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  • Sundaram Nagarajan

    Nordson

    Sundaram Nagarajan

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Sundaram “Naga” Nagarajan serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordson, joining the Company on August 1, 2019.  He focuses on creating value for customers through innovation and industry‑leading excellence in quality and delivery. 

    Prior to joining Nordson, Mr. Nagarajan had a 23-year career with Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW), a Fortune 200 company, where he had roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President, ITW Automotive OEM Segment, a $3.3 billion business segment. Under his leadership, the Automotive OEM Segment consistently delivered profitable revenue growth through both organic and acquisitive means. 

     

    Mr. Nagarajan serves on the Board of Directors of Sonoco Products Company (NYSE: SON), is a member of the Advisory Board of IACS, Executive Club, Economics Club of Chicago, and is a past trustee of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, former trustee of AWS Foundation Inc., and was the Co-Chair of ITW’s National United Way Campaign (2013 and 2014).

     

    Mr. Nagarajan earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from South Gujarat University, India, an MBA from Wright State University, and a Ph.D. in materials science from Auburn University.

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  • Sivasankaran ("Soma") Somasundaram

    ChampionX

    Sivasankaran ("Soma") Somasundaram

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Sivasankaran “Soma” Somasundaram is president and Chief Executive Officer of ChampionX. He also sits on the Company’s Board of Directors.

    Prior to Apergy’s merger with ChampionX, he was Apergy’s president and CEO as well as a member of the Board of Directors.

    Prior to his role at Apergy, which was created in a spin-off from Dover Corporation in 2018, Soma was vice president of Dover Corporation and president and CEO of Dover Energy. He held a number of other senior executive leadership roles at Dover, including 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 business.

    Before joining Dover in 2004, Soma served in various global leadership roles at GL&V Inc. and Baker Hughes Inc.

    He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Anna University and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

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  • Girish Juneja

    Dover Corporation

    Girish Juneja

    Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer

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

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

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

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  • Amy Best

    Exelon

    Amy Best

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

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    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.

     

    Professional History

    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.

     

    Civic & Board Involvement

    Best is on the board of trustees of The Field Museum and the boards of directors for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana; Skills for Chicagoland Future; HRMAC (Human Resources Association of Chicago); and WITS (Working in the Schools), a partnership between companies and Chicago Public Schools.  She also is past president of Lyons Township High School Parent Teacher Council. 

     

    Education

    She received her B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.S.I.R from Loyola University Chicago. Best attended the Strategic Human Resource Management Executive Education Program at Harvard University, and Leading Women Executives leadership program. Best is a fellow of the CEO Perspectives leadership program in partnership with the Kellogg School of Management and Chicago Booth School of Business. 

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  • Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    USG Corporation

    Srinivas Veeramasuneni

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

    Dr. Srinivas Veeramasuneni is senior vice president and chief technology officer, USG Corporation. In this role, he oversees USG’s technology vision, strategy, and investment, including oversight of the Innovation, Engineering and Enterprise Project Management Office functions. His organization drives competitive advantage and profitability through collaboration, technology, and customer-centric innovation.

    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.

    He 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 the SME Industrial Minerals Division Young Scientist Award. He was also 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, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), and Indo American Community Services.

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  • Nag Vaidyanathan

    OneMain Financial

    Nag Vaidyanathan

    Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

    Nag Vaidyanathan is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at OneMain. He is responsible for building the technology capabilities to support and drive business value for OneMain’s customers across channels, as well as ensuring collaborative and end user capabilities for its employees. His expertise includes application delivery and operations, global development, digital transformation, IT security and data.

    Before joining OneMain in early 2019, he worked in the Nordics as Danske Bank’s Chief Information Officer, Digital Banking and Analytics and as Chief Information Officer, Personal Banking. He also spent more than 10 years as a senior director on the legacy application modernization, digital and building global development teams at Allstate.

    Nag graduated with a master’s degree in technology and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance and strategy from DePaul University. He is on the advisory board for Indo American Community Services, actively volunteers to help underprivileged children in India and serves as a global mentor through Menttium.

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  • Anshu Mehrotra

    ITW

    Anshu Mehrotra

    Group President, Global Industrial Platform & Latin America, ITW Welding

    Anshu is currently serves as Group President, Global Industrial Platform & Latin America, ITW Welding. Anshu has 22+ years of leadership experience in P&L management, global business & product management, strategic growth planning & strategy execution, and organizational integration & executive alignment. Prior to joining ITW, Anshu held leadership positions at Allegion, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson Control Automotive, SAP and GE Healthcare. Anshu receved a MBA from Northwestern University.

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  • Ashish Kothari

    McKinsey & Company

    Ashish Kothari

    Partner

    Ashish leads McKinsey's West Coast hub for the consumer sector, helping consumer packaged goods companies, retailers, and packaging companies accelerate margin growth. Ashish has led several transformation efforts across a wide range of products, including food, beverage, toys, home cleaning, apparel, and cosmetics. Ashish earned his MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

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  • Prakas Bedapudi

    Lennox International

    Prakas Bedapudi

    EVP & CTO

    Prakash Bedapudi became Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in July 2008. He had previously served as vice president, global engineering and program management for Trane Inc. Commercial Systems from 2006 through 2008, and as vice president, engineering and technology for Trane's Residential Systems division from 2003 through 2006. Prior to his career at Trane, Mr. Bedapudi served in senior engineering leadership positions for GE Transportation Systems, a division of General Electric Company, and for Cummins Engine Company. He holds a BS in Mechanical/Automotive Engineering from Karnataka University, India and an MS in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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