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Join us at LicensingLive! 2017

Join us at LicensingLive! 2017 to hear from industry analysts about top tech trends, from software driven companies about their business transformation and learn how companies like yours are leveraging software monetization best practices to enable growth, increase customer satisfaction, and boost their operational efficiency.

Register Today for LicensingLive!

It’s the only event focusing on software monetization strategies! LicensingLive! 2017 is taking place on OCTOBER 23-25, 2017 in Cupertino, CA at the Juniper Hotel (formerly The Cypress Hotel).

Download the LicensingLive event app now directly from the Apple Store / Google Play, by searching for “ConnexMe”. Then enter the event code “LL2017”. You can also engage using your mobile device’s web browser with the link: www.evenium.me/LL2017

You will then be able to:

  • Interact with speakers
  • Respond to polls
  • Schedule meetings
  • View the agenda
  • Take notes
  • And more!

For any questions on the app, please contact Ryan.Weidman@Gemalto.com


Who should attend?

  • Business leaders who want to gain a competitive edge and explore uncharted business opportunities.
  • Software developers and hardware engineers who are focused on servitization.
  • Product Managers and Execs looking for new ways to package, price new products and understand how their products are being used by their customers.
  • Executives ready to embrace the central role of Software Monetization for Market Leadership.
  • Anyone focused on Driving Operational Efficiency in the Digital Supply Chain.

 

Why Attend LicensingLive 2017?

Experts from across the business spectrum will be meeting again (for the 10th consecutive year) to focus on software monetization best practices. This professional industry event–designed for software focused roles in product management, operations, RD, engineering, and finance –will help you uncover the ideal path your organization should take to adapt to the future of the tech-industry and will provide the tools and methodologies required to support your company’s progress to become more digital, more service oriented and more customer focused.

Listen to market leaders share what they have learned and what they have done! The information you will learn at LicensingLIve! 2017 will allow you to return to your office ready to implement and execute your own plan for leveraging software monetization solutions and best practices.

You will walk away from this event with renewed confidence knowing what you need gleamed from thousands of implementations, understanding your readiness to take the next steps towards empowering your future with software monetization.


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day time speaker presentation
MonOct 23 4:30pm

LicensingLive! 2017

Early Registration

Registration open until 5:30pm.

4:31pm

Aria Systems


Sentinel Product Demo Showcase

Visit our showcase this evening until 7:30pm.

Aria Systems integration (Billing) demo

5:30pm

Ray Wang Principal Analyst, Founder, & Chairman, Constellation Research Inc.


Laila Arad-Allan Director of Product Management, Software Monetization, Gemalto


Oleg Pachkovets Director of Technical Sales IoT Americas, Gemalto


David Madden Senior Director, IoT Business Development, Enterprise & Cybersecurity, Gemalto


Building New Business Models with the Internet of Things & Cocktail Reception

As organizations shift what they sell from products to services to insights and ultimately outcomes, IoT is a key driver in jump starting growth and creating new revenue models. Constellation Research estimates that there will be 80 billion sensors in devices by 2020. This opportunity also comes with challenges in securing these devices, supporting new revenue models, and ensuring IP protection.

During the presentation enjoy a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres and join the conversation in a relaxed environment followed by a networking event.

TueOct 24 9:00am

LicensingLive! 2017

Registration & Breakfast

Registration is open all day.

9:01am

Aria Systems


Sentinel Product Demo Showcase

Visit each showcase to enter your passport for raffle entries.

Aria Systems integration (Billing) demo

10:00am

Ariella Shoham Sr Director Marketing SM, Gemalto


Welcome & Introductions

10:15am

Shlomo Weiss Senior Vice President, Software Monetization, Gemalto


The Future Empowered by Software Monetization

Shlomo Weiss SVP and GM of the software monetization business unit will kick off this event with an interactive session on turning industry trends into monetization opportunities; making the right moves at the right time to embrace a future empowered by software monetization.

10:45am

LicensingLive! 2017

Break

11:00am

Edward Hartman Senior Director for Simon-Kucher & Partners


Jeroen Peeters Business Process Owner - Software Operations, Philips International


Digital Transformation - The Road to Operational Efficiency

The digital transformation technology companies are undergoing impacts many facets within an organization but most of all it impacts the operations team. Hear from SK about the challenges companies are experiencing on the road to operational efficiency, learn from Phillips why they decided to become more digital and what it took to change their strategy and find out what role software monetization has in these processes.

