svp, Global Partner Resources Starbucks Coffee Company
Marissa Andrada is senior vice president of global partner resources at Starbucks Coffee Company. Andrada supports the Starbucks Partner Resources Organization around the world, including total rewards, PRO operations, partner engagement and business partner teams. In this role she reports to Chief Community Officer Blair Taylor and serves as a key member of the Starbucks senior leadership team.
Andrada joined Starbucks in 2011 as senior vice president of partner resources for the U.S. and Americas region where she worked with the leadership team to develop programs that elevated leaders, engaged partners and helped enable the growth of the U.S. and Americas retail business.
Andrada brings more than 20 years of human resources experience and leadership skills to this role. Before Starbucks, she was the head of human resources for GameStop Corporation and spent 10 years as the head of human resources at startup and high-growth organizations, including Xdrive Technologies, ValleyCrest Companies and Red Bull North America. Andrada began her career in various HR generalist and management roles at Unisys Corporation, Pepsi Restaurants International/Pizza Hut and Universal Studios.
Andrada has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
SVP & CHRO Levi Strauss & Co.
Varun Bhatia is CHRO and SVP of Levi Strauss & Co. Bhatia was named CHRO in July 2012 and is a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team.
Passionate about leadership and talent development, Bhatia is focused on business partnering to deliver HR solutions that meet the company’s needs, engage employees and make LS&Co. a great place to work. He brings a transformational mindset to leading and developing the company’s HR team to solidify its impact in driving positive cultural change and enhancing individual and collective performance.
Bhatia is a seasoned HR executive with more than 25 years of experience at several consumer goods companies known for their leadership and talent development. He has extensive global experience in country, regional and global HR roles. Throughout his various HR positions, he has transformed organizations by developing and implementing robust, business-focused HR initiatives that help companies and employees succeed together. Before joining LS&Co., Bhatia served as VP of human resources of the Asia-Pacific division at Kraft Foods.
Bhatia holds a bachelor’s degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce and an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and is also an alumnus of the executive development programs at London Business School and Harvard University.
Jeff Carr is CEO of Peoplefluent and a seasoned human capital management software executive, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the global enterprise software marketplace.
Prior to joining Peoplefluent, Carr was president of global field operations at Saba, where he had responsibility for the company's worldwide field operations, including sales, professional services, alliances and customer success. During his time at Saba, the company expanded its global business footprint dramatically through both direct sales growth and new indirect channel partnerships. Carr also oversaw a major shift from selling primarily licenses to selling SaaS subscriptions.
Carr's extensive HCM experience also includes his position at Taleo as EVP, where he helped deliver record SaaS revenues and margins and served as a key driver behind the company's go-to-market strategy and corporate direction; as well as a nine-year tenure with PeopleSoft Inc., where he ran a number of sales teams and business units and later served as a division president and then as EVP of worldwide marketing, strategy and emerging markets. During Carr's tenure, PeopleSoft went public and became one of the largest sellers of human resource management and financial software.
Carr also served as CEO of Motiva Inc. and as president of RightWorks Corporation.
VP, Health Transformation Anthem National Accounts
Gary Earl is corporate health ambassador, innovator and thought leader representing Anthem National Accounts. As VP of health transformation, Earl is dedicated and committed to developing leading edge collaborative concepts that execute both individual and business health transformation in an effort to set industry benchmarks for outcomes, accountability and economic impact.
Earl has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to the mission and purpose of influencing and impacting individual, business and community health. Prior to joining Anthem, Earl served as CIGNA Healthcare’s SVP and founding partner for communities of health. From 2000—2005, Earl was the corporate VP of healthcare and productivity for Caesars Entertainment, and based upon the results of his transformational impact at Caesars, Earl was honored as Benefit Professional of the Year 2003 by Employee Benefits Magazine. Earl’s prior experience includes tenure with The Watson Group, where he served as a corporate VP and healthcare practice partner, and with CIGNA Corporation early in his career, spending over a decade of service in a variety of roles.
