2019 Young Leaders Program


  • Sivasankaran (Soma) Somasundaram

    CEO & President

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    Sivasankaran (Soma) Somasundaram

    CEO & President at Apergy

    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.

  • Sundaram Nagarajan

    Executive Vice President
    Illinois Tool Works Inc

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    Sundaram Nagarajan

    Executive Vice President at Illinois Tool Works Inc

    Sundaram Nagarajan is Executive Vice President of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. The Company focuses on solid growth and strong returns across its worldwide platforms and businesses. These businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets. The company has operations in 58 countries that employ approximately 60,000 women and men who adhere to the highest ethical standards. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation.

    Professional Background

    Sundaram Nagarajan is currently the Executive Vice President –Welding Group. Mr. Nagarajan has worldwide responsibility for ITW’s Welding and Cutting businesses. Mr. Nagarajan originally joined Hobart Brothers in 1991. After various roles of increasing responsibility in Engineering and General Management at Hobart Brothers, Mr. Nagarajan was promoted to Group Vice President, Welding Group in 2006 and Group President, Welding International in 2008.

    Educational Background

    • BS degree from South Gujarat University, India
    • MBA from Wright State University, Ohio
    • MS and Ph.D. from Auburn University, Alabama.

    Professional and Personal Affiliations

    • Mr. Nagarajan is a Board of Director, EWI, Leading North American Engineering and
    • Technology Organization, Board of Directors, Hobart Welding Institute and Technology,
    • Former Board of Trustees, AWS Foundation, Inc, Co-Chair of ITW’s National United Way Campaign (2013 and 2014), member of the Chicago Economic Club, Executive Club of Chicago and American Welding Society (AWS).
  • Kunal Kapoor

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Kunal Kapoor

    Chief Executive Officer at Morningstar

    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.

  • Christopher Griffin

    President & CEO
    USG Corporation

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    Christopher Griffin

    President & CEO at USG Corporation
  • Amy Best

    SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer
    Exelon Corp

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    Amy Best

    SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Exelon Corp

    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. .

  • Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    SVP & Chief Technology Officer
    USG Corporation

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    Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    SVP & Chief Technology Officer at USG Corporation

    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.

  • Girish Juneja

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer
    Dover Corporation

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    Girish Juneja

    SVP & Chief Digital Officer at Dover Corporation

    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.

  • Andrew Mines

    Executive Vice President

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    Andrew Mines

    Executive Vice President at ITW

    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.

  • Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
    W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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    Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer at W.W. Grainger, Inc.

    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.

  • Milton Silva-Craig

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Milton Silva-Craig

    Chief Executive Officer at Q-Centrix

    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.

  • Karen Dunning

    Corporate VP, Human Resources & Chief Administrative Office Operations.
    Motorola Solutions

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    Karen Dunning

    Corporate VP, Human Resources & Chief Administrative Office Operations. at Motorola Solutions

    Karen Dunning is corporate vice president, Human Resources and Chief Administrative Office Operations at Motorola Solutions. She leads the entire HR team and has improved hiring and employee support and standardized reporting while reducing costs.  She leads financial management, business operations and systems solutions for the CAO, where she uses data-driven analytics to reduce costs, improve processes and manage change.


    Karen joined Motorola at our Plantation, Florida facility in 1985. For two decades, she worked in the LMR, Paging and Cellular business units – forecasting product shipments, defining products, mapping out strategies, managing an engineering team and leading operations. She spent a year in Fort Worth, Texas with the Cellular Subscriber unit before returning to Paging, where she was vice president, Strategy & Business Planning for North American Paging. When that sector shut down, Karen transitioned to the labs and law department, working on technology licensing.  


    Under Karen’s leadership, Motorola Solutions has received numerous awards for legal and human resources excellence. In 2016, the legal department MSI legal won Best USA Legal Department: Industrial & High Tech Sector at the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards in New York City. Karen is also a recognized thought leader in the legal industry with numerous published articles.

  • Sumit Dutta


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    Sumit Dutta

    Partner at McKinsey

    Sumit is a partner in McKinsey’s Midwest office, having joined the firm in 2000. He leads our work in supply chain and logistics and is a leader in our Operations Practice in North America. He has led engagements on strategy, comprehensive operations turnarounds, and supply chain transformations across multiple industries, including manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications.

    Sumit’s recent experience includes a comprehensive performance transformation for a chemicals player, including strengthening global sourcing, manufacturing and sales; logistics cost transformation for a commodity chemicals client and leading an end-to-end supply chain transformation for an auto component provider. He has also led large-scale operational transformations and turnarounds for telecommunications and technology clients. He helped revamp the key accounts go-to-market engine for a business-to-business technology provider.

    Prior to McKinsey, Sumit worked as a project manager at Infosys.



    Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
    BTech, electronics

  • Jay Kloosterboer

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
    Dover Corporation

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    Jay Kloosterboer

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer at Dover Corporation

    Jay Kloosterboer is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Dover, having joined the Company in January 2009. As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, he oversees the company’s worldwide Human Resources and Communications functions, as well as the India Innovation Center for this global diversified industrial manufacturer.  Prior to joining Dover, Jay spent nearly six years at AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 Company that generates and distributes electrical power. He last served as the Executive Vice President of Business Excellence at AES. Before joining AES, Jay held a variety of Senior Human Resource roles at Honeywell, Morgan Stanley and GE. Jay serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago Public Media/WBEZ.

