Director, Leadership and Executive Development, Schneider Electric
Patrick Casseday has over 20 years of experience in corporate education, training, and leadership development, working for companies that range from Internet startups to Fortune 500 corporations including MCI, Sun Microsystems, and Schneider Electric.
His experience with these companies includes delivery, development, talent management, assessments and leadership development. Patrick has been with Schneider Electric for 11 years including leading content development for North America and the evolution to a consulting culture. Currently, Patrick is responsible for Leadership and Executive Development globally at Schneider Electric.
Patrick has just returned from a 3 year assignment in Paris and is now based in Raleigh. Married and the father of twin 13 year olds, he is an avid sports fan and former enthusiastic if rather un-talented football (soccer) player.
Vice President R&D, Planning, Operations & Strategy, SAS
Andy Diggelmann, with SAS since 1994, has extensive experience with SAS' full range of technology and solutions. After driving growth in SAS' Swiss subsidiary, Diggelmann joined SAS Headquarters in Cary, NC where he was responsible for product management and strategy for SAS' entire portfolio. Moving from Marketing towards R&D, he lead development and support of all of SAS' analytical products and solutions tightly aligned with customer needs and market demand. Today Andy Diggelmann is responsible for SAS' global R&D operations and manages SAS' full product roadmap with its associated project portfolio.
Before joining SAS, he worked as a consultant, designing and implementing decision support solutions and data warehousing systems for government entities, as well as for the financial and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to this, Diggelmann used analytical tools and expertise to conduct academic research in such areas as computational linguistics mass communication, social psychology and history.Special interest areas:
- Interaction between humans and technology
- Innovation management
- Leadership across diverse cultures
- Scaling business in global markets
- Selection committee WEF Technology Pioneers
Executive Director, Head, Emerging Markets Sales, Quintiles
Denise Donato leads sales strategy and business development activities across the Emerging Markets of Latin America, EE/MENA and Sub-Sahran Africa. She is a seasoned professional with deep rooted knowledge and skills driving Commercial and Clinical Research sales strategy.
Prior to her role at Quintiles, she held a variety of sales and sales executive roles at Avantec, Medical Broadcasting Company, and Merck Sharp & Dohme. She has received numerous awards, including the Chairman's Award and Presidential Award, and serves in multiple industry leadership roles, including the Healthcare Business Women's Association.
Denise received her BS in Business Administration at Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd, PA and has completed MBA coursework at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA.
Executive Director, North Carolina Center for Global Logistics
Charles Edwards became the Executive Director of the North Carolina Center for Global Logistics in July 2012. The Center is dedicated to the development of an integrated logistics education program that encompasses high school, community college and universities throughout the State of North Carolina, and provides instruction, outreach and logistics-focused consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses.
Edwards has been engaged in the commercial aviation and logistics industry since 1970. He has held senior management positions with the North Carolina-based airline that started United Parcel Service Airlines, managed a commercial airport and has been a senior advisor to public and private aviation and logistics projects in the United States, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates. He is Chairman of Dubai-based Freight Reach Services, LLC which provides freight forwarding services in the UAE and East African countries.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, a M.Sc. from the University of Reading (U.K.), and an MBA from the Darden Graduate Business School of the University of Virginia. He served on the faculty of the Darden School and has been a guest lecturer at North Carolina State University and the University of New Mexico.
Mr. Edwards is an Industry Fellow of the Center Logistics and Digital Strategy at the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Project Executive, Product Environmental Compliance and Supply Chain Social Responsibility, IBM
Lou is a project executive in IBM's Integrated Supply Chain organization and manages Product Environmental Compliance and Supply Chain Social Responsibility. He also has oversight for the development and implementation of:
- Supply Chain Social Responsibility
- Product Environmental Compliance
- Supplier Risk Management Tools and Processes, and
- Business Continuity Planning
In May 2011, IBM received the Institute of Supply Management's R. Gene Richter Supply Chain Excellence Award for Sustainability. In October 2011, IBM's Total Risk Assessment Tool was recognized by an Innovation Finalist Award presented by the Council of Supply Chain Management and Professionals. In 2012, Global Supply's Total Risk Assessment Tool was recognized by an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. Two patents have been granted in support of this work.
Lou is IBM's project executive responsible for developing and driving these global and strategic programs across IBM's ISC as well as externally across their global supply base. Lou completed a two year international assignment in Singapore, where he was director of Asia Pacific Production Procurement and World-wide Outsourced Supply Chain Operations. While in Singapore, Lou played a major role in IBM's divestiture of IBM's personal computer division to Lenovo.
Lou is a graduate of The City University of New York with a BS in Engineering Science.
Vice President & General Manager, Process Systems & Solutions, Emerson Process Management
Ronald Martin is the Vice President & General Manager for Emerson's Process Systems & Solutions business based in Round Rock, Texas. In this capacity, he has global leadership responsibility for the Reliability and Lifecycle Solutions business Units with annual revenues in excess of $500M. Process Systems and Solutions is a $1.6 billion USD division of Emerson ($25 billion USD) and is a leader in industrial automation and control.
