experience as an entrepreneur and investment banker, Dan has owned, operated, built and sold several substantial enterprises, including an $80 million travel organization with eight subsidiaries in seven states. His companies were ranked for two consecutive years in the INC. 500 list of America’s fastest growing privately held companies. He sold these companies in 1987 and founded Capstone in 1988.
Dan received a B.A. degree in Economics (Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Davidson College and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Duke University.
Marc FredmanSenior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & DevelopmentView Bio
Marc Fredman is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development of CCC Information Services Inc.. Marc joined CCC in 2014.
Before joining CCC, Marc spent ten years at the Boston Consulting Group, where he was a core member of BCG’s technology and corporate development practice areas. Marc’s work focused on advising CEOs and boards of Fortune 500 companies on growth and portfolio strategy. Marc was a three-time winner of BCG’s Polaris Award for outstanding client impact.
Prior to BCG, Marc worked at JPMorgan and a predecessor institution, where among other roles he founded the leading Health Savings Account administrator in the US. Marc holds multiple patents in the fields of financial technology and transaction processing.
Marc earned a bachelor's degree in honors philosophy from Georgetown University, and also holds a master’s degree in finance and marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Andreas HechtSVP and GM of OEMView Bio
Andreas Hecht has led strategic and business-building initiatives in automotive, digital publishing and consumer electronics industries for more than two decades. He currently serves as General Manager, Senior Vice President of OEM at CCC, the industry’s leading provider of business intelligence solutions for OEMs, insurers, auto repair shops and consumers. Among its offerings, CCC provides an open telematics platform enabling its network of more than 350+ insurance carriers to connect with CCC’s automotive manufacturing partners to share and build new high-value business models from connected car data. Much of Mr. Hecht’s career has focused on the emergence of the connected vehicle through leadership roles at companies such as INRIX, Navigon and HERE Technologies. He holds higher degrees in artificial intelligence from Technical University Berlin, Germany, and currently lives in the wilds of Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, two sons and a dog of suspect breeding and age named Mini.
Richard WallaceDirector, Transportation Systems AnalysisView Bio
Center for Automotive Research
Richard Wallace, M.S., serves as director, Transportation Systems Analysis group within the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). He has 20 years of experience designing, conducting, and managing transportation projects and research. Mr. Wallace serves as principal investigator for CAR’s connected vehicle efforts for the Michigan Department of Transportation, CAR’s work on a U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology (RITA) project to apply remote sensing to bridge-health monitoring, and CAR’s components of a mobile computing project for the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. Previously for RITA, he led CAR’s portion of a multi-organizational team to apply GPS, GIS, and geo-fencing to analyze truck activity at international border crossings. In addition, he led CAR’s connected vehicle-related projects for DENSO, the Michigan International Speedway, and the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Wallace spent several years working as a researcher at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and several more at the UM Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory. At the University of Michigan, his worked focused on the evaluation of several intelligent transportation systems (ITS) field tests in the State of Michigan.
Mr. Wallace holds an M.S. in technology and science policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan.
Krish InbarajanGlobal Head of Connected VehiclesView Bio
Krish Inbarajan is Global Head of Connected Vehicles at Cisco Jasper. He has more than 15 years of experience in connected vehicle and fleet space. Foundational experience gained through working with General Motors’ OnStar across multiple functions. Worked with entire telematics ecosystem, and also with several partners and industry players, on digitizing the business and customer interactions. Building on OnStar experience, led Ryder’s connected truck operations as Senior Director. Ryder is a leading trucking, leasing and supply chain company. He designed predictive maintenance system by working with partner companies and internal IT systems. Engaged with Fleet telematics companies and aftermarket systems in US, Canada and Europe. At Cisco Jasper, lead connected vehicle engagement with product, partners and customers across the world. He has more than 10 patents in the connected vehicle space.
Shaun KirbyDirector, Automotive & Connected Car, Product ManagementView Bio
As the leader for the in-vehicle technologies product management group in the Cisco IoT Business Team, Shaun Kirby is responsible for shaping Cisco’s digitization of the vehicle. The digital transportation revolution involves technologies from across multiple domains from wireless to security to cloud and impacts an ecosystem of industries from automotive to public sector to retail to financial services. Working with flagship customers, he incubates rapid prototypes to achieve breakthroughs in design quality and speed, while leading the interlock between customers, partners, and multiple Cisco Engineering and Research organizations.
Kirby’s current role is backed by years of deep industry experience. Prior to his current role, he served as CTO for Cisco Consulting Services, and prior to that he led Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group Innovations Architecture Practice, which developed robust reference architectures for visionary solutions. These were powered by Cisco technology as well as partner and client-specific architectures and roadmaps for implementation.
Before joining Cisco, Kirby served as the Chief Architect for Vitria's Professional Services team. Prior to that, as Director of Client Delivery and Quality Assurance at Vitria, he established the standards, tools, and best practices that enabled world-class solution delivery.
He has authored articles, presentations, and technology briefs on a wide range of topics, including sensor fusion, augmented reality, and contactless gesture interfaces. As an inventor, Kirby holds several patents and patents pending in these areas.
Grayson Brulte Co-Chair, Mayor's Autonomous Vehicle Task ForceView Bio
City of Beverly Hills
Grayson is the Co-Founder / President of Brulte & Company, a consulting firm that specializes in designing innovation and technology strategies for a global marketplace. Grayson is also the Co-Founder of Autonomous Tomorrow, a collection of thoughtful insights into the world of tomorrow.
Influential in Beverly Hills, he serves as the Co-Chair of the City of Beverly Hills Mayor's Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. He is also an active member of the city’s Smart City / Technology Committee which advises the Beverly Hills City Council on technology. In 2015, the City of Beverly Hills was chosen by Google as one of America’s digital capitals.
Along with his Beverly Hills guidance, Grayson was appointed a Global Health Economics Fellow at The University of Vermont College of Medicine.
From Autonomous Vehicles, to politics, to the future of entertainment and more, Grayson has written articles about innovation, technology, and strategy for Continental’s 2025AD, General Electric Reports, the MIT Sloan Executive Education innovation@work Blog, RealClear Future, Futurism, VentureBeat and The Washington Times among others.
His written opinions and insights have been used by organizations such as the Consumer Electronics Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.
Grayson has spoken in front of numerous audiences, including the FLDOT’s Florida Automated Vehicles Summit, Consumer Telematics Show and Autonomous Vehicles Silicon Valley. His comments have appeared across numerous publications, including The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, The International Business Times and The Hollywood Reporter.
Mark de la VergneChief of Mobility InnovationView Bio
City of Detroit
Mark de la Vergne is the Chief of Mobility Innovation at the City of Detroit. The Office of Mobility Innovation is focused on making it easier for people to get around Detroit and supporting the growth of the mobility industry in the City. This work includes accelerating mobility as a service for all residents, integrating connected and autonomous vehicles as part of the transportation network, and developing sustainable funding and business models for new mobility services. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus in transportation.
Sravan PuttaguntaCEOView Bio
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Chris Massot PartnerView Bio
Chris Massot is a business leader and strategist, with a long history of guiding companies through the reinvention and evolution of their business. With more than 20 years in technology, product development, design, and manufacturing, Chris has helped create disruptive products and experiences such as the Microsoft Xbox, the Nike FuelBand, the Disney MagicBand, and the NFL's connected stadium. He has also worked with Apple, Google, Starbucks, Intel, Samsung, and a host of start-ups on innovative products that have enhanced consumer experiences worldwide.
Scott McCormick PresidentView Bio
Connected Vehicle Trade Association
Scott has degrees in Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence.
In 2004 Scott founded and was named President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association by the Board of Directors. Previously Scott was the Executive Director of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a nonprofit research organization of the world’s largest automakers. Prior to this Scott was General Electric’s Factory with a Future Program Manager, implementing over $1 billion in advanced systems.
Scott is a former Advisor to the United States National Science Foundation and the Industrial Sector Representative to the US Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium. He is a Member of the US ISO Technical Advisory Group and a Member of the Steering Committee to the Joint Commercial-Military Technology Transfer Committee.
In March 2012, and again in 2014, Scott was appointed by the United States Congress to advise the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the study, development, and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Johann HieblExecutive Vice President, Infotainment & Connectivity Business UnitView Bio
Johann Hiebl was born in 1961 in Runding, a small Bavarian village in Germany.After finishing his university studies in electronic engineering in 1985, he directly joined Siemens Automobiltechnik, the former automotive branch of Siemens AG, as a project leader within Body Electronics.
Mr. Hiebl took on the role as a key project leader for Daimler and Nissan and later on acted as sales segment lead for the US customers Ford, Chrysler, GM as well as Nissan in Troy, USA. In 1998, he went back to Regensburg in Germany and took on the challenging position as Head of Sales & Portfolio within Body Electronics. After 8 years, Mr. Hiebl moved with his family to Yokohama, Japan, to work in a new function directing the sales segment for Asian vehicle manufacturers with Siemens VDO.
Back in Germany in 2010, he brought in all his expertise to take over the responsibility for Continental`s “Asia up!” initiative, before transferring to the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit as a segment head, successfully introducing new sales initiatives.
In December 2012, Mr. Hiebl was promoted to head the global Business Unit Infotainment & Connectivity within the Interior Division as Executive Vice President. Mr. Hiebl is married with three children. He spends most of his spare time with his family, likes travelling around the world and is interested in gardening. He has a passion for everything that has wheels, especially classic cars from the 1950’s on as well as off- road rides with ATV´s.
David MillerChief Security OfficerView Bio
David directs the identity management and security framework offering at Covisint, which currently provides an identity and access management platform for the automotive, manufacturing and select other industries. David has spoken at numerous conferences across various industries and has also testified before the U.S. Senate regarding e-prescribing of controlled substances (testimony which helped shape new laws). David has been with Covisint since its inception (2000), architecting its federation solutions and implementing the first true identity network for the auto industry. A visionary in federated identity and access management (FIAM), David has help to build Covisint’s INFOSEC organization, developed policies and procedures for information security and helped design secure solutions for product offerings.
