13th Annual Consumer Telematics Show 2015 Monday January 5 2015 | The Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

The Top Brass of the Connected Car Industry

The speakers that will take to the stage at CTS have been hand-picked for their expertize, influence and knowledge. Take a look at who has confirmed to speak so far -

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Klas Bendrik Klas Bendrik
Group CIO (Chief Information Officer) & Vice President
Volvo Car Corporation

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Volvo
Klas’ professional business career began at ABB and has included both line and management consultant positions in a global business environment. Klas has undertaken business transformation and IT improvement positions where leadership, business acumen and strategy have been key enablers for operational and strategic success. As a part of his professional engagements, Klas has lived in Taiwan, New Zealand and Norway.

Klas joined Volvo Car Group in 2010 as CIO. Since joining, Klas has led the successful IT separation from Ford Motor Company and has driven the development and implementation of a business founded and customer oriented IT strategy. This consequently led business growth in general and specifically in China with relevant IT solutions to support manufacturing, R&D and sales activities. Under Klas’s leadership, the IT strategy has proven to be an organic part of the business agenda that drives and enables innovation, as well as the development of the Service and Digital agenda at Volvo Car Group to support the ambitious growth plans.

Klas is a native of Gothenburg and worked in the Swedish Naval Reserve whilst studying economics, IT and logistics at University. He is married and has three children.
Peter Virk Peter Virk
Head of Connected Technologies and Apps
Jaguar Land Rover

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Jaguar Land Rover
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Charles Koch Charles Koch
Manager New Business Development
Honda

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Honda
Speaker bio coming soon.
Anupam Malhotra Anupam Malhotra
Senior Manager Connected Vehicle
Audi of America

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Audi of America
Anupam “Pom” Malhotra is manager for the connected vehicle for Audi of America, responsible for all the operations of the Audi Connect infotainment system and the formulation and execution of the company’s connected-vehicle strategy with Audi AG.

Malhotra joined Audi in mid-2010 on a contract basis as a subject-matter expert, but soon it became apparent that connectivity would become a crucial part of the technology proposition for the brand. He joined Audi initially from his role as head of enterprise quality for location-based services for General Motors’ pioneering OnStar brand.

GM had begun scaling up OnStar, and in 2000, Malhotra landed at the upstart “telematics” and infotainment brand, eventually moving into global business development and program management in a 10-year stint with the company. Malhotra left OnStar to launch Audi connect in the U.S. market and put in place the foundation for a long-term connected services strategy for the company.
Henry Bzeih Henry Bzeih
National Manager Connected Car
KIA Motors

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KIA Motors
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Thilo Koslowski Thilo Koslowski
Vice President & Distinguished Analyst - Automotive, Vehicle ICT, Mobility Industry Advisory Services
Gartner

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Gartner
Thilo Koslowski is Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and founder of the Automotive practice at Gartner Inc., the largest business and technology strategy advisory company in the world.  Mr. Koslowski is recognized as a global thought leader, futurist and strategic advisor regarding the evolution of the automotive industry, the connected vehicle, mobility innovation and new business models.  In his role Mr. Koslowski works with senior business and technology leaders in the automotive, consumer electronics, Internet, communication and technology industries on disruptive and successful cross-industry business opportunities.  He is also an advisor for venture capitalists and public agencies focusing on a variety of topics including new mobility and transportation concepts, e-Mobility and mobility-as-a-service. Mr. Koslowski’s work spans across the entire automotive value-chain including vehicle-centric information and communication technologies (Vehicle ICT), marketing & sales, distribution of automobiles, customer centricity and the automotive supply-chain.

Before founding Gartner’s Automotive practice in Silicon Valley in 1999, Mr. Koslowski was Lead Consultant in Gartner’s Consulting Practice where he managed global consulting assignments for companies in the automotive and emerging technologies markets. Prior to that, he worked in various marketing and strategy positions for a premium German automaker.  Mr. Koslowski graduated from the Technical University (RWTH) Aachen in Germany and holds a master's degree in Business Studies with majors in Marketing, European Economy and Production Engineering
Kevin Link Kevin Link
SVP & GM China
Verizon Telematics


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Verizon Telematics
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Dan Teeter Dan Teeter
Director of Vehicle Connected Services
Nissan North America


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Nissan
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Serkan Arslan Serkan Arslan
Managing Director, Business Development Automotive
Luxoft