11:45am

Pam Miller Director of Infrastructure Channels Research in the Channels and Alliances Research group at IDC


Vince Jannelli Associate Vice President, Software Product Management, Sharp Electonics


Yaz Nakayama Associate Vice President of Strategy, Sharp Electronics.


Bringing your Channel Along on your Product to Services Transition

Many channel partners are ready to embrace and enable the transition to services, while others are reluctant at best and resistant at worst. In this session, we will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that traditional channel partners can present when transitioning from product to services. Attendees will leave the session with an understanding of the best ways to position the value proposition of services with product-focused partners. In addition, they will receive advice on the best ways to support partners to make them -- and your end customers -- successful. Speakers will include Pam Miller from IDC and Vince Jannelli, Associate VP - Software Product Management, of Sharp. Vince will share his perspective based on his experiences bringing Sharp's established channel along on their services transformation journey.

12:30pm

LicensingLive! 2017

Lunch

Outside by the fountains

1:30pm

Martin Pedersen CEO, Stellar Agency – A digital Design Agency


Consumerization and Why Your Customers are Calling the Shots

Join this QA session to understand why “consumerization” is taking the B2B world by a storm, learn from a customer case study how their focus on their customers improved their business and understand why instant delivery, usage based pricing and customer self-service should become the base of how you deliver your products.

2:15pm

Ariella Shoham Sr Director Marketing SM, Gemalto


Tom Minifie Chief Technology Officer (CTO)


Jim Kelley Senior Operations Engineering Manager at Viavi Solutions


Bob Irvine Global Software Licensing Engineer with Viavi Solutions


Software Monetization Survey Results - Where do You Stand?

Put your company to the test and see how you match up to the 300 companies we interviewed for the Gemalto/Vanson Bourne "state of software monetization" survey. Join this session lead by Ariella Shoham, Sr. Director of Marketing - Gemalto, for the world’s first release of the results from Gemalto’s annual survey to understand how software is empowering business growth.

3:00pm

LicensingLive! 2017

Break

3:30pm

Ansgar Dodt Vice President WW Sales for the Software Monetization division at Gemalto


Bill Graber Director of Marketing, Trimble Navigation Limited


Martin Pedersen CEO, Stellar Agency – A digital Design Agency


Vickie White Director of Virtual Products, Gemalto


Tom Minifie Chief Technology Officer (CTO)


Jeroen Peeters Business Process Owner - Software Operations, Philips International


Jim Kelley Senior Operations Engineering Manager at Viavi Solutions


Bob Irvine Global Software Licensing Engineer with Viavi Solutions


Vince Jannelli Associate Vice President, Software Product Management, Sharp Electonics


How to be a "Change Agent"

Panel Format. Effective change agents demonstrate extraordinary versatility within a broad skill set. Join this panel and hear from company champions how they drove change within their organizations, How they managed to get internal buy-in; How they built the business case to promote change and how they continued to maintain the process once the decision to change was taken.

4:15pm

Phil Hansen American Artist / Innovator

Motivational Speaker - Phil Hansen

Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator. Karate chopping through more "conventional" boundaries; Phil works at the intersection of traditional art, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences.

4:45pm

Ariella Shoham Sr Director Marketing SM, Gemalto


Wrap Up

5:00pm

LicensingLive! 2017

Cocktail Reception & Networking

6:30pm

LicensingLive! 2017

Off-Site Customer Appreciation Dinner

Buses to depart from the front entrance of the Juniper Hotel.
Customer Appreciation Dinner is by invitation only.

WedOct 25 9:00am

LicensingLive! 2017

Registration & Breakfast

Registration is open all day.

9:01am

Aria Systems


Sentinel Product Demo Showcase

Visit our showcase until 12:30pm.

