The Big Names in Auto-Technology On Stage

Speakers Recently Confirmed

Jim Buczkowski

Jim Buczkowski
Technical Fellow & Director
Ford Motor Company
Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts
Director Global Partnerships
Zipcar
Benedikt Brecht

Benedikt Brecht
Sr. IT Connected Vehicle Engineer
Volkswagen
Tim Philippo

Tim Philippo
Product Strategy & Cross Car Line Manager
Jaguar Land Rover

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
SVP & Group CIO
Volvo Car Group
How the Connected Customer Will Change the Automotive IndustryView 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
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 Stanford The Ethics of Autonomous VehiclesView Bio
Center for Automotive Research Stanford
Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Director of the Revs Program at Stanford.  His laboratory studies how cars move, how humans drive cars and how to design future cars that work cooperatively with the driver or drive themselves.  When not teaching on campus, he can often be found at the racetrack with students, instrumenting historic race cars or trying out their latest prototypes for the future.  Vehicles in the lab include X1, an entirely student-built test vehicle, and Shelley, an Audi TT-S capable of turning a competitive lap time around the track without a human driver.  Professor Gerdes and his team have been recognized with a number of awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Ralph Teetor award from SAE International and the Rudolf Kalman Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Catherine Curtis Catherine Curtis
Director of Vehicle Programs
AAMVA 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 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 Law 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
TomTom Real-Time Maps Transform the Location ExperienceView Bio
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development
Alain is a trailblazer in the world of digital map making. He was the first to create a digital map on a PC in the early 80s, the first to use mobile mapping vans to capture an accurate picture of the real road network and the first to incorporate crowd sourced data to improve map quality.

Alain is the original digital map maker. He headed up Tele Atlas, the global map making company, from 1990 until it was acquired by TomTom in 2008. Alain’s approach to map making paved the way for the modern,

digital maps we have today. He laid the foundation for new, innovative ways to create real-time maps capable of powering the most demanding applications such as autonomous driving in the future.

Alain’s career in the world of map making began almost by accident. While he was a research assistant in Operations Research at the Business School of Gent University, he was given an assignment to look for a more efficient way to distribute newspapers from printers to businesses across the country.

Where most people looked to computing power alone to come up with the solution, Alain took a different approach. He was the first person to build a digital, map-based route planning system that allowed a person to interact with the algorithms through a digital map display.

Alain graduated as an engineer-architect from the University of Gent.
David Strickland David Strickland
Partner
Venable LLP
Legality of Data and the Self-Driving Vehicle ISAC's for Cybersecurity View Bio
Venable
A partner in Venable's Regulatory Group, David Strickland's practice focuses on transportation policy, consumer protection, Internet privacy, data security, and legislative and government affairs.  He has significant federal government and private practice experience.

Most recently, Mr. Strickland served as the fourteenth Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  As the top automotive safety official in the United States, he was responsible for executing the agency's mission to reduce crash-related fatalities and injuries while insuring the highest standards of safety on the nation's roads.  Mr. Strickland oversaw a broad range of vehicle safety and policymaking programs, including setting vehicle safety standards, investigating possible safety defects, and tracking safety-related recalls; annually distributing over $600 million in highway safety grants to states and leading the behavioral safety program; and establishing and enforcing the regulations on fuel economy.  His major accomplishments at NHTSA include overseeing the development of the first national fuel economy programs for both passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, and implementing the vehicle safety and highway safety grant mandates included in the 2012 Highway Reauthorization (MAP-21).  He also issued the first ever ejection mitigation standards for passenger vehicles to help keep passengers from being partially or fully ejected from vehicles during a rollover crash; mandated lap and shoulder belts be installed on all new motorcoaches; launched the nation's largest connected vehicle (V2V) safety pilot program, and issued the first ever automated vehicle policy.  In addition, Mr. Strickland brought national attention to child passenger safety issues and was a leader in the campaigns to fight impaired and distracted driving.

Prior to his appointment to NHTSA, Mr. Strickland spent eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as Democratic Senior Counsel. Through this position he served as lead counsel for the subcommittees overseeing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), NHTSA, and the Department of Commerce.  Mr. Strickland provided legal and legislative advice to Members on a range of issues including insurance, antitrust, consumer protection and fraud prevention, Internet privacy, tourism, consumer product safety and liability, passenger motor vehicle safety and fuel efficiency, and the U.S. Olympic Committee.  His accomplishments during his service in the Senate include serving as the lead Democratic staff drafter and negotiator for the Do-Not-Call Registry in 2003 and the U.S. Safeweb Act in 2006; the highway safety/NHTSA title of the 2005 Highway Reauthorization (SAFETEA-LU); the 2007 passenger vehicle and heavy-duty fuel economy mandates included in EISA; and the 2008 reauthorization of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSIA).  Mr. Strickland also served the Committee as its Democratic investigatory counsel and led the panel's Enron inquiry in 2002; the 2004 Olympics/BALCO steroids investigation; and the Abramoff/Indian Gaming investigation in 2004.

Mr. Strickland began his career as an associate at a Washington, DC-based law firm.  He focused on complex litigation and communications.
Conference Speakers
Dan Teeter Dan Teeter
Director - Vehicle Connected Services
Nissan OEM Announcement: NissanConnect - Service LaunchView Bio
Nissan
Speaker bio coming soon...
Henry Bzeih Henry Bzeih
CTO & Head of Connected Car
Kia Convenience Is King: Putting Consumer Needs First View Bio
Kia
Speaker bio coming soon...
Jim Buczkowski Jim Buczkowski
Technical Fellow & Director
Ford Motor Company
Building the Blueprint for Tomorrow’s Vehicle Software View Bio
Ford
Jim Buczkowski is a Henry Ford Technical Fellow and Director, Electrical and Electronics Systems Research and Innovation. He is responsible for the research and design of electrical and electronic systems including in-car information and entertainment, telematics, driver information, and active safety systems for Ford vehicles globally.

An in-demand speaker with a knack for engaging his audience, Buczkowski has spoken at Intel Labs, Texas Instruments, Cisco and Microsoft and participated as part of Ford Keynotes at CES, IFA and other technology venues. These forums bring together leaders in their field to speak about how technology trends will impact future experiences as well as how successful strategies resonate with customer needs.

To say Jim Buczkowski is an early adopter is an understatement.  He’s always anxious to experience how technology can change our lives and his home is filled with gadgets ranging from Nest thermostats, a 3D home theater, to a web app to control the family swimming pool from a phone or tablet.  He is a subscriber to various Beta test programs including Slingbox and TIVO and experiments with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and satisfies his thirst for continuous learning through hands on software coding and home automation projects.  He says the best way to evaluate technology is hands on.  “It’s easy to envision what technology can do, but I’ve learned that you really don’t understand it until it’s in your hands and you are using it.”   He believes a quick prototype, even if it’s not elegant, demoing the experience is extremely powerful and necessary before one can really decide whether the technology can deliver a valuable consumer experience.

Buczkowski is also passionate about the future of innovation and is dedicated to ensuring students and young professionals are prepared to solve the next generation of transportation dilemmas. He is active in Ford’s sponsorship of research projects at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, MIT and with the opening of Ford’s Silicon Valley Research Lab, hopes to engage with Stanford as well.  Recognizing the need to influence young people to get interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) he provides active support for the SquareOne education network which helps high school and grade school students learn and fosters their interest in Science and Engineering.  Buczkowski also volunteers as a judger for the annual Multiple Sclerosis DaVinci Awards that recognize and honor innovation in assistive and adaptive technologies.

Buczkowski is also active in the Electrical System Group within the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) International’s Motor Vehicle Council, helping to develop standards for current and emerging technologies and act as a bridge to the high tech consumer electronics community.  Also with SAE he both leads and participates in technical sessions at the Convergence Automotive Electronics event held bi-annually.

Buczkowski has been with Ford for 35 years and has experience in electronics design, electronics manufacturing (including manufacturing assignments in Spain as well as the United States), Product Development quality, and manufacturing and supply chain information technology.  He’s been involved or led key projects including Ford SYNC and MyFord Touch connectivity systems, Ford’s Common Global Electrical architecture and early in his career, Ford’s first 16 and 32 bit powertrain controls electronic designs.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

Buczkowski lives in Troy with his wife and their two daughters. He enjoys playing basketball, bicycling and volleyball with his daughters, home automation, and home video.
James Keller James Keller
Chief Engineer/Senior Manager
Honda R&D North America Connectivity & Self-Driving: Necessary or Nice to Have?View Bio
Honda R&D North America
Jim R. Keller is a Senior Manager and Chief Engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA), overseeing the Automobile Technology Research Division.  

Keller joined Honda in 1990 as a vehicle safety engineer and launched the Safety & Crashworthiness Development group at the HRA Ohio Center. 

Early in his career with Honda, Keller led the safety development of the ‘93 Honda Civic Coupe and ‘94 Accord Wagon, and the ‘97 Acura CL.  In 1997 he transferred to Honda R&D Co., Ltd., in Tochigi, Japan for a two-year assignment.  Upon his return to the U.S. in 1999, Keller helped established a new HRA research office in Detroit, Michigan.

Keller is a Director on SAE International’s Board and past chair of the Motor Vehicle Council.  He also serves as Chairman of the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and is a Board Member of the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Consortium (VIIC).

Currently, the bulk of Honda’s North American connected vehicle research activity, through partnerships such as the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) and VIIC, has been centered in the HRA Detroit office. 

Keller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University.
Bret Scott Bret Scott
Head of Silicon Valley Future Technologies
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Better, Faster, Stronger Innovation: The OEM-Startup RelationshipView Bio
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Speaker bio coming soon...
Mike Tinskey Mike Tinskey
Global Director, Vehicle Electrification & Infrastructure
Ford
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.
Bryan Reimer Bryan Reimer
Research Scientist
MIT/ MIT AgeLab 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.
Priyantha Mudalige Priyantha Mudalige
Staff Researcher - GM's Autonomous Driving Expert
General Motors Sensor Fusion: Autonomous Alchemy View Bio
General Motors
Speaker bio coming soon...
Gary Strumolo Gary Strumolo
Manager, Vehicle Design and Infotronics, R&A
Ford Motor Company Infotainment & Perfecting User Experience View Bio
Ford Motor Company
Speaker bio coming soon...
Sylvano Carrasco Sylvano Carrasco
Vice-President of Hardware and Telematics
Getaround 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&D 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 Motors Infotainment & Perfecting User ExperienceView Bio
General Motors
Speaker bio coming soon.
Ken Laberteaux Ken Laberteaux
Senior Principal Research Scientist, Future Mobility Research
Toyota Research Institute North America
Why Partial Automation Isn't What You Think it IsView Bio
Toyota
In his twenty-two years in the automotive and telecommunication industries, Ken has produced twenty-five scholarly publication and sixteen patents. Ken's current research focus is sustainable mobility systems and US urbanization and transportation patterns. Earlier in his time at Toyota, Ken worked on advanced safety systems, leveraging synergies in communication, sensing, and computation. Credited with coining the term VANET, Ken was a founder and two-year (2004, 2005) General Co-Chair of the Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANET) workshop. Ken earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Eric Wingfield Eric Wingfield
Mobility Strategist
Ford
10 Visions for Mobility in 2020View Bio
Ford
Eric Wingfield is a Mobility Strategist on the Mobility Solutions team at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan. In his role, he develops strategic solutions based on urban trends and innovative business models impacting the automotive industry.  This includes consideration of  the future impact of transportation infrastructure, information technology, and mobility on social and environmental sustainability.

