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Mike Abrashoff is the founder of GLS Worldwide, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and business challenges within their organization. The firm challenges leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance. Abrashoff is also the former Commander of the USS Benfold, and author of It's Your Ship.
Stephanie Bowles is the Director, IT Engineering Systems, for MTD Products Inc. She has worked at MTD, a worldwide manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, for over 18 years. After working in a variety of positions across manufacturing, business intelligence and project management, she joined the engineering group in 2007 to rebuild their development team and support the creation and execution of the engineering roadmap. In her role, Stephanie has helped provide technology solutions to meet the ever-changing engineering and operations needs of the business. Most recently, she has focused on supporting MTD’s Global Process Initiative to improve business process and create one global engineering footprint.
Chris Greenwood is Executive Director of the Process Engineering organization at SSL. With more than 20 years of experience of industry experience, he leads SSL engineering services which support the engineering design and manufacturing of commercial communications satellites. In this capacity, as an executive change agent, Mr. Greenwood is the executive business owner of the Product Life Cycle Project implementation at SSL.
Dennis Hoeg is Vice President, Enterprise Systems, Manufacturing Engineering and Capital, at Nexteer Automotive. Hoeg is responsible for Nexteer’s global manufacturing engineering, focusing primarily on the launch of products, capital expenditures and enterprise system improvements. He is a member of the Nexteer Strategy Council, the company’s top strategy and policymaking body. He held several roles in engineering, program management, manufacturing, and global supply management prior to his current assignment. In his enterprise role, Dennis was responsible for the successful launch of the Nexteer PLM system, and the strategic use of that system going forward.
Troy Hollingsworth, CIO and Vice President of Infrastructure at L-3 Communications Systems-West, has worked at L-3 for 10 years. Hollingsworth has over 25 years of experience working in the defense industry, in a variety of positions ranging from program finance, program management, management of remote site logistics, process improvement, and information technologies. He has led several major initiatives at L-3, including the upgrade of the L-3 Earned Value Management System (EVMS) and an implementation of CMMi. Most recently, he led a successful 3-year, $140 million process transformation and system implementation project where CS-West replaced over 95 percent of their aging and unintegrated business, engineering, and manufacturing systems with a combination of SAP ECC, SAP ME, and Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter.
Sassan Khoubyari is responsible for all aspects of SSL Engineering Applications (PLM, MES) including KBE and Mobility applications supporting the SSL integrated digital product and manufacturing vision. Prior to SSL, Khoubyari led overall Global Powertrain PLM (C3PNG) Strategy and Deployment program supporting Ford Motor Company’s Digital Innovation and Product Creation Initiative. He held several technical and managerial positions in Engineering, PLM, KBE/CAE automotive applications development, CAD/CAE Integration, collaboration/visualization and process re-engineering. Khoubyari also held technical positions at MIT and Prime Computer, prior joining Ford. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Buffalo, and an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross Business School – Ann Arbor.
As an organizational consultant with an up-close view of some of the most successful and transformative corporations in the world, Dr. Joseph Michelli delivers the tools that businesses need to create joyful, memorable, and meaningful experiences for both their customers and employees. From studying such experiential branding pioneers as Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market, he is an expert in fostering the passionate performance that takes companies from merely serving and satisfying their customers to delighting them.
Dan Nicholson is the Executive Director for Global Powertrain Embedded Controls at General Motors. He has held this role since April, 2011. He runs the day-to-day operations of the global engineering team responsible for calibrating all powertrains, providing customer-pleasing drive quality and ensuring compliance with tailpipe emissions standards and on-board diagnostics. Since September, 2012 he has taken on the additional responsibility for Electronic Controls & Software.
Gary Walters is the Vice President, Portfolio and Project Management Office for MTD Products Inc. MTD is a worldwide manufacturer of outdoor power equipment for residential and commercial markets. Gary has held a variety of engineering positions at MTD, and most recently managed a global technology and business improvement effort focusing on MTD’s New Product Development process. Gary transitioned to the consumer products world 15 years ago after beginning his career in the aerospace and defense industry. With a variety of technical and project management experience, Gary has been collaborating across the organization to improve efficiency, time-to-market and customer satisfaction.
Bernhard Weber is Assistant Director, Family Care Engineering, at Proctor & Gamble. In 1991, Bernhard began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry in Austria, followed by various engineering and R&D assignments for Procter & Gamble in Belgium, Japan, Germany and the USA. Bernhard currently owns P&G's worldwide Plant Design and Documentation system, and also has responsibilities for plant and machine innovation for P&G’s tissue and towel business. Bernhard has a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Austria and an MBA from Belgium.
Scott Zellner leads the TruMatch Business Unit for DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction in Warsaw, Indiana. TruMatch brings personalized solutions to Total Knee Replacement by creating a customized procedure through the use of CT imaging and patient-specific instrumentation. Zellner’s 22 years with Johnson & Johnson have included assignments in Operations, Process Excellence, Sales, and Marketing in both the Consumer and Medical Device & Diagnostic Groups. He previously served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Zellner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina.
Chuck Grindstaff is chief executive officer for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division.
David S. "Dave" Shook is senior vice president and managing director, Americas, for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division.
Paul Sicking is senior vice president of the Chief Technology Office (CTO) for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division. He and his team are responsible for providing shared platform, architecture, innovation and development services.
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