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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


    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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Quarterly Networking


  • Praveen Medikundam

    Praveen Medikundam


    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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Leadership Conference

  • Katie Lawler

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, ITW

    Katie Lawler

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, ITW

    Katie Lawler is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc.

    Ms. Lawler joined ITW in October 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.

    Ms. Lawler graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and received a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

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  • 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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  • 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

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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


    Sumit Dutta


    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,

    Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
    BTech, electronics

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  • 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.


    • 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


    Pete Kyrychenko


    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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  • 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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  • Andrea Sreshta


    Andrea Sreshta


    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."

  • 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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