Our Insightful & Visionary Speakers

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Keynote Speakers From Our Previous Manufacturing Leadership Summit

Stephen Engel

Stephen Engel

Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions Leader, Americas, Hitachi Consulting

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council

As Senior Vice President for Hitachi Consulting Strategic Solutions Business Development, North America, Stephen Engel is a strategic and creative thought leader.

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Engel masterfully leads a team of senior-level consultants and industry experts from a wide array of industries including industrial manufacturing, distribution, energy, CPG, private equity, and healthcare – to deliver digital transformation capabilities to clients with operations around the world.

Under Engel’s skilled leadership, his team helps clients improve the bottom line while reducing costs and turnaround times. Engel steers companies from midsize enterprises to multibillion dollar organizations on their journey to digital success by helping to reenergize their businesses to be more competitive and profitable.

Working with Hitachi Consulting since 2002, Engel brings more than 20 years of experience guiding some of the most successful companies in the world. With a focus on strong, long-term relationships, Engel has a unique skill for building personal connection and rallying teams to achieve higher level success. Engel and his team are recognized for their digital knowledge and experience by trade associations and the media, and are sought after to share their expertise in industry journals and at conferences.
Prior to joining Hitachi Consulting, Engel was a Partner with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting (AABC) and held several positions in the Commercial Aerospace Industry.

Caralynn Nowinski Collens

Caralynn Nowinski Collens

Chief Executive Officer, UI Labs

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council

Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., serves as the Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS, a first-of-its-kind innovation accelerator designed to transform entire industries through collaboration.

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UI LABS solves large-scale challenges by bringing University + Industry together with startups and government to accelerate the deployment of emerging digital technologies, currently focused on digital manufacturing and smart infrastructure. Drawing from her past experiences as an entrepreneur, researcher, and venture capitalist, Caralynn offers a unique perspective to UI LABS’ efforts to foster innovation, encourage collaboration, and drive economic growth.
Brynn Watson

Brynn Watson

Vice President, Future Enterprise Program, Corporate Engineering and Program Operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Brynn Watson is Vice President for the Future Enterprise Program for Lockheed Martin. In this capacity, she is responsible for the corporation’stransformational operations strategy leveraging emerging, digitally-enabled capabilities to best serve our customers and stakeholders.

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She previously held a variety of increasingly responsible executive positions with the Corporation, including Vice President of Navigation Systems Operations and deputy for the Global Positioning System (GPS) III program for Lockheed Martin Space.  GPS III is the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation program improving position, navigation, and timing services to all users.

During her Lockheed Martin career, she was Vice President of Space & Missile Systems leading the work of more than 5,300 engineers and was responsible for personnel management and development, engineering and technology strategy, engineering processes, tools and training, and product technical validation.Prior to that assignment,she served asDirector of Software Engineering responsible for the execution and strategic direction over 1,200 software engineers; leading a strategic initiative focused on maximizing digital integration and end-to-end system modeling.Formerly, Ms. Watson was Director of Engineering, Collaboration, and Operations for Corporate Engineering and Technology, and deputy to the Vice President of Engineering

Ms. Watson began her aerospace career as an engineer at Aerojet Electronic Systems in Azusa, California.where she held positions in a variety of systems and software engineering areas including design, analysis, development, integration and test.

Ms. Watson has served on the YWCA of Silicon Valley Board of Directors and currently is a member of Women in Aerospace; the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and the Lockheed Martin Women’s Impact Network.

She has been recognized for her leadership by receiving the 2013 Lockheed Martin Space NOVA Full Spectrum Leadership Award; the 2012 Tribute to Women Honor by the YWCA of Silicon Valley; and the2008 Lockheed Martin Space Ed Taft Diversity Leadership Award. In 2015, Ms. Watson’s “A Look Inside Lockheed Martin’s Space-Age Operationswas published by the Harvard Business Review.

Ms. Watsonearned her Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics Summa Cum Laude from Augsburg College and her Master of Science in applied mathematics from the University of California at Riverside.

Ms. Watson, her husband, and their daughter reside in Englewood, Colorado.

Speakers From Our Previous Manufacturing Leadership Summit

Michele D'Alessandro

Michele D'Alessandro

Vice President and CIO, Manufacturing IT, Merck & Co., Inc.

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Michele is currently Vice President and CIO for Manufacturing IT at Merck & Co., Inc.

