Advisory Board

16th Annual Growth, Innovation and Leadership: The Growth Pipeline Experience Advisory Board

An Event Shaped by a Community of Your Peers!

Frost & Sullivan extends its appreciation to the following Growth Innovation Leadership Council members for their expertise and valuable support in ensuring the agenda delivers relevant and valuable content.

Product Development Leader, Kimberly Clark Corporation

Kelly Arehart

Bio is forthcoming.

Senior Business Development Director, GOJO Industries

April Bertram

April Bertram is the Business Development Director of SmartLink Solutions at GOJO Industries. April joined GOJO in 2002 to lead the product development efforts for the Healthcare vertical market.

Since then, she has reinvented the GOJO innovation process, from the front end of innovation, to market and product development, through to strategic portfolio management. Most recently, April was tasked with creating new IoT business models in healthcare, commercial building and other core vertical GOJO markets. She develops and cultivates new partnerships in emerging ecosystems to support strategy execution.

April holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and an Executive Masters of Business Administration. She has earned a GE Green Belt Six Sigma Certification, Innovation Engineering Black Belt Certification, a Certificate in Strategic Design Capability and the VentureWell Lean LaunchPad Facilitator. She has written a number of publications on product innovation and IoT, including several for the Frost & Sullivan Quarterly eBulletin.

Prior to her role at GOJO Industries, April was a small business owner and served in Product and Market Development positions for market-leading brands for The Hygenic Corporation (TherabandTM and Biofreeze®), GE Lighting and CompuServe Network Services/UUNet. Several patents have been awarded through these development capacities.

About GOJO

The GOJO story is one of entrepreneurship and innovation. Notable inventions include the first waterless heavy duty hand cleaner; the first portion-controlled soap dispenser; PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer; PURELL® Surface Sprays, and our latest inventions, PURELL® Brand HEALTHY SOAP® products with CLEAN RELEASE™ Technology and PURELL® ES8 Dispensing Systems with energy on the refill.

Chief Innovation Officer, W.L. Gore Associates

Paul Campbell

Bio is forthcoming.

Vice President, Global Innovation, Gilbarco Veeder Root

Giovanni Carapelli

Bio is forthcoming.

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Rogers Corporation

Bob Daigle

Early in my career, I had a variety of roles that included R&D, marketing and engineering management. Over the past 20 years, I’ve had P&L responsibility for two electronic materials businesses and accelerated

growth of these businesses by expanding markets served and adding new platforms via internal product development and selective acquisitions. At the corporate level, I led the strategy team and corporate development function and established global innovation centers to bring new growth platforms to the company.

Director, Competitive Positioning, Brewer Science

Angela Femmer

What inspires you?
Enabling Growth

After earning her BS in Business Management from Bradley University, Angela worked for a label manufacturing company and earned her MBA from Webster University before joining Brewer Science in 2001.

Her experience included roles ranging from Inside Sales to Label Converting Group Manager. Angela has worked in several positions while at Brewer Science from Quality Analyst to Global Intangible Assets Manager. She has been directing competitive positioning strategies since 2014, aligning competitive intelligence, intellectual property, and marketing to facilitate forward-looking, ecosystem-level solutions for positive impacts and growth.

Vice President, Global Marketing, Schneider Electric

Ken Hallman

What inspires you?
We’re a work in progress

Ken Hallman currently leads Schneider Electric’s global initiative to elevate the performance and return on investment of their new products.  With a global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider Electric is the leader in power management – leading the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

Ken has over 30 years of experience in general management, strategic planning and product management & development.  He previously held senior leadership positions at various global companies including Motorola/Google, Verizon, Sears Holdings and Verisign.  He has led several multi-billion-dollar product families, including the Kenmore brand and the Motorola Droid product family.

Data Scientist, Insights, and Strategy, Interstate Batteries

Hayley Horn

Bio is forthcoming.

Vice President, Patient Advocacy, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.

Mary Michael

Bio is forthcoming.

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation, Advocate Aurora Health

Nicole Paulk

Bio is forthcoming.

Senior Director, Technology and Data Analytics, Pact

Mark Reilley

Bio is forthcoming.

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Intel Corporation

Bernhard Reis

Bio is forthcoming.

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