Paul Amos, Aflac
Paul Amos, Director & Partner, Jordan-Blanchard Capital and former President, Aflac
Paul S. Amos II will be joining Jordan-Blanchard-Amos Capital, LLC as a director and partner as of September 1, 2017. JBA Capital is a private investment firm that focuses on the long-term acquisition of quality businesses. Most recently, he served as the president of Aflac, the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States and the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance in Japan. He brings JBA Capital more than 15 years of leadership experience in the insurance and financial services industries and was No. 6 on ExecRank’s 2012 list of the top 100 COOs in the United States. Amos led Aflac’s acquisition of Continental American Insurance Company and the expansion of the broker distribution channel.
Prior to his departure, Amos oversaw corporate strategy for Aflac Inc. and was responsible for Aflac’s corporate venture capital operation. He also directed Aflac Japan, which is Aflac’s largest earnings contributor. Aflac Japan generates more than 75 percent of the company’s income, and Amos was leading the conversion of Aflac Japan into a company subsidiary. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Aflac U.S. and as the executive vice president of U.S. operations. Amos learned the business from the ground up by beginning his Aflac career as the state sales coordinator for Aflac’s Georgia-North operation. It grew to become the company’s No. 1 operation. Before joining Aflac, he worked in the corporate legal division of a Washington-based merger and acquisition firm.
Amos’ experience in the insurance industry and his emergence as one of the top young business leaders in the U.S. resulted in numerous speaking opportunities. He has been a featured speaker at the American College Knowledge Summit, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Columbus State University’s Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, the University of South Carolina’s BB&T Foundations of Capitalism Speaker Series, the Society of Human Resource Management Conference and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Amos actively participates in professional, philanthropic and educational organizations. He served as a member of the boards of directors of Aflac Incorporated and Japan Society of New York. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Turner School of Business at Columbus State University. He is also a member of the Georgia Research Alliance board of trustees, the COLE Leadership Circle of Duke’s Fuqua/Coach K. Center on Leadership & Ethics, the advisory board of BeWell and the Young Presidents’ Organization or YPO.
Amos earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University. He also holds a juris doctor degree from Tulane University.
Amos lives in Columbus, GA with his wife, Courtney and their 4 children.
Sadhika Batra, Airbnb
Sadhika Batra, Strategy and Insights, Airbnb (Invited)
Amy Belew, BlackRock
Amy Belew, Managing Director, Global Head of Market Intelligence, BlackRock
Amy Belew, Managing Director, BlackRock is the Global Head of Market Intelligence, part of Corporate Strategy. Her team is responsible for analyzing the finanical services competitive landscape and providing insights and supportive data to business teams across BlackRock helping shape strategic thinking. She previously was head of iShares Global Business Intelligence, focused on research and analysis of the global ETF industry and helping inform trends in the fastest growing segment in asset management.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Amy was a Managing Director with AllianceBernstein, based in New York from 2001 to 2011. During her tenure, she was responsible for managing several business operations, including Global Business Intelligence, Global Sales Operations and Internal Retail Sales.
Amy also led client service, sales and distribution operations for various organizations, including Canon, CDNow and other direct marketing.
Amy graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a focus on Marketing.
Jeremy Benhammou, Clorox Company
Jeremy Benhammou, Associate Director, Global Insights Business Lead, Clorox Company
Jeremy Benhammou (Associate Director, Insights Business Lead) is responsible for consumer insights, product testing and marketing research for the Clorox Company’s global, non-US portfolio of cleaning and laundry products. He began his career as a clarinetist, playing in orchestras across the Midwest before discovering a more practical streak and getting his MBA from the Ross School of Business. His background in the arts helps him approach consumer, research and business problems in new, innovative ways.
Sameer Bhatti, Comcast
Sameer Bhatti, VP Product Development, Comcast
Brian Bonazzoli, VMware
Brian Bonazzoli, Senior Director, Corporate Competitive and Market Intelligence, VMware
Brian Bonazzoli is currently a Senior Director of corporate competitive and market intelligence at VMware. Prior to VMware, he was the principal and founder of Market Strategy Consultants, a consulting firm which specialized in competitive and market intelligence, corporate strategy and business development.
