.Speaker Group: Smart Manufacturing for Automotive 2023 Speakers

William Wappler

William Wappler, Surgere’s CEO, sets the company’s direction by helping determine and communicate its vision, long-term strategy, and mission. He has more than 20 years of experience directing and executing technology strategy and growth for global and Fortune 500 companies culminating with the presidency of a worldwide, leading software company in California. William has a… Read more »

Ernest Russell

Ernest brings over a decade of experience in Information Technology and Broadcast Engineering, supporting some of the largest media companies in the world including CNN, Turner, and Fox.  Ernest has always been passionate about learning and writing, earning a master’s degree in Networking and Telecom Management.  As a Technical Content Manager at EMQ, Ernest is… Read more »

Remus Pop

Remus is a recognized industry expert in Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation. With a long background in manufacturing that spans the automotive, aviation, and battery industries, Remus has held multiple roles helping companies design strategies, deploy, and scale Digital Factory projects across the globe. His experience includes leveraging technology to transform manufacturing systems for Industry… Read more »

Pugal Janakiraman

Pugal is Field CTO, Manufacturing, at Snowflake. Pugal drives solution vision for manufacturing by mapping technology components from Snowflake to build higher order solutions within manufacturing domain. Drives partner strategy for manufacturing and works with strategic C-Level audience of manufacturing customers as sponsor for key digital transformation initiative For the last two decades, he has… Read more »

Sarah Costello

Sarah Costello is a Manufacturing 4.0 Engineer at General Motors. In this role, she leads multiple projects focused on Real Time Locating Systems, Material Automation, and the Factory of the Future. Passionate about driving operations into the future, she has experience in optimizing supply chains, logistics, and manufacturing. Sarah started her career after graduating from… Read more »

Shawn Phillips

Shawn Phillips is the Smart Connected Factory (SCF) Manager for John Deere’s Large Tractor and Combine division. In this position, he is responsible for the manufacturing strategies pertaining to technology driven process improvements, including data and analytics as well as digital and physical automation. Phillips’ 23-year career has included roles in Software Engineering, Industrial Robotics,… Read more »

Ravi Subramanyan

Ravi is a product marketing and management leader with extensive experience delivering high-quality products and services that have generated revenues and cost savings of over $10B for companies such as Motorola, GE, Bosch, Weir and Parker Hannifin. His expertise spans industries such as Mining, O&G, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Mobile Devices, Enterprise communications, Automotive, Fleet Management… Read more »

Haley Antoine Grantham

Haley Antoine Grantham is a Safety and Crashworthiness Engineer at Toyota. She earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University and her MS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins. She is an advocate for women in STEM and supports women from early childhood through their professional careers. She has been actively involved in organizations… Read more »

Dan Drouin

Dan Drouin is an accomplished automotive leader from Canada, who currently serves as the Vice President of Industry 4.0 and Continuous Improvement at Lear Corporation in Southfield, Michigan. Dan’s career in the automotive industry began in 2000 when he joined Ford Motor Company as an Ergonomic Engineer. During his tenure at Ford, he successfully completed… Read more »

Adam Gluck

Adam Gluck was an early hire on Uber’s driver engineering team and later was the founding engineer on Uber’s engineering strategy team. At Uber, Adam worked on multiple rewrites of Uber’s driver app, the processes to ship the driver app to millions of drivers each month, and helped redesign Uber’s overall microservice architecture. He founded… Read more »