David has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology and automotive industries. Prior to Covisint, he served as Director of Operations for GM TradeXchange, managing the implementation and architecture of GM’s automotive exchange. Previously, David was Chief Architect for Secureway, an IBM division that provided security to e-business initiatives. His GM experience also includes being Director of Technology for Dascom (later purchased by IBM) and his many years as an Enterprise Architect at EDS in Detroit, where he supported GM business systems. He chaired the HIPAA Compliance Work Group and is a member of the Executive Security Action Forum.
Prior to joining Covisint, Evavold held several executive positions such as VP of Operations and CTO at SCI Ltd., where he was responsible for product vision and roadmap, IT strategy and architecture, and operations for a fast-growing SaaS enterprise lead management and multi-channel marketing platform. As the CIO of OnStar, he led an operational turnaround improving reliability, scalability, quality and delivery, while also implementing advanced features such as OnStar Vehicle diagnostic e-mails, turn-by-turn directions with multiple delivery options (agent, MapQuest, onboard navigation, etc.), vehicle slow down, owner on-line experience, and more.
Mark HuberDirector of Engineering Capability SolutionsView Bio
Cox Automotive Inc.
Bio coming soon.
Ed Cohen Vice President-Ratings and ResearchView Bio
Ed Cohen is Vice President-Ratings and Research for Cumulus Media, owners of over 450 radio stations in 90 markets and the U.S and the Westwood One radio network with over 8,000 affiliated radio stations. Ed’s role at Cumulus is to be the “research voice” for the company working with stations and research suppliers to maximize audiences and revenue for Cumulus stations. Other aspects of Ed’s role at Cumulus include evaluating new audience measurement methods, training Cumulus managers and programmers to use ratings data to greatest advantage, and research design. Ed represents Cumulus Media on the Media Rating Council and the National Association of Broadcasters’ COLRAM committee.
Prior to joining Cumulus in 2016, Ed spent 16 years as a Vice President at Nielsen Audio and its predecessor, Arbitron. During his time there, he worked with the core audience measurement product, digital audio measurement, and connected cars. Previously, he was Vice President-Research for Clear Channel Communications and has also worked for WPXI-TV, Birch/Scarborough Research, the National Association of Broadcasters, and WSPA-FM. Ed has taught at both Michigan State University and Duquesne University and has guest lectured at numerous universities and presented at many industry conferences.
Ed holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media and a B.A. in Telecommunication from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. He is former president of the Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State. Ed holds membership in a number of professional organizations and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media.
Brian Balow MemberView Bio
Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC
Brian Balow is a member of the law firm Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of privacy and data security, intellectual property, and commercial law.
Brian has spoken and written extensively on privacy and data security laws and regulations, and regularly counsels and represents clients in this arena. For several years he has acted as the antitrust counsel to the Original Equipment Suppliers Association’s CIO Council, and in that role regularly updates top-level information officers at Tier One and Tier Two suppliers on privacy and data security legal developments.
Brian is a 1988 cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was twice a scholarship recipient and was Managing Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. Following graduation, Brian served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. James Harvey in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.
David Sturtz Chief Marketing OfficerView Bio
David is responsible for marketing, strategy and thought leadership at Dealer-FX. He has more than 10 years of executive experience in automotive technology, beginning as the founder and CEO of RepairPal, the industry standard price and quality discovery application for automotive repair consumers. He subsequently ran marketing and business development at Xtime, and briefly lead the effort to build a vehicle trade-in product at TrueCar. Prior to founding RepairPal, David ran a global-macro hedge fund and worked as a research analyst for Prudential Securities and Credit Suisse First Boston, covering software and technology service companies. He has also provided strategic consulting services to companies in a number of non-automotive industries. He holds a B.A in Economic Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University where he was also a doctoral candidate in Political Economics.
Sharique Ahmed Technology Strategy and Architecture LeadView Bio
Sharique is a Technology Strategy & Architecture leader at Deloitte driving technology enabled business transformations for his telecom service provider and automotive clients. His areas of focus are driving business visioning aligned to strategy, bringing together teams to deliver complex, multi-vendor solutions, and enabling the business and operations to embrace the technology transformation. Sharique has led connected vehicle program launches for multiple Japanese OEMs advising clients across the technology strategy and implementation continuum. He has also led the technology strategy office at a major telematics service provider. Sharique is trained and certified in implementing the Connected Services Operations Framework.
Tony Cannestra Investment ManagerView Bio
Tony Cannestra is the Director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America (DIAM). DIAM is the U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, once of the world’s largest auto parts and systems suppliers. Mr. Cannestra’s primary responsibility is to identify, and invest in, startup companies working on new technologies that are of strategic interest to DENSO’s future product roadmap. Prior to joining DENSO, Mr. Cannestra worked as an Independent Consultant helping clients with startup technology discovery in Silicon Valley. Prior to his work as an Independent Consultant, Mr. Cannestra was Executive Vice President of Ignite Group, a venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Cannestra received a BA in International Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also earned an MBA, with a Certificate in Management of Technology, from the University of California at Berkeley.
William Byrd Section Chief & Senior Intelligence Officer, Office for Bombing PreventionView Bio
Department of Homeland Security
William Byrd has spent over 18 years supporting the federal government and the intelligence community. William is currently Section Chief and Senior Intelligence Officer for the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP). Previously, William served in various federal roles including Senior Advisor within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and Deputy Director within the DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A). Prior to that, William was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton management and consulting company. William is also an automotive journalist, acting as Editor-in-Chief of RightFootDown.com and has published freelance work for several outlets including Jalopnik and Autotrader.
Roderik MacKenzie CEOView Bio
Drive Time Metrics
Roderick MacKenzie has focused his career on bringing together the often-disparate worlds of Consumer Technology, Connected Services and Automotive. An entrepreneurial executive and connected car veteran, with extensive experience in both automotive and tech sectors.
Rod is CEO of Drive Time Metrics, a start-up pioneering media analytics using connected car data, providing media with new understanding of in-vehicle listening and helping automotive OEMs monetize their connected vehicle platforms.
Prior to DTM, at Harman he led the global business development team that won Aha Radio adoption by 14 automotive brands. Aha is a global automotive content aggregation platform.
While at XM Satellite Radio, Rod led the Advanced Applications strategy, including the development of the real-time traffic platform for automotive and in-flight weather for aviation.
Rod previously gained 20+ years broad automotive product development experience in USA and Europe with Ford, BMW and Land Rover.
BSc (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University (University of London).
Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Europe and based in USA for the past 25 years.
John Ellis Founder & Managing DirectorView Bio
Ellis & Associates
John Ellis is the managing director of Ellis & Associates, the global management consulting firm that serves clients in the world where transportation, consumer, connectivity, and software intersect.
Formerly the Global Technologist of Ford Motor Company's connected car business unit, John was involved in developing and delivering Sync Gen 3, Ford’s latest generation connected car solution, the next generation Sync services (Ford’s connected car+cloud service) as well as SmartDeviceLink, an API system for integrating mobile devices into the car and the genesis for Apple's Carplay and Google's Android Auto. Previous to that, John was an executive with Motorola delivering wireless software products and services to the mobile industry.
Recent industry accomplishments include: Co-designed and current lead instructor of the Connected Vehicle Professional certificate course for the Society of Automotive Engineers as well as co-developed and co-teaching a "Securing the vehicle network" course for US military commands. In addition, John co-founded and co-leads the Vehicle Electronics Task Force housed within SEMA (Society of Equipment Market Association - "the aftermarket") and SCRS (Society of Collision Repair Specialists) along with designed and delivered a new and award-winning transportation show under the auspices of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Yasin Kahn Director of StrategyView Bio
Bio coming soon..
Mariel Devesa Head of Product InnovationView Bio
Mariel Devesa is the Head of Product Innovation for Farmers Insurance, one of the nation’s leading property and casualty insurers. She is responsible for the development of new products and partner programs tailored to acquire new customers as well as retain existing customers. She was named to the position in September 2013. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff to Farmers Insurance CEO Jeff Dailey, advancing and coordinating the agenda of the CEO and his direct reports. She was also responsible for the development and review of internal corporate programs.
Devesa joined Farmers in 2008 as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis. In this role, she was responsible for forecasting and planning the Automobile and Independent Agent Personal Lines businesses of the organization. She later helped develop and run the QNT and Xsell program after Farmers acquired 21st Century Insurance in 2009 as the Director of Special Projects, growing the program to +$200M in annual revenue.
Before joining Farmers, Devesa spent 11 years in auditing, financial analysis, and consultative positions at Deloitte & Touche, Red Bull (in the U.S. and Austria) and Herbalife. Her work focused on streamlining efficiencies and emphasizing the global transfer of best practices.
Additionally, she is a Certified Public Accountant and a retired professional windsurfer with seven U.S. National Titles.
Education: B.S., University of California Los Angeles.
Barbara Teran-Jairala Intelligence AnalystView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Jeffrey Gheraldi Director Global National AccountsView Bio
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Chris Thomas PartnerView Bio
Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis, where he is responsible for a wide range of critical processes ranging from deal sourcing and execution to corporate operations and business strategy. Chris also acts as a business development executive on behalf of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies.
Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury, where he conducted financial and strategic analysis. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq where he was responsible for data communication systems and organizational change management. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in San Francisco and New York within its Technology and Energy groups. He was responsible for due diligence, financial analysis and execution on a broad range of transactions.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of one of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, LocoMobi, and is the Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit that inspires adults to read aloud to children regularly, increasing their chances to lead healthy, productive lives. Additionally, he serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, ParkMe, and SQLstream. He is also a member of the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.
Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in strategy. While at Yale, he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a staunch advocate of urban redevelopment and the revitalization of the City of Detroit.
Ashley Stevenson Identity Technology DirectorView Bio
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Jens Weitzel Vice President, Business Development North AmericaView Bio
Jens Weitzel leads Business Development in North America for Free2Move, the Berlin-based Car Sharing Aggregator that is rapidly expanding its coverage footprint in Europe and will launch in North America shortly. Jens is an experienced technology executive who has worked in the enterprise software and mobility space in Silicon Valley for the last 15 years. He has gained experience in B2B and B2C business models across Europe, Asia and North America. Prior to Free2Move, Jens worked on Connected Car initiatives with SAP and led business development at ParkWhiz, the leading parking reservations company in the US. Jens is a Mentor at StartX, the Stanford University Startup Accelerator and advisor to several early-stage startups.