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In this role, she provides strategic leadership, oversight and delivery of information technology and digital solutions for the Merck Manufacturing Division. This includes Small Molecule, Vaccines, Sterile/Therapeutic Proteins, and Biologics lines of business, as well as the enabling functions of Supply Chain, External Manufacturing, Global Science, Technology & Commercialization, and Global Quality.
Michele holds a Bachelors’ double major degree in Math and Computer Science from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in Information Sciences from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

Michele also serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for Enigma.io and the Big Data Advisory Board for Rutgers University.

As the global leader of manufacturing IT, Michele heads an IT organization of 300+ and controls $350M spend with a seat at the executive table. Michele has worked extensively with her business partners on an “outcomes focused” strategy. This includes transforming Merck’s Manufacturing Division into a top global supply chain organization. Some of her key achievements include Designing/delivering an analytics vision for the enterprise, with a modern approach to data and information; Leading the supply chain transformation program with a Global SAP implementation of the largest single instance in the industry tied all the way to shop floor and out to distributors/wholesalers/providers; and Driving a strategic blueprint for modernization of manufacturing plants reversing the aged asset base while simultaneously enabling advanced digital capability and enhanced cyber resiliency and information security. Michele and her team have been nationally recognized for the past 3 years.

In Nov 2017, Michele was awarded a Gold Stevie® Award for Women in Business in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Transformation category.

Dr. Dean Bartles

Dr. Dean Bartles

Director, John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center, University of New Hampshire, Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Bio is forthcoming.

David R. Brousell

David R. Brousell

Co-Founder, Manufacturing Leadership Council

David R. Brousell is Co-Founder of the Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), a unit of Frost & Sullivan, which he co-founded in 2008.

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He oversees all content for MLC’s website, the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, the Manufacturing Leadership Journal, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and the ML Awards program. In his nearly four-decade career, Brousell has served in numerous leadership positions in companies large and small. In the early 1990s, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Datamation Magazine, which was the standard of excellence in the IT magazine field for many years. In the mid to late 1990s, he served as Vice President and Editorial Director at Sentry Publishing Co., in charge of that firm’s Software Magazine, Client-Server Computing Magazine and Sentry Market Research publications. In 1997, he became Vice President of Strategy at Softbank Comdex, the organizer of the huge Comdex technology trade show and conference. In 1998, Brousell was named Editor-in-Chief of Managing Automation Magazine, part of Thomas Publishing Co. of New York. He later became Vice President & Editorial Director of Managing Automation Media, where he co-founded the Manufacturing Leadership Council in 2008.

David Crouch

David Crouch

Director of Research and Development, Caterpillar Solutions

Since 1979, David Crouch has served as a human resource and organizational development professional helping teams and organizations of all types build and sustain safety and operational excellence. His passion for excellence and values-driven approach enable him to relate to most anyone in any environment pursuing excellence as their chief aim.

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David has served Caterpillar Safety Services as a senior consultant and regional consultant manager for North America. He now serves as Director of Research & Development for the team, responsible for helping CSS remain the global leader in safety culture management, developing new products and methodologies, and ensuring safety consultants have the capability to deliver excellence in the field.

David earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. He’s been a featured speaker at national conferences since 1994, has been published many times, and is the author of a book on excellence entitled “The Excellent Experience”. David has served professionally in many environments including hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, utilities, mining and energy.

Areas of expertise:
• Building excellence, cultural transformation, core ideology development, change management, leadership development, performance management, team building, strategic planning, project management, presentation/platform speaking skills, goal setting, trust building, creating accountability, crucial communications, training/facilitation, employee engagement, customer engagement, meeting management, employee on-boarding, writing.

Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Information Technology and Chief Academic Technology Officer, UCLA

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Jim co-founded the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) that was recently selected to lead DOE’s Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), the 9th Manufacturing USA

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Institute and the 3rd DOE institute to be awarded. Jim has led the Institute’s business and technology approach and roadmap. As CIO Advisor he is leading the Institute’s cyber physical system architecture and cyber security development.

Jim has past work experience with Amoco Chemicals and is currently on the Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Leadership Council and the Leadership Council for Mforesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight. Jim has led the Mforesight report on Cybersecurity for Manufacturers.

At UCLA, Jim is Vice Provost IT and CATO with accountability for university-wide planning and strategic investment in research and educational technologies, mobility applications, privacy/security and internal and external community partnerships. Jim oversees UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE). Jim is also on UCLA’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering where he has done research and consulted extensively on AI, machine learning, intelligent systems, monitoring/control, and data/modeling systems across diverse industries including chemicals, refining, paper, packaging, metals and glass.

