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CEO Study Participants

Alessandro Felici

CEO and Founder, Ridemovi

CEO and Founder, Evlonet


  • President and CEO, Heinz Italia

  • Category Director, Reckitt Benckiser

  • Business Unit Manager, Ducati Motor Holding

  • International Marketing Manager, Procter & Gamble

Alison Croke

President and CEO, Wood River Health Services


  • Vice President, Medicare-Medicaid Integration, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

  • Assistant Project Manager, Xerox State Healthcare, LLC

  • Senior Health Program Development Specialist, ACS, Inc.

  • Senior Project Manager, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

  • Program Officer CHCS

Anand Sivaraman

Director, Remidio Innovative Solutions



  • Head, Business Development, ReaMetrix India Pvt Ltd

  • Senior Project Leader, Hardware & Assay Development, ReaMetrix

  • Volunteer, Association for India’s Development, Boston Chapter

  • Post-Doctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Austin Allison

Co-Founder and CEO, Pacaso

Board Member, Houwzer

Board Member, WinSociety


  • Board Member, Rentl, Inc.

  • Founder & GM, dotloop, Zillow Group

  • Founder & CEO, dotloop

  • Commercial Real Estate, Duke Realty Corporation

  • Residential Real Estate, Sibcy Cline Realtors

Bill Hewitt

Former CEO, Aternity
Founder and Managing Member, Windmill Hill Advisors

Advisor and Investor, Flux Marine Ltd.

Advisor and Investor, Clean Seat Inc.

Independent Board, LinkSquares

Independent Board Member, Cloze



  • Partner, Beacon Equity Partners

  • General Manager, Coupa Software

  • CEO and Director, Exari Systems

  • Group Vice President, PeopleSoft

Bill Winters

Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered PLC



  • Advisor, UK’s Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

  • Chairman & CEO, Renshaw Bay LLP

  • Committee Member, Independent Commission on Banking

  • Co-CEO Investment Bank, J.P. Morgan

Brian Cornell

Chairman and CEO, Target

Board of Directors, Yum! Brands



  • CEO, PepsiCo Americas Foods

  • CEO, Sam’s Club

  • Board of Directors, The Home Depot

  • CEO, Michaels

  • Board of Directors, OfficeMax

Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Safeway Inc.

Carel Nolte

Chief Senor, CN&CO



  • CEO, Elcar Consulting

  • Head: People & Brand, Etana

  • GM Communications, Hollard

  • Sub Editor, IOL

  • Program Executive, BBC

Chip Bergh

President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.

Chairman of the Board, HP, Inc.



  • Group Present, Global Grooming, Procter & Gamble

  • President, Procter & Gamble Southeast Asia, India, Australia

  • Vice President & General Manager, Folgers Coffee Division

  • General Manager, Hard Service Cleaners

  • Brand Assistant, Assistant Brand Manager and Brand Manager, P & G

Christelle Colman

Managing Director, Elite Risk Acceptance Ltd.

Company Spokesperson, Old Mutual Insure



  • CEO, Europe Assistance

  • CEO, MUA Insurance Acceptances

  • Head: Personal Lines Underwriting, Santam

  • Executive Head: Home Division, MUA Insurance Acceptances

  • Managing Director, Thatch Risk Acceptances

Clay Adams

President and CEO, Mascoma Bank



  • CEO, Simon Pearce

  • CEO, Resource Systems Group

  • Sr. Associate, Mercer Management Consulting

  • Analyst, Putnam Hayes, and Bartlett

  • Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton

Coco Brown

Founder and CEO, The Athena Alliance

Board Director, Audit Committee, ArcherPoint



  • C-Level Advisor, Executive Kinections

  • Advisory Board; Chair, Loggly

  • Member of the Board/Shareholder, Taos

  • West Coast Operating Committee Chair and Managing Director, Golden Seeds

  • Manager, Training and Development, NetFrame

  • Human Resources Consultant, Advantage Human Resources

David Hurwitz

CEO, Transaction Capital Limited



  • CFO, SA Taxi

  • Head of Debt Capital Markets, Transaction Capital Limited

David Page

Partner, DC Capital Partners Management, LP

Chairman, The Swift Group, LLC



  • CEO, SC3


  • CFO, BDS

  • Audit and Assurance, Ernst & Young

Dick Johnson

Chairman, President and CEO, Footlocker



  • Director, Maidenform Brands

  • Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Footlocker

  • Executive Vice President and Group President Retail Stores, Footlocker

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker U.S., Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, and Footaction

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker Europe

  • President and Chief Executive Officer,

Frank Roe

CEO, SmartBear Software

Strategic Board Advisor, Appsurify



  • Vice President Sales, Cloud Applications, Orcale

  • Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Rogue Wave Software

  • Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, RSD

  • Deloitte Consulting

  • Manager, Reed Elsevier

  • Andersen Consulting

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD

President and CEO, Craig Hospital



  • VP, Government, External Relations and Research, Kaiser Permanente

  • Associate Medical Director, External Relations, Colorado Permanente Medical Group

