Experts Who Spoke in 2016

Below is the speaker line-up for TU-Automotive Detroit 2016.

We brought together experts from across innovation in automotive technology and disruption. They gave insights into what to expect in 2016 and beyond as automotive pushes to the forefront of the technology industry and becomes a pioneer of the IoT.

If you are interested in being a speaker at TU-Automotive Detroit 2017, get in touch!

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  • Don Butler
    Ford
    Don Butler Executive Director
    Connected Vehicle and Services
    Ford
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    Don Butler is executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He reports to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.

    In this role, Butler is responsible for Ford’s global integrated connectivity vision and strategy. He leads the development of a near-, mid- and long-term plan for implementation with the goals of delivering a best-in- class customer experience inside and outside of the vehicle.

    Butler most recently was vice president, Cadillac Global Strategy for General Motors, where he led the development of the strategy for Cadillac’s global expansion.

    Butler began his 30-year career with GM, as an engineer, and went on to hold a variety of executive roles, including vice president, Global and OEM business for OnStar, GM’s telematics business, and chairman and managing director of General Motors Egypt.

    He left GM in 2009 to become vice president, Marketing and Product Planning for INRIX, a vehicle traffic and data services start up. He returned to GM in 2010 as vice president of Cadillac Marketing.

    Butler earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the then-General Motors Institute, now Kettering University. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

    He is based in Dearborn, Mich.

  • Jeffrey Massimilla
    General Motors
    Jeffrey Massimilla Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer, Product Cybersecurity
    General Motors
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    Jeffrey Massimilla was named chief product cybersecurity officer, Product Cybersecurity for General Motors Company in 2014. This role was expanded from Massimilla’s most recent position as director, vehicle cybersecurity.

    Massimilla is responsible for leading the team that is developing and implementing protocols and strategies to reduce the risks associated with cybersecurity threats related to the vehicle and vehicle connected services.

    Prior to this role, he served as the engineering manager, Next-Generation Infotainment Systems and Integrations. During his time in this role, Massimilla led the development and launch of an entirely new vehicle infotainment system.

    Massimilla joined GM in 2001 as a design release engineer, and has held held multiple roles both in electrical and vehicle product program engineering.

    Jeff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Master’s degrees in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Jeff was recently named Vice Chair of the Auto Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), which is focused on further advancing cybersecurity protections within the auto industry.

    Jeff lives in Milford, Michigan with his wife and their two daughters. He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

  • Kaye Ceille
    Zipcar
    Kaye Ceille President
    Zipcar
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    Kaye became President of Zipcar in February 2014, bringing to her new position nearly two decades' worth of experience at Avis Budget Group (Zipcar's parent company), living in numerous Zipcar cities. Prior to joining Zipcar, she served as the Managing Director, United Kingdom, where she oversaw all aspects of the Avis Budget Group's UK operations, including customer service and fleet management. Before that, Kaye was Senior Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for North America. She has held numerous other roles during her career at Avis Budget Group in global partnerships, travel industry relations, sales, and business development. Kaye received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and earned a Masters degree in business administration from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Mark Rosekind
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Dr. Mark Rosekind Administrator
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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    Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on December 22, 2014. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

    Administrator Rosekind is a passionate safety professional dedicated to enhancing transportation safety for the traveling public. In his role as Administrator, Dr. Rosekind is pursuing NHTSA’s core safety mission of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing crashes through all of the tools available to the agency — including public awareness campaigns, technical innovation, research into human behavior, and enforcement authority.

    Before becoming NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Rosekind served as the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2010 to 2014. He was nominated to the NTSB by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was the on-scene board member for seven major transportation accidents and participated in almost 50 accident Board Meetings, along with numerous NTSB public events on diverse safety topics. Dr. Rosekind advanced the agency’s advocacy goals on substance-impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety, and rail mass transit.

    Administrator Rosekind is an internationally recognized expert on human fatigue, credited with leading the field in innovative research and implementing programs in all modes of transportation. His work has been widely published, and his awards include NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and six other NASA group/team awards; the Mark O. Hatfield Award for Public Policy from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; two Flight Safety Foundation honors: the President’s Citation for Outstanding Safety Leadership and the Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award; and Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    Prior to his appointment to the NTSB, Dr. Rosekind founded Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that specialized in fatigue management, and served as the company’s first president and chief scientist. He previously directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center and was chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division. He launched his professional career as the director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center.

    Administrator Rosekind earned his A.B. with honors from Stanford University, his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Medical School.

    Dr. Rosekind is married and has two children.

  • John Schnoes
    Nissan
    John Schnoes Program Director - Vehicle Information Technology and Autonomous Drive
    Nissan
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Henry Bzeih
    Kia Motor Company
    Henry Bzeih Managing Director, Kia Connected & Mobility
    Kia Motor Company
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Matt Jones
    Jaguar Land Rover
    Matt Jones Director of Future Technology
    Jaguar Land Rover
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    Matt Jones serves as the Director of Future Technology at Jaguar Land Rover, as well as the President of the GENIVI alliance, and a Board Director of the Linux Foundation. He is actively leading the push for open infotainment standards and leading-edge features across industries. To this end, he is actively working with Linux and the open source community in a multitude of projects. Based at JLR’s newly-established Research and Development Center in Portland, Oregon which is dedicated to developing Open Software for the automotive sector, his teams in the U.K. and Portland are responsible for the specification and roll-out of the latest generation of Linux-based Infotainment system.

    Matt won the “TU-Automotive Influencer of the Year” award in 2016

  • Bryan Mistele
    INRIX
    Bryan Mistele CEO
    INRIX
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    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.

  • Sanat Joshi
    Oracle
    Sanat Joshi Industry Principal, Automotive & Manufacturing
    Oracle
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    Sanat Joshi is Vice President and Industry Principal for Oracle’s Automotive & Manufacturing Industry Business Unit. Sanat leads Oracle’s IoT and Big Data solutions including Oracle’s Connected Vehicle Platform and Internet of Things solutions for Automotive, A&D, Hi-Tech, O&G and Industrial Manufacturing verticals.

    During his 18 year tenure at Oracle, Sanat has worked with leading Automotive companies on the world’s largest Connected Vehicle, Customer Experience and ERP initiatives.

    Sanat has an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

  • Roger Lanctot
    Strategy Analytics
    Roger Lanctot Associate Director
    Strategy Analytics
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Bryant Walker Smith
    University of South Carolina
    Bryant Walker Smith Assistant Professor
    University of South Carolina
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    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.

  • Jonathan Allen
    ISAC
    Jonathan Allen Executive Director
    Auto ISAC
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    Bio coming soon.

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hall of fame

TU-Automotive Hall of Fame Panellists

  • Jon Bucci
     
    Jon Bucci Founder
    Bucci Consulting
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    Jon Bucci has been involved in the automotive business in a variety of ways for the past 35 years.

    Professional experience began as an Account Director at various Advertising Agencies supporting Import automotive clients, such as: Toyota, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Honda.
    During this 12-year span, Bucci led Agency teams who’s missions included: strategic planning and launching new products, brand & product positioning, media planning & execution, advertising campaign development, sales promotions and merchandising.

    Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., recruited Bucci in 1990 to join their Marketing Department.
    During Bucci’s 23 years at Toyota, he held Management positions in Marketing, Advertising, Interactive and e-Business, Media Planning, Long Range Strategic Planning and Product Planning.

    RECENT WORK HISTORY SUMMARY:

    At Toyota, Bucci’s most recent role (from 2000-2013) was Vice President of Toyota's Connected Vehicle Technology Division where he was the Executive responsible for the Toyota and Lexus Telematics & Connected Vehicle Products & Services.
    This role involved: Strategic Planning, P&L responsibility, Operations, Vendor Management, M&A activities, Product & Services Development, Product Quality and Enterprise Program Management.

    Bucci retired from Toyota in February, 2013 and in April of the same year, joined Concannon Business Consulting (CBC) as Executive Vice President. During his three-year tenure at CBC, Bucci applied his decades of diverse automotive business and technology experience to help grow CBC's automotive and connected vehicle consulting practice.

    In April, 2016 Bucci starts a new chapter by forming Bucci Consulting, LLC. In this new role, established and growing companies can leverage Bucci’s Executive level advisory skills, both strategic as well as operational in order to build brands, generate revenue and do so in dynamic and complex settings.

    SAMPLE PROJECTS:

    Led launch activities for more than 30 new vehicle models in the U.S.
    Led (from initial market research/strategy development, through to final creative executions) the Toyota Every Day new Brand Campaign.
    Led internal selection team responsible for Scion’s first Agency search.
    Direct responsibility for Toyota.com
    Created totally new business units within Toyota: Office of the Web, the e-Business Division and the Advanced Technology Department (Telematics).
    Led development of and launched Toyota & Lexus first and current iterations of Telematics Products and Services: Safety Connect, Toyota Entune, Lexus Enform (and Enform Apps Suite), Toyota Prius & Rav 4 EV telematics products.
    Business Consulting experience with major Automotive OEM’s, Telecoms, Tier 1 Suppliers as well as Start-ups.

  • Scott McCormick
     
    Scott McCormick President
    Connected Vehicle Trade Association
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    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.

  • Kevin Link
     
    Kevin Link Chief Creative Officer
    Convey PR and Marketing
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    Kevin Link is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Convey, LLC, an Atlanta based Marketing and Public Relations firm dedicated to helping IoT firms create compelling value propositions. As the creative leader of the company, Mr. Link has been successful in assisting various IoT companies with creating unique public relations strategies and marketing plans that generate real results without the costs of traditional approaches.

    Prior to the formation of Convey, Mr. Link was Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Hughes Telematics (now known as Verizon Telematics). As a member of the Executive Team since its inception in 2006, Mr. Link served in various Strategic roles within the company. His most recent role included serving as Senior Vice President or Corporate Marketing and PR as well as the General Manager of the China operation. In these capacities, he was responsible for building the Hughes Telematics brand and served as the global spokesman for the company.

    His role in Hughes Telematics China included building the operation, hiring and training the team, negotiating all partner relationships and building the OEM business. Mr. Link served as the General Manager of the China operation for 5 years and was recognized as the “Telematics Professional of the Year for China” in 2015. Additionally, under his leadership, Hughes Telematics China was recognized as TSP of the year in 2014 and 2015.

    Link is a key contributor to the thought leadership within telematics organizations and trade associations and is a frequent speaker within the industry.

    Link is a proven entrepreneur who previously served as CEO of Altius Solutions, a company he co- founded to support multiple entrepreneurial initiatives involving vehicle telematics. Through Altius Solutions, Link was able to develop a command of the telematics landscape, industry challenges, and also work with leading edge experts to craft solutions. This experience provided the platform for which Hughes Telematics was built.

    Mr. Link received a BA in Accounting from NC State and is a CPA and CMA. Kevin lives in Atlanta Georgia, is married and has three sons. He is very active in the community and was recognized as the citizen of the year in 2011. He serves on several boards and is a Scoutmaster of the Lovett School Boy Scout Troop.

  • Fran Dance
     
    Francis Dance President
    Dance Consulting
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    Francis Dance is the managing director of Dance Consulting, LLC after his retirement from BMW of North America at the end of 2015, where he had served as the Safety Integrity and Recall Manager since July 2013. Previously, he had served as the ConnectedDrive Senior Manager at BMW China Automotive Trading Ltd in Beijing where he was responsible for the development, launch and operation of BMW’s ConnectedDrive telematics services in China from September 2010 to June 2013. From 2003 to 2010, he was the ConnectedDrive Services Manager for BMW of North America in New Jersey. In this role, he was responsible for the North American service infrastructure and operation of the BMW Assist Safety and Convenience Plans and Real Time Traffic Information services. He implemented BMW’s solutions for advanced driver and vehicle information systems, including innovative telematic applications, such as the RDS-TMC traffic data protocol, Bluetooth hands-free calling, TeleService notification, dynamic route guidance, stolen vehicle recovery and enhanced emergency response. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Engineering Management, both from the University of Massachusetts. He was honored by receiving the 2010 Telematics Leadership Award in the USA issued by Telematics Update and was selected as a Best Speaker at the 2010 Telematics@China Forum.

  • Chuck Link
     
    Charles M. Link, II Founder and Chief Technology Officer
    M2MD Technologies
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    Mr. Link is founder and Chief Technology Officer for M2MD Technologies, Inc., a new company focused on securely connecting machines to mobile devices.

    M2MD Technologies is developing an M2M connectivity solution for LTE and GSM based devices and a security technology for constrained devices using industry standard security solutions. Along with the security focus, M2MD Technologies is developing a provisioning and connectivity technology to prepare for the next generation of Wireless Wide Area Network (“WWAN”) devices, focusing on the Internet of Things.

    Previously, Mr. Link was Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Hughes Telematics in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Hughes Telematics from its inception and Verizon Telematics, Inc. (VZT) after Verizon acquired Hughes Telematics in 2012. As CTO, Mr. Link was responsible for the technology foundation of the company and focused on vehicle connectivity, network architecture and strategy for the OEM telematics offerings of the company.