Aria Systems integration (Billing) demo

10:00am

Ariella Shoham Sr Director Marketing SM, Gemalto


Welcome

10:15am

Bill Graber Director of Marketing, Trimble Navigation Limited


Dale Hopkinson Senior Presales Consultant at Gemalto


Selling Differently

The art of sales is not dead, it just needs to co-exists now with the technology. With the aid of technology, selling offers huge opportunities for organizations wanting to excel online involving sales automation, CRM, back office automation, and self-service.

10:45am

Jam Khan Vice President of Professional Services for the Software Monetization division at Gemalto


Operating Differently

Transitioning from a hardware-centric to a software-centric business requires a transform and the modernization of the way your company operates. Can you convert your digitals supply chain into a competitive advantage? One that creates a compelling customer experience while delivering the kind of business value your internal stakeholders expect? We believe the answer is a resounding “Yes!” and we’d like to show you how!

11:15am

LicensingLive! 2017

Break

11:30am

Vickie White Director of Virtual Products, Gemalto


Todd Steel Director, Product Management in the Software Monetization division at Gemalto


Price Differently

In today's on-demand world and with the rapid proliferation of mobile devices, everyone expects immediate gratification and 24/7 support. So when an end-user wants to make a purchase, they want to do it now, and expect immediate access. And after the purchase, they want instant access and availability. Although the internet changed the rules of commerce, most businesses are only just beginning to understand the full impact of what this on-demand world means to their packaging, pricing, promotion, delivery, and product support.

12:00pm

Manoj Tharakan Principal Solutions Architect, Gemalto


Determining ROI Workshop

Join us and find out how we can help you figure out where your money is going and how using a smart software monetization solution can help you save money in the long run. While you enjoy your box lunch, join Manoj Tharakan, Principal Solutions Architect, and Software Monetization at Gemalto to review the actual cost of implementing a licensing and entitlement solution and why building your own is neither future proof nor financially wise.

12:30pm

Shlomo Weiss Senior Vice President, Software Monetization, Gemalto


Wrap Up

12:45pm

LicensingLive! 2017

Box Lunch

Event Speakers

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Ansgar Dodt

Vice President WW Sales for the Software Monetization division at Gemalto

Ansgar Dodt is VP Worldwide Sales for the Software Monetization division at Gemalto and has been with the company since December 2005. Dodt joined the company following Gemalto’s (formerly SafeNet) acquisition of Eracom, where he held the position of managing director on the executive board for four years.

 

Dodt has a proven track record of successfully managing businesses to meet major growth and profit goals. In his time as MD of Eracom, Dodt successfully positioned the company as a supplier to the smart card industry, doubled global sales in disc and file encryption and quadrupled sales per capita in the EMEA region. Prior to this, he worked as MD at Pari Capital, the former owner of Eracom, and as senior engagement manager for McKinsey, specializing in the high-tech sector.

 


Todd Steel

Director, Product Management in the Software Monetization division at Gemalto

A member of the Gemalto (formerly SafeNet) team for more than a decade, Todd Steel leads the product management efforts associated with Gemalto’s suite of software licensing and entitlement management cloud services.

 

Prior to his focus on cloud services for the software industry Todd has held multiple product management roles all focused on product lines designed to better service the licensing, entitlement management, and software protection needs of the software industry.


Ray Wang

Principal Analyst, Founder, & Chairman, Constellation Research Inc.

R “Ray” Wang is the Principal Analyst and CEO at Constellation Research, Inc.  He’s also the author of the popular enterprise software blog “A Software Insider’s Point of View”. With viewership in the millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models impact the enterprise.

 

Ray is a prominent keynote speaker and research analyst working with clients on innovation, business model design, engagement strategies, customer experience, matrix commerce, and big data.  He advises Global 2000 companies on business strategy and technology selection.  Ray is quoted regularly in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, IDG News Service, and other global media outlets. For more information on R. “Ray” Wang, please click here.


Jam Khan

Vice President of Professional Services for the Software Monetization division at Gemalto

Jamshed “Jam” Khan currently serves as Vice President of Professional Services for the Software Monetization division at Gemalto. Jam leads a team that is responsible for providing consulting services, product deployments, program management, and customer support while ensuring customer success globally.

 

Jam joined Gemalto (formerly SafeNet) in 2004 as part of the merger with Rainbow Technologies, and has over 17 years of experience specializing in the field of license and entitlement management. He has had roles in Engineering, Technical Sales and Product Management, giving him a broad perspective on the entitlement management market and the criteria required for customer success. Jam works directly with customers worldwide and is a frequent speaker at events held globally.