Prior to joining Ford, Eric studied biofuels infrastructure, developing simulations to learn more about the potential impacts of biofuels on food availability, transport demand and ecology. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. Eric also holds a Master's of Science in Natural Resource, Policy and Behavior, and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Kate Roberts Kate Roberts
Director of Global Partnerships
Zipcar
Car Sharing: The Toolbox for Shared Fleet Management [PANEL]View Bio
zipcar
Speaker bio coming soon.
Toshiro Muramatsu Toshiro Muramatsu
Director, Vehicle Information Technology Division Silicon Valley
Nissan
The Car & the Connected Society [PANEL] 10 Visions for Mobility in 2020View Bio
Nissan
Speaker bio coming soon.
Bryan Biniak Bryan Biniak
VP & General Manager
Microsoft Transforming In-Car Entertainment (with Dragons)The Data Exchange: Getting the Balance RightView Bio
Microsoft

Speaker Bio coming soon.

Jim Mainard Jim Mainard
VP & Head of Digital Strategy & New Business Development
Dreamworks Animation Transforming In-Car Entertainment (with Dragons)View Bio
Dreamworks Animation

Speaker Bio coming soon.

Andrew Hart Andrew Hart
Head of Advanced Research
SBD 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 Group UBI: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Adoption? View Bio
Strategy Analytics
Speaker bio coming soon...
Catherine McCullough Catherine McCullough
Executive Director
Intelligent Car Coalition Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Control of the Wheel 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.
Michael Deitz Michael Deitz
Sr. Group Manager, Connected Car and Owner Marketing
Hyundai Motor America
Monetizing the Connected Car View Bio
Hyundai
Speaker Bio Coming Soon.
Roger Lanctot Roger Lanctot
Associate Director
Strategy Analytics
Monetizing the Connected Car View Bio
Strategy Analytics
Speaker Bio Coming Soon.
Tim Philippo Tim Philippo
Product Strategy & Cross Car Line Manager
Jaguar Land Rover
Infotainment & Perfecting User Experience View Bio
JLR

Tim Philippo currently manages cross-carline product functions – including powertrain, connected car and driver assistance systems – for Jaguar Land Rover North America, a role that has him overseeing strategy and implementation for all items that touch across JLR’s multiple model lines.  He has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in the automotive industry, from engineering roles at Ford Motor Company to marketing positions at Ferrari and Maserati, including re-launching the storied Maserati brand in the US.

  Prior to the cross-carline role in JLR NA, Tim was the product manager for sports cars where he helped define, create and deliver the Jaguar F-TYPE.  Tim holds master’s degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (ME from Binghamton University) and business (MBA from NYU Stern).  When not behind the wheel of a Jaguar or Land Rover product – usually one with 500 horsepower or more – you’ll find him at his home in New York City.  

Robert Gee Robert Gee
Head of Product Management, Software and Connected Solutions
Continental
Build Relationships, Curate ExperiencesView Bio
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Robert Gee is Head of Product Management, Software and Connected Solutions within the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit in North America, a position he has held since September 2013. In this role, Mr. Gee collaborates with customers to enable safe transportation, sustainable resource usage, and consumer information needs. He is responsible for software licensing, business consulting services, and strategy for cloud-based products worldwide.

Spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Gee’s experience at IBM, Motorola, and other companies includes satellite mission control centers, military communications and safety systems, commercial communications networks, profitably enabling SEI CMM Level 5 processes, contract management, subcontract management, and engineering on over 80 commercial and government products.

Mr. Gee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University. He has 13 issued patents and additional patents pending.

Mr. Gee’s experience extends to the news and entertainment industry, in which he is a national television Emmy Award recipient for his work as a producer for CNN.
Benedikt Brecht Benedikt Brecht
Sr. IT Connected Vehicle Engineer
Volkswagen
Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Control of the Wheel View Bio
Volkswagen
Benedikt Brecht started his career in the automotive industry at Volkswagen in 2010. He worked in projects of Volkswagen AG Group Research before moving to Product Development. Since 2013 he has been working for Group IT as program manager within Volkswagen’s Connected Car Program. He was recently assigned to work in the US as a Senior IT Connected Vehicle Engineer in the department of Safety Affairs and Vehicle Testing on Vehicle-to-X (V2X) topics. Today, Brecht is a principal investigator of the US Department of Transportation-funded Crash Avoidance Metrics Partners (CAMP) Program.

Benedikt Brecht holds degrees in IT systems engineering and computer science from Hasso Plattner Institute and University of Potsdam, Germany.

Chris Thomas Chris Thomas
Founder & Partner
Fontinalis Partners
10 Visions for 2020View Bio
Fontinalis
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.
soon Jason Bartley
Solution Manager
WirelessCar
Build Relationships, Curate ExperiencesView Bio
WirelessCar
Speaker bio coming soon.
Jim Robnett Jim Robnett
Vice President - Business Development
NNG LLC
The Real Killer App: A Fantastic User Experience View Bio
NNG
Since 2014, Jim has worked as Vice President for Business Development at NNG. He is responsible for shaping the company’s consulting function in the global automotive industry.

Jim has over 20 years of experience in leading teams within several automotive and technology companies. He is a proven executive and technology leader with expertise in business unit leadership, as well as management, sales, marketing, business development, strategic planning, product development, and product management.

His professional responsibilities are presently focused on business development and marketing. During his career, Jim has had a strong track record of driving product innovation, efficiencies, and revenue across various markets, verticals, and channels. Before joining NNG Jim worked at Chrysler Group LLC as Director of Chrysler Uconnect Systems. Before that he was Vice President of Automotive Sales at Nokia. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he later earned his MBA.
Armin Fendrich Armin Fendrich
Vice President Sales Automotive OEM
NNG LLC
Connectivity & Self-Driving: Necessary or Nice to Have? [PANEL]View Bio
NNG
Armin joined global automotive navigation provider NNG LLC in mid 2014 as Vice President Sales in the Automotive-OEM Business Unit. He is responsible for building the company's automotive business, directing the activities of its global sales team, and helping define its market strategies.

Armin came to NNG from AUPEO! GmbH – a Panasonic company and leading technology platform and service provider for audio content streaming. As Vice President of Sales, he was responsible for commercial activities on a global scale and his main task was to transform the company's business model from a predominantly consumer-based service to a B2B connected services platform.

Armin has also gained relevant experience in software sales, business development, and the navigation industry in various senior roles throughout his career. He acted as Sales and Commercial Director at deCarta, a leading white-label provider of geospatial software platforms, where he was responsible for the B2B sales activities in the EMEA region. As Director of PND Sales at Nokia gate 5, he managed the company's OEM software license business, covering the EMEA region and handling all customer relationships at the senior and executive level. He spent 6 years at Compaq Computer EMEA where he held numerous high-ranking positions, from Product Manager to Director of Product Marketing.
Steven Fernandes Steven Fernandes
Assistant Director, Product Development
The Hartford
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
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.
Bryan Mistele Bryan Mistele
CEO
INRIX
Are We There Yet? Driving Intelligence in the Connected CarView Bio
INRIX
Bryan Mistele is the co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of INRIX, a leading provider of real-time traffic information, connected car services and analytics worldwide. INRIX is at the forefront of connecting cars to smarter cities and serves more than 350 blue-chip customers in more than 40 countries around the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion.

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 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, as a member of the United States Department of Transportation’s ITS Advisory Committee, and as a board member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Bryan currently serves on the board of the Discovery Institute, a leading think-tank in the Pacific Northwest. Bryan holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
soon Suresh Ghelani
Sr. Sales Engineer
Airbiquity
Rough Road Ahead on the Connected Car HighwayView Bio
Airbiquity

Suresh Ghelani has over 14 years of experience in the automotive, infotainment, and connectivity/telematics industry. Suresh joined Airbiquity in January 2012 as a Senior Sales Engineer within business development and sales organization with responsibilities of technical sales, new business development, and account management. Suresh was recently promoted to Director of Sales position in 2014. Prior to Airbiquity, he served as a staff engineer at Panasonic Automotive Systems where he led connectivity strategy for a global infotainment platform. Before that, he served as an applications engineering manager at Parrot and supported business development, sales and marketing of automotive connectivity technologies. He also led the launch of automotive mobile connectivity applications in North America. Before 2000, he served as a lead digital signal processing (DSP) engineer at Visteon where he led a team of engineers to designed and developed various DSP technologies for premium audio and speech applications.

David Taylor David Taylor
CEO
Aupeo!
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
Create Satisfaction from the Connected Service DepartmentView 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 s 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
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
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. 
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 Source for news and information. It's radio reimagined.
Josh-Switkes Josh Switkes
Founder & CEO
Peloton Technology Inc
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
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
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
Sensors: Detecting their FutureView Bio
Velodyne
Speaker bio coming soon.
Andrew Burt Andrew Burt
Vice President - Image Sensor Business Unit, System LSI Group
Toshiba America
Sensors: Detecting their FutureView Bio
Toshiba America
Speaker bio coming soon.
Mark Lynn Mark Lynn
Chief Engineer Active Safety Systems
Delphi
Sensor Fusion: Autonomous AlchemyView Bio
Delphi
Speaker bio coming soon.
Raj Paul Raj Paul
Vice President, Automotive & Engineering Technologies
Lochbridge
The Data Exchange: Getting the Balance RightView Bio
Lochbridge
Raj Paul is the Vice President of Automotive and Emerging Technologies at Lochbridge. Raj provides the strategic leadership for the advancement of Lochbridge’s solution offerings and technical competencies. Raj is responsible for the planning and development of Lochbridge’s intellectual property. Working with clients, Raj helps define the technology roadmaps that deliver to our customers’ business goals while also overseeing the execution of the solutions that we offer.

In his role, Raj has driven the evolution of vehicle connectivity – creating the in-vehicle innovations and enterprise infrastructure to connect owners and OEMs with their vehicles and with each other. Through his efforts in telematics, mobile and infotainment, Raj has helped create new automotive experiences, new ways of connecting with customers and platforms that fuel intelligence and analytics. With nearly 20 years of experience in automotive connectivity, Raj has helped OEMs connect over 25 million vehicles and handle nearly one billion IoT transactions.