Kate Migon Head of New Mobility Solutions, AmericasView Bio
Leading Gemalto’s New Mobility and Automotive verticals, Kate drives the identification of new opportunities and trends around security, personalization, and user experience. With over 10 years of industry experience, she has focused on creating a market driven by innovative technological advancements and improved customer experience. Kate loves riding her motorcycle, experimenting with new hobbies and finding the best restaurant in town.
Michael Tworek Head of Strategy, Automotive and MobilityView Bio
As the Head of Strategy for its Automotive & Mobility Business Domain, Michael Tworek is responsible for driving Gemalto’s activities in the New Mobility space.
Michael studied Mechanical Engineering (Diplom-Ing.) at the University of Bochum, Germany and has 25 years of global business experience in several business domains such as mobile services, payment and smart manufacturing.
Steve Crumb Executive DirectorView Bio
Steve serves as Executive Director of the GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit alliance driving the adoption of open source software for in-vehicle infotainment and connected vehicle solutions. Steve manages strategic initiatives, facilitates Board meetings, and serves as the organization's chief operations officer. Steve is Vice President of Global Inventures, a ecosystem development organization specializing in incubating, launching and operating technical alliances and consortia.
Matthew McCulloughDirector of Field ServicesView Bio
Bio coming soon.
James ByunGlobal Vice President, AutoView Bio
James Byun is Global Vice President of Auto for Gracenote responsible for delivering next-generation automotive infotainment systems to carmakers worldwide. Prior to joining Gracenote, James was VP and GM of the Automotive group at SiriusXM where he worked with top tier automakers to integrate advanced technologies including Telematics and connected vehicle services.
James has an investment banking background having worked at Lehman Brothers in New York, specializing in M&A in the telecommunications and media industries. He received his B.A. from Brown University.
Chuck BrokishDirector of Automotive Business DevelopmentView Bio
Green Hills Software
Bio coming soon.
Kyle Walworth Vice President, Automotive SolutionsView Bio
As the Vice President of Automotive Solutions for Harman’s Connected Services Division, Kyle Walworth is responsible for the global solution development and life-cycle management, product strategy and product planning for Automotive Infotainment, Connected Car, Data Analytics and V2V. Walworth is currently the Chairman of the Board for the GENIVI Alliance and has been on the Board of Directors since its inception in 2009.
Walworth has over 20 years of experience in automotive engineering and management. Prior to his current position, Walworth worked for Visteon Corporation as Associate Director of global hardware and software architectures. He was responsible for the designs of multiple product lines, including infotainment head units, instrument clusters, connectivity modules, analog/digital radios, climate control heads and amplifier systems. Walworth also managed the development of all infotainment-related subsystems including tuner and media. His background and experience provides a unique perspective on the complex electro-mechanical and software interactions in today's consumer electronic products.
Prior to these positions, Kyle has managed Electrical, Mechanical, and Software design teams in China, India, Mexico and the US. He has also run Visteon’s Core Wireless area, which was responsible for development of technologies including CDMA, GSM, 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, DSRC, GPS, etc. Kyle has led the Bluetooth SIG Automotive Expert Multimedia Subgroup, has managed leads for RF/EMC and Future Use Model Expert Subgroups, and has been published in EE Times, Automotive News, Automotive Interiors magazine, Autoweek, and numerous Internet publications regarding wireless products.
Geoff Wood Director of Business Development for Automotive Cyber Security, North AmericaView Bio
Geoff Wood is the Director of Business Development for Automotive Cyber Security, North America at Harman, the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets. He has nearly 20 years of experience of growing leadership roles of sales and engineering teams serving the automotive market with high tech and joined the Harman team in November 2016. He is responsible for the business and commercial activity for North American customers with Harman’s automotive cyber security portfolio.
Prior to Harman, Geoff served as Director of Sales for Atmel’s Automotive Business in the Americas and as Global Sales Director at Freescale Semiconductor covering large strategic accounts. His experience also includes leadership and engineering roles while working for International Rectifier, Mitsubishi Semiconductor and the US Navy. Geoff holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Grand Valley State University.
Ram Iyer Director of Engineering, Telematics Business UnitView Bio
As the Global Engineering Head of Telematics Business Unit at Harman, Ramaswamy (Ram) oversees the development of future platform and services across product lines in Telematics and Gateway areas for various OEMs and Operators worldwide. He is also the leader of V2X and 5G platform development at Harman that drives the future of connectivity and autonomy in the Gateways. Prior to this role, Ram led the Harman Cloud and Service Delivery Platform offering Analytics and Data Services on several of Harman’s Infotainment and Telematics devices. Ram comes with a rich and diverse experience developing software for various smartphones, tablets and internet devices at Microsoft, Motorola, Symbian and Nokia in the field of multimedia, mobility and cloud connectivity. He has also made numerous contribution to the standards bodies through his role as the Editor of Test Specification at UMA consortium and 3GPP GAN. He was also the Chief Editor of Data Networking in Limo (Linux Mobile) Foundation that drove the Linux OS in mobiles prior to the evolution of Android.
As a British Chevening Scholar, he earned his Masters in Communications Technology and Policy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science at the University of Mumbai, India.
Micha RislingChair of the Marketing CommitteeView Bio
Micha Risling is the Chair of the Marketing Committee of the HDBaseT Alliance and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Valens. Micha Risling brings 20 years of expertise in marketing and R&D executive roles in established NASDAQ and startup companies, plus vast experience in the global mobile and telecommunications industry. At Valens, Micha leads the company’s marketing and business development activities in several verticals, and heads the company’s automotive business unit.
Previously, Micha was director of marketing and strategy at Saifun Semiconductor, Israel (acquired by Spansion), a leading provider of intellectual property (IP) solutions for the nonvolatile memory (NVM) market. He led a group of internal and external teams to define and execute the company’s long-term strategy for business and marketing. Prior to that, he was director of the mobile division product strategy at M-Systems, Israel (acquired by SanDisk), a world leader in flash memory addressing the mobile, portable and embedded markets. Micha also previously served as director of technical customer integration at M-Systems, managing a group of technical experts (System/HW/SW) responsible for the integration of M-Systems’ products at leading mobile handset manufacturers, such as Nokia, HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Sony. Prior to that, he was a senior VLSI engineer at semiconductor companies OptiX Networks, Conexant and LSI Logic.
Micha received an executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Business through Northwestern University in Chicago and the Recanati Business School at Tel Aviv University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University
Michael Ger General Manager, Industrial Manufacturing and Automotive SolutionsView Bio
Michael Ger has over 25 years of experience working in industry and Information Technology strategy roles. He has deep cross-industry knowledge in product development, manufacturing, supply chain and customer experience related business processes. As General Manager of Manufacturing and Automotive Industries at Hortonworks, Mike is responsible for driving the solution vision and go-to-market strategies within each industry segment and works with industry leaders to drive next-generation business insights through Big Data Analytics. Prior to joining Hortonworks, Mike worked at Oracle for over 20 years as their Automotive Industry lead, at A.T. Kearney as an Automotive Management Consultant and at General Motors (Saturn Division) as a Product Engineer.
Rajiv PhougatChief Technologist, Strategy and Solutions, Automotive, Aerospace and DefenseView Bio
Rajiv Phougat is a Chief Technologist for Automotive, Aerospace & Defense Industry Solutions at IBM Corporation. He is charged with defining innovative industry solutions and strategy with global OEMs and related clients using cutting edge Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain & IoT. Before moving in this role, Rajiv was global Technical Strategy Leader for Watson group and design several Cognitive solutions for clients across different industries. Rajiv also drove technology and operational innovation for a strategic account as Global Technical Advisor and oversaw strategic partnership; technical solution proposals; the integration of various IBM capabilities; deliver integrated and persuasive architectural thought leadership; and the alignment of account sales strategy with client’s business/IT strategy.
Rajiv is “The Open Group”™ Distinguished certified and IBM Thought Leader level certified architect. He is Americas Architect Profession Leader for IBM’s Sales & Distribution business unit and in this role, he helps cultivate the world-class architects & technical leaders. Rajiv has held several technical leadership roles in IBM since November, 2006. Before joining IBM, Rajiv has worked for several Fortune 100 companies in US, UK and India since 1998.
Rajiv holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Master of Information Technology degree and MBA from Kelley School of Business (Indiana University). He is a board member at Business Information & Analytics Center – Purdue University. He has served on government initiatives, industry advisory boards, and charitable and international academic organizations. He has authored, co-authored and presented numerous papers and articles in international conferences, journals and magazines.
Sachin LullaVice President & Partner - Global Strategy and Solutions Leader for Automotive and A&DView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Heather Ashton Research Manager, Service Innovation and Connected ProductsView Bio
IDC Manufacturing Insights
Heather Ashton is Research Manager for IDC Manufacturing Insights responsible for the service innovation practice. Ms. Ashton brings more than 20 years of analyst and advisory experience to her current role at IDC, a global research and advisory firm. Ms. Ashton's core research coverage includes the customer and service lifecycles in manufacturing, including CX and UX, field service, and warranty, as well as the impact of connected products on customer engagement and service transformation. Based on her coverage of connected products and innovation accelerators like IoT, AR/VR, and artificial intelligence, Ms. Ashton's research also includes an emphasis on operating model transformation in manufacturing, including connected service and product-service systems. In automotive, Ms. Ashton's research focuses on the impact of connected cars and emerging mobility options for Automotive OEMs' business models and service offerings.
Kristen Kolodge Executive Director, Driver Interaction and HMIView Bio
Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for developing a new HMI Practice at the company and monitoring customer insights, perceptions and behaviors of the consumers interacting with the technology in their vehicles and around them.
Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. She spent the majority of her 18 years at the company developing automotive features that enhance the customer interface by optimizing ergonomics, intuitiveness and usability. She led the development of the vehicle HMI process that integrated human factors, ergonomics and cognitive analysis into actionable design direction. She also served as senior manager of product investigations and campaigns responsible for conducting technical investigations on products related to vehicle safety and compliance and making recommendations regarding potential field campaign actions.
Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.
Tom Freeman Senior Vice President - Land MobileView Bio
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Guido Dornbusch Vice President, Product ManagementView Bio
Guido Dornbusch is the Vice President of Product Management for Laird’s Connected Vehicle Solutions business unit. He leads the implementation of product strategy as well as the marketing team. Prior to joining Laird, Mr. Dornbusch led the advanced engineering department for vehicle connectivity and smart device integration products with Novero.
Mr. Dornbusch has a strong background in product development with a focus on System Design and Architecture. He has held various roles with automotive tier 1 suppliers and telecommunication providers such as Philips Imaging Systems, Nokia Automotive, Nokia Mobile Phones and Teleca.
Mr. Dornbusch holds an Engineering Degree from the Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences.
Praveen Singh Vice PresidentView Bio
Praveen Singh is Vice President of Connectivity of Lear Corporation effective November 2015 through the acquisition of Arada Systems Inc. In this position, he is responsible for the overall connectivity solutions for the emerging Connected Vehicle market.
Praveen most recently served as the President & CEO of Arada Systems, a Silicon Valley start-up company that he founded, which develops advanced wireless systems for Connected Vehicles and Wi-Fi. At Arada Systems, Praveen was responsible for building a global company in the Intelligent Transportation Systems and developed a worldwide customer base of over 130 to become the key leader in this space. Praveen was responsible for growing the business and leading to its successful integration with Lear. Today, Arada Systems equipment is installed in several leading pilot deployments worldwide, including Detroit, Pittburgh, Washington DC and California among others.
Prior to Arada Systems, Praveen served several roles at Qualcomm-Atheros, a leading developer of wireless chipsets, and has been an integral part of making it a successful public company from a small startup. Furthermore, Praveen was in charge of supporting new technologies and companies that are using the disruptive qualities of Wi-Fi and was involved in the first testing of 802.11p solutions when it was being conceived.
Prior to Atheros, Praveen was at the wireless semiconductor group at Intel, where he was an integral part of the development of one of the first silicon-based implementation of CMOS radios, including the first Bluetooth radio designs. Prior to Intel, Praveen served as an RF design engineer at Watkins-Johnson developing base station solutions for the then emerging cellular market.
Praveen received his BSEE from California State Polytechnic University and MSEE from Stanford University, where he focused on wireless communication systems.
Praveen has a strong interest in using wireless technology to promote development in emerging 3rd world countries. Being a serial entrepreneur and running teams worldwide, Praveen has an in-depth knowledge of the power of education, networking and growing companies in new disruptive markets.
Andre WeimerskirchVP Global Cyber SecurityView Bio
André Weimerskirch joined Lear as Vice President of Cyber Security Engineering in E- Systems at Lear Corporation in July 2016. In this role, André is responsible for the strategy, development, and execution of Lear’s cyber security capabilities, products, and processes. André, is focused on assembling a world class team of experts and an innovative portfolio of cyber security technologies through internal development and external collaborations to secure all of Lear’s electronic product lines including its market leading capabilities in connectivity.
Prior to Lear, André established the transportation cyber security group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and co-founded the embedded systems security company ESCRYPT which was sold to Bosch in 2012.
André is active in all areas of automotive and transportation cyber security and privacy, including representing Lear at the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC). He is also a main designer of the vehicle-to- vehicle security system, which will likely be the largest security system ever deployed. He has published numerous articles in the area of automotive and embedded cyber security, and is co-founder of the American workshop on embedded security in cars (escar USA). André is vice chair of the SAE Vehicle Electrical System Security Committee, co-chairs the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) cyber security working group, co-organizes the SAE ComVEC heavy vehicle cybersecurity session, and is a member of the joint SAE/ISO Cybersecurity Working Group.
André received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Darmstadt University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Business Administration from Henley Business School and a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Ruhr-University Bochum.
James FishVP Business DevelopmentView Bio
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Jim ProvostData ScientistView Bio
Jim Provost is a Data Scientist at Lixar who a focuses on Machine Learning & Advanced Analytics, and is a Microsoft Data/Cloud Specialist, M.Sc. Jim carries a balance between technical and business experience. He's a family-focused Dad and self-professed nerd. He also loves the the TV show Silicon Valley.
Kyle LandryResearch AssociateView Bio
Kyle Landry is a Research Associate at Lux Research and is based in Boston. As a member of the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service he conducts research and market analysis for clients interested in Autonomous Systems, with representative topics including autonomous vehicles, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Kyle received a dual B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Mechanics from Northeastern University.
Robert GrantDirector of Government RelationsView Bio
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Kevin Link Chief Strategy OfficerView Bio
M2MD Technologies, Inc.
Kevin Link is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Convey, LLC, an Atlanta based Marketing and Public Relations firm dedicated to helping IoT firms create compelling value propositions. As the creative leader of the company, Mr. Link has been successful in assisting various IoT companies with creating unique public relations strategies and marketing plans that generate real results without the costs of traditional approaches.
Prior to the formation of Convey, Mr. Link was Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Hughes Telematics (now known as Verizon Telematics). As a member of the Executive Team since its inception in 2006, Mr. Link served in various Strategic roles within the company. His most recent role included serving as Senior Vice President or Corporate Marketing and PR as well as the General Manager of the China operation. In these capacities, he was responsible for building the Hughes Telematics brand and served as the global spokesman for the company.
His role in Hughes Telematics China included building the operation, hiring and training the team, negotiating all partner relationships and building the OEM business. Mr. Link served as the General Manager of the China operation for 5 years and was recognized as the “Telematics Professional of the Year for China” in 2015. Additionally, under his leadership, Hughes Telematics China was recognized as TSP of the year in 2014 and 2015.
Link is a key contributor to the thought leadership within telematics organizations and trade associations and is a frequent speaker within the industry.
Link is a proven entrepreneur who previously served as CEO of Altius Solutions, a company he co- founded to support multiple entrepreneurial initiatives involving vehicle telematics. Through Altius Solutions, Link was able to develop a command of the telematics landscape, industry challenges, and also work with leading edge experts to craft solutions. This experience provided the platform for which Hughes Telematics was built.
Mr. Link received a BA in Accounting from NC State and is a CPA and CMA. Kevin lives in Atlanta Georgia, is married and has three sons. He is very active in the community and was recognized as the citizen of the year in 2011. He serves on several boards and is a Scoutmaster of the Lovett School Boy Scout Troop.
Dave PascoeVice President Engineering and R&DView Bio
David Pascoe joined Magna International in 1987 and currently supports Magna’s Corporate Engineering and Research & Development at Magna’s global headquarters campus in Aurora, Ontario, Canada.
Pascoe has been involved at Magna in advanced engineering projects, business case development, production programs, R&D strategy development and company acquisitions. He also advises on new business opportunities.
Throughout his business career, he has held various positions including Director of Engineering at Magna’s Powertrain Group as well as Vice President of Electric Vehicle Technology and Vice President of Battery Technology where he supported Magna E-Car Systems. Pascoe was a design engineer at Magna for the first 10 years of his career and worked on product design and development in various areas of automobiles including full vehicles, body, chassis, hardware, powertrain, interiors and mirrors. He has been awarded several patents for developments and improvements made to automotive products.
In addition to his Engineering and R&D role at Magna, Pascoe is Chairman of the Board of Directors of MAHY E-Cell, a partnership between Magna International and Hyundai Heavy Industries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Frank Stronach Institute, which is a public-private partnership between the Technical University of Graz and Magna. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Terradyne Armored Vehicles Inc. He has also supported several external organizations via current and past board positions including his role as Chairman of the Ontario Centres of Excellence Advanced Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board, membership on the board of Auto21, membership on the National Research Council Engineering Advisory Board, membership on the National Research Council Industrial Materials Advisory Board and membership on Electric Mobility Canada’s Board of Directors.
Pascoe graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Engineering Science Degree in 1987. A native of Canada, Pascoe was born in 1964.
Olaf Sakkers AssociateView Bio
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Christopher Messina Managing DirectorView Bio
Mannahatta V/A/R LLC
Christopher Messina is a markets-focused executive and entrepreneur with deep, international experience in the global capital markets, private equity, commodities, data science, cybersecurity and technology. As an investment banker and strategic consultant, he has advised multiple global exchanges, private equity firms, corporations, shipping companies and sovereign wealth funds. He has built and managed quantitative research groups spanning high-frequency trading operations to illiquid, real-asset and real estate based funds and direct investments.
Mr. Messina is a Member of the Board of Directors of North American Nickel, and is an advisor to artificial intelligence and big data software companies focused on applications to the global capital, commodities, real estate and cyber security markets. He leads a structured research effort to design an actuarially-relevant data service for cyber-related insurance risks, is a key contributor to the recently-released Cyber Balance Sheet Report (April 2017) prepared by Focal Point, and was recently appointed to the Department of Homeland Security / Directorate of National Intelligence Office of Intelligence and Analysis 2017 Public-Private Analytic Exchange Program.
Mr. Messina was CEO of RPA Capital, LLC, a New York- and Bermuda-based boutique investment bank and alternative asset management firm focused on physical commodity trading, which developed out of Mannahatta Partners, LLC, a New York-based specialist financial services advisory firm focused on investment product structuring, exchange-traded and OTC derivatives markets and private equity transactions.
Prior to forming his advisory boutique Mannahatta Partners, Mr. Messina was the Chief Operating Officer for the Global Futures & Managed Hedge Funds business at ICAP plc. He has worked with Goldman Sachs in New York and Goldman Sachs JBWere in Australia in operational risk, proprietary investments and quantitative research.
He has an AB in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, where he was a National Merit Scholar, and an MBA in Finance from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
He has worked in the USA, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. A contributing author to Shari'ah Compliant Private Equity: A Primer for the Executive (Euromoney Books, 2010), he has lectured on derivatives, hedge funds and Shar'iah finance at law schools and conferences globally. Mr. Messina is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and Business Executives for National Security.
