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James D. Farley, Jr., Ford Motor Company

James D. Farley, Jr. is executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln, Ford Motor Company. Prior to this position, Farley was group vice president, global marketing, sales and service. When he was appointed to this role in August 2010, it marked the first time Ford had a single global leader for marketing, sales and service.


Tarun Bhatnagar, Google

Tarun Bhatnagar is the Director of Google Maps for Business. In this role, Bhatnagar oversees all sales and GTM activities as it pertains to Google’s location-based products. In his 14 years prior to Google, Tarun served in various roles across Product Management, Sales, Business Development & Engineering posts mostly in the geospatial industry.


Robert Herjavec, ABC’s “Shark Tank”

One of North America’s most recognizable business leaders, Robert Herjavec has built and sold businesses on his way to amassing a personal fortune of over $200 million dollars. A first generation immigrant, he arrived in North America at age 8 with his parents from Communist Yugoslavia with one suitcase, $20 in cash, and no understanding of English. Photo: Courtesy of ABC


Ogi Redzic, HERE (Nokia)

As Vice President, Connected Driving, Ogi leads a global organization dedicated to radically improving the 21st century driving experience. As part of his role to deliver new innovations to the connected car, Ogi leads HERE Traffic, HERE Automotive Cloud Services and HERE Auto – embedded and companion Automotive applications. Ogi’s team is also working closely with Automotive OEMs, developing connected capabilities and back end analytics essential for Autonomous Driving.


Ron Medford, Google

Ron Medford joined Google in January 2013 as its Safety Director for the Self-Driving Car Program. In this position Ron leads the program’s safety team that is working with other program development teams to ensure the safety of the self-driving car. Prior to joining Google, Ron served as the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation from January 2010 until December 2012


Joseph B. White, Wall Street Journal

Joseph White is Global Auto Editor of the Wall Street Journal, based in the Detroit bureau. He is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist that has more than two decades working with the Wall Street Journal. He is also an author of “Comeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry.” Mr. White received a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University.


Brian Cooley, CNET

Brian Cooley is CNET’s editor-at-large and has been with the company since 1995 when he launched CNET Radio, later leading CNET into coverage of automotive technology.  He is also CNET’s senior media commentator and hosts CNET’s in-store video programming seen in Costco, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club ‘s stores.  His constant mission is to offer a clear, understandable perspective of the consumer electronics world and digital living.


Phil Abram, General Motors

As Chief Infotainment Officer for GM, Phil Abram  is responsible for setting and implementing strategy for brands including Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, OnStar, Opel, Vauxhaul and Holden. Abram joined GM in January 2012, after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer for Sonos, Inc., a wireless music system for homes.


Bruce Mehler, MIT

Bruce is a Research Scientist in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab and the New England University Transportation Center. He is also a senior consultant at NeuroDyne Medical Corporation. He has a background in the development and application of non-invasive physiological monitoring technologies and is exploring ways to develop a richer understanding of cognitive workload, stress, attention, and emotional arousal in applied settings.


Jeff Klei, Continental North America

As President of the NAFTA Region for Continental North America, Klei is responsible for customer, governmental and other external relationships. While in this leading position, Klei retains his role as Vice President of Sales, General Motors Worldwide – to which he was appointed in July 2006. He was elected Corporate Vice President, Continental Teves, Inc. in January 2000, and serves as a legal representative for the company.


George Lynch, Pandora

George Lynch is Vice President of Automotive Business Development at Pandora, where he is focused on all OEM vehicle manufacturers and their audio suppliers. George has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive, radio and consumer electronics arenas and has relationships with all major automakers and many of the biggest names in automotive audio.


Damon Lavrinc, Wired

Damon Lavrinc is the Transportation Editor for WIRED, heading up the publication’s automotive, autonomous vehicle, aerospace, and mobile connectivity coverage. With nearly a decade of experience in the automotive world, he’s constantly looking at the future of transportation, bringing an enthusiast’s perspective to the next generation of mobility.


Catherine Lovazzano, Chrysler Group LLC

Head of Consumer Trends & Foresight for Chrysler, Catherine leads the discovery and understanding of macro forces that shape the future of human mobility. She brings expertise in human behavior and attitudinal insight to inform the development of new experiences, products and services. Her team advances research, design and engineering of future products for Chrysler.