Earl is founder, director and team leader for both the Health Awareness Tour and Journey for Health Tour, two nationally recognized cross-America bicycle tours, whose mission is to share an inspirational and educational message of health transformation with individuals, businesses and communities. Earl is a frequent speaker, teacher, guide and contributor to numerous publications, events, companies, communities and universities.
Senior Consultant Towers Watson
Dylan Galaty is a senior consultant with Towers Watson, where he acts as a trusted advisor for clients. He has expertise in large-scale employee engagement programs and all aspects of employee survey research, including broad-based on-boarding, engagement, exit surveys and 180 degree and 360 degree and leadership development diagnostics. Through customized survey programs focused on organizational objectives, he helps clients attract and retain talent, enhance employee commitment and morale, improve operating efficiency and manage change more effectively.
Prior to joining Towers Watson, Galaty was a practice leader for a prominent global human capital consulting firm, during which time he oversaw the design, implementation, analysis and follow-through of employee research engagements. He also spent time with an economic consulting firm, where he designed and managed customized research projects for clients involved in litigation, public inquiries and business negotiations.
Galaty has worked with organizations of all sizes and complexities including domestic and global companies in the automotive, aerospace, banking, chemical, energy, entertainment, gaming, food services, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and technology industries.
Galaty holds a B.A. in ethnic studies from the California State University and an M.A. in applied sociology from Temple University.
EVP & CFO Adobe Systems Incorporated
As EVP and CFO, Mark Garrett is responsible for Adobe's worldwide finance, operations and information technology activities, including investor relations, purchasing, facilities, global supply chain management, and order management. In addition, Garrett oversees Adobe's corporate development activities with responsibility for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, venture investments, and new business initiatives.
With more than 25 years of financial management experience in the technology sector, Garrett has worked with many of the industry's leading companies. Before joining Adobe in 2007, Garrett served as SVP and CFO of EMC's Software Group, the multibillion-dollar software group of EMC Corporation. Prior to working at EMC, he was EVP and CFO of Documentum. During his tenure at Documentum, Garrett was instrumental in closing several acquisitions and ultimately in the sale of Documentum to EMC. Previous accounting and finance management positions include tenures at IBM and Cadence Design Systems.
Garrett currently serves on the board of directors for Informatica Corp., Model N Inc., Adobe Foundation and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. He holds bachelor's degrees in accounting and marketing from Boston University and a master's degree in business administration from Marist College.
Director and Institutional Sales Manager Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Roger Gray is a director and institutional sales manager with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Gray joined the firm in 2012. He offers more than 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. His responsibilities include business development in the institutional retirement plan space. Prior to joining the firm, Gray was employed as head of retirement plan services business for Deutsche Bank where he had overall responsibility for the retirement plan business. In addition, he served as president and CEO of DWS Trust Company.
Gray holds a B.A. in psychology from Hobart College along with his pension certification from Bentley College.
CHRO Flextronics International Ltd.
Denise Haylor is CHRO at Flextronics, a $25B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 electronics manufacturing services and end-to-end supply chain solutions provider with more than 200,000 employees and operations in more than 30 countries. In this role, Haylor leads the company’s global human resources and corporate social and environmental responsibility teams.
She joined Flextronics in 2011 as senior vice president, HR business partners and talent management. In early 2012, she took on the leadership of HR operations in addition to her existing duties. In that role, she lead a global team of HR professionals charged with the discovery, design and delivery of innovative HR solutions to support Flextronics’ dynamic end-to-end supply chain services business. In her talent management function, she led a small team to define the company’s talent management strategy and deliver a number of programs including the Flextronics executive development program. She also refined the talent review process and created a framework for workforce planning.