Eric Gundersen CEOView Bio
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Kevin Kerrigan Senior Vice President, Automotive OfficeView Bio
Kevin Kerrigan is the Senior Vice President, Automotive Office and the Senior Automotive Adviser to the State of Michigan with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
In this position Kevin’s primary focus is international business development for the MEDC’s Automotive Office. Working with the world’s automotive manufacturers he is promoting Michigan’s automotive industry, building and maintaining strong international client relationships, nurturing economic development and assisting foreign based companies who choose Michigan for their future expansion.
Kirk Steudle DirectorView Bio
Kirk T. Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. A registered professional engineer, he rose through the ranks of the department to his current position. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Steudle state transportation director on Jan. 1, 2011. He also served as state transportation director from 2006 to 2010.
Steudle oversees MDOT’s more than $4 billion budget and is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges. He also oversees administration of a wide range of multi-modal transportation programs statewide. MDOT currently has 2,500 employees.
Steudle was the 2014 chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee and has served on the TRB Executive Committee since 2004. He also chaired the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Oversight Committee for TRB. He was president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) from 2011 to 2012 and he has been a member of the AASHTO Board of Directors since 2006.
Steudle is a national leader in the development of connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the road and other vehicles to improve safety and mobility. He continues to work with a partnership of governments and auto manufacturers to further high-tech highway operations and, at the same time, improve Michigan’s economy. Steudle was the 2014-2015 chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, he serves on the board of the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the country. He also chairs the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center’s (MTC) External Advisory Board (EAB). Steudle serves on the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Engineering Advisory Board, and is a trustee for the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan.
In 2015, Steudle was named one of America's Top 25 Government Innovators by Government Technology. He received the Felix A. Anderson Image Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan in 2013, and he was one of nine alumni inducted into the inaugural LTU Department of Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. Steudle is the recipient of the 2011 P.D. McLean Award from the Road Gang for excellence in highway transportation. In 2010, he received the prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald award from AASHTO, recognizing him nationally for his continuous outstanding service and exceptional contribution to highway engineering.
In the past, Steudle has served as MDOT’s chief deputy director, Bay Region engineer, and Metro Region deputy region engineer. He was also president of the 2009 Mississippi Valley Conference.
Steudle is a graduate of Adrian High School and LTU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering. He also served on the Essexville City Council from 1995 to 1999.
Steudle and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and live in South Lyon, Michigan.
Tina Srivastava Strategic Engineering Research GroupView Bio
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Jacek Spiewla User Experience Manager, Advanced DevelopmentView Bio
Jacek Spiewla leads the user-experience team in the Advanced Development department of Mitsubishi Electric. His 12 years of experience in the automotive industry spans the fields of wireless audio, speech quality evaluation, and voice user interface design. Jacek holds a BSEE from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Gareth WilliamsDirector of Advanced DevelopmentView Bio
Gareth Williams is Director of Advanced Development at Mitsubishi Electric. He leads a team that is responsible for identifying, researching and bringing leading development, ideas, and technology to the company.
Gareth has worked for 15 years in the automotive field. Gareth joined Mitsubishi Electric in 2013 coming from an engineering services background. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Aaron SolomanCEO & PresidentView Bio
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Patrick O'Connor Member of BoardView Bio
National Association of Fleet Admistrators (NAFA)
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Alex Epstein Senior Director, Digital Strategy & ContentView Bio
National Safety Council
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Sam Abuelsamid Senior AnalystView Bio
Sam Abuelsamid is a senior research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Transportation Efficiencies program, with a focus on alternative fuels, vehicle telematics, and connected vehicles. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Abuelsamid worked in the automobile industry for 22 years, helping to develop advanced braking and control systems and embedded software. Prior to joining Navigant Research, Abuelsamid was the editorial lead for Ford Cars and Technology Communications, developing communications materials around several new launches including the 2013 Fusion and the 2015 Mustang. As an automotive journalist, he reported extensively on a range of important stories, including the development cycle of the Chevrolet Volt, the launch of Tesla Motors, and the 2010 Toyota recall crisis. From 2007 to 2010 he was the technical editor/technical director for GreenFuelsForecast and the technical editor for Autoblog and AutoblogGreen. He was for many years the principal engineer for TRW Automotive. Abuelsamid holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.
April Sanborn DMV Services Manager III - Driver ProgramsView Bio
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Derek Rohloff Vice President of Automotive Business DevelopmentView Bio
Derek Rohloff is the Vice President of Automotive Business Development at NextRadio powered by TagStation. Derek is responsible for establishing Automotive partnerships for the in-vehicle integration of hybrid radio using the free NextRadio app and TagStation cloud services. He has over 25 years of experience in the radio and automotive industries. Mr. Rohloff has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Western Michigan University and a Master's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Michigan.
Chris Briggs Program ManagerView Bio
Concerned about the ways in which humans are utilizing their one-time fossil fuel inheritance, Chris found himself drawn toward the innovative (and disruptive) transportation paradigm of vehicular platooning as a means of effectively addressing the pollution, sustainability, and social needs we face for the future.
As the Program Manager at NEXT, Chris identifies as a transportation activist and applies his listener, learner, and collaborator skills to affect the ways in which industry responds to and creates value in the competitive spaces of the marketplace.
A former Biology/Chemistry educator at an innovative and unique school focused on experience, inquiry, and collaboration, Chris has done extensive work in science interpretation and human communication. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education.
Outside of work, Chris can be found creating original music with his rock band and administering the finances of his local disc golf organization (if he’s not out on the course).
Steven Fernandes Director of InnovationView Bio
Octo Telematics North America
As Director of Innovation at Octo Telematics North America, Steven Fernandes is responsible for identifying, testing, and implementing new products and services for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Steven’s career in the insurance industry spans more than two decades in the areas of information technology, product strategy and innovation, for commercial and personal lines. An early interest in telematics lead to an opportunity to work with a top-10 insurance carrier to bring one of first UBI programs to market in the United States. This success prompted him to focus on creating bespoke telematics solutions for the insurance industry, and Steven joined forces with Octo Telematics.
Director - Innovation
Octo Telematics North America LLC
134 Rumford Avenue, Suite 302
Newton, MA 02466
Office: +1 (617) 916-1080
Mobile: +1 (860) 888-2958
Fax: +1 (617) 467-4527
Cletus Nunes Director of SalesView Bio
Octo Telematics North America
Cletus Nunes is a Director of Sales at Octo Telematics North America. He oversees insurance, automotive and emerging product sales in the US and Canada. Cletus has worked in the connected vehicle industry for more than 15 years in product development, delivery and sales for OEM, fleet, automotive, and insurance connected car solutions. Cletus is a strategic leader and key innovator with a history of success in anticipating consumer need and capitalizing on emerging technology to deliver innovative products and solutions. His passion is finding new opportunities to use vehicle connectivity to improve ROI.
Jonathan HewettGlobal Chief Marketing OfficerView Bio
Jonathan started his career in a front line sales role and then progressed to Barclays Bank where he learnt his marketing trade rising to Head of Network Marketing for the UK branches. He then spearheaded the growth of Sainsburys Bank developing both the in store merchandising program and on line servicing. He was recruited by Royal Mail and headed Post Office Direct delivering the first digital customer channel. In 2006, Jonathan joined Dixons Stores Group to run the consumer financing and warranty organisation together with responsibility for The Tech Guys. Following 3 years as VP Consumer marketing at AIG, Jonathan now serves as the Global CMO for Octo the World’s leading telematics service provider
Clyde Harris VP Business Development & SalesView Bio
Clyde Harris, Oberthur Technologies’ VP of Business Development and Sales- Connected Car, M2M and IoT- Connected Device Makers Business Unit- Americas, has been immersed in the world of mobile technology for over 25 years; starting with Motorola Inc. in 1990 as a navigation / telematics software engineer and then moving into sales and product marketing where he sold one of the first GPS receiver modules into GM’s Initial OnStar Telematics System.
He managed major NorAm accounts for Skyworks Solutions and Zi Corporation before becoming the VP of Sales and Business Development for ACCESS Systems America, Inc where he worked closely with mobile and connected device software for mobile apps and the connected home and car.
In 2014 he joined OT as the Senior Director of Sales and Business Development for its Telcom group and quickly moved into his current position, leading the business development and expansion of secure technology solutions / software in North America for the Connected Car, M2M (i.e. Machine-to-Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace.
Clyde holds a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from The University of Calgary and has published a thesis and many papers related to vehicle navigation, automatic vehicle location and telematics. Clyde holds two position and navigation related patents. In his spare time, Clyde enjoys art and travel.
Carla Bailo Associate Vice President - Mobility Research & Business DevelopmentView Bio
Ohio State University
Carla Bailo is Assistant Vice President – Mobility Research and Business Development at The Ohio State University. Also, she is President and CEO of ECOS Consulting, LLC which specializes in Engineering Efficiency and Optimization as well as Electrification and Computer Operated (Autonomous) Vehicles.
Until Feb 1, 2014, she was senior vice president, Research & Development-Nissan Americas. In this role, she was responsible for all of Nissan’s vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil. She was also a member of Nissan’s MC-A, the company’s highest-ranking decision-making body in the Americas region.
Bailo was previously based in Japan where she served as OEM business unit divisional general manager for Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. In this multi-dimensional role she was responsible for overall operations, revenue and profitability of Nissan’s OEM relationships for vehicle, powertrain, technology and intellectual property business worldwide.
Bailo joined Nissan in 1989 as a vehicle testing engineer at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills, Mich. In 2003 she was promoted to director of Vehicle Program Management where she oversaw all of NTCNA’s engineering development projects, as well as cost, quality and delivery metrics. Also in 2003, she served as the assistant chief vehicle engineer for the Nissan Sentra and Nissan Quest.
Later, Bailo was transferred to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan as vehicle program director with responsibility for the profitability and product presence of Nissan’s SUV’s worldwide. She was also recovery program director through the financial crisis, reporting directly to the chief recovery officer, and supported measures to offset economic business plan financial risks during fiscal year 2009.