  • Staff Physician, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital

  • Staff Physician, Ob/Gyn, The Permanente Medical Group

  • Resident Ob Gyn, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Jane Page  

Chairman, Lionstone Investments



  • CEO, Lionstone Investments

  • COO, Lionstone Investments

  • Managing Director, Crescent Real Estate Equities

  • Regional Manager, MetLife, Real Estate Investments

Joel Stevenson

CEO, Yesware



  • Co-Founder, Highbury Furnishings

  • Vice President and General Manager – Business Sales, Wayfair

  • Director of Chain Accounts, Arrowstream

  • Consultant, ZS Associates

  • Various Sales and Marketing Roles, GTE

John Holmes

President and CEO, AAR

Board Member, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Board Member, Lincoln Park Zo

Board Member, Columbia College



  • COO, AAR

John Miller

CEO, Denny’s

Colleague, People Report 



  • President and CEO, Taco Bueno

  • Brand President, Brinker International

Julia Stewart

Founder & CEO, Alurx, Inc.

Board Member, Fogo de Chao

Board Member, Avery Dennison

Board Member, BITE Acquisition Corp.



  • Chair & CEO, Dine Brands Global

  • Chair & CEO, HOP

  • President, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar

  • National Sr. VP Franchise Operations, Taco Bell

Jyoti Gupta, Ph.D.

President & CEO, Volk Optical Inc.

Board Member & Non-Executive Director, Labsphere, Inc.



  • Board Member, Bio-Chem Fluidics (a Halma Company)

  • Vice President & General Manager, Advanced Drug Delivery Systems, Unilife Corporation

  • Strategic Marketing Leader, Becton Dickinson

  • Clinical Research Associate, Medtronic Spine & Biologics

Keith Herman

Founder, IPA Equities

Podcast Host, Funding and Disrupting Podcast

Founder, OURA Collective

Founder, MBC Group – Technology PR Firm

Member of the Board of Advisors, Silicon Valley Syndicate Club

Member of the Board of Advisors, Atutum

Member of the Board of Advisors, Roji, Inc

Member of the Board of Advisors, Omni Satio

Founder, Property Growth Fund



  • Member, Forbes Agency Council

Ken Hicks  

Chairman, President and CEO, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc.



  • President, JCPenney

  • President, Payless ShoeSource

  • Executive Chairman, Foot Locker, Inc.

  • Chairman, President and CEO, Foot Locker, Inc.

  • President and CEO, Foot Locker, Inc.

Larry Schreiber

President & CEO, SantaFe HealthCare, Inc.

Board Member Florida Chamber of Commerce

Board Member Horses Without Humans



  • President Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Commercial Markets, New York, Anthem, Inc.

  • CEO, Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company

Mark Cutifani

CEO, Diversified Mining Group, Anglo American PLC



  • CEO, Anglogold Ashanti Limited

  • Managing Director, Kalgoorlie Gold Mines

Mary Dillon

Executive Chair, Ulta Beauty



  • President and CEO, U.S. Cellular

  • Global Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s

  • President, Quaker Foods Division, PepsiCo

Melissa Hubbard

Kerrits Equestrian Apparel



  • Sales & Marketing, EquiFit, Inc.

  • President, Wicked Good Cupcakes

  • VP Merchandising, SmartPak

  • Sr. Purchasing Officer, State Street

Matt Barrie

Chief Executive & Chairman,

Chief Executive & President,

Executive Chairman, Freightlancer



  • Chief Executive, Sensory Networks Inc., acquired by (NASDAQ: INTC).

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Sydney

  • Advisor, QuintessenceLabs

  • Investment Manager, Innovation Capital

  • Director, Kroll

Niel Pretorius


Michael Levy

CEO, Crow Holdings



  • Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

  • Associate, Salomon Brothers Inc.

  • Analyst, Prudential Securities

Mike O’Donnell   

Chairman of the Board, Ruth’s Hospitality Group



  • Executive Chairman of the Board, Ruth’s Hospitality Group

  • Chairman of the Board, Ruth’s Hospitality Group

  • CEO, Ruth’s Hospitality Group

  • President, Ruth’s Hospitality Group

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and CEO, Champps Entertainment, Inc.

Nachi Junankar

CEO and Founder, Aviro AI, Inc.

Founder, Chairman of the Board, OpenMobile Worldwide, Inc.



  • Investor, Endurance International Group

  • CEO, Founder, Spark Plug

  • CEO, Co-Founder, Retail IQ

  • CEO, Founder, Live Wire, Inc.

