The Big Names in Auto-Technology On Stage

The leading minds, putting tech first in automotive, come together for your benefit. Erase your question marks and discover those that you didn’t even know existed.

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Headline Speakers
Klas Benrik Klas Bendrik
VP & Group CIO
Volvo Car Group
Presentation Title: What the Connected Car Can Do For YouView Bio
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
Brian Simmermon Brian Simmermon
VP & CIO
Subaru of America
Presentation Title: The Role of the CXO: Creating the Organizational Conditions for Success View Bio
Subaru of America
Brian Simmermon is VP & CIO for Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), a $12B+ automobile manufacturer and distributor headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. Since 2005, Brian innovative and strategic vision coupled with his team’s collaboration on successful implementations of business and technology projects has enabled Subaru to almost triple its market share and revenues, reaching all-time record highs while increasing customer retention and satisfaction and strengthening the relationship with Subaru’s retailer network. Prior to SOA, Brian was SVP at QVC and was VP, CIO and COO (European Operations) at the Franklin Mint. Brian participates in Oracle’s CIO Customer Advisory Council and the Society of Information Management Professionals as a board member and chair of a CIO round table. Brian is a Rowan University alumnus.
Dr. Chris Gerdes Dr. Chris Gerdes
Director
Center for Automotive Research StanfordPresentation Title: The Ethics of Autonomous VehiclesView Bio
Center for Automotive Research Stanford
Professor Gerdes' research centers on the application of dynamic modeling to problems in nonlinear control, estimation and diagnostics. Specific areas of interest include the development of driver assistance systems for lane keeping and collision avoidance, modeling and control of novel combustion processes for Internal Combustion engines and diagnostics for automotive drive-by-wire systems. Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Gerdes was the project leader for vehicle dynamics at the Vehicle Systems Technology Center of Daimler-Benz Research and Technology North America. His work at Daimler focused on safety analysis and simulation-based design of heavy trucks for the Freightliner Corporation.
Catherine Curtis Catherine Curtis
Director of Vehicle Programs
AAMVA Presentation Title: Legislation: A Blessing & A Curse! View Bio
AAMVA
Ms. Curtis joined the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) located in Arlington, Virginia, in January 2012 and is the lead expert for vehicle programs. She is responsible for managing several projects, working groups and committees related to emerging vehicle issues. Prior to joining AAMVA, Cathie served for 32 years at the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles in many positions. For the last five years at the Bureau, she served as Deputy Secretary of State. She managed the vehicle title, registration and dealer licensing programs as well as driver licensing and motor carrier programs. Cathie travels extensively as she works with the Departments of Motor Vehicles in all US and Canadian jurisdictions and continues to live in Maine.
Jude Hurin Jude Hurin
DMV Services Manager
Nevada Deptartment of Motor Vehicles Presentation Title: Legislation: A Blessing & A Curse! View Bio
DMV Nevada
Jude Hurin is the DMV Services Manager for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Driver Programs Team.  He started with the Department in 1989.  After 10 years, he transferred to the Nevada Department of Public Safety where he remained there for 6 years as a program officer overseeing, project managing, and training new and enhanced criminal justice programs.  Jude came back to the DMV in 2005 to take the position he is in today. 

His Team is responsible for the implementation of all State and Federal driver’s license, identification card, and commercial driver’s license enhancements and new programs that affect Nevada.  His Team is also responsible for Legislative bill analysis, tracking, amendment proposals and implementation of all new Nevada laws that affect the driver’s license programs for the Department.    

In 2011, the Nevada Legislative Session passed Senate Bill 511 which was the first bill to authorize the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles in the nation.  Jude and his Team was given the rare opportunity and honor of having the responsibility to create State regulations that would form the rules for autonomous testing standards, insurance requirements, administrative safety principles, and requirements for the consumer and industry when this technology becomes available.  

In 2013, Jude became a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Autonomous Vehicle Information Sharing Group.  In December, 2014 the Autonomous Vehicle Best Practices Working Group was formed under the umbrella of the Sharing Group in order to build a best practice guide to assist each jurisdiction (State) in regulating autonomous vehicles.  It is also the goal of this group to build a positive partnership not only between jurisdictions but between government and industry stakeholders.
Bryant Walker Smith

Bryant Walker Smith
Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina School of LawPresentation Title: Legality of Data and the Self-Driving Vehicle View Bio

University of South Carolina
Bryant Walker Smith is an assistant professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) in the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, chair of the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, and a member of the New York Bar.

