Our Faster Future: Powering the Work of Tomorrow, Today
This year has proven that work can be done from anywhere at any time, and connectivity has proven most critical for the success of any organization. Now, realization of 5G will not only provide higher speeds, but offers opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration, advance technologies and revolutionize work across entire industries.
In this @Work Spotlight event, hear from and interact with the business leaders prepared to propel into this new, transformative era of work and innovation.
Who should join: CHROs, CIOs, CTOs, CFOs and other senior executives who have a major role to play in leveraging the right technologies at the right scale, with the right people running them.
Paul E. Jacobs, Ph.D., founded XCOM in 2018 to #keepinventing and to invest with the world’s most creative engineers and businesspeople.
As former chief executive officer and executive chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded its efforts to develop and commercialize fundamental mobile technology breakthroughs that fueled the wireless internet and smartphone revolutions. During his tenure as CEO, Qualcomm’s revenues quadrupled and its market capitalization doubled. Dr. Jacobs is a prolific inventor with over 80 U.S. patents granted or pending in the field of wireless technology and devices.
He served as a director of Qualcomm Incorporated from June 2005 to March 2018, including as chairman of the board of directors from March 2009 to March 2018, and as executive chairman from March 2014 to March 2018. He served as chief executive officer from July 2005 to March 2014, and as group president of Qualcomm Wireless & Internet from July 2001 to July 2005. In addition, he served as an executive vice president of Qualcomm Incorporated from February 2000 to June 2005.
Dr. Jacobs is a director of Dropbox, Inc. and FIRST, and Chairman of Heal, a private technology enabled medical care company. He is an owner and vice chairman of the Sacramento Kings, who compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science, M.S. in electrical engineering, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science. He founded Berkeley’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and was the university’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Jacobs is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Rinaldo is one of the country’s leading authorities on 5G, telecommunications supply chain security, privacy, and Internet governance. Prior to joining BGS, Ms. Rinaldo served as Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. During her time at NTIA, Ms. Rinaldo directed the Administration’s efforts on privacy; testified in the House of Representatives and Senate on 5G and Internet security issues; served as a principal advising the White House and Congress on 5G and supply chain; as well as other successes in education and deployment of Internet access around the world.
Prior to her Executive Branch service, Ms. Rinaldo served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she focused on Congress’ landmark cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. She also served as Congress’ oversight and budget monitor for the National Security Agency and the defense network systems, and as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Rogers as his top technology policy staffer.
Ms. Rinaldo also spent time in the private sector as the Director of Government Affairs and cyber policy for SAP, and as a Vice President at a top consulting firm in Washington, DC.
Recognized for her work on cybersecurity, Rinaldo was awarded the Executive Women’s Forum’s 2016 Influencer of the Year award; was named one of the top ten people in Washington, D.C. impacting cyber legislation; and has consulted on movies and television.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maine and an Executive Certificate from Harvard University for Cyber Studies.
Debra Lam is Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology. She has over a decade of experience in urban innovation and resilience, strategy and management, and previously served as Chief Innovation and Performance Officer for the City of Pittsburgh. Lam is a founding leader of the MetroLab Network and serves on their executive steering committee. She’s also a World Cities Summit Young Leader, a Leadership Pittsburgh alumni, and has spoken nationally and internationally on inclusive innovation, performance management, data-driven decision-making, and cultural change. Management Today named Lam to its “35 Women Under 35” list, and she was also a finalist for Women of the Future, Science and Technology.
David J. Grain is the Founder and CEO of Grain Management. He brings over 25 years of experience in industry and 15 years in private equity. David founded Grain in 2007, having formerly worked as a Communications industry operator, private equity operating partner, and investment banking executive.
Prior to Grain, David served from 2002 to 2006 as President of Global Signal, Inc. (formerly NYSE: GSL), the largest communication tower owner/operator at the time. David has also served as Senior Vice President at AT&T Broadband’s New England Region and was an Executive Director in the High Yield Finance department at Morgan Stanley, where his focus was TMT. He also served as an Operating Advisor to General Catalyst.
David received a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross and M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Company and on the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution.
Barbara Humpton is CEO of Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees and over $23 billion in revenues and $5 billion in annual exports.
Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT.
Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.
Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She serves on the board of directors of MorganFranklin, the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), and The George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Advisory Board. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.
Jahmy Hindman is Chief Technology Officer of Deere & Company, a position he has held since July 2020. Hindman is responsible for building Deere’s “tech stack,” the company’s intuitive end-to-end equipment solution made up of hardware and devices, embedded software, connectivity, data platforms, and applications. He will lead the company’s Intelligent Solutions Group, the global network of technology/innovations centers, and the shared engineering function.
Working in both the Agriculture & Turf and Construction & Forestry divisions, Hindman brings more than 20 years of advance technology, artificial intelligence, product engineering, and manufacturing experience to the role. Most recently, he led the engineering team for Deere’s flagship tractor product line.
