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IACS Chicago Chapter was established in 2019 to connect professionals in the Greater Chicago area. 

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  • Jagan Bukkaraju

    Jagan Bukkaraju

    President

    Jagan is VP of consulting at CGSG Inc helping clients to implement and support ERP solutions. Jagan has a Masters in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University and MBA Northern Illinois University. He lives in Hoffman Estates, IL with is wife and daughter.

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  • Kalyan Medikundam

    Kalyan Medikundam

    Vice President

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Mentoring

Quarterly Networking

Sponsorship

  • Praveen Medikundam

    Praveen Medikundam

    Chair

    Praveen has Law Degree from Temple Law School in Philadelphia. He practices U.S Immigration and New York Corporate Law. In addition to his license to practice law in New York, USA and India, he holds Chartered Company Secretary membership in the UK & India. Praveen and his wife Haripriya are practicing attorneys and live in Elgin, IL with his two daughters.

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Member Experience

  • Sravan Chenji

    Sravan Chenji

    Co Chair

    Sravan works as a Senior Technology consultant at Cognizant with expertise in Data Management and has been helping Asset Management firms in this area for the past 9 years. Over the years, he has played many roles like Tech Lead, Project Manager, Program Manager etc., leading large teams and large programs but is most comfortable being hands on with technology and learning new technologies. He is very enthusiastic about the Data revolution and is in the process of becoming an expert in that space.

    Sravan holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from National Institute of Technology, Warangal.

    Sravan has organized many cultural events for his organization through the years. He is an avid cricket fan and plays cricket tournaments during Chicago summers. Sravan lives in Aurora IL with his wife Poorna and two kids.

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  • Sravan Gardas

    Sravan Gardas

    Co Chair

    Sravan Gardas, Currently works as a Data Architect for Abbvie In Chicago. In his current role he is responsible for Architecting the Enterprise systems of Abbvie for Data Analytics. Sravan has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology.

    Sravan Holds Master's in Data Science from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and B.E In Computer Science from Osmania University, India.

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  • Mark Hacker

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer

    Mark Hacker

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer

    Mark S. Hacker, 44, is executive vice president, general counsel & chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. He leads the company’s legal, government affairs, communications, human resources and global marketing teams, as well as the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

    Hacker was previously senior vice president and general counsel overseeing legal, government affairs and corporate communications. Prior to that he was corporate vice president of commercial law and legal operations. He became vice president in 2009 after holding a variety of other law leadership roles. Before joining Motorola in 2001, Hacker was a corporate finance associate with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and an accountant with Arthur Andersen, both in Philadelphia.

    He is a member of the Illinois and Pennsylvania state bars, has been a certified public accountant, and is a volunteer adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law. Hacker is on the board of directors of St. Rita High School in Chicago and the 100 Club of Chicago, an organization that provides for the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

    Hacker earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Villanova University and a law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

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    Motorola Solutions
  • Amy Best

    SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

    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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    Exelon Corp
  • Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer

    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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    USG Corporation
  • Katie Lawler

    Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Katie Lawler

    Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Mary K. (“Katie”) Lawler joined ITW in 2014 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for GATX Corporation. Prior to joining GATX, she held a wide range of positions in operations, human resources and law with Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company).

    Ms. Lawler began her professional career as an attorney in private practice handling labor and employment matters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

    She currently serves on the Area Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Chicago. From 2009-2013, Katie served on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and was Board Chair from 2012-2013.

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    ITW
  • Milton Silva Craig

    Chief Executive Officer

    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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    Q-Centrix
  • Jay Kloosterboer

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Jay Kloosterboer

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    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.

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    Dover Corporation
  • Kathleen Carroll

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

    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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    W.W. Grainger, Inc
  • Nageswaran Vaidyanathan

    EVP, Chief Technology Officer

    Nageswaran Vaidyanathan

    EVP, Chief Technology Officer

    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.

