Kathy Fish

Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer
Procter & Gamble Company

Kathy Fish is the Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer at the Procter & Gamble Company, leading the Company’s innovation program and strategy; its nearly $2 billion annual investment in R&D; and over 6,900 global R&D employees. Kathy is a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council and liaison to the Board of Director’s Innovation and Technology Committee.

Youngjin Yoo

Professor in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems
Case Western Reserve University

Youngjin Yoo is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Information Systems at the department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. An Association of Information Systems Fellow, he is also WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business School, UK. and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, UK.  He is the founding faculty director of xLab at Case Western Reserve University.

Anand Swaminathan

Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Anand helps organizations across industries unlock the potential of digital and technology, focusing on innovation. He helps clients evolve their operating models and transform their businesses to effectively serve their customers while scaling operations efficiently.

Anand is the coauthor of Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company (John Wiley & Sons, 2017), which serves as a playbook for senior leaders in organizations to achieve the full-scale benefits of digital. He serves clients across the consumer, energy, hospitality, advanced industries, and financial-services sectors.

Jean-François Barthelemy

Chief Technologist,
NASA Langley Research Center

Dr. Jean-François (J.F.) Barthelemy is on special assignment with the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA HQ as Agency Digital Transformation Lead. He is responsible for assessing the state of the Agency’s Digital Transformation initiatives and to recommend how to effectively integrate the diverse initiatives.

Prior to that assignment, JF was the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Chief Technologist since January 2015. He advised the LaRC Office of the Director and Senior Staff on technology matters and provided technical leadership for planning, management and evaluation of comprehensive, Center-wide advanced technology development activities. Prior to that, J.F. was Deputy Director of the LaRC Systems Analysis and Concept Directorate and then of the LaRC Office of Strategic Analysis, Communication, Business Development.

Paul Kaeley

Head, Internet of Things Services,
Siemens North America

Paul is the CEO for Omnetric USA and heads the Internet of Things Services business for Siemens in North America. Paul joined Siemens in 2017 with over twenty years in leadership roles in sales, marketing, consulting services and operations with leading companies including Amazon Web Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell. In his role, Paul leads management and operational consulting services as well as solutions delivery in key focused markets: Cities, Energy & Utilities, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Transportation, Smart Building, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Food & Beverage. Siemens IoT has over 50+ unique applications covering use-cases across many markets and leveraging technology partnerships such as: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba, and Software. Prior to leading Siemens IOT US, Paul was Senior Vice President for the Global Partner Ecosystem at Siemens Product Lifecycle Software. He was responsible for the growth and engagement of the MindSphere (PaaS) and PLM open partner eco-system.

Erin Spring

Director, New Ventures
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Erin Spring has worked in a variety of roles at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company since 2004. She has defined her career as a strategic and innovative leader, with the ability to set strategy and lead a diverse team to deliver on corporate growth initiatives. She was a key leader in building Goodyear’s New Business Innovation capability from the ground up. Today, she leads Goodyear’s New Venture team, focused on building solutions for the future of mobility, across the FACE trends (Fleets, Autonomous, Connected, Electric). New Ventures includes four Innovations Labs globally (San Francisco, Akron, Luxembourg and Shanghai) to connect, prototype and pilot with emerging customers, start-ups and others transforming the mobility ecosystem. New Ventures also has a global incubation team to operate and grow new solutions in-market.

Erin began her career at Goodyear as a Materials Development Engineer, utilizing machine learning techniques to predict performance of tire materials. She then led the Materials Testing organization and implemented lean concepts to drive efficiencies and deliver testing results on-time.

Alex Foessel

Lead Architect for Automation to Autonomy
John Deere

Alex Foessel is lead architect for Automation to Autonomy in John Deere. Previously, in Brazil, he formed and directed the Technology Innovation Center, and led Customer Support for Latin America. Earlier, based in Germany, he oversaw the market launch of the consumer autonomous mower (Tango) in Europe. Other experiences include roles in Enterprise Advanced Marketing and advanced technology development. Alex holds a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and Electrical Engineering degree from Catholic University in Chile. Alex is passionate about inclusion and diversity of thought in organizations. He is also a rancher raising Angus cattle in Chilean Patagonia, and a proud John Deere customer.

Bob Graf

Vice President, Data Science & Analytics,
The Lubrizol Corporation

Robert T. Graf is vice president, data science and analytics for The Lubrizol Corporation. He joined Lubrizol in 1985 and has held a variety of technical management roles throughout Lubrizol including a two-year assignment with GE-Lubrizol, a joint venture company. In 2004 he was named vice president of research and development for Lubrizol Additives, and in 2008 he was named to the executive leadership team as corporate vice president, research and development. He was named to his current position in 2017. Dr. Graf earned his Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in macromolecular science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1985 and 1983 respectively, and his Bachelor of Science in polymer science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980.

