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Event Overview

Why SHOULD ATTEND

IT PERSPECTIVE

  • Technical Skills needed to be successful
  • What is AI and ML: Where you should use and Why Now?
  • Implementation of AI Projects: Architecture, Security, Applications and Tools
  • Best Practices and pitfalls while implementing AI/ML solutions

INDUSTRY & BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE

  • How emerging Technologies are providing solutions leveraging AI, IOT, Machine learning and Block Chain.
  • How to identify, prioritize, pilot and implement a success strategy around AI, Block Chain and Machine learning
  • What is the right organization structure to succeed in such initiatives
Event Date & Time

Jun 13, 2019 to Jun 14, 2019

06/13/2019 12:00 AM 06/13/2019 12:00 AM UTC 2019 IACS Executive Networking Conference 2019 IACS Executive Networking Conference Ballroom F, Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center IACS

Event Speakers

  • Sivasankaran (Soma) Somasundaram

    CEO & President

    Apergy

    Sivasankaran (Soma) Somasundaram

    CEO & President

    Sivasankaran (“Soma”) Somasundaram serves as Apergy’s President and CEO, and also as a member of its Board of Directors. Soma most recently served as a Vice President of Dover Corporation and as President and CEO of Dover Energy since 2013. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Dover Energy, Executive Vice President of Dover Fluid Management, President of Dover’s Fluid Solutions Platform, President of Dover’s Gas Equipment Group, and President of Dover’s RPA Process Technologies. Prior to joining Dover in 2004, Soma served in various global leadership roles at GL&V Inc. and Baker Hughes Inc. Soma received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

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  • Kunal Kapoor

    Chief Executive Officer

    Morningstar

    Kunal Kapoor

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kunal Kapoor, CFA, is chief executive officer of Morningstar. Before assuming his current role in 2017, he served as president, responsible for product development and innovation, sales and marketing, and driving strategic prioritization across the firm. 

    Since joining Morningstar in 1997 as a data analyst, Kapoor has held a variety of roles at the firm, including leadership positions in research and innovation. He served as director of mutual fund research and was part of the team that launched Morningstar Investment Services, Inc., before moving on to other roles including director of business strategy for international operations, and later, president and chief investment officer of Morningstar Investment Services. During his tenure, he has also led Morningstar.com® and the firm’s data business as well as its global products and client solutions group. 

    Kapoor holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental policy from Monmouth College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago, and served on the board of PitchBook, a private firm that provides a comprehensive private equity and venture capital database, prior to its acquisition by Morningstar in late 2016. Kapoor is also a member of the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Illinois. In 2010, Crain’s Chicago Business named him to its annual 40 Under 40 class, a list that includes professionals from a variety of industries who are contributing to Chicago’s business, civic, and philanthropic landscape.

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  • Christopher Griffin

    President & CEO

    USG Corporation

    Christopher Griffin

    President & CEO

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    USG Corporation
  • Amy Best

    SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Exelon Corp

    Amy Best

    SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Best became the CHRO upon close of the Exelon-Constellation merger in March 2012. She is responsible for developing, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating Exelon’s HR function and performance. She participates in the development and implementation of Exelon’s plans and programs as a strategic member of the executive team. Best led post-merger integration work, including staffing and selection of 25 percent of Exelon positions, development of the employee benefit platform, total compensation program alignment, and integration of diversity, talent management and succession processes.

    Prior to this role, Best was the vice president of human resources for Exelon Generation, which includes the nuclear fleet, power operations, and power trading. She was responsible for setting the human resources strategy and service delivery for 9,500 employees as a member of the senior leadership team. This includes employee relations, compensation, talent development and retention, recruitment, pipeline development, demographic analysis, and knowledge transfer and retention. She has worked as a lead on prior merger, integration and new business activities. She also was involved with the Nuclear Energy Institute working groups and the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition’s minority business steering committee.

     

    Previously, Best was the director of human resources for Exelon Business Services Company and led the HR function to support the finance, IT, supply and legal groups. She also was the director of leadership development for Exelon. In that position, she was responsible for executive development for the company’s top leadership positions, as well as design and delivery of programmatic leadership training across the company.  She was also accountable for the design and governance of talent management processes that are implemented in all Exelon operating business units.   