Prior to founding Market Strategy Consultants in 2010, Mr. Bonazzoli worked for six years at CA Technologies responsible for leading several organizations including Marketing Strategy, Competitive and Market Intelligence and Solutions Marketing.
Prior to CA Technologies, Mr. Bonazzoli’s experience includes ten years at HP and Compaq in various roles including Competitive and Market Intelligence, Corporate Development, and Corporate Strategy. Mr. Bonazzoli also held various operations management positions for eight years at Apple Computer.
Mr. Bonazzoli received his MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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.
Denise Brien, Oath: A Verizon Company
Denise Brien, Senior Director, Consumer Analytics & Research, Oath: A Verizon Company
Cynthia Correia, Simmons College
Cynthia Correia, Executive Advisor, Strategy & Competitive Intelligence Architect, Instructor, Knowledge inform and Graduate Program Adjunct Professor, Simmons College
Kathleen Dean, INOVIS
Kathleen Dean, Senior Director of Strategic Client Services, INOVIS
Kathleen Dean is the Senior Director of Strategic Client Services, IT Division, with INOVIS, Inc. With 17 years of experience in the IT industry, she brings the perspective of a Fortune 50 strategist and insights practitioner to her work. She has served as a world-wide senior product marketing manager (driving software content marketing strategy and product evangelization), a senior insights manager in competitive and market strategy and intelligence (responsible for delivering actionable customer, market, and competitive analysis to support business strategy and planning), and a senior channel program manager (enabling and supporting multiple routes to market for software partners) in addition to other marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She holds an M.S. in Technical Communications from Colorado State University. Based in the foothills of northern Colorado, she is also a beekeeper and a board member of the non-profit Children’s Speech and Reading Center (CRSC).
Steven Douvas, FM Global
Steven Douvas, Assistant VP, Manager Market Research, FM Global (Invited)
Steven Douvas is an Assistant Vice President/Senior Market Research Consultant for FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurance companies. He is responsible for market research, strategic planning, competitive intelligence, and market performance analysis. Prior to joining FM Global, Mr. Douvas spent seven years as the Market Research Manager at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care where he developed the market research and competitive intelligence functions. He also spent five years at various management consulting and market research firms working for Fortune 500 clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and consumer products industries.
Mr. Douvas holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Essex, Colchester, England and has passed the C.P.A. examination in Massachusetts. He is a member of the Conference Board’s Council of Competitive Intelligence. He currently resides in Wrentham, Massachusetts, and is happily married with three adult children.
Over the past decade, Mr. Douvas has jointly published articles and authored several FM Global white papers, specifically on globalization and the future of insurance and risk management.
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.
Benjamin Gilad, Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence
Dr. Benjamin Gilad, Co-Founder, Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence
Dr. Benjamin Gilad is a former Associate Professor of Strategy at Rutgers School of Management and author of over 60 articles and five books on competitive intelligence, including The Business Intelligence System (Amacom, 1988), Business Blindspots (Irwin, 1994), Early Warning (Amacom, 2003) and Business War Games (Career Press, 2009). He co-founded the Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence (www.academyci.com) back in 1999 and was the first to introduce business war gaming to the Fortune 500 back in 1989. He is old, cranky, cynical, and has a funny accent. He is also a great teacher no one forgets. He worked with every market leader you can name in Pharma, energy, consumer products, food processing, beverages, high tech, manufacturing, defense, aerospace, software, insurance, and service Fortune 500s on six continents. He writes on competitive intelligence and strategy for HBR. He lives in Florida because no one told him it gets hit by hurricanes.
Richard Gordon, Comcast
Richard Gordon, Marketing Manager, Comcast (Invited)
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.
Shay Hershkovitz, XPRIZE
Shay Hershkovitz, Director of Research, XPRIZE
Dr. Shay Hershkovitz is XPRIZE’s Director of Research. He is a former Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Political Science at Tel Aviv University in Israel, and the former Chief Strategy Officer of Wikistrat, a crowd-sourced geopolitical consultancy. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Bar-Ilan University, and did post-doctoral work in Political Science at the University of Maryland. His extensive knowledge of intelligence, strategy, and geopolitical analysis was developed through some twenty years of experience as both a practitioner and academic. With the Directorate of Military Intelligence (AMAN) of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), he was Head of its Regional Research Branches between 1994–2006. His scholarly interests range from the theory and practice of national intelligence, intelligence analysis, and competitive intelligence, as well as Middle Eastern geopolitics.