Prior to joining Lochbridge in 2002, Raj was a Senior Technical Architect at ObjectSpace, Inc. engaged in telecommunications related projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Madras, India and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Vishwas Shankar Vishwas Shankar
Program Manager, Global Business Strategy and Innovation
Frost & Sullivan
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
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
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
OCTO 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
WirelessCar 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
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
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
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
Data Transforms the Automotive IndustryView 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
From ADAS, to Automated and AutonomousView Bio
McKinsey & Company
Russell Hensley is an Expert Principal in the Automotive and Assembly Practice of McKinsey & Company, based in the Detroit office.  He is a 22-year veteran of the automotive industry and has worked exclusively on projects with automotive manufacturers, suppliers, investors and high tech companies.  Some of his recent project experiences include serving a global automotive manufacturer on series of initiatives; serving a global automotive supplier on the development of  business unit strategy and operational initiatives; serving a global OEM on the development of global emissions and fuel economy strategy; and serving a potential new market entrant on global strategy for development of low speed electric vehicle strategy. Prior to joining the Firm, Russell worked for Ricardo Consulting Engineers, leading their Vehicle Engineering Operations in North America and with a global OEM in product development launching multiple vehicle programs in Europe, North America and Asia.  Russell has an MBA (with distinction) from The University of Michigan and BEng Mechanical Engineering from Leeds University, England.
David Miller David Miller
Chief Security Officer
Covisint
Billions of Connected Things: Ingredients for InteroperabilityView 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
Connectivity & Self-Driving: Necessary or Nice to have? Building a Secure Vehicle Architecture View Bio
QNX
As global director of business development at QNX Software Systems, Andrew Poliak is responsible for building, developing, and maintaining relationships in all of the company’s key markets, including automotive, medical, industrial, and networking.

Automakers, tier one automotive suppliers, and automotive industry analysts all recognize Mr. Poliak as an automotive thought leader. He is a founding member of multiple consortia, speaks frequently at automotive telematics events, and advises analysts on trends and issues in the automotive market. He holds patents for a framework that consolidates access to multimedia devices, and for social in-vehicle navigation via images encoded with location data. He also helped define and launch the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, which significantly reduces the upfront engineering needed to develop connected in-vehicle systems.

Mr. Poliak holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Washington.
Pat Verrington Pat Verrington
Director Integrated Services
KORE Wireless
The Aftermarket: Not Native? Not a Problem Preparing the Car for Tomorrow's Tech, Today! View Bio
KORE
As Director, Integrated Services, Mr. Verrington is responsible for managing and growing KORE’s subscription management and call center business applications which support the Audi Connect service today. In his 8 years with KORE, Mr. Verrington has established a strong track record of driving new initiatives for KORE including the introduction of high usage application solutions, promotion and delivery of the KORE M2M platform to MNO’s and MVNO’s worldwide and the launch and growth of the KORE CDMA service portfolio. Mr. Verrington has over 10 years experience in M2M/wireless data applications and a strong foundation in product/service management, business development, sales management and customer support. Mr. Verrington also has more than 25 years experience in wireless data, digital cellular networks, value-added services and communications devices and graduated cum laude from Georgia State University with Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems.
Scott Frank Scott Frank
Vice President-Marketing
Airbiquity
Giving Dealers a Hand View Bio
Airbiquity
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Vijitha Chekuri Vijitha Chekuri
Program Director
Lochbridge
Sensor Fusion: Autonomous Alchemy [PANEL]View Bio
Lochbridge
Vijitha is responsible for delivery and operations of accounts focused on telematics, infotainment, Internet of Things (IOT) and more. She is primarily responsible for the Global Connected Consumer Account at General Motors.

Prior to joining Compuware in 2008, Vijitha served as the Engineering Program manager for GE Transportation and was the Electrical Program Management team leader for Ford Motor Company. While at Ford, Vijitha was responsible for managing the development, delivery and operations of electrical/electronic systems for various new model and current model vehicles. She is a graduate of the two-year Ford College Graduate Program that provided a holistic study of the automotive OEM business. She holds a Master's in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor's in Electronics & Communications Engineering.
Suresh Srinivas Suresh Srinivas
Founder
Hortonworks
Data Transforms the Automotive Industry [PANEL]View Bio
Hortonworks
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Pavan Mathew Pavan Mathew
Senior Director of Content Strategy
Nuance
Infotainment & Perfecting User Experience [PANEL]View 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
Giving Dealers a HandView Bio
Covisint
Speaker Bio coming soon.
Ajai Vasudevan Ajai Vasudevan
Assistant Vice President & Senior Client Partner, Manufacturing & Logistics
Cognizant
The Car & the Connected Society [PANEL]View Bio
Cognizant

Ajai is a senior business leaders in Cognizant’s Manufacturing & Logistics practice. He focuses his energies on building profitable long-term client relationships, presenting thought leadership at leading industry forums, and developing and growing people. Ajai currently manages the Southern US P&L for Cognizant’s Manufacturing and Logistics Practice. Ajai advises senior client management in the manufacturing & logistics segments to help develop executable go-to-market strategies, optimize operational effectiveness & efficiency, and deliver strategic technology implementation solutions

Ajai has 18 years of experience as a consultant, engagement lead or development executive for companies in the manufacturing & logistics industries, including: automotive majors, industrial manufacturing clients and transportation & logistics clients. Ajai has sold and successfully delivered over 150 client service engagements, and has a successful track record of advising clients on optimizing value from their large-scale technology investments. Ajai has authored several articles on topics such as Automotive Retail Strategies, Managing Warranty Costs and Flexible Manufacturing, and has been an invited speaker at several conferences & events.

Ajai holds a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan,  a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, and a B.E in Mechanical Engineering from Mangalore University, India

Prasad Satyavolu Prasad Satyavolu
Global Head, Innovation
Cognizant
Data & the Automotive Sphere of MonetizationView 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
Connectivity & Self-Driving: Necessary or Nice to Have? [PANEL]View 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  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.

Laeticia Jay Laeticia Jay
Vice President - M2M Solutions & Services
Gemalto
  Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Control of the WheelView Bio
Gemalto
Laetitia Jay is the Vice President of M2M Solutions and Services for Gemalto.  In this role, she leverages her versatility and rich industry and institutional knowledge to drive strategy for Gemalto M2M solutions, services and platforms including M2M Modules and MIMs, the SensorLogic Applications Enablement Platform, Security Consulting Services and a variety of software solutions. Her 18-year career at Gemalto has spanned product design and engineering, quality assurance, strategic portfolio development, business strategy, international marketing and management.  With her vision and leadership, Gemalto is helping to simplify M2M technology and accelerate the expanding Internet of Things.
Chris Ruff Chris Ruff
CEO and President
UIEvolution
Build Relationships, Curate Experiences [PANEL] View Bio
UIEvolution
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.
Praveen Chandrasekar Praveen Chandrasekar
Automotive Market Analyst
Frost & Sullivan

Infotainment & Perfecting User Experience View Bio
Frost & Sullivan
Research Manager based in Frost & Sullivan's Michigan office heading global research and consulting in the infotainment and telematics space.

Over 10 years of experience in supporting automotive companies at a global scale advising on their infotainment product development strategy.
Dave McNamara Dave McNamara
President
McNamara Technology Solutions LLC HMI And Keeping The Driver As Involved As Required View Bio
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.
Sam Abuelsamid Sam Abuelsamid
Senior Research Analyst
Navigant Research
Sensor Fusion: Autonomous Alchemy [PANEL] View Bio
Navigant Research
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.
Sam Abuelsamid Thomas Nigg
Senior Director Product Strategy Positioning
U-Blox
Sensor Fusion: Autonomous Alchemy [PANEL] View Bio
U-Blox
Thomas Nigg has served 15 years at u-blox, 6 years as Manager of Technical Support, and 9 years as Senior Direct Product Strategy. During this time, he has built up considerable knowledge and led a team of specialists in the areas of embedded satellite positioning receivers and cellular modems used for automotive, industrial and consumer applications.
Stefan Gudmundsson Stefan Gudmundsson
Principal, Automotive Market Development
U-Blox
The Autonomous Car is Hyper-Connected View Bio
U-Blox
Stefan Gudmundsson is leading the global market development of the automotive cellular communications portfolio at u-blox, a Swiss leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors and modules.

Mr. Gudmundsson joined u-blox in 2014 with a career spanning over 20 years of executive business development, product line management and R&D / product / technology development in the field of the connected car, vehicle telematics, infotainment, ITS, IoT, and fleet & logistics management in combination with exceptional project, operations and product management results within multinational high-growth enterprises including Hyundai, Telit, Sony Ericsson, and Volvo.

He holds a master of science in computer science & engineering (CS & E) from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Andreas A. Erwig Andreas A. Erwig
Vice President Business Development and Business Operations, Traffic and Travel Information Product Unit
TomTom
Data Transforms The Automotive Industry View Bio
TomTom
Andreas Erwig is Vice President of Business Development and Business Operations for TomTom’s Traffic Product Unit. In this role, Erwig is responsible for all traffic related business opportunities with customers in the automotive, wireless, location based services, government, GIS segments. Andreas Erwig joined TomTom in January of 2012; for the first two years of his tenure with TomTom, Erwig was responsible for outlining the roadmap, defining the product and running program management for the Traffic Product Unit.

Previously, Erwig spent five years as the Director of Traffic for Europe at Navteq and three and a half years as the Director of Marketing for Destinator Technologies. Erwig holds a degree from the Helmut Schmidt Universität in Hamburg, Germany.
Coming Soon Phil Magney
Principal Analyst – Automotive
Vision Systems Intelligence, LLC.
Sensors: Detecting Their Future View Bio
Vision
Speaker Bio Coming Soon.
Bill Cooke Bill Cooke
Product Manager
Laird Technologies
The Future of Connected Fleets [PANEL] View Bio
Laird
Bill Cooke is the Product Manager for Laird’s Telematics and M2M group. He joined Laird in 2013 and has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry in functional areas such as engineering, sales, program management and manufacturing. Prior to joining Laird, Bill worked for Remy International, Visteon, Ford and General Electric.

Bill graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing systems from Stanford University.  He currently resides in Clarkston, Michigan and his hobbies include hiking, biking, photography and urban exploration.
Wade Hubbard Wade Hubbard
VP Fixed Operations
Group 1 Automotive Inc.
Monetizing the Connected Car View Bio
Group1
Speaker Bio Coming Soon.
Kevin Moore Kevin Moore
Vice President, Global OEM Sales
Telogis
Mobility - Connecting the Mobile Worker to the Mission of the Company View Bio
Telogis
Kevin combines more than 15 years of transportation and logistics leadership experience with 20 years of applying the use of technology to improve supply chain efficiency, business operations and mobile resource management. Kevin’s background in technology includes the application of mobile computing technologies, transportation and supply chain management software and cloud computing technologies.  Prior to joining Telogis, Kevin led Intermec Technologies’ Industry Solutions groups.