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    OneMain Financial
  • Anand Chari

    Strategic Technology Advisor

    Anand Chari

    Strategic Technology Advisor

    Mr. Anand K. Chari has been Strategic Technology Advisor of Gogo Inc. since May 1, 2018. He served as the Chief Technology Officer at Gogo Inc. since August 2011 until May 1, 2018 and its Executive Vice President since February 2013 until May 1, 2018. Mr. Chari served as a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Gogo Inc. since August 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in the wireless communications and telecom industry. He joined Aircell, Inc. in 2003 as a Consultant. Prior to joining Aircell, he founded and served as President of Simma Technologies Inc. He served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development at ISCO International, Director of Business Development at 3Com, Director of Advanced Technology at Ameritech and Manager at Telephone and Data Systems. Mr. Chari received his Master of Business Administration degree from University of Chicago, his Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institutes of Technology, Trichy, India.

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    Gogo Air
  • Sumit Dutta

    Partner

    Sumit Dutta

    Partner

    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.

    EDUCATION

    Indian Institute of Management,
    Bangalore
    MBA

    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
    BTech, electronics

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    McKinsey
  • Kathi Moore

    VP HR

    Kathi Moore

    VP HR

    Kathi is a Human Resources executive with deep knowledge of Talent Management and Global Compensation & Rewards. She is a pragmatic leader and understands the needs of the business and is skilled at advising leaders on a variety of human resource issues. She has broad-based industry experience with Ameritech, Tellabs, and McDonalds. She joined Motorola in 2007.

    Kathi's MSI Accomplishments include:

    • Redesign and implementation Executive Talent Management and Succession Planning
    • Leading transformation to eliminate annual merit focal review in 2017; which resulted in increased pay differentiation for high-performers and the utilization of one-time awards
    • Overseeing successful business transformation and change initiatives, including organizational restructuring; post-merger integrations, acquisitions and divestures; outsourcing and insourcing; “lifting and shifting” of functions, technology implementations and process redesign.
    • Implementing online manager training, the first global leadership program for managers to be fully accessible on a mobile device.
    • Leading talent and compensations function since 2017, including strategy, philosophy, and process; and, providing innovative compensation solutions, through collaboration with global HR and business leaders, in a geographically diverse matrix organization.

    PERSONAL:

    • Kathi received her B.A. in Business Management from Benedictine University
    • Certified Compensation Professional since 2004
    • August 2016 elected to the Board of DuPage Pads, a non-profit whose mission is to end homelessness in DuPage County

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    Motorola Solutions
  • Jehanzeb Noor

    VP& GM

    Jehanzeb Noor

    VP& GM

    Amcor Flexibles Americas is one of three business groups within ~$9 Billion global packaging leader Amcor.

    Jehanzeb is currently serving as Vice President & General Manager at Amcor Flexibles Americas. Jehanzeb runs an autonomous business P&L with $650m post-Bemis in Americas, and Global Medical Sales Leader for $1.1bn global Medical sales. Jehanzeb uses his intimate knowledge of the Healthcare value chain to serve primary and sterile packaging needs for the global medical device and pharma industries. He has overview of 13 production sites and 2000 employees across North America, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and the Caribbean. He also oversees product management, sales, marketing, products, production operations, finance, HR and other support functions. Currently, he is also leading a CEO project to set up cost synergy workstreams across 5 global regions for the $5.3Bn Bemis transaction

    Prior to joining Amcor Flexibles Americas Jehanzeb was a partner at Mckinsey. He was Leader of the Americas Petrochemical practice and Big Data Advanced Analytics

    PIn the near future, Jehanzeb will transition over to a medical device maker as a public company CEO

    Jehanzeb holds Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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    Amcor Flexibles Americas
  • Pete Kyrychenko

    Vice-President

    Pete Kyrychenko

    Vice-President

    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.

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    ITW
  • Ankur Agarwal

    Founder & CEO

    Ankur Agarwal

    Founder & CEO

    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.

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    Inhabitr
  • Koti Narasimham

    Country Manager

    Koti Narasimham

    Country Manager

    Mr. K. R. L. Narasimham (Koti) is an Engineering Graduate from IIT Kharagpur, India, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Xavier's Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur.

    Mr. Narasimham has been associated with Indian Heavy Engineering industry for most part of his career of which last 29 years have been with the L&T Group. Within L&T, he has worked at various locations within India and has been deeply involved with construction machinery and plastic machinery divisions of the Company. He has successfully handled Branch and Regional operations, covering many corporate functions and product lines and has played a key role in restructuring of the company in early 2000.