    Mr. Link was responsible for specifying the architecture for VZT’s service rollout for Mercedes and Volkswagen vehicles in North America. This architecture is the first full implementation of a system that leverages best-in-class service and content providers while maintaining OEM autonomy. The architecture is designed to support multiple OEMs across several continents with a consistent offering and scalable infrastructure. Hughes Telematics/VZT began offering service to Mercedes vehicles in November 2009, and Volkswagen vehicles in August 2013. Most recently, Mr. Link led the successful technology rollout of OEM services for Mercedes and Volkswagen in China.

    Prior to his involvement in the telematics industry, Mr. Link spent 19 years in various engineering roles developing products and services for the U.S. wireless/cellular industry, leading to over 70 patents and nearly 40 pending patents. Most notable of the developments was the wireless message waiting indicator network (“MWI”), initially serving Bellsouth in the mid-1990’s, and later delivering over a billion MWI notifications per month for AT&T. Other notable systems or services architected and developed by Mr. Link include the first North American USSD based information system, a unified wireless-wireline voice mail service, a point-of-sale system that automatically “programmed” handsets and a call forwarding system that automatically forwards cellular calls to an associated landline.

    Along with a colleague from Daimler, Mr. Link conceived the embedded M2M Form Factor (MFF) SIM device that is a cornerstone of the eSIM and the embedded connectivity solutions used by the automobile industry.

    Mr. Link resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Susan. Both his daughter and son are engineers, currently working in the telecommunications industry.

  • Fred Blumer
     
    Fred Blumer CEO and co-founder
    Vehcon
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    Fred Blumer is the CEO and co-founder of Vehcon, Inc., a vehicle connectivity and data services company located in Atlanta, Georgia. Vehcon provides a broad range of validated vehicle and driver data leveraging smartphones and mobile networks.

    Prior to Vehcon, Fred was the co-founder of Hughes Telematics, Inc., originally formed to provide telematics systems and services for automotive OEMs. While at Hughes, Fred led a team of engineers and data experts to create an award-winning range of hardware, software, and services for aftermarket telematics applications, including the usage-based insurance solution currently used by leading insurance companies. Hughes Telematics was acquired by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) in 2012.

    Fred is a frequent speaker and author on the topic next-generation telematics, connected vehicles, and automotive data. His insights have been published in leading business, technology, insurance and automotive publications including The Wall Street Journal, Automotive Digest, and Insurance & Technology. Fred is an inventor on more than 10 utility patents for telematics, auto insurance, and vehicle data technologies. He currently serves on the Telematics Task Force of the Auto Care Association, and was formerly the Vice Chairman of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association.

    Fred is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the College of Charleston, and was a research fellow at Kyoto University (Japan). Fred resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife of 31 years.

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Automaker Speakers

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by company

  • Scott Reynolds
    Audi Of America Inc.
    Scott Reynolds Audi Mobility Business Development Manager
    Audi Of America Inc.
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Michael Mikos
    Car2go
    Michael Mikos CFO
    car2go
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    Michael Mikos is chief financial officer and director of business development of car2go N.A., LLC, a role he assumed in July, 2015. In this role, Mikos is responsible for the financial management and expansion of car2go’s business in North America. He reports directly to car2go N.A. president and chief executive officer Paul DeLong.

    Prior to his appointment as CFO, Mikos served as director of strategic development, assuming that role in March, 2013. He was responsible for the development car2go’s city launches across North America and managed the development and integration of new Daimler mobility products. Mikos also built strategic partnerships and investments throughout the North American mobility market.  

    Prior to joining car2go, Mikos was project manager of revenue enhancement for Daimler Trucks of North America, where he wore multiple hats from marketing and sales to financial analysis since assuming that role in 2009.  From 2008 to 2009, Mikos served as district sales manager, where he was responsible for sales of Sterling Trucks through direct dealer and customer contacts in the Southern Region.  Prior to that, he served as national sales support manager, leading sales operations projects, and was also a financial product analyst for Daimler Trucks of North America.

    Before joining Daimler Trucks of North America, Mikos worked at Navistar International – formerly International Harvester – as an operations finance and activity-based management analyst, developing and implementing financial models at manufacturing sites and conducting analyses that helped identify operational efficiencies.   

    Mr. Mikos has an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, as well as a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

  • Dr. Ulrich Quay
    BMW i Ventures
    Dr. Ulrich Quay Managing Director
    BMW i Ventures
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    Ulrich has been Head of BMW i Ventures since July 2011. BMW I Ventures based in New York City and has made 14 investments in start-ups in the area of Mobility Services, in particular e-mobility, navigation, parking, car sharing and intermodal mobility solutions. BMW i Ventures is part of the brand BMW i, which is about the design and development of visionary vehicles and mobility services and a new perception of premium guided by sustainability. Ulrich is on the board of Chargepoint, Zirx and another investment. Before heading the Venture Group of BMW, Ulrich was a department manager in the legal department of BMW, both in Germany and England, focusing on M&A and distribution law in particular. He holds a phD in International Private Law.

  • Shawn Meredith
    Daimler
    Shawn Meredith Manager, Telematics Services Development
    Daimler
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Mark Menard
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    Mark Menard Director ICT Service and Parts and Global Connected Vehicle
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
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    Mark has been ICT Head of Service and Parts and Connected Vehicle since 2015. Prior to this Mark was Director of Quality, Infotainment, Sharepoint, Purchasing and Vehicle Safety. Mark also has been a Senior Manager in ICT Product Development and Senior Manager for Dealer Systems. Mark has been working in ICT at Chrysler for 34 years and has worked in many of the ICT functional area during his career. Mark comes with a BBA from Eastern Michigan University and a MSA from Central Michigan University.

  • Bret Scott
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    Bret Scott Head of Silicon Valley Future Technologies
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
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  • Rich Strader
    Ford
    Rich Strader Director
    Enterprise & Emerging IT
    Ford
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    Rich Strader is director, Enterprise & Emerging IT, effective February 1, 2015. In this role he is responsible for supporting and delivering IT services that enable Mobility, Connected Vehicle, the User Experience/Digital First and Analytics across the enterprise. His team is engaged in research, experimentation, delivery and a consistent integration of this work into the IT Operating Model. Prior to this, Strader was director, Ford Technology Services of India (FTSI) Centre Head & AD Delivery Operations. In these roles, he was responsible for all of the FTSI strategic initiatives, personnel development and application delivery for several portfolios. Strader was previously Ford’s Director of IT Strategy and Security, where his responsibilities included IT Strategy development, security policy, incident response, forensic analysis, IT Learning & Development, Executive Support and Organizational Change Management. Prior to this role, he served as CIO at Volvo and also Senior Manager of Ford's In-Vehicle Systems team where his group delivered the security architecture, connected services and several features to the SYNC platform. Strader has also held positions in Order processing and Fulfillment, Finance Systems and Plant Floor Systems at Ford. Before joining Ford, Strader managed a small software consulting firm that delivered plant automation solutions to various OEMs. Strader holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer, scuba diving and spending time with his wife, Cindy, and his children, John, Erin and Mark.

  • Mike Tinskey
    Ford
    Mike Tinskey Global Director, Vehicle Electrification & Infrastructure
    Ford
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Scott Burnell
    Ford
    Scott Burnell Global Lead
    Business Development & Partner Management
    Ford Motor Company
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    Scott Burnell leads business development and partner management efforts for the mobile industry at Ford Motor Company. In 2013 Scott created the Ford Developer Program, the world’s first developer ecosystem for in-vehicle connectivity. Open to all developers, Ford Dev has welcomed more than 8,000 registered community members from around the globe to innovate alongside the Ford AppLink team. By creating partnerships with mobile app publishers and developers, wireless network operators, and handset device manufacturers Scott drives Ford’s in-vehicle connectivity initiatives.

    Prior to joining Ford, Scott enjoyed a successful career in the wireless industry, starting with more than a decade building the retail side of the industry for wireless operators such as Verizon, Sprint and T- Mobile. As the Director of Mobile Content for Wireless Developer Agency he led the mobile efforts for top brands such as E! Entertainment, Maxim, and Turner Networks, including the development and launch of more than 500 apps and the administration of mobile ecosystems for AT&T, Sprint, and Bell Canada.

  • Mark Dipko
    hyundai
    Mark Dipko Director Corporate Planning & Strategy
    Hyundai Motor America
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    Mark Dipko is a 20 year automotive veteran and is currently Director of Corporate Planning at Hyundai Motor America; where he and his team are responsible for the product, brand and business strategies which guide the US operations.

    Mark is driven by the belief that the status quo is never sufficient and has combined his engineering expertise, customer insight and a strategic mind to be an agent of change at every stage of his career.

    Dipko joined Hyundai in 2008 as Product Manager for small cars. Since then, he has led the development of products like the innovative Veloster, vehicle launch strategies including the breakthrough Sonata and Elantra, world-first technologies such as the buttonless, eye-tracking HMI in the HCD-14 concept car and marketing programs including Equus’ industry-first iPad and Valet services. The Santa Cruz Crossover Truck is Mark’s most recent industry shifting concept, which he presented at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

    Mark’s career started in 1994 as an intern at Ford Powertrain, while earning a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. He held positions in Advanced Powertrain and Mustang Calibration before moving to Ford’s Special Vehicle Team to lead the 2000 Cobra R and 2003 Cobra chassis development. Along the way, he, earned a Masters in Automotive Engineering from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Forever in search of a challenge, he left Ford to earn a Marketing MBA from Arizona State, leading him to Yamaha Motorcycles, where he was responsible for marketing and business strategy. During his time he developed the current Yamaha US brand strategy and launched the Star Motorcycles brand of cruisers.

    Mark grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Southern California with his wife and son.

  • Tim Philippo
    Jaguar Land Rover
    Tim Philippo Product Strategy & Cross Car Line Manager
    Jaguar Land Rover
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Kal Mos
    Mercedes-Benz
    Kal Mos Vice President
    Mercedes-Benz R&D North America
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Gautier Falconnet
    PSA
    Gautier Falconnet Connectivity Specialist
    PSA
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    Gautier Falconnet is a connectivity specialist at PSA Peugeot Citroën in Vélizy, France, where he oversees technical innovation for connectivity solutions between cars and consumer electronic devices. He specializes in BT technology, connected applications, mirroring technologies and the use of smartphone voice recognition in cars. Gautier represents PSA Peugeot Citroën on the board of directors for the Car Connectivity Consortium, where he has served as vice president and secretary since 2012.

  • Chris Heiser
    Renovo Motors
    Chris Heiser CEO
    Renovo Motors
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    Christopher Heiser is co-founder and CEO of Renovo Motors, a Silicon Valley technology company. The Renovo platform supports rapid advancements in Autonomous, Connected, and Electric vehicles (ACE). He has built his career taking disruptive technologies to market; his previous roles include pioneering the camera phone (LightSurf), creating groundbreaking consumer products (IDEO) and building massively scalable global software systems (VeriSign).

    Mr. Heiser received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon where he designed and builtautonomous vehicles and exoplanet rovers. He successfully led teams in robotics competitions to multiple world championships, and at IDEO he helped win the inaugural Sandhill Challenge.

    Christopher is a believer that passionate innovation and thoughtful engineering make anything possible. He is an avid fan of motorsport and has lapped the Nürburgring several hundred times. He lives with his family in Mountain View, CA.

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    Renovo Motors
    Jason Stinson CTO & Co-Founder
    Renovo Motors
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    Jason Stinson is co-founder and CTO of Renovo Motors. An 18 year veteran of Intel Corporation, Jason was a Senior Principle Engineer responsible for the technical leadership of 350-500 person microprocessor design teams and contributed to over ten major product launches during his tenure. Jason holds a BSEE and MSEE from Stanford University where he has also been a lecturer for the Electrical Engineering Department since 2003.He has a passion for bringing performance, efficiency, and quality to highly complex electrical systems. Jason and his wife Aileen live in Palo Alto with their threechildren.

  • Fredrik Callenryd
    Scania
    Fredrik Callenryd Senior Business Strategy Manager
    Scania
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    The connected vehicle create a new business opportunities for solution and services for transportation. Works on strategies for product and services that makes Scania a leader in sustainable transport solutions.  Mr. Callenryd task is to making sure that the services development in early phases is in line with Scania long term vision, strategy, to ensure that services & solutions meet the business demands. Doing this based on the long experience within transport industry and understanding for the full eco-system that Scania operates in.

    Scania Connected Services & Solutions empowers Scania and Scania customer with new tools to improve their efficiency, reducing cost, and improving earnings.  Scania have more than 150 000 connected vehicles with active services usage and it´s a fast expanding business area. With global offered services such as Driver Coaching, Flexible Maintenance, Fleet management services and solutions such as Ecolution and Fleet Care.

  • Frank Weith
    Volkswagen
    Frank Weith General Manager for Connected Services
    Volkswagen Group of America
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    Frank Weith is the General Manager for Connected Services at Volkswagen Group of America for the Volkswagen Brand. He is responsible for launching and expanding the Connected Services features, as well as defining and implementing the long term strategies for future Programs. This includes managing the North American Market requirements for services and content, and identifying future technologies relating to connectivity and the integration of features into the infotainment and navigation platforms.

