Experts Shaping the Future of Automotive

We have brought together experts from accross innovation in automotive technology and disruption. We will be adding to the speaker line-up in the coming months, but take a look at who's already confirmed here.

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by company.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Henry Bzeih
    Kia Motor Company
    Henry Bzeih Head - Connected Car & Chief Technology Strategist
    Kia Motor Company
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Mark Rosekind
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Dr. Mark Rosekind Senior Administrator
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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    Bio coming soon.

  • John Schnoes
    Nissan
    John Schnoes Program Director - Vehicle Information Technology and Autonomous Drive
    Nissan
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  • Edmund Allen
    Oracle
    Edmund Allen VP Automotive Manufacturing & High Tech Industries
    Oracle
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  • Roger Lanctot
    Strategy Analytics
    Roger Lanctot Associate Director
    Strategy Analytics
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  • 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.

  • 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.

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Conference Speakers

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by company.

 

  • Dominique Bonte
    ABI Research
    Dominique Bonte Managing Director and Vice President, B2B
    ABI Research
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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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.

  • Guy Story
    Amazon
    Guy Story General Manager for Automotive, Alexa Voice Services
    Amazon
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Yoni Heilbronn
    ARGUS
    Yoni Heilbronn Vice President
    Argus Cyber Security
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    Yoni Heilbronn serves as VP Marketing at Argus. Yoni brings a wealth of experience in marketing, business development, strategy and acquisitions. Prior to joining Argus, Yoni held various senior positions in leading High-Tech companies, including NICE Systems, SuperDerivatives, Plasan, and Olista. Yoni also served a decade in leadership roles in the IDF’s 8200 cyber intelligence unit, and currently serves as a board member of its alumni association. Mr. Heilbronn holds a BA in Political Science and History, Magna Cum Laude, Tel-Aviv University.

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

  • 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.

  • Michael Mikos
    Car2go
    Michael Mikos CFO
    car2go
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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    Ericsson
    Claes Herlitz Head of Automotive
    Ericsson
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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

  • Mark Menard
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    Mark Menard Global ICT Head Quality & Infotainment
    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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    Bio coming soon.

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    FleetOwner
    Shaun Kilcarr Senior Editor
    FleetOwner Magazine
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Chris Thomas
    Fontinalis Partners
    Chris Thomas Founder and Partner
    Fontinalis Partners
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    Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis, where he is responsible for a wide range of critical processes ranging from deal sourcing and execution to corporate operations and business strategy. Chris also acts as a business development executive on behalf of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies.

    Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury, where he conducted financial and strategic analysis. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq where he was responsible for data communication systems and organizational change management. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in San Francisco and New York within its Technology and Energy groups. He was responsible for due diligence, financial analysis and execution on a broad range of transactions.

    He currently serves on the Board of Directors of one of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, LocoMobi, and is the Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit that inspires adults to read aloud to children regularly, increasing their chances to lead healthy, productive lives. Additionally, he serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, ParkMe, and SQLstream. He is also a member of the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.

    Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in strategy. While at Yale, he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a staunch advocate of urban redevelopment and the revitalization of the City of Detroit.

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    Fontinalis Partners
    Chris Stallman Principal
    Fontinalis Partners
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    Fontinalis Partners
    Dan Ratliff Associate
    Fontinalis Partners
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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.

  • 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.

  • David DiMeo
    Forddirect
    David DiMeo Innovation Director
    Forddirect
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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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.

  • Sascha Klement
    gestigon
    Sascha Klement Founder, Managing Director, CTO
    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.

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    gracenote
    Brian Hamilton General Manager, Automotive
    Gracenote
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  • Joe Fabbre
    Green Hills Software
    Joe Fabbre Director - Platform Solutions
    Green Hills Software
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  • Sam Schwartz
     
    Sam Schwartz CEO
    Gridlock Sam
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  • 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 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.

  • Joe Laszlo
    IAB
    Joe Laszlo Senior Director, Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence
    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.

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

  • 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.

  • Guido Dornbusch
    Laird - Connected Vehicle Solutions
    Guido Dornbusch Vice President of Product Management
    Laird - Connected Vehicle Solutions
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  • 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.

  • 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 VP Automotive & Engineering
    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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    Mahindra
    Aravind S. Bharadwaj DSVP Advanced Technology & Services Automotive
    Mahindra & Mahindra
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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.

  • Sirish Batchu
    Mahindra
    Sirish Batchu Senior Principal Engineer
    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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.

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

  • Luke Harris
    Metromile
    Luke Harris Director of Claims
    Metromile
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  • Tina Srivastava
    MIT
    Tina Srivastava Strategic Engineering Research Group
    MIT
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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • John Kramer
    octo
    John Kramer Director of Business Development
    Octo Telematics
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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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.

