Leo Boulton, CISCO
Leo Boulton, Director of Competitive Intelligence-Market Strategy, CISCO
Leo Boulton is the Director of Technical Competitive Intelligence for the Enterprise Infrastructure and Software group at Cisco. This covers the largest business unit of the portfolio (i.e. switches, routers, wireless, security, and orchestration software). His team focuses on providing competitive intelligence guidance to engineering and product management for strategic decision making. At the same time, educate the sales force in competitive practices, to increase their chances of winning. Prior to his 6 years in CI, Leo used to be in the trenches performing multiple pre-sales roles for different market segments in the South East US. Leo is also highly involved in the industry as the SCIP South Florida chapter co-president and frequent speaker at their international conference.
He lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with his wife and four children. He is an avid long distance runner and soccer fan. Lately, he’s been applying his competitive intelligence experience to the under 6 year old division of youth soccer by coaching in his city league.
Mark Foulds, Dunkin’ Brands Inc.
Mark Foulds, Senior Manager, Competitive Intelligence, Dunkin’ Brands Inc.
Mark Foulds leads the competitive intelligence function at Dunkin’ Brands. The intelligence team supports global research, analysis, decision and planning for Dunkin’ Donut and Baskin’ Robbins brands to executive and senior management.
With over 20 years’ experience in Retail strategy Mark was most recently Head of Consumer Credit and Sales, in the UK, and after working in financial services at Lloyds Banking Group for 16 years transitioned into the quick service restaurant industry by becoming an intelligence practitioner. Mark is an experienced competitive intelligence professional with broad industry knowledge in several industry segments, coupled with direct work experience in US and European markets. He holds a GMBA in International Marketing, a MA in Business Management, and is a Master of Competitive Intelligence (ACI) alumnus.
Heather Hallenbeck, Bose Corporation
Heather Hallenbeck, Director of Competitive Intelligence, Bose Corporation
Heather is building and leading the Competitive Intelligence function for the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose including headphones, speakers, home theater systems and emerging businesses. Her team is part of Strategy and Insights and focuses on providing competitive insights with actionable recommendations across the Bose value chain spanning research, product development and marketing for strategic decision making.
Heather has over 20 years of experience in new product management and all aspects of marketing for consumer electronic products (innovative digital cameras, disruptive home inkjet printing solutions, premium home entertainment audio systems) with direct work experience in US, Europe and Asia.
She holds an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Competitive and Organizational Strategy from Simon Graduate School of Business from the University of Rochester, a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and is a Master of Competitive Intelligence (ACI) alumna.
Michael High, Royal Dutch Shell – Deepwater
Michael High, Head of Planning and Reporting, Royal Dutch Shell – Deepwater
Michael High is Head of Planning, Appraisal and Reporting for the Deepwater line of business of Royal Dutch Shell and is based in Houston, TX. With key assets in Brazil, Nigeria, Malaysia and the US, the Deepwater business is one of two key growth engines for Shell over the coming decade. In this and prior roles, Michael’s been integral in strengthening the partnership between global strategy, portfolio, planning & reporting teams in order to improve the coherence between external reality, current performance, operational plans and strategic aspirations. He’s also been a key change agent, leading transformations efforts within the planning & appraisal community, and facilitating the post-merger integration of the Shell and BG business planning processes. He is passionate about looking externally for new ideas and actively driving continuous improvement
Michael’s previous roles have covered front-line business finance, planning, budgeting, reporting, and performance appraisal in the global upstream, manufacturing and unconventional gas businesses of Shell. Prior to Shell, Michael was a US Army intelligence officer following his completion of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Georgetown University, where we was the distinguished graduate. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Michael has had assignments in North America, Europe and Asia.
Michael is a passionate leader with extensive experience leading, managing, mentoring, coaching and developing teams in a for-profit, governmental, and not-for-profit context. This lead to his recognition as one of five globally as 2011 “Young Leader of the Year” by the Institute of Management Accountants.
He has a MS in Finance from Indiana University and a BS in Business Administration from American University. He is also a Certified Management Accountant, Six Sigma Greenbelt and Lean Practitioner.
Eirik Hooper, DP World
Eirik Hooper, Director CI, DP World
Eirik Hooper is the Director of Competitive Intelligence for DP World, one of the world’s largest Ports & Logistics operators. Bringing to bear over seventeen years of experience across four continents in the ports sector, he founded and continues to manage the competitive intelligence function for the global company. Like many others in this profession he came into it tangentially, having first gained experience as an engineer, an accountant, a business analyst and a commercial manager.