    Throughout his 25 year career, he has spent 11 years working in Germany for BMW, AAM and SIEMENS AG. His collective experience ranges from Product and Manufacturing Engineering for Components and Vehicle Systems, Product Strategy, and Business Development. He’s a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, which also included a foreign exchange program affiliated with the Technical University in Aachen, Germany.

  • Petter Horling
    Volvo
    Petter Hörling Director US R&D Tech Centre
    Volvo Car Group
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    Petter Hörling serves as Director US R&D Tech Centre & is leading the establishment of a Silicon Valley Tech office for Volvo Car Group. The main focus areas for the tech office are connectivity, infotainment, user experience & autonomous driving. Petter has previously been deeply involved in the XC90 UX & Infotainment solutions as well as multiple areas of safety innovations & launches in multiple car projects.

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Ecosystem Speakers

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by company

  • Utpal Bakshi
    accenture
    Utpal Bakshi Managing Director
    Product Lifecycle Services for Industrial & Automotive
    Accenture
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Dominique Bonte
    ABI Research
    Dominique Bonte Managing Director and Vice President, B2B
    ABI Research
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    Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B, is responsible for ABI Research's global automotive coverage including telematics, connected car, infotainment, navigation, location technologies and services, ADAS, V2X and cooperative systems, cyber security, autonomous vehicles and driverless cars, Usage Based Insurance, smart mobility, Intelligent Transportation Systems, smart cities, fleet management, asset tracking and IoE/IoT.

    Dominique’s background comprises a wealth of telecommunication and mobile device applications experience. He previously worked for Orange and BT in Belgium and held 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.

    Dominique holds an MS in Electronics Engineering at the University of Leuven and has earned several marketing and business degrees.

  • Chris Wilson
     
    Christopher Wilson Technical and IP Consulting
    Advanced Automotive Technology
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Scott Frank
    Airbiquity
    Scott Frank Vice President of Marketing
    Airbiquity
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    Before joining Airbiquity in 2013, Scott worked at leading communications, publishing, and technology companies for more than 25 years including J. Walter Thompson, IDC, IBM and Microsoft. Scott has developed, deployed, and optimized integrated marketing programs on a global, national and regional scale throughout his career. He earned B.S. in advertising from Syracuse University.

  • CJ Frost
    Amazon
    CJ Frost Principal Solutions Architect - Alexa Voice Service
    Amazon
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    Bio coming soon.

  • LaVern Sula
    ARGUS
    LaVern Sula President of North America
    Argus Cyber Security
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    LaVern Sula serves as the President – North America at Argus. LaVern brings a wealth of experience in Automotive, Product Development, Cyber Security and Globalization, including several overseas assignments. Prior to joining Argus LaVern has had more than 30 years of experiences working globally in the automotive industry, primarily serving as a senior executive at General Motors. In her last assignment as Global Engineering Director, Vehicle Cyber – Security, LaVern established and led GM’s cyber security global organization. Mrs. Sula holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology.

  • Liz Kerton
    Autotech Council
    Liz Kerton Executive Director
    Autotech Council
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    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.

  • Gail Gottehrer
    Axinn
    Gail Gottehrer Attorney
    Axinn
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Xavier Mosquet
    The Boston Consulting Group
    Xavier Mosquet Senior Partner and Managing Director
    The Boston Consulting Group
    View Bio

    Bio coming soon.

  • Brian Collie
    The Boston Consulting Group
    Brian Collie Partner and Managing Director
    The Boston Consulting Group
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    Brian is a partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, where he leads the North America Automotive sector. He is also a core member of the Industrial Goods, the Operations, and the Global Advantage practices.

    Brian brings nearly 15 years of global experience to his work. He specializes in working on strategy and transformation with automotive suppliers and OEMs for commercial off-highway vehicles. He has helped these companies define the strategic agenda, shape business unit strategy, build functional capabilities, and lead programmatic change.

    Over the last decade, Brian has led several large-scale transformation efforts, helping clients reposition their portfolios and value chains for competitive advantage and profitable growth. Brian has led numerous global engagements—working with clients in North America, Europe, China, India, and Latin America. 

    Prior to joining BCG, Brian was a partner at Booz & Company and served as an officer in the US Navy.

    Areas of expertise

    • Leads BCG's North American work in the automotive industry
    • Corporate and business unit strategy
    • Joint ventures
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Postmerger integration
    • Operating model strategy and design
    • Supply chain transformation
    • Cost reduction and efficiency improvement
    • Manufacturing network optimization
    • Quality

    Education

    • MBA, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
    • BA, economics and political Science, Villanova University

    Publications

  • Eric Dennis
    CAR
    Eric Dennis Transportation Systems Analyst
    Center for Automotive Research
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    Eric Paul Dennis joined the Transportation Systems Analysis (TSA) Group at CAR in May of 2012 as a Transportation Systems Analyst.

    Mr. Dennis achieved licensure as a professional engineer (P.E.) in the State of Michigan in 2011. Previous to working with CAR, Eric worked as a civil/ environmental engineer and construction inspector, consulting primarily to the public sector. He has experience working with a range of public sector clients including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Wayne County Airport Authority, and several municipalities.

    Mr. Dennis received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University in 2006, with a concentration on structural analysis and pavements. Eric received a master of science in engineering in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010, with a concentration on infrastructure planning and water resource management. He received a master of science in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan in 2012, with a concentration on economic and community development

  • Richard Wallace
    Center for Automotive Research
    Richard Wallace Director
    Center for Automotive Research
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    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.

  • Alan Ewing
    CCC
    Alan Ewing President & Executive Director
    Car Connectivity Consortium
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    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.

  • Paul Drysch
    Cisco-Jasper
    Paul Drysch Global Director, Connected Car
    Cisco-Jasper
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    Mr. Drysch is responsible for all aspects of building the company’s worldwide sales for Connected Car at Cisco Jasper.

    Before joining Cisco 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 startups.

    Mr. Drysch also serves on the board for several non-profit corporations.

  • Mark Thomas
    Jasper
    Mark Thomas Head of Connected Car Product Marketing
    Cisco-Jasper
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    Mark Thomas is the Head of Connected Car Product Marketing at Cisco Jasper. He is responsible for developing the go-to-market strategy for automotive OEMs and telematics service providers. Mark has over two decades of experience in product marketing, strategy development and business development roles at companies including Apple, HERE and Nokia. Mark holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

  • John Mirisch
    City of Beverly Hills
    John Mirisch Mayor
    City of Beverly Hills
    View Bio

    The Honorable John A. Mirisch was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council in 2009 and 2013. He is currently serving his second term as mayor. 

    Mayor Mirisch is a longtime supporter of high-tech solutions to municipal issues. A cornerstone of his current term as mayor is to install high-speed fiber optic cable throughout the City, providing high quality online access to every resident and business. He spearheaded a recent resolution passed by the City Council to develop a fleet of driverless municipal shuttles. These autonomous vehicles would increase mobility for elderly and handicapped residents in addition to solving the first-and last-mile issue for future Purple Line subway stops in Beverly Hills. Mayor Mirisch also was a leader in the City’s drive to introduce Automated License Plate Reader technology and expand the use of security cameras.

    A fourth generation Beverly Hills resident, Councilmember Mirisch lived abroad for a number of years, working as a film executive in marketing and distribution, before returning to his hometown.  Most recently Mr. Mirisch worked as an executive at Paramount Pictures, one of the world’s leading film companies, where he ran the International theatrical sales department. Prior to that, he oversaw international distribution for IMAX, the world’s most well-known premium movie-going experience. In addition, he worked with United International Pictures as the Managing Director of its Swedish and Austrian offices. While in Europe, he was selected to serve on the boards of the Austrian and Swedish Film Distributors' Associations, as well as the Swedish Academy Awards Selection Committee.

    Mr. Mirisch, a dual Swedish-American citizen, is the first Swedish national to serve as mayor of Beverly Hills.

    He can be reached at jmirisch@beverlyhills.org or MayorandCityCouncil@beverlyhills.org.

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    Civil Maps
    Jim DiSanto Advisor- Investor
    Civil Maps
    View Bio

    Bio coming soon.

  • Clem Driscoll
    Clem Driscoll & Associates
    Clem Driscoll President
    Clem Driscoll & Associates
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    Clement Driscoll is the founder and principal of C.J. Driscoll & Associates. Mr. Driscoll has over twenty years of experience in the fields of wireless location, navigation, and mobile communications. He directed the marketing of Teletrac’s fleet vehicle location service and Magnavox’s GPS navigation and satellite communication products. In 1994, Mr. Driscoll authored the Survey of Location Systems to Support Wireless 911, which served as a basis for the FCC’s wireless E911 rulemaking requiring accurate location of wireless 911 callers.

    Clem Driscoll is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has an MBA from St. John’s University. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of GPS World magazine and has served on Advisory Boards of a number of leading industry suppliers. He has written numerous articles on telematics and LBS for leading industry publications including GPS World, RCR, Telematics Update, Automotive Fleet, Inside GNSS, and Mission Critical Magazine. He is a noted authority on GPS-based products and services and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Mr. Driscoll has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the L.A. Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and well as in many leading industry trade publications.

  • Lutz Kuehnke
    continenta
    Lutz Kuehnke ADAS Business Unit - NAFTA Division Chassis and Safety
    Continental
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    Lutz Kuehnke achieved his diploma degree and his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hanover, Germany after having worked in research programs for the European space industry. His industry career began in 2001 in mobile communications being a multinational system engineer for Siemens AG. He then moved on into the automotive industry where he has held various positions in customer project management for global OEMs, program management and engineering management before he took on a global responsibility for a sensor business segment in Continental in 2011. Since April 2015 Lutz is heading the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Business Unit of Continental in the Region NAFTA.

  • Tim Evavold
    Covisint
    Tim Evavold Executive Director, Automotive
    Covisint
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    Timothy Evavold, Covisint Executive Director Automotive, is responsible for boarding, management, and governance of strategic third-party delivery partners for Covisint’s automotive engagement platform. He also serves as the Technical Director for Covisint’s global Connected Car program and solution set. Evavold has more than 25 years of experience in implementing and managing strategic process and technology, with a strong track record of delivering process re-engineering, cost reduction and revenue growth for competitive advantage and profit improvement.

    Prior to joining Covisint, Evavold held several executive positions such as VP of Operations and CTO at SCI Ltd., where he was responsible for product vision and roadmap, IT strategy and architecture, and operations for a fast-growing SaaS enterprise lead management and multi-channel marketing platform. As the CIO of OnStar, he led an operational turnaround improving reliability, scalability, quality and delivery, while also implementing advanced features such as OnStar Vehicle diagnostic e-mails, turn-by-turn directions with multiple delivery options (agent, MapQuest, onboard navigation, etc.), vehicle slow down, owner on-line experience, and more.

  • Dave Miller
    Covisint
    David Miller Chief Security Officer
    Covisint
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    David Miller, Covisint’s Chief Security Officer is an internationally renowned security thought leader recently named by FORTUNE magazine as an “identity visionary”. Miller has more than 20 years of experience in identity management and information technology. He is Chief Security Officer for Covisint, where he is responsible for internal and external system architecture security issues for e-business exchange. In addition, Miller 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 spoke before the U.S. Senate regarding e-prescribing of controlled substances.

  • David Liniado
    Cox Auto
    David Liniado VP, New Ventures
    Cox Automotive
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  • Ed Cohen
    Cumulus Media
    Ed Cohen VP, Ratings and Research
    Cumulus Media
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    Ed Cohen is Vice President-Ratings and Research for Cumulus Media, owners of over 450 radio stations in 90 markets and the U.S and the Westwood One radio network with over 8,000 affiliated radio stations. Ed’s role at Cumulus is to be the “research voice” for the company working with stations and research suppliers to maximize audiences and revenue for Cumulus stations. Other aspects of Ed’s role at Cumulus include evaluating new audience measurement methods, training Cumulus managers and programmers to use ratings data to greatest advantage, and research design. Ed represents Cumulus Media on the Media Rating Council and the National Association of Broadcasters’ COLRAM committee.

    Prior to joining Cumulus in 2016, Ed spent 16 years as a Vice President at Nielsen Audio and its predecessor, Arbitron. During his time there, he worked with the core audience measurement product, digital audio measurement, and connected cars. Previously, he was Vice President-Research for Clear Channel Communications and has also worked for WPXI-TV, Birch/Scarborough Research, the National Association of Broadcasters, and WSPA-FM. Ed has taught at both Michigan State University and Duquesne University and has guest lectured at numerous universities and presented at many industry conferences.

    Ed holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media and a B.A. in Telecommunication from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. He is former president of the Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State. Ed holds membership in a number of professional organizations and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media.

  • Scott McCormick
    CVTA
    Scott McCormick President
    Connected Vehicle Trade Association
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    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.