Since joining Telogis in 2009, Kevin has focused on leading Telogis' efforts with OEM truck and automotive manufacturers, providing them with an innovative, leading-edge connected intelligence platform. Telogis is dedicated to enhancing the value of its customers’ businesses through intelligent integration of connectivity, vehicle data and location-based services. Today the Telogis platform supports light duty, mid- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles along with passenger vehicles and heavy equipment giving manufacturers the ability to offer advanced solutions to every mobile enterprise.
Paolo Santi Paolo Santi
Research Scientist
MIT Senseable City Lab
10 Visions for Mobility in 2020 View Bio
MIT
Paolo Santi is a Research Scientist at MIT Senseable City Lab where he leads the MIT-Fraunhofer Ambient Mobility initiative, and he is a Senior Researcher at the Istituto di Informatica e Telematica del CNR. His research interest is in the modeling and analysis of complex systems ranging from wireless multi hop networks to sensor and vehicular networks and, more recently, smart mobility and intelligent transportation systems. In these fields, he has contributed more than 100 scientific papers and two books. Dr Santi has recently been recognized as Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery.
Devin Liddell Devin Liddell
Principal Brand Strategist
TEAGUE
10 Visions for Mobility in 2020 View Bio
Teague
Devin leads TEAGUE's brand strategy practice, working collaboratively with clients such as Allianz, Boeing, Intel, JW Marriott, Microsoft, Starbucks, and ZTE to create insight-driven brand strategies and consumer experiences. With more than a decade of experience in brand strategy and design, Devin has worked across a broad spectrum of industries: aerospace, higher education, software/technology, food and beverage, and retail; some of his past clients include Amazon, GE, Nordstrom, Seattle Symphony, and Viacom. He’s a frequent contributor to Fast Company, and he teaches regularly at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.
Jim Levendusky Jim Levendusky
Vice President, Telematics
Verisk Insurance Solutions
Blurred Lines: The Insurance Piece of the Mobility Puzzle [PANEL] View Bio
Verisk
Speaker Bio Coming Soon.
Roger Dewey Roger Dewey
Consultant
M2MV
The Aftermarket: Not Native? Not a Problem View Bio
m2mv
An internationally recognized industry leader in the emerging growth areas of the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, Roger Dewey is the founder of, and Senior Consultant at M2MV, a consulting firm which provides services to clients enabling them to take advantage of the rapidly growing business opportunities presented by M2M and IoT.

In February of 2012, he co-found Device Cloud Networks (DCN) LLC, a company delivering next-generation services that support the growing demand for connected devices Worldwide. At the time of the company’s launch, Dewey’s responsibility included developing DCN’s offering, strategy, and business plan.

In 2010, Mr. Dewey founded Able Device, a software company that enables SIM based IoT & M2M applications.

Previous to founding M2MV, from May 2006 to September 2008, Roger held the position of President and CEO of Telit Americas. He launched and led Telit Wireless Solutions’ entry into the Americas M2M marketplace, focusing the company’s efforts on the telematics, fleet management, and automatic meter reading industry sectors. He established legal and operational entities in the United States and Brazil, along with extensive channel development throughout the region. For his efforts, Dewey was recognized for the second time as an Industry Pioneer by M2M Magazine (since renamed Connected World) in the spring of 2008.

From October 2001 until April 2006, Dewey held various executive positions at Sony Ericsson’s M2M Com Business Unit (BU), including Vice President of the Americas, and Vice President of Global Business and Product Strategy. He was the key strategist in Sony Ericsson’s divestiture of the business unit resulting in a successful acquisition by Wavecom, S.A. in April of 2006. During his tenure at Sony Ericsson, Roger Dewey was honored with the prestigious Telematics Leadership Award presented by Telematics Update Magazine in May of 2005, as well as being recognized for his achievements as an Industry Pioneer by M2M Magazine (since renamed Connected World) for the inaugural award in the spring of 2004.

Previous to his roles at Sony Ericsson, Dewey was located in Stockholm, Sweden, holding the position of Vice President & General Manager, Marketing & Sales for Ericsson’s Mobile Internet Applications Business Unit. While at Ericsson, he had global marketing and sales responsibility for all Ericsson Mobile Internet applications and infrastructure platforms.
Ted Serbinski Ted Serbinski
Managing Director
Techstars Mobility
The Start-Ups with Big Ideas for Redefining Mobility View Bio
Techstars Mobility
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.
Marco Javornik Marco Javornik
VP/GM Automotive
Comtrade10 Visions for Mobility in 2020 View Bio
Comtrade
Marko Javornik is an expert in software technology innovation and digital transformation. With more than 20 years of experience, he has led large scale software technology projects developing global business solutions in various industry verticals, including financial services, energy management and automotive. Marko is an enthusiastic believer in forming strong partnerships based on the principles of Open Innovation. Currently, he holds the position of VP/GM Automotive at Comtrade, one of the largest IT companies in South East Europe. Marko’s area of focus is on reinventing auto mobility by bringing advanced back-end technology to the market to enable new concepts of Mobility as a Service, such as car sharing, ride sharing and shuttle services. He has published several though provoking articles on how the automotive industry will be disrupted with significant changes in the business models and user experience.
Bill Hampton Bill Hampton
Publisher
Auto Beat Group
The Car & the Connected Society [PANEL] View Bio
Auto Beat Group
Hampton has covered the global auto industry from Detroit since 1971. He spent 13 years at Business Week where, as Detroit bureau chief, he wrote 17 cover stories about the industry. He has owned his own publishing company, the AutoBeat Group, since 1993.

Hampton currently produces four online newsletters—AutoBeat Daily, AutoBeat Europe, AutoBeat Asia and AutoTech Daily—that report on the business side of the auto industry for 150,000 automotive executive subscribers worldwide. Last year he launched the Advanced Mobility Project, a public-access Web site about trends in personal mobility. In January, the AutoBeat Group was acquired by Gardner Business Media Inc. in Cincinnati.
Moritz Grotthuss Moritz Grotthuss
CEO
gestigon
Better, Faster, Stronger Innovation: The OEM-Startup Relationship View Bio
gestigon
Moritz (45y old, married, children) is founder and CEO of gestigon. His tech career started in the early 80ies with a Sinclair ZX81. He continued to code during his teenage years, was always interested in tech and somehow ‘nerdy’ but decided to study law to be able to pursue ‘a proper career’. After some years in legal, sales, general management as well as consultancy at the Allianz, Clifford Chance, Ericsson and the Innoveas Group, Moritz followed his heart, returned to the tech-start-up-world and joined gestigon as founder & CEO in 2012. At gestigon he is, next to his overall responsibility of the company, focusing on business development, sales and the commercial stuff.

gestigon is, today, market leader in software solutions for skeleton tracking and gesture control in automotive/interior. Several of the leading automotive OEMs and Tier-Ones demoed with gestigon software at shows like the CES and the CEBIT. Additionally, gestigon addresses the markets consumer electronics, mobile devices and AR/wearables. The HQ of gestigon is in Lübeck/Germany, plus the company has an busdev office in Sunnyvale/CA.
Koichiro Kanda Koichiro Kanda
Managing Director
Alpine Technology Fund
Better, Faster, Stronger Innovation: The OEM-Startup Relationship View Bio
Alpine Technology Fund
Koichiro Kanda is a seasoned veteran with 20+ years of experience in the Technology industry with executive level management experience, running organizations or serving as a Country Manager with P&L responsibilities for ACCESS. He is an expert of Global Business Development with a track record of licensing and maintaining relationships with large mobile carriers and handset manufacturers while exceeding annual Sales budgets of $100M+. He also has raised funding for startups and is currently the Managing Director for Alpine Technology Fund, an Alpine Electronics investment fund.
Dirk Reimer Dirk Reimer
VP Global Marketing & Sales
Telit Automotive Solutions
Connectivity & Self-Driving: Necessary or Nice to Have? [PANEL] View Bio
Telit
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.
Corey Clothier Corey Clothier
CEO
Comet Robotics
Projects and Use Cases for Autonomous Vehicles View Bio
Comet Robotics
Corey Clothier is the Founder of COMET, a leading global strategic consultancy focused on safe automated vehicle deployment and market development.

Corey co-developed the US Army program, ARIBO (Autonomous Robotics for Installation and Base Operations), which was a featured Smart America Challenge project and has now expanded to the White House supported Global Cities Challenge. Largely due to Mr. Clothier’s leadership, ARIBO has become an internationally significant collaborative strategy with U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy and Transportation working together to accelerate the self-­‐driving market development.

Corey has now joined Local Motors to continue the quest to bring automated vehicles to market.
Chris H. Gardner Chris Gardner
Vice President
Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association
The Aftermarket: Not Native? Not a Problem View Bio
Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association
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 on various automotive materials and processes.

He has been with the MEMA organization and has managed the AASA Technology Council for 17 years.

Gardner has a B.S. degree from North Carolina State University.
Eric Wood Eric Wood
Head of UX for Automotive
Telenav
HMI And Keeping The Driver As Involved As Required View Bio
Telenav
Eric directs User Experience and Design for Telenav’s automotive products, guiding the company’s product design for emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles. 

A serial entrepreneur and inventor, Eric has co-founded three startups and holds 11 patents.  He started his career in the entertainment industry, creating digital content for bands like U2 and companies like Maverick Records and Paramount Pictures. Since then, he’s directed interactive work for global brands like Nestlé, Microsoft, Nissan, and Mattel. 
soon Darin Clark
Director of Sales
Sensory
HMI And Keeping The Driver As Involved As Required View Bio
Sensory
Speaker Bio Coming Soon.
Andreas Mai Andreas Mai
Director, Product Management, Smart Connected Vehicles
Cisco
Billions of Connected Things: Ingredients for Interoperability Congestion Relief for Smarter Cities View Bio
Cisco

Andreas Mai is an industry expert in business and technology architectures for Connected Vehicles for automotive and insurance companies, service providers, and governments and is frequently asked to speak at conferences worldwide.

During his career, Mai has advised automotive OEMs and suppliers, industrial equipment and aerospace suppliers, and private equity investors in North America and Europe.

He has conducted and published a number of studies, most recently at ITS and SAE World Congresses, including "Internet of Cars: A Business Case", “Global Product Development—Innovation Never Sleeps,” “Enter the Dragon—Lessons Learned in China Sourcing,”  and “The Odyssey of the Auto Industry—Suppliers’ Changing Manufacturing Footprint.”

Mai holds a Diplom-Kaufmann in European Business from the universities of Osnabrück, Germany; ESTE Universidad de Deusto, Spain; and Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

He serves on multiple task forces of the World Economic Forum, the board of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, The Connected Car Council and Cohda Wireless.

Doug Moeller Doug Moeller
Co-Founder & CTO
Autonet Mobile
Over The Air Software Updates: Deployment Strategies View Bio
Autonet
Doug Moeller co-founded Autonet Mobile as the first Internet Service Provider for cars. Mr. Moeller invented Autonet Mobile's proprietary TRU Technology® that provides the most reliable and secure IP based connectivity to vehicles. Under Mr. Moeller's leadership, Autonet Mobile has developed an end-to-end IP telematics solution for vehicles that provides TCU's, End User Applications, Management Systems, Customer Service, Billing systems and OEM focused applications. The Autonet Mobile Solution is offered by numerous OEM's such as Chrysler, Maserati, GM, Subaru and Mercedes.

Mr. Moeller holds numerous patents in the networking field and is currently focused on developing new technology for the Connected Car market with a focus on security, driver interaction/wearables, Over-The-Air updates and Autonomic networking for vehicles.