  • Nageswaran Vaidyanathan

    EVP, Chief Technology Officer
    OneMain Financial

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    Nageswaran Vaidyanathan

    EVP, Chief Technology Officer at OneMain Financial

    Nag is currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of OneMain Financial and is accountable for applications delivery and operations, infrastructure and IT Security, data and digitaltransformation

    Prior to the current role Nag served as EVP and  CIO of Personal Banking for Danske Bank accountable for Mobile banking, Mobile Pay, Cards processing, security and Advice and Sales functions. The work is executed globally and serves and supports customers in the Nordics and UK.

    Nag also served senior director with Allstate Insurance Company’s Connected Consumer Engineering team.  Vaidyanathan was responsible for leading a global team that engineers and develops an open Application Program Interface (API) platform, websites and mobile applications.  Vaidyanathan’s accountability included supporting the Connected Consumer roadmap involving crowd sourcing and technology contests, known as blitzes, with academia and external developers; an evolving, highly strategic, multi-million dollar initiative for the company.

    Earlier Vaidyanathan was senior director with Product Technology.  He was accountable for the completion of the point of sale system catering to more than 15,000 Allstate exclusive agents and their staff, 1,200 independent agents, call centers, and other business units to be able to bind, quote and endorse policies across multiple product lines.  Vaidyanathan was also responsible for retiring Allstate’s 30-year-old legacy point of sale system; work that involved more than 600 resources in multiple continents and was completed per plan.

    Before joining Product Technology, Vaidyanathan was a senior director in Claims Technology, where he led day-to-day operations and solution design of Claims capabilities for the Claims platform.  He fostered the development of a state-of-the-art Claims management system, including back-office payment processing and operational controls, enterprise application integration, reporting, dashboards and analytics capabilities and electronic signature

    Vaidyanathan was  the technology organization’s leader in the Allstate Cultural Transformation initiative.. Outside of work, he volunteers for Chicago’s Pratham, a non-profit organization core team involved in helping underprivileged children in India with basic education. Vaidyanathan is on the leadership panel for the Advisory Board of Indo American Community Services (IACS), helping students and entrepreneurs professionally through formal mentoring programs.

    Vaidyanathan received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Technology in India.  He also received a Master in Business Administration from DePaul University.

  • Sumit Dangi

    SVP & CFO, Global Data & Information Management

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    Sumit Dangi

    SVP & CFO, Global Data & Information Management at HSBC

    Sumit Dangi currently is SVP & CFO, Global Data & Information Management at HSBC. Seasoned well-rounded Strategy, Finance and Operations professional with broad analytical and problem-solving skills and strong track record of delivering outstanding results. 20+ years of global experience spanning Asia, North America and Europe. Experience in leading cross-functional teams, strategic analysis, implementing financial and operational transformation, influencing broad range of stakeholders, communicating with Senior Executives and managing bottom-line impact.

    Industry Experience: Consulting, Financial Services, Retail Banking, Credit Cards, Wealth Management, Treasury, Private Equity, and CPG (consumer packaged goods)

    Areas of expertise: Strategic Business Analysis, Thought Leadership, Cost management and Optimization, M&A Due Diligence, Large Scale Turnaround & Transformation, Metrics/ KPI development, Financial Planning & Analysis, Internal Audit, Financial Valuation, Expert Witness, and Forensic Accounting

  • Ankur Agarwal

    Founder & CEO

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    Ankur Agarwal

    Founder & CEO at Inhabitr

    Ankur Agrawal is a Founder and CEO of Inhabitr. Inhabitr Furniture is looking to disrupt the Furniture space. Just like Uber makes you wonder should you own a car, Inhabitr aims to make furniture rental so competitive and convenient, that people will not want to own furniture. Inhabitr is a local Chicago based Startup, growing rapidly and looking to build a team of top notch professionals.

    Prior to Inhabitor Ankur was a Partner at McKinsey’s Chicago Office and a leader of their global Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) service line. Over the past 12+ years of his affiliation with the CPG industry, Ankur has lived and worked across four continents in Asia, Middle East, Europe and now USA and extensively worked with global Consumer Goods and Retail chains in shaping a variety of leading edge topics like Design for growth, Digital, Value based Pricing, Operations as a competitive advantage, Complexity management and Agility in Supply chain. Ankur has a lot of personal passion for growth and innovation and he mentors several companies and startups across the globe on market entry and growth topics. Ankur also serves on the board of many Non Profits and Startup Clubs including at Business Schools and within McKinsey leads the strategic investments and New Ventures initiative for the Consumer Sector

    Prior to McKinsey Ankur worked at Procter and Gamble and Infineon Technologies in a variety of roles, including leading the startup of the first Baby Care Plant for P&G in India. Ankur holds an engineering degree from Jacobs University in Germany. Ankur is married to Pratiksha who is a Prosthodontist in Chicago.

  • Pete Kyrychenko


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    Pete Kyrychenko

    Vice-President at ITW

    Pete Kyrychenko is the Vice-President, Talent Management and Leadership Development at

    ITW. In this role, he is responsible for providing key leadership and support in developing

    sufficient quality, depth, and diversity of global leadership talent for the enterprise. Pete holds a

    doctorate degree in business psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,

    master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Roosevelt University, and a

    bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University.