  • Gary Kalk
    dealer fx
    Gary Kalk President & CEO
    Dealer F-X
    View Bio

    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 One 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.

    Dealer-FX ranked on both Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ and Technology Fast 500™ As well, Dealer-FX was the proud winner of Industry Newcomer at the TU-Automotive Awards 2015.

    Gary has over 25 years’ experience in the auto industry at the marketing, consulting & retail levels. His awareness of all aspects of dealership operations (particularly fixed operations), strong understanding of retail marketing systems & processes and his recognition of the importance of “customer experience” have enabled him to be a leader in helping dealers drive customer retention & profits. Gary also has a vast experience at the OEM level: he worked with, and has been involved in, developing numerous programs for many of the top OEM’s such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Group), Audi, Mazda, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Acura, Suzuki, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Subaru. He has recently had several articles published in Fixed Ops Magazine and was selected to deliver workshops at Digital Dealer Conference 18 and Telematics Update in Detroit.

     

     

  • Jeremy Kaplan
    digital-trends
    Jeremy Kaplan Editor in Chief
    Digital Trends
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    Jeremy is Editor in Chief of Digital Trends. Over nearly two decades working in and with technology he saw the industry explode, from the growth of the Internet to the birth and dominance of smartphones, Facebook, Twitter and more. Before joining DT, he spent nearly five years at FoxNews.com, and over a decade at Ziff Davis Media, publisher of PCMag.com.

  • Jude Hurin
    Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
    Jude Hurin DMV Administrator
    Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Shauna McIntrye
    Egon Zehnder
    Shauna McIntyre Head, U.S. Automotive Practice
    Egon Zehnder
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    Shauna McIntyre leads the US Automotive Practice Group and is also a core member of the Technology Practice Group. She possesses broad expertise in the recruitment of board members, Presidents, Heads of R&D, and other senior leaders across a variety of industries, with particular focus in the emerging high-tech automotive sector. Her client base spans from small to mid- cap businesses to Fortune 500 companies located around the world.

    Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Shauna spent nearly 20 years in the automotive industry, at the OEM, Tier 1, and start-up levels with particular focus on developing and launching innovative new products and technologies. She began her professional career at Ford Motor Company, where she led plant expansion and lean manufacturing projects globally; and later, back in the US, she led truck final assembly in a unionized setting on both night and day shifts. At Honeywell International, she led a global expansion strategy which doubled the size of company’s commercial vehicle turbocharger business, and while leading global Product Engineering for the business she launched new engineering centers around the world to satisfy a rapidly expanding customer base. Most recently prior to joining Egon Zehnder, she held a number of senior executive roles with Sequoia Capital and other venture-backed start-ups focused on new automotive technologies.

  • Claes Herlitz
    Ericsson
    Claes Herlitz Head of Automotive
    Ericsson
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  • Juergen Daunis
    Ericsson
    Juergen Daunis Sales Director Automotive
    Ericsson
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    Juergen Daunis is responsible for the Central & Western European Automotive business for Ericsson. He has 20 years of Automotive and Telecommunication experience and had multiple management positions in Consulting, Business Development and Sales at companies like Nortel, Daimler and Verizon Telematics. Since 2009 Juergen is focused on Telematics with automotive and aftermarket and he has driven those engagements with leading companies globally.

  • JD Margulici
    ExoNav
    JD Margulici Chief Executive Officer
    ExoNav
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Mariel Devesa
    Farmers Insurance
    Mariel Devesa Head - Product Innovation
    Farmers Insurance
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    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

  • Sean Kilcarr
    FleetOwner
    Sean Kilcarr Senior Editor
    FleetOwner Magazine
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    Sean Kilcarr serves as executive editor of Fleet Owner magazine and editor-at- large for American Trucker magazine, both owned by Penton Media Inc. A transportation journalist for 23 years, his “beat” encompasses a wide range of industry topics – from trucking equipment, regulatory, and business issues to intermodal, logistics, supply chain operations, etc. He also writes the “Trucks At Work” blog, which received a Jesse H. Neal award in 2010 for digital content. He’s a 1989 graduate of Virginia Tech, majoring in history, is married and has three daughters.

  • Aldo Monteforte
    The Floow
    Aldo Monteforte Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    The Floow
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    Aldo has been working as an entrepreneur in the telematics industry for the last 15 years.  He conceived and founded The Floow in 2012, with the vision of making vehicles safer and cheaper for all.  Aldo saw the potential to transform the insurance industry from the convergence of mobile technologies, large scale data mining and psychology applied to driver behaviour.  The Floow supports leading world insurers, delivering scores with demonstrably superior predictive power and digital end-user services that transform insurance operations.  Prior to founding The Floow, Aldo was co-CEO of Cobra Automotive Technologies (IPO in 2006 and acquired by Vodafone in 2014), where he led development of telematic services, growing from scratch a subscribers’ base of nearly 200.000 in stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) and telematic insurance.  Aldo is a graduate of Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, where he earned a Master of Science, Management (Alfred P. Sloan Fellow). He is a member of the Sloan Alumni Advisory Board of Stanford GSB.

  • Chris Stallman
    Fontinalis Partners
    Chris Stallman Principal
    Fontinalis Partners
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  • Dan Ratliff
    Fontinalis Partners
    Dan Ratliff Associate
    Fontinalis Partners
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  • David DiMeo
    Forddirect
    David DiMeo Innovation Director
    Forddirect
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    David is a seasoned technologist with over 15 years of experience in telecommunications, consumer electronics, business development, digital marketing, product management, partner management and channel management.

    David’s achievements includes launching a consumer portal within Ford that allowed customers to download applications and updates for SYNC through an internally developed app store that also provided user account and subscription management including online payment processing and integration with dealership sales and service systems.

    David had also been the principle architect behind the development of a system that has the ability to learn the natural routes of the individual and create profiles based on a number of factors and combine all available information to predict with high confidence the driver is most likely traveling and look ahead to provides insight and assistive information when contextually relevant.

    David is currently a Director within the Innovation Lab at FordDirect focusing on the impacts that the connected car will have on the customer expectation of both the OEM and its dealer body and working to identify opportunities that will enhance or improve the relationship both the Brand and the Dealership.

  • Vishwas Shankar
    Frost & Sullivan
    Vishwas Shankar Program Manager, Global Business Strategy and Innovation
    Frost & Sullivan
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    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.

  • Pierre Girard
    gemalto
    Pierre Girard Security Solution Expert
    M2M Business Unit
    Gemalto
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    Pierre Girard is a Security Solution Expert in the M2M business unit of Gemalto. He’s focusing on the automotive and energy market segments where he co-designs security solutions with Gemalto customers and partners. In recent past, he was Principal investigator for smart cites in the Strategy and Innovation division where he was in charge of Gemalto positioning in this area, including research, prototyping, business incubation, IP and standardization. Before that, Pierre has managed the security architecture team in Gemalto security labs for more than 10 years. Pierre holds a Habilitation and a PhD in computer security.

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    gestigon
    Moritz von Grotthuss CEO
    gestigon
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  • Sylvano Carrasco
    Getaround
    Sylvano Carrasco VP of Hardware and Telematics
    Getaround
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    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. 

  • Matthew McCullough
    GitHub
    Matthew McCullough Director of Field Services
    GitHub
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    Matthew J. McCullough, Director of Field Services for GitHub, is an energetic 20 year veteran of enterprise software development, world-traveling open source educator, and co-founder of a US consultancy. All of these activities provide him avenues of sharing success stories of leveraging Git and GitHub. Matthew is a contributing author to O’Reilly books entitled "Version Control with Git", "Building and Testing with Gradle," and "Jenkins: The Definitive Guide", in addition to authoring the "Git Master Class" series for O’Reilly.

  • Brian Hamilton
    gracenote
    Brian Hamilton General Manager, Automotive
    Gracenote
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    Brian is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Auto for Gracenote. In this role, he is responsible for managing relationships with all major automakers and suppliers, as well as building and executing upon product roadmaps.

    Brian has served in several leadership positions with Gracenote since joining the company in 2000. Most notably, he served as President of Gracenote Japan where he established the company’s APAC operations in Japan, Korea and Taiwan and spearheaded explosive growth of Gracenote’s Automotive business with major Asian OEMs.

    Brian later assumed the role of SVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Gracenote, where he grew annual revenue to $105MM and increased the sales pipeline by more than 200 percent across its Music, Video and Auto verticals.

    Brian also played a critical role in Gracenote’s integration with Sony following the 2008 acquisition. He drove joint engineering projects with Sony to achieve new “first to market” features and enhanced performance for several Sony products and business groups.

  • Joe Fabbre
    Green Hills Software
    Joe Fabbre Director - Platform Solutions
    Green Hills Software
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Soon
    Green Hills Software
    Chuck Brokish Director of Automotive Business Development
    Green Hills Software
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Sam Schwartz
     
    Sam Schwartz CEO
    Gridlock Sam
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Cary Tilds
    GroupM
    Cary Tilds Chief Innovation Officer
    GroupM
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    As chief innovation officer for GroupM, Cary Tilds is responsible for leading the company's efforts in the in the identification, evaluation, and development of new and emerging digital platform technologies. Appointed in January 2013, Tilds works with all of GroupM's media agencies, helping them engage with established players and identify new game changers that will best enable them to powerfully employ "tech stack" digital tools such as search, social, and mobile in the development of marketing strategies for clients.

    Previously, Tilds worked as North American leader of digital media operations for Mindshare, ensuring that the GroupM agency's clients received best-in-class digital thinking and execution. In that role she was responsible for evaluating and providing strategy and vision for the integration of people, process, systems, media opportunities, and technologies in the agency's digital initiatives for clients.

    Earlier in her career, Tilds worked on macro digital strategies for Unilever North America, and from 2007 to 2010 she was the leader of digital media operations for team Detroit, where she led a team of digital media strategists who developed and implemented digital media strategies for Ford Motor Co. Tilds was also the director of search for PHDiQ, the centralized digital buying group for media agency PHD, where she led search buying and planning synergy within PHDiQ's integrated media buying and planning model. Her clients included DaimlerChrysler, Charles Schwab, Discovery Media Networks, and HBO.

    Tilds' early career included 10 years at Entertainment Publications, an InterActiveCorp (IAC) company, where she worked in client management and database marketing while honing her skills in multi-platform communication disciplines such as email, direct mail, print, search, and internet marketing.

  • Larry Haddad
    Haddad and Associates
    Larry Haddad Proprietor
    Haddad and Associates
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    Larry is an automotive veteran, with the past 18 years focused on connected car product planning and marketing.

    In 2015, Larry launched an independent consulting practice with the mission of leveraging 33 years experience in automotive product strategy & planning, business planning, business development, contract negotiation, marketing and sales to create value for customers and ultimately to create value for business enterprises in automotive or other consumer technology product sectors.

    In 2012, Larry was appointed Global Chief Marketing Manager, Vehicle Information Division, Nissan Motor Corporation. He was responsible for delighting customers by creating a stress free and intuitive customer experience along every touch point of the customer journey, from discovery through repurchase for Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun sales channels. In this role he also managed world-wide digital marketing, promotion and co-marketing strategies for connected cars.

    From 2006 to 2012 Larry was General Manager Product Strategy and Planning for Nissan and Infiniti channels at Nissan Europe in Paris and Nissan International in Geneva. In this role, he was responsible for Product Strategy and Planning for Nissan in Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and India.

    Larry has championed the introduction of several iconic technologies introduced by Nissan Motor Corporation. His accomplishments include the introduction of NissanConnect; an affordable navigation and connectivity system that quickly became the industry leading in- vehicle navigation product for B and C segment vehicles.

    For the demanding Infiniti customers who have a passion for inspired performance, Larry championed the introduction of Infiniti InTouch, Dynamic Safety Shield and the award winning Around View Monitor.

    For electric vehicle drivers, Larry championed the introduction of NissanConnect EV; an award winning in-vehicle infotainment system designed to meet the unique product needs of electric vehicle drivers. The NissanConnect EV system was awarded the Mobile World Congress Global Mobile Awards 2011 prize for the “Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport”.

    From 1997 to 2006, Larry was responsible for Product and Marketing strategy at Nissan North America.

    From 1993 to 1996, Larry worked on Pan-European Business Strategy projects for Nissan Europe in Amsterdam as Nissan prepared its European operations for the European Monetary Union.

    Before his first assignment in Europe, Larry worked in Sales and Marketing for Nissan, Infiniti and Ford Motor Company in the United States.

    Larry has a passion for studying consumer behavior, ethnology and technical trends to create innovative products that meet the needs of a diverse group of worldwide vehicle buyers.

    Larry has a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

  • Mark Searle
    harman
    Mark Searle Vice President for Development
    Harman
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    Mark Searle is Vice President for Development at Harman, a global leader in connected car technology, design and analytics. Dr. Searle is responsible for Enterprise Architecture for the Harman Automotive Service Delivery Platform, a cloud-based platform for the connected car.

    Prior to joining Harman, Dr. Searle has held a number of senior development positions in the Mobile Telecommunications and automotive industries, including as Head of Development for SurfKitchen, the leader in mobile application store services. 

