Speaker Biographies by Last Name

NAME ORGANIZATION
Madhu BangaloreCelanese (sell-uh-neez) 
Leader - Data & Analytics
Madhu is an executive leader with 20+ years of expertise in building business capabilities while delivering value to Fortune 500 clients through innovative approaches to solving global business issues. He delivers large-scale transformational projects from conception to benefit realization, and provides strategic direction with focus on Digitization. Madhu coaches staff to deliver the highest client service levels, steering 80 staff members and budgets up to $20M.
Paul W BragerBaker Hughes 
Director, Global OT Security Programs, Digital Technology (DT)
Regarded as a thought leader and expert in the cyber security community for twenty-seven (27) years, Mr. Brager has deep expertise evaluating, securing, and defending critical infrastructure and manufacturing assets (ICS, IoT, and IIoT). As a speaker, author, and researcher, Paul seeks to move the conversation forward surrounding industrial control systems (ICS), Industrial Internet of Things, supply chain and automation cyber and ways to mitigate the attack surface in heterogenous environments. He has provided commentary on several security related podcasts, publications, and webinars that provided guidance and insight into strategies for critical infrastructure protection, IT/OT convergence, and IIoT (industrial internet of things). In his current role as Director, Global OT Security Programs at Baker Hughes, he is accountable for security posture, architecture, and design of Baker Hughes’ global manufacturing ecosystem, as well as development and maturation of the OT security program in a manner that adopts a risk-based approach to increasing availability, while reducing the overall attack surface of those environments.
Shubha ChaudhariNovartis 
Head of Digital Transformation
Shubha is Head of Digital Transformation at Novartis and earlier in her career has held positions at BMS and Merck in a variety of disciplines R&D, Commercial, Supply Chain, and corporate functions like Procurement, Finance Informatics. She has deep knowledge of software product integrations, transformation initiatives in Fortune 500 companies Shubha earned a MS in Bio-Medical Informatics, NOVA South Eastern, College of Pharmacy; MS- MIS from NJIT; Berkeley Executive Education on Digital Transformation, Haas School of Business; and BS in Engineering, India. Shubha in 2015, was recognized as Tribute to Women in Industry.
Rak-Joon ChoiAmerican Tire Distributors (ATD) 
VP of Blockchain, Torqata
Rak-Joon Choi is VP of Blockchain for Torqata, an American Tire Distributors (ATD) intelligence company. Rak’s mission is to build a blockchain platform that can power rich analytics and use cases that will address the inefficiencies of the tire distribution industry. Prior to joining ATD/Torqata, Rak held various positions at IBM, where he spent the last four years focused on building blockchain-based supply chain solutions for Fortune 500 companies, launching numerous production networks in the process. Other roles he held include product management, strategy, corporate finance, M&A, and was a special consultant to the Chairperson’s transformation agenda that transformed IBM into a leading digital company. Rak-Joon has also worked for renowned consulting firms Accenture and BCG and brings a client success mindset to every engagement. Rak-Joon has an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yonsei University of Seoul, South Korea. Rak-Joon is an avid fan of history, culture, and nature and often visits museums and zoos with his infant daughter to relax. He is a strong advocate for Asian Americans and 3rd culture children in the workplace.
Alice de CasanoveAirbus 
Culture Evolution, Innovation Director
Alice de Casanove is in charge of innovation culture in Airbus North America (4000+ employees across the USA), where she fosters the relevant mindset to accelerate future businesses, and she leads the cultural roadmap for digitalization and innovation. In 2018, Alice was nominated as Innovative Woman of the year by the French press for her innovation project of beehives monitored by satellites. Alice plays a determining role in the publication of the ISO referential on good practices in innovation management (ISO 5600 series). Since 2013 she is chairing the international committee gathering 52+ countries in close coordination with WTO, OECD, WIPO, and the World Bank. Alice has started her career in a video deep-tech start-up then she joined Sagem to manage and develop the value of the Innovation portfolio of the French telecom manufacturer. She has joined the entrepreneurial adventure of Actimagine to develop video technologies on the handled devices (video games consoles and smartphones). Actimagine became the Nintendo Europe R&D center after being bought by NINTENDO. Alice graduated from Telecom Paristech and holds a Ph.D.
