Our Insightful & Visionary Speakers

For information on becoming and/or nominating a speaker, please contact Thomas Jay Taber at 212-402-1816, or email him at  Thomas.Taber@frost.com

Keynote Speakers

Alex Goryachev

Alex Goryachev

Senior Director, Innovation Strategy and Programs, Cisco

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.

Don McGuire

Don McGuire

Vice President of Global Product Marketing Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Don McGuire is currently the vice president of global product marketing for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He is responsible for leading all global product marketing strategy, planning and execution across QTI’s businesses including mobile, IoT, voice and music, connectivity and automotive.

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McGuire has helped redefine Qualcomm’s strategic approach to product marketing for nearly 3 years.  His oversight and strong marketing expertise have led to innovative marketing campaigns and collaborative partnerships that have brought the most cutting-edge products to market, including the latest in 5G technologies.

Prior to Qualcomm, McGuire was the global product marketing lead for Intel’s Client Computing business. He has served in several additional leadership positions prior to his current role and has over 22 years’ marketing and sales experience.

Previously, he was a founding member of a marketing strategy consulting firm with a client roster that included Intel, NBC Universal, Dell, Motorola, Cricket and many others.  McGuire lead the firm’s technology engagement practice. Before that, McGuire was the chief marketing officer of Amp’d Mobile, the vice president of global marketing for Kyocera, the vice president of sales and marketing for Leap Wireless and the vice president and general manager for Sprint PCS. McGuire began his career as a sales and marketing executive at McCaw Cellular Communications.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University in business administration and has attended an executive master’s program at Stanford University’s Schwab School of Business.

Jami Schwartz

Jami Schwartz

Head of Marketing, Airbnb for Work

Bio is forthcoming.

Speakers

Mark Becker

Mark Becker

Senior Marketing Technology Manager, Ingersoll Rand

Bio is forthcoming.

Juntae DeLane

Juntae DeLane

Senior Digital Brand Manager, University of Southern California, Founder, Digital Branding Institute

Juntae is the founder of the Digital Branding Institute, Chief Strategist of DIGITAL DELANE, and Sr. Digital Brand Manager for the University of Southern California. Juntae has worked with many brands across various industries such as Coca-Cola, Sony, Verizon, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures and many others.

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He is noted as a Top Social Media Influencer in several publications and has spoken around the country advancing the practice of digital branding. Juntae has delivered talks for events and organizations including Social Media Week, Content Marketing World, Social Fresh, Social Media Marketing World, and Digital Summit, to name a few.

Rhonda Dirvin

Rhonda Dirvin

Senior Director, Automotive and IoT Marketing & Ecosystems, ARM

Rhonda is currently Arm’s marketing and ecosystems Senior Director for IoT/Embedded and Automotive business. She’s an experienced electronics-industry veteran, who began her career with Motorola Semiconductor, where she worked for 17 years.  She started in the nascent data communications business where she took on increasing responsibility as it grew into a multi-billion dollar business. 

She moved on to roles in sales, wireless marketing, and operations with P&L responsibility. She holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Magnus Felke

Magnus Felke

Senior Director Marketing, Pyxis Enterprise Solutions, BD

What inspires you?
Achievements that break new ground & anyone who makes a difference

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Magnus Felke, Sr. Director Marketing leads the $800M global Pyxis Patient Care Solutions business in BD’s Medication Management Solutions business unit. He joined BD in 2016 from the tech sector where he worked at Qualcomm, Kodak and HP. Over his 20-year career, he has successfully launched many pioneering products and marketing strategies. His passion is creating value for patients and providers by applying innovative technology solutions to today’s biggest healthcare challenges.

Originally from Germany, Magnus Felke relocated to San Diego in 2000. He has held progressive roles in all aspects of marketing from business strategy to product management, marketing campaigns and commercialization. He holds an MBA from the University of San Diego and an undergraduate degree in business and information sciences from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart, Germany.

When he is not working, Magnus Felke enjoys mountaineering, sailing, cycling and photography.

Rakhi Garg

Rakhi Garg

Senior Product Manager, BD

What inspires you?
Rakhi is driven by the vision to provide world class healthcare services to patients at affordable costs.

Rakhi Garg is a Senior Product Manager at Becton Dickinson. In her current role, she is leading the Refrigerated Medication Management product portfolio at BD.

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In her previous roles, Rakhi has worked for GE Healthcare’s Workforce Management. She has also worked with a digital health startup, Sense4Baby, which was acquired by Airstrip; and a venture fund investing in medical devices and healthcare technologies.

Rakhi is a physician from India and an MBA from Rady School of Management, UC San Diego.

Avnita Gulati

Avnita Gulati

Senior Director, Global Marketing Operations, Visa

Bio is forthcoming.

Adam Kahn

Adam Kahn

Senior Director, Marketing Operations & Demand, Frost & Sullivan

Adam Kahn serves as Senior Director, Marketing Operations and Demand at Frost Sullivan. He is an entrepreneurial and data driven marketing professional with 20+ years’ experience in marketing technology, strategy and execution. Adam has worked in the events industry since 1994 in both higher education and for-profit event organizers and has successfully launched events throughout the United States, Canada and India.

Rachel McClary, PhD

Rachel McClary, PhD

Chief Marketing Officer, Arcserve

Bio is forthcoming.

Pamela Della Motta

Pamela Della Motta

Director of Product Marketing Platforms, The New York Times

What inspires you?
Servant leadership in an ever evolving environment

Pamela Della Motta built her career in Marketing specifically in the area of Marketing Operations. She joined The New York Times in 2013 as a manager in Marketing Operations which presented to her the unique position to learn all about the technology ecosystem that supported marketing campaign execution, its complexities and its opportunities to modernize.