    Mark graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

  • Axel Nix
    harman
    Axel Nix Senior Director of ADAS
    Harman
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    Axel Nix is Senior Director of ADAS at Harman where his team is connecting the worlds of infotainment and ADAS. Among his products is an industry-leading approach to validating the functional safety of image processing and path planning algorithms - a key enabler of future autonomous vehicles.

    Prior to joining Harman Axel was responsible for Systems Engineering at Magna, where his global team successfully launched automotive cameras, computer vision, and surround view systems.

    Axel started his automotive career at Opel in Germany and transferred to the US as part of GM’s Overseas Fellowship program in 2000. His one-year assignment turned into a permanent move to GM where he led the development of navigation and XM radio systems.

    He earned a MSEE degree from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany, and an MBA from Oakland University. He holds more than 20 patents.

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    HortonWorks
    Grant Bodley General Manager, Global Manufacturing
    HortonWorks
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Joe Laszlo
    IAB
    Joe Laszlo Vice President, Industry Initiatives
    Interactive Advertising Bureau
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    Joe has served as IAB’s Vice President of Industry Initiatives since October 2015. Joe oversees all of IAB’s committee- and council-driven programs and projects, ensuring that group initiatives support the organization’s overall strategic priorities, and fosters effective communication and collaboration across IAB’s growing array of groups. With a strong interest in emerging areas of digital media, Joe currently also actively manages the IAB’s Cross-Screen Task Force and Connected Cars Working Group.

    Joe served as the senior director of the IAB’s Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence starting with its inception in December, 2010 through October 2015. He played a critical part in the Mobile Center’s mission of growing the mobile interactive industry. Joe led IAB projects including: writing buyer’s guides on mobile, tablet, and mobile video advertising; developing the IAB MRAID standard for mobile rich media advertising; and working with the Media Rating Council (MRC) to establish guidelines for counting mobile web and in-app ad impressions.

    When Joe is not at home in Manhattan or traveling to speak at events and meet IAB members, he can often be found on a sailboat, either in New York Harbor or, preferably, in more exotic locales.

  • Joel Karp
    INRIX
    Joel Karp Sr. Director Product Management
    INRIX
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    Joel Karp has spent over 17 years bringing emerging concepts to market and creating the strategic business alliances required to competitively position products and services. As senior director of product management at INRIX, he is responsible for growing its in-vehicle application ecosystem and recently led the development of INRIX's flagship connected car platform based on machine learning technology. Prior to INRIX, Joel led the development of Hyundai Motor America’s in-vehicle app strategy. He also was an early member of Softcard (formerly Isis Mobile Commerce), a joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon where he led negotiations on key strategic deals. Joel previously served as Head of Mobile with Sony Connect, and oversaw multimedia product development for Alltel (prior to its sale to Verizon Wireless) where he developed all facets of the go-to- market approach for over-the-air mobile music.

    Joel has an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA in history from the University of Vermont.

  • Nathan Potance
    INRIX
    Nathan Potance Vice President, Business Development
    INRIX
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Tim Streck
    INRIX
    Tim Streck Sr. Director, Channel Development
    INRIX
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    Tim has twenty-seven years of experience in the technology market, specializing in Mobile Computing and Cloud Services. He has held various positions with Apple, WRQ and Microsoft, before joining INRIX in 2014. Now Tim is managing relationships with global partners to bring new solutions to market.

  • Jason Javaherian
    Intelematics
    Jason Javaherian Vice President, North America
    Intelematics
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    Jason Javaherian, Vice President, Intelematics North America (INA)

    An executive with 17 years’ experience in the automotive and consumer electronics industry — including automobile clubs — Jason possesses both product launch and market expertise. His ability to identify emerging business opportunities, combined with a proven track record of domestic and international market and product outcomes, makes Jason an indispensible part of the burgeoning Intelematics North America machine. Jason brings a firm grasp of infotainment, content applications, telematics, automotive, loyalty programs, FMCG, supply chain, manufacturing and retail to the role of VP of INA. As INA continues to grow, Jason will take the lead in bringing the new venture’s bold strategic vision to fruition.

  • Kristin Kolodge
    JD Power
    Kristin Kolodge Executive Director - HMI and Driver Interaction
    JD Power
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    Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for developing a new HMI Practice at the company and monitoring customer insights, perceptions and behaviors of the consumers interacting with the technology in their vehicles and around them.

    Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. She spent the majority of her 18 years at the company developing automotive features that enhance the customer interface by optimizing ergonomics, intuitiveness and usability. She led the development of the vehicle HMI process that integrated human factors, ergonomics and cognitive analysis into actionable design direction. She also served as senior manager of product investigations and campaigns responsible for conducting technical investigations on products related to vehicle safety and compliance and making recommendations regarding potential field campaign actions. Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.

  • Akshay Anand
    Kelley Blue Book
    Akshay Anand Manager, Commercial Insights
    Kelley Blue Book
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    Akshay Anand is manager of commercial insights for Kelley Blue Book.  Anand regularly produces data and reports, developing and sharing powerful storylines and actionable information with executives in the automotive industry. Anand regularly lends his insight on automotive news and information via commentary to media.

    Prior to his current role, he was senior insights analyst, where he developed and provided insights reflecting Kelley Blue Book’s position as the market leader for new- and used-car research. Anand was also previously a market intelligence analyst at Kelley Blue Book.  In that position, Anand was charged with analyzing Web traffic data to identify trends and patterns on KBB.com.

    As a subject matter expert for Kelley Blue Book, Anand is knowledgeable on brand, segment and model- specific data and insights.  In addition, he is familiar with the competitive environment within the automotive industry, car-shopper behavior and more.

    Anand holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies, with a focus on economics, from the University of California, Irvine.

  • Tom Freeman
    Kymeta
    Tom Freeman SVP, Land Mobile
    Kymeta Corporation
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    Tom is a recognized leader in the Connected Car industry. Tom is experienced in delivering safety, security, and infotainment system solutions to the auto industry. As Senior Vice President of Land Mobile Applications, Tom’s focus is delivering content to connected mobile platforms such as the connected car. He has been a featured speaker in events llike Creating Urban Tech – Berlin, authored articles of various publications such as IQT Quarterly, and SatMagazine and holds various patents in the automotive field.

    Tom is a Seattle native, did his undergraduate work at the University of Washington, and achieved his MBA from the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington.

    www.kymetacorp.com/TU2016

  • Guido Dornbusch
    Laird - Connected Vehicle Solutions
    Guido Dornbusch Vice President of Product Management
    Laird - Connected Vehicle Solutions
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Doug Moeller
    Lear Corporation
    Doug Moeller Vice President – Connectivity
    Lear Corporation
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Rutger Van der Wall
    LexisNexis
    Rutger Van der Wall VP Business Development
    LexisNexis
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    Rutger van der Wall is Vice President, International Business Development, Insurance, for LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, he is leading the international efforts for all Telematics offerings as well as bringing new capabilities to the Global Telematics offering. His experience comes in part from a diverse career background comprised of domestic and international experience, exposure to product introductions in established and emerging markets, and firsthand knowledge of Telematics solutions.

    Rutger joined LexisNexis in 2002 and advanced to his current position in early 2014 after serving as Vice President, Global, Legal Software Solutions based in the US and before that as the company’s managing director of The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Emerging Markets like Russia, the Middle East and Latin America. Earlier in his career, Rutger was associated with large and small European firms in various management, business development, and marketing roles.

  • Pasi Nieminen
    Link Motion
    Pasi Nieminen CEO
    Link Motion
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    Pasi Nieminen is the CEO of a Finnish car computer provider Link Motion. He has 20 years of experience in embedded software and business development in global technology companies, and for the last decade he has focused mainly on automotive software business.

    Mr. Nieminen created his first computer game in 1985, and has been involved with computing ever since. From initial game programming he eventually moved to work for Nokia mobile phones Finland 1995 focusing to solve problems in digital signal processors and ASIC design from software perspective, leading into next generation network protocols. After this, he moved to work for Nokia Japan to lead world’s first true commercial mobile internet and was responsible for Nokia’s i-mode, in 1998. From the year of 2000 onwards he worked for Nokia America for several different projects from new mobile browsers to operating systems.

    In 2002 Mr. Nieminen founded his own company Nomovok to focus on creating mobile and embedded devices running on Linux and Open Source software platforms. Nomovok was the first European company focusing on Linux in devices, and the company has delivered over 500 projects worldwide for various different vertical markets, from mobile phones to cars. Starting from 2013, Pasi has been working with Chinese companies on China ownership operating system and its applications under Chinese government initiatives.

    Nomovok started to be involved in car software and infotainment a decade ago, and since then the company has worked with various different European and Japanese car manufacturers such as Nissan, Toyota, and Renault. Based on this experience in automotive, mobile and IoT areas, Mr. Nieminen has established Link Motion in 2014 to focus on building the most secure and cost-efficient in-car computer in the market of connected cars.

    Mr. Nieminen holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Tampere.

  • Justin-Dickow
    Livio
    Justin Dickow Program Manager
    Livio
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Will Hicke
    Lixar
    Will Hickie Chief Data Scientist
    Lixar
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    Will Hickie got his start in Machine Learning in the early 90s trying to make better computer opponents for board-games. He spent a decade learning about and experimenting with game theory.

    His first applied use of ML was in 1996-1997; he used Genetic Algorithms to find Finite State Machines that could tell the difference between moving people and lighting changes in real-time video feeds.

    Since then he has:

    • Written image processing algorithms for Photogrammetry and feature extraction, stereo image processing, algorithms for quantifying image similarity, and depth estimation using light pattern anomalies (i.e., shadows and reflections).

    • Designed and developed G.O.R.F. -- Generic Object Recognition Framework; drawing on his experience with large problem spaces, he was able to bring modelling time down from a week to a few hours.

    • Written chat-bots, programs that can compose new music, signal detectors (and their counterparts), programs to detect nudity in images, programs to extract information about the author of a message based only on the message contents, 3D rendering engines, full calculators, and the odd networking protocol. Will started working in the defence industry, applying machine learning concepts to insider threat detection, and network threat detection in the face of ‘Byzantine’ operators.

    Since then, Will has become the Chief of Data Science at Lixar and has led Data/Machine learning projects for tier ones like GM. He has also worked on accelerated fuel saving indicators through predictive and prescriptive modelling.

    www.lixar.com

  • Raj Paul
    Lochbridge
    Raj Paul Vice President, IoT & Connected Services
    Lochbridge
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Vijitha Chekuri
    Lochbridge
    Vijitha Chekuri Senior Director
    IoT and Solutions Consulting
    Lochbridge
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    Speaker bio coming soon.

  • Kyle Landry
    Lux Research
    Kyle Landry Research Associate
    Lux Research
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    Kyle Landry is a Research Associate at Lux Research and is based in Boston. As a member of the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service he conducts research and market analysis for clients interested in Autonomous Systems, with representative topics including autonomous vehicles, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and artificial intelligence.

    Prior to joining Lux Research, Kyle received a dual B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Mechanics from Northeastern University.

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    Michigan Department of State
    James Fackler Assistant Administrator for the Customer Services Administration (CSA)
    Michigan Department of State (MDOS).
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    James Fackler, Assistant Administrator for the Customer Services Administration (CSA) for the Michigan Department of State (MDOS).  CSA is the “DMV face” of the department.  As an administrator for the Department, he helps with the development and implementation of new interagency and intergovernmental program development in addition to working through new legislative initiatives at the state and federal levels.  Before moving to CSA, James worked for the MDOS for 13 years as a Legislative Analyst and Legislative Liaison for the Office of Government Affairs.  In that role, James helped develop the initial Autonomous Vehicle legislation for the State of Michigan.  He has a broad understanding of all MDOS duties and functions with extensive experience in communicating with legislators, staff at the Executive level of state government, stakeholder interest groups and the general public. 

    Due to his DMV experience in conjunction with Michigan AV legislation background, he was selected to be a member of the NHTSA sponsored, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Autonomous Vehicle Best Practices Working Group.  This group was tasked with providing best practices and guidelines for states in handling the testing and future deployment of autonomous vehicles in the US and Canada.  The group will be putting their report out the Fall of 2016.

    James has a Master’s Degree in Forestry from Texas A & M University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan.

  • Max Wolff
    Manhattan Venture Partners
    Max Wolff Chief Economist
    Manhattan Venture Partners
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    Max Wolff is an economist and strategist teaching and working in the alternative asset industry in NYC for 12 years. Max teaches at the New School University’s Milano Graduate Program in International Affairs. Additionally Max is the Chief economist at Manhattan Venture Partners and sites on the boards of several technology startups. For the last 12 years Max has been fortune to contribute to macroeconomic and technology related coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN, Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS Evening News, Al Jazeera, Globo, CCTV and any other outlets.