Bryant's research focuses on risk (particularly tort law and product liability), technology (automation and connectivity), and mobility (safety and regulation). As an internationally recognized expert on the law of self-driving vehicles, Bryant taught the first-ever course on this topic and is regularly consulted by government, industry, and media. His recent article, Proximity-Driven Liability, argues that commercial sellers' growing information about, access to, and control over their products, product users, and product uses could significantly expand their point-of-sale and post-sale obligations toward people endangered by those products.

Before joining the University of South Carolina, Bryant led the legal aspects of automated driving program at Stanford University, clerked for the Hon. Evan J. Wallach at the United States Court of International Trade, and worked as a fellow at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds both an LL.M. in International Legal Studies and a J.D. (cum laude) from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his legal career, Bryant worked as a transportation engineer.
Alain De Taeye Alain De Taeye
Management Board
TomTomPresentation Title: Real-Time Maps Transform the Location ExperienceView Bio
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development

Alain De Taeye, born in Belgium, graduated as engineer-architect from the University of Gent. After having done research work in the field of Operations Research at the Business School of the Gent University, he founded Informatics & Management Consultants (I&M) where next to IT consultancy, he continued his work on digital map databases and routing. In 1989 I&M was integrated into the Dutch Tele Atlas group and as of 1990 Alain headed Tele Atlas. During this period he successfully introduced Tele Atlas on both the Frankfurt and the Amsterdam Stock Exchanges. In 2008 Tele Atlas was acquired by TomTom and Alain joined the Management Board of TomTom.

Jim Mainard Jim Mainard
VP & Head of Digital Strategy & New Business Development
Dreamworks AnimationPresentation Title: TBCView Bio
Dreamworks Animation

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Conference Speakers
Bryan Biniak Bryan Biniak
VP & General Manager
MicrosoftPresentation Title: TBCView Bio
Microsoft

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Bill Frykman Bill Frykman
Manager, Business and Product Development
Ford Motor Company
Presentation Title: TBC View Bio
Ford Motor Company
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Henry Bzeih Henry Bzeih
CTO & Head of Connected Car
KiaPresentation Title: Convenience Is King: Putting Consumer Needs First View Bio
Kia
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James Keller James Keller
Chief Engineer/Senior Manager
Honda R&D North AmericaPresentation Title: Connectivity & Self-Driving: Necessary or Nice to Have?View Bio
Honda R&D North America
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Bret Scott Bret Scott
Head of Silicon Valley Future Technologies
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Presentation Title: Better, Faster, Stronger Innovation: The OEM-Startup RelationshipView Bio
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
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Bryan Reimer Bryan Reimer
Research Scientist
MIT/ MIT AgeLabPresentation Title: Human Factors: Man and Machine Working in Harmony? View Bio
MIT/ MIT AgeLab
Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab and the Associate Director of The New England University Transportation Center at MIT. His research seeks to develop new models and methodologies to measure and understand human behavior in dynamic environments utilizing physiological signals, visual behavior monitoring, and overall performance measures. Dr. Reimer leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers and students focused on understanding how drivers respond to the increasing complexity of the operating environment and on finding solutions to the next generation of human factors challenges associated with distracted driving, automation and other in-vehicle technologies. Dr. Reimer’s team also works with other researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to apply methods and knowledge in other domains affecting older adults.