Trevor de MelCardinal Health 
Supply Chain Director
Trevor has worked in retail (Wal-Mart, Lowes) and CPG companies most of his career, before venturing into the Healthcare sector.
Tony Del SestoMxD 
Technical Fellow
Tony Del Sesto is the Digital Manufacturing Technical Fellow for MxD, where innovative manufacturers forge their futures. Tony serves as technical consultant to MxD members and subject matter expert for MxD project, factory, and engineering teams. Tony’s focus is how to demystify Industry 4.0 technologies and turn them into practical manufacturing applications for American manufacturers. He has more than 30 years of concept-to-customer experience in product development, supply chain, and manufacturing operations. Tony has hands-on experience in over 200 factories in 15 countries and lived abroad in Asia for eight years. Tony holds degrees in mechanical engineering and international business. He is a Stanford Certified Project Manager and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Amit DingareNovelis 
Director of Data Science
Amit Dingare currently works as a Director of Data Science at Novelis, a leading producer of rolled aluminum with a revenue of $11 Billion USD. Amit leads a global team of Data Scientists based in various parts of the world. Amit and his team leverages Machine Learning to solve complex operational problems. Amit has previously led Data Science/Machine Learning teams in various industries such as Healthcare, Digital Marketing and Retail. Amit holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA with focus on Computational Finance from Cornell University.
Jonathan EatonGrant Thornton 
Principal, Supply Chain Practice Leader
Jonathan is the practice leader for Grant Thornton’s National Supply Chain Practice. With over 20 years of Supply Chain experience, Jonathan has spent the majority of his career advising large multinational companies and middle market companies across multiple industry sectors on how to best transform their supply chains. His industry experience covers Consumer & Industrial Products, Food & Beverage, Retail, Auto Aftermarket, Auto OEM, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Life Sciences, Technology, and Financial Services. He also has significant experience with turnarounds, post-merger integration, divestitures, and technology implementations. Jonathan is best recognized for his ability to help clients define their supply chain strategy in response to changing market conditions and other disruptive forces and subsequently helping them transform their supply chains to provide higher customer satisfaction while balancing their inventory and service commitments and minimizing their total supply chain costs. Jonathan most recently worked at Chainalytics, LLC where he was an Industry Supply Chain Partner focused on the supply chain issues of a portfolio of the firm’s largest and most complex clients. Prior to that, Jonathan was a Senior Director at IHS with global responsibility for the Supply Chain / MRO Intelligence Practice.
Yaron FlintCo-Pace, Continental 
Director - Innovation, Strategy and Operations, Head Of Israeli Operations
Yaron is a director at Continental – one of the leading automotive companies worldwide He is leading innovation topics across the organization via co-pace, the startup and innovation arm of the company and oversees the operations in Israel. He is also leading the external innovation engagements with the Tire and Contitech divisions of the company worldwide in the fields of industry 4.0 and smart materials. Yaron has an extensive financial background working for Deloitte and various private equity companies worldwide. He has been part of the Autotech industry leading the operations of Delphi/ Aptiv in Israel and working closely with various OEMs.
Dr. Dirk HolbachHenkel Global Supply Chain B.V. 