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  • Eric Gundersen
    mapbox
    Eric Gundersen CEO
    Mapbox
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Luke Harris
    Metromile
    Luke Harris Director of Claims
    Metromile
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    As Director of Claims at Metromile, an innovative pay-per- mile insurance provider, Luke Harris is responsible for the management and oversight of Metromile’s claims operations. Luke has more than 12 years of experience in the insurance industry including 10 years working in various management positions at Progressive Insurance. Luke has extensive hands-on expertise as a claims professional and works daily at Metromile to deliver on one of Metromile’s core values, “create fiercely loyal customers”, while focusing on resolving claims as accurately and efficiently as possible. Luke received a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from Baker University.

  • Christian Kotscher
    Metrotech
    Christian KotscherCEO/Founder
    MetroTech
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Tina Srivastava
    MIT
    Tina Srivastava Strategic Engineering Research Group
    MIT
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Bryan Reimer
    MIT/MIT AgeLab
    Bryan Reimer Research Scientist
    MIT/MIT AgeLab
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    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.

  • Gareth Williams
    Mitsubishi Electric
    Gareth Williams Director of Advanced Development, Audio, Video & Communications
    Mitsubishi Electric
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    Gareth Williams is Director of Advanced Development at Mitsubishi Electric. He leads a team that is responsible for identifying, researching and bringing leading development, ideas, and technology to the company.

    Gareth has worked for 15 years in the automotive field. Gareth joined Mitsubishi Electric in 2013 coming from an engineering services background. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Aaron Solomon
    mobile devices
    Aaron Solomon CEO
    Mobile Devices
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    Aaron Solomon is the CEO and founder of Mobile Devices, a French company established in 2002 entirely focused on the development of a universal connected vehicle platform that includes embedded devices (such as C4 OBD dongle, hardwired devices, and telematics tablets), a device and data management platform and a unique Appstore of 3rd party telematics applications.

    Prior to that he was GM at B2i Automotive, a french engineering company since 1999.

    He holds a Master of Engineering of the Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie de Paris.

    He is based in Paris, France

  • Mahbubul-Alam
    Movimento
    Mahbubul Alam CTO and CMO
    Movimento
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    Movimento CTO and CMO Mahbubul Alam is charged with aligning automotive, operational technology and IT technology, corporate strategy, marketing and development to enable Movimento to anticipate, shape and lead automotive, transportation and market transitions. He directs architecture, technology, engineering, innovation, incubation of new solutions, marketing and communication across the company and develops a world-class technical talent. His focus is to help customers transform their businesses through technology and services innovation and offerings that support their business goals and increase their competitiveness.

    Alam joined Movimento in 2015. Prior to that, he was Head of Internet of Things and Machine-to- Machine at Cisco. During his leadership and tenure, Cisco became the global leader in Internet of Everything. Alam pioneered Cisco’s Machine-to- Machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT) business from the ground up. In addition to pioneering and developing the IoT/M2M vision, strategy, platform, and execution plan, he helped initiate the company’s smart connected vehicle roadmap. Before joining Cisco, Alam held technical leader position at Siemens, leading network architecture for GSM- Railways, 2.5G and 3G networks and also served as a technical advisor to Dutch government.

    Alam holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

  • Sam Abuelsamid
    Navigant Research
    Sam Abuelsamid Senior Analyst
    Navigant Research
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    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.

  • Giles Shrimpton
    NNG
    Giles Shrimpton CEO
    NNG
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    Giles Shrimpton joined NNG in March, 2016 as CEO. Shrimpton brings with him a proven track record of success in the automotive and software industries. Having previously overseen the expansion of new business segments in leadership roles abroad, Shrimpton will maximize the growth of NNG’s international operations as the company brings in bigger projects through an expanding network of global partnerships.

    Shrimpton started his career as a software engineer and has held senior positions at Philips, Siemens, Valeo, TomTom, and Mirror Controls. He is a former Executive Board member and Managing Director Automotive for TomTom where he created a fully automotive compliant organization and drove the volume introduction of Connected Navigation and Services. He gained his international experience while working for major automotive suppliers based in the U.K., U.S., France, Netherlands, and China.

    Shrimpton earned his degree in Computer Systems Analysis at Bristol Polytechnic and went on to obtain an MBA in Management at Henley Management College. He speaks English and French fluently and is currently learning Mandarin. Shrimpton is also a keen sportsman, participating in general fitness, squash, skiing, and windsurfing. His passion for culture and travel has led him – for work and pleasure – to a host of international destinations.

  • Jeffrey Rehm
    NNG
    Jeffrey Rehm North American Director of Business Development
    NNG
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    Jeffrey 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. Jeff’s automotive and technical expertise allows NNG to offer even more OEM-tailored services and products for automotive partners. Jeff also oversees the support of North American partners and regional projects.

    Jeff 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, Jeff successfully developed and managed business in the areas of in- cockpit infotainment electronics with a primary focus on audio systems, components, and navigation systems.

  • Stefan Werner
    NNG
    Stefan Werner Vice President Sales, Global Automotive OEM
    NNG
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    Stefan Wener joined global automotive navigation provider NNG LLC in 2015 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. Stefan came to NNG from Claro Consulting AG where he acted as Managing Director of Business Development. His responsibilities included creating new business opportunities, winning new OEM and Tier1 customers, managing customer-specific solutions, and creating strageties for future extension or conversion of products. He also oversaw multi- million dollar projects and delt with investor relations in the Automotive and Energy sectors.

    Stefan also gained relevant experience in management, business development, and marketing in the automotive industry in various senior roles throughout his career. He acted as Business Development Manager of Central Europe at Pi Shurlok, where he created and supervised business plans for kew accounts such as BMW, Hyundai, Porsche, Alpine, and Bosch. As Sales manager for Engenuity Technologies, Stefan worked in the Automotive, Aerospace, and Telecom sectors and managed OEM and Tier1/2 projects. Stefan also held upper level management positions with Clarion – as European Manager of Advanced Technologies and Group Leader of Digital Multimedia – where he offered marketing support for Clarion Car Entertainment products, managed Clarion Europe’s Digital Multimedia Division, and held sales responsibilities for key automotive customers.

    Stefan studied in the Department of Electronics/Telecommunication at the Univeristy of Applied Science in Darmstadt, Germany, where he earned a degree in Engineering. Stefan lives in Switzerland with his wife, is fluent in both German and English, and outside of work enjoys motorsports and technology as personal hobbies.

  • Eric Montague
    Nuance
    Eric Montague Senior Director Product Marketing & Strategy Automotive
    Nuance
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    Eric has over 25 years of experience in successfully bringing innovation to life in the consumer electronics, mobile and automotive industries, including 11 years based in APAC. He currently leads product strategy for Nuance’s automotive business unit, defining the product innovations and technology roadmap that will shape the user experience for the car of the future. Throughout his 15-year tenure with Nuance, Eric has worked with global industry leaders to help them deploy innovation for their products and customers. Prior to Nuance, Eric has worked for 10 years in the telecommunications sector helping service providers deploy new services, including Asia’s first pre-paid wireless service and one of the world’s first pre-paid Internet service.

  • Alan Rooke
    NXP
    Alan Rooke Director Automotive Field Engineering
    NXP
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  • Clyde Harris
    Oberthur
    Clyde Harris VP - BD & Sales - Connected Car, M2M and IoT - Americas
    Oberthur Technologies
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    Clyde Harris, Oberthur Technologies’ VP of Business Development and Sales- Connected Car, M2M and IoT- Connected Device Makers Business Unit- Americas, has been immersed in the world of mobile technology for over 25 years; starting with Motorola Inc. in 1990 as a navigation / telematics software engineer and then moving into sales and product marketing where he sold one of the first GPS receiver modules into GM’s Initial OnStar Telematics System.

    He managed major NorAm accounts for Skyworks Solutions and Zi Corporation before becoming the VP of Sales and Business Development for ACCESS Systems America, Inc where he worked closely with mobile and connected device software for mobile apps and the connected home and car.

    In 2014 he joined OT as the Senior Director of Sales and Business Development for its Telcom group and quickly moved into his current position, leading the business development and expansion of secure technology solutions / software in North America for the Connected Car, M2M (i.e. Machine-to-Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace.

    Clyde holds a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from The University of Calgary and has published a thesis and many papers related to vehicle navigation, automatic vehicle location and telematics. Clyde holds two position and navigation related patents. In his spare time, Clyde enjoys art and travel.

  • Guy Story
    Octo Telematics
    Jonathan Hewett CMO
    Octo Telematics
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    Jonathan started his career in a front line sales role and then progressed to Barclays Bank where he learnt his marketing trade rising to Head of Network Marketing for the UK branches. He then spearheaded the growth of Sainsburys Bank developing both the in store merchandising program and on line servicing. He was recruited by Royal Mail and headed Post Office Direct delivering the first digital customer channel. In 2006, Jonathan joined Dixons Stores Group to run the consumer financing and warranty organisation together with responsibility for The Tech Guys. Following 3 years as VP Consumer marketing at AIG, Jonathan now serves as the Global CMO for Octo the World’s leading telematics service provider.

  • John Kramer
    octo
    John Kramer Director of Business Development
    Octo Telematics
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  • Nino Tarantino
    octo
    Nino Tarantino CEO
    Octo Telematics
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  • Carla Bailo
    Ohio State University
    Carla Bailo AVP - Mobility Research & Business Development
    Ohio State University
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    Carla Bailo is Assistant Vice President – Mobility Research and Business Development at The Ohio State University. Also, she is President and CEO of ECOS Consulting, LLC which specializes in Engineering Efficiency and Optimization as well as Electrification and Computer Operated (Autonomous) Vehicles.

    Until Feb 1, 2014, she was senior vice president, Research & Development-Nissan Americas. In this role, she was responsible for all of Nissan’s vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil. She was also a member of Nissan’s MC-A, the company’s highest-ranking decision-making body in the Americas region.

    Bailo was previously based in Japan where she served as OEM business unit divisional general manager for Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. In this multi-dimensional role she was responsible for overall operations, revenue and profitability of Nissan’s OEM relationships for vehicle, powertrain, technology and intellectual property business worldwide.

    Bailo joined Nissan in 1989 as a vehicle testing engineer at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills, Mich. In 2003 she was promoted to director of Vehicle Program Management where she oversaw all of NTCNA’s engineering development projects, as well as cost, quality and delivery metrics. Also in 2003, she served as the assistant chief vehicle engineer for the Nissan Sentra and Nissan Quest.

    Later, Bailo was transferred to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan as vehicle program director with responsibility for the profitability and product presence of Nissan’s SUV’s worldwide. She was also recovery program director through the financial crisis, reporting directly to the chief recovery officer, and supported measures to offset economic business plan financial risks during fiscal year 2009.

    Bailo began her automotive career with General Motors’ Truck & Bus division, where she was in charge of truck durability testing and test development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan

  • Levent Guvenc
    Ohio State University
    Levent Guvenc Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    Ohio State University
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    Levent Guvenc is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Ohio State University with a joint appointment at the electrical and computer engineering department. He joined the department in September 2014. He received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, in 1985, the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the Ohio State University in 1992. During 1996-2011, he worked in the mechanical engineering department of Istanbul Technical University where he was the director of the European Union Framework Programme 6 funded Center of Excellence on Automotive Control and Mechatronics. He spent the year 2000 working as a guest researcher sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen. During 2011-2014, he was the department chair of mechanical engineering at Istanbul Okan University. He was the founder and director of the Mekar Mechatronics Research Labs (1997-2014). He was the coordinator of team Mekar in the 2011 Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge. Prof. Guvenc is the director of the Automated Driving Lab at the Ohio State University. His current research interests concentrate on automated driving, connected vehicles, stability controls, advanced driver assistance systems, electrified powertrains and applied robust control. He was the general chair of the 2007 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium. He is a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committees on Automotive Control, Mechatronics and Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles and the IEEE Technical Committees on Automotive Control and Intelligent Vehicular Systems and Control. He is an ASME fellow.

  • Joel Hoffmann
    Open Mobile Alliance
    Joel Hoffmann Automotive Business Development Consultant
    Open Mobile Alliance
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    Joel Hoffmann is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience developing new markets, with heavy focus on automotive software and open development concepts in the Connected Car segment. He is currently developing and executing the automotive engagement strategy for Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). OMA seeks to build a bridge from its 20 years of successful open standards development in the mobile and network operator space to the automotive need for enhanced communication around the internet of things.

    Previously, he served as an Automotive Strategist for the Intel Automotive Solutions Division where he successfully grew the first open automotive software consortium, GENIVI Alliance, as Director of Marketing and Intel representative to Board. Additionally, he expanded Intel’s automotive industry influence from #3 to #1 on the Connected Car topic through social media, interviews and public showcases worldwide.

  • David Hofert
    Oracle
    David Hofert Senior Director
    Java Business Development for IoT
    Oracle Java Embedded Global Sales Unit
    Oracle
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    David Hofert is Senior Director of Business Development for M2M and IoT platforms within Oracle’s Alliances and Channels group. His team is responsible for developing new ecosystem partners and business opportunities that leverage the depth and range of Oracle’s platforms with a key focus on devices running Java. David’s experience spans nearly two decades in the high-tech industry, leading teams in engineering, marketing, sales, and business development covering Java, Solaris, and various internet, embedded, and industrial technologies.