His research has been featured in the press including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, Science News, AARP Bulletin and Wired. His work was recently featured in a Discovery Channel documentary on automotive safety. A BBC Horizon documentary, “Surviving a Car Crash,” focused on his work as a key innovation in the future of automotive safety. Industrial Engineer Magazine featured Dr. Reimer in a 2012 story “Case Study Solutions in Practice Shifting to Cognitive Gear”. Science Careers featured Dr. Reimer in a Career Profile, “Focus on Aging: Engineering Safer Drivers”. A Boston Globe Magazine First Person article “MIT AgeLab scientist Bryan Reimer on the perils of driver distraction” provided his views on automotive safety research. His worked has been supported extensively by Toyota, BMW, Honda, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Subaru R&D, Volvo Cars, Denso, the Santos Family Foundation, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety AARP, Monotype Imaging, The Hartford, Healthways, Johnson & Johnson, Shire Pharmaceuticals, and the United States Department of Transportation.
Dan Teeter Dan Teeter
Director - Vehicle Connected Services
NissanPresentation Title: OEM Announcement: NissanConnect - Service LaunchView Bio
Nissan
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Priyantha Mudalige Priyantha Mudalige
Research Engineer - GM's Autonomous Driving Expert
General MotorsPresentation Title: Sensor Fusion: Autonomous Alchemy View Bio
General Motors
Speaker bio coming soon...
Christopher Dolan Christopher Dolan
Owner
Dolan Law FirmPresentation Title: The New Mobility Order. Are Insurers & Legal Ready? View Bio
Dolan Law Firm
Chris Dolan is one of the most widely respected trial lawyers in California. He has been selected as the Statewide Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California, Trial Lawyer of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, received the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award and has been designated as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California by the California Daily Journal and the California Super Lawyers. He was elected by his peers as the President of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the largest statewide association of trial lawyers in the United States and is rated highest in both his ethics and abilities.

Mr. Dolan has tried lawsuits against some of the largest governmental entities such as the State of California, The City and County of San Francisco; the largest Insurance companies such as Allstate, Farmers Insurance, AAA, State Farm, and Mercury; as well as Fortune 500 Companies such as United Airlines therein obtaining significant results for his clients.
Gary Strumolo Gary Strumolo
Manager, Vehicle Design and Infotronics, R&A
Ford Motor CompanyPresentation Title: Infotainment & Perfecting User Experience View Bio
Ford Motor Company
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Sylvano Carrasco Sylvano Carrasco
Vice-President of Hardware and Telematics
GetaroundPresentation Title: Car Sharing: The Toolbox for Shared Fleet ManagementView Bio
Getaround
Sylvano Carrasco is Vice-President of Hardware and Telematics at Getaround .  Getaround is a leader in peer-to-peer car sharing and is revolutionizing on-demand mobility using the Smartphone and its Connected Car platform. Sylvano leads the design of the Getaround Connect, an advanced aftermarket Connected Car device which can be installed in any vehicle.  He also manages Telematics for monitoring the location, movements, status and behavior of vehicles In Getaround's Fleet across the US.

Prior to his current role, Sylvano was President of Carona Designs, a product development company specializing in embedded mobile peripherals.  Mr. Carrasco is founder of several technology companies and has led the development of over 30 products and semiconductors. Mr. Carrasco has provided embedded, chip design, hardware and software services to companies such as Alcatel, Avici, Aptis, Belkin, CalAmp, Electronics for Imaging, Nortel, Scientific-Atlanta/Cisco, and Spar Aerospace. 

Mr. Carrasco has a B.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Steffen Neumann Steffen Neumann
Project Manager App Development Group
Mercedes-Benz R&DPresentation Title: The Car & the Connected Society View Bio
Mercedes-Benz R&D
Steffen Neumann is a Project Manager at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc. in Palo Alto, California. As a portfolio manager in the App Development Group he is responsible for the selection and concept development of apps for Mercedes-Benz COMAND Online, mbrace 2.0 and in-vehicle smart phones apps. His responsibilities also include the identification and evaluation of 3rd party content providers as well as new business models for vehicle-centric apps and services.
Steffen has 14 years of professional experience in the automotive industry with Daimler AG and subsidiaries in the U.S. where he managed multiple projects with the main focus on connected infotainment and telematics products.

He joined Mercedes-Benz RDNA in 1999 as a Research Scientist in the area of mobile computing and eCommerce. Prior to this he was responsible for the development of a joined IT strategy of DaimlerChrysler Corp. in Detroit and Stuttgart.

