16th ANNUAL GROWTH, INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP
EXECUTIVE MINDXCHANGE 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.
Vicki A. Barbur, PhD
Vicki A. Barbur, PhD, is currently Senior Director, IP and Technology Commercialization, Commercial Business at Battelle. She brings dual expertise in science and business as well as broad experience in several technical disciplines to her overarching role as an innovative growth leader associated with technology commercialization and IP management. Her primary areas of focus are Health and Medical Devices, Genomics and BioSecurity, as well as Energy and Environment.
Barbur’s work also includes streamlining the process for securing Intellectual Property and Licensing to allow external organizations and companies to put innovation to use quickly as well as developing collaborative and strategic partnerships through University/Academic Institutions, Innovation Bridges, Tech Hubs, Accelerators and Incubators. Previously, Barbur was Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Concurrent Technologies Corporation and Vice President, Research & Development for Cardinal Health. In October 2016, she joined The MITRE Corporation supporting the Technology Transfer Office. Barbur earned a PhD and BSc in physics from Imperial College, University of London, and a MSc in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford, both in the UK.
Bennett Brenton joined Snap-on Incorporated as Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Innovation in February 2007. Snap-on is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users.
Ben’s role is to drive innovative products, solutions and processes that fundamentally change the markets Snap-on serves and enhance customer perception of its brands. Ben has helped to create, support and institutionalize a culture at Snap-on that embraces creativity, risk, change and fearless innovation. In early 2009 Ben launched Innovation Works! – a physical center for innovation at Snap-on’s office in Kenosha Wisconsin. Prior to joining Snap-on, Ben spent 4 years in Marketing at PepsiCo, most recently as the Director of Innovation for the Frito-Lay Convenience Foods division. At PepsiCo he also led innovation as Director of Innovation for Tropicana and prior to that as Director of Innovation for Shelf Stable Beverages. Before joining PepsiCo, Ben was Marketing Director of New Products at Kraft Foods. He spent over 14 years at Kraft Foods, starting as a Research Scientist in Biotechnology and working in various roles with increasing responsibility and scope across R&D and Marketing. Ben has over 20 years of experience focused on new product development, marketing and innovation. Ben is a recognized expert in innovation and an expert at facilitating ideation sessions and customer interviews. Ben holds a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Microbial Genetics from the University of Nebraska. He was awarded a fellowship in Biotechnology from the National Academy of Sciences and received a Ph.D, in Food Science and Nutrition with an emphasis in Molecular Genetics from the University of Massachusetts. He is an active runner, cyclist and triathlete.
Corporate innovation thought leader, strategy, and business development executive with two decades of diverse experience in mature and scaling businesses.
Collaborative leader who loves working with great people to solve complex problems. Innovative mindset with the ability to “Connect the dots” to find points of leverage between scaling companies and large corporations. Specialties include: Corporate innovation, strategy, solution and business development.
John A. Cote
John Cote is the Global Marketing Leader for Measurement & Controls, a $3 billion division of Baker Hughes, a GE company. He also led Strategic Marketing for GE Oil & Gas from 2014-17.
Prior to that, John was Senior Vice President at GE Capital where he managed all aspects of a $900 million international energy portfolio of equity investments in Europe and the Middle East. While at GE Capital, he also served as Vice President, Operational Risk, managed GE’s venture capital portfolio, and represented GE on boards in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Before joining GE, John worked for leading energy companies NextEra Energy Resources, Duke Energy, and Enron. He also taught kindergarten in St. Petersburg, Russia, and high school English in Warsaw, Poland. John received a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University. His hobbies are wide-ranging: John is a marathon runner, traveler, bibliophile and unexceptional golfer.
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.
Rodney Davenport joined Alliance Data in 2006. Prior to Alliance Data, he held numerous positions over a 20+-year career in Aerospace, Chemicals, Consumer Package, Healthcare/Pharmaceutical IT consulting and Transportation providing market intelligence, economic analysis and strategic planning.
Rodney assumed his current role as Vice President, Strategic Insights Group in January 2014. Rodney guides his team on the use of qualitative and quantitative research and information and its interpretation to uncover unique insights and strategies. Under his leadership, the team identifies and understands the impact of economic, market, industry, regulatory, human capital and competitive activities on our businesses and Company, enabling them to project key indicators and impact to our company. The department is a trusted resource for our businesses and senior leaders. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Austin College and an M.B.A from East Texas State University. He is involved in numerous organizations including serving as a Board member on the Plano Independent School District Educational Foundation, working with the Family Place Dallas and a leadership giver to the United Way. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, golf, reading and entertaining.
Areas of expertise: Corporate Strategy
Svetlana is a VP of Transformation Lab at Pact, an impact and growth engine looking to position Pact as a 4th sector organization. She’s also a leadership and business coach, Kellogg Executive Scholar in Leadership, and Founder of Dharma Growth LLC coaching and consulting company from Arlington, VA.