Passionate about understanding how things work, he graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Engineering. His professional education includes qualifying as a Management Accountant, gaining an MBA with distinction from Deakin University and thoroughly enjoying working through the CIP certification courses with the Academy of Competitive Intelligence in Boston.
Originally from the UK, he currently lives in Dubai with his wife, two young daughters and assorted animals. In recent years he founded a “Corinthian-spirited” triathlon club for ex rugby players that predictably led to competing in Ironman events and has taken up kitesurfing whilst maintaining he is absolutely definitely not going through a midlife crisis.
Steven LoGiudice, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Steven LoGiudice, Director of Strategy Management and Insights, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Steve LoGiudice is the Director of Strategy Management and Insights at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). A founding member of MSKCC’s Strategy and Innovation (S&I) department, Steve’s work focuses on delivering strategic insights about MSKCC’s internal business dynamics within the context of the external environment and competitive dynamics. His team is also instrumental in conceptualizing and developing new programs designed to achieve our strategic goals and, ultimately, our mission. He also established and manages S&I’s footprint in social media with the @MSK_Strategy twitter page. Prior to his time with S&I Steve served as Finance Manager for MSKCC’s Department of Surgery.
Steve holds an MS from The Robert J Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy from The New School and a BA in Public Administration from Miami University, Oxford Ohio.
George Minow, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
George Minow, Senior Manager, Customer & Market Insights, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
George Minow manages transformation efforts in the Print and Imaging division of Hewlett Packard. HP introduced a Transformation Office looking to redirect millions of dollars from lower value to higher value opportunities. In this role understanding competitive positions is a high priority. Prior to this George was the Senior Manager in Customer and Market Insights with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, working on market and competitive projects using big data to improve insights into servers, Cloud, networking and Service Providers. Prior to that George was a Principal Advisor in Tech Marketing at Forrester Research and was a Partner with The Monitor Group managing the technology practice.
Raghu Raman, Reliance Industries
Raghu Raman, Group President, Reliance Industries (formerly CEO, National Intelligence Grid)
Raghu has possibly one of the most unique career profiles spanning over 25 years. He spent eleven years as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces, followed by another eleven years in the corporate sector before joining the Government as CEO of the National Intelligence Grid. He currently serves as the Group President (Risk, Security and New Ventures) of Reliance Industries Limited, bringing technology industry leadership, security expertise and executive management experience to his role with the company.
Raghu started his career with the Indian Army. During his stint, he was in active combat in Punjab battling terrorists and in Siachen Glacier facing Pakistani troops. He has served as a UN peacekeeper, as well as been an instructor teaching leadership and strategy to officers at the prestigious School of Armoured Warfare.
After leaving the Indian Army, Raghu joined the Mahindra Group in 1998 and helped set up Mahindra United World College. Over the next ten years he led various companies, including First Choice, Mahindra SSG and finally DLSI, a Mahindra joint venture with British Aerospace before being handpicked to create and head the National Intelligence Grid, Ministry of Home Affairs in the Government of India.
Raghu is a frequent guest faculty in business schools, keynote speaker and author of a column on National Security Strategy and Leadership with leading publications. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation and also the author of “Everyman’s War” – a book published by Random House.
Brad Roberts, Aetna
Brad Roberts, Strategic Planning Managing Director, Aetna
Brad Roberts is currently Strategic Planning Managing Director in the Product Innovation & Strategy department of Aetna’s Accountable Care Solutions business. In this role, he serves as a one-person research and intelligence shop, and as a subject matter expert on trends related to the move toward value-based contracting and accountable care. For the past 5 years, Brad has managed and supported various parts of Aetna’s value-based contracting strategy, including tracking effectiveness and penetration of value-based payment models, supporting internal and external communication on those models and managing the development of specific models, including leading the development of a national P4P program early on.
Brad has been in the competitive intelligence field since 2001. Before joining Aetna, Brad worked in CI-related roles at WellPoint (now Anthem and the owner of 14 Blue Cross plans) and UnitedHealth Group – the 2 largest insurers in the nation. He has also worked in CI roles in the software industry and has helped set up CI functions in multiple companies.