Prior to Autonet Mobile, Mr. Moeller has had a successful career as the Leader of Nortel’s Innovation Lab, which he founded after the Bay Networks acquisition and prior Wellfleet/Synoptics merger. His focus has always to pursue new technologies and to figure out ways to make them more accessible and useful in the "real world". He led standards bodies efforts and interoperability programs for technologies such as VoIP, IP Multicast, IPv6, Mesh networking and IP QoS. Mr. Moeller also served as the VP of Technology for the Advanced Telecom Group and developed the largest interoperability lab for PSTN providers to test and develop migration plans for VoIP and other IP based services.
Niall Berkery Niall Berkery
Vice President of Business Development
Telenav
Automated driving? Let's first settle the debate about built-in vs. brought-in View Bio
Telenav
Niall Berkery has a long history of developing markets for infotainment, telematics and location-based services and products within the automotive and consumer electronics domains. At Telenav, Niall is responsible for expanding business in the automotive sector. Previously, he spearheaded Cross Country’s entrance into Telematics space and their acquisition of the ATX Group. After the acquisition, Niall assumed the role of Vice President of Innovation and Business Development, leading the research and development programs and developing next-generation connected vehicle services. In his 19 years at Pioneer Electronics, Niall held various roles with increasing responsibility in engineering, product planning, business development, including a 6 year assignment in their development facilities and headquarters in Japan. Since moving to the United States, Niall has developed business relationships with a variety of global car makers and many Tier 1 infotainment suppliers.
Clem Driscoll Clem Driscoll
President
C.J. Driscoll & Associates
Moderator - The Future of Connected Fleets View Bio
cjdriscoll
Overview coming soon.
Cameron Coursey Cameron Coursey
VP Product Development
AT&TMonetizing the Connected Car View Bio
at-t
Overview coming soon.
Magnus Lundgren Magnus Lundgren
Head of Connected Vehicle Cloud
EricssonThe Networked Society & the Connected Car Cloud View Bio
ericsson
Magnus Lundgren joined Ericsson in 2007 and is responsible for Service Enablement platform sales into vertical industries (Transport, mHealth, Government, Utilities). Prior to his current position, Magnus was working as Senior Business Development Director for Drutt, a Swedish pioneer in mobile storefronts. He has also several years’ experience in the Telecom BSS space and software for automotive industry.
Dr. Eshwar Pittampalli Dr. Eshwar Pittampalli
Director Market Development
Open Mobile AllianceModerator: Build Relationships, Curate Experiences View Bio
Open Mobile Alliance
Dr. Eshwar Pittampalli joined the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) as the Marketing Director after more than twenty five years of employment with AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent. Prior to joining OMA, he led the Alcatel-Lucent corporate market intelligence team as Senior Director, forecasting global telecom market trends, sizing and supporting the CFO across all regions. Eshwar then joined as a partner in the Alcatel-Lucent Corporate Marketing organization promoting the Internet of Things (M2M) market growth program.

Eshwar is a registered professional engineer with Master of Science and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. He is also a Registered Patent Law practitioner with a Mini-MBA from Wharton School of Business.

In 2003, Dr. Pittampalli was awarded Bell Labs’ highest honor, Bell Labs Fellow, for his outstanding technical contributions and leadership in advancing wireless communications technology and standards
Craig Smith Craig Smith
Partner Account Manager
T-Mobile M2M
Simplifying International Deployments View Bio
tmobile
Craig has enjoyed a successful, 30-year career in technology sales and partner support for Global 1000 companies. His experience has spanned enterprise software, call center management and operations, wireless telecom and machine to machine (M2M) technology. As an M2M Partner Account Manager for the past nine years with T-Mobile, Craig has signed and launched multiple strategic partnerships in several vertical markets, including Telematics, Fleet Management, Healthcare and Security. These companies now represent some of the most successful relationships in the channel. Craig also works as the channel liaison with T-Mobile Marketing teams, coordinating all marketing initiatives for the M2M group.
Coming Soon Jhan Dolphin
President
J Robert Marketing & Public RelationsThe Aftermarket: Not Native? Not a Problem View Bio
J Robert Marketing
Overview coming soon.
Christian Schumacher Christian Schumacher
Head of ADAS Business Unit, NAFTA
ContinentalHMI And Keeping The Driver As Involved As Required View Bio
continental
Christian Schumacher is the head of Customer Programs for the Business Unit Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, a position he has held since March 1st 2015 which includes global sales, project and program management responsibilities for the BU.

Prior to this position Christian Schumacher was appointed as the regional head of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for Continental Automotive Systems N.A. in  May  2012. In this capacity, Schumacher was responsible for all activities in North American Region for this Business Unit.

Previous to this position Christian Schumacher was appointed to Head of Systems & Technology NA in January 2010 with the responsibility for all activities in North American for this central function.

Till 2010 Schumacher was Engineering Manager, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Contiguard (the Active Passive integration Approach) for Continental Automotive Systems N.A. In this capacity, Schumacher was responsible for engineering of the North American Region for these product areas.

In 2005 and 2006 he managed software engineering supporting all core Electronic Brake Systems (EBS) software activities in North America.

Between 2002 and 2005 Schumacher was responsible for EBS software algorithm development supporting all North American Ford applications including the introduction of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Over Stability Control (RSC) with Ford.

He began his career with ITT Automotive Brake Systems (Alfred Teves, Frankfurt, Germany) in 1997 in Control Strategy Engineering involved in the development of Traction Control Systems and ESC and moved to the United States in 1999 to adapt and introduce the core Continental ESC to the American market.

Schumacher earned a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) in 1997.

He currently lives in Lake Orion, Michigan with his wife and three children.
Christopher Wilson Christopher Wilson
CEO
Vehicle Data Science
Blurred Lines: The Insurance Piece of the Mobility Puzzle View Bio
Vehicle Data Solutions
Christopher Wilson has over 20 years of experience in working with vehicle data to solve safety and congestion problems. He is the CEO of Vehicle Data Science, a company he founded to apply this knowledge and big date techniques to identifying risk in the automotive and insurance industries. He also serves as a consultant to various insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers and governments. He spent 4 years with TomTom in the positions of the Director of Research and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Products and Programs. He spent 12 years with Mercedes Benz Research, ending as the VP of ITS Strategy and Programs and he worked for TRW and GTE developing communications and reconnaissance systems.
Scott McCormick Scott McCormick
President
Connected Vehicle Trade Association
Data Transforms the Automotive Industry [PANEL] View 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.
Mahbubul Alam Mahbubul Alam
Chief Technology Officer
Movimento Group
Agent Of Change: How Autonomous Will Transform The Ecosystem View Bio
Movimento
Mahbubul Alam joined Movimento as CTO in 2015 and is responsible for aligning automotive and information technology with corporate strategy to enable Movimento to lead the automotive industry’s transition to software-defined vehicles. A 17-year industry veteran, Mahbubul works with Movimento customers to maximize the potential of secure over-the-air (OTA) updates and enable new connected services for the vehicle.

Previously, Mahbubul led Cisco Systems strategy in IoT and M2M at where he pioneered and developed this business from the ground up through vision, strategy, platform, and execution. He also helped initiate the company’s smart connected vehicle roadmap. Before joining Cisco, Mahbubul held technical leader positions at Siemens and worked as a technical advisor to the Dutch government.

Mahbubul holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
Coming Soon Joe Fabbre
Manager- Platform Solutions
Green Hills Software
Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Control of the Wheel Software Security for Automotive Systems View Bio
Green Hills Software
Speaker bio coming soon.
Chris Carr Chris Carr
Director of Business Development
Baron
Sensor Fusion: Autonomous Alchemy View Bio
Baron
A graduate of the University of South Alabama, where he received a degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics and Statistics, Chris has been with Baron for nine years now. An expert in Internet and connected car technologies, he enjoys helping automotive companies create a better driving experience for their customers.
Glen Denny Glen Denny
President, Enterprise Solutions
Baron
Presentation TBC View Bio
Baron
Glen comes to Baron from The Weather Channel Companies. His focus is building new business alliances to apply Baron’s proprietary data services. Baron’s long history of providing critical weather and safety alerting to the vehicle present a new unmatched opportunity in the connected vehicle business.
Gail Gottehrer Gail Gottehrer
Partner
Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
Blurred Lines: The Insurance Piece of the Mobility Puzzle View Bio
Axinn
Gail Gottehrer’s practice focuses on class action defense, management-side labor and employment litigation, and other complex commercial matters. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before ajury. In addition to her practice, Gail is a Teaching Assistant for a course in Intellectual Property, Ethics and Litigation in Columbia University’s MS program in Information and Knowledge Strategy. She is a member of the Law Technology News Editorial Board, and a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Cyber Liability Committee and eDiscovery and ESI Publications Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is also the Director of the Connecticut Chapter of Women in eDiscovery and a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1.

In addition, Gail serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation Gail is a frequent speaker on topics relating to litigation and technology, including litigation strategy and management, electronic discovery, information governance, telematics, wearable technology, the Internet of Things, workplace privacy and ethics.
Frederic Bruneteau Frederic Bruneteau
Managing Director
Ptolemus
UBI: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Adoption? View Bio
ptolemus
He has gained 17 years of strategic and operational experience in 10 countries in the field of mobility services.

Frederic assists all leading players in designing effective strategies and value propositions around geo-connected mobility.

Before PTOLEMUS, he was managing TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL’s Content & Services Product Line in Amsterdam. Previously, Frederic was assumed several management responsibilities with VODAFONE / SFR in Paris.  Mr. Bruneteau has also worked as a Senior Consultant specialized in mobile telecommunications with ARTHUR D. LITTLE in London and as a M&A Analyst with BNP PARIBAS in New York.

Mr. Bruneteau is a graduate of HEC Paris and the University of Cologne (CEMS).
Michael Chadsey Michael Chadsey
Vice President, Vertical Lead, Industrial, Transportation and Financial Services
Nielsen
Connected Services Usage: A Vital Metric View Bio
Nielsen
Mike Chadsey joined Nielsen Consumer Insights North America, formerly known as Harris Interactive, in 2010.

Mike’s has extensive experience in the auto industry, having held client side product planning and strategy positions at Mazda and senior leadership roles at several leading global automotive research and consulting agencies.

In his current role, Mike leads a team of over 15 automotive research experts who work with OEM’s, Tier One Suppliers, Automotive Retailers, Online Auto Shopping Sites. Mike also is the program lead for Nielsen’s AutoTechcast Study which has become a benchmark for understanding consumer acceptance of new emerging automotive technology, now in it’s 15th year.

Mike is based out of Los Angeles California and works with the broader Nielsen organization to help clients win in the highly competitive automotive marketing and product development space.
Matt Miller Matt Miller
Transportation Industry Principal
OSIsoft
10 Visions for Mobility in 2020 View Bio
Osisoft
OSIsoft’s Industry Principal for Transportation has been a technical marketing and sales professional for more than 30 years, with a broad background in developing industrial automation electronics, control systems and information solutions for OEM and enterprise customers.  Over the course of three decades he has helped bring dozens of innovative machine-to-machine products to market, including the use of the OSIsoft PI System into embedded, mobile and fixed transportation assets.