Prior to joining Flextronics, Haylor served as corporate vice president of human resources at Motorola Inc., where she played an active leadership role in the separation of Motorola, the formation of Motorola Mobility and a significant business divestiture. At Motorola, she led a global team of HR professionals that was responsible for strategic human resources. Her responsibilities encompassed all HR competencies including organization design and effectiveness, change management and the successful due diligence and integration of multiple mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining Motorola, Haylor served as an HR leader for Siemens. She holds a master of arts degree in managing human resources from Kingston Business School in London.
SVP, Global Human Resources Gap Inc.
Dan Henkle, SVP of global HR, is responsible for leading HR for the company’s Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and corporate divisions. Along with Eric Severson, SVP of global talent solutions, Henkle reports to chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy to lead HR strategies for Gap Inc.’s 136,000 employees around the world. Henkle has been a respected leader at Gap Inc. for more than 21 years and has held a number of key roles within the company, most recently as head of HR and communications for Old Navy.
Henkle also played an instrumental role in bringing critical apparel sourcing issues to the forefront as Gap Inc.’s SVP of global responsibility. He was responsible for improving working conditions in garment factories, including ethical sourcing, environmental affairs, community investment and government affairs. The team was also responsible for the company’s employee relations, learning and development, and diversity and inclusion efforts.
Henkle received his MBA with an emphasis on organizational behavior from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves on the boards of two nonprofit organizations, Juma Ventures and Social Accountability International, and also serves on the Gap Foundation board of trustees.
SVP, Human Resources JDSU
Brett Hooper has served as SVP of human resources at JDSU since 2006. Hooper believes building a world-class organization begins with a cohesive executive team, supported by business and service-oriented human resources professionals. Since joining JDSU in 2006, Hooper has emphasized the strategic requirement of HR while simultaneously building a function that can scale with today’s fast-paced technology environment.
Hooper balances the priorities of a quickly evolving, complex and diversified technology company. HR programs at JDSU include an integrated approach to performance and compensation programs; an innovative training course for managers; a flexible and scalable recruitment model; and an employee engagement program with full executive support, best-in-class participation rates and a thorough action planning process.
Hooper’s philosophy is that everyone, regardless of role, should lead by example. To meet the company’s goals, strategic HR business partners pull through corporate HR programs and support the organizational design, planning and development needs of three distinct business segments and centralize shared services.
Hooper served as SVP of human resources for Credence Systems Corporation from 2004—2006. He joined Credence through the acquisition of NPTest. Previously, Hooper held several positions, including engineering, sales, marketing, investor relations and senior human resources management at Schlumberger.
EVP & CHRO Big Heart Pet Brands
Asad Husain joined Big Heart Pet Brands in January 2013 and was appointed EVP and CHRO in March 2013. He is focused on building the capability and engagement needed for Big Heart Pet Brands to execute its strategy and win with its customers and consumers.
He has nearly 25 years of human resources management experience both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Big Heart Pet Brands, Husain was global head of human resources at Dun & Bradstreet from September 2010—October 2012, where he led the development and execution of companywide HR strategy, including significant change management programs, and served as VP of HR international from August 2007—September 2010. From 1989—2007, he held various senior human resources positions at The Gillette Company, a consumer products manufacturer, spanning various functions and global locations, including integration work for the Gillette global business unit when the company was acquired by Procter & Gamble.
Former CEO Juniper Networks, Inc.
Kevin Johnson retired as CEO of Juniper Networks in December 2013. Johnson joined Juniper Networks as CEO and a member of the board of directors in September 2008, after several years at IBM and more than 16 years at Microsoft. During his tenure at Juniper, revenue grew from $2.8B in 2007 to $4.6B in 2013 while the company delivered breakthrough innovation resulting in the strongest, most robust portfolio in the company’s history.
Johnson joined Juniper from Microsoft Corporation, where he held a range of executive assignments, including serving as president of the platforms and services division responsible for the Windows and online services businesses. He began his career at IBM, working in the company's systems integration and consulting business. Johnson is currently the managing partner of Bonsai Ventures and has served on the board of nonprofits focusing on technology and women's career advancement. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He is also a board member of Starbucks Coffee Company.
Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.
Director, HR & Leadership Development Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Ellen Johnston is the director of HR and leadership development at Varian Medical Systems Inc. In the nearly eight years she has been at Varian, Johnston has worn many hats but primarily has been focused on leading teams that are developing integrated organization and talent development processes and systems. She has also been focused on evolving Varian’s leadership development architecture.
Johnston has particular interest in exploring and integrating new ideas and research into HR systems to make them more effective. Recent work has included building and/or redesigning processes for talent review, succession management, performance management, goal setting and calibration. Before Varian, she held positions in management and leadership development at Sun Microsystems and Siebel Systems and also built and managed the HR organization for INTERACTIVE Systems.
She has a B.A. from Bucknell University and an MBA in HR management and organization development from UCLA.
CHRO Hitachi Data Systems Corporation
Scott Kelly is SVP and CHRO at Hitachi Data Systems. With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, Kelly worked for Nestle, Scottish Power, Motorola and Dun & Bradstreet before joining Hitachi Data Systems. Kelly has been involved in the change process and in business partnering in the international environment for most of his career. He is very familiar with what is needed to make the business relationship a successful one, including the challenges of working in a global model.
Kelly is currently responsible for all aspects of HR throughout HDS including HRIS, workforce planning/staffing, total compensation, performance management, management development/leadership succession planning, employee survey and diversity/advocacy, HR-legal compliance and OD/management support consulting. Most recently he was the SVP of client facing operations at HDS and prior to that, global head of talent management. Kelly has also supported EMEA and APAC regions.
He has degrees in human resource management and biology/biotechnology as well as executive education with TUCK and IMD.
Head of Worldwide Corporate Marketing Altera Corporation
Jocelyn King is responsible for worldwide marketing, including global corporate communications, demand generation, channel marketing, online marketing, regional marketing, technical publications and marketing operations at Altera Corporation, a $2B global semiconductor company headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.
King has more than 20 years of global marketing strategy and communications management experience in high tech companies. Her work experience includes leadership roles in startup, mid-sized and Fortune 1000 companies, including Altera, National Semiconductor and Rabbit Semiconductor. She is currently president of MOCCA, the Marketing Operations Cross Company Alliance, a professional organization for marketing best practices on measuring marketing return on investment.
King holds an M.S. degree in organizational development from the University of San Francisco, an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California, and multiple certificates and awards in marketing, technical communications and engineering subjects.
Director, Human Resources and Employment Counsel San Francisco 49ers
Sean Kundu is entering his second season with the San Francisco 49ers as the director of human resources and employment counsel. Kundu is responsible for managing the team’s human resources department and provides labor and employment legal advice to all of the team’s business units and affiliate businesses.
Prior to joining the team, Kundu was a trial lawyer for six years at an international law firm, specializing in labor and employment law, and worked for five years as a business consultant for an international business and technology consulting company.
Kundu holds a B.S. in economics and applied mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from University of Southern California.
VP, Human Resources Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Michelle Kwait serves as VP of human resources for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. As a member of the senior leadership team, she is responsible for creating a modern and strategic HR function for Ghirardelli, ensuring talent management programs exist in support of Ghirardelli’s strategic goals and growth plans.
Kwait began her career with Ghirardelli in 2011 with a focus on building global talent management programs for both Ghirardelli and its parent company, Lindt, to ensure the right people are in the right roles across the globe. Prior to joining Ghirardelli, Kwait worked for Williams-Sonoma, holding roles as the director of learning and development and director of human resources for the Pottery Barn brand retail organization.
Kwait also worked in higher education as SVP of human resources for Heald College and director of HR for Stanford University. She began her HR career with Marriott International.