Dr. Dimovski brings two decades of professional experience in strategy and change management, innovation leadership, business development, R&D, analytical discovery and product development roles in the lead Fortune 500 companies and academia. Her work on creating space for innovation and growth was recognized with the Best Open Innovation program award at the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officers Summit in 2016. She also appeared in a documentary movie “Experiment 150” in 2016. Svetlana is the Amelia Earhart Fellow, Dragomir Nikolitch Trust Scholar, and Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Young Talents Research Fellow. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, Squad Moderator and an Innovator member of the Ellevate Network, Member of the Materials Advisory Board at Drexel University, Advisory Committee Member for TechConnect World, and grant proposal reviewer for National Science Foundation. She holds PhD in Materials Science and BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering. Her interests include artificial intelligence, learning, performing arts, and meditation. Personal style: Futuristic, Strategic, Maximizer, Learner, Connectedness (Gallup StrengthFinder profile); ENTP (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator); Inspirer (Insights Discovery profile), Conceptualizer (Basadur profile).
Member – Growth Innovation Leadership Council
What inspires you?
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.
Dr. Tom Fiske is part of Yokogawa’s Global Strategic Technology Center. Dr. Fiske’s primary focus is on digital transformation and Yokogawa’s overall automation strategy.
Tom was also part of the team responsible for establishing the vision of Yokogawa’s Advanced Decision Support solutions that help improve operators’ situational awareness and effectiveness and contribute. Prior to Yokogawa, Dr. Fiske worked for Aspen Technologies as a Product Manager for the Economic Evaluation of Capital Projects. Dr. Fiske spent more than a dozen years with ARC Advisory Group as an internationally recognized analyst in the areas simulation, APC, optimization, advanced analytics, energy management, MES, knowledge management, and operator situation awareness. Dr. Fiske is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in the Management of Technology from the Sloan School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Rasha is a seasoned executive with a broad background in product management, product marketing, strategy and planning (including sales and operations planning) and lean-six sigma. Throughout her career she has managed product portfolios through their lifecycle – setting and articulating strategy; working across cultural and organizational boundaries to drive planning & execution; working with customers early and often to enable market adoption and leading diverse high performing teams to deliver meaningful results.
Having worked in both industrial and software industries, she is uniquely positioned to combine industrial products with software solutions and leverage technology in innovative ways to deliver value to our customers.
Rasha is currently the Vice President – Product Management Excellence and Innovation at Ingersoll Rand. She is responsible for driving functional excellence and building capability in product management across all of IR’s strategic business units as well as incubating and accelerating innovation across the company.
Rasha joined IR from GE where she was most recently, the Vice President – Digital Products for Gas Power Systems within GE Power where she built a $200M+ digital business for new units within a couple of years and worked across the ecosystem to deliver digital solutions that add value to customers and drive value for GE internally. Prior to this role, Rasha was the Integrated Business Planning leader for the Drilling Business within GE Oil & Gas, where she established and ran the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process, which drove down inventory by $20M and improved inventory turns by 0.3. This included developing a process for strategic inventory and risk release/pre-provisioning to ensure inventory on the ground was strategic to the business; reducing overdue backlog from $217M to $67M; and improving factory output across all product families by 60% on average. She also led the team responsible for transforming the Drilling customer digital experience supporting over 1200 active users and resulting in over 8000 weeks of cycle reduction for GE customers and $5.0MM in productivity gains for the business. In addition, digital platform processed over 2,500 quotes per month, supported over $11M in spare parts orders and drove 50% of parts order volume and 80% of parts revenue in a touchless model.
Prior to that, Rasha was a Corporate Initiatives Director and business partner for GE Oil & Gas and Energy Management where she supported process improvement projects responsible for over $1.7B in top line and $600M in bottom line impact for the businesses. Working with the businesses, Rasha helped drive change across all business processes leveraging the Lean – Six Sigma toolkit. She also supported process improvement and best practices related to Commercial Excellence across GE establishing and launching the Global Accounts process across GE and worked with the newly formed supply chain council on the global multi-modal strategy for the company.
Rasha joined GE in April 2011, from SAP, where she was most recently Vice President – Business Suite Go-to-Market in the Solution Management team. In this role, she was responsible for bringing together products and services to deliver integrated solutions to SAP’s customers. She worked with the Solution Management and Solution Marketing leadership teams to transform the way SAP commercializes its solutions across multiple customer segments and drive cross product adoption. Prior to this role she held multiple engineering, product management, product marketing and corporate strategy leadership positions at SAP, Hitachi Data Systems, Lucent Technologies and General Motors where she consistently leveraged both her technical and business background, in both industrial and software businesses, to bridge the gap between market expectations and technology solutions in these engineering driven companies.
Rasha graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and received a Master’s degree from Stanford University in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management. She has a Doctorate in Engineering at Texas A&M with a focus on the intersection of technology, business and public policy in the adoption of new technology impacting environmental issues in the energy industry.
Hired into DuPont out of Penn State remained with DuPont through various changes to this day 1980 process engineer connector manufacturing 1985 managed a microelectronic packaging laboratory and laser laboratory at the DuPont facility in RTP, NC 1990.
