Our Insightful & Visionary Advisory Board

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.

Advisory Board

Sharon Baer

Sharon Baer

Director, Advanced Innovation, Philips Respironics

Experienced Director of Advanced Innovation in the field of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine with a demonstrated history of working in multiple fields of healthcare and medical device industry. I have a skilled history in Marketing Management, Business Planning, Medical Device development, Go To Market Strategy, and Market Research.

John Cote

John Cote

Director, Strategic Marketing, Digital Solutions, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

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.

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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.
Steve Currie

Steve Currie

Chief Innovation Officer, Communitech

Steve has 20+ years experience in technology and marketing and is the VP Strategy & Corporate Innovation at Communitech, one of the leading innovation hubs in North America

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focusing on scaling tech companies and corporate innovation. Communitech hosts the largest in-house corporate innovation lab space featuring an open-innovation environment and high touch engagement with startups. Prior to his current role, Steve was responsible for the StartUp Services Group at Communitech where 600+ start ups receive coaching and mentoring. During this time, his team launched HYPERDRIVE, an intensive accelerator for high growth startups. Steve has held senior roles in multinationals such as Open Text and Reynolds & Reynolds and startups/emerging companies such as Miovision, Northern Digital Inc and Handshake VR. Areas of responsibility have included Product Management, Customer Support, Marketing, Sales, Business Development. Steve is an active supporter of the community and is a board member of the Grand River Hospital Foundation.
Rodney Davenport

Rodney Davenport

Vice President, Strategic Insights, Alliance Data

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.

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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.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Vice President, Global Innovation, West Pharmaceutical Services

Chris Evans, Vice President, Global Innovation West Pharmaceutical Services. Chris has been in product development for over 20 years, primarily in healthcare packaging and device development.

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He graduated from University of Maryland in the U.S. (Biology/Chemistry) and his first decade of work concentrated on the manufacturing, engineering and commercialization of new products working for various OEMs and design firms. Since then he has worked mostly on the ‘front-end’ of innovation, managing teams in discovery/user research, human-factors, mechanical innovation, concept creation and intellectual property development. He is the holder of 19 U.S. patents with several more pending. With West for 9 years, Chris is now responsible for transformational new product & technology development, focusing on device usability and enhancing the patient experience. He also manages West’s Connected Health Initiative and the resulting partnerships and alliances brought together to assemble a ‘patient engagement ecosystem’.
John Greco

John Greco

Director, Strategy & Corporate Development, Analog Devices

I’ve worked in the semiconductor industry in a variety of roles, starting as an engineer and moving into functions including Sales, Financial Analysis, Product Management, Marketing, and Manufacturing.

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Much of my time at Analog Devices has dealt with corporate and business unit Strategy – leading a variety of projects aimed at identifying new growth opportunities, business planning, and competitive analysis. Most recently I have been developing and/or updating our strategic planning processes, helping the organization to create a planning process that fits with the highly competitive, dynamic markets that use our products. Given that Analog Devices’ products are used in a wide variety of industries, with very different characteristics, I have had the opportunity to contribute to strategy development for a wide variety of market segments. I am a big believer in the power of understanding an ecosystem (a huge Ron Adner fan) and I am looking forward to learning firsthand from the other members of this group about how their worlds operate.
Melvin Greer

Melvin Greer

Chief Data Science Officer, Americas, Intel Corporation

Melvin Greer is Chief Data Scientist, Public Sector, Americas, Intel Corporation. He is responsible for building Intel’s data science platform through graph analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for Public Sector and commercial enterprises.

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His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing, Synthetic Biology and IoT Bio-sensors for edge analytics. He functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies, including Nanotechnology, Additive Manufacturing and Gamification. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Mr. Greer is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, GUIRR

Mr. Greer has been awarded the 2017 BDPA Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2012 BEYA Technologist of the Year Award, which recognize his outstanding technical contribution and technical products that have a broad impact and high value to society as a whole. Melvin Greer has been appointed Fellow of the National Cybersecurity Institute where he assists government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cyber security policy, technology and education.