Matt has been working with Microsoft and leading telematics companies to evolve the Next Generation Telematics Platform, bringing Real-time Operational Intelligence tools to the transportation value chain and smart city initiatives.
Amy Haimerl Amy Haimerl
Entrepreneurship Editor
Crain’s Detroit Business
Think Holistic: Smart, Interconnected Mobility View Bio
Crains
Amy Haimerl is the entrepreneurship editor at Crain’s Detroit Business, reporting on the intersection of economic development and small business growth. She is a Knight Wallace Fellow and the former personal finance editor for CNNMoney. She and her husband are renovating a 100-year-old home in Detroit.
Artur Seidel Artur Seidel
Vice President
Elektrobit Americas
Building the Blueprint for Tomorrow’s Vehicle Software View Bio
Elektrobit
Artur Seidel is vice president of Elektrobit Automotive, Americas, Inc.

Since 2006, Seidel has led the establishment of Elektrobit’s automotive business in North America following EB’s acquisition of 3SOFT in Erlangen, Germany. Seidel continues to successfully grow the embedded software business working with major U.S. automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers. Previously, he was a senior manager of EB’s wireless software development business unit.

Prior to joining EB in 2000, Seidel managed software development activities for Siemens Corporation in the United States.

He holds a master’s degree in technology management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s of science in precision engineering from the Fachhochschule Karlsruhe in Germany.

Seidel is based in Bothell, Washington.
Chan Lieu Chan Lieu
Senior Legislative Advisor
Venable LLP
Legislation: A Blessing & A Curse! View Bio
Venable
Chan Lieu is a member of Venable’s Legislative and Government Affairs Group who represents emerging and established technology firms. A veteran of the Legislative and Executive Branches, Mr. Lieu has significant experience in a broad range of policies involving the automotive industry, data and cybersecurity, privacy, internet technologies, federal scientific research and development, innovation and economic competitiveness, civilian space policy, nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.

Most recently Mr. Lieu served as Director of Government Affairs, Policy and Strategic Planning at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In this position Mr. Lieu led NHTSA’s liaison activity with Members of Congress, their staffs and various committees while advising senior leadership on pending legislation. He also managed a NHTSA team responsible for developing the agency’s strategic plan and operational goals for the future of auto transportation safety.

Prior to joining NHTSA, Mr. Lieu spent eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as a Senior Professional Staff Member. Through this position he managed the team responsible for the overall operation of the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, oversaw the production of numerous committee hearings, and advised Members throughout the various phases of the legislative process resulting in the enactment of seven federal laws.

Mr. Lieu began his career with the federal government at the General Services Administration as a Security Specialist in the Presidential Management Fellows Program. He served as the lead cybersecurity specialist on FirstGov.gov projects and major e-government initiatives such as e-Authentication, GovBenefits, DisasterHelp and DisabilityDirect.
Amit Jain Amit Jain
Director IoT, Corporate Strategy
Verizon
Verizon Workshop View Bio
verizon
An industry recognized domain expert in “Telematics,” Amit is responsible for providing thought leadership and developing strategies which inform Verizon’s position and actions in the “Internet of Things” segment. Amit is currently on the board of Intelligent Transportation Society of America NJ and University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center. Amit has also served on FCC’s Technological Advisory Committee on “Internet of Things” and was on the Leadership Circle of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (National body). In addition to developing strategy, Amit has led globally dispersed, mergers and acquisition, product management, product development and market research teams. Amit is proficient in Lean Six Sigma methodology and exploration of new business models.

Prior to joining Verizon, Amit was a Product Leader at General Electric where his team developed an award winning technology solution. He also led the M2M/IoT practice at AberdeenGroup, a technology analyst firm. Additionally, as a management consultant, Amit also provided strategic guidance to companies in the transportation and financial services sector.
Mike Toto Mike Toto
Director IoT Global Product & Planning
Verizon
Car Sharing: The Toolbox for Shared Fleet Management [PANEL] View Bio
verizon
Michael Toto is the Director of Global Product Development and Strategic Business Development teams at Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Mr. Toto’s key responsibility is to lead and develop our Intelligent Transportation Internet of Things (IoT) Portfolio.

 

Since joining Verizon Wireless in 2005, Michael has held various management positions within the enterprise solutions product development, sales, data, operations, strategy, business development and marketing channels. In his previous role, he was the Director of Global Strategic Alliances specializing on Enterprise & Government Partnerships. He developed Verizon’s best-in-class Business Solution Alliance partner program which became the framework for multiple new partner programs across the Verizon landscape. He also expanded and vertically aligned the partner program to address the unique needs of Verizon business customers.

 

Michael continues to been recognized in many publications promoting IoT - Smart Transportation and the value of selling end to end solutions. Michael most recent development included, launching Verizon first IoT product, “Verizon Auto Share” where he lead both business and product development teams. This platform focuses on Peer-2-Peer sharing and an on-demand access to what you want when you want it.

 

He is also part of the CompTIA Mobility board focusing on mobile technologies surrounding Cloud/SaaS, Unified Communications and Managed Services for organizations migrating to these technologies.

Paul Drysch Paul Drysch
Global Director, Connected Car
Jasper
Connecting Cars Globally - The OEM Experience View Bio
Venable
Mr Drysch is responsible for all aspects of building the company’s worldwide sales for Connected Car at Jasper.

Before joining Jasper, Mr Drysch led the automotive telematics business at Aeris Communications for 9 years.  Prior to joining Aeris, Mr Drysch was a founding member of the WirelessCar North America management team leading sales and marketing for the company.

Early in his career, Mr Drysch worked in sales and management roles at Honda Motor, Parker Hannifin and Ingram Micro.  Additionally, Mr Drysch has co-founded and sold two technology start ups.

Mr Drysch also serves on the board for several non-profit corporations.
Macario Namie Macario Namie
VP Strategy
Jasper
The Evolution of Business Models on a Global Scale View Bio
Jasper
Macario Namie joined Jasper in 2007 and currently leads corporate strategy efforts, including ecosystem development. Prior to this role, Macario spent 8 years leading marketing, responsible for product marketing, corporate marketing, field marketing, and demand generation. Macario brings over 18 years in marketing Software-as-a-Service enterprise applications. Prior to Jasper, Macario led Worldwide Product Marketing at WebEx, the leader in on-demand collaborative solutions, where he was responsible for solution definition and execution of go-to-market plans for the entire WebEx product portfolio. Macario also held senior roles at ePeople and Lycos and holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
C V Ramachandran C V Ramachandran
Strategy Managing Director
Accenture
Moderator: Congestion Relief for Smarter Cities [PANEL] View Bio
Accenture
CV has recently joined Accenture Strategy as a new Managing Director based out of New York. Though his primary emphasis is Products clients (specifically Automotive, Industrial Equipment and Airlines), he has had experience in both CMT and Resources industries.  Functionally, he has deep experience in helping clients with operational restructuring, manufacturing, procurement, supply chain, product development, overhead cost reduction and sales force effectiveness.

Besides the US, CV has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and India.  Most recently, he was the Head of Asia for AlixPartners, after working with them in Europe and the US for 8 years.  Prior to that, he was at ATKearney for 3 years and at Booz for 10 years.  His work experience also includes 5 years at Ford and Midland Ross.  He has an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MS Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon, Pittsburgh and a BS Engineering from IIT, Delhi, India.

He lives with his wife in Old Greenwich, CT.  They have two adult sons and a Boxer dog.  In his spare time, he enjoys participating in outdoor activities with his family (diving, hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, etc.), travelling to historical locations and photography.
Chris King Chris King
Vice President
Zuora
Buying Patterns and Relationships Are Changing - Can the Industry Keep Up? View Bio
Zuora
Speaker bio coming soon.
Gwen Sorley Gwen Sorley
Director of Global Channel Marketing
Freer Logic
HMI and Keeping the Driver as Involved as Required View Bio
Freer Logic
Gwen Sorley is a veteran educator. She holds a master’s degree in education and psychology, with specialization in math, science, and technology. Based on the poor classroom performance of students with attention difficulties and lack of educational tools to teach these students, Sorley assisted in enhancing NASA technology to produce Play Attention, an interactive learning system that actually allows students to control video computer exercises by mind alone!

Play Attention is the most widely used educational neuroscience program for ADHD students globally. Play Attention has three independent, randomized, controlled studies performed by Tufts University School of Medicine. All have outstanding results and have been published in three peer reviewed journals.

Her contributions to the field of neuroscience and its practical application in the field of education and human performance have garnered 5 patents with others pending. She has lectured on behalf of NASA at the National Space Society in Washington, DC. She has also lectured at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, and is co-author of a white paper on human performance with the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations.

Sorley has helped create and patent body based brain monitoring eliminating the need to place headsets on the head to read brain activity. Her team is currently working with Panasonic Corporation to integrate the technology in the steering wheels of automobiles to monitor driver distraction and drowsiness.
Richard Barlow Richard Barlow
CEO
Wejo
Wejo Workshop View Bio
Wejo
Richard is wejo's founder & CEO. Richard's passion for big data and mobile technology led directly to wejo's goal of making telematics mass market. As a director and founder of a number of worldwide businesses in the insurance, banking and mobile sectors, including the world’s largest lead exchange provider, Richard is highly regarded for his strategic vision and ability to deliver commercial success.
Thilo Koslowski Thilo Koslowski
VP Distinguished Analyst & Founder of Automotive Practice
Gartner
The Evolution of the Automobile View Bio
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.
Andy Gryc Andy Gryc
Co-Founder
CX3 Marketing
Moderator: Building the Blueprint for Tomorrow’s Vehicle Software View Bio
CX3Marketing
Andy Gryc is a well-known and well-connected automotive technology evangelist. His reputation in the industry is rooted in hands-on experience in the automotive and embedded trenches – software architecture and engineering, technical sales, and product marketing – for well over two decades at companies like QNX, OnStar, and HP. Andy is the co-founder of a technology-focused marketing business, CX3 Marketing, which helps automotive high-tech companies with their marketing strategy and promotion, and is the Conference Director for the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo.
Christina Rux Christina Rux
Product Manager
WirelessCar
Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Control of the Wheel View Bio
WirelessCar
Christina Rux is Product Manager for the Telematics Services Delivery Platform (TSDP) at WirelessCar with responsibility for the service roadmap. TSDP is currently used to deliver services to 8 OEM Connected Car programs in the US, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China and Japan. Before joining WirelessCar, Christina worked as Lead Architect for Connected Car IT at Volvo Cars. She has 17 years of experience in the automotive IT industry including Enterprise architect for Sales, Aftermarket and Dealer processes, CRM, product data management and parts supply chain management
Robert Scales Robert Scales
Sr Account M2M Manager Business Development
T-Mobile
The Future of Connected Fleets View Bio
T-mobile

Robert Scales II is a sales/account management professional with 16 years of wireless experience initiating, developing, and managing sales relationships with customers, aggregators, and OEMs. He is currently senior manager of M2M/IoT Business Development for T-Mobile USA, where he is responsible for managing the Audi of America relationship with T-Mobile in the US.

