Director, PLM COE and IT Architecture
Ron is responsible for processes, supporting tools and worldwide use of Product Data Lifecycle Management and IT Architecture. This includes leading the development and communication of the vision, strategy as well as the implementation of the process/tools. Xylem continues to innovate in the use of and with PTC’s products with Ron’s leadership. Ron spent 18 years as a senior member of PTC/USER, Inc and is currently the organizations world-wide President.
VP of PLM and Special Project Operations
Elle Thompson is the VP of PLM and Special Project Operations at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Elle started the company as a technical designer in 2000 starting the company's first PDM system and eventually managing both Men's and Women's Technical Design as VP of Technical Design and Product Development.. In September 2010, she moved into her current role managing an integrated PLM system. Elle just launched an Merchandising system as a part of PLM and is currently working on other corporate initiatives as a part of the PLM system such as costing, tracking liability and supply chain. Elle comes from a product background and has almost 20 years experience in PLM, technical design and product development from Liz Claiborne, Tommy Hilfiger, and Gap. Elle hold a B.S. in Fashion Design from Iowa State University, is a member of the AMD Executive Advisory Board and recently completed an executive course in Change Management from Cornell University’s Ecornell program.
PLM Author, Consultant, Professor
Dr. Michael Grieves is an acknowledged world-renown expert in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). He is the author of “Virtually Perfect: Driving Innovative and Lean Products through Product Lifecycle Management” (SCP, 2011) and, the seminal book on PLM, “Product Lifecycle Management: Driving the Next Generation of Lean Thinking” (McGraw-Hill, 2006).
Dr. Grieves has consulted with a number of international manufacturers, governmental organizations and information technology providers on PLM-related issues and has given speeches world wide at PLM, engineering, and manufacturing conferences. He has been a consultant to NASA since the mid 2000s.
Dr. Grieves has been a senior executive at both Fortune 1000 companies and entrepreneurial organizations during his career. He founded and took public a $100 million systems integration company. Dr. Grieves has substantial board experience, including serving on a subsidiary company of NTT Communications of Japan and currently serves as Audit Committee Chairman for a major Chinese steel producer.
Dr. Grieves has academic appointments at the University of Iowa, Florida Institute of Technology, and CIMBA, Italy. He has degrees from Michigan State University College of Engineering, Oakland University, and his doctorate is from Case Western Reserve
Dan Raker brings over 30 years experience in the CAD/CAM/PLM space from an industry consulting and publishing perspective. He was responsible for the original 3,000,000 copy-selling INSIDE books series (AutoCAD, Pro/E, SolidWorks, MicroStation, CATIA…) and currently runs the 360,000 subscriber/member set of ConnectPress Communities.
Technical Services Manager
Dan is the Manager of Technical Services at Joy Global which develops, manufactures, distributes, and services underground mining machinery for the extraction of coal and other bedded materials. He has worked at Joy Global for more than 15 years and is responsible for the Technical Publications, Training and Global Service Engineers. His previous positions include Mechanical Engineer, Dust and Noise Specialist, and Roof Drill Product Leader. Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Civil Engineering from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Kevin R Fowler
Chief Architect Commercial Airplanes Processes & Tools
The Boeing Company
Kevin Fowler is Chief Architect of Commercial Airplanes Processes & Tools responsible for the technical integration and integrity of the process & tool solutions that support the complete lifecycle of BCA Production Systems. In this role he is responsible for management of process and tool requirements and objectives, authorizing changes to production system processes and tools, establishing architecture methods and standards and guiding future development to ensure product and service competitiveness.
Previously, Kevin was Vice President of Systems Integration Processes and Tools leading development and implementation of new processes and tools for the 787 Program including Model Based Design, Functional Integration and the Global Collaboration Environment used to integrate with the program Partners and suppliers around the world. Prior to that, Kevin was Director, Integrated Process Management for Commercial Airplanes with the responsibility for program management of the Define and Control Airplane Configuration / Manufacturing Resource Management (DCAC/MRM) process improvement project.
Kevin began his career at Boeing in July 1977 in Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics research and methods development. This was followed by various positions as a Structures Analyst, Design Team Leader and Manager supporting development and sustaining Programs.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1977 from the University of California, Davis, a master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington in 1983 and served as an Advanced Study Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988/1989.