    Mr. Narasimham moved to L&T Infotech in late 2000 and has been operating from the United States since then. He has played a key role in building L&T Infotech business in North America and has been actively involved in generating new business from the USA including multi-year / multi-million dollar mega deals with Fortune 100 companies. He has also been involved with the Engineering Services business of L&T and was heading the same for some time.

    Mr. Narasimham is currently the Country Manager for the L&T Group in Americas including Brazil and plays a key role in supporting various L&T businesses from a corporate perspective.

    An active Rotarian, Mr. Narasimham is a Paul Harris Fellow and is based out of Chicago.

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    L&T Group
  • Terri Friel

    Dean

    Terri Friel

    Dean

    Terri Friel is a seasoned professional engineer whose extensive experience with analysis, strategy and turnaround makes her adept at complex organizational analysis, formulating strategy and planning implementation. Her expertise includes continuous improvement, business process restructuring and organizational change management.

    With corporate management experience in Procter & Gamble, Fries & Fries, PepsiCo and academic management at Butler and Roosevelt University, Friel has demonstrated her ability to solve difficult problems, manage complex and diverse projects, while building a coalition for solving problems to develop new opportunities. At P&G she managed to save $2 million through cost savings projects using internal craftsmen by reducing job backlogs; ultimately capitalizing 50% of internal labor costs. At Pepsi she was responsible for the $2 million plant expansion and high speed can line installation and start-up working with multiple subcontractors such as Sverdrup and Continental Can. The start-up was the best in the history of the company; 90% productivity in 90 days. At Butler University she was responsible for the budget of the college and the $22 million Lilly Foundation grant. She initiated and oversaw the design and installation of the $2.5 million college classroom and office upgrade with $250,000 for new technology.

    With 17 years of teaching experience, her expertise in training and developing people is considerable. She combines her management abilities and her training and development abilities for a unique perspective on how to get the best from individuals and creatively build an organization. The Pepsi start-up was successful in great part due to her training program for the operators that she designed and ran concurrent to the installation. At Butler the $250,000 in new technology was successfully utilized by Butler University faculty due to her training program for the faculty that is now a standard procedure at the University. She and her team have an article on this process in Computers and Education.

    She served 2 years on the Lexington Cooperative Grocery Board, and currently as Dean is responsible to the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees. She chairs a 30 member RU Heller College of Business Advisory Board that she built in two years from five members. She has served as the president of the OMEA (Operations Management and Entrepreneurship Association). She is currently on the executive board of the MBAA (Multidisciplinary Business Association of America). In addition Friel is a graduate of the Boardroom Bound® Boardology™ Institute and profiled in the National Director-Candidate Database©.

    Friel has served as a Federal Baldrige Examiner which focuses on advising an organization on how to improve and build upon its existing foundations to achieve a higher level of success. The Baldrige program is a roadmap for how to build a great organization. Dr. Friel is an active participant in the Executives Club of Chicago serving on the Civic and Hospitality Committees as well as the Mentoring program. She is also a Circle of Friends member of the YWCA of Chicago and a finisher of the 2010 Chicago Triathlon, a training and fundraising program,”Team to Eliminate Aids.”

    Friel has a Doctor of Engineering and MS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University. She also has a Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering and Master of Engineering in chemical engineering and a BA in French. She is fluent in French, conversational in Spanish and can speak tourist Japanese and Gaelic.

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    Roosevelt University Board of Trustees
  • Toby Chaudhuri

    Co-Founder

    Toby Chaudhuri

    Co-Founder

    Toby Chaudhuri works with PresidentObama’s Administration, where he advises the White House’s race-based initiatives, as well as democracy and governance projects for the U.S. State Department.

    Chaudhuri is co-founder of SocialxDesign, a new strategy consulting firm dedicated to bridging the worlds of social movements, online engagement and offline experience. With offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., Chaudhuri helps NGOs, governments and businesses to grow by deliberately empowering the people they serve. In addition to the White House and State Dept., his clients include the AARP and Morehouse College.