Hindman joined John Deere in 1996 as a test engineer, working on backhoes and crawlers. Since then, he’s been in leadership roles such as Global Manager, Architectures, Systems and Modules; platform architect for the tractor product lines; Manager, Large Tractor Chassis; general manager and engineering manager at Deere’s construction-equipment factory in Tianjin, China; and product marketing manager and engineering supervisor for four-wheel-drive construction loaders.
Hindman holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. His doctorate focused on the application of artificial neural networks in heavy-equipment applications. He currently sits on the Industrial Advisory Council for Iowa State University’s College of Engineering.
Nicole Raimundo is an award-winning technology executive who serves as the chief information officer for Cary, North Carolina. She is the principal strategist and architect for information technology and digital marketing across the organization. Raimundo is at the forefront of the smart cities movement, creating a connected community through piloting and implementing IoT technologies in the public sector. By fostering partnerships both locally and nationally, she leverages her private-sector background to fuel civic innovation in ways not previously seen in local government.
A self-described government rebel, Raimundo participates in numerous conferences and summits as a keynote speaker and panelist, and her work has been profiled in case studies as she continuously pursues new models of digital transformation for collaborative citizen-facing projects. Prior to her work in government, she spent more than 15 years in various IT leadership positions in the private sector, leading development teams in the U.S. and internationally.
Kara Swisher is the executive editor of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast and co-executive producer of the Code Conference.
Swisher co-founded former Recode and Code owner Revere Digital and, before that, co-produced and co-hosted The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital,” with Walt Mossberg. It was the major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering was considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.
She and Mossberg were also the co-executive editors of a tech and media website, AllThingsD.com.
Swisher worked in The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column, “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also on The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com. Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home issues called “Home Economics.”
Previously, Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Swisher is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.
Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was an on-air editor based at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC's Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to CNBC.com.
He came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies— such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft—and trends, including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution.
Before joining Fortune in 2007, Fortt was a senior editor at Business 2.0magazine where he produced the "What Works" section.
From 1999 to 2006, Fortt wrote and edited at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's hometown newspaper. There he contributed to several efforts that won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
As a personal technology writer, his coverage duties included Apple, Palm and Adobe. He also served in roles outside the business department, covering education, editing local news and developing technology strategy. As the newspaper's senior Web editor, he helped develop a blog and podcast network, managed the creation of multimedia projects and served on the board of the Associated Press Managing Editors.
Fortt graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow, with a B.A. in English.
Follow Jon Fortt on Twitter @jonfortt. Listen to his podcast, Fortt Knox.
Brian Sullivan is anchor of CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange” (M-F, 5AM-6AM ET), which broadcasts from CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He is also Senior National Correspondent for the network, covering some of the nation’s biggest stories.
Most recently, Sullivan was co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch”(M-F, 1PM-3PM ET).
In his 20 years of financial journalism and television experience, Sullivan has reported from five continents. He has been twice nominated for the prestigious Loeb Award; one for being recognized as among the first financial journalists to highlight the risks of the housing bubble in 2007, and the other for the 2013 CNBC documentary “America’s Gun: The Rise of the AR-15.”
Prior to CNBC, Sullivan served as an anchor at Fox Business News as well as a producer, reporter and anchor for Bloomberg Television.
Sullivan has a B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech, where he serves on the Alumni Board, as well as a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. In his free time, he is an avid race car driver with two SCCA divisional championships.
Dominic Chu is a senior markets correspondent for CNBC, located at the network’s Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He appears during CNBC’s Business Day programming and contributes to CNBC.com.
Previously, Chu was a New York-based markets correspondent for Bloomberg Television, where he covered the stock, bond, currency and commodities markets. During that time, he interviewed some of the world’s top money managers and business executives, and he also was part of the team that covered Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombings. In addition, Chu handled sports business reporting for the network.
Chu brings extensive knowledge of the financial markets, having worked in sales and trading for UBS Investment Bank, mutual fund management for Hennessy Advisors and investment management for Seascape Capital.
He has spoken at numerous industry conferences and was a regular contributor to radio and television outlets across the country.
Chu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel administration from Cornell University.
Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET), one of the network's longest running program franchises. He is also Vice President, Events Strategy for CNBC, working closely with the network's events team to grow the rapidly expanding business.
Previously, Mathisen was co-anchor of "Nightly Business Report," an award-winning evening business news program produced by CNBC for U.S. public television. In 2014, NBR was named best radio/TV show by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Since joining CNBC in 1997, Mathisen has held a number of positions including managing editor of CNBC Business News, responsible for directing the network's daily content and coverage. He was also co-anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell."
Mathisen has reported one-hour documentaries for the network including "Best Buy: The Big Box Fights Back," "Supermarkets Inc: Inside a $500 Billion Money Machine" and "Death: It's a Living." Mathisen was also host of the CNBC series "How I Made My Millions."