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.
Derek Johnson, Aurora WDC
Derek Johnson, CEO, Aurora WDC
Derek Johnson has been with Aurora WDC since 2003, and has served as Chief Executive Officer since early 2010. He invests most of his time guiding the overall strategy of the business and directing the firm’s external consulting opportunities with clients. Prior to his promotion to CEO, he served the prior seven years as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Research. Before joining Aurora, Mr. Johnson was in the Investment Management industry as an account and portfolio manager. He was inducted into the Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows (CCIF) in 2015, served as Program Chair of the 2009 SCIP International Conference in Chicago, and served Wisconsin’s SCIP chapter as co-chair from 2007-2009. Derek holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BBA in Finance & Economics from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Marc Limacher, INOVIS
Marc Limacher, MBA, Founder and CEO, INOVIS
Marc Limacher started the company in 1992 as a boutique primary CI specialty firm focusing mostly on the IT and life sciences industries.
As a 28-year veteran in the CI and counter-intelligence industry, he has grown INOVIS into a global leader in primary intelligence & strategic consulting services, counting a select group of global Blue Chip companies as loyal clients. The introduction of an expert regulatory intelligence practice as well as the ProACT scenario planning software tool are unique in the industry.
Prior to INOVIS, Marc was Director of Market Intelligence at a leading West Coast institutional investment firm for five years, providing primary intelligence on small-/medium-/large-cap equities via a global employee network of 65 investigative journalists. He also delivers custom CI seminars and is a frequent lecturer on CI and counter-intelligence topics at companies and to academia.
Marc is fluent in 5 languages and enjoys the proximity to the ski slopes from the Lucerne office, the proximity to the Pacific waves from the Palo Alto office, and the proximity to NYC from the Princeton NJ office.
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.
Colm Lysaght, Western Digital
Colm Lysaght, VP Corporate Strategy, Western Digital
Colm Lysaght is VP of Corporate Strategy & Innovation at Western Digital Corporation. His responsibilities span Strategic Planning, Portfolio Management, Market & Competitive Intelligence and New Business Generation. Prior to Western Digital, he has worked at SanDisk Corporation, Matrix Semiconductor and Hewlett-Packard in various R&D, marketing and strategy roles. He has an MSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Outside of work, he is an avid triathlete, mountain biker and trail runner. He is married with two children.
Mallika Madakasira, Blue Shield of California
Mallika Madakasira, Manager – Brand, Insights, Blue Shield of California
Mallika Madakasira is a Manager of Brand, Insights and Creative Services at Blue Shield of CA. She was previously heading up their Competitive Intelligence organization and prior to that was in their “online and mobile” group Leading Analytics and Insights. She has extensive experience across B2B and B2C and across a variety of sectors – tech, packaged goods, financial services, healthcare biotech. She has previously spent over 7 years at Hewlett Packard and has consulted for Starbucks and Genentech.
Gabriela McCoy, Bacardi
Gabriela McCoy, Director of Consumer Insights, Bacardi
Gabriela brings over 15 years of global consumer insights and market intelligence expertise from working for top-tier companies across Food, FMCG and the Services industries. She considers herself a research muse, as she is on a relentless mission to inspire great work with breakthrough ideas and actionable consumer insights that drive revenue and profit.
Gabriela received her MBA from the University of Miami and has also spent time studying at Oxford University in England and at L’Etoile in Paris.
When not working, Gabriela spends much of her time exploring and adventuring the roads less traveled. She has traveled to 40 countries, but nevertheless, suffers from a severe case of wanderlust.
George Minow, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
George Minow, Print Business Information Manager, HP
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.
Adriana Orduna-Smith, Oracle
Adriana Orduna-Smith, Director, Competitive Intelligence HCM Apps, Oracle
Competitive Intelligence professional with 10+years of experience in Market & CI in the High Tech industry in Silicon Valley
Last 4 roles:
• Competitive Intelligence Director at Oracle Corp. – 2 years
• Competitive Intelligence Director – Saba Software – 4 years
• Sr. Manager Market & Competitive Intelligence – Openwave Systems – 5 years
• Sr. Manager Competitive Intelligence – Wind River Systems – 2 years
• Education: Intercontinental University (Mexico City), International Business (England)
• Member of SCIP – Society of CI Professionals
• Member of HOLA – Hispanic Oracle Leadership Assoc.