Michael Becker, Gracenote

Michael Becker is the Senior Director of Gracenote’s global automotive business and is responsible for product planning, development and marketing across all of its auto initiatives.  He brings more than 15 years’ experience working at the intersection of automotive and consumer electronics from Dolby Laboratories and Toyota.


Jim Pisz, Toyota Motor Sales, USA

Jim Pisz is Corporate Manager, North American Business Strategy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS). Pisz, in his current role, oversees the development of future vehicle technologies with special focus on alternative fuels such as electric and hydrogen.


David L. Strickland, NHTSA

David is the fourteenth Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As the country’s top automotive safety official, David has overseen the development of the first national fuel efficiency program, helped establish ejection mitigation requirements for automakers, and brought national public focus to child passenger safety issues.


Jake Sigal, Livio

At the age of 26, Detroit-based entrepreneur Jake Sigal mashed-up music and tech to make Livio in 2008. Sigal traded his office at Delphi where he worked as an XM product manager for an office in the guest bedroom of his home, the founding HQ of Livio. Today Sigal has grown the Livio crew to 15, put more than 25 products on the market and sits on the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and the Small Business Council (SBC).


John Suh, Hyundai Ventures

John Suh is the Managing Director of Hyundai Ventures, focuses on making strategic investments & business partnerships in the United States for the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai Ventures has four areas of interest: 1) intersection of mobile devices, the Internet, & the car, 2) automotive cleantech, 3) intelligent systems & manufacturing technology, 4) new business models for personal mobility, enterprise collaboration, & the automotive supply chain.


Sven Beiker, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University

Sven Beiker is the Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. CARS is an interdisciplinary partnership between academia and industry to address the challenges of individual mobility in the 21st century. Since 2008, Beiker has been taking care of the program’s strategic planning, resources management, and project incubation.


Jon Alain Guzik, & Hubris Factory Inc.

Jon Alain Guzik is a Los Angeles-based serial entrepreneur and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of powersports and automotive start up, RideApart and DriveApart, as well as Hubris Factory an automotive and big data consultancy and app developer.


Charles Koch, American Honda Motor Company

Charles Koch has served as the Product Planning Leader for HondaLink and AcuraLink in the U.S. since 2004. Charles was the project lead for AcuraLink, which debuted with the 2005 MY Acura RL.  The original AcuraLink system featured the launch of the first ever in-dash real-time traffic service, as well as the introduction of in-vehicle messaging services.


Alan Ewing, Car Connectivity Consortium

Alan Ewing is president & executive director of the Car Connectivity Consortium, a global collaboration to develop smartphone-based connected-car solutions. Ewing has more than 20 years of experience in the design, deployment and operation of product certification systems in the mobile telecoms and consumer electronics industries.


Kevin Link, Verizon Telematics

Kevin Link is the Sr. Vice President General Manager, China for Verizon Telematics (formerly Hughes Telematics, Inc.) and currently serves as Senior Vice President as well as the General Manager of the China operation.  Link is a key contributor to the thought leadership within telematics organizations and trade associations and he is a frequent speaker within the industry.


Derek Kuhn, QNX Software Systems

As Vice President of Marketing & Sales for QNX Software Systems, Derek Kuhn is responsible for developing strategies that increase market share and drive revenue growth in QNX Software Systems’ core and emerging markets. Prior to joining QNX, Mr. Kuhn held senior positions at Alcatel-Lucent, including VP of Emerging Technology & Media and VP of Strategy for the Americas.



Reilly P. Brennan, Stanford University Revs Program

Reilly Brennan is the Executive Director of the Revs Program at Stanford University and a lecturer at the Stanford At Stanford, Brennan’s role is to bring the automobile to the center of the university. His work with automobiles in media and technology spans more than a decade, with publications ranging from Automobile to Monocle and seat time in over 1000 test cars.


Niall Berkery, Telenav

Niall is Executive Director of Business Development based in Detroit and leads Telenav’s automotive business with global car companies. Before Telenav, he spearheaded ATX’s innovation and business development efforts as a telematics service provider. Prior to Cross Country’s acquisition of ATX, Niall was created and lead Cross Country’s LBS business unit. 


Joel Hoffmann, Intel

Joel Hoffmann is the Automotive Strategist for Intel’s expanding Automotive Solutions Division. In this capacity, he leads the strategic focus for next generation automotive use cases, providing direction for silicon development that applies to cars several generations into the future. He also drives the infotainment group toward a common and open vision, which includes spearheading new market development around advanced driving technologies.