Prior to CNBC, Mathisen spent 15 years as a writer, senior editor and top editor for Money magazine. Among other duties, he supervised the magazine's mutual funds coverage, its annual investment forecast issue and its expansion into electronic journalism, for which it won the first-ever National Magazine Award for New Media in 1997.
In 1993, Mathisen won the American University-Investment Company Institute Award for Personal Finance Journalism for a televised series on "Caring for Aging Parents," which aired on ABC's "Good Morning America." Mathisen served as money editor of "GMA" from 1991 to 1997. He also won an Emmy Award for a report on the 1987 stock market crash that aired on New York's WCBS-TV.
A native of Arlington,Va., Mathisen graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia.
Mishka Dehghan is vice president, strategy, product, IoT & solutions engineering for T-Mobile for Business. Mishka is instrumental in helping to define how the company brings next-gen propositions to the market that meet the unique needs of the business segment and poise T-Mobile for Business for long-term success. Her scope includes, product development centered on mobile connectivity, adjacent solutions and wireline services; along with development of 5G-enabled solutions across all segments of enterprise. Mishka also works closely with the Emerging Business group to bring the complementary strengths of T-Mobile’s transformative 5G network and other emerging technologies such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT) to create applications that will become tomorrow’s standards.
Mishka joined T-Mobile for Business upon the merger close with Sprint in April 2020. In the two years prior, Mishka led the B2B merger integration efforts on behalf of Sprint Business where she was instrumental in guiding the strategy of how two of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies would come together to truly compete in the industry.
At the same time, Mishka served as vice president, 5G development for Sprint Business where she drove 5G strategy for enterprises, including identifying, developing, and delivering innovative solutions that will bring the power of 5G advancements to business customers and transform society.
Mishka has 18 years of diverse technology management experience with roles that span leadership of product development and global solutions across wireless and wireline, serving all business segments.
Mishka prides herself in challenging the status-quo and driving Mishka was awarded her MBA from the George Washington University and earned her Bachelor’s degree from INSEEC Paris, France. Mishka resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and their three children.
Shibani Joshi is an experienced journalist who has covered business, technology and general news for global media outlets including ABC News, Fox News Channel, Yahoo! Finance and Huffington Post. She provides commentary on business, technology and lifestyle topics and hosts events for leading corporations.
Previously, Shibani anchored a daily markets show and had her own dedicated segment on TV called “Joshi on Tech” on the Fox Business Network in New York City. In her almost 6-year tenure, she evolved into the dedicated on-air tech reporter at both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Shibani also reported extensively live on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and NYMex exchanges, covering the 2008 market crash, historic interest rate cuts, record oil prices and the biggest point drop in Dow history (at the time).
Throughout her career, Shibani has interviewed large-cap tech CEOs and executives from companies including Apple, Qualcomm, Google, Sony and Ebay. She has also interviewed execs from Uber, Dropbox, Rent the Runway and Angie’s List in their early stages.
Her unique business perspective stems from real-world corporate experience and a distinguished business education. After double majoring in finance and accounting, she worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where she focused on corporate finance and M&A projects.
Joshi later moved on to Disney/ABC Media Networks, where she was the firm’s Senior Manager of Digital Strategy. In 2014, she created ShibanionTech.com, a blog focused on stories at the intersection of lifestyle and technology.
Shibani teaches at the University of Oklahoma, sits on the Board of Advisors for the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma, and served as a Trustee to The Children’s School in La Jolla, California.
Shibani is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds an MBA from The Harvard Business School. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her 3 children.
From smart cities to autonomous vehicles, the fourth industrial revolution promises to usher in waves of new innovations and advanced technologies. Two experts weigh in on the opportunities for businesses across industries in our 5G future.
David J. Grain, Founder and CEO, Grain Management
Diane Rinaldo, SVP, Beacon Global Strategies
Interviewer: Jon Fortt, “Squawk Alley” Co-Anchor, CNBC
Innovation Spotlight: Siemens USA
Siemens USA CEO shares the latest on smart factory innovation and her optimism on the integration of the physical and virtual worlds in this next phase of Industry 4.0.
Barbara Humpton, President and CEO, Siemens USA
Interviewer: Brian Sullivan, “Worldwide Exchange” Anchor & Senior National Correspondent, CNBC
Smart Cities Post-COVID
What is the pandemic’s impact on Smart City efforts and priorities? Join two innovators to discuss what the future holds for our nation’s urban centers and the businesses they rely on.
Debra Lam, Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech
Nicole Raimundo, Chief Information Officer, Town of Cary, North Carolina
Interviewer: Dom Chu, Senior Correspondent, CNBC
5G: Revolutionizing the Way We Work
Sponsored and Programmed by T-Mobile for Business
With increased speed and high bandwidth, the trend toward 5G will change the workplace and the way people do their jobs. As companies embrace the new technology, there are many considerations for employers and employees. Learn about the shifting mobile landscape, the need for a mobile first mindset, and the role of 5G on the future of work.