  • Claudio de Rose
    Ontario MTO
    Claudio de Rose Director
    Safety Policy & Education Branch
    Ontario Ministry of Transportation
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    Claudio began his current role as Director, Safety Policy & Education Branch in June 2015. In this role, Claudio provides strategic direction for the development of an integrated approach to policy and program development, including the establishment and facilitation of effective partnerships to improve road safety. 

    Prior to joining the Ministry of Transportation, Claudio was the Director for Partnerships and Business Development at ServiceOntario, directly leading service integration partnerships with other Ministries, as well as with other orders of government, which led to service delivery transformation in Ontario.

    Claudio’s other leadership roles in the Ontario Public Service include serving as Executive Assistant to a Deputy Minister; Manager of the Ontario Public Service Diversity Office, where he led the development of the first ever Ontario Public Service Diversity Strategy; and Manager for Inter-Jurisdictional Relations in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University. 

    Claudio has proven experience in leading negotiations toward the achievement of consensus among diverse stakeholder interests.  Claudio had a leading role in the successful negotiations of two historic Canada-Ontario Labour Market Agreements, as well as leading on behalf of all Premiers, the development of a Canada-wide Strategy for Postsecondary Education and Skills Training.  Claudio also held a significant policy role in Ontario’s Postsecondary Education review.

    Claudio completed a Specialized Honours Degree in Public Policy and Administration from York University, and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Toronto.

    Claudio and his wife live in Vaughan, and have two young children.

  • 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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    Oracle
    Sanat Joshi Industry Principal, Automotive & Manufacturing
    Oracle
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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.

  • Jens Weitzel
    ParkWhiz
    Jens Weitzel SVP
    Business Development
    ParkWhiz
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    Jens Weitzel has over 20 years of software and technology experience focused on strategy, global business development and corporate development. Prior to joining ParkWhiz, he was Vice President of Business Development at Swiftpage and was instrumental in selling its Saleslogix CRM business to Infor. Previously, he held various executive positions at SAP in Palo Alto including leadership roles in SAP’s partner organization and its Sustainability incubator where he focused on Connected Car initiatives. Prior to SAP, he was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting and KPMG Peat Marwick, and drove business development at an e-commerce start-up in Hong Kong. Jens holds a graduate business degree with distinction from Cologne University in Germany.

  • 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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    Bio coming soon.

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    PSA
    Gautier Falconnet Connectivity Specialist
    PSA
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Frederic -Bruneteau
    ptolemus
    Frederic Bruneteau Managing Director
    Ptolemus
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Matt Eichenberger
    Qualcomm
    Matt Eichenberger Senior Director – Business Development
    Qualcomm
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    Bio coming soon.

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    Qualcomm
    Anshuman Saxena Director, Product Management
    Qualcomm
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    Bio coming soon.

  • Chris Heiser
    Renovo Motors
    Chris Heiser CEO
    Renovo Motors
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    Christopher Heiser is co-founder and CEO of Renovo Motors. He has built his career taking disruptive technologies to market. He is best known for his work pioneering the camera phone (LightSurf), creating groundbreaking consumer products (IDEO) and building massively scalable global networks (VeriSign). He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon where he also worked on terrestrial and exoplanet robots at CMU's Robotics Institute. He is a believer that passionate innovation and thoughtful engineering make anything is possible. He lives with his wife Sandra and their two sons in Mountain View, CA.

  • Lee Barnes
    Ricardo
    Lee Barnes Sr Program Manager Connected & Autonomous Vehicles
    Ricardo
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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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.

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    Strategy Analytics
    Chris Schreiner Director - UX Innovation Practice
    Strategy Analytics
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    Bio coming soon.

  • 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.

  • 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
    View Bio

    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. 

  • Petter Horling
    Volvo
    Petter Hörling Director US R&D Tech Centre
    Volvo Car Group
    View Bio

    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.

  • John Stoll
    Wall Street Journal
    John Stoll Global Automotive Editor
    Wall Street Journal
    View Bio

    Bio coming soon.

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    Wards Auto
    Drew Winter Director, Content
    Wards Auto
    View Bio

    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
    View Bio

    Bio coming soon.

  • Martin Rosell
    WirelessCar
    Martin Rosell Managing Director
    WirelessCar
    View Bio

    Bio coming soon.

  • Chris Ice
    Xtime
    Chris Ice Vice President - Product Marketing
    Xtime
    View Bio

    Chris Ice, as Vice President of Product Marketing, utilizes his product, industry and technical insights to shape product definition, refine product positioning and messaging and orchestrate go-to-market strategies for the various Xtime product lines. Having joined Xtime in 2008, he has spearheaded several key leadership roles ranging from engineering to product management and, most recently, product solutions. Chris has over 20 years of software and IT experience in such diverse industries as defense and aerospace, industrial automation, transportation and logistics, professional services, networking and automotive. He received his degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Bradley University, and is active in restoration and racing of vintage sports cars, race cars and motorcycles.

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