Niren Chaudhary

CEO, Panera Bread



  • COO & President International, Krispy Kreme

  • President Global KFC, Yum! Brands

  • Executive Assistant Manager, Taj Hotels

Norman Soutar  

CEO, William Jackson Food Group



  • Group Managing Director, Baxters Food Group

  • Managing Director, Strathaird Salmon Ltd

  • British Army Infantry Officer

Samirkumar (Samir) Patel

CEO, Moonlight Therapeutics.



  • Co-founder and Director of Research, Clearside Biomedical

Tim Kilpin

President, PlayMonster



  • President & CEO, Activision Blizzard

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Build-A-Bear Workshop

  • President, CCO, Mattel, Inc.

  • Executive Vice-President, Franchise Management, The Walt Disney Company

  • CEO,

Patrick McMullan

CSO, Three Square Market

Science and Technology Center Development Committee Member, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Lobbyist, Leah’s Law



Chairperson, Athletics Fundraising Committee – Volunteer, Lindenwood University

Priya Amin

Personal Sabbatical



  • Co-Founder, CEO, Flexable

  • Founder, CEO, ROKI

  • Brand Manager, Nestle Purina North America

  • Project Manager – System x, IBM

  • Marketing Analyst Intern, Harry, and David

  • Consultant, IDBS

Robin van Rozen

CEO Glen Dimplex Consumer Appliance



  • Managing Director, UK&I, Vice President, Philips

  • Brand Management, Procter & Gamble

Siobhan Dullea

CEO & President, MassChallenge

Board Member, Women in Sports Tech, Inc.

Board Member, MassChallenge Israel



  • Advisory Board Member, TeachersConnect

  • Chief Growth Officer, The Grommet

  • Global Chief Client Officer, C Space

  • Chief Client Officer & Executive Vice President, Communispace Corporation

  • Senior Consultant, The Forum Corporation

Sharon John

President & CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop



  • President, Stride Rite Children’s Group, Wolverine Worldwide

  • GM/SVP Global Preschool/PLAYSKOOL GM/SVP US Toy Marketing, Hasbro

  • VP Disney Business Unit/Director Barbie, Mattel, Inc.

  • Account Supervisor, Becker Spielvogel Bates, Inc.

  • Account Executive, DDB

Trey Sutten

CEO, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare



  • CFO, Division of Medical Assistance

  • Director, Alvarez & Marsal

  • Director, Strategic Projects, Fannie Mar

  • Management Consultant, PA Consulting

  • Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Victor Velazquez

Present Growth Manager, ProfitWell



  • Co-Founder, DeFrame

  • Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, Sociedad Latina Inc.

  • Game Advisor, GameStop

  • Co-Founder, Fusions Food Truck

  • Community Advisor, Southern Vermont College

  • Research and Development Intern, Bennington County Regional Commission

Sharad Joshi

President & CEO, Satio Inc.



  • President & CEO SatioDx, Inc.

  • Non-Executive Director, Oventus Medical Ltd.

  • CEO, Bio-Chem Fluidics Inc.

  • CEO, Independent Med Tech Consulting

  • President & CEO, Board Member, Microline Surgical Inc.

  • Present & COO, Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing, Microline Pentax & Starion Instruments

  • Co-Founder, President & CEO, Board Member, Blue Torch Medical Technologies, Inc.

  • Sales & Marketing Consultant, Vision Sciences

  • Marketing Director, Marketing & Sales Manager, Product Engineering Manager, UroMed Corporation

  • Product Engineer, Boston Scientific

Tom O’Mara

President – Board of Directors, United States Equestrian Federation



  • Adjunct Professor, College of Central Florida

  • Co Chairman, National Advisory Board, National Collegiate Equestrian Association

  • Senior Advisor, AX Trading Group, LLC

  • Senior Advisor, Cowen, and Company

  • Special Advisor, National Stock Exchange, Inc.

  • Managing Partner, Cantilever Capital LLC

  • Managing Member, Clarinbridge Capital, LLC

  • Managing Director, Credit Suisse First Boston

Vice President, Equity Derivatives, Lehman Brothers

Kevin Chaplin

Managing Director, SA Ubuntu Foundation & Amy Foundation (formerly Amy Biehl Foundation)

Speaker & Lecturer, international universities, conferences & corporate events

Author of Can do! Making the Impossible Possible, with foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Chairman, Princess of Africa Foundation

Board member, Western Cape Advisory Council, National Business Initiative 

Board member, European Association of Non-Formal Education of Children and Youth



  • Provincial Manager, First National Bank Western Cape

  • Sales and Service Director, FNB Cape Town

  • Director Finance, Human Resources & Admin, FNB First Commerce 

  • National Industrial Relation Manager, FNB

  • Board member, Three Streams Holdings

  • Board member, Business Against Crime

  • Board Member, Relate Trust

Vineet Kumar

CEO, Intellyk Inc.

Early-Stage Tech Investor and Marketing Consultant, Kanglo Ventures



  • Head – Growth Veritcals

  • Harman Connected Services

  • Harman International Chief Operations Officer

  • Aditi Technologies

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