• Board Member of PTSA
Luciano Oviedo, Intel
Luciano Oviedo, Business/Corporate Strategist, Intel
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.
Victoria Richard, Greenberg Traurig
Victoria Richard, Manager, Competitive Intelligence, Greenberg Traurig
Jared Rieckewald, Northrop Grumman
Jared Rieckewald, Director Competitive & Cost Strategy, Northrop Grumman (Invited)
Jared Rieckewald is a Senior Director responsible for cost strategies, competitive intelligence and assessment, and price-to-win for NGTS priority pursuits. He is an experienced program and portfolio manager, acquisition professional, and intelligence officer with more than 15 years of focus on emerging technologies designed to meet warfighter and IC mission needs.
Most recently, he was a Program Director in NGAS’s Research, Technology, and Advanced Design organization. He supervised the capture and execution of cutting-edge Autonomy research programs for the Air Force and the Navy. Jared joined Northrop Grumman in 2013, managing analysis in support of the Aerospace Sector’s strategic planning efforts, business development campaigns, and several captures. His support to domestic and international pursuits spanned all facets of business intelligence from competitive analysis, to customer intelligence, capabilities analysis, and Congressional research.
Previously, Jared was a Senior Professional Staff Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He led sensitive evaluations hand-selected by the Chairman and Vice Chairman, and conducted regular oversight of IC major system acquisitions for the full Committee. He drafted numerous sections of the 2012 and 2013 Intelligence Authorization Acts to strengthen oversight and accountability for emerging technologies.
Prior to that, Jared led inspections and reviews for the Office of the Inspector General at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), conducting oversight on major system acquisitions and sensitive activities within the Community. There he received the prestigious National Intelligence Reform Medal for groundbreaking work in information sharing and numerous other IC awards for performance and collaboration across agencies.
Jared began his professional career as a US Marine, serving as an intelligence officer and Weapons and Tactics Instructor. He managed forward flight-line intelligence centers during the Operation Iraqi Freedom invasion, and later served as an acquisition officer supervising the operational test and evaluation of all Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Counter-Improvised Explosive Device programs of record.
Jared holds two degrees from Georgetown University: a Master’s in Policy Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy and a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service from the Walsh School of Foreign Service.
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.
Helen Rothberg, Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence
Prof. Helen Rothberg, Professor of Strategic Management, Marist College, and Senior Faculty, Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence
Dr. Helen Rothberg is a Professor of Strategic Management in the School of Management at Marist College, and senior faculty in the Academy of Competitive Intelligence. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil from The City University Graduate Center, MBA from Baruch College, and a BA from Queens College. She is the 2011 recipient of the Board of Trustee’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
With Scott Erickson, she published From Knowledge to Intelligence: Creating Competitive Advantage in the Next Economy: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, in 2005, and Intelligence in Action: Strategically Managing Knowledge Assets: Palgrave McMillan in 2012. Other publications include Competitive Intelligence Review, Competitive Intelligence Magazine, Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, International Journal of Knowledge Management.
Helen’s research interests include shadow and intelligence teams, and the intersection between competitive intelligence and knowledge management. She is the principal consultant for HNR Associates, a network of knowledge focusing on strategic change, competitive intelligence and knowledge management challenges.
Mike Shea, NetApp
Mike Shea, Manager CI, NetApp
Shannon O’Meara Smith, ViaSat, Inc.
Shannon O’Meara Smith, Director Market Research, ViaSat, Inc.
Director of Market Research at ViaSat, Inc., a global satellite communications provider, Ms. Smith has over 24 years of experience in both the Corporate and Military Intelligence fields; providing critical support to organizations around issues of organizational health and market growth.
Ms. Smith is well-versed in a number of diverse technology and market areas. These include, but are not limited to: cyber security, tactical and satellite communications, intelligence and surveillance systems, big data analytics, business model transformation and focused international growth.
Ms. Smith has worked for a number of large Aerospace and Defense technology companies, where her responsibilities included business forecasting, strategic planning, competitive landscaping, customer trends, buy-side market analyses, and long term strategic planning.