VP, WW Human Resources Atmel Corporation
Jing Liao was appointed VP of worldwide human resources at Atmel in 2009. Prior to this position, she led the global total rewards function, and prior to joining Atmel, Liao served as VP of global human resources for Avanex Corporation. There she was responsible for building and establishing an HR department tasked to support the restructuring and growth plan of the company. She has also held HR leadership positions at Hyperion, JDS Uniphase and Adaptec.
Liao received a bachelor of arts degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Peking University in China.
SVP, Human Resources Altera Corporation
Kevin Lyman is SVP of human resources for Altera Corporation, responsible for the company’s global talent management strategy and programs. Prior to joining Altera in 2008, he was employed at Advanced Micro Devices where he served as SVP of corporate HR. Lyman has more than 25 years of experience linking strategy, people and business results, and has also held HR management roles at Lockheed, GenRad and General DataComm Industries.
Lyman holds master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in education and psychology. He has served as chair of the Central Texas Technology Executive and Education Council, on the business advisory council of St. Edwards University, the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Central Texas, and as a featured industry executive for Invest in Germany, a German government-sponsored agency.
VP HCM Transformation Oracle
Christine Mellon, VP of HCM transformation at Oracle, has more than 25 years of diverse HR experience. Mellon assists Oracle clients with human capital management strategy development and implementation, compensation practices, talent development initiatives, employee engagement, global HR management, and integrated HR systems and processes that support the full employee lifecycle.
Mellon has held consulting and corporate HR roles, including CHRO positions. As CHRO for Echostar in Denver, she led HR for 6,000-plus employees in global locations, including the Americas, Western and Eastern Europe and Asia. Mellon also served as CHRO for Aepona, a startup software firm, where she established and elevated global HR practices. Aepona was acquired by Intel in 2013.
Mellon spent seven years in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of professional and executive HR roles. She later worked for CIGNA Group Insurance as an HR director and a regional VP of sales. Mellon additionally served as SVP of strategic sales for Right Management Consultants, an HR consulting and outplacement firm, where she worked directly with a wide range of client organizations on human capital initiatives.
Mellon received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Villanova University.
SVP, Global People & Places Adobe Systems Incorporated
As SVP of global people and places, Donna Morris leads Adobe's global HR organization with responsibility for recruitment, growth and development, and total reward programs for more than 11,000 employees worldwide. Her priorities include, continuing to build upon the culture and values which have contributed to Adobe being recognized as one of the best places to work by Fortune magazine and other publications around the world.
During her career, Morris has led both generalist and specialist human resources functions in the high technology, communications and government fields. Prior to becoming SVP in 2007, Morris held several other management positions within Adobe human resources, providing leadership to the company's global human resources activities. Before joining Adobe, Morris was VP of human resources and learning at Accelio Corporation, a Canadian software company acquired by Adobe in 2002.
Morris has earned several industry honors, including Human Resources Professional of the Year in Ottawa, Canada and the Silicon Valley YWCA's Tribute to Women (TWIN) Award. She is currently on the board of directors for the Adobe Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in California. Morris has a bachelor's degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and holds the Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
Vice President Adobe EchoSign
As VP of EchoSign at Adobe, Jon Perera leads the company's e-signature business with responsibility for business strategy, worldwide revenue accountability, customer success and product management. Customers served by this SaaS solution include Google, Facebook, Oracle, American Express, British Telecom and more than 90 percent of the Fortune 1000. He additionally helps lead Adobe's overall digital document and e-commerce strategy and previously led the Adobe Education business.
Across more than 20 years in the software industry, Perera has held a variety of marketing, technical and field positions. He joined Adobe from Microsoft, where he last held the position of general manager of the company’s academic programs group. He also served as general manager of business operations for Microsoft’s international headquarters in Paris, France. He was one of the company’s first product managers on Windows NT, which led to innovations including Active Directory, .NET and more, and he led the go-to-market for Microsoft’s middleware strategy across SQL Server, .NET and Visual Studio.