    Chaudhuri has managed more than $100 million in state and federal campaigns in the U.S. and abroad and has worked at the helm of national media operations. His clients include major membership organizations like the AARP and historic educational institutions like Morehouse College. Heworked hard to protect children as civil rights leader Marian Wright Edelman’s spokesman and media strategist at the Children’s Defense Fund; took on corporate polluters to provide safe drinking water and clean air as a political appointee to President Bill Clinton; and worked to elect several principled state and federal candidates including serving as deputy press secretary to Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. He helped re-elect President Obama and helped DilmaRousseff become the first female president of Brazil; he also helped re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in major upset elections in the last midterm elections.

    Chaudhuri has received several accolades for his work, including the American Association of Political Scientists’ Pollie Award, Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Rising Star Award and the highly-coveted Reed Award and India Abroad’s Community Service Award.He has appeared in many major daily newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and< The Times of Indiaas well as in Newsweek and Time Magazine and as a commentator on National Public Radio, the BBC, MSNBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera English.

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    SocialxDesign
  • Anupy Singla

    Journalist and Television personality

    Anupy Singla

    Journalist and Television personality

    Anupy Singla is an award-winning journalist turned foodie turned author. Anupy began her reporting career as a business reporter for Bloomberg News in Princeton and then moved to cover commodities in Chicago. From there, she quickly transitioned from print to television, providing up-to-the-second market updates several times a day for Chicago’s WGN-TV and Bloomberg Television. After several years reporting live from the Chicago Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange, Anupy transitioned to local news covera

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    ASapplepie
  • Jamie Cleghorn

    Partner

    Jamie Cleghorn

    Partner

    amie Cleghorn is a partner in the Chicago office of Bain & Company. He is a member of Bain's Technology and Customer Strategy & Marketing practices. Jamie leads the Bain B2B Commercial Excellence practice in the Americas and is one of the developers of Bain's Elements of Value℠ for B2B.

    He focuses his time advising clients on their biggest opportunities and challenges, primarily in the areas of growth strategy, go-to-market effectiveness and leading transformational change.

    While at Bain, Jamie has worked extensively in the technology, telecom, industrial goods, healthcare and consumer products industries. His client work has spanned a variety of areas including corporate and business unit strategy, customer and go to market, performance improvement, organizational effectiveness and M&A.

    Prior to joining Bain in 2005, Jamie worked in healthcare marketing.

    He has an MS in Marketing from Northwestern University and a BA in History from the University of Illinois.

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    Bain & Company
  • Andrew Mines

    Executive Vice President

    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
  • Jack Sanders

    President and CEO

    Jack Sanders

    President and CEO

    M. Jack Sanders became Sonoco’s eighth CEO on April 1, 2013. He serves on the Board of Directors, executive committee and leads the Company’s management committee.

    During his 25-year career with Sonoco, Sanders has played an integral role in growing the Company by leading all Consumer, Industrial and Protective packaging businesses at various points. Prior to assuming his current position, he was president and chief operating officer with global leadership, sales and operating responsibility for all of Sonoco’s diversified packaging businesses.

    Sanders, a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in finance, joined Sonoco in 1988 as national sales and marketing manager, Wire and Cable Reels. In 1992, he was asked to build and lead Sonoco’s new Protective Packaging division, and he took the role as general manager. He was promoted in 1998 to division vice president and general manager of Protective Packaging. Sanders was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, Industrial Products, North America in 2001. He was subsequently named vice president, Global Industrial Products in January 2006 and senior vice president in October 2006, before assuming additional responsibility for all industrial converting businesses in July 2007. In 2008, Sanders was named executive vice president, Industrial, with global operating responsibility for all of the Company’s businesses serving industrial markets, including Sonoco’s tube and core, paper, wire and cable reel, protective packaging, paperboard specialties and recycling business. He then served as executive vice president, Consumer, from January-December 2010.

    Before joining Sonoco, Sanders was the western regional manager for Republic Packaging Company based in Chicago, Ill. He spent 13 years with Republic Packaging in positions of increasing responsibility.

    He and his wife, Sheri, live in Florence, S.C., and have three grown children. Sanders serves on the boards of Sonoco, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation and the Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation.