In addition to his professional and investment roles, he is Founder and Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation, focused on research and deployment of a 21st Century Leadership Model. Mr. Greer is a member of the International Monetary Fund / World Bank, Bretton Woods Committee where he explores how deployment of enabling technologies relates to private sector development, commercial opportunities, global financial stability and social responsibility. Mr. Greer is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities and is an accomplished author; his fifth book “Practical Cloud Security a Cross Industry View” is his most recently published book.

Melvin is a Board of Trustee at Capitol Technology University where he oversees and aligns its strategic direction, educational policy, finances and operations with the mission of the university.

As a popular educator and board member at a number of Historical Black Colleges and Universities, Greer is leading science, technology, mathematical and engineering (STEM) research initiatives, directly trying to shape a more diverse generation of up-and-coming technical talent.

Greer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology and his Master of Science in Information Systems from American University, Wash. D.C. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School and the Entrepreneurial Finance program at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Donna Moats

Donna Moats

Senior Director, Product Management, Parexel International

In her role as Senior Director of Product Management, Donna partners with leadership across the PAREXEL organization to identify and launch new cross-business unit product and service solutions.

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Prior to joining PAREXEL, she served as Director of Marketing at Smith & Nephew, holding full responsibility for all aspects of the $110M global portfolio for the emerging extremities and limb restoration product line. During her tenure, Donna created and executed all strategic marketing plans for the portfolio, including prioritizing user needs for new product development opportunities. Prior to this role, Donna managed Smith & Nephew’s $135M global product portfolio across the radiofrequency resection and fluid management/access products as well as handheld arthroscopy instruments. Over the course of her career, Donna has held positions of increasing responsibility across marketing and product management as well as in research and development. This path has provided experience in creating market entry strategies to expand into complementary market segments, leading due diligence for acquisitions, and building sustainable relationships with KOLs to support assessment of adjacent markets. Donna earned an MBA in Marketing from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan. She’s a member of, and volunteers for, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.
Michelle Mosolgo

Michelle Mosolgo

Former Chief Technology Officer, Healthcare Solutions and Services, Merck

Bio is forthcoming.
Bhavin Parikh

Bhavin Parikh

Former Director, Business Innovation, Cummins Inc.

Bio is forthcoming.
Gary Reznik

Gary Reznik

Director, Global New Product Discovery and Development, Novus International

Bio is forthcoming.
Russ Schneidewind

Russ Schneidewind

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, HydraForce, Inc.

I graduated from Iowa State University with a mechanical engineering degree and started in design but quickly found that this was not the ideal role for me and my talents.

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I moved to an application engineering role that was more customer facing at my first employer, Sauer-Sundstrand (now Danfoss Fluid Power). Next, I moved into sales and joined my current employer, HydraForce. I was given the opportunity to grow our now largest account from zero and then moved into sales management. I managed a team of regional sales managers who covered our direct OEM business. Then I was tasked with leading and developing our team in Asia Pacific. Finally in 2016 I was promoted to our VP of Sales and Marketing.
Jonathan Stark

Jonathan Stark

Chief Executive Officer, Peratech Holdco Limited

Jon Stark currently serves as a Director and CEO of Peratech Holdco Limited, a force-sensing technology solutions company, providing next-generation human-machine interfaces with its proprietary Quantum

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Tunnelling Composite® materials and embedded force-touch display software.
Prior to Peratech, Stark was VP of Printed Electronics at MFLEX (NASDAQ: MFLX), where he successfully led multiple new-technology commercialization efforts including the mass-production of a printed touch-display module in a high-end notebook PC that won 14 awards at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2014. During his tenure at MFLEX, Stark also held executive-level positions in and Corporate Strategy and Marketing, when MFLEX was awarded Deloitte’s Fast 50 Technology companies.
Prior to MFLEX, Stark held interim executive and consultative roles in strategy, change management, innovation and communications in a variety of industries including software, portable technologies, mobile communications, banking and healthcare. His previous clients included InterActive Corp, JP Morgan Chase, Virgin Mobile USA, and Jamba Juice.
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