Mishka Dehghan, VP, Strategy, Product, IoT & Solutions Engineering, T-Mobile for Business
Moderator: Shibani Joshi, Technology Journalist
Innovation Spotlight: John Deere
The intersection of agriculture and technology is where Deere & Company lives. The company’s chief technology officer will highlight their most forward-looking innovations and his mission to keep rural America connected.
Jahmy Hindman, Chief Technology Officer, Deere & Company
Interviewer: Jon Fortt, “Squawk Alley” Co-Anchor, CNBC
The Cutting Edge
Now that the capabilities of 5G are coming into full focus, get a glimpse into the future with technology pioneer Paul Jacobs. From what’s possible to what are pipedreams, join Jacobs for a look at the ideas and technologies that will shape work in the years ahead.
Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, XCOM
Interviewer: Kara Swisher, Contributor, CNBC; Contributing Opinion Editor, The New York Times
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Knightscope is an advanced security technology company based in Silicon Valley that builds fully autonomous security robots that deter, detect and report. Our long-term ambition is to make the United States of America the safest country in the world. Learn more about us at www.knightscope.com
T-Mobile for Business brings the Un-carrier experience to customers unwilling to settle. With a network that now covers 99% of Americans, the nation’s most advanced 4G LTE, and in hot pursuit of 5G, T-Mobile continues solving industry pain points and has businesses of all sizes ready for the future of wireless.
Ms. Washington joined Gilead in 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer where she oversees the Global Finance and Information Technology organizations. Ms. Washington was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2014. Ms. Washington was previously Chief Financial Officer of Hyperion Solutions, which was acquired by Oracle Corporation in March 2007. Prior to that, Ms. Washington served in a number of executive positions with PeopleSoft, most recently in the role of Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. Ms. Washington previously served on the Board of Directors of Tektronix, Inc. (acquired by Danaher), the Board of Directors of MIPS Technologies Inc. (acquired by Imagination), and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Honeywell International, the Board of Directors of Salesforce.com, and the Board of Visitors, Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University.
Ms. Washington is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Pepperdine University.
Annie Duke has leveraged her expertise in the science of smart decision making to excel at pursuits as varied as championship poker to public speaking. Annie’s latest book, How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices, is available on September 15, 2020 from Portfolio, a Penguin Random House imprint. Her previous book, Thinking in Bets, is a national bestseller. In the book, Annie reveals to readers the lessons she regularly shares with her corporate audiences, which have been cultivated by combining her academic studies in cognitive psychology with real-life decision making experiences at the poker table.
For two decades, Annie was one of the top poker players in the world. In 2004, she bested a field of 234 players to win her first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. The same year, she triumphed in the $2 million winnertake-all, invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions. In 2010, she won the prestigious NBC National HeadsUp Poker Championship. She retired from the game in 2012. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Annie was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of
Pennsylvania, where she earned her master’s degree.
Annie now spends her time writing, coaching and speaking on a range of topics such as decision fitness, emotional control, productive decision groups and embracing uncertainty. She is a regularly sought-after public speaker, addressing thousands in keynote remarks at conferences for organizations ranging from the Investment Management Consultants Association to the Big Ten Conference. She has been brought in to speak to the executive teams or sales forces of organizations like Marriott, Gaylord Resorts and Ultimate Software, among others. She is a sought-after speaker in the financial sector, with clients such as Susqehanna International Group and CitiBank. Annie regularly shares her observations on decision making and critical thinking skills on her blog, Annie’s Analysis, and has shared her poker knowledge through a series of best-selling poker instruction and theory books, including Decide to Play Great Poker and The Middle Zone: Mastering the Most difficult Hands in Hold’em Poker (both co-authored with John Vorhaus).
Annie is a master storyteller, having performed three times for The Moth, an organization that preserves the art of spoken word storytelling. One of her stories was selected by The Moth as one of their top 50 stories and featured in the organization’s first-ever book. Her passion for making a difference has helped raise millions for charitable causes. In 2006, she founded Ante Up for Africa along with actor Don Cheadle and Norman Epstein, which has raised more than $4 million for Africans in need. She has also served on the board of The Decision Education Foundation. In 2009, she appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, and raised $730,000 for Refugees International, a charity that advocates for refugees around the world. In October 2013, Annie became a national board member for After School All-Stars. In 2014, Annie co-founded The Alliance for Decision Education to build a national movement that empowers teachers, school administrators and policymakers to bring Decision Education to every Middle and High School student. In 2016, she began serving on the board of directors of The Franklin Institute, one of America’s oldest and greatest science museums. In 2020, she joined the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative.