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Also in this role she took the initiative to intimately understand the critical part big data plays in the everyday operations of marketing. At a time when new marketing technology was being aggressively invested, Pamela identified an opportunity to rationalize the marketing technology stack by surfacing gaps and redundancies within the stack and shining a spotlight on the technology and data silos that existed.

She transitioned to a product management role where she manages a team of product managers focused on overseeing MarTech products. It is in this role that she discovered her team was in the unique position to bridge the cultural divide between the marketing and technology organizations and is working with colleagues in both marketing and technology towards enabling these two organizations to work even better together.

Karen Possemato

Karen Possemato

Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, Illumina

David Price

David Price

Senior Global Marketing Manager, Hydraforce

What inspires you?
Food, Travel, Challenge, Creativity

Dave Price is the Sr. Global Marketing Manager for the company HydraForce, a global leader in hydraulic controls solutions for the mobile equipment market.  If your machine claws, digs, spins or lifts, we have a control solution for it.

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I love marketing because it appeals to –and satisfies– both the analytical and the creative parts of my brain.   I have successfully implemented CRM, marketing automation platforms, channel marketing programs, as well as effective execution of search engine optimization, social media, crm and corporate communications strategies.

When I am not dealing with the Nightmare on Elm Street that is inhabiting a home with twin 3-year old’s, I enjoy food, travel, beer and whiskey!

Steve Riddell

Steve Riddell

Former Head of Customer Experience, Casper

Mr. Riddell is a dynamic and inspirational speaker, trainer, coach, manager and author with a reputation for excellence.

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He currently serves as the Head of Customer Experience at Casper, a premier disrupter and leader in the sleep category. He is the former Chief Sales Officer for Sprint, managing world-wide telesales and small business operations.

 

Mr. Riddell was key to growth with Blinds.com achieving double digit growth for 5 years and leading the way for an ultimate merger with The Home Depot, America’s largest home improvement company, in 2015.

As an entrepreneur and motivational speaker he is considered an expert in management, coaching, call centers, sales and customer service, teaching his methods to large groups of people internationally. He is regularly sought after as a keynote speaker and seminar leader at trade shows and conferences around the world. He has been training others in sales and management excellence for the past 25 years having served as a senior executive in a variety of large enterprises. He is the 2013, 2014 and 2015 recipient of the Stevie Awards – Senior Sales Executive of the Year which recognizes top professionals across a wide range of enterprises. In 2010 he was named one of the top 5 Call Center Leaders of the Year from IQPC and received the 2010 Call Center of the Year Award.

He is the author of the book….“SELLING GENIUS…Achieving Extraordinary Sales Results
With Ordinary People
“, which focuses on issues in management, motivation of a team, and compensations planning.

An MBA graduate from Abilene Christian University, Mr. Riddell has successfully managed startup call center organizations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Virginia, Zenith Data Systems, Compaq, American TeleDirect, Blinds.com, and Casper. He has dedicated himself to the art of improving performance, enhancing skill development and inspiring others to greater degrees of excellence.

Brittany Rothnem

Brittany Rothnem

Assistant Vice President, Marketing, LPL Financial

What inspires you?

The power of connections

Brittany is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing at LPL Financial, the largest independent broker-dealer in the nation.

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She and her team are responsible for leveraging the latest in digital marketing, media and sales enablement tools to support Business Development in recruiting new financial advisors.

Brittany joined LPL with 10 years of corporate and agency experience, working with companies “from the ground up”. Her marketing experience spans across multiple industries including healthcare & biotech, elective medical, nonprofit, executive recruiting, retail and real estate. She is particularly passionate about developing conscious businesses and social enterprises to catalyze sustainable change.

Brittany received her B.S. in Business with a dual-emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MBA from the University of San Diego.

 Jamie Short

Jamie Short

Vice President Marketing, Frost & Sullivan

Bio is forthcoming.

Arjan Singh

Arjan Singh

Lecturer, Strategy, University of California Irvine

Arjan Singh plans, designs and facilitates competitive war games / competitive & strategy simulation workshops – since 2013 he has led 97 war games / workshops globally.

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Arjan Singh has a unique 360-degree view on the world of strategy and competitive intelligence where he has educated many people in an academic setting, consulted to major companies around the world and worked industry side as a practitioner.

Arjan Singh has built and run CI departments in several industries. His CI teams have delivered over $1.7 billion in documented revenue impact.

Arjan Singh is a lecturer of Strategy at the University of California, Irvine where he teaches strategy and competitive intelligence to the MBA program.

T. (Soma) Somasundaram, Ph.D.

T. (Soma) Somasundaram, Ph.D.

University of San Diego, School of Business, Associate Professor of Marketing

What inspires you?
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Personalized Medicine

Dr. Somasundaram is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the University of San Diego School of Business where he has been for the past 31 years. He started his career in Hindustan Unilever Limited in Sales Management and Brand Management and continues to consult with clients in Consumer Packaged Goods, Molecular Diagnostics, Consumer Electronics and Heavy Engineering businesses.

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His core capabilities are to gather quantitative market research and communicate strategic options to C-suite leadership that have proven to yield powerful results. 

At the University of San Diego, Dr. Somasundaram’s research interests include cognitive processes that mediate consumer satisfaction judgments, the impact of product warranties on firm profitability and advertising strategies aimed at diverse audiences. His teaching includes Global Business Strategy, Marketing in High Technology Firms and the Business of Healthcare.

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