Steffen holds a Diploma degree in Business Computing with a major in Management Information System (MIS) from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany.
Dan Kinney Dan Kinney
Director, User Experience, Global Connected Customer Experience
General MotorsPresentation Title: Infotainment & Perfecting User ExperienceView Bio
General Motors
Speaker bio coming soon.
Andrew Hart Andrew Hart
Head of Advanced Research
SBDPresentation Title: Connected Services Usage: A Vital MetricView Bio
SBD
Andrew is a strong believer in the role that great market research can (and should) play in helping companies innovate. He is responsible for setting the direction of research within SBD, and ensuring that the key messages are clearly communicated to customers and the wider industry. Whilst originally from a mechanical engineering background, he now works tirelessly with customers and speaks passionately at conferences to encourage a change of mind-set within the automotive industry away from engineering-based solutions and towards consumer-centric innovations.
John P. Heffernan John P. Heffernan
AVP/Director- Standard Lines Strategic Initiatives
State Auto Insurance GroupPresentation Title: UBI: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Adoption? View Bio
Strategy Analytics
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Catherine McCullough Catherine McCullough
Executive Director
Intelligent Car CoalitionPresentation Title: TBC View Bio
Intelligent Car Coalition

Catherine McCullough works where the worlds of law, politics and media merge to create policy in the field of technology. She was raised in Washington and has worked in politics for over twenty years. Much of her work helps innovators in the tech and telecom fields successfully navigate the current Washington state-of-play.

As Executive Director of the Intelligent Car Coalition, Catherine advocates for public policies that bring the benefits of connected car innovations to consumers.

Catherine is a contributor to The Huffington Post, serves on panels at conferences such as South by Southwest, writes op-eds for Washington publications such as Roll Call, The Hill, and Real Clear Politics, and tweets @honestlobbyist.

Catherine previously served as a Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. There she worked on subcommittees that oversaw Internet, privacy, auto safety, insurance, and consumer product liability issues.


Prior to her Committee service, she worked as an Associate Director of Media Relations at one of Washington’s top trade associations explaining technical legal matters to the media.

Her policy focus includes telecom, tech, Internet, consumer products, connected cars, and data use/privacy. She is an attorney and also holds degrees in Journalism and Political Science.
Toshiro Muramatsu Toshiro Muramatsu
Director, Vehicle Information Technology Division Silicon Valley
Nissan
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Nissan
Speaker bio coming soon.
Mike Tinskey Mike Tinskey
Global Director, Vehicle Electrification & Infrastructure
Ford
Presentation Title: Where Smart Mobility Meets Sustainability View Bio
Ford
Mike Tinskey is currently Director of Ford’s Sustainability activities focused on electric vehicles and infrastructure. The focus is to develop and implement new business models, products, and partnerships to clear the way for Ford PHEV and BEV vehicles globally. Prior to this role, Mike led the Product Planning and Program Management activities globally for hybrid electric vehicles and was responsible for developing and implementing Ford’s electric vehicle strategy that was publically announced in January 2009.

Mr. Tinskey has held a variety of leadership positions in Ford’s Engineering, Business Development, and Finance activities over his career with Ford that began in 1991. This includes Director, Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Business Development, and Advanced Product Engineering. A common thread in the majority of the roles is he was responsible for identifying and implementing game-changing technologies and new business models – and developing strategies and partnerships to implement them flawlessly.
Mike holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree (Georgia Tech) in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Finance from University of Michigan. He holds three global patents in fuel systems.
Robert Gee Robert Gee
Head of Product Management, Software and Connected Solutions
Continental
Presentation Title: Build Relationships, Curate ExperiencesView Bio
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Steven Fernandes Steven Fernandes
Assistant Director, Product Development
The Hartford
Presentation Title: UBI: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Adoption?View Bio
The Hartford
Steven has worked at The Hartford for 17 years in Information Technology and Innovation & Strategy roles. He has focused on telematics for the last few years in both the commercial and consumer segments. He has actively managed telematics pilots for The Hartford including the acquisition of telematics data for research purposes.
Dan Sturges Dan Sturges
Design Director
SAM Labs
Presentation Title: City Design: Laying the Foundations of Smart MobilityView Bio
 
Dan Sturges is a mobility designer, inventor, entrepreneur, and regarded as one of the leading smart transportation visionaries in the country. He consults to Los Angeles’ South Bay Cities Council of Government, SANDAG, The Nichols Partnership, and has supported the Las Vegas Project 100.

Dan began his career as an automotive designer, working for General Motors in 1986. By 1992, Dan founded the first Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) company, creating the first nationally certified new vehicle category in over 40 years. His “Near Car” design remains at the forefront of local transportation solutions, marketed as GEM, and now owned by Polaris Industries

Today Dan is at the forefront of the “New Transportation” movement, working to better integrate new (and existing) mobility options into seamless multimodal solutions – enabling consumer-citizens to have better options and ultimately own fewer cars.