Annie currently resides in the Philadelphia area. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn and visit her website.
Harmit Singh is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Levi Strauss & Co. He is responsible for managing the company’s finance, information technology, strategic sourcing and global business services functions globally. This includes: financial planning and analysis, strategic planning and corporate development, accounting and controls, tax, enterprise risk management, treasury, internal audit, and investor relations.
Harmit is a seasoned financial executive with more than 30 years of experience in driving growth for global consumer brands. Throughout his career, he has worked at companies that serve consumers in the hospitality, restaurant, travel and financial industries.
Prior to joining LS&Co. in January 2013, Harmit served as chief financial officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he successfully established a global financial structure, took the company public, built a strong balance sheet, and drove growth by supporting capital deployment for acquisitions and investments.
Before Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Harmit held various global leadership roles at Yum! Brand foods, the world’s largest restaurant company, including CFO of Pizza Hut U.S. and CFO of Yum Restaurants International. Early in his career, Harmit also worked at American Express India and Price Waterhouse in India.
Harmit holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and is a chartered accountant from India. In 2019, he joined the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) project, helping to establish the U.S. Chapter of the organization and mobilize other prominent financial leaders to promote the business case for sustainability. He is also a proud member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and the Wall Street Journal CFO Network and World 50 (a private community for C-level executives at globally respected organizations). In 2018, Harmit was named to the board of OpenText, a global enterprise information management software company. He previously served on the board of directors for Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
Kathy Waller is a Chief Financial Officer and Board Member with over 35 years of broad financial and operational leadership experience within the consumer and retail sectors. She has a proven track record of success in driving transformations, delivering strong financial performance and forming strong relationships with investors and industry analysts. She has extensive knowledge across all areas of finance, including financial planning, investor relations, M&A, accounting, treasury and tax. She also serves on several public and private company boards.
Waller retired in March 2019 after 32 years with The Coca-Cola Company where she was the Chief Financial Officer and President, Enabling Services. In these roles, Waller led the company’s global finance, technical and shared services organizations, and represented the company to investors, lenders and rating agencies. Waller also serves as a Board member for Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL), CGI Group (NYSE: GIB), Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE:CADE) and Beyond Meat.
Waller joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as a Senior Accountant, and assumed roles of increasing responsibility, including Principal Accountant for the Northeast Europe/Africa Group, Marketing Controller for the McDonald’s Group, Vice President, Chief of Internal Audit and Vice President, Controller.
She was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2014 and added the role of President of Enabling Services in 2017. In addition to her c-suite role, Waller was the founding chair of The Coca-Cola Company’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Along with her public board responsibilities, Waller is a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Rochester, Spelman College, The Woodruff Arts Center, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and Achieve Atlanta. Prior to her retirement she served as Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of Catalyst, a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women.
Waller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester and is a Certified Public Accountant.
R. Martin (“Marty”) Chavez is widely renowned as a trailblazer and leader who turned the Wall Street trading business into a software business, revolutionizing the way that capital moves and works. Most recently, Marty served in a variety of senior roles at Goldman Sachs, including Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and global co-head of the firm’s Securities Division. Marty was also a partner and member of the Goldman Sachs management committee.
Marty has achieved singular acclaim in the financial-services industry for his work on SecDB, an early platform that transformed the trading business into a software business. He is also known for bringing the front and back offices together. By training, he is a computer scientist who successfully advocated for the elevation of engineers. Yet Marty is also a highly regarded investor in his own right, leveraging his background in machine learning to push the industry forward.
Far from the stereotype of a banker, Marty is a disrupter at heart. He was among the most senior Latinos on Wall Street, as well as the most senior openly gay executive at Goldman Sachs. In 2016, a New York Times profile described Marty as “a departure in sensibility from the buttoned-down partners of Goldman lore.”
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Marty was the CEO and co-founder of Kiodex, acquired by Sungard in 2004, and Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Quorum Software Systems. He holds an A.B. (1985) magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences and an S.M. (1985) in Computer Science from Harvard, and a Ph.D. (1990) in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford (Architectures and Algorithms for Probabilistic Expert Systems).
Beyond finance, Marty has long held a passion for converging the life sciences and software. Since retiring from Goldman Sachs, Marty serves as an advisor and board member to multiple startups and projects, including the Digital Dollar Project and RealityEngines.
Marty serves on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University (recently appointed President for the 2020-2021 academic year), the Stanford Medicine Board of Fellows, the Advisory Council of the Stanford Center on Longevity, the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study, Paige.AI, Recursion, Sema4, Santander, and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of PNM Resources, Inc., and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). In July 2020, it was announced that Marty will serve as a key advisor to Abacus, a San Francisco-based AI startup developing approaches to deep learning. A passionate patron of the arts, he previously served on the boards of the Friends of the High Line, amFAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research), and the Santa Fe Opera. Marty resides in New York City and the Berkshires, and is the proud father of two.