Daniel Dwight

Daniel Dwight

President & Chief Executive Officer, Cooley Group

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council

What inspires you?
Building and innovating collaboratively

Dan Dwight is the President, CEO and Director of the Cooley Group.

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Since his appointment in 2011, Dan successfully repositioned the 90-year old company around three pillars of Sustainable Growth (Economic Prosperity, Environmental Stewardship and Social Responsibility) while improving the health, well-being, engagement and ultimately the capacity for innovation of the entire Cooley Team. Under Dan’s leadership, Cooley has sustained revenue and profitability growth for six consecutive years. During this time, Cooley generated over 40% of its revenue from new products, won PBN Awards including “Healthiest Employer of Rhode Island” and “Product Innovation & Design,” and cultivated collaborative partnerships such that over 70% of Cooley’s revenue is managed under long-term customer supply agreements.

Dan has extensive executive global leadership experience in business development, manufacturing and operations, technology commercialization and private equity investing in a diversity of businesses from industrial motors to renewable energy. Dan specializes in interrupting toxic, unproductive work environments by redesigning workflows, developing collaborative teams and streamlining the business to increase shareholder value and customer profitability.

Prior to Cooley Group, Dan was a Partner and Cleantech & Renewable Energy Segment Leader for Tatum, the President and CEO of Kronos Advanced Technologies, and a 17-year executive with GE in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Dan is also a Director of Family Service of Rhode Island and Kenney Manufacturing. He holds a BS from The University of Vermont and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Finally (and most importantly!) Dan is a husband and father of two daughters who grew up in Hong Kong during his time at GE. When he’s not working on Cooley’s sustainable growth model, Dan is traveling with his family or reading historical non-fiction particularly The Last Crusaders by Barnaby Rogerson.

Alex Goryachev

Alex Goryachev

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Innovation Group, Cisco Systems

Alex Goryachev is an entrepreneurial go-getter. He takes risks, thinks ahead, and loves making way for new innovations. Over the past 20 years, he’s made it his business to turn disruptive concepts into emerging business models.

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For him, it’s all about a passion to create a strategy and then drive it home to “get things done.” And as Cisco’s senior director of Innovation Strategy and Programs, he has plenty of opportunities to put this passion to the test.
He sparks internal innovation by providing employees at all levels the chance to share their big ideas, many of which make their way into the company’s innovation engine. Alex also carries the torch for co-innovation across Cisco’s ecosystem.

He’s especially excited about Cisco’s Innovation Centers, which can be found in major cities around the world. Led by Alex, these hubs bring together customers, partners, startups, accelerators, governments, research communities, and universities in a lab setting. Their goal is to discover, develop, and implement game-changing, outcome-based solutions.

He also heads up the Cisco Innovation Grand Challenges. These polished events help creative thinkers bring their technology ideas to life. And then there’s the Cisco Technology Radar, the company’s engine for identifying emerging technology transitions. He was the “Emerging Stars” gold recipient of Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Human Capital Management Excellence Awards Program, and his organization won golds for “Employee Engagement” and “Innovation Talent Management” programs.

Alex began his Cisco journey in 2004 with a singular focus: Innovation. He defined and operationalized several high-profile Cisco initiatives, including the company’s Country Transformation plan for Cisco in emerging markets. He also held senior roles in Development, Marketing, Finance, and Channels, providing him a 360 view of how a great company ticks.

Prior to Cisco, Alex was a successful consultant with extended assignments at Napster, Liquid Audio, IBM Global Services, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Vicki Holt

Vicki Holt

President & Chief Executive Officer, Proto Labs, Inc,

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Session: An SMB’s M4.0 Cultural Transformation

What inspires you?
Employees
Teamwork
Innovation
Family
Friends

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Vicki Holt has been President and Chief Executive Officer at Protolabs since February 2014. Prior to joining us, Holt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartech Corporation, a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products, from September 2010 until Spartech was purchased by PolyOne Corporation in March 2013. Prior to Spartech, Holt worked at PPG Industries, a leading coatings and specialty products company, serving as Senior Vice President, Glass and Fiber Glass, from May 2005 until September 2010. Holt is also is a member of the board of directors of Waste Management, Inc.

Holt’s leadership, strategic planning, operational and international experience provide valuable insights to our board of directors. As CEO, she also is responsible for determining our strategy, articulating priorities, and managing continued growth.

Praveen Jonnala

Praveen Jonnala

Global Vice President,IT Global Busniness Solutions, Commscope

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council

In his current role as Vice President, Global Business Solutions at CommScope, he is responsible for leading strategy and development of global business solutions to drive business transformation and operational efficiencies.