Senior Director, IT, Design and PLM systems
David has 20+ years of experience in PLM enablement for fortune 20 and 100 OEMs. David joined Flextronics in 2008 to drive a global PLM strategy enabling the definition and integration of critical systems and processes across the value chain. Previous experiences include: 4 years as the overall HP PLM consulting lead, six years at Ford Motor company, principal PLM consultant at SAP, and leader of United Technologies Automotive PLM deployment globally.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Beth Lange serves as the Mary Kay Chief Scientific Officer. In this global role, she is the technical liaison to the more than 2 million members of the Mary Kay Independent Sales Force. In addition, she represents Mary Kay’s Research and Development group to industry trade associations and the medical community; as well as leads the Global Product Development, Quality, Technical information and Regulatory affairs departments. Dr. Lange joined Mary Kay Inc. from Schering Plough Consumer Health located in Memphis, Tennessee. In her role there as Senior Director of worldwide skin care and international over the counter medicines, Dr. Lange was accountable for all new Coppertone and Solarcaine products in more than 40 countries. Past positions also include management roles for Kimberly-Clark and Unilever corporations. Dr. Lange has been granted more than 20 U.S. and European patents. Additionally, she has been published in technical journals, appeared on the “Today Show” and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Dr. Lange earned a bachelor’s of science degree in nuclear medicine from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., in 1991 and a doctorate in radiation biology from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1995.
Manager Quality Documentation
St. Jude Medical
Tim Brown has been involved in medical device PLM systems for over 10 years. His work in configuration management and master product data have created systems and structures that reduce risk to the patient and improved development lifecycle. He has worked at companies like Cardiac Science and Steris Isomedix where Quality Systems ensures the regulatory compliance of their manufactured product. Currently at St. Jude Medical in Minnesota he is responsible for the PLM integrations to the business processes and Documentation Services for the
Cardiovascular Ablation Technologies Division (CATD).
PLM Systems Engineer
Alliant Techsystems Inc
Paul is focused on PLM strategy and promoting the proper processes and tools to significantly reduce development time and costs, while meeting all customer requirements. Paul has 10+ years of PLM related experience.
Paul earned his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Russian from Brigham Young University. Paul recently completed a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering from the University of Utah.
Retired J&J MD&D PLM Task Force Lead and DePuy Spine R&D Engineering Services Director
Joe has 20+ years experience the Medical Device industry and 10+ years in Industrial Equipment. Untill 2011 Joe led J&J's MD&D PLM team to provide process, technical solutions, and governance. He also led DePuy WW PLM Communication team. In this role Joe managed the Design Engineering team of engineers, designers, rapid prototyping lab, onshore and offshore contractor engineers, system engineers, and R&D CAD system. MPS-Informatics, BSBA.
The Coca Cola Company
Christophe is Director, Product Lifecycle Management at The Coca-Cola Company. He is responsible for the management of an integrated suite of capabilities that effectively and efficiently manages product related decisions, as well as resulting product definition, from idea to end of life. This includes the Coca-Cola Product Data Management program and the overall improvement of processes that support new product launches and product portfolio management from a total lifecycle perspective.
Prior to moving to his current role in 2010, Christophe gained experience from various positions in R&D, Marketing and IT. Christophe joined the Coca-Cola Company in 2001 to establish a common Innovation process across Europe. In 2006, he moved to the Company Headquarters in Atlanta to design, build and globally deploy the Company Framework for Innovation and Pipeline Management.
Before joining Coke, he managed client relationships and business development for EDI and E-business products for international customers in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Christophe is a citizen of France and holds a Master Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.
Monica Schnitger is the founder and president of Schnitger Corporation. She has developed industry forecasts, market models and market statistics for the CAD/CAM,CAE, PLM, GIS, infrastructure and architectural/engineering/ construction and plant design software markets since 1999. Ms. Schnitger has extensively written and spoken on these topics for technology buyers, investors and developers, and has worked with clients both large and small all over the world. She has been quoted in publications such as Automotive Design and Production, Business Week Online, Forbes, Information Week, Mechanical Engineering, Wards Auto World and Washington Technology and has appeared on National Public Radio’s Marketplace.
President and Founder
Chad Jackson is the President and Principal Analyst of Lifecycle Insights, a research and advisory firm that assesses the business impact of software applications and systems on engineering organizations. Chad has more than 15 years of experience with CAD, CAE, PDM, PLM and related technologies as part of the analyst community and software industry. Due to his industry knowledge and thought leadership, Chad is a sought-after expert, author and speaker that has advised, published and presented dozens of times domestically and internationally.
