George joined Cradlepoint as CEO in 2011 and built the team that for the past seven years has delivered over 30% compound annual growth and propelled Cradlepoint to be the global leader in cloud-delivered WWAN solutions for LTE/4G enabled branch, mobile, and IoT networks. More than 20,000 enterprise and government organizations around the world â€” including 75 percent of the world's top retailers, 50 percent of the Fortune 100 and 25 of the largest U.S. cities â€” rely on Cradlepoint to keep critical branches, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices always connected and protected. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, George was a Senior Vice President and Global Business Unit Manager for the Hewlett Packard Company. In between his employment with HP and Cradlepoint, George was a general partner with Highway 12 Ventures, a Boise-based venture capital fund that served as a catalyst for entrepreneurs and startups to help drive economic growth in the Northwest region. George holds both a BS, and MBA, Business Administration from San Jose University.
VP, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Cisco
Maciej Kranz brings 30 years of networking industry experience to his position as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. In this role, Mr. Kranz leads a team focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and startups through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Kranz was General Manager of Cisco's Connected Industries Group, a business unit focused on technology solutions for the Internet of Things. He built a $250M business from the ground up in 18 months and relentlessly evangelized the IoT opportunity across Cisco and the market, making IoT one of Cisco's major priorities. Previously, Mr. Kranz led efforts across Cisco to define, prioritize, and deliver Borderless Network Architecture and roadmaps. He also drove business and product strategy for the wireless and mobility business and led product management for the stackable Ethernet switching business unit through its expansion from $400M to $6B in revenues. Before joining Cisco in 1999, Mr. Kranz held senior management positions at 3Com Corporation, where he drove a $1B Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) product line. He began his professional career at IBM Corporation.Maciej Kranz holds a master's in business administration degree from Texas Christian University.
Program Manager MRO 4.0, Lufthansa Technik
Gerrit Rexhausen is the Program Manager of Corporate Innovation at Lufthansa Technik. He started at the company in 2003 in the engine overhaul shop. His work covers IoT/ Industry 4.0, automation projects, and he is responsible for the project portfolio MRO 4.0 (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul). He is based and born in Hamburg, Germany and graduated from the University of Hamburg with a diploma in process engineering.
President & CEO, AKnowledge Partners
An award-winning thought leader in the security, Internet of Things, mobile and software sectors, Homaira founded AKnowledge Partners in 2012 with the goal of providing C-level executives, companies and private equity firms with unique and proprietary investment theses, and building and implementing adaptive growth or investment strategies.Drawing on an international track-record that includes nine years working in Paris, London, Beijing and Cape-Town for global organizations, Homaira brings extensive leadership experience, entrepreneurial drive, operational skills and deep domain knowledge to create customized solutions for the unique needs of each client.Homaira serves on the Boards of Directors of three publicly-traded companies: Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (GTO: EN Paris), Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS) and is Chairman of the Board of Dauria Aerospace (privately held).Additionally, Homaira serves as the Chair of Johns Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council and on the Advisory Board of Mobiquity Inc., one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile sector and a leader in mobile interactive design and implementation.Homaira has held senior executive roles in Fortune 500 companies including: Microsoft, Thales, SA, and TruePosition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Under her leadership, SkyBitz had record performance and was successfully sold to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS) in 2012.Homaira holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. She is the author of numerous scientific and industry articles, two patent-pending inventions, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences
Senior Vice President, New Commerce Partnerships and Commercialization, Mastercard
Stephane is the SVP for New Commerce Partnerships at Mastercard, based in New York. In his role, Stephane and his team are responsible for leading Mastercard's efforts to commercialize new commerce opportunities covering the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality. This includes identifying key needs in this space that Mastercard can solve for, as well as developing relationships with leading players across specific IoT verticals including connected car, smart home, connected office, and the future of retail. Previously, Stephane founded and led Mastercard's global startup engagement group, known as Mastercard Start Path, working with over 120 early stage companies across the commerce space through a combination of operational partnership, strategic investment, and commercial access.