CSCO Laundry & Home Care, Corporate Senior Vice President, Managing Director
With 25 years of experience in Supply Chain, Operations, Purchasing and Sales, Dirk has held various roles on a local, regional and global level at Henkel in the different business areas. After finishing his master degree he started 1996 in Corporate Purchasing followed by assignments in Germany. Having finished his Ph.D. during a sabbatical period he moved 2002 to Mexico integrating two newly acquired businesses. Thereafter he returned to the headquarter being in charge of global purchasing for the Laundry & Home Care business for several years until 2007. Dirk took over thereafter the global supply chain steering for the Laundry & Home Care business, and few years later the global responsibility for manufacturing operations. Since 2014 he successfully leads the entire Supply Chain & Operations unit for the Laundry & Home care division. His key contributions have been in the areas of supply chain strategy and organization development, network optimization, post-merger integrations, sustainability and recently the digital transformation of the organisation. In that context the BU Supply Chain was recognised by the World Economic Forum in 2020 as one of 14 digital E2E lighthouses globally in the field of advanced manufacturing / industry 4.0. Dirk holds a Master's degree in Business and Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Information Science. Married with a Mexican, 3 kids of 12, 10, 10; enjoying life since 5 years in beautiful Netherlands, where Henkel‘s Global Supply Chain HQ is located; leisure time favourites: biking, rowing, sailing, and family time.
Suresh KolluProcter & Gamble 
Senior Director – Supply Network Operations
Suresh has 20 years of experience in leading supply chain operations in the FMCG sector and held various roles in India as well as regional roles in Singapore/Dubai. His expertise spans managing global supply chains, Strategic Planning, Operations management and Leading Diverse teams.
Terri LewisPlanet Connected 
Director & Founder
No bio available
Karen MatthewsPurpose-Driven Consulting 
Founder & CEO | Digital Transformation, 5G, IoT & Industry 4.0 Innovation & Tech Transfer Consultant
Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and a MEng and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Cornell University. Karen is the Founder & CEO of Purpose-Driven Consulting (PDC). Prior to PDC, she held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging as a research and then senior research scientist, most recently working in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities in both wired (fiber, cable and connectivity) and wireless. Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis on Agile Technology Transfer, Digital Transformation, 5G, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 Innovation. Dr. Matthews has authored numerous publications and patents and is a member of several technical and professional organizations. She has served as an Executive Board member of Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) – sitting on the Research Work Group and leading the Thought Leadership Work Group therein. Most recently, she has been invited as keynote speaker, moderator, panelist and open forum discussion leader at various 5G, Internet of Things and smart manufacturing conferences. She has Chaired the OFC 2020 N5 Market Watch, developing the programming for Market Watch, Network Operators Summit and Data Center Summit, and continues as an active subcommittee member for 2021, as well as co-chair of the 2021 IEEE World Forum track on Communications and Networking. She is an Executive Board member of The Upskill Foundation, a non-profit focusing on upskilling underrepresented groups in data science and an Executive Advisory Board member of the Transform Insights User Group, an engaged and informed community, focused on connecting business leaders who have experience in spearheading digital transformation strategies, innovation through technology and enterprise change management.
Vanessa McKenzieEmerson 
VP, Group Leader (Legal)- Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Supply Chain & Vendor Mgmt Organization
As Vice President at Emerson, Vanessa oversees the global legal support for the M&A, Supply Chain, Vendor Management and Conflict Mineral organizations. She is a member of Emerson’s Diversity Council as well as its Sustainability Committee. Previously, Vanessa was General Counsel for Emerson’s Commercial Industrial Solutions platform. Prior to joining Emerson, Vanessa worked at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois – first as corporate counsel and then as a Business Development Manager. Vanessa started her legal career at Thompson Coburn LLP as a corporate securities associate. Vanessa received her JD from Washington University in St. Louis and her MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Gilbert Meyer-GauenNational Oilwell Varco 

Dr. Gilbert Meyer-Gauen is the Director of Asset Management at National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a leader in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of oilfield equipment. He leads a team of software, reliability and implementation engineers who develop and implement software applications that reduce equipment downtime and improve reliability at NOV's manufacturing facilities. His group is currently working on a new suite of software products that are tightly integrated with NOV's industrial big data platform (NOV Max™) and will provide preventive, predictive and condition-based maintenance capabilities in one easy to use software suite. Dr. Meyer-Gauen has a Master of Science and a Ph.D. from the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany.
Christine MorozSysco Prarie Region 
VP of Merchandising
Christine leads Merchandising strategies for the Prairie Region of Sysco Foods, the leading foodservice distributor in North America. In this role she leads Category Management, Fulfillment, and Inbound Logistics strategies for Sysco in Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Northwest Ontario. Christine’s experience spans multi-unit restaurant management, operations management in SaaS (Software as a Service), and foodservices distribution. Christine holds a graduate certificate in project management from Royal Roads University.
