2019 Award Winner Presenters

Michele D'Alessandro

Michele D'Alessandro

Vice President and CIO, Manufacturing IT, Merck & Co., Inc.

Member, Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors

Award Winning Project: Merck & Co. Inc., Project Ivan

Michele is Vice President and CIO for the Manufacturing Division with Merck.

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In this role, she provides strategic leadership, oversight and delivery of information technology and digital solutions for the Merck Manufacturing Division. A change agent with proven track-record of delivering high-impact projects producing outstanding business results broadly across Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and Manufacturing.

Michele and her team have been nationally recognized for the past 4 years in the areas of technical innovation, including next generation data and analytics platforms; supply chain transformation; and modernization/ digitization in manufacturing plants. In Nov 2017, Michele was awarded a Gold Stevie® Award for Women in Business in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Transformation category.

Michele holds a Bachelors’ double major degree in Math and Computer Science from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. in Information Sciences from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

Michele serves on the National Association of Manufacturer’s Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors, CNBC’s Technology Executive Council, the Strategic Advisory Board for enigma.io, and the Big Data Advisory Board for Rutgers University.

Clark Dressen

Clark Dressen

Director, Digital Operations Center, The Dow Chemical Company

Clark Dressen has 30+ years of experience across a diverse range of IT related expertise which includes enterprise computing, manufacturing, R&D, security, and business-facing roles.

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He started with The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, TX in 1988 and has developed and led major strategic transformational initiatives for technology and organizational change. He has provided thought leadership and execution to deliver business value through Information Technology in a global environment utilizing excellent interpersonal, relationship, & team building skills, as well as technical and business acumen.

In 1997, he moved to Sydney, Australia to assume responsibility for Dow’s Pacific Information Systems organization. He moved to Houston, TX in 2001 as Director of Information Technology for the Univation Joint Venture. In 2004, he relocated to Midland, MI as the Enterprise Security architect before transitioning into a role as the Senior Director of the Information Research organization for R&D. Clark moved to the Dow Kokam Joint Venture as Senior Director of Enterprise IT in April, 2010 and was responsible for developing the overall IT architecture with a key focus on the manufacturing operations environment.

In 2012, Clark took the Program Director role for the delivery of IT systems for the Sadara Joint Venture in Jubail, Saudi Arabia for manufacturing integration and operations. After successful startup, he moved to the Dow/DuPont program as Director for the IT systems related to the merger. Currently he is the Director for the new Digital Operations Center focused on innovation and transformation of manufacturing operations capabilities in Dow.

Clark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Northwood University.

Daniel R. Dwight

Daniel R. Dwight

President & CEO, Cooley Group

Dan Dwight is the President, CEO and Director of Cooley Group.

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Since his appointment in 2011, Dan successfully repositioned the 90-year old company around three pillars of Sustainable Growth (Economic Prosperity, Environmental Stewardship and Social Responsibility) while improving the health, well-being, engagement and ultimately the capacity for innovation of the entire Cooley Team. Under Dan’s leadership, Cooley has sustained revenue and profitability growth for seven consecutive years. During this time, Cooley generated over 40% of its revenue from new products, won PBN Awards including “Healthiest Employer of Rhode Island” and “Product Innovation & Design,” and cultivated collaborative partnerships such that over 70% of Cooley’s revenue is managed under long-term customer supply agreements.

Dan has extensive executive global leadership experience in business development, manufacturing and operations, technology commercialization and private equity investing in a diversity of businesses from industrial motors to renewable energy. Dan specializes in interrupting toxic, unproductive work environments by redesigning workflows, developing collaborative teams and streamlining the business to increase shareholder value and customer profitability.

Prior to Cooley Group, Dan was a Partner and Cleantech & Renewable Energy Segment Leader for Tatum, the President and CEO of Kronos Advanced Technologies, and a 17-year executive with GE in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Dan is also a Director of Family Service of Rhode Island and Kenney Manufacturing, and an Advisory Board Member of Rhode Island Manufacturing Association. He holds a BS from The University of Vermont and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Finally (and most importantly!) Dan is a husband and father of two daughters who grew up in Hong Kong during his time at GE. When he’s not working on Cooley’s sustainable growth model, Dan is traveling with his family or reading historical non-fiction particularly The Last Crusaders by Barnaby Rogerson.

Daniel Gamota

Daniel Gamota

Vice President, Engineering & Technology Services, Jabil

Daniel Gamota is vice president of the Manufacturing Technology & Innovation Organization at Jabil. He is leading several international sites that are developing and deploying hardware innovations in medical, industrial, energy, consumer, aerospace, automotive, and defense products.

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Prior to joining Jabil, Gamota was director and fellow of the technical staff at Motorola. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow and was named a Dan Noble Fellow at Motorola (top 0.1% of engineers) for his contributions to the fields of manufacturing, microelectronics, nanotechnologies, and printed & flexible electronics.

Gamota earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Dennis Hoeg

Dennis Hoeg

Vice President and North America Division President, Nexteer

Award Winning Project: Nexteer Automotive, Digital Manufacturing Process and 1Link Implementation

Dennis Hoeg, Vice President and North America Division President is responsible for the entire North America business – gaining commitments from the business lines and leveraging corporate functions to meet the business plan of the division and the product lines in North America. He is also a member of Nexteer’s Global Strategy Council.