    Professional Associations

    Current

    • Board of Directors, Sonoco
    • Board of Trustees, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
    • Board of Directors, Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation
    • Board of Directors, American Forest and Paper Association

    Education

    • Bachelor of Science degree, finance, Louisiana State University, 1976

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    SONOCO
  • Andrea Sreshta

    Entrepreneur

    Andrea Sreshta

    Entrepreneur

    At the intersection of public good and efficient capitalism, you'll find LuminAID.

    It's a compact solar-powered light invented to help people in emergencies, but it's also racking up sales among campers and other outdoor adventurers.

    Andrea Sreshta, a full-time MBA student at Chicago Booth, was a graduate student in architecture at Columbia University when a massive earthquake in Haiti jolted her and classmate Anna Stork into action.

    They turned their class project into a humanitarian mission.

    "She and I did some initial research and identified emergency lighting as an area that wasn't really addressed on the ground when something like the earthquake in Haiti happened," Sreshta said. "There were other priorities, including medical needs, food, water, shelter. But in the meantime you had all these people who were forced to move into tent cities at night and there was no lighting and people felt very unsafe and just couldn't function after dark."

    Sreshta and Stork developed LuminAID, a stand-alone lighting system useful in struggling regions where governments ration electricity. LuminAID provides hours of lighting after dark for families to cook and gather food and water.

    At Chicago Booth, Sreshta and Stork's idea won the 2012 Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), a yearly competition co-organized by the Social Enterprise Initiative and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. SNVC helps students launch for-profit and nonprofit ventures that have a social impact mission and a model for sustainability. They tackle case studies, receive mentoring, and take classroom instruction to increase their products' chances of changing lives without hurting the bottom line.

    "What's unique about SNVC is that it's a 10-week experience, not just a one-off competition," Sreshta said. "Tons of helpful professors, classmates, and it also provides a chance to take a step back and really work on your business plan and your pitch."

    That paid off when LuminAID Labs team won the 2012 SNVC and the $25,000 first-place prize. That led to more competitions.

    "The plan that we further developed while in the Social New Venture Challenge was kind of the one that we took with us to the types of competitions moving forward, so SNVC was very, very productive that way."

    In April 2013, LuminAID won a $100,000 prize sponsored by the US Department of Energy at the Clean Energy Challenge. In addition, the innovative light source has started capturing the attention of campers, who prefer the lightweight, waterproof, diffused LEDs to bulky lanterns. But it's in disasters that LuminAID really shines.

    In tent cities and refugee camps, "People rely on candles as a primary source of light, which is very dangerous when you're living in those kinds of conditions in which basically everything could catch fire," Sreshta said.

    "To be able to provide a safer source of light has made a big difference in a lot of the situations."

    Sreshta and company are figuring out two areas Booth stresses in social enterprise: measuring impact and reaching sustainability.

    "Booth has been extremely valuable in helping me navigate that," she said. "The school is very practical about the challenges that entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs confront. The challenges of running a business are the same, but [with social ventures] there's the additional challenge of being mindful of both your bottom line and your social mission."

  • Arnav Dalmia

    Founder & CEO

    Arnav Dalmia

    Founder & CEO

     

     

    1) Co-founded a company that designs and manufactures connected fitness products

     

    2) Raised $293K on Kickstarter, one of the most successful campaigns from Chicago

    3) Graduated from Healthbox Chicago Accelerator in December 2014

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    FitnessCubed
  • Rishi Shah

    CEO

    Rishi Shah

    CEO

     

    Rishi U. Shah, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Contextmedia, is a successful media and technology entrepreneur who founded ContextMedia in 2006 to improve health outcomes by serving actionable health information to chronic disease patients. Today, the company’s digital place based media networks and mobile media offerings impact hundreds of millions of patient visits across 4,000+ hospital & health systems and the firm’s clients include 18 of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies.

    Rishi serves on the Board of Directors of many civic organizations including Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Institute for Student Business Education at Northwestern University and the Academy for Global Citizenship, an internationally renowned charter school. In 2012, he co-founded a personal venture investment firm, Jumpstart Ventures, through which he has made over 30 investments in fast growing early to late stage startups. Additionally, Rishi serves as a mentor for numerous technology start-up accelerator/incubator programs including TechStars Chicago, 1871, HealthBox and Blueprint Health.