Robert has worked with Deutsche Telekom AG in Germany at the M2M Competency Center to develop Trans-Atlantic M2M/IoT relationships with European and US customers. 

Robert Scales II earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Georgia State University.

Jeff Rehm Jeff Rehm
Director, Business Development
NNG
Build Relationships, Curate Experiences View Bio
NNG
Jeffrey (Jeff) joined global automotive navigation supplier NNG LLC in late 2014 as North American Director of Business Development. His key role is to support OEM relations within NNG’s business framework. Jeffrey’s automotive and technical expertise allows NNG to offer even more OEM-tailored services and products for automotive partners. Jeffrey also oversees the support of North American partners and regional projects.

Jeffrey has a diverse background and brings to NNG more than 20 years of experience in automotive OEM electronics. After earning his degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, he broadened his expertise through roles in a variety of fields, including electronics manufacturing, cost accounting, sales, and business management. Previous assignments with companies like Hitachi, Kenwood, and Rockford Fosgate included extensive work with international and U.S. carmakers and their Tier-1 partners. Within those roles, Jeffrey successfully developed and managed business in the areas of in-cockpit infotainment electronics with a primary focus on audio systems, components, and navigation systems.
Michael Cerilli Michael Cerilli
Vice President, General Manager Connected Vehicle Business
Navistar
The Future of Connected Fleets View Bio
Navistar
Speaker bio coming soon.
Katy Allen Katy Allen
Director Business Development
Metromile
Blurred Lines: The Insurance Piece of the Mobility Puzzle [PANEL] View Bio
metromile

Katy leads business development at Metromile, responsible for driving growth through strategic partnerships across the business.  She has deep expertise in P&C Insurance strategy and operations, including telematics, new business models, and operational transformation. 

Previously, Katy was with Deloitte Consulting, advising Financial Services executives on growth strategy and differentiation as well as helping them optimize their distribution and customer operations.

Katy has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB from Harvard University.

soon Dan Noal
Senior Director for Worldwide Automotive Sales and Solutions Group
Wind River
Mars to Michigan: Lessons in Autonomous Driving from Space View Bio
Wind River
Dan Noal is responsible for automotive solution architecture at Wind River®. He has over a decade of experience with in-vehicle infotainment and Android, having played key roles in both mobile and automotive development. Prior to his current role at Wind River he held positions in the company's professional services, mobile solutions, and customer support divisions. He joined Wind River in 1996 after 14 years at Hughes Aircraft Company, where he held a variety of key positions working on radar systems and embedded software technologies and programs. He holds a B.S. in engineering and an M.S. in computer science, both from UCLA.
Susan Zielinski Susan Zielinski
Managing Director, SMART
University of Michigan 
Multi-Modal Transportation: It's Not Just About the Car View Bio
UMTRI
Susan Zielinski (M.E.S., R.P.P.) is Managing Director of SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (um-smart.org/blog; www.mobi-platform.com). SMART is a multi-disciplinary, university-wide initiative of the University of Michigan. It catalyzes and undertakes on- the-ground projects (including in India, South Africa, Brazil, the Philippines, China, and the U.S.), as well as research, education, and global learning exchange on a range of issues related to the sustainable future of transportation in a rapidly urbanizing world, including the emerging industry and enterprise that will supply it. Susan has introduced and advanced the concepts and practice of the New Mobility (multi-modal) grid, New Mobility industry cluster and enterprise development, open system New Mobility architectures, and public-private innovation. 

Before joining SMART, Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a City of Toronto-based “link tank” developed to advance sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry cluster development, an integrated industry and economic development approach born at MTE. She worked for over 15 years in the Planning Department at the City of Toronto, developing and leading urban transportation and livability policies and initiatives, including co-chairing the city’s anti-smog strategy. She has advised to a range of local, national, and international initiatives and businesses, including the World Economic Forum Automotive Council, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, the OECD International Transport Forum, Ford Motor Company, Cisco Systems, the Infrastructure Committee of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, the King of Sweden’s jury of the Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities, and more.
Susan Zielinski Grady Irey
Vice President
The Allstate Corporation
UBI: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Adoption? View Bio
Allstate
Speaker bio coming soon.
Sam Schwartz Sam Schwartz
President, CEO & Founder
Sam Schwartz PLLC
10 Visions for Mobility in 2020 View Bio
Sam Schwartz PLLC
Mr. Schwartz is President and CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE), a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. He also writes columns on traffic for The New York Daily News, the NY Downtown Express and blogs for Engineering News Record.

Previously Mr. Schwartz was New York City’s Traffic Commissioner and was the Chief Engineer of the NYC Department of Transportation. He started his transportation career in the late 1960’s as a NYC cabbie and joined the Traffic Department, as a junior engineer, in 1971.

  • Mr. Schwartz specializes in creative problem-solving for seemingly intractable situations.   He is expert at getting people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation.  He is also proficient at moving those people who remain in their cars more swiftly and safely.  Mr. Schwartz has created many win-win-win situations whereby traffic moves better, pedestrians are safer and the community gains more sidewalk and green space.  He’s been called an Urban Alchemist for making grass grow from asphalt.  Mr. Schwartz, often referred to by his nom de plume “Gridlock Sam,” released the word “Gridlock” into the lexicon during the 1980 NYC Transit strike.
  •  His firm has worked on transportation projects world-wide. From building a streetcar on the Island of Aruba, to a state-of-art highway in Canada, to solving transportation through the DMZ between North and South Korea.  

He has been an adjunct professor at Cooper Union, Long Island University and Brooklyn College.  He has authored more than 200 professional papers and presentations and has written several books and chapters in books. His latest book, StreetSmart, will be released September, 2015. He has received more than a score of awards for his work, including 2014 AAA Traffic Safety Award, 2014 Brooklyn Technical High School Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers' Sustainable Civil Engineering Award, 2012 Businessman of the Year from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, 2011 New York State Society of Professional Engineer of the Year award, 2011 Brooklyn College Alumnus of the Year, 2010 NSPE Professional Engineers Merit Award, Public Works Magazine's 2008 Trendsetter Award and Civil Engineer of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Brooklyn College and later obtained a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Florida. 

Alan Ewing Alan Ewing
President & Executive Director
Car Connectivity Consortium
Infotainment & Perfecting User Experience [PANEL] View Bio
MirrorLink
Alan Ewing is president and executive director of the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), a global collaboration to develop smartphone-based connected-car solutions. Ewing has more than 20 years of experience in the design, deployment and operation of product certification systems in the mobile telecoms and consumer electronics industries and has worked in the both the certification test lab and standardization realms – earning him a great deal of respect among mobile telecom vendors, service providers and industry association representatives.

Ewing is also currently CEO of E-Qualus Partners, LLC . Prior to E-Qualus, he spent 14 years in various management- and director-level roles at Nokia Mobile Phones, Inc. Most recently he was Nokia’s director of certification and regulatory policy. In addition to serving as one of Nokia’s ambassadors to the CCC, he represented the company at CCF, CTIA, PTCRB, WiMax Forum, Wi-Fi Alliance and GSM-Americas. A registered ISO 17025 lead auditor, Ewing holds a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Tennessee. In his spare time he enjoys various remodeling, woodworking and automotive repair projects. He resides in Irving, Texas with his wife, Mindy.
Mark Kady Mark Kady
Software Manager, Advanced Engineering
Delphi
Building the Blueprint for Tomorrow's Vehicle Software View Bio
Delphi
Mark Kady manages Advanced Software Development in the Infotainment and Driver Interface Business Unit for Delphi and has done so since 2012.  His software journey began in 1997 when Mark decided  that Software was one the coolest technologies in Automotive Electronics, and since that time, he has had numerous Software Management roles in forward engineering and production teams.

Mark has a passion for technical management and creativity and has a broad experience in his 30 years of management at Delphi including:  Software Development, Voice Recognition, Navigation, Graphics, Communications Systems, and Integrated Circuits.  He been involved with everything from the first steps of Voice Recognition in the car to the first introductions of major modern operating systems in the vehicle including Windows, QNX, and Linux.  His business experience included an assignment as the Program Manager for all Asia Pacific entertainment systems for Delphi. 
Stéphane Petti Stéphane Petti
M2M & IoT Business Development Director
Orange
Congestion Relief for Smarter Cities [PANEL] View Bio
Orange
Speaker bio coming soon.
Yonatan Hagos Yonatan Hagos
GM and Head of Solutions for Industrial Internet
GE
Enabling Autonomous Car: Learning from the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data View Bio
GE
Yonatan Hagos is Head of External Engagements for GE Software.  Yonatan brings over 18 years of diverse software experience ranging from product management, development, services, operations and business leadership.  Prior to his current focus on driving Predix and Predix based solutions to Non-GE verticals, Yonatan built and ran a world-class product management function to liaise with software leadership teams within the COE and across all GE businesses. 

 

Yonatan came to GE Software by way of SAP, where he led the Analytics and Big Data Solutions team.  Yonatan’s team built BI, Enterprise Performance Management, Mobile and Big Data Analytics solutions across many lines of businesses and industries (Sales & Marketing, Procurement, HR, Finance; Retail, CP, Manufacturing, Utilities, Public Sector).  Prior to SAP, Yonatan held various leadership roles at Business Objects, Visa, Portal Software and Deloitte.  Yonatan earned a Bachelors degree from the University of California at Berkeley.    
Coming Soon Gil Perez
SVP and GM of Connected Car
SAP
Enabling Autonomous Car: Learning from the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data View Bio
sap

Gil Perez is SAP Senior Vice President Products & Innovation; General Manager of Connected Vehicles based in Palo Alto, CA.

Gil is responsible for incubating, commercializing & growing new business networks which augment and extend SAP existing business networks (Ariba, Concur and Fieldglass)

In addition Gil is also responsible for SAP Vehicles Business Network and its overall business.

Gil is focused on creating a delightful, and sustainable experience delivered through various devices (mobile phone, cars, etc.) leveraging SAP Business Networks & B2B marketplace.

Gil has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software working for SAP and numerous startups.

Gil brings a rich and diverse background as a co-founder, investor and executive in multiple companies including 5 companies which were acquired (3 of the 5 were acquired by SAP)

Ben Hoffman Ben Hoffman
CEO and President
Movimento Group
Enabling Autonomous Car: Learning from the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data View Bio
Movimento
Ben Hoffman stands at the forefront of one of the fastest moving technology trends in automotive: vehicle software management. A customer-focused business leader with deep technical expertise, Ben has championed connected car technology for over a decade, growing Movimento from an entrepreneurial start-up to a successful global automotive supplier.

Today Ben is responsible for setting the Movimento vision and strategic direction. He has a solid reputation for creating customer value by empowering people at all levels of the organization and is respected for his intrinsic understanding of the complex market dynamics of cutting-edge vehicle technology.