Before founding Lifecycle Insights, Chad led Aberdeen’s Product Innovation and Engineering practice as Vice President and Principal Analyst. While there, Chad defined and directed the practice’s vision for the research, services and programs including the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Product Innovation Summit executive events. Chad’s research responsibilities ranged from core design and engineering issues to front-end innovation topics, technical communications, manufacturing planning and engineering related sourcing. During his four year period at Aberdeen, Chad produced over 100 research-based publications that benchmarked the performance, strategies and tactics of over 5,000 product development stakeholders.
Prior to Aberdeen, Chad held a number of roles at an engineering software provider for more than a decade. There he gathered customer needs, planned new product releases and supported the ongoing use of the software solutions for engineering and broader product development organizations within manufacturers.
Jos has been active the past 20 years in implementing, guiding and coaching data management projects. Initially working as the head of a data management team for a big multi-CAD supplier in the Netherlands, Jos experienced the upcoming of PDM and PLM plus the challenges for mid-market companies to implement and benefit from these concepts. In 1999, Jos started to assist ENOVIA SmarTeam on a global base, coaching and training implementation partners all around the world plus in parallel working directly with some of the ENOVIA SmarTeam customers to develop PLM best practices for the mid-market.
Having a background in physics, mathematics and education Jos realized that many PLM implementations are considered as IT-projects, not taking into account the culture change and management of this change. For that reason Jos started in May 2008 his blog www.virtualdutchman.com where he shares his bi-weekly experiences from encounters in the PLM field. Currently Jos works as an independent PLM consultant assisting companies and PLM vendors to bridge the gap of understanding each other worlds and come to successful PLM implementations
Director of Global R&D Effectiveness and Engineering IT
With over 25 years of experience across product design, divestitures, IT and business process improvement, David brings a unique perspective to conversations on enterprise level business system implementations. David’s practical experiences in new product engineering, augmented with business process change leadership and engineering IT, allow him to bridge the chasm that typically exists between the organizations that must work closely together to deliver sustainable enterprise change. A frequent responder to PLM blogs and speaker at PLM conferences over the past decade, David often challenges mainstream ideas relative to Product Lifecycle Management. As the Director of R&D Effectiveness and Engineering IT at Carestream Health Incorporated, David is actively involved with comprehensive Product and Application Lifecycle Management implementations as well as Remote Service Management Platform (M2M) development.
Carestream Health Incorporated supplies products and services to the worldwide Medical, Dental, Non Destructive Testing and Molecular Imaging markets and operates development, manufacturing and service centers in several countries. As a direct report to the CTO and dotted line report to the CIO, David is the Director accountable for the improvement and standardization of critical commercialization business processes across the company.
Peter Bilello, President of the strategic management consulting and research firm CIMdata - an internationally recognized authority on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), has over 23 years of experience in the development of business enabling information technology (IT) solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. He has held various positions in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) analysis, selection, implementation and training, CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM implementation and management, synchronous and lean manufacturing consulting, software engineering, and general data management strategy development and support. He has authored numerous papers and research reports on PLM and related topics. His articles, commentaries, and perspectives have appeared in publications throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
As part of his continuing work in PLM, Mr. Bilello provides in-depth technical analysis, strategic and tactical business planning, market and channel development, and training services to a range of IT, PLM, CAD/CAM, and ERP solution providers, systems integrators, and resellers. Mr. Bilello also provides in-depth technical and business requirements development and assessment, system selection, education, training, and implementation planning, and quality assurance services to a range of international companies in many discrete and process manufacturing industries.
Global PLM Director
Mark Halbish is the Global PLM Director for TI Automotive. His responsibilities include all aspects of PLM for TI Automotive’s global operations including; business analysis, business process development and continuous improvement, solution architecture, infrastructure, configuration, system administration, training, support helpdesk.
Reporting to the Global IT Director, Mark is also a member of the Global IT Leadership team responsible for development of IT strategy, alignment to business strategy and major initiatives, prioritization of key IT projects.
Mark’s team have successfully deployed Teamcenter PLM to 35 locations on 5 continents & 18 countries including 10 engineering centres and 25 manufacturing facilities. Their PLM deployment is broad in scope including Part Classification, BOM Management (Design and Engineering BOM’s), Multi-CAD Data Management, Document Management, CAE Data & Process Management, Change Management.