Bailo began her automotive career with General Motors’ Truck & Bus division, where she was in charge of truck durability testing and test development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Felicia Kamriani Co-FounderView Bio
Felicia Khoja is an educational consultant and instructional designer passionate about EdTech and closing the gender gap in STEM education. She is the co-founder of OlioEd, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to become global citizens through skill-building in empathy, leadership, cultural awareness, critical thinking, creative problem solving, communication, collaboration and community involvement. She is a 10-time TEDx organizer and TED conference attendee and author of the book, App Inventor 2 Essentials, an introductory guide to building apps with App Inventor. Felicia holds degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and the University of California at Berkeley.
Julien Masson Head of Connected CarView Bio
Orange Business Services
Julien Masson has joined Orange Business Services in February 2017, as Head of Connected Car. He is leading the development and deployment of Orange’s vertical Automotive business strategy for the whole connected vehicle ecosystem.
Julien has an extensive experience in Infotainment and Telematics within the Automotive industry acquired over 17 years working in different parts of the connected car value chain: Tier 1 Audio and Navigation suppliers such as Clarion and Parrot Automotive, OEMs such as Nissan where he defined cross-car-line audio, Bluetooth, and navigation strategies in cooperation with Renault, and Telematics Service Provider such as Connexis where he rolled out in mass production voice & data services for BMW Assist.
Prior to joining Orange Business Services, Julien led for 5 years the European Business Development and Sales Operations at Parrot Automotive.
Ben Volkow Co-founder & CEOView Bio
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Andrew PoliakVP, Product Planning & InnovationView Bio
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Michael TschirhartManager, Holistic Innovation, Advanced EngineeringView Bio
Michael Tschirhart is the Manager of Holistic Innovation at Panasonic Automotive. He is responsible for the discovery and development of advanced solutions that go beyond traditional product boundaries. In this role, Michael directs advanced user experience research, guides the creation of intellectual property and contributes to the identification of strategic market opportunities and collaborations. Michael joined Panasonic with more than 20 years of industry experience at Ford and Visteon. He has held leadership roles in advanced product development, marketing and human factors engineering. Michael holds a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Michigan. His research interests include the application of human factors principles in product development. He has taught at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Paul Perrone CEOView Bio
Paul Perrone is founder and CEO of Perrone Robotics, Inc. (PRI). He is the inventor of the MAX general-purpose robotics software platform, patented in 2006. Paul leads PRI's efforts in evolving MAX, fielding it in commercial deployments, and is leading PRI's effort to commercialize MAX for widespread adoption. Paul led a 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge team and 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge team, automated rocker Neil Young’s extended-range electric vehicle LincVolt, led PRI's commercial efforts in autonomous ground vehicles and advanced sensor perception applications, and led the company’s development of robotic platforms for testing advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicles. Paul served as chairman of the SAE On Road Autonomous Vehicle Standards Committee from 2011 to 2015. B.S.E.E. Rutgers University 1992, M.S.E.E. University of Virginia 1995.
Gary Wang Consulting ActuaryView Bio
Pinnacle Actuarial Resources
Gary Wang is a Consulting Actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. in the Bloomington, Illinois office. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in mathematics education from Northern Illinois University. He also has extensive graduate level coursework in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics from Northern Illinois University.
He has over seventeen years of actuarial experience in the property/casualty insurance industry.
At Pinnacle, Mr. Wang has worked extensively on the application of advanced statistical modeling techniques to the insurance process. His experience in predictive analytics applications include rating and underwriting plan design, homeowners byperil analysis, auto vehicle characteristics analysis and scorecard development, and territory boundary development. Mr. Wang has made numerous presentations on topics relating to predictive modeling, ratemaking, and insurance credit‐based scoring.
Tilak Kasturi Founder & CEOView Bio
Tilak Kasturi is Founder & CEO of Predii. He stands at the forefront of one of the fastest moving trends in the automotive and industrial sectors – predictive big data. Tilak is an innovator, entrepreneur and an engineer with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software, enterprise big data, and applied artificial intelligence.
Prior to founding Predii, Tilak was co-founder and CTO of Radion, Inc., a radiation oncology big data-based software company that manages complex cancer treatments. He was also an executive at iLoopMobile, where he led product management and strategic sales activities that were instrumental in closing deals with large enterprises. Tilak has also held positions at Venture Technologist and served as Chief Architect for Time Warner.
Tilak holds several degrees, including a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, (India), an M.S. in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the University of Central Florida.
Frederic Bruneteau Managing DirectorView Bio
Frederic Bruneteau is the founder and Managing Director of PTOLEMUS Consulting Group, the first international strategic advisory firm entirely focused on geo-connected mobility.
He has become one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of connected vehicle services, having performed over 60 strategy consulting assignments in that domain for global leaders such as Allianz, Aioi Nissay Dowa, ESRI, Generali, Liberty Mutual, Michelin, Qualcomm and Toyota.
Frederic uses his 20 years of experience in mobility services to help leading players design strategies and value propositions around geo-connected mobility. His specific fields of expertise include: Usage-based Insurance (UBI), road charging, fleet telematics, fleet management services, CAAS (Car-As-A-Service), ADAS, Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), smartphone location-based apps and services, connected navigation, traffic information and m-health.
A frequent speaker at telematics, location-based services and Internet of Things (IoT) conferences globally, he is also often quoted by both mainstream and trade publications such as The Economist, Reuters, TU-Automotive and GPS Business News.
Paul Drysch Vice President of Business Development and GM of APAC RegionView Bio
Paul Drysch is the Vice President of Business Development and GM of APAC Region at RideCell. In this role, Paul is responsible is responsible for RideCell's business in Asia Pacific and the automotive business in North America. With more than 20 years of leadership experience, Paul has deep expertise in the connected vehicle and IoT markets.
Prior to joining RideCell, he served as the Global Director of Connected Car at Cisco Jasper where he was responsible for leading the company’s worldwide sales efforts towards connected vehicle manufacturers. Paul also led the automotive telematics business at Aeris Communications for nine years and was a founding member of the WirelessCar North America management team where he led sales and marketing for the company. Drysch also has automotive sales and management experience from his five years with Honda Motor Co.
He has also successfully co-founded and sold a technology startup and serves on the board for several non-profit corporations.
Mark Thomas VP of MarketingView Bio
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Marc Weiser Managing DirectorView Bio
Marc Weiser is a founder and managing director of RPM Ventures, an Ann Arbor and Silicon Valley-based seed and early stage venture firm focused on internet and mobile startups. Over the last 15 years Marc has served on over 20 boards of directors. For RPM, he is currently involved with the boards of Automatic, BountyJobs, and Glyde. He is also responsible for the firm’s investments in Giftly, SoFi, and ShareThis. Previous investments include: Applimation (acquired by Informatica – NASDAQ:INFA), OpenLane (acquired by KAR Auction Services – NYSE: KAR), R4 Global Services (acquired by Verisign – NASDAQ:VRSN), RiverGlass (acquired by Allen Systems), TetraVitae (acquired by Eastman Chemical – NYSE:EMN), and Xtime (acquired by Cox Automotive Group).
Early Stage DNA. Prior to forming RPM, Marc was an internet and software entrepreneur. He co-founded QuantumShift, a provider of web-based business-to-business technology and services focused on corporate telecommunications needs. He was also an early employee at MessageMedia (acquired by DoubleClick) where he pioneered some of the original methods for e-commerce and helped lead the company’s IPO.
Community. In addition to his board roles for RPM, Marc is Vice-Chair of McKinley, Inc., and is on the board of the Wolverine Venture Fund at the University of Michigan. Previously he was a founding member of the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and Adjunct Professor at the University, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in founding the CFE, the TechArb (student accelerator), and the Masters in Entrepreneurship (a joint program between the College of Engineering and Ross School of Business). Additionally, he and his wife are leading the creation of the Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan. This Center will provide national leadership and a path to a cure for those that suffer from food allergies. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSE in aerospace engineering and an MBA with highest honors.
Drue Freeman InvestorView Bio
Drue Freeman is a 30-year semiconductor veteran. He advises and consults for technology companies ranging from early-stage start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations and for financial institutions investigating the implications of the technological disruptions impacting the automotive industry. Drue is an Advisory Board Member at Savari, Inc., a leader in the Connected Car market, and airXsys, a computer-vision-based parking management system start-up.
Previously, Drue served as Sr. Vice President of Global Automotive Sales & Marketing for NXP Semiconductors (2009 – 2015), gaining significant market share in the automotive semiconductor market. He has participated in numerous expert panels and spoken at various conferences on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Drue spent three years in Shanghai, establishing NXP as #1 in the China automotive market while launching and serving on the Board of Directors for Datang-NXP Semiconductors Co., Ltd., the first Chinese automotive semiconductor company. He served seven years at NXP’s Automotive Business in Germany, including four years as VP of Automotive Quality. He has also been based in Tokyo, with Philips and VLSI Technology and held positions in key account management, applications engineering, and development engineering for various companies in California.
Drue is based in Cupertino, California, where he is working with the emerging Automotive Electronics and Connected-Car ecosystems. He is an Advisory Board Member of BWG Strategy LLC, an invite-only network for senior executives across technology, media and telecom, and a member of Sand Hill Angels, a group of successful Silicon Valley executives and accredited investors who are passionate about entrepreneurialism and the commercialization of disruptive technologies. His Venture Capital and Angel Investments are primarily in the automotive sector.
Drue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California.
Ram Ramaseshan Senior VP and Head, Automotive and Industrials Business UnitsView Bio
Ram is a seasoned business leader in technology and product engineering services industry. Prior to joining Sasken, Ram was part of the leadership team of Infosys’ engineering services business heading automotive, life-sciences and industrial products segments with responsibilities for P&L, business growth, expanding customers and partner eco-systems.
He led the business through continuous cycle of innovation, technology and differentiated propositions particularly in mobility, engineering analytics, IoT/M2M and connected devices. Ram is a strong proponent of digital convergence and architect of unique propositions like: connected car, connected care and connected factories bringing connected devices, engineering analytics, and IoT technologies to address specific industry requirements.
Ram has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA in marketing. He is a regular speaker at various industry forums, particularly in topics related to smart connected products and autonomous cars. Ram is based in Metro Detroit area.