 

Jam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UCLA.

 


Shlomo Weiss

Senior Vice President, Software Monetization, Gemalto

Shlomo Weiss is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Software Monetization division at Gemalto. In this role, Shlomo manages product development, cloud service operations, strategic planning, and go to market activities for Gemalto’s Software Monetization solutions. Prior to his current role, Shlomo was VP of Business Development , responsible for global strategic partnerships and for driving new business initiatives.

 

Shlomo joined Gemalto (formerly SafeNet) via the acquisition of Aladdin Knowledge Systems in 2009, where he headed strategic business for Aladdin’s Software DRM unit. Prior to Aladdin, Shlomo held senior leadership positions in business development, marketing, and sales at Emblaze Mobile, Comverse’s Wydeband unit, and Multiple Zones.


Bill Graber

Director of Marketing, Trimble Navigation Limited

Bill Graber manages the ecommerce and provisioning systems for Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction. He has been with Trimble for seven years. During that time he has been Construction Services Marketing Director, an AEMP committee member and a Westminster Legacy Foundation board member.  Bill has held marketing director positions with Direct Alliance, an Insight Enterprise company, and Gateway Inc., where he managed several emerging technology platforms including digital services. As part of the leadership teams for Gateway and Trimble, Graber acquired experience in international and global marketing. Graber holds bachelor degrees in mathematics and education.


Aria Systems

Aria Systems is an American software company based in San Francisco, California. Their software is built for enterprises with a focus on recurring revenue and subscription billing.


Laila Arad-Allan

Director of Product Management, Software Monetization, Gemalto

Laila Arad-Allan is the Director of Product Management for Gemalto’s Software Monetization division.

 

In this role, Laila leads all product-related activities including product and go-to-market strategies, and aligning product development with emerging market trends.

 

Prior to her position at Gemalto, Laila held the VP Products position at Visonic, where she led the design and implementation of a groundbreaking wireless technology for alarm systems. Before her role at Visonic, Laila held the position of VP Digital Rights Management at Aladdin Knowledge Systems, having served many years as the business unit’s Director of Product Management. During this period, she contributed to increasing Aladdin’s market share, bringing the company to be the world leader in its field.

 

In 2012, Laila initiated and founded a successful community volunteers program for greeting tourists visiting Tel Aviv, which received recognition and support from the Tel Aviv municipality. She is still a board member to this day.


Vickie White

Director of Virtual Products, Gemalto

Vickie White recently stepped into the newly-created role of Director of Virtual Products within Gemalto’s IDSS division. This role was created based on the recognition that Gemalto’s offering is transitioning more and more from hardware-based solutions toward software and service based solutions. Vickie is responsible for conceptualizing and implementing a new organization tailored to operationalize virtual products, to include: standalone software, licenses, cloud/provisioned services and hybrid (hardware + virtual) products. In this role, Vickie is helping to create the vision and direction for Gemalto’s virtual product offering. She is working to gain cross-functional support to enable the entire virtual product life cycle from discovery through deployment and end of life management. Vickie’s key role is to set standards based on best practices. More specifically, her goal is to eliminate the practice of creating multiple solutions for similar offerings and to enable faster deployment with lower costs and with uncompromised quality. Her approach to this is to create a set of standards and automated systems which provide a “plug and play” type of experience for new product introductions.

 

Vickie joined SafeNet (now Gemalto) in 2006. Prior to her current role, Vickie has held leadership positions in the areas of Operations, Quality, Customer Program Management, and Business Process Improvement. Vickie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Loyola University.


Ariella Shoham

Sr Director Marketing SM, Gemalto

Ariella Shoham is the Senior Director of Marketing for the Software Monetization division at Gemalto. In this position Ariella leads a marketing team responsible for developing and executing a clearly defined marketing, communications and demand generation strategy in a manner that supports the consistent business growth and enhances brand equity and awareness for the company’s award-winning portfolio of Sentinel software licensing, and entitlement management solutions.