Mark is currently leading initiatives focused on adding supplier data exchange capabilities along with delivering a PLM to ERP integration in North America.
Mark is the Vice Chair of PLM World (Siemens PLM Users Group), the Regional Users Group Liaison and Chair of the PLM World Detroit Regional Users Group.
With a strong and diverse background, Mark has over 25 years of experience in PLM with responsibilities in Design, Toolmaking, Manufacturing Engineering, Business Systems Development and Business Process Improvement.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Mark has lived and worked in 5 countries on 3 continents. He currently works in Auburn Hills, Michigan and resides in Windsor, Ontario with his wife and daughter.
Ken Amann has 45+ years of experience in the development of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Product Data Management (PDM), information technology (IT) architectures, program management, aerospace engineering, and technology-based business solutions. His experience includes evaluating corporate engineering and manufacturing operations, managing PLM programs, recommending collaborative and concurrent engineering and product information management solutions, implementing PLM solutions, and developing and evaluating requests for proposals.
William D. Bone
Director, IT Strategy, Enterprise Solutions Development
Bill serves as director IT Strategy, Enterprise Solutions Development, for GM. In this role, Bill and his team create competitive advantage and accelerate solution delivery using technology and differentiated processes as a key enablers. This team focuses upon the strategies to create/deploy reliable, scalable systems; global platform and infrastructure design patterns & templates; strategic technology roadmaps: structural cost reduction in the computing, network, storage, and security architectures: globalization of existing technical solutions & services; collaborating globally on solution strategy, creation, & tools; and skill development in the technology sector, including management and staff.
Before joining GM, Bill was chief technologist for HP\\\'s Manufacturing, Energy, and Life Sciences Industry group. Additional affiliations include the ACM, SAE, IEEE, and the Stanford GSB. He is active in other areas including manufacturing nanotechnologies and business productivity improvement using analytics & innovative process frameworks. Bill is also an HP Fellow Emeritus.
Chief Technologist - Cloud Strategy
Christian Verstraete, CTO for HP’s Cloud Strategy Team Worldwide. His responsibilities include the definition of HP’s Cloud functional and reference architectures and the coordination of cloud activities across HP. He is the linkage to the CTO community both inside HP and with our customers and partners.
Prior to his current position, as CTO for the Manufacturing & Distribution industries, Verstraete was responsible for thought leadership and innovation - scanning industry and technology trends, assessing their mid/longer term effect on emerging MDI business opportunities and defining how to capitalize on these. Prior to that, he led the development of solutions, managed HP’s global High-Tech Industry Group and its manufacturing industries Supply Chain go-to-market strategy where he was responsible for growing the company’s $300 million consulting and system integration business.
After having participated in the planning of the HP/Compaq merger, he headed HP’s manufacturing practice within the Consulting and Integration business unit from 2002 to 2004. The 1200 consultants he led created and delivered solutions in the areas of supply chain, procurement and sourcing, product lifecycle collaboration, demand chain and collaborative business integration in all segments of the Manufacturing Industry.
Prior to that, Verstraete served as the Global Lead in the Extended Manufacturing Practice and the Supply Chain Infrastructure and EAI. From his first HP job as a systems engineer through project, regional, district and global management, Verstraete has concentrated on developing, marketing and advancing infrastructure services.
Frequently published in periodicals, Verstraete is a featured speaker at global cloud & supply chain events and contributes to several blogs. He is one of the authors of “Connected Manufacturing, Thought-provoking essays from industry leaders” and of “Collaborative Sourcing, Strategic Value Creation through Collaborative Supplier Relationship Management”. He is member of the board of the Supply Chain Council and a 2007 DCVelocity Rainmaker. He also blogs extensively on CloudSource.
Verstraete holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a degree in industrial management from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a degree in industrial management from Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven, also in Belgium. He is based in Brussels, Belgium.
Korhan is the Director of PLM in Xerox Corp. where he has worked for 20 years. He is responsible for the development, integration and deployment of commercial/internally developed PLM solutions corporate wide. He led the development of the Xerox PLM Roadmap and currently is working on its implementation. Before joining Xerox he worked 11 years at Battelle Memorial Institute as a Principal Research Scientist. He is a mechanical eng with MS and Ph.D. in Ind. and Systems Eng from Ohio State University.