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Praveen demonstrated unique leadership abilities by leading few multibillion acquisitions, a complex initiative that involved extensive transformational change management—before, during and after the acquisition. Praveen continuous innovator and championed new technologies introduction to an old-line manufacturing company, including mobile development, artificial intelligence and machine learning – all current buzzwords now, but he spearheaded and drove his team to implement it years before it became mainstream. Praveen led Simply CommScope, an initiative to combine diverse business processes brought over from acquired companies into one best-of-breed processes resulting in better experience for the customer and efficiencies producing significant bottom-line results to CommScope.

Praveen joined CommScope 10 years ago as a Director, Shared Services and held many positions of increasing responsibilities such as VP, Business Intelligence and Productivity Solutions, and VP, Global Business Solutions Development. Prior to his current role, he served in various leadership roles in product development, software development and manufacturing operations with Ford Motor Company and Sun Microsystems. Praveen received Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Osmania University, India and completed executive leadership program from UNC Chapel Hill, NC.

Ryan Lanham

Ryan Lanham

IT Manager, Dynomax

Session: SMB Perspectives on Manufacturing 4.0
What inspires you?

1. Impacting Aerospace supply chain and manufacturing in North America
2. Enabling productivity via leveraging technology
3. Educating and facilitating startups for young entrepreneurs

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Ryan Lanham is the IT Manager for Dynomax, Inc., a rapidly growing Aerospace company. In his role, he is responsible for deployment, operations and optimizing the IT infrastructure for the growing needs of the company. While he is responsible for understanding the business requirements and translating that into a robust and redundant infrastructure, Ryan applies a mix of technical experience and infrastructure skills to deliver an optimized and more streamlined solution that achieves best practice and drives operational efficiencies across all facilities.

On a day to day basis, Ryan ensures that consistent communication takes place at all levels, informing of progress, problems and solutions while providing guidance to staff and executives for opportunities regarding new technology and efficiency improvements. During is 10-year tenure at Dynomax, he has grown into a visionary and leader for smart manufacturing technologies. Under his leadership in IT, the company has achieved productivity gains of up to 20% in only three months. Under his IT leadership in Industrial IoT implementation, Dynomax is positioned for growth and bottom line results.

Larry Lapide

Larry Lapide

Research Affiliate, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Dr. Lapide has over 30 years of experience in industry, consulting, business research, and academia. Most recently he was the Director of Demand Management at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL). He also managed the launch of MIT’s Supply Chain 2020 Project and is responsible for the Strategy Alignment Workshop, one of three interactive executive education workshops created by the Center.

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Dr. Lapide is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Business Forecasting & Planning Award bestowed by the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning in 2012. In 2001, Dr. Lapide was recognized by Supply Chain Technology News magazine as one of four top thought leaders in supply chain; and in 2006, he was featured in Supply Chain Management Review’s “Profiles in Leadership” column. Prior to CTL, Dr. Lapide worked at AMR Research (now Gartner)  serving variously as VP and Service Director for Supply Chain Strategies, VP of Research Operations for Business Applications, and GM for Benchmarking Services.

Dr. Lapide is widely published and invited speaker about Supply Chain Management with over 130 professional presentations and over 185 trade publications. Dr Lapide has written an ongoing “Insights” column in Supply Chain Management Review magazine since 2007, and written a quarterly column in the Journal of Business Forecasting since 1997. He co-authored a book, “e-Business: The Strategic Impact on Supply Chain and Logistics” in 2001 sponsored by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (previously named the CLM).

Previously to AMR, he was an associate partner with Accenture and worked at Data General and Arthur D. Little. He currently teaches part-time at the University of Massachusetts.  He holds a Ph.D. in operations research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a master’s in electrical engineering from MIT, and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union.

Jay Lee

Jay Lee

Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Ohio Eminent Scholar, and L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor, University of Cincinnati

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

What inspires you?
“Learn to learn”
Dr. Jay Lee is Ohio Eminent Scholar, L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor, and Univ. Distinguished Professor at the Univ. of Cincinnati and is founding director of National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

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(I/UCRC) on Intelligent Maintenance Systems (www.imscenter.net) as well as a newly established Industrial Artificial Intelligence (IAI) Center (www.iaicenter.com). Since its inception in 2001, IMS Center has been supported by over 100 global companies. IMS was selected as the most economically impactful I/UCRC in the NSF Economic Impact Study Report in 2012. He was selected to be one of the 30 Visionaries in Smart Manufacturing in U.S. by SME in Jan. 2016. In addition, he is co-Founder of a number of startups including Predictronics through NSF ICorp award in 2012. In addition, his Team has won the 1st Place PHM Data Challenges five time out of nine competitions since 2008.