 

Ariella joined Gemalto (formerly SafeNet) in 2009 as the EMEA Field Marketing lead and then continued to lead the Global Field Marketing team in 2012, where she played a key role in creating market awareness and customer education during the launch of Gemalto’s Key strategic initiatives including Sentinel Cloud Services, Gemalto’s first cloud licensing offering and Sentinel Embedded Software Monetization Solutions – the only solution designed specifically for high tech device and equipment manufacturers.

 

Prior to Gemalto, Ariella held marketing leadership positions at various IT companies including IXI, Electronics line and Advanced Recognition Technologies. Ariella holds a Bachelor Degree in East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Masters in Business from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.


Manoj Tharakan

Principal Solutions Architect, Gemalto

Manoj Tharakan is a Principal Solutions Architect in Gemalto’s Software Monetization Business Unit. In his role, he helps our large enterprise customers lay out their right monetization strategy and architecture integration with Gemalto’s best of breed solutions. Prior to Gemalto, Manoj worked as Cisco’s Wide Service Owner (GM Responsibility) for Software and Subscriptions Lifecycle Management and Software Fulfillment Business System Services. At Cisco he implemented strategy for end-to-end Cisco Software Monetization Framework supporting in excess of $8 B of software revenue. This includes Cisco’s Software Licensing Framework to support new software business models, channels enablement, and customer-facing support processes and systems.


Oleg Pachkovets

Director of Technical Sales IoT Americas, Gemalto

With ten plus years of experience in worldwide IoT/M2M markets, Oleg oversees Gemalto Americas IoT/M2M technical sales, solutions, and services. He serves as team lead and has a strong technical and engineering background in IoT/M2M device, cloud, application management and development.


David Madden

Senior Director, IoT Business Development, Enterprise & Cybersecurity, Gemalto

David Madden is the Senior Director of IoT Business Development for Gemalto’s Enterprise & Cybersecurity Business Unit, where he works with the company’s strategic business partners to create security solutions that solve critical IoT problems from the device to the cloud. He has been involved in the security space for the past 19 years, working with the world’s largest cloud service providers, banks, governments, and ecommerce companies to help them secure their ebusinesses in areas of Security, ID Management, Access control, Encryption, & Web Services.


Martin Pedersen

CEO, Stellar Agency – A digital Design Agency

Martin Pedersen is an 18-year Agency veteran, having worked with both small, medium, and enterprise clients providing online solutions for clients such as Nike, Yahoo!, Sony, NFL, HP, and Gemalto. For the last three years, Martin and Stellar have been heavily involved in providing customized front-end self-service solutions for clients in the Licensing space.


He is a well-rounded marketing and business leader with experience that includes leadership roles at both large and small digital agencies. He is known for gaining trust and respect from clients and team members alike, with a hands-on and attentive personal communication and leadership style.


Tom Minifie

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Tom Minifie is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. In his current role, Mr. Minifie is responsible for the strategic direction of the Company’s multiple product lines. Prior to his promotion to CTO, Mr. Minifie served as the Vice President of Product Management for AVST since its inception in 2003. Mr. Minifie is a recognized authority in the field of Unified Communications and a frequent speaker on the topic. Prior to joining the communications industry, Mr. Minifie held various product management positions within the high tech industry. Tom holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington.


Edward Hartman

Senior Director for Simon-Kucher & Partners

Eddie Hartman is a Senior Director for Simon-Kucher & Partners, with more than two decades of expertise in digital transformation. He is the co-founder of LegalZoom, the first place millions of people around the world turn to with their legal needs, and helped several other companies get off the ground, including IronClad and TROON. He has taught at Yale and Stanford, and is proud to be ranked as a Global 50 mentor with Founder Institute.


Pam Miller

Director of Infrastructure Channels Research in the Channels and Alliances Research group at IDC

Pam Miller is Director of Infrastructure Channels Research in the Channels and Alliances Research group at IDC, providing research-backed guidance to leading ICT vendors on indirect channel strategy. Ms. Miller’s core research covers the importance of IoT and advanced analytics to channel partners’ competitiveness and the relationship and interplay between IT distributors and their MSPs, VARs, SIs, and ISVs partners. She also offers guidance on vendors’ indirect go-to-market strategies, partnering policies and practices, and trends and market catalysts that impact the relationships between software vendors and their channel partners.

