Phil Koretz

IoT Product Marketing Head, Microsoft

Phil focuses on IoT strategy and scale programs for Microsoft’s Partner Device Sales division, primarily within the healthcare and retail verticals. In this capacity, he develops partnerships aimed at bringing IoT solutions to market quickly, saving industry-leading companies development time and cost. He previously worked for Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise organization, on Developer Evangelism. Phil holds an MBA from INSEAD and resides in Seattle.



Rohini Kasturi

Vice President, Cloud Business Unit, Veritas Products Organization

In this role, Rohini is responsible for building the emerging product portfolio focused on Multi-Cloud Data and Information Management. He leads Veritas’ Product Management, Engineering, and overall execution related to cloud technology, which includes Veritas’ Information Map and Data Insights products.

Rohini joined Veritas from Avni Networks, where he was Founder and CEO. Avni’s Software Defined Cloud product was a hybrid cloud platform for securely deploying, scaling and migrating digital services (containers, virtual machines, and cloud-ready applications) using an analytics framework and a declarative policy engine. Avni was acquired by Veritas in December 2016 to accelerate Veritas’ cloud service management efforts and to provide Veritas customers the flexibility to manage and deploy Veritas solutions across multi-cloud environments.

Prior to Avni, Rohini held various leadership roles at Motorola, Cisco, and Juniper Networks. At Juniper, he led the Edge Software Business Unit portfolio in excess of $120M.

Rohini has 25+ patents in various technology areas and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering.



Jennifer Dukarski

Attorney, Emerging Technology IP and Media Litigation

Jennifer focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications; Specifically, autonomous vehicles, connected cars, smart devices and the Internet of Things.

With experience in intellectual property, media law and automotive contracting and regulatory frameworks, she lead clients in securing and protecting technology through transactions and litigation. Her clients include manufacturers, automotive companies and digital and traditional media with an emphasis on emerging technologies: design for privacy, social media, vehicle safety, infotainment, and connected and autonomous cars (V2V and V2I).

As a self-titled “recovering engineer,” she has been influenced by her high-level quality management and engineering positions with Tier 1 suppliers where she held multi-million dollar bottom line responsibility. She worked extensively on successful automotive product launches, managing vendors and manufacturing facilities. She has industry-based experience with field recalls and was a representative to the University of Michigan’s CIREN (Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network) and UMPIRE (University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education). Working as a design engineer, she received multiple Record of Invention Awards for contributions to patents and trade secrets. She is a Six Sigma Certified Master Black Belt.



Munish Khetrapal

Managing Director, Cisco Systems

Munish Khetrapal has 22 years of experience in the ICT industry and has diverse experience in GTM, Consulting and building Solutions for technology, services and software.

He is currently the Managing Director, for Solutions, S+CC working with Cisco Systems based out of San Jose. His responsibility involves building and managing technology based solutions that help to address opportunities in cities, enterprise workspaces and residential homes.

He has led transformational projects, joint ventures, PPP and driven key investments to develop new GTM capabilities for Cisco in industry solutions and cloud based offerings. He has been working with Cisco Systems since 1998 across leadership roles in Enterprise and Service Provider business.

Prior to joining Cisco he has worked in IBM Global Services and Digital Equipment Corporation in Services and Software organisations. Munish Khetrapal holds a MBA at University of Chicago (GSB now Booth School of Business).



Robert Pearlstein

Vice President, Corporate and International Business Development

Robert Pearlstein is vice president of corporate business and international development at SRI International. In this role, he cultivates opportunities with international commercial and government clients. He works to expand SRI’s presence globally by qualifying and building strategic partnerships and alliances. He also works with SRI’s business units to promote and develop new offerings internationally.

Pearlstein has more than 20 years of experience building and executing go-to-market strategies for start-ups and emerging domestic and international technology companies. He has extensive experience in international business development, the venture capital funding process, large account strategic sales, and contract negotiation. Prior to joining SRI, Pearlstein held senior management positions for a variety of venture companies in the Internet and communications domains, including Sylantro Systems Corporation, RingCentral, Inc., and MediaRing, Inc.

Pearlstein received his MBA from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, and his B.A. from Queens College, the City University of New York. In addition, he completed the AEA Executive Management Program at Stanford University, and received a professional certificate in Network Management and Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He speaks English, Japanese, and Spanish.



Rob Consoli

Chief Revenue Officer

Rob Consoli is responsible for Liaison’s overall revenue strategy which includes overseeing U.S. Sales and Global Marketing. Since joining the company in 2010, Rob has held various leadership roles in sales and marketing and has been instrumental in establishing Liaison as market leader. Prior to joining Liaison, Rob held key sales leadership roles at I.D. Systems, Visiprise (acquired by SAP), Jacada, Forte Software, and Programming Research. Rob has Master of Engineering Management degree from SMU and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University.



Zak Alvarez

Zak Alvarez helped launch TransUnion’s Insurance Strategy Team. He is primarily focused on developing pricing and sales strategy as well as leading TransUnion’s “special projects team” to develop research and thought leadership content with an emphasis on emerging data, technology and new economic models within Insurance.

Zak joined TransUnion in May 2014 in the Insurance Operations group. In January 2016, he helped kick-start the Strategy Team where he helps define and shape the overall insurance strategic direction. Prior to joining TransUnion Zak spent 8 years in PwC’s Advisory Group. He received a B.A. with honors in Economics from the University of Chicago.



Soumya Nair

MBA in marketing insights and design management with over 10 years experience transforming consumer and market data into meaningful and actionable strategic plans. Worked across product and service categories with a proven ability to effectively manage projects from pitch, planning, analysis to presentation.

Expertise: Market Structure, Consumer Segmentation, Brand Performance/Equity/Health Tracker, Nielsen Consumption, Nielsen POS data analysis, Concept Testing, Product Testing, Innovation Studies, Project Management, Qualitative - Focus groups, Ethnography, Strategic and Design Thinking.



M. Scott Ulnick

Scott Ulnick is Managing Principal of Ducker Worldwide, a research, growth consulting and transaction advisory firm. He joined the Detroit office of the Firm in 1990 following a career with Unisys Corporation where he held positions in marketing, product development and program management.

Mr. Ulnick routinely consults leading industry and investment Corporations and Private Equity Firms on strategic improvement, growth initiatives and buy side transactions. In this advisory role he participates in up to 100 projects a year, ranging from OEM to supplier to material issues, and covering functional topics from growth, commercial diligence, product development, marketing strategy and competitive analysis.

Industries of particular expertise include automotive, commercial vehicles, materials, materials forming, industrial products and business services.

He holds an BBA and MBA from Michigan State University.

Examples of the work he has led or co-led include:

  • Aluminum technology feasibility projects for automotive components and systems suppliers including BIW Closures, Structures, Crash Management Systems, Wheels, Chassis/Suspension/Driveline, and Powertrain
  • Automotive lightweighting projects covering several vehicle systems; BIW, Closures, Chassis, Suspension, Driveline, Powertrain, VMW, Sealing, Surfaces/Acoustics, NVH, BSR
  • A United States EPA project to determine feasibility and progress of OEMs meeting interim and 2025 emissions and fuel economy mandates
  • The North American Aluminum Association’s automotive components database from 1993 to present. A recent update was completed in September of 2014
  • The European Aluminum Associations automotive components database from 2001 to present
  • The Steel Market Development’s automotive components database from 2007 to present
  • The North American Aluminum Extruders Council automotive components database

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