A career intelligence professional with over 17 years’ experience, she has served on active and reserve duty with both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Her last assignment (2006-2007) was with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit located at COB Speicher, Iraq. Areas of expertise include All-Source Analysis, Information Operations and Information Warfare. Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.
Invested in helping her community to thrive and grow, Ms. Smith is also an active commissioner on her hometown’s Municipal Arts Committee and Neighborhood and Family Services Commission.
Christine Stevens, Raytheon
Christine Stevens, Director, Capture Strategy, Raytheon (Invited)
Christine Stevens is the director of capture strategy within Raytheon’s IDS operating unit in Tewksbury, MA. She leads a team that is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on market developments and formulating pricing strategies for new business opportunities.
Before joining Raytheon, Christine was the senior manager in charge of strategy and analysis at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, CA. She led competitive intelligence collection that drove strategic decisions for some of the largest military aircraft contracts awarded in the past 10 years. She developed sales and pricing strategies and planned investment/initial start-up activities for four new product lines. As the leader of the sector’s strategic planning initiatives, she led a cross-functional team of two dozen senior staff to develop sector and regional growth strategies and was a founding member of a market analytics team that “brought Moneyball to sector strategy.”
Before joining Northrop Grumman, Christine was an analyst at Boeing, where she was the junior member of a business development team that won three multi-billion dollar awards in the span of 2.5 years. She started her career working proposals for Hughes Space and Communications, where she led 17 proposals in 5 years with a 90% win rate.
Christine has established herself as an expert at using quantitative and qualitative intelligence from multiple sources to identify/explain market trends and most favorable strategic positioning, generating options to achieve business area long-range goals, and advising technical leaders on industry knowledge for planning and decision making to secure large captures. A Los Angeles native, she holds degrees from the University of California at Irvine and the University of Southern California.
Demian Straka, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Demian Straka, Sr. Manager, Corporate Strategy Competitive and Customer Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Demian Straka manages Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Corporate Strategy Competitive and Customer Intelligence teams. A 15+ year veteran of insights, he has led market, customer, and competitive intelligence groups at HP since 2007 and at several startup IT companies before that. He holds a M.A. from Colorado State University, with an emphasis in research methodology. Recently, he has led his team through a significant transformation due to an organizational realignment from Marketing to Corporate Strategy.
Michelle Thevil, Clif Bar & Company
Michelle Thevil, Director of Consumer Insights, Clif Bar & Company
Michelle is a curious explorer who is always seeking out her next adventure. Luckily, her adventures led her to Clif Bar where she has been reshaping the Consumer Insights department and increasing the value it brings to this dynamic company. Michelle is a wellness consumer expert, and has over 20 years of Insights experience in the CPG industry working closely with business leaders to leverage insights, drive business strategy, and establish core department competencies.
John Thomson, Aurora WDC
John Thomson, Chief Research Officer, Aurora WDC
John Thomson joined Aurora WDC in early 2005 and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of corporate intelligence and counterintelligence. Based in Atlanta, his role as Chief Research Officer focuses on managing the field intelligence collection efforts of our research teams, with final decision-making capability on the composition of the research teams and the ongoing directives of their efforts. Over the course of his career, he has worked hundreds of intelligence projects for a multitude of Fortune 500 and Global 2000 clients across more than 15 different industries. Prior to joining Aurora, Mr. Thomson spent 12 years with a leading technology company, where he built and managed their competitive intelligence program. His academic achievements include a B.S. in Marketing from American University in Washington, D.C., and MBA coursework at Monmouth University in Long Branch, NJ.
Roger Yoder, NetApp
Roger Yoder, Director, Competitive Intelligence, NetApp
Roger Yoder is currently Director of Competitive Intelligence, responsible for worldwide Intelligence activities at NetApp. His team identifies and drives key Intelligence Services, that improve NetApp’s competitive position and business results, working in partnership with the Field, Product teams, and Exec Staff.
Roger has been working in the Intelligence field for the past several years in Silicon Valley, focused on Security and Data Management markets. Prior to returning to the Bay area, he spent 20 years working overseas in the APAC region, in key country leadership roles, developing and executing successful Marketing and Sales Plans for some of the best known global IT brands.
Roger received his MBA from the University of Chicago, and his BA in Economics from Michigan State University. He also has a CIP1 Certification from the Academy of Competitive Intelligence.