Dan has worked to understand the larger transportation eco-system. In his cross-disciplinary journey Dan has worked for Ford, Daimler, frogdesign, Segway, the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies, and CALSTART (Federal Transit Administration). He currently serves on the United States Transportation Research Board for New Public Transportation Systems and Technology (AP020).

His work has been profiled in Wired, Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review and Automobile Magazine. ID Magazine named Dan 1 of 40 top designers in USA. Popular Science named him as one of seven transportation-future visionaries that will change the automobile as we know it. Dan presented at TED4 in Kobe Japan.
David Jumpa David Jumpa
Chief Revenue Officer
Airbiquity
Presentation Title: Giving Dealers a HandView Bio
Airbiquity
Speaker bio coming soon.
David Taylor David Taylor
CEO
Aupeo!
Presentation Title: Connected Infotainment - What Consumers WantView Bio
Aupeo!
David Taylor serves as Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of AUPEO! ®, GmBH, a global provider of audio content solutions for the connected automotive market. Mr. Taylor is also the Director of Connected Services for Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America. In this position, he is responsible for the automotive connected services business unit, including Panasonic’s acquisition of AUPEO! in 2013. In this role, he holds operating responsibilities in AUPEO!.

With more than 20 years experience in the automotive software and services industry, Mr. Taylor has held a variety of automotive engineering leadership positions at Panasonic since 2005. He directed Panasonic’s efforts in automotive radio and navigation platform development along with advanced technology and audio engineering strategies. His diverse background has contributed significantly to the company’s expansion from a regional automotive engineering and technology development concern into a global, diversified organization specializing in automotive solutions.

Mr. Taylor holds an MA in Computer Science from King’s College at the University of Cambridge, England, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, where he earned the coveted Deans Award for Academic Excellence. Originally from England, Taylor resides in Farmington Hills, MI.
Gary Kalk Gary Kalk
President & CEO
Dealer-FX Group
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Dealer-FX Group
Gary Kalk is President & CEO of Dealer-FX Group, Inc. (www.dealer-fx.com), headquartered in Las Vegas and Toronto. Dealer-FX, the most trusted name in automotive customer experience and relationship management, is focused on helping dealer and OEM clients to Drive the Customer Experience by enhancing customer retention, digital and social media strategies. The 1 Solution suite of service tools provides integrated software that delivers a sales to service transition, online scheduling, appointment ledger, seamless DMS integration, in addition to advisor and technician dashboards.