Ricardo N. SchiochetKimberly-Clark 
Digital Manufacturing Lead - COE Operation
Ricardo Schiochet is natural from Brazil, with many international experiences around the globe, such as, in Germany, USA, Singapore and many Countries in Latin America. He has a vast experience on manufacturing operations and continuous improvement concepts and strategy. These experiences were absorbed working on different types of industry, such as, SKF, Renault supplier, Honda Supplier, Truck manufacturing supplier and playing different roles from manufacturing engineer to consulting. At Purdue University, he was graduated with a master’s degree in Technology, Leadership, and Innovation. Before it, his under-grade degree was received by Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil as Control and Automation Engineer with 1 year coursed in Konstanz Fachhochschule – GER, as part of an international program. The most recent and exciting responsibility role, at Kimberly Clark in Brazil from the last 7 years, he has been involved and leading DIGITAL MANUFACTURING PROGRAM at LATAM regional level at KC.
Christopher NicholsStanley Black & Decker 
Director OT/ IT Resiliency & Support
Christopher has been employed by the Fortune 500 manufacturer, Stanley Black & Decker for over seven years, and is currently Director of IT/OT Resiliency & Support. In this role, he is responsible for deploying Level 2/3 system architectures and connecting all other level systems to level2/3, while supporting them. Additionally, he manages remediation with Edge components, and deploys servers and connectivity for all OT-Related systems, plus Level 1 support of all OT-Related SW applications. Christopher began his career as a machinist, and tool & die maker, working for over 20 years in engineering, before transitioning to 100% IT/OT roles. He worked with complex materials and processes to design tools, processes, machines and assembly for automotive, aircraft, visual identification systems, food industry and industrial manufacturing and distribution. Since then he has managed industrial systems in manufacturing and distribution to deploy, link and support applications for quality, maintenance, tooling, and equipment (QMS, QCS, TPM, OEE, MES).
Melanie NuceGS1 US 
SVP of Corporate Development
As senior vice president of corporate development at GS1 US, Melanie leads a team that investigates new technologies, partnerships and business opportunities to increase the relevance and reach of GS1 Standards—the most widely used supply chain standards in the world. She oversees the exploration of collaboration opportunities to help businesses leverage emerging technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and machine learning. Ms. Nuce has more 20 years of retail supply chain experience, focusing in recent years on retail industry collaboration to improve inventory accuracy, exchanging standardized product data and achieving source to store supply chain visibility.
Qadeer ParekhDover Corporation 
Director, Global Supply Chain & Continuous Improvement
No bio available
Brent RuthCaterpillar 
Digital Operations & ERP Strategy Team Leader
Brent has held several supply chain leadership roles with Caterpillar over the last 14 years and is currently the Digital Operations & ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Strategy Lead for ACM (Advanced Components Manufacturing). He leads a talented team of cross functional supply chain and manufacturing experts who are responsible for the strategic development and implementation of ACM’s Digital Transformation Strategy from a people, process and technology perspective. Brent is a retired U.S. Marine Infantry Officer (Mustang).
Ingrid SampsonLockheed Martin 
Director, Global Supply Chain Management
Ingrid Sampson is the Director of Program Management Subcontracts for Training and Logistics Solutions, a line of business within Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. In this role, Mrs. Sampson is responsible for delivering training, simulators and logistics solutions valued at more than $3 billion. This includes developing and implementing a supply chain strategy to address the entire supply chain life cycle. Her team of more than 100 employees, across multiple locations, manages both domestic and international suppliers. Previously, Mrs. Sampson served as Director of Ethics and Business Conduct for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics responsible for the execution and development of the Ethics strategic plan for more than 24,000 employees. Mrs. Sampson has held other leadership positions within Lockheed Martin on the C-130, P-3, and the F-22 Programs. Mrs. Sampson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State Long Beach and a master’s degree in project management.