Currently he serves as a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company, S&T advisor to Plastic Omnium of France, etc. He also serves on as member of Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Council of Frost Sullivan. In addition, he also serves as on the Leadership Council of MForesight, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI), etc.

Previously, he served as director for product development and manufacturing at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) as well as program directors for a number of programs at NSF. He also served on the NRC Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design (BMAED) during 1999-2005 as well as a number of NRC Study and Assessment Panels since 1999.

He has received a number of awards including Prognostics Innovation Award at NI Week by National Instruments in 2012 and NSF Alex Schwarzkopf Technological Innovation Prize and MFPT (Machinery Failure Prevention Technology Society) Jack Frarey Award in 2014, and PICMET Medal of Excellence in 2016.

Richard Sade

Richard Sade

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, S&S Hinge

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Mr. Sade joined S&S Hinge, a specialist manufacturer of continuous piano hinges in Illinois, in 2004 after three decades with Fortune 400 companies. He is an expert in Operations Management – Lean- Sales and Marketing of highly engineered industrial products.

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Mr. Sade has a BA in Industrial Management from Purdue University and is certified in production and inventory control management (CPIM). Along with Vice President / COO Duties he serves on many industry bodies including the Tooling & Manufacturing Association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Precision Metal Forming Association for the past 10 years and is Chicago district Chairman. Sade has been a member of the Managing Executive Leadership Board of Governors for the past 12 years.

Evan Sinar

Evan Sinar

Chief Scientist and Vice President, Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research, DDI

Evan partners with client organizations to architect and execute analytics initiatives to demonstrate the impact of assessment and development programs on individual-level behavior change and organizational-level business objectives.

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Evan and his team evaluate talent management programs to gauge their impact and to forecast opportunities to better align with business strategy. In leading DDI’s research group, he produces contemporary, prescriptive, and highly-visual thought leadership about emerging talent trends and optimized people practices.

Evan serves as a thought leader on leadership diagnostics and growth, talent analytics, data visualization, and generational differences. Evan has been recognized as a top worldwide influencer on leading-edge topics such as HR Analytics, Data Visualization, Big Data, and Internet of Things. He has authored over 80 presentations and articles for major publications and professional conferences, and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Education and Credentials
– Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
– Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial & Organizational psychology, Bowling Green State University
– Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Journal of Personnel Assessment and Decisions

Recent Projects
– Executing the Global Leadership Forecast 2018, a major bi-annual trend research study providing deep and actionable insights on how organizations can use targeted data to optimize their management of leadership talent in alignment with strategic priorities.
– Authoring DDI’s High-Resolution Leadership, a collection of findings that reflect how leadership shapes today’s business landscape, providing insight on topics ranging from how leaders impact financial growth to economic turnaround to their skyrocketing rise to the top.
– Leading DDI’s Talent Analytics practice, a cross-functional team defining and guiding the implementation of best practice analytics methodologies for DDI clients.
– Authoring thought leadership exemplifying key areas of DDI practice, through research such as Diverging Views/Common Ground, The Value of Assessment and Leaders in Transition, through DDI Talent Management Intelligence posts, and extensive knowledge-sharing on social media channels including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium

Dr. Detlef Zuehlke

Dr. Detlef Zuehlke

Chairman, SmartFactoryKL Technology Initiative & Scientific Director, Innovative Factory Systems German Research Center, Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Received the MSc and PhD degrees from RWTH Aachen. After his PhD he joined Lufthansa German Airlines where he was responsible for the aircraft maintenance division as a general manager.

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Since 1991 he is Professor for industrial automation at the University of Kaiserslautern. In 2008 he was appointed director of the innovative factory systems department at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI in Kaiserslautern.

Furthermore, he is the founder and since 2005 chairman of the executive board of the smartfactoryKL – an industry driven research and demonstration center for smart factory technologies which is recognized as the birthplace of the Industrie 4.0 paradigm.

He is consulting many companies and organizations and has given numerous invited keynotes on national and international events. His research has been recognized by the Borchers medal of honor, the medal of honor of the German Society of Engineers and the IFAC outstanding service award. He is a guest professor at the Univ. of Cincinnati and was awarded the honorate doctor degree from Sibiu University Romania. Dr. Zuehlke has published over 200 journal and conference papers, 4 books, and numerous other technical publications. He is an affiliated member of IFAC where he was active in the technical board for a long time.