Gary has over 25 years’ experience in the auto industry at the marketing, consulting and retail levels. He has worked with, and been involved in, developing numerous programs for many of the top OEM’s such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Group) , Mazda, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Acura, Suzuki, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Subaru. Gary’s awareness of all aspects of dealership operations (particularly fixed operations), strong understanding of retail marketing systems and processes and his recognition of the importance of “customer experience” have enabled him to be a leader in helping dealers drive customer retention and profits. He has recently had several articles published in Fixed Ops Magazine and was selected to deliver a workshop as part of Digital Dealer Conference Fixed Operations Track. Gary has been asked to make presentations at several Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Group) business center events and is excited about their recent resurgence as an industry leader.
Herb Cunitz Herb Cunitz
President
HortonWorks
Presentation Title: Leveraging Telematics Data in a Connected WorldView Bio
HortonWorks
Herb Cunitz brings 25 years of experience building sales, consulting, training, marketing and operations teams for emerging enterprise software companies. Herb is responsible for global sales, marketing and support activities at Hortonworks. Herb was most recently responsible for global field operations for the vFabric Cloud Application Platform division of VMware and was responsible for global sales of the application run-time and data products/services part of the Cloud Application Platform. Prior to that Herb ran worldwide field operations for SpringSource – an open source software company acquired by VMware in 2009. Herb also spent 10 years at IBM in NY in various positions, including Sales/Marketing Manager for NY and US Marketing Executive for Desktop Operating Systems. Herb has an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in New York.
John MacLeod John MacLeod
CEO
Rivet Radio
Presentation Title: The Car & the Connected SocietyView Bio
Rivet Radio
John MacLeod is an innovative, entrepreneurial leader noted for growing new ventures into market-leading businesses. He has a successful history of starting new businesses utilizing his broad and deep experience spanning technology, media and entertainment. ‚Ä®John’s experience as EVP at NAVTEQ combined with his executive background at both Disney and Sony resulted in the launch of Rivet Radio, the simple and engaging Smart Audio Network for news and information. It’s radio reimagined.
Josh-Switkes Josh Switkes
Founder & CEO
Peloton Technology Inc
Presentation Title: The Future of Connected FleetsView Bio
Peloton
Josh Switkes is CEO of Peloton Technology Inc., dedicated to assisting commercial drivers and fleets to be the safest and most efficient on the road.  He has been working on systems to make driving safer and more efficient for the last 13 years.  After his work at Stanford University on vehicle dynamics and control, Josh developed production control systems for Volkswagen, Audi, and Tula Technology.  He has brought together a world class team of engineers, investors and advisors to bring groundbreaking safety and efficiency to trucking through the application of modern sensing, control and communications.  By augmenting the abilities of human drivers, Peloton is bringing these advanced solutions to today’s trucking operations.
soon Julian Espiritu
Managing Director
Abrams CarSharing Advisors
Presentation Title: Car Sharing: The Toolbox for Shared Fleet ManagementView Bio
Abrams
Julian Espiritu joined Abrams Consulting Group to launch Abrams CarSharing Advisors. Julian managed several major Budget Rent A Car operations prior to joining Zipcar in 2000. He pioneered the concept of CarSharing and developed a business model in the New York metropolitan area and established Zipcar as the largest and most profitable CarSharing operation in the world. Julian assisted in establishing CarSharing as a “LEED” accredited program and played a key role in introducing CarSharing to governments, mass-transit organizations, real estate developers, businesses and educational institutions. Since leaving Zipcar, Julian has developed multiple carsharing operations worldwide comprising tens of thousands of members and thousands of vehicles.
Walter Buga Walter Buga
Founder & CEO
Arynga
Presentation Title: Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Control of the WheelView Bio
Arynga
Dr. Walter J. Buga is a serial entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of high-tech markets, products, and technologies. He is a telecommunications subject matter expert, with over 20 years of experience in both wired and wireless networks and technologies, who has designed large-scale systems that have been deployed throughout the world.

Walter co-founded Proximetry, Inc., in 2005 and served as its Chief Technology Officer. Before co-founding and serving as CTO for Proximetry, in 2005, Walter served as the CTO and Vice President of Engineering at NetStream, where he built a green field facilities based IP/MPLS based network (spanning US West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles), Softswitch based services, and fully functional network operation center in Roseville, CA. Prior to NetStream, Dr. Buga held senior management and leadership positions at Bell Laboratories of AT&T and Lucent Technologies, in Holmdel, New Jersey where he was a key member of strategic and advanced technology initiatives. In addition, he held leadership positions at ITU-T, ANSI, ATM Forum and the International Softswitch Consortium. Dr. Buga holds BS/MSEE and PhD in Technical Sciences from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland
Wolgang Juchmann Wolfgang Juchmann
Director Sales & Marketing
Velodyne LiDAR
Presentation Title: Sensors: Detecting their FutureView Bio
Velodyne
Speaker bio coming soon.
Mark Lynn Mark Lynn
Chief Engineer Active Safety Systems
Delphi
Presentation Title: Sensor Fusion: Autonomous AlchemyView Bio
Delphi
Speaker bio coming soon.
Raj Paul Raj Paul
Vice President, Automotive & Engineering Technologies
Lochbridge
Presentation Title: The Data Exchange: Getting the Balance RightView Bio
Lochbridge
Speaker bio coming soon.
Vishwas Shankar Vishwas Shankar
Program Manager, Global Business Strategy and Innovation
Frost & Sullivan
Presentation Title: The Trends Reshaping Urban MobilityView Bio
Frost & Sullivan
Vishwas Shankar is a Program Manager within Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation practice and with more than 12 years’ work experience. Vishwas has expertise in competitive intelligence and benchmarking, market entry and analysis, business opportunity assessment, as well as products / service price positioning in the area of electric vehicle, microcars, micro mobility, and carsharing. Vishwas has worked extensively on global automaker OEMs new product development, vehicle component strategic sourcing, platform strategies, and lightweighting. Vishwas has a Master of Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
Nick Cohn Nick Cohn
Senior Business Developer
TomTom
Presentation Title: Congestion Relief for Smarter CitiesView Bio
TomTom
Nick Cohn is Senior Traffic Expert at TomTom, advising businesses, governments and policy-makers on new solutions to global traffic congestion problems. One of his missions is to help road authorities and other mobility partners make the transition from traditional traffic management methods to more modern solutions that make use of probe data and traveler connectivity. He was educated at the University of Washington and University of Pennsylvania on Economic Geography and Regional Science and has 25 years of experience in travel behavior and transportation.
Liz Kerton Liz Kerton
Executive Director
Autotech Council
Presentation Title: Better, Faster, Stronger Innovation: The OEM-Startup RelationshipView Bio
Autotech Council
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.
Jonathan Hewett Jonathan Hewett
Group CMO
OCTOPresentation Title: Insurance Telematics: The Data Connection EquationView Bio
OCTO