Jeffrey Hannah DirectorView Bio
SBD North America
Jeff Hannah is the Director, North America for SBD. SBD works with 90% of global vehicle manufacturers and most of their partners helping them choose the right technologies, select the optimal partners, and develop winning market strategies. Jeff has more than twelve years’ experience in the connected vehicle industry, as well as working with leading technology companies from across the globe. Prior to his role with SBD, Jeff was a leading member of General Motor’s Global Connected Consumer organization which included the industry’s leading Telematics service OnStar. He is the co-founder of the Michigan Telematics Group to promote networking and business development and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Andrew Hart DirectorView Bio
Andrew Hart graduated as a mechanical engineer, but soon after discovered he wasn’t a very good one. Fortunately, there are already plenty of great engineers within the automotive industry. Andrew has since found his true passion: reversing the decline in car ownership rates by radically transforming the interaction between people and cars. Andrew now leads the innovation team at SBD Automotive, a research and consultancy firm that helps the automotive industry develop autonomous, more secure and better connected cars. He has had the good fortune of living and working across four continents – and looks forward to the next three.
Michael Schagrin ConsultantView Bio
Mike is a former Program Manager with the US Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. Having worked in the ITS industry for over 25 years, Mike has been deeply engaged in connected & automated vehicle safety research, technology, and policy initiatives that underpin this environment.
While at US DOT, Mike led the Connected Vehicle Safety Research Program, which included V2V and V2I communications and the Safety Pilot Model Deployment, the world’s largest real world connected vehicle safety deployment. He also led the development of US DOT’s 1 st multi-modal research plan for vehicle automation.
In late 2013, Mike made the transition out of government and established Schagrin Consulting International, where he continues to promote connected and automated vehicle research and market opportunities.
Mike received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.
Amitai Bin-NunDirector, Autonomous Vehicle InitiativeView Bio
Securing America's Future Energy
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Kumar Venkatramani V.P, Business DevelopmentView Bio
Kumar Venkatramani is VP of Business Development at Silexica. He has over 30 years of experience uniquely blending both hardware and software design disciplines. His career includes various senior technical and management roles developing Enterprise Software Tools, Intellectual Property Blocks and Service portfolios in product and services organizations at both large and startup companies;
He has over 14 patents issued in the areas of Design Methodology and System Level Design, several papers published in IEEE and ACM conferences and coauthor of industry standards in the area of IP Reuse.
He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, in 1983 and his BE Honors, in Electronics and Communication from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, India in 1981.
Edward Laganis Design Engineering DirectorView Bio
As Smart Design’s expert on all things engineering, Edward Laganis leads the development of innovative, tangible solutions that create a smarter tomorrow. As Design Engineering Director based in New York, he not only prides himself on sweating the technical details but also on growing businesses through leadership and process improvements.
Edward leads multi-disciplinary product and design teams who rely on his knowledge of the latest technology platforms, hardware and manufacturing methods that will help transform and reimagine consumer experiences – from in-car experiences, to boosting athletic performance. With more than 20 years of experience in product development, prototyping, and manufacturing across industries such as medical, consumer, mobile and housewares, Edward also owns numerous utility and design patents.
As mentor to several startups and investment groups, Edward regularly advises entrepreneurs - new and seasoned - on the tools, emerging technologies, product development and design processes, and financial perspectives that underpin successful market launches. In his spare time, Ed participates in high performance racing events – a passion he brings to the design and engineering challenges on Smart’s automotive innovation initiatives.
Jim Beregi CEOView Bio
Solar Transportation Technologies
Jim Beregi is CEO and founder, in 2008, of Solar Transportation Technologies, Inc. He developed the Freedom Mass Transit concept over many years and has a patent on the critical vehicle control system. Patent No: 8,483,895 Issued: 7/9/2013 Transportation System, System Components and Process.
He is a retired IBM advisory systems engineer with extensive programming and computer performance tuning and analysis experience. He used computer simulation of hardware and software in his work at IBM.
He is a member and former member of several organizations: ITS - Intelligent transportation systems, Innovative Transportation Technologies at WSU, ITE - Institute of Transportation Engineers, and ATRA - The Advanced Transit Association.
Paul Krutko SparkView Bio
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Ajay DivakaranTechnical Director, Vision and Learning at Center for Vision TechnologiesView Bio
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Greg BasichSenior Analyst, AITView Bio
Greg Basich, Senior Analyst, Automotive Multimedia and Communications service (AMCS), has more than 13 years of experience in the automotive industry as a business-to- business online and print journalist and editor. He has covered a range of segments in the industry, including automotive infotainment and audio, fleet management, alternative-fuel vehicles and related technologies, and aftermarket parts and suppliers.
As an online journalist and editor, Greg stayed at the forefront of auto industry business news and technological developments and now uses that background at Strategy Analytics to provide analysis and actionable advice for the company’s clients.
Prior to his time at Strategy Analytics, Greg was the Web Editor for Automotive Fleet and Government Fleet magazines for more than two years, and prior to that was the Executive Editor for Mobile Electronics magazine for two years, which focused on the U.S. automotive infotainment segment. He also worked in senior editorial roles on a number of other publications covering various segments of the automotive aftermarket.
Greg holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Jason D. BartolacciCFE, Vice President, Fraud Special Investigations, National Cyber and Forensics Training AllianceView Bio
Jason Bartolacci is the Vice President of Fraud Investigations with Synchrony Financial and is currently assigned to the National Cyber and Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA). He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pittsburgh and is presently pursuing an additional graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University, focusing on Information Security. Jason has served as an investigator with the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department and the Florida Office of Financial Investigations and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Jason is participating in the Analytical Exchange Program (AEP), which is comprised of members of the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) and Private Sector, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Ted Serbinski Managing DirectorView Bio
Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early-stage investor. As an ex-Silicon Valley guy, he moved to Detroit to create a legacy and help lead the startup renaissance in Detroit. He is a Partner and founding team member of Detroit Venture Partners. Ted has co-led investments in 24 companies over the past 3 years, with 13 of those headquartered in Detroit.
Ted is active in the Detroit startup community sitting on many boards. Currently he is on the board of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, TechTown Detroit, and is the Midwest Regional Advisor of Venture for America. He also was the founding Chairman of the Detroit Executive Advisory Board of Techweek. The inaugural Techweek event in May 2014 attracted nearly 2000 attendees as the largest startup tech event in Detroit.
Before moving to Detroit from San Francisco, Ted was a co-founder and CTO of ParentsClick. With the 4th largest social network and the largest blog network for moms, Lifetime Television acquired ParentsClick in 2008.
Ted graduated from Cornell in 2004, with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He currently resides in Metro Detroit with his beautiful wife and son. Ted blogs on startups, technology, and Detroit at http://tedserbinski.com.
Sudipto Bose Marketing DirectorView Bio
Sudipto Bose is the Marketing Director for Texas Instruments automotive radar products. Prior to this position, Sudipto held the position of Director of Customer Support Operations for wireless LAN, Bluetooth and GPS products from Texas Instruments. He has over 17 years of experience in design and business management of wireless and radio frequency devices.
Aldo Monteforte CEOView Bio
Aldo has been working as an entrepreneur in the telematics industry for the last 15 years. He conceived and founded The Floow in 2012, with the vision of making vehicles safer and cheaper for all. Aldo saw the potential to transform the insurance industry from the convergence of mobile technologies, large scale data mining and psychology applied to driver behaviour. The Floow supports leading world insurers, delivering scores with demonstrably superior predictive power and digital end-user services that transform insurance operations. Prior to founding The Floow, Aldo was co-CEO of Cobra Automotive Technologies (IPO in 2006 and acquired by Vodafone in 2014), where he led development of telematic services, growing from scratch a subscribers’ base of nearly 200.000 in stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) and telematic insurance. Aldo is a graduate of Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, where he earned a Master of Science, Management (Alfred P. Sloan Fellow). He is a member of the Sloan Alumni Advisory Board of Stanford GSB.
Paul HohosVice President Sales, AutomotiveView Bio
TomTom North America
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Nhia CaoGlobal Product ManagerView Bio
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Lukas KuhnCTOView Bio
Lukas is co-founder of Tourmaline Labs, a San Diego based company that engineers behavior-based software solutions that enable telematics service providers to offer next-gen analytics for mobile applications. Lukas designed the Tourmaline Lab platform. It offers valuable geo-positioning, behavior analysis and telematics solutions. Prior to founding Tourmaline Labs, Lukas served at Qualcomm's Research & Development Center as Senior System Engineer developing contextual Intelligence technologies and systems designed to enhance and coordinate user outcomes. In 2010 Lukas obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. Since then he has published over 35 peer-reviewed research articles, holds 14 US patents and he actively participates in number of industry related committees.
John BarneyVP Sales, Transportation SectorView Bio
John Barney heads Transportation Sales for the Ericsson within Market Area North America. John is responsible for direct sales of connectivity management, cloud solutions, networking, business support systems, and professional services to transportation entities such as automotive OEMs, City/State Departments of Transportation, Railways and Airlines. John joined Ericsson in 2004.
During 20 years in the ICT industry, John has taken roles spanning from research and development to business development and sales within large multi-national companies as well as multiple startups, all of which has provided him with a broad understanding of the business and technology.
John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Edwin OlsonAssociate Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science DepartmentView Bio
University of Michigan
Edwin Olson is founder and CEO of May Mobility, an Ann Arbor startup developing safe autonomous passenger vehicles. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 for his work in robust robot mapping. Prior to starting May Mobility, he was a core contributor to MIT's 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge vehicle and a Principle Investigator on Ford's Next Generation Vehicle Program before becoming Co-Director for Autonomous Driving Development at Toyota Research Institute.
Dr. Olson is also a Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department where he leads the APRIL robotics laboratory. In 2010, he led the winning team in the MAGIC 2010 competition; in 2012 he was named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant Ten", and in 2013, he was awarded the DARPA Young Faculty Award. He is one of the original creators of LCM and AprilTags, two software libraries which are in widespread use throughout academia and industry.
Jason Millar Research FellowView Bio
University of Ottawa
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Bhaskar Krishnamachari Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceView Bio
University of Southern California
Bhaskar Krishnamachari is Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is Director of the newly established USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI). He has co-authored over 200 papers on next-generation wireless networks including for connected vehicles, collectively cited more than 20000 times (per Google Scholar). His work has received several best paper awards including at IPSN and Mobicom. He has received the NSF CAREER Award and the ASEE Terman Award. In 2011, he was listed in MIT technology review magazine's TR-35 list of top 35 innovators under the age of 35, and in 2015 was named one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10”.