Ben holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the General Motors Institute (Kettering University), and has 20+ years of varied experience at companies throughout the automotive value chain including Roush and Bosch.
Gregg Johnson Gregg Johnson
CEO & MD
Connected Strategy Advisors
Enabling Autonomous Car: Learning from the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data View Bio
Connected-Strategy-Advisors
Gregg Johnson has over 30 years of diverse industry experience and is a recognized expert in driving lifecycle bottom line benefits from connected products and connected customers. Today, Gregg leads Connected Strategy Advisors. Through his experience and thought leadership, he has assembled a portfolio of customers that have moved beyond the ”feature mindset” of connectivity to connectivity as a different way of business driving bottom line benefits over the lifecycle of the product. Our team of specialists contributes in the identification, formulation, and implementation phases of strategy. We have collectively helped our customers save billions annually (warranty mitigation, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales, service ...) while improving the overall customer experience with connected products.

Gregg led GM’s global telematics connected vehicle efforts that still serve as the foundation for most of GM’s connected vehicle efforts today. His team developed a portfolio of use cases and associated services that reach far beyond the customer facing features to enable benefits across the entire connected product ecosystem. “Connected vehicles and connected customers have helped GM save hundreds of millions in annual warranty while improving the overall customer experience (Forbes).”

He is an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Michigan and in his 21 years at General Motors moved quickly up the organization with assignments in the platform, powertrain and component groups. Gregg was awarded 17 patents for vehicle systems, drive by wire and wireless controls. His efforts with OnStar on data centric services were recognized with two President’s Council awards.

Gregg has started three successful companies. After running Bosch’s telematics business for two years, he and a partner acquired and repurposed Bosch’s telematics business for the industrial and construction equipment industry.
John Ellis John Ellis
Founder & Managing Director
Ellis & Associates
Enabling Autonomous Car: Learning from the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data View Bio
 
John was most recently Global Technologist and Head of the Ford Developer Program with Ford Motor Company. Under his leadership, John’s team delivered a number of automotive industry firsts including SmartDeviceLink, the open source version of Ford’s award-winning AppLink technology connecting brought-in devices to vehicles and the genesis of Google, Apple and MirrorLink technologies, developer.ford.com, Ford’s developer program with over 10,000 unique and global content providers all committed to developing for AppLink/SmartDeviceLink as well as a 2014 software developer conference attended by over 175 world-class developers from 15 countries. John’s team also delivered a ground-up design and development of a service delivery network that helped propel the MyFordMobile product to award-winning status.

During most of his career, John worked for Motorola where he held key leadership positions in engineering, product management, software & services, marketing and strategy. While there, John participated in developing, marketing and selling Motorola’s mobile software and services, their software developer ecosystem (developer.motorola.com), and industry-leading Open Source Software program (opensource.motorola.com).

For the past 18 years, John has been the managing director of Ellis & Associates, the management consulting firm he founded in 1997. Originally established as a boutique training firm focused on international business and culture, the firm now serves clients in the world where automotive, consumer, connectivity and software intersect.

John served as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame University teaching financial math to Executive MBA students from 2002-2010 as well as a translator in the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Jerry Abbott Jerry Abbott
Principal – Manufacturing & Energy
SAS Institute Inc.
Enabling Autonomous Car: Learning from the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data View Bio
SAS
Advising automotive and associated industries on how to drive better decisions. Work alongside clients to plan and implement cost-effective solutions and repeatable systems that deliver value back to the business as well as their customers. Focus includes operational optimization, customer & business intelligence, marketing analytics, information management, master data management, and supply chain. Specialty areas include: connected car – telematics, Infotainment, navigation and connected services. Safety – Advanced driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and security.

Background

Senior executive with P&L, sales, business development, finance, operations and general management experience including roles as President, COO, Board Chairman, Managing Director & Executive Vice President for small, mid-sized & global operations. Proven record leading dynamic, high growth businesses, as well as, turnaround situations. Background includes international automotive and industrial manufacturing, software development, services and business & technology consulting. Licensed NASD and SEC Registered Representative specializing in corporate development services including: sales, divestitures, mergers & acquisitions, capital raising advisory.

Academic / Licenses & Additional Information

•BA, Economics, University of Illinois •Finance for Executives Program– Graduate School of Business University of Chicago •Executive Management Program– Graduate School of Business Michigan State University •Licensed Series 7 & 63 SEC / NASD Registered Representative
•Personal: Married 26 years (Liz), two daughters (Chelsea and Emily), Golden Retriever (Bella)
Nakul Duggal Nakul Duggal
Vice President, Product Management
QualcommConnectivity & Self-Driving: Necessary or Nice to Have? [PANEL] View Bio
Qualcomm
Nakul Duggal serves as vice president of product management for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. where he is responsible for the machine-to-machine portfolio including chipset product strategy, M2M vertical-specific requirements and ecosystem partnerships.

Duggal joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer focused on the company’s commercial base station and infrastructure business. Subsequent successes in both engineering and project lead roles elevated Duggal to various management positions within Qualcomm’s Engineering Services Group, where he focused on the development and commercialization of CDMA and UMTS technologies. While in ESG, Duggal led the Open Market Handset (OMH) initiative, an industry wide effort to expand CDMA device distribution into the open market.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Duggal was a product engineer at Tata Telecom in India, where he was responsible for product management and systems engineering for the company’s wire-line switching systems.

Duggal holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University, India and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
David Dimeo David Dimeo
Director, Connected Car Innovations
FordDirect
The Data Exchange: Getting the Balance Right View Bio
FordDirect
Speaker bio coming soon.
Mike Nielsen Mike Nielsen
Senior Director and CSO, B2B Cloud
Cisco
The Data Exchange: Getting the Balance Right View Bio
Cisco
Speaker bio coming soon.
John McElroy John McElroy
Host
Autoline
The Data Exchange: Getting the Balance Right View Bio
Autoline
John McElroy is the host of “Autoline Daily” the first industry webcast of industry news and analysis. He is also the host of the television program “Autoline This Week,” a weekly half-hour discussion program featuring top automotive executives and journalists. The show can be seen online at www.autoline.tv. McElroy also broadcasts five radio segments daily on WWJ Newsradio 950, the CBS affiliate in Detroit. He writes a weekly blog for Autoblog.com and a monthly op-ed article for Ward’s AutoWorld.

John McElroy brings an extensive background to covering the auto industry. He took his first plant tour when he was only six years old. As he got older, he read any and every book about cars he could get his hands on, which led to an understanding of automotive engineering principles. As his enthusiasm for cars grew, he successfully— though briefly—ventured into amateur road racing. He also gained valuable insight to the industry working as an hourly UAW employee in various automotive manufacturing plants while working his way through college, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in English at Wayne State University.

As a journalist, McElroy put his automotive background to good use. His past experience includes five years as Detroit Editor for Road & Track, and as the American correspondent for World Cars, which was published by the Automotive Club of Italy. He was also invited to write the annual automotive entry for the Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook. He spent most of his career at the trade magazine Automotive Industries where he ultimately rose to Editorial Director.

McElroy has appeared as an automotive expert on ABC World News Tonight, CBS News, and NBC Nightly News. He is often interviewed by CNN, NPR, and CBC in Canada. He is frequently asked to speak to automakers, suppliers and industry organizations. He is a member of the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year.

McElroy has won numerous awards for editorial excellence, particularly the Jesse H. Neal award in 1984 for his series titled, “Inside Japan,” and in 1995 and 1997 for his Editorial opinion pieces. In 1997 he was named “Communicator of the Year” by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Detroit. He was awarded first place in the International Wheels Awards in 2004 for his television documentary “The Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise” and in 2005 for his documentary “Challenge Bibendum” and second place in 2006 for “A Car Is Born.”

John McElroy is a thorough student of the industry as a print journalist, television and radio broadcaster, analyst and lecturer.
Avery Ash Avery Ash
Director of Federal Relations
AAA
Legislation: A Blessing & A Curse! View Bio
AAA
Avery Ash serves as Director of Federal Relations for AAA. In this capacity Avery is responsible for the Association's work on energy issues, in particular crude oil and gasoline. This includes the publishing of AAA's weekly Fuel Gauge Report, which provides analysis of prices and trends, and the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the most current and accurate source of gasoline prices surveying more than 100,000 stations every day. Avery has also led in development of the Association’s engagement strategy for electric vehicles. This includes the roll-out of AAA’s first-in-nation level 2 and level 3 charging services as well as an engagement and education strategy to serve AAA’s more than 53 million members.

Prior to joining AAA, Avery served as Legislative and Special Assistant for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, where he focused on economic development issues. Previous to the Hill, Avery spent more than four years in Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Avery is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a joint degree in Economics and Anthropology
Kelly Eighmey Kelly Eighmey
Director, TSO (Technical Assistance & Product Support)
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Create Satisfaction from the Connected Service Department View Bio
Fiat-Chrysler-Automobiles
Speaker bio coming soon
Michael Cavaretta Michael Cavaretta
Data Scientist and Manager
Ford Motor Company
Data Transforms the Automotive Industry View Bio
Ford
John J. Correia John J. Correia
Technical Director
Connected Strategy Advisors
The Data Exchange: Getting the Balance Right View Bio
Connected Strategy Advisors
John Correia has over 25 years of experience leading technical development across a number of cutting edge automotive technologies – most notably infotainment, telematics, and other forms of connectivity. John recently joined Connected Strategy Advisors as Managing Technical Director and is focused on helping a variety of companies more fully exploit the rich data and analytics that connected devices and machines of all varieties can provide.

Previously, John held a number of technical leadership positions within GM and OnStar - most recently as an executive leading their advanced development and lab activities in addition to all of their mobile and embedded application development. During his time at OnStar, John also led technical development of several generations of OnStar systems and managed the team of experts focused on strategic technologies such as Wireless/RF, Positioning, Voice Recognition, Security, Consumer Device Connectivity(BT, WiFi, NFC), Satellite Radio, and Vehicle Interface. He was also instrumental in leading GM’s early efforts to exploit vehicle data to provide more engaging customer relationships, improve product quality, and enhance overall customer satisfaction. His achievements include over 17 patents, 2 Boss Kettering Innovation awards, and several chairman’s and CEO level recognition awards.

Prior to his work at GM, John worked for Ford and Visteon Electronics units designing and packaging audio and cellular systems, eventually creating and leading their core wireless activity which managed the Ford/Lincoln RESCU and early cellular and satellite systems.

John is an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Michigan and also has an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Gil Perez Gil Perez
SVP and GM of Connected Car
SAP
Enabling Autonomous Car: Learning from the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data View Bio
SAP
Speaker bio coming soon
Joe Fabbre Joe Fabbre
Director of Platform Solutions
Green Hills Software
Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Control of the Wheel View Bio
Green Hills Software
Joe Fabbre is Director of Platform Solutions at Green Hills Software.  He has over 20 years of experience in the embedded software industry.  In his current role he works with Green Hills' partners and clients to architect platform-based solutions for several vertical markets.  For the last 4 years he has focused primarily on the automotive sector and has been directly involved with programs at OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers for ADAS, IVI, and digital instrument clusters.  Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

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