Game-Changing Speakers at Telematics West Coast 

2015 Speakers

We hand-picked expert speakers for their thought-leadership and influence in the industry and added a West Coast flair to our speaker line-up.

Richard Rowe
Richard Rowe
Software Development Manager
Jaguar Land Rover

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Jaguar Land Rover

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Rudolf Streif
Rudolf Streif
System Architect
Jaguar Land Rover

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Jaguar Land Rover

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Cason Grover
Cason Grover
Senior Group Manager, Cross Carline Planning
Hyundai


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Hyundai

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Mark Platshon
Mark Platshon
Senior Advisor
BMW i-Ventures


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BMW i-Ventures

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Frankie James
Frankie James
Managing Director - GM ATSVO
GM

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GM

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Timothy Nixon
Timothy Nixon
Former CTO of GM’s OnStar

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General

Tim Nixon has been leading automotive electrical, software and connectivity innovation for over 30 years. He is the former CTO of OnStar and General Motors’ Global Connected Customer business unit, leaving GM in September, 2015 to begin advising other companies on connectivity and IoT solutions.

In his roles at GM, Nixon led the incubation and development of new technologies, platforms, and services supporting connected products for GM vehicles globally, including the 4G LTE OnStar platform that is now launched in North America, Europe, and China. He also led the development of vehicle-connected apps, whether onboard the vehicle, in mobile phone and tablet devices, or remotely enabled, including the development and maintenance of their associated ecosystems, as well as the management of 3rd party app developers.

Additionally during his 11 years at GM, he was the Global Functional Leader of Infotainment Electrical Engineering within GM’s Global Product Development team, responsible for vehicle cockpit electrical products, including Cadillac CUE, Chevrolet MyLink, and Buick/GMC/Opel IntelliLink radios, instrument clusters, and all upper body electrical products across GM’s six regional engineering centers.

Prior to GM, Nixon worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan for a total of 19 years, where he led the advanced development and launch support of various products including in- vehicle navigation, satellite radio, rear seat entertainment, and the 1st Generation Ford Sync connectivity platform. He also was assigned as the Site Director of the Wingcast Telematics venture created between Ford and Qualcomm, where he was responsible for the venture’s Michigan operations. Nixon also was the manufacturing area manager of airbag electronics manufacturing at a Ford Electronics manufacturing facility in Markham, Ontario. Nixon holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Ohio Institute of Technology.

Nixon has been awarded 5 patents and has several pending.

Nixon is active in a variety of non-profit organizations and previously served for 9 years as a Trustee on the Behavioral Health Board of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Scott Kirchner
Scott Kirchner
CTO Automotive Systems
Panasonic Automotive


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Panasonic Automotive

Scott Kirchner is Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer at Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (PASA) and is responsible for leading the product development, strategic planning and innovation for the North American market and for North American customers globally.

For Kirchner, growing high-performance organizations that inspire a culture of ingenuity and entrepreneurship has been the focus of his career and what he continues to enjoy most. Throughout his distinguished 30-plus-year engineering career, Kirchner has successfully managed and built teams to drive highly integrated and complex innovations. In 2014, in recognition of his positive and lasting contributions to the engineering field, the Kettering University Alumni Association honored Kirchner with its annual Engineering Achievement Award.

Kirchner joined Panasonic Automotive Systems as Director of Software Engineering in 2008 to get closer to the center of innovation in one of the most exciting areas of the vehicle: In Vehicle Infotainment. In this role, he led a progression of systems engineering, software engineering, system integration and verification, CAD/CAE, and engineering support functions. Under Kirchner’s leadership, PASA launched its first global audio system, first navigation system (a J.D. Power Award winner), and first Connected Navigation System.