Costas MeimetisDirector Product StrategyView Bio
Costas Meimetis has joined u-blox in 2014 and he is heading company’s V2X product strategy.
In 2004, he co-founded Antcor and has served as CEO of the company where he spearheaded company's strategic direction and business development. Over his tenure at Antcor he cultivated strong relationships with partners/customers while he successfully managed fund raising from VCs and Strategic Investors. Antcor was acquired by u-blox in 2014.
Prior to founding Antcor, Mr. Meimetis held senior engineering positions in Bytemobile and ATMEL.
Costas Meimetis holds a bachelor degree in Physics and MSc in Embedded Systems.
Stefan Gudmundsson Principal Automotive Market DevelopmentView Bio
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Nikolaos PapadopoulosSenior Vice President StrategyView Bio
Nikolaos Papadopoulos is Senior Vice President Strategy of u-blox America, a wholly owned subsidiary of u-blox AG, the Swiss leader in positioning and wireless technology. Until March 2017, Mr. Papadopoulos led u-blox America as President and General Manager for 13 years. Prior to u-blox, Mr. Papadopoulos worked as Director of Sales at G&D, one of the largest GSM SIM providers. Before that, he worked in various positions at Infineon Technologies (formerly Siemens Semiconductors). Mr. Papadopoulos has an MSEE from the Technical University Munich.
Jan Wiegelmann Director Data AnalyticsView Bio
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Joacim JeppesenManaging DirectorView Bio
Joacim Jeppesen is the Managing Director of Valtech US, an agency that is revolutionizing how their clients connect with their consumers, closing the experience gap and orchestrating omni-channel customer journeys. With over 20 years of experience across a large number of different companies and sectors, Joacim works strategically with customer experience innovation, leading enterprise and mid- market companies through their digital transformations.
Norman PalmhofPrincipal Automotive ConsultantView Bio
Norman Palmhof holds a diploma in electrical engineering and informatics from the University of applied sciences in Bochum, Germany. Norman started at Valtech Germany (who developed the Connected Car backend platform for the VW group and is the preferred partner for implementing new backend services) as a developer for online services in 2010. He gained 7 years of experience in car2x communication, in car online services and international rollout. Currently he works as Principal Automotive Consultant at Valtech, responsible for the international Rollout for digital online services for the Connected Car. Norman's focus in the last years is the specific requirements and customer needs of the Chinese market.
Jim LevenduskyVice President, TelematicsView Bio
As Verisk Insurance Solutions’ vice president of telematics, Jim Levendusky leads product development and strategic marketing for auto and commercial telematics and usage-based insurance products. He’s held various roles at Verisk, having managed marketing and development for a variety of personal and commercial lines products. Before joining Verisk, Jim worked in auto insurance underwriting, operations analysis, insurance product management, and specialty products marketing. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in finance from Baruch College.
Russ OldhamDirector of IoT Product ManagementView Bio
Russ has an extensive background in bringing innovative products to market. Most recently he designed and developed IoT connected vehicle claims products for an international telematics service provider (TSP), including patented algorithms for “Automated Crash Detection” and “Electronic First Notice of Loss”. Prior to that, Russ held key executive claims management positions at several insurance companies including Progressive Casualty.
Russ’ degree is from Missouri State University where he majored in political science and minored in philosophy. He also holds several claims industry designations including AIC.
Dawn Mortimer AVP - IoT/Telematics Product Management - ClaimsView Bio
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Phil MagneyPrincipal Analyst, AutomotiveView Bio
Phil Magney is an automotive entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in information technologies, with core specialties in automotive electronics, advanced safety systems, functional safely and mobile computing. He is the Founder and Principal Advisor of Vision Systems Intelligence (VSI), the leading global research and analyst firm for autonomous vehicle technologies. Their research portals examine companies, products and technologies for autonomous vehicle development, having mapped the entire value chain - from sensors to processors to control systems to complete vehicles. They also track cutting edge autonomous solutions from AV development kits to rolling vehicles.
Phil regularly participates in leading conferences globally, and is often quoted in major media outlets ands publications. Before founding VSI, Phil was Co-Founder and President of Telematics Research Group (TRG), which was acquired by iSuppli in 2008. When iSuppli’s Automotive Group was acquired by IHS a few years later, Phil became Head of IHS Automotive Technology Group. He has Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics and Information Technologies from the University of Minnesota.
Alex Thibault VP Business Development - North AmericaView Bio
Alex Thibault is the VP Business Development - North America for Vulog, where he is responsible for the company’s growth in North America. As such, he works with partners to build and deliver top-of-the-line technology to power world-class new mobility services.
He joined Vulog in 2016 after spending the last 10 years as a corporate lawyer and tech entrepreneur, most recently as a partner at a fast growing tech-oriented law firm where he worked with clients in the mobility industry, among others. He also holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Dr Jeff Jaffe CEOView Bio
Dr. Jeff Jaffe is Chief Executive Officer of the World Wide Web Consortium. In this role he works with Director Tim Berners-Lee, staff, membership, and the public to evolve and communicate the W3C's vision. He is responsible for all of W3C's global operations, for maintaining the interests of all of W3C's stakeholders, and for sustaining a culture of cooperation and transparency, so that W3C continues to be the leading forum for the technical development and stewardship of the Web.
Creating a more secure Web and cybersecurity generally, are among the current strategic priorities at W3C with security work being a key focus for the Automotive, Payments and Web of Things technical groups. Dr. Jaffe's expertise in this area, together with W3C staff and member experts, brings a compelling sense of urgency to address cybersecurity challenges.
Dr. Jaffe was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Presidential Commission for Critical Infrastructure Protection. He has also chaired the Chief Technology Officer group of the Computer Systems Policy Project, and has served on the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He is a Fellow of ACM and the IEEE. Dr. Jaffe holds a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in addition to his Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ted GuildPrincipal Analyst, AutomotiveView Bio
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Chester Dawson Senior ReporterView Bio
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal senior reporter Chester Dawson has joined the Detroit bureau to cover the auto supply chain and Fiat Chrysler.
Dawson spent close to four years in Calgary concentrating on the energy industry and other topics across western Canada.
He’s far from new to the auto beat, having joined The Journal in New York and then working two years covering the Japanese auto industry and defense policy in Tokyo.
Prior to the Journal, Dawson did a stint on Wall Street inside the world of high finance after working as international financial editor at BusinessWeek. He also reported for Bloomberg, the Associated Press and the Far Eastern Economic Review.
He’s authored two books, including “Lexus – The Relentless Pursuit.”
Dawson graduated with an M.A. in East Asian studies from Harvard University after getting his B.A. in history at Ohio University, during which he spent his junior year abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo.
Drew Winter Editor in ChiefView Bio
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Geoff WernerUBI Global Product LeaderView Bio
Willis Towers Watson
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Marques McCammonGeneral Manager, Connected Vehicle SolutionsView Bio
Marques McCammon is general manager for Connected Vehicle Solutions at Wind River. He has extensive expertise in the automotive industry, including work as general manager for the Car and Truck Division at Saleen, general manager of West Coast Operations at American Specialty Cars, director of Product and Business at ASC Inc. and product strategist at DaimlerChrysler. Before joining Wind River, Marques was the chief marketing officer at Aptera. Marques has also been included in Crain's Detroit Business Top 40 Under 40 list of young executives making an impact on business in the Motor City.
He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University with graduate studies at the University of Michigan’s Rackham School of Engineering.
Dan Gittleman CEOView Bio
Dan Gittleman is the CEO of Xevo, the trusted global leader in data-driven user experiences. Xevo provides next generation automotive technology that uses artificial intelligence and big data to improve performance, safety, and driver experience. Xevo technology is currently deployed in 10 million vehicles worldwide. Previously, Dan was the founder of OpenPeak and grew the company into a large-scale provider of multimedia devices and device management platforms for customers such as Verizon, Cisco, Philips, and more. Prior to OpenPeak, Dan founded RAID Power Services, which went on to become the number two global leader in network storage virtualization software as StorageApps. Dan is proud to be leading the Xevo team as they create next generation products for autonomous and connected vehicles.
John Cordell Chief Product OfficerView Bio
John Cordell is the Chief Product Officer of Xevo AI. He began his career at Microsoft during the 1990s, where he was one of the original developers of Internet Explorer. He went on to cofound Avogadro in 2000, a leading mobile software company that was acquired one year later by OpenWave. Before joining Xevo, John joined Surround.io in 2014 as a lead software architect and the head of product design. John has also worked in film writing and production in Los Angeles as a technical consultant on the AMC drama series about the early PC revolution, Halt and Catch Fire.
Bob DillonVice President, Connected RadioView Bio
Bob Dillon is responsible for the DTS Connected Radio products and services. Bob Joined iBiquity in 2004 and led Semiconductor Business Development, contracts and licensing efforts. With iBiquity’s acquisition by DTS, Bob’s role expanded as he took on the creation of a new business in global hybrid radio. This includes product definition, product development and customer engagement. Prior to joining iBiquity Bob was founder and CEO of Enikia, a fabless semiconductor company producing powerline networking chips for home networking and last-mile delivery applications. In this role, Bob was a founding board member of the HomePlug Alliance. Prior to Enikia Bob held various hardware and software engineering and product management roles in signal processing and telephony. Bob holds an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a BS in Computer Engineering from NJIT.
Justin Holmes Director, Corporate Communications & Public PolicyView Bio
Justin is Zipcar’s director of corporate communications and public policy where he leads efforts to promote Zipcar’s brand of “wheels when you want them” to Zipcar members, city leaders, media and other stakeholders. Leveraging his experience in technology as well as public and government relations, Justin works with cities and policy makers to help accelerate the adoption of car sharing as a vital, sustainable part of the urban transportation ecosystem. Before joining Zipcar, Justin served as chief information officer to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, where he led a number of initiatives to use technology to make the city work smarter and serve its citizens better. He is a native Bostonian and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.