     

    Previous to ContextMedia, and while in his first year in college, Rishi founded the Northwestern Business Review, a Northwestern University-based collaborative publication distributed to more than 60 leading campuses worldwide. In high school, he founded a home computer consulting firm whose clients were acquired by a national electronics retailer. Rishi has also started and led several non-profit initiatives at the intersection of youth, education and media including the Urban-Suburban Domestic Exchange Initiative, a program sponsored by the Gates foundation to facilitate cross-school interaction.

    Crain’s Chicago Business recognized Rishi as the youngest ever member of their annual 40-Under-40 class in 2009 and he frequently lectures at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management & McCormick School of Engineering.  A Chicago, Ill- resident, Rishi is an avid fan of his hometown Bulls, ancient Indian philosophy and smoothies.

     

     

     

     

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    Context Media
  • Jai Shekhawat

    Founder & CEO

    Jai Shekhawat

    Founder & CEO

    Jai Shekhawat is the Founder and CEO of Fieldglass, an SAP company. Under his leadership, the Fieldglass platform has grown globally with users in 100+ countries and 18 languages. He was Ernst & Young's 2012 Midwest "Entrepreneur of the Year” as well as the 2012 recipient of the Peter Yessne Staffing Innovator Award, recognized for pioneering the Vendor Management Software (VMS) space. Fieldglass was also recognized as the Illinois Venture Capital Association's 2014 Private Equity Portfolio Company of the Year.

     

    He is a former strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company where he served clients in areas of corporate strategy, technology and cross-border alliances. He is also a former senior executive at Syntel, a software services firm in Michigan and the co-founder of Quinnox, an application outsourcing firm in Naperville, Illinois.

     

    Jai has held various civic and board positions including serving on the Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors (MCTA) for the City of Chicago, the Membership Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Board of TiE Midwest and the Board of Metrosquash. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Field Museum of Chicago, is a board member for 1871 (Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups) and Fleet Complete in Toronto, and is a founding member of the Firestarter Fund, which mentors and invests in Chicago startups.

     

    Jai holds an MBA with specializations in finance and strategy from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a bachelor's degree in management science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

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    Fieldglass
  • Socka Suppiah

    Co-Founder and COO

    Socka Suppiah

    Co-Founder and COO

    Socka is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded three successful companies.  He is currently the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Saggezza based in Chicago.  He is passionate of making business better through relentless pursuit of innovation and enablement of emerging software technologies.  Socka received his BS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and lives in Saint Charles, IL.

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    Saggezza
  • Rajan Nagarajan

    Vice President - Strategic Business Process Transformation at Kraft Foods

    Rajan Nagarajan

    Vice President - Strategic Business Process Transformation at Kraft Foods

     

    Rajan is Vice President – Business Process Excellence at Kraft Foods Group. In this role he is responsible for driving process transformation towards linking strategy and execution excellence in pursuit of the company’s goals of customer satisfaction, innovation, cash flow excellence, and cost competitiveness. Rajan’s professional tenure includes senior leadership roles at – Ford, Kellogg, Philips Medical Systems, and JBS Swift. He also founded and led a consulting business engaged in business process transformation and integrated change management to drive operational excellence. His 34+ years of global leadership and entrepreneurial experience have given him a deep and practical understanding of the organizational imperative to inculcate a process DNA to drive execution effectiveness and efficiency. His breadth and depth of experience, with a focus on a firm’s core value chain, have enabled him to drive process excellence with an integrated and holistic approach. His work experience is grounded in methodologies/tools like BPR, Lean, VSM, and Six-Sigma to drive end-to-end process “simplification”. He is passionate about enabling organizations to achieve sustainable and positive change through creating and sustaining a culture that integrates “people, processes, and performance”. Rajan has completed executive leadership programs at Harvard, University of Michigan, and Duke. Rajan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and an MS in Computer and Information Science. He has also completed training at the Supply Chain Council on the SCOR methodology.

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    Kraft Foods
  • Sivasankaran (Soma) Somasundaram

    CEO & President

    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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    Apergy
  • Sundaram Nagarajan

    Executive Vice President

    Sundaram Nagarajan

    Executive Vice President

    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).

