Amy Gross, CEO & Founder, VineSleuth/Wine4.Me

Amy Gross

Amy Gross is the Founder and CEO of VineSleuth/ Wine4.Me, the only company which uses sensory science and predictive analytics to help people find the right wines for them, personally. VineSleuth/Wine4.Me is an IBM Watson Ecosystem partner, integrating Watson APIs for easy-to-use retail interface offerings and smartphone applications. Amy’s work with VineSleuth has been noted in the New York Times, Fortune, CNN, and Better Homes and Gardens, among other media outlets. 

Matt Anderson, Chief Digital Officer and President, Arrow Electronics

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson is Chief Digital Officer and President of Arrow Electronics. He leads the continued buildout of Arrow's digital strategy and new online operating model including eCommerce, cloud enablement, digitization, SaaS, technical media, and multi-channel sales. 

Prior to joining Arrow, Matt was the CDO of Hibu/Yell and led the development of a new digital marketing services offering across owned media, digital marketing, and local media that became a $750M business.   Matt was also a Partner and VP at Booz & Co. where he led global eCommerce in the consumer, media, and technology practice. There he worked with companies such as Dell.Com, Gilt.com, FedEx, 1&1 Internet.  He holds a double major from the University of Pennsylvania in Economics and International relations.  

Rob High, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM

Rob High

Rob High is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the IBM Watson and Cloud Platform portfolio. High leads the technical strategy for Watson's cognitive reasoning, cognitive experiences, and alignment to analytics, content, media, edge computing, application programming, and security. Under his leadership, Watson is ushering in a new era in computing in which systems will amplify human cognition - inspiring users to produce better, evidence-based decisions and ideas. High is recognized as a global technical leader, author and evangelist, and was named an IBM Fellow in 2008 for his pioneering work in the field of SOA and for his leadership on WebSphere.

Dr. Daniel M Yellin, Vice President, Mobile and an IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM

Dr. Daniel M Yellin

Dr. Daniel M. Yellin is Vice President, Mobile and an IBM Distinguished Engineer. He is responsible for IBM Mobile Foundation and Cloud Mobile Services. These offerings are helping enterprises on their digital transformation journey, to reach new customers and engage them in novel ways, and to streamline internal business processes. Daniel is also responsible for the IBM Software Development Lab in Israel.   Previously Daniel was Director of Software Technology at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, and before that he was the Manager of IBM’s Insurance Application Architecture Team. Dr. Yellin joined IBM in 1987 after completing a doctorate in computer science at Columbia University. He has authored over 30 journal and conference papers as well as two computer science books and has held numerous positions in professional associations. 

Jessica Douglas, Executive Partner, IBM iX, GDPR, IBM

Jessica Douglas

Jessica  leads IBM's market and client response to the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) for the UK and Ireland. She and her team of privacy, security, cognitive analytics and customer experience experts are working with clients to address the GDPR imperative. Jessica is a Partner in IBM's IX and Digital Strategy practice whose primary focus is on transforming customer experience with her clients in banking, insurance, wealth and financial markets. Jessica starts from the premise that financial institutions that put customers first build sustained success. She brings experience and expertise in Digital and Mobile Innovation, Sales and Marketing, and Customer Relationship Management and Data and Analytics. As well as banking experience, Jessica draws on strategy through delivery experience in CPG and Pharma to help clients address these challenges to deliver sustained customer and business results.

Jay Allen, European Technical Sales Leader for Endpoint and Mobility, IBM

Jay Allen

Jay is the European Technical Sales Leader for Endpoint and Mobility at IBM Security, and one the worldwide subject matter experts for IBM MaaS360. He leads the field Technical specialists who cover deployment, implementation and enablement of IBM's Endpoint and Mobile Security Products. Jay also acts as a Technology Evangelist for the MaaS360 UEM offering demonstrating the capabilities and value to all levels of the our client and partner organisations, from operations to C suite level. He also represents IBM as speaker and Thought Leader at industry events, conferences and trade shows.

Filip Wilms , Head of Digital Solutions , UCB Pharma 

Filip Wilms 

Filip is a self-educated developer to the core. He wrote his first POC's in college and has a passion for building things from the ground up. He for example built his own house and also makes his own furniture. He started his career as a sharepoint manager, and this was the building ground for his next steps ending up at UCB where he is currently Head of IT, Digital Solutions.

Christoph Hohmann, Head of Customer Engagement & Communication, Volkswagen

Christoph Hohmann

Christoph has been working in the car industry since the late 90s, at Ford, Nissan, SKODA and Volkswagen plus a stint in the Automotive Practice of management consultancy Oliver Wyman. He has lived and worked in seven different countries on three continents, incl. most recently two years in Shanghai, China. Christoph is a true “petrol head”who has –nevertheless –always been keen on the changes & challenges impacting the industry: From alternative fuel vehicles and autonomous driving technology to Big Data and the digitalization of personal mobility.

Gareth Mackown, IBM Mobile Leader for Europe

Gareth Mackown

Gareth leads IBM's Mobile practice across Europe. He brings his passion, experience and knowledge to the companies he works with, transforming their organisation through outstanding mobile and digital experiences for customers and employees alike. He is a confident and engaging conference speaker and regularly presents on Mobile, Digital and Customer Experience trends to senior audiences across Europe including at Mobile World Congress, WIRED Money, SIBOS and Money2020.

Philip Hardwick, Director of the Philip Morris Global Delivery Center, Philip Morris

Philip Hardwick

Philip Hardwick Is a Director of the Philip Morris Global Delivery Center in Krakow Poland.  He graduated from Queen Marry College, University of London and joined Lucas CAV as a trainee programmer immediately after University from where he has developed a diverse and travelled career in IS first with Lucas CAV an engineering firm in London and subsequently CT Bowring (Lloyds Insurance brokers), Deloitte as a Project and Change Management Consultant,  Unisys Portugal as head of services and finally Philip Morris which he joined in Portugal after the acquisition of the local company.  In Philip Morris International (PMI) he has been head of  IS for  Philip Morris Portugal, project Director of PMI’s global SAP roll-out (Program 1),  Global Director for Marketing and Sales Systems , based in Switzerland and Regional Director for Latin American and Canada, based in New York, before taking up his current position.  His current focus is on Digital Skills and Practices transformation and preparation for Next Generation ERP roll-out.

Joerg Niessing, Affiliate Professor of Marketing, INSEAD

Joerg Niessing

Joerg is passionate about bridging the academic and the business world on topics related to customer centricity, digital transformation and data analytics. He holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Muenster. His research help executives and organizations to better understand how to create outstanding customer experiences by leveraging digital technologies, digital trends and data at the right touchpoints along the customer journey. His credentials do not only come from his academic career, but also from 14+ years in management consulting. Here he focused on building leading brands and delivering profitable growth through the development of outstanding customer experiences, distinctive customer insights and data analytics. Joerg is a regular keynote speaker and consults for a number of organizations in his area of expertise.

Luis Hernández Echávez, Executive Vice President of Administration and Organization, CEMEX

Luis Hernández Echávez

Luis Hernández joined CEMEX in 1996, and has held senior management positions in the Strategic Planning and Human Resources areas. He is currently the global responsible of Organization and Human Resources, Processes and IT, Digital Enablement, Global Service Organization, Vendor Management Office and Neoris. Luis graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining CEMEX, Luis worked at McKinsey & Company.

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