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Luxoft
Serkan has over 15 years of extensive international experience in such automotive domains as In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems, connectivity, telematics and mobility services in both, sales and business development roles in the automotive industries. Previously, Mr. Arslan held top management positions at the leading automotive companies, such as Daimler and Delphi. He also has vast experience in business consulting helping OEM’s, Tier1’s and Mobility Service Providers to develop new markets. At Luxoft, Serkan is the Managing Director of Luxoft Germany GmbH and the Global Director of Business Development for Automotive practice. Serkan graduated from College of Business and Technology in Germany.
Dominique Bonte Dominique Bonte
Vice President, Practice Director
ABI Research

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ABI Research
Research Focus
Dominique Bonte is responsible for ABI Research's global telematics, location and navigation coverage which includes connected car, PNDs, digital maps, real-time traffic information, navigation content, ITS, automotive operating systems, connected automotive infotainment, commercial telematics, fleet management systems, positioning technologies, person tracking, location-based advertising and social networking, outdoor, sports, GPS fitness devices and solutions, GPS semiconductors and LBS.

Past Experience, Memberships, Accolades and Media
Dominique’s background includes a wealth of telecommunication and mobile device applications experience. He worked for Orange and BT in Belgium, as well as holding a variety of positions at consumer/industrial technology companies assuming roles in product management and market research and intelligence. He later started his own company in software consulting for mobile devices, where he acquired extensive experience in mobile satellite navigation software.

Education
He holds an MS in electronics engineering at the University of Leuven, and has earned several marketing and business degrees.

Dave McNamara Dave McNamara
President
McNamara Technology Solutions LLC

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McNamara Technology Solutions LLC
Prior to retirement in 2006, Dave McNamara as a manager at Ford Motor Company Research developed new infotainment systems. His team’s work was a forerunner of SYNC announced at the 2007 Consumer Electronic Show (CES).

Today, Dave’s consulting business McNamara Technology Solutions LLC has clients in the area of active safety, telematics and wireless. He is active in SAE, IEEE, and is an invited speaker to the Telematics Update Events and CES.  He has written several articles on Telematics, Diagnostics, Connected Vehicle Technology, user interfaces and the implications of new CES technology to automotive.

Currently, he is working with Cohda Wireless as their US contact. He is also working with Scientific Application International Corporation and Jackson Dawson Communications known for their innovative immersive “ride and drive” events.
Roger Lanctot Roger Lanctot
Associate Director
Strategy Analytics


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Strategy Analytics
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UI Evolution Chris Ruff
CEO & President
UI Evolution


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UI Evolution
Chris is a true pioneer of the wireless industry.  He joined UIEvolution in 2000, and is recognized as one of the most experienced individuals in the mobile market.

As President and CEO of UIEvolution, Chris is responsible for leading the company's growth, setting global strategy and driving sales and marketing execution. He has grown UIEvolution into a global leader of software solutions to over 100 business customers and major brands such as Disney, Princess Cruises, Toyota, ESPN and ATT. In December 2007, Chris led the successful repurchase of UIEvolution from Square Enix establishing UIE as an independent company with offices in the US and Japan.

Before becoming President and CEO, Chris worked with UIEvolution as VP of Marketing and VP of Finance, Senior Director of Product Management, and Director of Business Development. Prior to joining UIEvolution, Chris was co-founder and CEO of Aptelix Inc, where he was responsible for communicating the company's vision, defining product strategy and raising initial seed funding.

Chris graduated with Honors and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington, graduating in the top 5% of the class.  He also holds Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Montana.
Chip Goetzinger Chip Goetzinger
Senior Manager VCS Development & Program Management
Nissan

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Nissan
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Darren D. Humphrey Darren D. Humphrey
Sr. Vice President
The DiSTI Corporation


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The DiSTI Corporation
Darren Humphrey, was the creative force and lead developer on DiSTI’s flagship user interface development product, GL Studio, initially released in 2000. Prior to this achievement Mr. Humphrey led the development of software interface environments for the DoD network interoperability protocols (DIS and HLA), designed and coded DIS testing tools, developed training materials, and served as the software architect for the company’s commercial products. Mr. Humphrey carries a B.S. in computer science and is a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honor Fraternity. He has over 20 years’ experience in user interface development for the aviation, automotive, and simulation and training industry and has held positions at the Institute for Simulation and Training, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics.