Toshiro Muramatsu
Toshiro Muramatsu
Director, Vehicle Information Technology Division Silicon Valley
Nissan

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Nissan

Toshiro "Toshi" Muramatsu started to work for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1991 as a research engineer for the Nissan Research Center. Since then, Toshi has researched collision avoidance radar sensors, in-vehicle multimedia systems, advanced concept on Electric Vehicle, advanced service on Japanese digital radio, Telematics platform and its services, and so on. During this period, Toshi had been dispatched to the U.S. twice: Southern California for one year since September 2000, and Michigan for three years since July 2006. Since November 2011, Toshi held the position of Chief Service Architect for the Vehicle Information Technology Division and was responsible for connected cars and services architecture planning and implementation for the global market. As of August 1, 2013, Toshi became the Director of Vehicle Information Technology Division in Silicon Valley at Sunnyvale, California, responsible for advanced planning and development of vehicle connected services and challenging big data utilization.

Steffen Neumann
Steffen Neumann
Portfolio Manager
Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes-Benz

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Mathew Solnik
Mathew Solnik
Senior Security Researcher
Azimuth Security

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Azimuth Security

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Craig Smith
Craig Smith
CEO
Theia Labs

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Theia Labs

Craig Smith is the founder of Open Garages and the author of the Car Hacker's Handbook.

Craig has performed security work with the auto-industry and published independent work for 6 years.

He has worked in the security industry for over 15 years and currently runs his own independent security research company, Theia Labs.

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Ben Stanley
Global Automotive Research Lead - IBM Institute for Business Value
IBM

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IBM

Ben Stanley leads the development of research and strategy for Automotive in the Institute for Business Value (IBV). The IBV provides fact-based research and analysis on emerging industry and cross-industry business issues. Ben has authored several industry studies including “Automotive 2025: Industry without borders”, “Automotive 2020: Clarity beyond the chaos” and “Transforming Retail: Engaging customers through information, influencers and interactions.”

From 2009 to 2014, Ben led the China Automotive Center of Excellence. His team provided strategic and business domain consulting for domestic and multinational automotive companies in the China market.

Prior to these roles, Ben was the Global Strategy Lead for the Automotive Practice in IBM Global Business Services. He was responsible for developing long-term strategic plans and identifying future “big play” opportunities based on emerging customer and market trends.

Ben has over thirty five years of experience in the Automotive Industry. He received his MA in Business Management and his BS in Industrial Education – both from Central Michigan University

Jason Schulz
Jason Schulz
Business Development and Partnerships Manager
Toyota


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Toyota

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Christopher Heiser
Christopher Heiser
CEO
Renovo

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Renovo

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Jason Stinson
Jason Stinson
CTO
Renovo

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Renovo

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Robert Gee
Robert Gee
Head of Product Management, Software and Connected Solutions
Continental

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Continental

Robert Gee is the global Product Manager for Software and Connected Solutions within Continental’s Infotainment and Connectivity Business Unit, working with OEMs to enable safe transportation, sustainable resource usage, and consumer information needs. His experience at IBM, Motorola, and other companies includes satellite mission control centers, military safety systems, commercial communications networks, profitably enabling SEI CMM Level 5, contract management, subcontract management, and engineering on over 70 commercial and government products. Gee is also a television Emmy Award recipient for his work as a producer for CNN.

Brandyn Bayes
Brandyn Bayes
Director of IT and Marketing
North American Eagle


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North American Eagle

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Alan Ewing
Alan Ewing
President
CCC


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CCC

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Gail Gottehrer
Gail Gottehrer
Partner
Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

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Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Gail Gottehrer’s practice focuses on class action defense, management-side labor and employment litigation, and other complex commercial matters. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before ajury. In addition to her practice, Gail is a Teaching Assistant for a course in Intellectual Property, Ethics and Litigation in Columbia University’s MS program in Information and Knowledge Strategy. She is a member of the Law Technology News Editorial Board, and a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Cyber Liability Committee and eDiscovery and ESI Publications Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is also the Director of the Connecticut Chapter of Women in eDiscovery and a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1. In addition, Gail serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation Gail is a frequent speaker on topics relating to litigation and technology, including litigation strategy and management, electronic discovery, information governance, telematics, wearable technology, the Internet of Things, workplace privacy and ethics.