Margaret Keane is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. She led the company’s successful initial public offering in 2014 and separation from GE in 2015.
With Synchrony, Margaret set out to build a very different kind of financial services company. Through her leadership and vision, she has created a culture of caring, inclusion and innovation at every level, while balancing the needs of all stakeholders—partners, customers, communities, shareholders and more than 17,000 Synchrony employees. She is instrumental in accelerating Synchrony’s growth and diversification across all of its platforms.
Margaret’s passion for emerging technology, innovation and employee development has solidified her reputation as a top leader in financial services. She has been recognized as one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” for the past five years and American Banker’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” for the past 13 years. Fortune also named Margaret to their “Businessperson of the Year” list in 2016 and 2019.
Prior to Synchrony’s founding, Margaret had an 18-year career with GE Capital, where she led the retail card platform as President and CEO. She later expanded her responsibilities to become President and CEO of the GE Capital North American retail finance business. Earlier, she held leadership roles spanning consumer finance, vendor financial services, operations and quality. Margaret spent the first 16 years of her career at Citibank in various leadership roles.
Margaret is dedicated to giving back to the community. As President of the Synchrony Foundation, Margaret developed Synchrony’s citizenship platform, Families That Work, providing support to nonprofits that help low- and moderate-income working families move their lives forward. She also serves on the board and is passionately committed to the work of buildOn, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering urban youth to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations.
Margaret serves on the Allstate Corporation Board of Directors and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Boards of Overseers and Patient Care Committee. She is also a member of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.
Margaret earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from St. John’s University and is a member of the St. John’s University Board of Trustees. She is married with two children.
Matt Schuyler is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Hilton and leads the company's global human resources organization. Mr. Schuyler joined the company in 2009. Under his leadership, Hilton has been recognized for its exceptional workplace culture, earning the #1 ranking on the Fortune Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S. list for 2019 and 2020 and #2 for Diversity by DiversityInc in 2020. In addition, Hilton has been recognized as the #2 World’s Best Workplace two years in a row (2019 and 2018) and a Great Place to Work in 22 countries including #1 rankings in China, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Peru and Italy.
Prior to Hilton, Mr. Schuyler was Chief Human Resources Officer at Capital One Financial Corporation.
Prior to Capital One, Mr. Schuyler served as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources with Cisco Systems, Inc. and as a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Global Human Resources Group. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Penn State University.
Mr. Schuyler serves as Vice-Chair of the Penn State University Board of Trustees.
Brian Wenzel is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Synchrony. As CFO he oversees accounting and controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax, investor relations and treasury. He has more than 30 years of experience in financial and strategic management, including 21 years at Synchrony (including the time prior to its separation from GE in 2014).
Prior to being appointed to this role in May 2019, Brian was Synchrony’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer, and earlier, the CFO of Synchrony’s Retail Card platform. He was an integral part of the Retail Card leadership team, helping develop and expand key partnerships, while also having responsibility for operating and strategic plans, quarterly operating results, and financial management of new and existing partnerships. Brian continued to strategically diversify and expand this platform to best optimize growth for Synchrony and its partners.
Prior to this role, he held roles in business development, growth and investments for Synchrony and earlier for GE's Treasury and Global Funding Operation. He was also an Assistant Controller for GE’s Consumer North American Finance Business. Before working at GE, Brian worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and held various roles in a start-up healthcare venture.
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.
Jason Fried is co-founder & CEO of Basecamp, makers of a leading web-based project management and communication platform. A self-described “non-serial entrepreneur”, he created and sold his first software product while a student at the University of Arizona, and has been running Basecamp (formerly 37signals) since its founding in 1999. Fried is also the New York Times bestselling co-author of the books “Getting Real”, “REWORK”, “Remote”, and the recent “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”, released in 2018. Follow him on Twitter @JasonFried.
Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty is Executive Chairman of IBM. She was previously Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ginni became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM in 2012. During her tenure she made bold changes to reposition IBM for the future, investing in high value segments of the IT market and optimizing the company’s portfolio. Under Ginni’s leadership, IBM built out key capabilities in hybrid cloud, security, quantum computing, industry expertise, and data and AI, both organically and through acquisition. IBM acquired 64 companies during Ginni’s tenure as CEO, including Red Hat, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. She reinvented more than 50 percent of IBM’s portfolio, built a $21 billion hybrid cloud business and established IBM’s leadership in AI, quantum computing and blockchain, while divesting nearly $10 billion in annual revenue to focus the portfolio on IBM’s high-value, integrated offerings.