In his current role, Mr. Humphrey has ensured the adoption of GL Studio across a wide range of industrial user interface disciplines including cockpits display prototypes for NASA, infotainment systems for Jaguar Land Rover, ISO 26262 instrument clusters for tier-1 OEMs, and safety-critical displays for several aerospace and medical companies.
Rusty Lhamon Rusty Lhamon
Director, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Business, T-Mobile USA

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Rusty Lhamon is responsible for the overall M2M business at T-Mobile, setting the business strategy and cultivating strategic relationships with T-Mobile’s M2M partners and customers.  In addition, he oversees M2M sales, P&L, and the M2M capabilities portfolio.  Prior to joining T-Mobile in 2012, he was chief operating officer of SignalSet and has held leadership roles at PACCAR and Johnson Controls.  Lhamon holds his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Electro-mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Bryan Mistele Bryan Mistele
President and CEO
INRIX, Inc.


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INRIX, Inc.

Bryan Mistele is the co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of INRIX, a leading global provider of transportation information, analytics and driver services for the connected car and smart cities worldwide. Bryan started INRIX in 2005, having had more than 15 years’ experience building high-technology businesses and transforming industries through the power of information technology

Prior to INRIX, Mistele was an executive at Microsoft, responsible for successfully building and managing four businesses within the company, including Microsoft’s Automotive, Mobile Services, Real Estate & Mortgage and Personal Finance/Investing business units. Prior to Microsoft, Mistele worked at the Ford Motor Company.

As a leader on technology and transportation issues, Bryan has served as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project, and as a member of the United States Department of Transportation’s ITS Advisory Committee. Bryan currently serves on the board of the Discovery/Cascadia Institute, a leading think-tank on transportation issues in the Northwest; on the board of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the industry’s main trade group; and on the regional executive committee of Gen Next, a network of accomplished entrepreneurial leaders committed to taking on global challenges.

Bryan holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. 

Doug Moeller Doug Moeller
CTO
Autonet Mobile


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Autonet
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Anders Brown Anders Brown
Managing Director
Luxoft


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Luxoft
Mr. Brown is currently a Managing Director at Luxoft and is focused on the growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry for the company. Mr. Brown leads the Seattle, Washington-based IoT division of Luxoft (previously Radius Inc., acquired by Luxoft in October 2014). The division builds modern applications and systems for Fortune 500 companies that help them capture, manage and get value from their growing volume of enterprise data. Mr. Brown helped launch Radius after serving as Sr. Vice President at iSoftStone, a global consulting and IT outsourcing company based in Beijing, China. Prior to iSoftStone, Mr. Brown was co-founder of Akona Consulting, a Seattle-based IT consulting company. Founded in 2005, Mr. Brown helped lead the company to significant growth, including two years on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Fastest Growing Company” list. From 1997 to 2004 Mr. Brown held a number of marketing, planning and business strategy roles in Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Brown holds a MS Mechanical Engineering and a BS Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Dirk Reimer Dirk Reimer
VP Global Marketing & Sales
Telit


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Telit Wireless Solutions

Dirk Reimer is currently the VP Global Marketing & Sales for Telit Automotive Solutions. Previously, he was Director Marketing & Business Development Telematics for the Automotive business unit at NXP

In various functions, Dirk has gained a deep insight into the microelectronics and display industry, focusing especially on the automotive and mobile communications sector. He began his career with Philips Components in 1997 as sales engineer for passive components. At Philips he worked amongst others as sales- & project manager for customized displays, as marketing director semiconductors for mobile systems solutions (2G&3G) and as European sales & key account director. Before joining NXP, Dirk was director sales & marketing as head of EU sales operations at Compal’s Business Unit ‘Mobile Displays’ (LCD&OLED) for automotive, telecommunication and avionics.

Dirk holds a PhD in physics from the University of Hamburg.

Jeff Hannah Jeff Hannah
Director, North America
SBD

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SBD

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.  SBD exclusively covers automotive technologies in Connected Car (Infotainment, Telematics, Apps), Safe Car (ADAS, V2X, autonomous vehicles), and Secure Car (automotive cyber-security).  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.  In the late 1990’s, he served as a registered in telecommunications lobbyist in Washington, DC working on behalf of leading wireless, Telematics, and automotive clients.  He is the co-founder of the Michigan Telematics Group (MTG) to promote networking and business development and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA.

Michael Minkevich Michael Minkevich
VP Technology Services
Luxoft


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Luxoft
As Vice President of Technology Services Michael Minkevich is responsible for running Product Engineering business unit that provides software development services for the high-tech industries. Michael has more than 15 years of intensive hands-on experience in the IT industry. He joined Luxoft in 2003 and since then has been instrumental in making Luxoft a recognized global player in the product development area. Before Luxoft, he held executive positions with several international software and hi-tech companies. In addition to his engineering background, Michael is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds the Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation and Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

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