Manage an equipment development team working on PCB processing equipment 1994. Led a manufacturing technical team out of the DuPont Towanda, PA facility 1997. Major account manager (field sales) electronic materials in Phoenix AZ 2001. Marketing manager on DuPont’s embedded passive materials project 2004. Sales manager for North America and Europe DuPont electronic materials 2008. New Business Development / M&A electronic materials 2010. New Business Development Photovoltaic materials 2013. Technical marketing and program manager for DuPont’s new venture into thermal interface materials 2018. Current role as smart materials business development and partner relationship manager.
Bio is forthcoming.
30+ years of Innovation experience. 27-year career at Procter & Gamble launching several products, an inventor on 4 patents.
Chosen as a community practice leader in Innovation by Senior Leadership at P&G to develop best practices and lead the broader corporation to launch new to the world products to the market. After leaving P&G, held several VP of Innovation positions with companies such as Solo Cup Company and Velcro group. Spent time as an Entrepreneur in Residence to understand the funding side of start-ups, currently teaching Entrepreneurship at Purdue University. Currently leading Front End Innovation at Wright Brothers Institute, primary customer is the Air Force Research Lab.
Dr. Murphy has worked to improve and transform healthcare delivery throughout her career in both the public and private sectors. Before joining Geisinger, she served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health addressing the most significant health issues facing the state, including the opioid epidemic.
Prior to her role as secretary, Dr. Murphy served as director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services leading a $990 million CMS investment designed to accelerate health care innovation across the United States. She previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, and as founder and chief executive officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc., an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor. Dr. Murphy earned her doctor of philosophy in business administration from the Temple University Fox School of Business. She holds a masters of business administration from Marywood University, a bachelor of science in liberal arts from the University of Scranton, and a diploma in nursing from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. An author and national speaker on health policy and innovation, Dr. Murphy also serves as a clinical faculty member at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. an associate of the department of Health Policy and Management! at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As chief innovation officer, Dr. Murphy leads Geisinger’s deep commitment to innovation, one of the organization’s four principle values along with kindness, excellence and learning to fulfill the mission of caring. Geisinger is an integrated healthcare system that includes 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, and a health plan that serves approximately 600,000 members. Geisinger’s more than 30,000 employees, 2500 providers, nearly 500 residents and fellows, and 360 medical students serve and care for the three million residents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Ali Raza is the Chief Digital Officer for Apergy and is based out of the company’s headquarters in The Woodlands, TX. In his current role, Ali is responsible for the digital strategy development and deployment across Apergy. He is also responsible for managing the entire digital portfolio that is heavily focused on delivering value to the customers by enabling IIoT and advanced analytical platforms.
Ali joined the company two years ago as the President of Dover Energy Automation; after the spinoff in May 2018, he has expanded his role across Apergy. Prior to joining Dover, Ali served as a Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Advanced Solutions business in Honeywell Process Solutions. He served in multiple leadership positions with Honeywell managing global Honeywell businesses in different capacities.
Before joining Honeywell, Ali served as a services director at Aspen Technology for 7 years. He started his career with Caltex Petroleum Corporation in Pakistan in 1992. Ali has been working in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years. Ali has a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Systems and Controls Engineering from Michigan and a Bachelor’s of Engineering from Karachi Pakistan. He is currently serving on the advisory board for the University of Houston College of Engineering. Ali is a Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.
Michael L. Wajsgras joined Constellation Energy in November 2010. In his current role he oversees the innovation and growth initiatives, partner relationships, and new channel development that encompass the full suite of Constellation’s energy product portfolio for the residential and small commercial customer segments.
Current national and regional partnerships under management include IoT technology, connected home, and digital partner channels, as well as a variety of service provider relationships. Wajsgras’ experience includes 20 years of business and channel development with several leading companies including Sprint Nextel, MCI, and Qwest, as well as several start-up ventures. While at Sprint Nextel, he managed a national sales and support organization focused on implementing custom wireless network solutions for the firms’ largest commercial and public sector customers. Prior to that, as the founding member of the Competitive Local Services team, Mr. Wajsgras successfully launched the competitive local telecom services for Qwest/LCI International, a business that grew to a run rate of over $100M in annual revenue. He began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young.
Working in the automotive body development area within Honda R&D Americas for more than 20 years, Matt Wolfe has held nearly every position within the Division.
Beginning his career developing body structure components for the Acura MDX, TLX and Honda Element, he then moved on to manage development teams such as the Acura ZDX as the Body Project Lead. Upon completion of these team management roles, he moved into a Technical Leader role, responsible for the Body technical content of all developed models. In parallel with this technical role, he also completed assignments as both the Underbody Design Manager and the Senior Manager of Body & Exterior Development as a Chief Engineer. He now has final responsibility for the Body & Exterior Division. As Division Director of the largest Division inside Honda R&D, he is responsible for the development of all North American designed models, development of North American strategies within global Honda R&D, as well as an advanced research and innovation team, studying how Honda will guarantee it’s competitiveness into the future.