Director R&D Product Lifecycle Management
Steve Repinec has been Director of Product Lifecycle Management at Colgate-Palmolive since 2006. Prior to that, he was Director, North America Oral Care and Global Oral Pharmaceuticals Product Development. Steve joined Colgate in 1991 as a Research Scientist after receiving his Doctorate degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. During his 21 year career at Colgate, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in Product Development, working in the Home Care and Oral Care categories. In 2009 he completed the Global 2020 Leadership program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. In 2010, he was named a Visionary Executive by Consumer Goods Technology Magazine.
Associate Professor Department of Computer Graphics Technology
Nathan Hartman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. He is also manager of the Product Lifecycle Management Center in the College of Technology. His current research work includes the examining the use of constraint-based CAD tools in the design process, the process and methodology for model-based definition and the model-based enterprise, geometry automation, and data interoperability and re-use. He currently teaches courses in 3D modeling, virtual collaboration, 3D data interoperability, and engineering design graphics standards and documentation. Nathan has taught graduate courses in the foundations of graphics in technology and instrumentation and measurement in research design. Professor Hartman also leads a team of faculty, graduate students and industry personnel in the development and delivery of the Purdue PLM Certificate Program. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Graphics and a Master of Science in Technology from Purdue University, and a Doctorate in Technology Education from North Carolina State University.
Partner and President
Milwaukee Consulting Group
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Sr. Director, PLM and Data Management
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NA PLM Proj Manager
Michelin North America
George is responsible for implementing PLM at Michelin in North America. He has over 30 years experience at Michelin covering various management roles at the plant and corporate levels in quality assurance, maintenance, engineering, personnel and research.
Vice President | Business Development
DSC Software AG
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Master Black Belt - PLM
Henri joined GE as part the Business Process Excellence Organization. He is currently a Master Black Belt responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of PLM at GE Transportation, enabling more efficient design, manufacture and service of products. Henri Thevenot received a M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University.
Craig Brown has 33 years of experience in systems engineering, both in the automotive and aerospace industries. As a Senior Systems Engineer and Project Manager at Intermetrics Incorporated, he managed several teams developing languages, embedded software, testing and calibration programs, several of which were adopted by GM and Delphi. Engineering teams lead by Craig have won awards for space craft design and integrated development systems in use for electronics systems design and embedded systems design, development and release. He was a member of the technical staff which created VHDL and lead its first commercial CAD/CAE tool suite during the 1980’s.
Since 1995 Craig has been dedicated to improving General Motors Powertrain’s product development process through the application of CAE/CASE/CAD tools for product development, initially with Embedded Electronic Controls and then in 2004 all Powertrain products. As the Engineering Math Processes Application Engineering Group Manager, he focused on moving more development and validation of GM’s products to the virtual world. Members of this team have been awarded patents, engineering awards, records of invention, and defensive publications.
In 2003 the Boss Kettering Award, GM’s most prestigious engineering award, was presented to a GM team for the “Automated Diagnostics via OnStar”, which provides live diagnostic data from their test fleets to a web site for quality and validation engineering assessments. US Patent 7302371 was awarded for this invention and was first used in September 2005. Craig was the member of this team making sure the business used this new window into the vehicles.
The acquisition of knowledge applied across product portfolios and generations of new products is key to the next wave of Product Lifecycle Management. Effective change in any company only happens when technology, people, and processes are developed in harmony. In 2009, Craig lead the team at the new GM focused on Product Lifecycle Management. This team assessed and is refining PLM capabilities from commercial tool suppliers. In 2011, Craig’s teams are looking for Process Integration opportunities to further expand the use of virtual engineering, especially as it applies to mechatronic systems
– a key aspect of vehicle electrification. Craig was appointed the GM PLM Leader in September 2012; it is responsible for GM’s Enterprise wide PLM Strategy and Planning.
John MacKrell, Vice President of CIMdata, has more than 40 years of experience in the application of computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing, with more than 20 years at CIMdata. He has held senior positions in product management, marketing, research and development, and consulting with companies in the PLM industry. His consulting activities include PLM education, solution requirements specification, use of product development best practices; strategies for collaboration and knowledge sharing, PLM ROI and benefits analysis, and the acquisition and implementation of PLM technologies.