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Hoeg has 41 years of automotive experience and has served Nexteer in several different functional assignments. These include serving as Vice President of Global Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, and Capital Enterprise Systems; Vice President of Engineering; Executive Director of Global Supply Management; Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering; and Plant Manager at Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems.

Beginning his automotive career with GM as a Manufacturing Engineer at the former Saginaw Steering Gear Division, Hoeg contributed to many different functional assignments within the organization, including:
• Program Manager for GMT800 and L/N/P90 Programs
• Chief Manufacturing Engineer for Hydraulic Steering
• Staff Engineer for Integral Gears
• Value Stream Manager for Steering Valves

Hoeg earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Science from Purdue University.

 

Carolyn Kelley

Carolyn Kelley

Vice President of Talent Management, Saint-Gobain

Award Winning Project: Saint-Gobain North America, Essentials of Manufacturing

Carolyn Kelley is the Vice President of Talent Management at Saint-Gobain North America. In her current role, she leads the Human Resources organization responsible for Talent Acquisition and Learning & Development in the United States and Canada.

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Carolyn joined Saint-Gobain in 2016 after an 18-year career at Intel Corporation where she held various technical and leadership roles, including Automation Engineer, Industrial Engineering Manager, and Factory Planning Manager. She was promoted into Human Resources as a Site HR Manager before leading a Business Transformation team and serving as a Mergers & Acquisitions Transition Manager.

Carolyn received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

Sivakumar Kolappan

Sivakumar Kolappan

Supply Chain, Tractors & Farm Equipment Limited

Karthik Mahadevan

Karthik Mahadevan

Divisional Manager, Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing, Tractors & Farm Equipment Limited

Sanjiv Patel

Sanjiv Patel

Director, Data Science – CX Platforms – Connected Digital Interactions

As director of data science, Sanjiv Patel plays a leadership role in Cisco’s company- and partner-wide digital transformation.

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With a goal of making Cisco thrive as a digital business in today’s consumption-driven market, he serves in a cross-functional capacity – spanning sales, marketing, engineering and other disciplines. Sanjiv develops and implements groundbreaking analytics models that build greater success and deeper understanding for Cisco, its customers and collaborators. Together with his team, he uses real-time connected data, analytics and automation to enable Cisco sellers and partners to deliver a powerful, personalized experience throughout the entire customer lifecycle.

Sanjiv joined Cisco in 2008 as a senior manager in solutions marketing and from there moved on to oversee marketing analytics. Prior to Cisco, he held business leadership and consulting roles at organizations such as Accenture, HP and Oracle.

With a bachelor’s degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University, Sanjiv earned his master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has also completed executive education programs at both Stanford University and Kellogg, and is currently pursuing a master of science degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern.

A military veteran, Sanjiv served as Captain, Field Artillery, in the U.S. Army.

Michelle Penman

Michelle Penman

Director, Organizational Effectiveness, Jabil

Michelle Penman is Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Jabil. She has over 24 years of industry experience focusing on leading transformational change at the executive and organizational levels. Michelle’s background is in IT where she has led and managed large scale programs, projects and teams in the services and manufacturing sectors to deliver increased profit margins and growth through the application of Lean Six Sigma, Program and Organizational Change Management methodologies.

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Michelle is responsible for enterprise initiatives, including the design and deployment of process architectures, organizational structures, and web-based tools to support Enterprise Technology R&D investment strategy processes.

Michelle earned her MBA in Business Administration from Edinburgh Napier University and her BSc in Computer Aided Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University and Six Sigma Black Belt from American Society for Quality.

Matt Prout

Matt Prout

Manufacturing Technology Development Engineer, Northrop Grumman

Matthew Prout currently works as a Manufacturing Technology Development Engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

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He is nearing completion of a M.S. in Engineering Management degree from UCLA, and expects to graduate at the end of the year. Prior to working at Northrop Grumman, Matthew graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Industrial Technology and a minor in Psychology.

Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers

Principal & Technical Director, Noble Plastics

Scott Rogers is a principal and Technical Director for Noble Plastics, Inc.

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Having received a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from LSU, Scott has focused his career efforts on the areas of product and manufacturing systems design. Noble Plastics is located in Lafayette Louisiana and serves the industrial, consumer, and defense industries as a custom manufacturer of components and industrial automation systems.

 

Jayden Stewart

Jayden Stewart

Lockheed Martin

 

Dave Verberg

Dave Verberg

IBM

Dave Verburg is Senior Technical Staff Member for Storage Devices and End to End Quality for IBM. He manages quality assurance and proactive quality activities for SSDs and HDDs for all IBM systems.

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Over the last year, he has been working with a team at IBM and a supplier to implement a supply chain blockchain proof of concept. He has been a leader in extending quality control to NVMe, SSD, and HDD drives, and along with others at IBM pioneered a new proactive process to improve quality. He has over 28 years experience in the technology industry, with the majority of that time spent in a variety of positions related to storage devices. Dave has received an Outstanding Technical Achievement award from IBM for implemented a quality management system for drives and also an Outstanding Contributor award for quality improvements for hard disk drives. In 2001 he was awarded Outstanding Recent Graduate in Electrical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He earned an MSEE from the University of Minnesota and a BSEE and BSCS from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and can speak Spanish and Mongolian.