Ginni also established IBM as the model of responsible stewardship in the digital age. She was the industry’s leading voice on technology ethics and data stewardship, working relentlessly to safely usher new technologies into society. She enabled people of diverse backgrounds and education levels to participate in the digital economy by building talent, skills and opportunity for disadvantaged populations. Under her leadership, IBM created thousands of New Collar jobs and championed the reinvention of education around the world, including the explosive growth of the six-year Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P‑TECHs, which are helping prepare the workforce of the future, serving hundreds of thousands of students in over 200 schools and 24 countries. She also helped to redefine the purpose of the corporation through her work with the Business Roundtable, expanding corporate commitments to include a wide range of stakeholders, from customers to communities.
IBM also achieved record results in diversity and inclusion under Ginni’s leadership. This included extending parental leave and making it easier for women to return to the workforce through a ‘returnships’ program with hands-on work experience in emerging technologies. This pioneering work was recognized in 2018 by the prestigious Catalyst Award for advancing diversity and women’s initiatives. IBM is the only tech company to have earned this recognition in the past 20 years and the only company ever to be honored four times.
Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ginni held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.
Ginni has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University, where she later was awarded an honorary degree. She also has honorary degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and North Carolina State University.
She serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, where she is a Vice Chair, and the boards of overseers and managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Group, a member of the advisory board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, and a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board International Advisory Council.
Drew co-founded Dropbox in 2007. He’s led our growth from a simple idea to a service used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Drew’s responsible for the direction and product strategy of our company.
Laszlo is CEO of Humu, a company making work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. His New York Times bestseller, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 25 languages. From 2006 to 2016, Laszlo was S.V.P of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company to over 70,000 employees while ensuring the culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, and was named the #1 Best Company to Work For in the United States seven times. Laszlo is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management.
Fran Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer of Cisco. In this role, Fran oversees critical functions that instill Cisco’s conscious culture, contribute to the company’s overall performance, and advance Cisco’s purpose to Power an Inclusive Future For All.
As head of the People, Policy & Purpose Organization, Fran leads an ecosystem comprised of People & Communities, Corporate Affairs, Workplace Resources, and Government Affairs & Country Digital Acceleration. This strategic alignment of functions and expertise ensures holistic care for the well-being of Cisco’s people, establishes Cisco as a trusted and valued partner to governments and global leaders, and extends Cisco’s reach to positively impact communities everywhere in alignment with the company purpose.
A 25-year veteran of Cisco, Fran has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, cultivating successful leaders and teams, and constructing an employee-first culture. Prior to her current role, she served as HR business partner to the Engineering leadership team, and held positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups. Prior to Cisco, Fran worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.
Fran currently serves on the Board of Directors for Americares, Global Citizen, and ADP.
Passionate about social justice, Fran is an activist and advocate for a variety of causes close to her heart, particularly women’s leadership, homeless youth, and the Latino community. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Fran lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.
As the CEO of SAS, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor, Jim Goodnight has led the company since its inception in 1976, overseeing an unbroken chain of revenue growth and profitability that is unprecedented in the industry. Under his leadership, SAS has become renowned for its innovation and corporate culture. His commitment to work-life balance has made SAS a fixture on best workplaces lists worldwide, including No. 1 on the Fortune list for the US and No. 1 on the Great Place to Work Institute’s multinational ranking.
SAS® software was originally created by Goodnight and North Carolina State University colleagues to analyze agricultural research data. Four decades later, a solid reputation for innovation has secured SAS among the world’s largest software companies. Goodnight continues this commitment to breakthrough technology by reinvesting about a quarter of total revenue each year in research and development, nearly double the percentage of other large software companies.
The company’s strategy to provide an environment where employees can reach peak performance has been showcased in Harvard Business Review. Goodnight co-authored “Managing for Creativity” with author Dr. Richard Florida, asserting that companies prosper when they make the best use of their creative capital. "Innovation is the key to success in this business, and creativity fuels innovation," he said. "Creativity is especially important to SAS because software is a product of the mind. Ninety-five percent of my assets drive out the gate every evening. It's my job to maintain a work environment that keeps those people coming back every morning."
Born on Jan. 6, 1943, in Salisbury, NC, Goodnight has strong and dedicated ties to his home state. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and his master’s in statistics from North Carolina State University (NCSU). He also earned his doctorate in statistics at NCSU, where he was a faculty member from 1972 – 1976. His passion for learning led him to endow several NCSU professorships and make education the focus of SAS' philanthropy. In 1997 he co-founded Cary Academy, an independent college preparatory day school for students in grades six through 12, with the goal of creating a model school for integrating technology into all facets of education.
Shortly before Cary Academy opened, Goodnight launched SAS inSchool® (now called SAS® Curriculum Pathways®), which develops educational software that helps schools meet the challenges of the new millennium. The free software contains the framework for a new generation of teaching courseware that will further extend the use of technology as a learning tool. Year after year, SAS Curriculum Pathways earns awards for educational technologies and, more importantly, the support of students, teachers and parents.