Ms. Miller has held executive and consulting positions with software, hardware and service companies. She has introduced indirect channels to many vendor companies, helping them increase their customer reach and profitability. Her previous positions include CEO of Rocket Network, one of the first cloud collaboration providers, President of Kensington Computer Products, GM of Alps USA Computer Products and Sr. Product Manager at Microsoft.

Ms. Miller has B.A. in psychology from UCLA and an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.


Phil Hansen

American Artist / Innovator

For the tens of millions who have seen Phil’s art on TV and online, it’s hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Phil discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity.

His inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage to a standing ovation, and then shared around the world including on PBS, BBC and CCTV. Phil’s ability to draw parallels to the business setting has won him followers among industry and business leaders, leading to invitations to speak at the TED2013 conference, Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Million Dollar Round Table.


Dale Hopkinson

Senior Presales Consultant at Gemalto

Dale Hopkinson serves as Senior Presales Consultant at Gemalto.

He works with Gemalto’s largest enterprise customers to provide strategic guidance in addition to identifying and solving the complex software monetization problems.

Dale joined Gemalto (formerly SafeNet) via the acquisition of Aladdin Knowledge Systems in 2009 and has over 11 years of expertise in providing software monetization solutions to achieve; business model transformation, business growth, entitlement management strategies, operational efficiency, improved end user satisfaction, and software license compliance.


Jeroen Peeters

Business Process Owner - Software Operations, Philips International

Jeroen has spent most of his professional career working on operationalizing new software and service propositions. Starting from early experiences within a small startup all the way to driving global capability design and development within a complex software & services business model transformation at Philips.


Bob Irvine

Global Software Licensing Engineer with Viavi Solutions

Bob Irvine is a Global Software Licensing Engineer with Viavi Solutions. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991 with a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering. After spending 19 years with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies he transferred to Viavi (formerly JDSU) in 2010. During his early career, Bob worked on the launch and support of test equipment for mobile cellular R&D and manufacturing. He then spent 20 years as a Product Manager working on leading-edge RF test products for the deployment and optimization of wireless cellular networks before moving into the Operations function to focus on software licensing and monetization solutions.


Jim Kelley

Senior Operations Engineering Manager at Viavi Solutions

Jim Kelley is a Senior Operations Engineering Manager at Viavi Solutions with 30+ years Program Management, Operations, and Materials experience in technology driven high-growth firms. A long-running interest in and emphasis on process optimization has resulted in a wide variety of opportunities and assignments – including his current drive to deploy software licensing standardization at Viavi.


Vince Jannelli

Associate Vice President, Software Product Management, Sharp Electonics

Vince Jannelli has dozens of years of global experience in product, marketing and management in the B2B market and provides expertise on business development, vision and strategy creation. In his current role with SIICA, he is responsible for software product management, which encompasses device firmware, API’s, software & services, 3rd party alliances and IT/operational infrastructure.

Jannelli is known as a change agent with the ability to understand business and technical capabilities and develop new processes and business strategies. He has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career, working with a variety of channels, including distribution, SI/VAR, dealer network and retail.

Jannelli has done post-graduate work on Game Theoretical Applications in Macro economic policy at Bowling Green State University, and holds an M.S. in Management & Policy, a B.S. in Business Management and a B.A in Philosophy from Stony Brook University.

He currenty resides in NJ, was born in East Africa and spent most of his childhood and early adulthood in Italy where he developed a passion for soccer, Mediterranean cuisine and cultural perspective.


Yaz Nakayama

Associate Vice President of Strategy, Sharp Electronics.

Yaz Nakayama is Associate Vice President, Strategy Development and Execution, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. Yaz is responsible for driving the strategic planning process to prioritize and execute key growth initiatives within the organization. Yaz has spent 13 years in business strategy consulting roles, most recently serving as a Director at BTS USA Ltd., a strategy and implementation firm using customized business simulations and experimental learning solutions to complement growth strategies. Prior to his tenure at BTS, Yaz served Fortune 500 clients as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and ABeam Consulting.

Yaz holds a MBA degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business (University of Virginia) with an undergraduate degree from Hosei University in Tokyo.