     

    Best has worked in varying human resources capacities at Exelon’s Quad Cities Station, Dresden Station, nuclear headquarters, and corporate offices. Prior to Exelon, she worked at Sara Lee Corporation and Ravenswood Hospital while pursuing her master’s degree. .

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  • Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer

    USG Corporation

    Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer

    Srinivas Veeramasuneni is Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, at USG Corporation. He is responsible for leading the Corporate Innovation Center (CIC) organization and the promotion of collaborative research to enhance USG’s competitive position and profitability by continuously developing effective research programs. 

    Veeramasuneni first joined USG in 1998 with a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Utah and has held various research and management positions during his tenure with the company. 

    Throughout his career, Veeramasuneni has been involved in innovation strategy, talent management, change management, technology road mapping and process improvements. 

    Veeramasuneni has an extensive background in surface science and related application areas, including crystallization, mineral processing, and building materials.  He published nearly 25 papers in surface science related journals. 

    Veeramasuneni has been awarded 12 U.S. patents related to building materials, and has received numerous awards, including: the AIME Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award; Technology awards from USG Corporation; and SME Industrial Minerals Division Young Scientist Award. He was recently recognized as a 2017 Chicago Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. 

    Veeramasuneni is active in external organizations and has held executive positions in ASTM committees, Industrial Minerals Division of SME, and Innovation Research Interchange (IRI). He is currently serving as a Board Member of LUMITY and Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).

    USG Corporation is an industry leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum Company and USG Interiors, LLC subsidiaries and its international subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.

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  • Girish Juneja

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

    Dover Corporation

    Girish Juneja

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

    Mr. Girish Juneja serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Dover Corporation. Mr. Juneja served as the Chief Technology Officer of Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. since August 8, 2014 until April 7, 2016. Mr. Juneja was responsible for guiding Altisource's technology vision, creating cloud-enabled development platforms that Altisource and its Labs' portfolio companies are using to rapidly build the next generation of software applications for the financial services sector. He co-founded and served as Senior Vice President of Product Management at Sarvega, Inc.

    Mr. Juneja is a seasoned technology executive with roots in big data, cloud infrastructure and software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms. He leads technology teams across its global footprint in Atlanta, Bangalore, Boston, Dallas, Irvine, Luxembourg, Los Angeles and Seattle. Before joining Altisource, he served as General Manager of Big Data Products and Chief Technology Officer of Data Center Software at Intel Corporation from January 2012 to January 2014, there he led the Data's big data software strategy, drove the technology vision for Intel's data center software and launched the Intel Hadoop platform worldwide. As part of Intel's executive team, he helped lead several strategic acquisitions including the acquisition of McAfee, Inc. He joined Intel through the acquisition of Sarvega, Inc., a company he co-founded that led industry innovations in XML acceleration. Prior to assuming his current role and since Sarvega's inception, Mr. Juneja led the Sarvega engineering & customer services organizations to develop Sarvega's industry leading core XESOS technology & XML Networking products. Before co-founding Sarvega, he held senior various senior technology & management roles at Thomson Financial Services, Verizon and MCI Telecommunication responsible bringing to market leading-edge products that focus on customized content delivery and data interchange using the Internet technologies. He has more than 15 years' experience in the high technology industry with extensive product management, product strategy, engineering management and technology marketing expertise.

    He is a frequent speaker at business & technology conferences. Mr. Juneja has an undergraduate degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and MBA from the University of Chicago.

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    Dover Corporation

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  • Andrew Mines

    Executive Vice President

    ITW

    Andrew Mines

    Executive Vice President

    Andrew Mines is the Executive Vice President, Construction Products of Illinois Tool Works Inc. Andrew joined ITW Automotive in 1996 as a Project Engineer within the Seat & Trim Components business. From 1998, he held a series of Project Management, Sales and Manufacturing Leadership roles that spanned Europe. In 2008, Andrew was promoted to General Manager, Automotive Release & Trim Germany & Czech Republic. In 2009, he assumed the responsibility of Vice President & General Manager for the North American and European Release & Trim Components businesses. Andrew became Group President for the Automotive Body & Interior Platform in 2010 which included responsibility for the ITW Automotive Components business activities in China, South Korea and Japan. In 2013, Andrew assumed the responsibility of Group President, European Construction Products. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President of the Construction Products segment.