    David holds a patent for cross-language search and retrieval techniques. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and an Executive MBA from Boston University. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • David Taylor
    panasonic
    David Taylor Director, Connected Services
    Panasonic
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    David Taylor is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Aupeo! GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America. Based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Taylor is also the Director of Connected Services for Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA).

    Founded in 2008 in Berlin, Aupeo is a leading solutions provider for the connected automotive market. The company provides the B2B OneConnectSM platform and Personal Radio by AUPEO!® content service, which enables vehicle manufacturers to reinvent in-vehicle systems with new experiences that personally and intuitively inform and entertain drivers in a connected world.

    Aiming to reinvent the in-vehicle audio experience for connected vehicles, Taylor develops and leads crossfunctional, culturally diverse teams of engineers and technicians dedicated to providing software and service solutions to the global automotive industry.

    He brings more than 20 years of experience in the automotive software and services industry to his current role. Taylor previously held positions at PASA as Group Manager of Engineering and also as Director of Engineering for its Farmington Hills, Michigan, location. His past accomplishments include directing PASA’s efforts in automotive radio and navigation platform development along with advanced technology and audio engineering strategies. Since joining PASA in 2005, the company has benefited significantly from his ability to seamlessly integrate teams from around the world. His global perspective and approach has contributed greatly to the company’s expansion from a regional automotive engineering and technology development business into a global, diversified organization specializing in automotive solutions.

    Taylor earned a Master Degree in Business Administration in Strategy, Finance and General Management from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he received a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Taylor also graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Computer Science from King’s College, University of Cambridge.

  • Tom Gebhardt
    panasonic
    Tom Gebhardt President
    Panasonic Automotive
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    Thomas Gebhardt is President and Chief Operating Officer of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA). PASA designs, develops, manufacturers and markets audio visual/multimedia products/ systems to the automotive market in North America as a Tier 1 global systems solutions provider. PASA is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation.

    Gebhardt, with more than 25 years of experience with Panasonic, has decisively positioned PASA for its next generation of growth. Under his leadership PASA has been the fastest-growing business in Panasonic’s overall portfolio for the past four years, and continues to expand its position as a leading supplier to the North America automotive market of value-added integrated electronic systems and components. These include audio, video, navigation, information, energy and safety products and systems. Prior to his current role, Gebhardt successfully led several of the company’s major industrial businesses including Panasonic Industrial Company and Panasonic Factory Solutions Company. As General Manager in the Battery & Energy Products division, Gebhardt led the unit’s growth from $5 million to nearly $300 million in sales over a 10-year period. Before that he directed the reorganization of several other of Panasonic’s individual business units, which improved business processes, growth and profitability. The consistent thread throughout Gebhardt’s career has been his keen ability to strategically accelerate sales while carefully managing growth.

    Gebhardt’s leadership style encourages those under his direction to take ownership of opportunities and drive efficiencies. He believes that managers of the best organizations must be dynamic agents of change and empowered to improve processes and explore new ideas. In his leadership roles at Panasonic, Gebhardt has consistently been able to recognize new or changing business or organizational situations and swiftly and confidently capitalize on opportunities.

    Prior to Panasonic, Gebhardt held technical sales positions for Duracell Battery and an electronic component distributor.

    Gebhardt earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and has done extensive post-graduate work at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, including a yearlong executive program. His other activities include: board membership of Shriner’s Hospital; the March of Dimes; Arden Shore Family Charities; the Service Council and the executive-in-residence program at Northern Illinois University.

  • Josh Switkes
    Peloton
    Joshua Switkes Founder & CEO
    Peloton Technology
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    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.

  • Louis Brugman
    pioneer
    Louis Brugman VP Product Planning
    Pioneer
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    Louis joined Pioneer Electronics Corporation in 2007. As Vice President of Product Planning, he provides product development direction for all new products in Pioneer’s OEM customer portfolio which includes automotive infotainment devices, audio amplifiers, speakers, electro-mechanical devices, and navigation systems.

    Louis also manages a cross functional team with members from other divisions of Pioneer Corporation to develop future strategies that leverage existing Pioneer technologies and products in LASER heads up display, LiDAR sensing, OLED lighting, and all aftermarket automotive infotainment products (navigation, head units, speakers, amplifiers, etc.)

    As of April 1, 2016 Louis was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Product Planning and Project Owner. In addition to his previous responsibilities, Louis will now have cross-functional authority and final review of Pioneer’s key new business development projects.

    A graduate of University of Michigan - Dearborn and Michigan State University Broad School of Management, Louis holds a BSEE, MSEE and MBA. Prior to joining Pioneer, he served as the multimedia product planning lead for Ford Motor Company from 1999- 2007.

  • David Pratt
    Progressive Insurance
    David Pratt General Manager - Usage Based Insurance
    Progressive Insurance
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  • Frederic -Bruneteau
    ptolemus
    Frederic Bruneteau Managing Director
    Ptolemus
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  • Yi Zheng
    QNX
    Yi Zheng Product Manager
    QNX Software Systems
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    Yi Zheng is the product manager responsible for QNX Software Systems’ portfolio of safety and security products designed for the industrial, automotive, energy, and railway markets, and which are certified to standards such as IEC 61508, ISO 26262, and Common Criteria ISO/IEC 15408.

    Prior to joining QNX Software Systems, Yi worked at Entrust Technologies, Autodesk, and Nortel Networks, designing a wide range of software applications. She holds a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Carleton University and a Master's in Business Administration from Queen’s University, and is a Certified Management Accountant.

  • Thomas Bloor
    QNX
    Thomas Bloor Business Development Manager, Automotive
    QNX Software Systems
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    Thomas Bloor is an automotive business development manager at BlackBerry’s QNX Software Systems, where he is responsible for building, developing, and maintaining relationships with automotive Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs.

    Prior to joining QNX, Mr. Bloor spent 16 years at Intel, most recently as an automotive business development director, where he worked with Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, and other OEMs on their hardware and software strategies. He has also held positions at Gennum Corporation, Veba Electronics Group, and Future Electronics.

    Mr. Bloor holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering, with honors, from Birmingham University.

  • Matt Eichenberger
    Qualcomm
    Matt Eichenberger Senior Director – Business Development
    Qualcomm
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  • Anshuman Saxena
    Qualcomm
    Anshuman Saxena Director, Product Management
    Qualcomm
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    Anshuman Saxena is Director of Product Management for Automotive Driver Assistance Solutions at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Since 2015, he has been leading the Snapdragon™ SoC and Software products development for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Prior to joining Qualcomm Technologies, Anshuman held business development and system engineering roles at Texas Instruments focusing on machine vision based ADAS and video surveillance solutions.

    Anshuman has product development background of 16+ years in imaging, audio, video and vision systems. Anshuman received his Masters of Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

  • Lee Barnes
    Ricardo
    Lee Barnes Director, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Business
    Ricardo
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    Mr. Lee Barnes is responsible for strategic leadership, business development and project execution for Ricardo’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicles US business.As Director Mr. Barnes develops strategic partnerships to provide new technology, including Ricardo Agent Drive, which leverages agent based modelling methodologies for developing and verification of autonomous vehicles (AV), advanced algorithms development for AV motion control and system engineering and integration services for AV vehicle demonstration.

    Mr. Barnes has over twenty years of automotive experience with various OEMs, tier one suppliers and startup companies, including: General Motors, United Technologies and Onkyo America. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tuskegee University, and a Master’s Degree in the same field of study from Case Western Reserve University.

  • Judge Ron Hedges
     
    Ronald J. Hedges Principal
    Ronald J. Hedges LLC
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    Ronald J. Hedges is the principal of Ronald J. Hedges LLC. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation and has served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”).

    Mr. Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1986 to 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges.

    Mr. Hedges was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark. He taught courses on electronic discovery and evidence at both these schools. He was a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology of Princeton University for 2010-11 and 2011-12. Mr. Hedges is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

    Mr. Hedges is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York and Texas. He is also admitted to the bars of various federal courts.

    Mr. Hedges’ many publications include “Competence with Electronically Stored Information: What Does It Mean in the Context of Litigation and How Can Attorneys Achieve it,” 15 DDEE 135 (2015) (co-author), International Extradition: A Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2014), The Sedona Conference® Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary (The Sedona Conference®: 2014, 2012 & 2011) (co-senior editor), Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges (Federal Judicial Center: 2012 & 2007) (co-author), Discovery of Electronically Stored Information: Surveying the Legal Landscape (BNA: 2007), The Sedona Guidelines: Best Practices Addressing Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access in Civil Cases (The Sedona Conference®: 2007) (editing team member), “Case Management and E-Discovery: Perfect Together,” 9 DDEE 220 (2009), “Rule 26(f): The Most Important E-Discovery Rule,” New Jersey L. J. (May 18, 2009), and “A View from the Bench and the Trenches: A Critical Appraisal of Some Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” 227 F.R.D. 123 (2005).

    Mr. Hedges is also the editor of Representative Federal and State Court Decisions and Other Materials Involving ESI in Criminal Actions (posted at http://www.mass.gov/ago/bureaus/criminal/the-cyber-crime-division/electronic-information.html) and Representative Federal and State Judicial Decisions and Other Materials Involving Protective Orders, Confidentiality and Public Access in Civil and Criminal Actions (Feb. 2014) and the supplements thereto.

    Among other things, Mr. Hedges is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the Historical Society and the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Hedges is a member of The Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality, and Public Access, and The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention & Production. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Advanced E-Discovery Institute of Georgetown University Law Center.

  • Marc Weiser
    RPM Ventures
    Marc Weiser Managing Director
    RPM Ventures
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    Marc Weiser is a founder and managing director of RPM Ventures, an Ann Arbor and Silicon Valley-based seed and early stage venture firm focused on internet and mobile startups. Over the last 15 years Marc has served on over 20 boards of directors. For RPM, he is currently involved with the boards of Automatic, BountyJobs, and Glyde. He is also responsible for the firm’s investments in Giftly, SoFi, and ShareThis. Previous investments include: Applimation (acquired by Informatica – NASDAQ:INFA), OpenLane (acquired by KAR Auction Services – NYSE: KAR), R4 Global Services (acquired by Verisign – NASDAQ:VRSN), RiverGlass (acquired by Allen Systems), TetraVitae (acquired by Eastman Chemical – NYSE:EMN), and Xtime (acquired by Cox Automotive Group).

    Early Stage DNA. Prior to forming RPM, Marc was an internet and software entrepreneur. He co-founded QuantumShift, a provider of web-based business-to-business technology and services focused on corporate telecommunications needs. He was also an early employee at MessageMedia (acquired by DoubleClick) where he pioneered some of the original methods for e-commerce and helped lead the company’s IPO.

    Community. In addition to his board roles for RPM, Marc is Vice-Chair of McKinley, Inc., and is on the board of the Wolverine Venture Fund at the University of Michigan. Previously he was a founding member of the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and Adjunct Professor at the University, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in founding the CFE, the TechArb (student accelerator), and the Masters in Entrepreneurship (a joint program between the College of Engineering and Ross School of Business). Additionally, he and his wife are leading the creation of the Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan. This Center will provide national leadership and a path to a cure for those that suffer from food allergies. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSE in aerospace engineering and an MBA with highest honors.

  • Andrew Hart
    SBD
    Andrew Hart Director of Innovation, Strategy, Marketing and Sales
    SBD
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  • Jeff Hannah
    SBD
    Jeffrey Hannah Director
    North America
    SBD
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    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.

  • Dan Mårtensson
    Sierra Wireless
    Dan Mårtensson Vice President, Service Business Lines
    Sierra Wireless
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    Dan Mårtensson joined Sierra Wireless in 2015 and leads the Service Business Line at Sierra Wireless, responsible for global pre-sales, sales and customer success for the company’s cloud and connectivity services. An experienced executive with 15 years in the telecom and IT industry, Dan joined Sierra Wireless from DigitalRoute, where he was Vice President for Global Big Data Alliances and Business Development. Previous to DigitalRoute, Dan held senior sales and marketing positions for Relacom, Ventelo, and Telenor, where he built and headed up Telenor’s M2M/IoT business, transforming it into Telenor Connexion.

  • Lawrence Kennedy
    Spotify
    Lawrence Kennedy Sr Product Manager
    Spotify
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    Lawrence Kennedy has been at the forefront of shifting the car from a transportation device to the ultimate connected device for over 10 years. Obsessed with creating a game-changing music experience in cars, Lawrence joined Spotify after successfully integrating Pandora into 25 car brands spanning 100+ models and building revolutionary connectivity solutions at Daimler AG.