Liz Kerton
Liz Kerton
Executive Director
Autotech Council

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Autotech Council

Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing. Building on 15 years' experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies, she started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation. Through 30+ meetings each year, the Telecom Council now connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos. 10 years later, in 2011, she spun off the Autotech Council which connects auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors with innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, Spanish and Japanese, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012 by the San Jose Business Journal.

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Jeffrey S. Hannah
Jeffrey S. Hannah
Director
SBD North America


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SBD

Jeff has more than thirteen years’ experience in the connected vehicle industry, as well as working with cutting-edge high technology companies from around the globe. SBD is the world’s leading knowledge partner to the automotive industry, providing actionable insights to its clients in the development of more connected, safe, and secure cars. Prior to his role with SBD, Jeff was a leading member of General Motor’s Global Connected Consumer Experience organization which included the industry’s leading Telematics service, OnStar, as well as various Infotainment initiatives. He is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Praveen Chandrasekar
Praveen Chandrasekar
Research Manager
Frost & Sullivan


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Frost & Sullivan

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Walter Buga
Walter Buga
CEO
Arynga


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Arynga

Dr. Walter J. Buga is a serial entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of high-tech markets, products, and technologies. He is a telecommunications subject matter expert, with over 20 years of experience in both wired and wireless networks and technologies, who has designed large-scale systems that have been deployed throughout the world.   

Walter co-founded Proximetry, Inc., in 2005 and served as its Chief Technology Officer. Before cofounding and serving as CTO for Proximetry,  in 2005, Walter served as the  CTO and Vice President of Engineering at NetStream, where he built a green field facilities based IP/MPLS based network (spanning US West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles), Softswitch based services, and fully functional network operation center in Roseville, CA. Prior to NetStream, Dr. Buga held senior management and leadership positions at Bell Laboratories of AT&T and Lucent Technologies, in Holmdel, New Jersey where he was a key member of strategic and advanced technology initiatives. In addition, he held leadership positions at ITU-T, ANSI, ATM Forum and the International Softswitch Consortium.  Dr. Buga holds BS/MSEE and PhD in Technical Sciences from the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland.
David Taylor
David Taylor
CEO
AUPEO!


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AUPEO!

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Rich Shannon
Rich Shannon
Telematics Division Manager
Honda North America


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Honda

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Sebastian Wedeniwski
Sebastian Wedeniwski
CTO Global Automotive
IBM


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IBM

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Albert Gallegos
Albert Gallegos
Director of International Affairs
NADA


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NADA

Albert A. Gallegos was appointed as the Director of International Affairs at the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) 2006.  This position was created by NADA to ensure that NADA had a continual pulse on the global automotive sector.

In his position, Gallegos is responsible for working with dealer associations worldwide to enhance relationships with NADA, he leads NADA efforts to better understand changes in the global automotive sector and how those changes could impact dealers in the United States. NADA hosts over 2,000 International attendees at their annual convention.  Over 25 dealer associations participate in convention and International Roundtable hosted by NADA. 

Prior to his appointment at NADA, Gallegos worked for 13 years at Ford Motor Company. He held numerous positions in Ford’s domestic and international sales and marketing operations including a stint in Santiago, Chile where he was responsible for establishing a new dealer network in Chile and Peru and subsequently developing a “go to market” strategy for the Ford in both countries.

Greg Basich
Greg Basich
Senior Analyst - Global Automotive Practice
Strategy Analytics


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Strategy Analytics

Greg Basich, Senior Analyst, Automotive Multimedia and Communications service (AMCS), has more than 13 years of experience in the automotive industry as a business-to-business online and print journalist and editor. He has covered a range of segments in the industry, including automotive infotainment and audio, fleet management, alternative-fuel vehicles and related technologies, and aftermarket parts and suppliers.

As an online journalist and editor, Greg stayed at the forefront of auto industry business news and technological developments and now uses that background at Strategy Analytics to provide analysis and actionable advice for the company’s clients.