Artur Seidel, Elektrobit Automotive Inc.

Since 2006, Seidel has led the establishment of Elektrobit’s automotive business in North America following EB’s acquisition of 3SOFT in Germany. Seidel continues to successfully grow the embedded software business working with major U.S. automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers. Previously, he was a senior manager of EB’s wireless software development business unit.



John Quain, CBS News

John Quain is the on-air computer consultant for CBS News, appearing regularly on the network’s overnight newscast “Up to the Minute” for over nine years.  John is also a regular contributor for The New York Times and writes articles about computers, the Internet, consumer electronics and technology for PC Magazine. He has been reporting on technology-related business and entertainment news for over 20 years.


Mitch Bainwol, Auto Alliance

Mitch Bainwol is President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade association representing automakers in the US. Bainwol is a strong advocate of automobility, manufacturing and auto industry jobs. The Washington Post called Mr. Bainwol a “Top D.C. Lobbyist and Man in Demand.” Capitol Hill’s Roll Call newspaper included him as one of the 50 most influential “politicos” in Washington.


John P. Absmeier, Delphi

John P. Absmeier is the Director for Delphi’s newly established innovation center in Silicon Valley California. In this role, he is responsible for establishing and running Delphi’s technical center where high-tech meets automotive. The site will be focused on developing and evaluating new innovative technologies and integrating them into cars


Roger Lanctot, Strategy Analytics

Roger C. Lanctot is an associate director within the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics with more than 25 years’ experience in electronics industry market research, consulting and journalism.  Roger advises clients on in-vehicle safety, infotainment and connectivity systems anticipating market, regulatory, and technological developments in hardware, software and business models.


Bryan Mistele, INRIX

Bryan Mistele is the co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of INRIX, the leading global provider of traffic information and driver services. Bryan started INRIX in 2004, having had more than 15 years experience building high-technology businesses and transforming industries through the power of information technology


Henry M. Bzeih, KIA

Henry Bzeih is head of Infotainment and telematics, and is responsible for leading Kia’s North American Infotainment Technology & Business planning organization. Mr. Bzeih is also responsible for the end-to-end Connected Car organization which oversees the development and execution of all connected services as well as management of the overall connected services delivery network.




Sam Friedman, ParkMe

Sam Friedman serves as CEO of ParkMe, which he co-founded in 2009, in part, to provide a solution to his own parking problems. Having paid a seemingly uncountable number of parking tickets and arrived embarrassingly late to one too many meetings, Sam realized the parking process needed an overhaul. He also held positions at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles based wealth management firm, National Public, Radio and Merrill Lynch.


Mike VanNieuwkuyk, J.D. Power & Associates

Mike VanNieuwkuyk is Executive Director for Global Automotive at J.D. Power & Associates. He leads the company’s focus on automotive technologies, providing research and consultative services on new vehicle offerings in connectivity, infotainment, safety and fuels. Mike also assists OEMs and automotive suppliers in development of new products and services.


Robert Acker, Harman

Robert Acker – VP of Connectivity for Harman has been a pioneering entrepreneur in the connected car space for the past 15 years and is often quoted on trends and issues surrounding car technology. In his current role as VP of Connectivity for Harman, Acker leads the Harman Cloud Platform (HCP) team and services, including Aha, the first service on the HCP.

// Topics

Thanks for Sharing

Car sharing is a revolution in urban transportation being fueled by companies like Uber, ZipCar, RelayRides and Lyft. What does this mean for automakers? How can they capitalize on this growing trend instead of fighting it? We explore how the rise of multiple drivers is changing vehicle personalization and production, and why you should care.

Let’s Make a Deal

When designing connected cars, the dealer-customer relationship is not traditionally considered by OEMs, yet dealerships represent the biggest obstacle to selling them. Is the solution more dealer incentives/training, or do OEMs need a new approach that considers how franchise laws hamper connected car sales/service. We talk directly with dealers on the front lines.

L.A. Confidential

What happens when one of the largest US metropolitan areas puts all of its collected data sets out in the open? An amazing opportunity to turn “big data” theories into practice. See how innovative startups can solve Los Angeles' transportation problems by analyzing millions of anonymous data points.

Everyday Autonomous

Autonomous drive is on the cusp of becoming reality with its obvious productivity benefits and recovered leisure time. Learn how society will benefit from autonomous vehicles and what safeguards need to be in place for this new paradigm to be 100% realized.

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