Jonathan has had a progressive career in the Insurance and Retail Financial Services Sector. He served as the Head of Network Marketing at Barclays Bank before joining Sainsburys Bank to lead the Retail and Distribution functions.

In 2003 he joined Royal Mail and worked as General Manager of Post Office Direct, launching Financial Services and Insurance products. Jonathan gained further experience at Dixons where he was responsible for consumer credit and extended warranty across Europe. Most recently he was Vice President Consumer Marketing at AIG.
Jonathan lives in Surrey, England.

Martin Rosell Martin Rosell
Managing Director
WirelessCarPresentation Title: How Well Connected Are We?View Bio
WirelessCar
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. His career started in software development, then moved into sales and sales management which was followed by general management the last +10 years. Based on his experience, spiced with 2 major successful Service Delivery Solution adventures (Telecommunication and Driverless Vehicle Mgmt), there was an obvious fit as the Managing Director of WirelessCar. Martin has been in this new position since April, 2008, and joined WirelessCar and the Telematics Industry based on three main criteria: 1) A sustainable, industrial and non-competing (with the car OEM segment) owner in the Automotive space to secure a long term commitment 2) Timing = technology driven segments takes 10 years from PPT to reality. WirelessCar was founded 1999! 3) There are no Killer Apps! Customer acceptance and profitability drives the success. The Telematics business case starts with the OEM understanding that this drives customer loyalty which is the base for sustainability and profitability.
Mariel Devesa Mariel Devesa
Head of Product Innovation
Farmers Insurance
Presentation Title: Blurred Lines: The Insurance Piece of the Mobility PuzzleView Bio
Farmers Insurance
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
Chris Ice Chris Ice
VP Product Marketing
Xtime
Presentation Title: Monetizing the Connected CarView Bio
Xtime
Chris Ice, as Vice President of Product Marketing, utilizes his product, industry and technical insights to shape product definition, refine product positioning and messaging and orchestrate go-to-market strategies for the various Xtime product lines. Having joined Xtime in 2008, he has spearheaded several key leadership roles ranging from engineering to product management and, most recently, product solutions. Chris has over 20 years of software and IT experience in such diverse industries as defense and aerospace, industrial automation, transportation and logistics, professional services, networking and automotive. He received his degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Bradley University, and is active in restoration and racing of vintage sports cars, race cars and motorcycles.
Jeffrey Hannah Jeff Hannah
Director North America
SBD
Presentation Title: The Role of the CXO: Creating the Organizational Conditions for SuccessView Bio
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. 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.
Kerri McConnell Kerri McConnell
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Datalight
Presentation Title: Preparing for a Data OnslaughtView Bio
Datalight
Kerri has over two decades of technology marketing and product management experience. Currently Kerri directs Sales & Marketing at Datalight, the leader in software technologies for reliable data storage in embedded devices.

Prior to Datalight, she spent 15 years at Adobe Systems where she was responsible for bringing to market over a dozen award winning products with revenues in excess of $25 million. Known as the "queen of analogies", Kerri excels in translating technical topics into laymen's terms and communicating the business benefit of product features. In addition to her technology experience, Kerri has founded and run her own retail, consulting and service businesses. She also serves on the advisory board of Once Tamed Productions, a resource for independent filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest.