Martin joined Emerson in 1993 and has held a number of global leadership roles. In June 2004 Martin relocated to Singapore and was promoted to Director, Asia Pacific Sales, Marketing, & Service for Emerson's Control Valve business. He served in this capacity until December 2006 when he was promoted to Vice President, Asia Pacific for the Process Systems & Solutions Business Unit. He served in this capacity until September 2011.
Martin received his bachelor's degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1990. He received his MBA from the University of North Carolina OneMBA program in 2004, where he has served on the International Board of Advisors and was awarded the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Alumni Merit Award in 2009.
Marketing Director, The Hershey Company
Kristen Riggs is a 2005 graduate of University of North Carolina's Kenan Flagler business school and is working at The Hershey Company. Kristen has worked for The Hershey Company holding a variety of positions in the marketing department, including her most recent role as Global Brand Director for Hershey's Sweets and Refreshment business. Kristen currently resides in Bentonville, Arkansas where she is working for Hershey as Sam's Club Team Lead.
Director, Masters of Global Innovation Management Program, North Carolina State University
Leigh Shamblin is an accomplished international development professional, educator, and former USAID foreign-service officer with 20+ years of global leadership experience in education, international development, business performance, technology, and healthcare. Dr. Shamblin's achievements include providing a master's level business education for business and economics teachers in partnership with more than 300 universities throughout Central Asia, training over 4,000 small business owners and employees in business management and improvement in Kazakhstan, and helping Macedonia become the first wireless country in the world. She has served as Executive Director for the MBA Enterprise Corps at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Dean of the MBA program at the University of International Business in Almaty, Kazakhstan; Director of the Health and Education Offices for USAID in Macedonia and Jamaica; and, most recently, as Sr. Program Manager in charge of US support for Kenya programs for IntraHealth International in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is currently the Director of the Master of Global Innovation Management program at NC State. Dr. Shamblin has a doctorate in adult education from NC State, a master's in business administration from UNC, and a passion for innovation and empowerment.
Vice President Global Supply Chain, Becton, Dickinson and Company
Larry Smith is a Supply Chain and Operations Executive with over 30 years experience in Clinical Diagnostics and Medical Device companies. Currently, he is Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Becton Dickinson and Company (BD), a $7.9 billion medical device, biosciences and diagnostics company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, NJ.
Prior to joining BD in 2001, Larry was Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management for Dade Behring, a $1.5 billion clinical diagnostics company. Prior to joining Dade Behring, Larry held many assignments of increasing responsibility during an 18 year career at DuPont.
Larry has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He has won numerous honors. At BD, Larry's team won the top level Becton Quality Award for the transformation of the USA Distribution Network to a "best in class" operation. In 2008 and again in 2010 BD was awarded the Aberdeen Group's Supply Chain Achievement Award for overall Supply Chain Management Performance Excellence. In 2011 and 2012 BD was ranked #3 on Gartner's top 25 Healthcare Supply Chain list.
Larry serves on the Supply Chain Advisory Councils at Penn State and Rutgers Universities and on Rider University's College of Business Administration Executive Advisory Board.
Managing Director, Century Bridge Capital
Mr. Tucker is a Managing Director of Century Bridge Capital, a Beijing and Dallas based private equity firm focused on investments in China's real estate sector.
Before Century Bridge's formation in 2006, Mr. Tucker was a Vice President with The Halifax Group, a Washington, D.C. based private equity firm. Earlier in his career he served as a Professional Staff Member in the U.S. House of Representative, in addition to working for New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Mr. Tucker serves on the Board of Visitors and the International Board of Advisors of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he also oversees a charitable endowment and was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2001. He is also the former Chairman of the school's Alumni Council and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Kenan Institute Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Mr. Tucker earned a BBA degree in Finance in 1994 from Southern Methodist University and an MBA in 2000 from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, Eastman Chemical
Damon C. Warmack has served as Vice Presdient of Corporate Development & Strategy for Eastman Chemical Company since April 2009. Prior to this appointment, he was Vice President and General Manager, Performance Chemicals and Intermediates business, and Vice President and General Manager for Eastman Chemical Company's Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers, and Inks businesses.
Warmack is a native of Tampa, Florida. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in chemical engineering. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2007.
Warmack joined Eastman Chemical Company in 1980, working in a series of sales and product management positions of increasing responsibility before relocating to Asia in 1990. Between 1990 and 2003, he worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore with a range of assignments including establishing Eastman's commercial presence in China, joint venture development and management, and serving as Vice President/Managing Director of Asia Pacific from 2001 to mid 2003.
Warmack returned to Eastman Chemical Company's headquarters in Kingsport, TN, in mid 2003 as Vice President and General Manager, Resins, Inks and Monomers business while retaining responsibility for Eastman's Asia Pacific Region.