  • Chris Schreiner
    Strategy Analytics
    Chris Schreiner Director - UX Innovation Practice
    Strategy Analytics
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  • Brian Witten
    Symantec
    Brian Witten Sr. Director
    Symantec
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    Brian Witten is Senior Director of Internet of Things (IoT) at Symantec. Over the past few years, Brian has led engineering on Android, Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP.cloud), and reputation-based security for enterprise, as well as encryption and identity technologies. Prior to that, Brian created Symantec Government Research Labs and Symantec Research Labs Europe, as well as several new technologies now used in Symantec’s enterprise and Norton consumer offerings. An experienced information security expert, Brian has worked closely with leading universities, government organizations, and industry partners in information security for 19 years. Prior to joining Symantec, Witten worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. military’s central research and development organization charged with sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research, where he managed an R&D investment portfolio of more than $150 million in U.S. and international efforts.

  • Ted Serbinski
    Techstars
    Ted Serbinski Managing Director
    Techstars Mobiliy
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    Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit's automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence. He is the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility, the first US startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies. Previously, he was a Partner and founding team member of Detroit Venture Partners, a $55M seed-stage fund that has invested in 25 companies.

    Ted also serves as the Chairman of the Techweek Detroit Executive Advisory Board, board member for the Michigan Venture Capital Association, and board member for TechTown. He's also the Executive Producer of the documentary, Restarting the Motor City.

    For Ted's work in catalyzing the Detroit startup scene, he has been recognized as a Champion of the New Economy by Junior Achievement. He also has been awarded the Crain's 40 Under 40, dBusiness 30 in their 30s, Oakland County Elite 40 under 40, and the Detroit Techweek 100.

    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. Ted resides in Metro Detroit with his beautiful wife and two sons. He regularly blogs on startups at tedserbinski.com and is active on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tedserbinski 

  • Philipp Kandal
    Telenav
    Philipp Kandal VP, Automotive Engineering & OSM
    Telenav
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    Philipp Kandal is automotive Engineering VP of Telenav a leading connected car software company . He is in charge of a 200+ people team in the areas of product and technology across Silicon Valley, Europe and China. Before skobbler was acquired by Telenav in 2014 he was co-founder and CTO of skobbler, a pioneering company in OpenStreetMap based navigation solutions both for consumers and automotive clients. Philipp is deeply passionate about the innovations in the navigation space especially in regards to OpenStreetMap and how it will enable the next wave of (semi)autonomous vehicles. You can follow Philipp on Twitter (http://twitter.com/apphil ) read his thoughts on his blog (http://apphil.net/ ) or connect with him on LinkedIn.

  • Satish Kumar
    Telenav
    Satish Kumar Director of Product Management
    Telenav
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    Satish Kumar is Director of Product Management for Telenav, a leading connected car software company. He leads the product team responsible for delivering products for automotive companies. Satish is passionate about the new wave of innovations in connected car and mapping that are rapidly improving driving experiences.  He has a Master’s in Computer Science and has over 15 years of experience building products in location based services and big data.

  • Pieter Gillegot Vergauwen
    TomTom
    Pieter Gillegot-Vergauwen Vice President Product Management, Maps
    TomTom
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    Pieter Gillegot-Vergauwen is Vice President of Product Management for TomTom’s Map Production Unit. In this role, Gillegot-Vergauwen is responsible for all product development for the maps suite, including 85 unique products. He leads a team of about 25 people.

    Gillegot-Vergauwen has served in various capacities since joining Tele Atlas/TomTom in July of 2007. Previously, Gillegot-Vergauwen spent 8 years as a Business Consultant. Gillegot Vergauwen holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Vlerick Lueven-Gent Management School.

  • Jan-Maarten de Vries
    TomTom
    Jan-Maarten de Vries Vice President Product Management, Automotive Sales & Marketing
    TomTom
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    Jan-Maarten is a Dutch national. He is currently Head of Strategy, Product Management & Marketing in the Business Unit Automotive and part of its Management Team.

    He has a broad international experience working in various positions for Philips Electronics across different functions and organizations: Purchasing, Product Management, Marketing and Management in B2B and B2C businesses, software and hardware. He started his career in consulting firms like KPMG and Boston Consulting Group. He has worked and lived in the Netherlands and France.

    Jan-Maarten graduated in Business Administration at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

  • Costas Meimetis
    UBLOX
    Costas Meimetis Director Product Strategy, Short Range Radio Products
    U-blox
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    Costas Meimetis has joined u-blox in 2014 and he is heading company’s V2X product strategy.

    In 2004, he co-founded Antcor and has served as CEO of the company where he spearheaded company's strategic direction and business development. Over his tenure at Antcor he cultivated strong relationships with partners/customers while he successfully managed fund raising from VCs and Strategic Investors. Antcor was acquired by u-blox in 2014.

    Prior to founding Antcor, Mr. Meimetis held senior engineering positions in Bytemobile and ATMEL.

    Costas Meimetis holds a bachelor degree in Physics and MSc in Embedded Systems.

  • Stefan Gudmunsson
    UBLOX
    Stefan Gudmundsson Director Product Strategy, Short Range Radio Products
    U-blox
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    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.

  • Brad Sherrard
    UBLOX
    Brad Sherrard Senior Vice President
    U-blox
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    Brad Sherrard is, since 2004, Senior Vice President, Sales for u-blox, a Swiss leader in positioning and wireless semiconductors and modules. Mr. Sherrard’s responsibility is to manage the sales efforts for u-blox in the Americas and he has a team of Regional Sales Directors and Inside Sales that work with OEM customers.

    Mr. Sherrard is an accomplished senior executive with a 20-year track record of overachieving in international business development, management, sales, and product marketing. He has a history of building innovative programs, partnerships and market penetration strategies, resulting in dramatic revenue & profitability growth.

    He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from University of California, USA, as well as a master of business administration from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, USA.

  • Dr Christal Sheppard
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
    Dr Christal Sheppard Director
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
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    Dr. Christal Sheppard joined the USPTO in 2015 as Director of the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit. Prior to joining the USPTO she was an assistant professor of law at the University of Nebraska, where she co-founded a program of Concentrated Study in Intellectual Property law at the Law College. Dr. Sheppard has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School. She has over two decades of Science and Intellectual Property Law and Policy experience including as a practicing attorney at Foley & Lardner and the United States International Trade Commission and internships with Judge Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2005, Dr. Sheppard completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education for Senior Managers in Government program, and in 2014, she completed George Mason University’s Law and Economics Institute program.

    Her successful career in intellectual property law and policy includes her tenure as Chief Counsel on Patents and Trademarks for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where she was integral in many endeavors including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive change to this nation's intellectual property laws in over 60 years.

  • Susan Zielinski
    University of Michigan
    Susan Zielinski Managing Director - SMART
    University of Michigan
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    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.

  • Jon-Michael Kowall
    USAA
    Jon-Michael Kowall Executive - Innovation
    USAA
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    Jon-Michael Kowall, USAA’s innovation lead for home and auto insurance.

    With 18 years of financial industry experience ranging from actuarial, underwriting, product development, finance, and emerging analytics, Jon-Michael is currently the Assistant VP of Property & Casualty Innovation. Jon-Mike Kowall heads up a strategic team at USAA focused on taking innovation to the next level.

    The Innovation team is finding new and better ways to create value for the 11 million members of USAA. They leverage new and emerging technologies, think outside the box, and create strategic partnerships that sometimes result in equity investments.

  • James Levendusky
    Verisk
    Jim Levendusky Vice President, Telematics
    Verisk Insurance Solutions
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    Jim Levendusky, Vice President, Telematics, Verisk Analytics

    As vice president of Verisk Telematics, Jim Levendusky leads product development and strategic marketing for auto and commercial telematics and usage-based insurance products. He joined Verisk Analytics in 2002 as senior product manager, and, in 2012, became auto marketing manager for the Verisk Insurance Solutions – Underwriting division, where he managed marketing and development for a variety of personal and commercial lines products.

    Prior to joining Verisk, Mr. Levendusky held positions in computer center management, auto insurance underwriting, operations analysis, insurance product management, and specialty products marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in finance from Baruch College.

  • Zachary Wasserman
    via
    Zachary Wasserman VP – Strategy
    Via
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    Zack Wasserman is the VP of Strategy at Via, where he oversees the licensing of the company's on-demand transit technology to public transit agencies and other transportation providers. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Pacific Stainless, a manufacturer and distributor of speciality raw materials with operations in the United States, China, and the Philippines. Zack holds a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where his dissertation explored the origins of entrepreneurial capitalism on the San Francisco Peninsula during the Cold War and its impact on American politics and foreign policy. He holds multiple master's degrees from Yale and a BSFS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

  • Phil Magney
    Vision Systems Intelligence
    Phil Magney Principal Analyst - Automotive
    Vision Systems Intelligence
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    Phil Magney is founder and principal advisor for Vision Systems Intelligence (VSI).  VSI provides research and advisory on active safety and autonomous control features in automotive. VSI has mapped the entire value chain from sensors to processors to control systems.

    Phil is a well-respected automotive consultant and senior manager with over 25 years of experience in automotive ADAS, telematics and infotainment.  Phil is the author of numerous reports and papers for industry trade publications in addition to being a frequent speaker at global automotive conferences. Phil is trained in ISO 26262 and has a deep understanding of Functional Safety and the elements of active ADAS and autonomy. 

  • Rich Kennewick
    Vision Systems Intelligence
    Rich Kennewick Co-Founder and President
    VoiceBox Technologies
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    Rich is president and one of the founders of VoiceBox Technologies. VoiceBox provides the next generation interface for the internet of things. Working with many global customers such as Toyota and Samsung, VoiceBox’s patented natural language, artificial intelligence and voice recognition platform runs in millions of devices worldwide such as connected cars, mobile handsets, smart hubs, light bulbs, home appliances and other IoT devices.  Rich has over 20 years industry experience in sales and senior management at top content and information management software companies including Interleaf, Saros, FileNET, and Adobe Systems.  Rich was Vice President of Sales for Chilisoft and was instrumental in selling the company to Cobalt Networks, which was later sold to Sun Microsystems. Rich was also president and founder of Axxess Software Technologies, an XML content management company.

  • John Stoll
    Wall Street Journal
    John Stoll Global Automotive Editor
    Wall Street Journal
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    Bio coming soon.

  • soon
    Wards Auto
    Drew Winter Director, Content
    Wards Auto
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    Drew Winter is Editor-in-Chief of WardsAuto World, an internationally distributed digital magazine for the global auto industry; senior editor of WardsAuto.com, the leading website for automotive data and industry analysis.

    He also oversees the editorial content and agendas of the annual WardsAuto Interiors and User-Experience Conferences. In addition, Winter is a judge for the annual Wards 10 Best Engines and 10 Best interiors awards and a juror for the independent North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year (NACTOY) awards.

    Winter is interviewed frequently by local and national media regarding automotive issues, and has won more than 30 journalism awards during his career, including several first-place International Wheel Awards and a Jesse H. Neal award.

  • Scott Mattson
    William Blair & Co
    Scott Mattson Managing Director
    William Blair & Co
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    Scott Mattson is a Managing Director in the Software Group and has been an investment banker in the corporate finance department at William Blair & Company since 2011. While at William Blair Scott has focused on the investment banking needs of enterprise and application software technology companies including telematics, supply chain, and BI/Analytics. Scott has significant transaction experience including merger and acquisition advisory and public and private financings over the past decade. Relevant clients include Omnitracs, Fleetmatics, Zonar, MixTelematics, Skywave, among others in the telematics sector.

  • Marques McCammon
    Wind River
    Marques McCammon General Manager, Connected Vehicle Solutions
    Wind River
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Martin Rosell
    WirelessCar
    Martin Rosell Managing Director
    WirelessCar
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    Martin has served in the IT industry since 1982 with involvement in a broad range of applications spanning from transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications, product development & life cycle mgmt to driverless navigation and management solutions. Since 2008 Martin has been the Managing Director at WirelessCar. WirelessCar is now one of the world's leading telematics service providers serving the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors with services operational in 50 countries on four continents.

  • Mir-Baqar
    Xtime
    Mir Baqar VP of Product Solutions
    Xtime
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    As VP of Product Solutions at Xtime, Mir Baqar has global responsibility to partner with automotive manufacturers and dealership groups in delivering a differentiated and modern consumer ownership experience on Xtime’s cloud-based retention platform—strengthening brand loyalty and service retention growth.

    Mir brings more than 20 years of leadership experience across multiple industries and all facets of technology, helping businesses grow and advance through technology innovation. Previously, Mir held management positions at Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for integrated supply chain systems that enabled the $40+ billion high-tech business operation. As Head of IT at NEC Electronics, Mir managed the complete systems transformation to enable multi-year business growth. He also led a systems consulting business unit at NEC Solutions America focused on CRM, ERP systems and data security to help clients meet or exceed business goals, resulting in 80% consulting revenue growth in the first year.

    Mir holds five international patents for a collaborative eBusiness application that streamlines the integrated circuit (IC) chip design process between customers, design engineering, technical marketing and manufacturing.

    Mir has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Business from San Jose State University. He is passionate about the innovative application of technology to transform business, which he balances with golf and travel.

  • soon
    Zentri
    Sanjay Kalyanasundaram VP Product
    Zentri
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    Bio coming soon.

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