Speaker Image coming soon Russell Hensley
Principal
McKinsey & Company
Presentation Title: From ADAS, to Automated and AutonomousView Bio
McKinsey & Company
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Joseph Kopser Joseph Kopser
Founder & CEO
Ridescout
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Ridescout
Speaker Bio coming soon.
David Miller David Miller
Chief Security Officer
Covisint
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Covisint
David Miller, Covisint’s Chief Security Officer, is an internationally renowned security thought leader recently named by Fortune as an “identity visionary.” He has more than 20 years of experience in identity management and information technology and is responsible for internal and external system architecture security issues.

Miller also directs the identity management offering at Covisint, which currently secures access for automotive, healthcare, energy and government customers. Miller has spoken at numerous conferences in various industries and has also testified before the U.S. Senate regarding e-prescribing of controlled substances (testimony which helped shape new laws). Miller has been with Covisint since its inception, architecting its federation solutions and implementing the first true identity network for the auto industry. A visionary in FIAM, Miller has built Covisint’s INFOSEC organization, developed policies and procedures for information security and helped design secure solutions for product offerings.

Miller has more than 20 years 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, Miller 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.
Andrew Poliak Andrew Poliak
Global Director of Business Development
QNX
Presentation Title: Connectivity & Self-Driving: Necessary or Nice to have?View Bio
QNX
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Derek Kuhn Derek Kuhn
Vice President, Sales
Blackberry Technology Solutions
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
 
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Speaker Image coming soon Eddie Meyersick
VP Telematics
Racowireless
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Racowireless
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Speaker Image coming soon Tom Gregor
VP Product Development
Racowireless
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Racowireless
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Scott Frank Scott Frank
Vice President-Marketing
Airbiquity
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Airbiquity
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Speaker Image coming soon Vijitha Chekuri
Program Director
Lochbridge
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Lochbridge
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Arun Murthy Arun Murthy
Founder
Hortonworks
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Hortonworks
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Pavan Mathew Pavan Mathew
Senior Director of Content Strategy
Nuance
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Nuance
Pavan Mathew is the Senior Director of Content Strategy at Nuance. He is globally responsible for leading business and product strategies for automotive content delivery solutions. Prior to joining Nuance Communications, he was the Global Head of Connected Car at Telefonica and held senior level positions in Engineering, Marketing and Business Development with General Motors and OnStar. He holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering, M.S in Engineering Management and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
Tim Evavold Tim Evavold
Director Connected Car & Dealer Ecosystems
Covisint
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Covisint
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Ajai Vasudevan Ajai Vasudevan
Assistant Vice President & Senior Client Partner, Manufacturing & Logistics
Cognizant
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Cognizant
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Prasad Satyavolu Prasad Satyavolu
Global Head, Innovation
Cognizant
Presentation Title: TBCView Bio
Cognizant
The current functional focus is on connected world – services, products and infrastructure (“the internet of things”); and customer fulfillment (integrated SCM – visibility, planning and execution).

Connected Car & Telematics Services; IoT solutions for the Urban Mobility, SAMRT Cities and Manufacturing form part of this agenda.

Towards this he is also responsible to

  • Channel Cognizant solution investments in client or industry specific business solutions
  • Build the innovation ecosystem for the practice—alliances, partnerships, academia, and government
  • Concept to realization of new ideas for the clients

In his 24+ years of work experience Prasad has held leadership roles in Manufacturing & Logistics in the Industry. Besides the operations & consulting experience, Prasad successfully incubated a startup in IT services & consulting. Prasad has worked extensively across Industry sectors addressing core processes in Product Development, Integrated Supply Chain and Customer Experience management. His experience spans the Industry value chain and is geographically spread across all continents.

Prasad holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra, India. He has also undertaken the General Management Program (MEP) at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.
Richard Wallace Richard Wallace
Director, Transportation Systems Analysis
Center for Automotive Research
Presentation Title: TBCView 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.
Dominique Bonte Dominique Bonte
Vice President, Practice Director
ABI Research Presentation Title: Intermodal Transportation: It’s Not Just About the CarView Bio
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.

Coming Soon Laeticia Jay
Vice President - M2M Solutions & Services
Gemalto
 Presentation Title: The Car & the Connected SocietyView Bio
Gemalto
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Chris Ruff Chris Ruff
CEO and President
UIEvolution
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