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    Illinois Tool Works Inc
  • Ashish Rangnekar

    CEO and Cofounder

    Ashish Rangnekar

    CEO and Cofounder

    Ashish Rangnekar is the CEO and Co-Founder of BenchPrep, an educational technology startup based in Chicago. 

    BenchPrep helps educational companies deliver innovative digital learning experiences to students. BenchPrep is used by the world's best education publishers and training companies to engage students and improve academic outcomes. More than 1 million students have used the BenchPrep platform.

    At BenchPrep, Ashish designed the first testing and assessment engine for iOS in 2008 and led the product development for the first cross-platform exam prep app. As the CEO of BenchPrep, Ashish successfully raised more than $8MM in funding and built of team of 28 professionals across Chicago, NY, Uruguay and India. He has helped several education publishing companies and advised their executive teams on mobile distribution strategies.

    He is also a mentor at TechStars NY and Founders Institute where he has helped various startups and entrepreneurs. He was amongst the Crain's Chicago's Tech 50 Entrepreneurs and has been featured in Wall Street Journal, NY Times, TechCrunch, Publishers Weekly and Fast Company as a leading education innovator. He has written articles focussing on education technology for Huffington Post and Wired.

    Before BenchPrep, Ashish worked on new business development and corporate strategy initiatives at Capital One Financial. He also has an insider perspective in education: at 18, he ranked amongst the top 0.01% students who took in the world famous IITJEE exam; at 22, he was an adjunct lecturer teaching Mathematics at City University New York; at 28, he ranked amongst the top 3% GMAT test takers. He holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics at City University New York, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.

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    BenchPrep
  • Ina Stewart-Murray

    Market Manager/Executive Vice President

    Ina Stewart-Murray

    Market Manager/Executive Vice President

    Ina is an accomplished banker with 27 years of experience in Retail Banking.  She is a highly talented Leader and has successfully built many teams in diverse markets.   She joined PNC Bank in October of 2006, and recently relocated from the Greater Washington DC Area to oversee the Consumer Bank for St Louis and Down State Illinois markets.   She is highly skilled in building an effective team of managers and staff who market, sell, and maintain consumer banking products and services.  Her area of expertise includes sales management, launching new De novo markets, creating and developing local marketing strategies for business within the region, and creating and promoting community based initiatives that support Financial Education and Community Development. 

    Prior to joining PNC Bank, she spent a major part of her management career working for Washington Mutual Bank in Southern California.  When Washington Mutual decided to enter the Chicago market she was asked to join a team of Regional Managers who launched one of the largest De novo markets in the history of banking.  She, along with six other Regional Managers opened 167 new De novo stores for Washington Mutual Bank in the Chicago-land area in less than 36 months. 

    Ina has a strong passion for the community and over the years has participated in various initiatives promoting Financial Education.  Her support included launching the Faith-Based Initiative in 2002 where she partners with Faith Leaders and other non-profits to promote Financial Education Workshops.  Her community outreach has afforded her to be the recipient of various service awards including CRA recognition for outstanding work in the South Central community of Los Angeles and Chicago. 

    Ina attended Cal State Dominguez Hills and majored in Business Administration.  She graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in 2005.  She is married and a proud mother of two who enjoys traveling and quality time spent with family and friends.

    Ina Murray, Ina.Stewart-Murray@PNC.Com, (314) 898-1249-office (571) 643-2005-cell

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    PNC Financial Services Group
  • Jojo Dutta Roy

    Partner at Ernst & Young

    Jojo Dutta Roy

    Partner at Ernst & Young

    Soumojyoti(Jojo) Duttaroy currently serves as Managing Partner in EY’s Financial Services advisory practice overseeing large scale transformation programs. He is also the Financial Services Central region Innovation leader across all market segments and service lines. Mr.Dutta Roy is an alumnus of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University and completed his executive leadership education from Harvard Business School. Prior to joining EY, he has held several leadership roles at other Tier 1 consulting firms serving Fortune 100 clients. Additionally, Mr.Duttaroy has several industry thought leadership and publications to his name and also serves on the Board of Directors for several not for profit organizations working for social/philanthropic causes in US and India.