Socka Suppiah

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer,

Socka is responsible for Saggezza’s global operations and strategic business development. He is the fuel in the Saggezza fire and makes sure Saggezza can function on three continents without a hitch. Prior to co-founding Saggezza, Socka was a key member of Cymbal Technologies’ leadership team and consulted for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Cosmin Laslau

Director, Research Products,
Lux Research

Cosmin Laslau is the Director of Research Products at Lux Research. He leads the development of next-generation research tools and features, including applied machine learning and other innovation-focused analytics, data source selection and implementation, and advanced visualization.
He brings years of experience in managing some of Lux Research’s core analyst teams that focus on energy and mobility. In those roles, Cosmin’s work included developing new analytical methodologies based on primary and secondary research, like data trackers and comprehensive models to address client needs. His research has often been quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and The Atlantic, as well as being featured at invited conferences around the world. Prior to joining Lux Research, he also worked at a nanomaterials start-up.

Joshua Ness

Senior Manager,
Verizon 5G Labs

Joshua Ness is a 5G Labs Manager with Verizon in New York City. He works with enterprise, startups, and academic teams to drive innovation around 5G. He also works to educate, inspire, and connect the dots for businesses interested in moving forward with emerging technology.

Elizabeth Bolman

Department Chair, Art History,
Case Western Reserve University

Elizabeth S. Bolman engages with the visual culture of the eastern Mediterranean in the late antique and Byzantine periods. She pursues scholarship along traditional lines and also engages with digital media in the service of cultural heritage preservation. She is best known for her work in Egypt, in which she has demonstrated the vitality of Christian Egyptian art and presented new understandings of the nature of artistic production in the early Byzantine and Medieval periods. She edited and was the principal contributor to the award-winning Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea (Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt, 2002) and to The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt (Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt, 2016). This most recent book is the product of a decade-long multidisciplinary project that she founded and directed, which included the cleaning, conservation and 3D laser scanning of spectacular and unparalleled early Byzantine paintings at the Red Monastery church. She was appointed Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts and Chair of the Department of Art History, Art and Art Education at Case Western Reserve University in August 2017, charged with building the Keithley Institute for Art History in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art, and leading the Joint Program between CWRU and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Creighton Warren

Vice President & Chief Information Officer,
USG Corporation

Creighton Warren is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at USG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of building product solutions. In 2019, he was named Global Chicago CIO of the Year by the Chicago CIO Leadership Association. In 2017, he was named a “Premier 100 Technology Leader” by Computerworld, a leading information technology media brand that covers the breadth of business technology. His leadership team received the Most Effective IT Team award sponsored by the Chicagoland chapters of the Society of Information Management (SIM) and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) in 2014. He joined USG in 2003 and was accountable for the IT portion of major (> $150 MM) customer satisfaction initiative involving the company wide deployment of Oracle eBusiness Suite across fifty plus manufacturing facilities. Immediately prior to his current role, he was Senior Director, Technology – Information Technology at USG Corporation, responsible for the Application, Architecture, and Operations organizations.

Shawn Horner

Vice President Corporate Strategy & Digital Initiatives,
Parker Hannifin Corporation

Shawn Horner is Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Digital Initiatives.
Key responsibilities include leading strategy development at the Corporate level and select enterprise wide initiatives, such as digital transformation. After joining Parker in 2010 as a Business Development Manager for the Instrumentation Group, Shawn was promoted two years later to Manager of Business Planning & Development for the Americas at the Corporate level. In 2015, he joined Parker’s Engineered Materials Group as Vice President, Business Development. He has held the position of Vice President Corporate Strategy since 2017, with responsibility in digital initiatives having been added recently.

Jennifer Thomas

Managing Director
Plug and Play Cleveland

Jennifer is Managing Director of Plug and Play Cleveland, a hub for digital health, pharma and enterprise solutions that connects innovative startups with national & global healthcare partners. Working with regional hospital partners, Jennifer helped launch Plug and Play’s first national satellite office. Recently, Jennifer was launch director of xLab, Case Western Reserve University’s effort to help established corporations adopt and implement digital business models to compete in the new economy. Prior to that, Jennifer launched and was chief strategy officer of DigitalC, an effort to close the technology gap in Cleveland. Jennifer has an MBA from New York University.

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