Prior to his time at Strategy Analytics, Greg was the Web Editor for Automotive Fleet and Government Fleet magazines for more than two years, and prior to that was the Executive Editor for Mobile Electronics magazine for two years, which focused on the U.S. automotive infotainment segment. He also worked in senior editorial roles on a number of other publications covering various segments of the automotive aftermarket.

Greg holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Grant Bodley
Grant Bodley
GM Global Manufacturing Industry Solutions
Hortonworks


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Hortonworks

Grant Bodley brings over 25 years of manufacturing industry experience, having worked in the industry directly for Automotive, High Tech, Industrial and High Tech Manufacturers. As General Manager of Global Manufacturing Industry Solutions at Hortonworks, Grant works with leading Automotive, Aerospace, Industrial and High Tech Manufacturers in leveraging Big Data Insights and high impact use-cases, to transform their business. Prior to Hortonworks, Grant was Vice President of the Discrete Manufacturing Industry Solutions Group at SAP for more than 10 years.

Brendan O’Brien
Brendan O’Brien
Chief Evangelist & Co-Founder
Aria Systems


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Aria Systems

Brendan O'Brien is Chief Evangelist and a Co-founder at Aria Systems. In 2002 he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of “cloud” was even on the horizon. O’Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. 

The original product architecture he designed for Aria in 2002 was the culmination of that experience; it’s an infinitely flexible and scalable recurring revenue management solution that can be adapted to any industry or vertical. Aria’s leadership today confirms Brendan’s original vision.

Trained as a professional stage actor and classical tenor, in the mid ‘90s Brendan realized coding paid better; his love of music’s reflected in the company’s name, and his continuing contributions to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the Walnut Street Theater, and the Academy of Vocal Arts.

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Pavan Mathew
Pavan Mathew
Senior Director, Automotive Content Service Strategy
Nuance


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Nuance

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Brian Radloff
Brian Radloff
Director, Solutions Architect
Nuance


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Nuance

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Geoffrey Manne
Geoffrey Manne
Executive Director
International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)


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ICLE

Geoffrey A. Manne is the founder and Executive Director of the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), based in Portland, Oregon. In 2015 he was also appointed to the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee, where he co-chairs the Broadband Working Group. Manne is an expert in the economic analysis of law, drawing on two degrees from the University of Chicago. He specializes in antitrust, telecommunications, consumer protection, intellectual property, and technology policy, and has been described by Professor Herbert Hovenkamp (the “dean of American Antitrust Law”) as a “top scholar of competition policy and intellectual property.” His publications have appeared in numerous journals including the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Supreme Court Economic Review, and the Columbia Business Law Review. With former FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, Manne is the editor of a volume from Cambridge University Press entitled, Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Law Under Uncertainty: Regulating Innovation. Manne has also testified on several occasions before Congress and at the FCC, and he regularly files written comments and amicus briefs on key antitrust, IP, and telecommunications issues.

Prior to founding ICLE, Manne was a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School where he taught law & economics, corporations, wills & trusts, and international economic regulation. From 2006-2009, he took a leave from teaching to develop Microsoft’s legal and economics academic outreach program. Manne has also served as a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Virginia School of Law. He practiced antitrust law and appellate litigation at Latham & Watkins, clerked for Hon. Morris S. Arnold on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as a research assistant for Judge Richard Posner. He was also once (very briefly) employed by the FTC.

He blogs at Truth on the Market (www.truthonthemarket.com) (of which he is also the co-founder), is a contributor at WIRED.com, and tweets at @geoffmanne. His scholarly publications are available at http://ssrn.com/author=175541.

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If you are interested in Telematics West Coast 2016 please contact me on the below details:

Annie Reddaway

Annie Reddaway

Project Director
TU-Automotive
+1800 814 3459 x7221 (US)
+44 (0) 207 375 7221 (Global)
Email: annie@tu-auto.com

2015 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • arynga
  • Hortonworks

Workshop Sponsors

  • Nuances
  • wejo

Co-Sponsors

  • Octo
  • Aupeo
  • aria
  • NVTL