Harvard Business School named Goodnight a Great American Business Leader for his role in making SAS a business that changed the way Americans lived, worked and interacted over the last several decades. He was also named one of America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. Goodnight is an active participant in the Business Roundtable and the Business Council, where CEOs address global issues and business concerns.
Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.
Poppy serves as the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.
Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies – and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us. She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.
At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as Augmented and Virtual Reality on neuroplasticity and learning.
Frank Slootman currently serves as Chairman and CEO at Snowflake. Frank has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the enterprise software industry. Mr. Slootman served as CEO and President of ServiceNow from 2011 to 2017, taking the organization from around $100M in revenue, through an IPO, to $1.4B. Prior to that, Frank served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC following an acquisition of Data Domain Corporation/Data Domain, Inc., where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President, leading the company through an IPO to its acquisition by EMC for $2.4B. Slootman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Rita Gunther McGrath is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Her work and ideas help CEOs and senior executives chart a pathway to success in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems and in 2016 received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.
Recognized consistently as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50, McGrath also received the award for outstanding achievement in the Strategy category. She is a highly sought after speaker at corporate events, such as the Yale CEO Summit, the Innosight CEO Summit and at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. McGrath has also been inducted into the Strategic Management Society “Fellows” in recognition of her impact on the field.
McGrath is often cited in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and NPR’s Marketplace. She maintains an active social media presence, and has been rated one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company Magazine. She consistently appears in rankings of the top business school professors to follow on Twitter. McGrath was voted HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinker, writes regularly for Fortune magazine’s online edition, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Experts column and blogs regularly at HBR.org.
McGrath is one of the most widely published authors in the Harvard Business Review, including the best-selling “Discovery Driven Planning” (1995), which was recognized as an early articulation of today’s “lean” startup philosophy and has been praised by Clayton Christensen as ‘one of the most important ideas in management – ever.’ Her related book, Discovery Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity (2009) is a deep dive into how to put the technique to work. Her next project, tentatively entitled Discovery Driven Advantage examines how companies can build true proficiency in innovation.
McGrath’s best-selling book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business, was recognized by Strategy+Business as the #1 business book of the year. She has co-authored two more books: MarketBusters: 40 Strategic Moves that Drive Exceptional Business Growth (2005); and The Entrepreneurial Mindset (2000), all published by Harvard Business Review Press. MarketBusters has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Strategy+Business.
Rita joined the faculty of Columbia Business School in 1993. Prior to life in academia, she was an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is married and is proud to be the mother of two delightful grownups. Follow her on Twitter @rgmcgrath
Glen Tullman is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Livongo Health, the consumer first digital health pioneer committed to empowering people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives. He is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and other chronic conditions—and to keeping people healthy until these cures are found.
A visionary leader and entrepreneur, he previously ran two public companies that changed the way health care is delivered. Most recently, Tullman served as Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, at the time he was there the leading provider of electronic health records, practice management, and electronic prescribing systems. He is the author of On Our Terms: Empowering the New Health Consumer, in which he proposes new solutions to address the chronic-condition epidemic facing our country.
A strong proponent of philanthropy, Tullman also serves as a Chancellor to the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as a Board Member of the American Diabetes Association. Tullman has three amazing children that inspire him every day.
Joan Bottarini was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2018. In this role, Joan is responsible for the global finance function, including financial reporting, planning, treasury, tax, investor relations, internal audit, and procurement. Joan previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Finance – Americas since 2016. Prior to that position, Joan served as Vice President, Hotel Finance, Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) of the Company from 2014 to 2016 and as Vice President, Strategic Financial Planning and Analysis of the Company from 2007 to 2014. Prior to her roles at Hyatt, Joan served as an Assurance Manager at KPMG LLP. Joan holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University.
Nick Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Incorporated, and serves on its board of directors.
Mr. Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on’s board. He was elected chief executive officer in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009. He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on’s Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group.
Before Snap-on, Mr. Pinchuk was president, global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president, Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president, strategic planning; and chief financial officer, Carrier International Corporation. Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army.
Mr. Pinchuk received an M.B.A. from Harvard, and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation; on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation; on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management; and on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College.
Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products and support its franchise business. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.7 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
As Chief People Officer at Microsoft, Kathleen Hogan empowers 130,000+ global employees to achieve Microsoft’s mission. In her role, she focuses on making Microsoft an exceptional place for employees to work and ensures that the company is creating a culture that attracts and inspires the world’s most passionate talent.
Hogan previously served as corporate vice president of Microsoft Services, a team dedicated to helping businesses and consumers maximize the value of their investment in Microsoft technologies. She has also served as corporate vice president of Customer Service and Support. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Hogan worked at McKinsey & Co. and Oracle Corp.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. In addition, Hogan holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
As a breast cancer survivor, she lends her personal and business perspective to the board of directors of the Puget Sound affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She’s also actively involved in helping young girls cultivate an interest in technology careers, and currently serves on the board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.