    Andrew graduated from Southampton University (UK) in 1993 with a B.A. degree in Design, Technology & Engineering.

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    ITW

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  • Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    W.W. Grainger, Inc.

    Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Kathleen Carroll was named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in December 2018. Her responsibilities include aligning and implementing talent and workplace strategies across the enterprise that support a high-performance culture and strengthen the company’s brand as an employer of choice. 

    Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience in leading human resources and organizational strategies to drive business results. Her expertise encompasses end-toend talent acquisition, learning and development, employment branding, succession planning, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, and related metrics and analytics.

    Prior to Grainger Kathleen was with First Midwest Bank, where she served as Executive Vice President and CHRO. Prior to that, she held a number of leadership positions with Aon Corporation, which included Global Head of Talent Acquisition and HR Lead for Mergers and Acquisitions. Kathleen also had management positions with Sprint and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she began her career in consulting and accounting.

    Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri and received a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

    She also is a board member of Leadership Greater Chicago and the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation.

    W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2018 sales of $11.2 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor.

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  • Milton Silva Craig

    Chief Executive Officer

    Q-Centrix

    Milton Silva Craig

    Chief Executive Officer

    Milton G. Silva-Craig has been the Chief Executive Officer of Q-Centrix for the past five years, recently leading the company through a successful sale from private equity firm Sterling Partners to TPG Growth.

    With more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare information technology industry, Silva-Craig has demonstrated success in leading and growing healthcare businesses. Prior to Q-Centrix, he served as president of TransUnion’s healthcare business unit. There, he developed and executed a strategic business plan focused on repositioning and growing TransUnion in the healthcare marketplace. His work resulted in an eight-fold increase in the business unit.

    Prior to TransUnion, Silva-Craig served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at Emageon Inc., leading the company’s strategic direction and operations. He grew revenues from several hundred thousand dollars to more than $100 million, and eventually led Emageon through its initial public offering. He was also president and CEO of Technology Solutions Company and held executive positions at General Electric Medical Systems.

    Silva-Craig earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law in Madison and obtained his M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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  • Faisal Pandit

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

    Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America

    Faisal Pandit

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer

    M. Faisal Pandit is the Sr. Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA). A Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the mission of PSSNA is to strengthen and expand Panasonic’s North American system solutions business by delivering customers smart, integrated, value-added hardware, software and services ready for IoT interoperability.

    As SVP and CDO, Mr. Pandit heads several organizations including:

    • Industrial Solutions (Factory Automation) : North American manufacturing business, encompassing electronic assembly equipment, microelectronics, robotic welding, software and professional services
    • Security Solutions : Public and private security business including mobile and fixed end-to-end connected solutions for numerous markets including law enforcement, transportation authorities and educational institutions
    • Food and Retail Solutions : Customer engagement business bringing connectivity and automation to restaurant, retail and hospitality industries to personalize the customer experience and maximize satisfaction through complete integration of best-in-class hardware and software for HD security, digital signage and back office applications
    • Digital Solutions Center : Panasonic’s North American software competency center, an ecosystem of world-class, cloud-based, IoT platforms that bring connectivity to value-added edge devices for diverse business sectors including public safety, security, manufacturing, food & retail, supply chain, theme parks and entertainment destinations

    Previously, Mr. Pandit held several roles including President of Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, which is now the Industrial Solutions organization within PSSNA.

    Notable achievements in his 25+ year career at Panasonic include

    • Leading the development, sales, and support of PanaCIM® Enterprise Edition, an award-winning and globally deployed Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software platform that connects, optimizes and automates processes ranging across machine, line and cloud levels.
    • Delivering “Smart Factory Solutions for Any Mix, Any Volume”— the industry’s first offering of unified software integration expanding beyond a provider’s own equipment to include best-in-class technology partner equipment and other factory systems

    Mr. Pandit holds a BS from the University of Illinois, MS from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. With a strong belief to contribute to society, Mr. Pandit is a board member of the Arden Shore Child & Family Services to rebuild children’s lives in a caring community and an active member of the WINGS Program, which provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

    Mr. Pandit is married with three children and resides in the Chicagoland area.

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    Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America

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