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Susan Dehne

Susan is a automotive executive bringing experience in development of new processes, technologies and vehicle products. Susan spent the majority of her 32 career with Ford Motor company as a chief engineer leading the development and launch of Super Duty, Explorer, and Ranger products. Additionally, she led the growth of the seat engineering organization, building core seat engineering and program management skills. Susan also spent six years as a chief engineer of vehicle products and director of engineering organizations at Chrysler. As advance engineering director, she was instrumental in the transfer of Fiat platforms, processes and technology into Chrysler. Susan holds a mechanical engineering degree and master’s in business administration degree from The University of Michigan.

Mike Angiulo

Michael Angiulo currently leads the Program Management and Product Planning teams for the Office Experience Organization (OXO). This includes product definition, strategy and engineering execution for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project, Planner, and Sway across Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms. He spent the last 12 years in Windows, immediately following Windows Vista. He first developed a new Ecosystem Team which helped OEM, IHV and ISV partners develop higher quality laptops, peripherals and apps. This hardware effort ultimately evolved into leading our first party hardware team, where we launched Surface, developed Surface Hub and shipped a wide range of Xbox One hardware. Michael joined Microsoft in 1994 as a member of the original Office Program Management developing WordMail which first launched in Office 97. Over the next several years he would lead program the FrontPage program management team, start the first technical Product Planning team for the Information Worker division, and became the General Manager for Project. He is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College having earned a B.S. in Engineering and a graduate of University of Washington with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He remains active in the academic community both as a repeat guest lecturer on Axiomatic Design at UW, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Harvey Mudd College. In his free time, Michael enjoys fishing, auto racing and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Martha Nefcy

Martha has been with Ford’s Product Development for 31 years, advancing to various management positions within the company. Early in her career, she designed and released components and systems within Chassis and Electrical on multiple vehicle lines. As a manager, she developed and honed her teambuilding and leadership skills in Powertrain Cooling, Heat Management, Aero and Climate Control Systems as well as Body Interior Integration over the last 18 years. Martha received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master’s of Science in Electronic and Computer Control Systems from Wayne State University. She is a lifelong Detroit area resident and she has 2 children, Elizabeth and Matthew.

Col. Jack Jacobs

During his multiple tours of duty in Vietnam, Col. Jacobs was awarded three Bronze stars, two Silver stars, two Purple Hearts, and the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. His Colby Award-winning memoir, “If Not Now, When,” was published by Penguin in 2008. He currently holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and serves as a military analyst for NBC/MSNBC.

Col. Jacobs was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of AutoFinance Group, and is currently a principal in the Fitzroy Group of London. He is Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and serves on the Board of the National World War II Museum. Col. Jacobs also serves on the Board of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which aids the families of troops and law enforcement officers killed in action.

Scott Tobin

Serves as Lincoln Director of Product Development, leading the transformation of the brand to re-establish itself as a premier luxury automobile company. He has been integral in the brands experiential and technology achievements. His broad automotive experience spans USA, Asia and Europe. Previously he served as VP quality for Ford of Europe and sat on Ford’s European Operating Committee. Over his career he has played key role in development of the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX, Taurus, Flex, Explorer & Mustang.

Bob Zito

Bob Zito has more than 30 years’ experience as a brand communications and advertising and public relations executive in the sports, financial, pharmaceutical and entertainment industries. As the Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, Bob built the NYSE’s brand into one of the most respected in the world. He is best known for bringing television to the NYSE trading floor, and creating the daily “must-see” events of high-powered newsmakers ringing the opening and closing bells, creating global visibility for NYSE-listed companies and member firms. As Sony’s Vice President of corporate communications, he helped rebrand the company as a global entertainment leader following Sony’s acquisitions of CBS Records and Columbia Pictures.

Bob served as the Chairman of the Board for Pcubed, a global project and program management consultancy, serves as Vice Chairman of the FDNY Foundation, and serves on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Cento Amici. He was also responsible for the New York Stock Exchange and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundations. In 1998 he started the NYSE Fallen Heroes Fund, and in 1991, the Zito Family Scholarships at St. Peter’s Prep. He is a graduate of Fairfield University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. A 1998 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Bob continues to be a guest lecturer at Rutgers University.

Steffen Mueller-Urbaniak

Steffen is based in Shanghai China and serves as CIO for Ford Motor Company for Asia Pacific with global responsibility for Product Development. He also serves on the board of the China CIO Association (CCA). Prior to his current role he held the position of the IT lead for the Americas with additional responsibility for worldwide Manufacturing IT at Ford. Going further back Steffen has in depth experience in PLM transformation with roles in PD IT and Product Development; both in Europe and in North America. Steffen holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Heidelberg.

Todd Warren

Todd Warren is a Managing Director at Divergent Ventures. He divides his time between the technology industry and entrepreneurial educational ventures. Previously Todd worked for Microsoft for over 21 years, most recently as corporate vice president. He has led development and marketing in Windows Mobile, Windows Small Business Server and Exchange Server among other groups.In addition to his work with Divergent, Todd is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern University. Since 2010 he has co-taught a course in entrepreneurship entitled NUvention Web, in which teams define and launch startup businesses. The NUvention series was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of the 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the country. He is also the chair of the board of trustees of Ashesi University, an educational “startup” in Accra, Ghana focused on developing the next generation of African leaders through high quality liberal arts education. He serves on the board of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), which supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges.


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