Nitin SethiVisteon Corporation 
Global IT Director - Digital Transformation
Nitin Sethi is a technology leader who leverages a deep understanding of business challenges and extensive technical knowledge to drive effective, forward-thinking, end-to-end technology strategies—fully integrated with long and short-term business objectives. He is a Digital Transformation specialist who successfully disrupts process standardization for non-differentiating areas and identifies where technology can help innovate, differentiate processes, and create a competitive advantage. He is a Technology disrupter who leverages technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and analytics, and AI and machine learning, to embark on the journey for Industry 4.0 with destination to develop smart factories providing an incredible opportunity for manufacturers entering the fourth industrial revolution
Jeff ShuraConagra Brands 
Sr. Director of Engineering
Jeff is a Sr. Director of Engineering at Conagra Brands, a leading North American based food manufacturer. He leads the Engineering Technical Services team with responsibilities for all building utilities, building envelopes, and OT controls. He is co-leading the development and deployment of the Connected Shop Floor initiative across the 40+ internal manufacturing facilities. His controls team leads the assessment and replacement of aging OT infrastructure across the enterprise. Jeff has over 30 years of Manufacturing, Engineering, Commercialization, Strategy, and Global Markets experience in the food industry.
Robert StuckySylvanSport 
Lead Manufacturing Engineer
Robert Stucky is a Lead Manufacturing Engineer at SylvanSport in Brevard, North Carolina. He has a passion for increasing efficiency and reducing waste, and he is a certified Lean S.ix Sigma Green Belt. Before working for SylvanSport, Robert gained engineering experience in the turbomachinery manufacturing, defense/aerospace, and semiconductor manufacturing industries. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University with minors in Business Administration and Mathematics. He currently resides with his wife in the Asheville, North Carolina area, and in his free time he enjoys traveling and playing sports such as disc golf, soccer, and volleyball
Alyssa SullivanMxD 
Senior Director of External Relations
No bio available
Erik TroelsenHP 
Director, Packaging Design and Procurement
Erik Troelsen leads HP’s packaging design, procurement, and sustainability efforts across HP’s broad line of printing and personal systems products. This includes leadership of a talented WW engineering and sourcing team, driving optimized designs, worldwide supplier relationships, and sustainability strategies. Erik is also involved in digital transformation for HP’s direct procurement organization. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Erik lives in Vancouver, WA with his family and enjoys several hobbies and outdoor activities in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Jessica TylerAmerican Airlines 
President Cargo & VP Airport Excellence
Jessica Tyler was named President of Cargo in June of 2020. Her role includes leading the teams responsible for the success of American’s cargo business, ranging from revenue generation to delivering consistent operational and customer service excellence for American’s cargo customers. In January of 2021, her role was expanded to include Operations Innovation & Delivery. With this added responsibility, she’ll work with teams across Flight, Airports, Flight Service, Technical Operations and Safety to continue the modernization of critical technologies that team members use to deliver a consistent, reliable customer experience. Jessica most recently served as Vice President Airport Excellence, a combined role with President of Cargo where she led the teams across the airport and cargo organizations to support operational and customer service excellence. Before this, Jessica was Managing Director Strategy and Development for the Cargo division where she led a multi-year digital transformation to modernize the organization’s legacy technology. She began her career at American by leading the team that merged the cargo divisions of US Airways and American Airlines, resulting in the industry’s most successful cargo merger to date.
Ryan WheelerCollins Aerospace 
Technical Fellow
Ryan Wheeler is a Technologist and Associate Director with Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company. As a “chief innovator” with their Advanced Manufacturing shared service, Ryan has expertise in XR and other advanced visualization technologies, as well as in user experience design and, emerging, cognitive science. His purpose is accelerating awareness. Ryan conceived and led development of the first scaled (and still thriving!) Virtual Reality deployment in a mid-tier supplier. This and his other visualization inventions have saved engineering and manufacturing teams across Collins Aerospace tens of millions of dollars and boosted productivity by hundreds of thousands of hours.