Perera has also served on the board of the Technology Access Foundation, which is working to help children of color in public schools become college-ready for the STEM-related fields. He holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Wesleyan University.
EVP, Human Resources Juniper Networks, Inc.
Steven Rice is the EVP of human resources at Juniper Networks. Rice joined Juniper Networks in 2006 and leads the human resources organization that supports the company's operations worldwide. He is responsible for leading Juniper Networks’ people strategy of creating an inspired community of people able, committed and empowered to achieve amazing success.
Rice’s more than 30-year career spans a range of HR leadership positions both at Hewlett-Packard and in his current role at Juniper Networks. Rice also chairs the Juniper Networks Foundation Fund, which uses the power of the new network to take on the toughest challenges facing our communities to change the world.
Rice was nominated in 2013 by End Human Trafficking Now and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking for the Business Leaders Award to Fight Human Trafficking.
Author & Thought Leader "Nothing Changes Until You Do"
Mike Robbins is the author of three books, “Focus on the Good Stuff,” “Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken,” and his latest, “Nothing Changes Until You Do.” His work has been featured in Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network. Since 2008, Robbins has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and his books have been translated into fourteen different languages.
As an expert in teamwork, emotional intelligence and the powers of appreciation and authenticity, Robbins delivers keynote addresses and interactive seminars that empower people, teams and organizations to work together effectively and successfully. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally.
Prior to his speaking, writing and consulting career, Robbins played baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series, and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.
Robbins earned a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity.
Dr. David Rock
Director NeuroLeadership Institute
Dr. David Rock coined the term "NeuroLeadership" and co-founded the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science for leadership development. He co-edits the NeuroLeadership Journal and heads an annual global summit. He is the author of four books including the 2009 business-best-seller “Your Brain at Work.” He is also the founder and CEO of the NeuroLeadership Group, a global consulting and training firm with operations in 24 countries.
Academically, Rock is on the faculty and advisory board of Cimba, an international business school based in Europe. He is a guest lecturer at universities in five countries including Oxford University’s Said Business School, and he is on the board of the BlueSchool, a new educational initiative in New York City. He received his professional doctorate in the neuroscience of leadership from Middlesex University in 2010.
SVP, Human Resources Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Wendy Scott is SVP of human resources for Varian Medical Systems, a $3B global manufacturing equipment, software and services company in the medical device industry. Appointed to this role in 2004, she is focused on leading the HR team in executing talent management strategies and influencing workforce culture to positively impact the engagement of the company’s 6,500 employees in more than 30 countries. She is passionate about working in a company with such a critical mission — to save millions of lives every year through the early diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer using imaging and radiation technology.
Prior to Varian, Scott worked in a variety of roles at Sun Microsystems and Genentech. She graduated from Boston University and earned a master’s degree at Stanford.
VP, People Analytics & Compensation Google Inc.
As VP of people, analytics and compensation at Google, Prasad Setty oversees a team which enables people decisions at Google to be data-driven; generates insights on keeping Googlers happy and productive; and tailors rewards and recognition to attract and retain the world’s best talent.
Prior to joining Google in 2007, Setty was VP of workforce analytics at Capital One. Earlier, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Washington D.C. In his career, Setty taught farmers how to grow rice; helped the U.S. Army destroy toxic rocket fuel; and built the first variable scanning angle reflectometer.
He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He also has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from IIT.
SVP, Global Talent Solutions Gap Inc.
Eric Severson, SVP of global talent solutions, is responsible for Gap Inc.’s corporate HR services, including talent management and recruiting, employee relations, performance and recognition, technology and operations, as well as China and Gap Inc.’s growth, innovation and digital division. Along with Dan Henkle, SVP of HR for global brands, Severson reports to chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy to lead HR strategies for Gap Inc.’s 136,000 employees around the world.
Since joining Gap Inc. in 2000, Severson has held many leadership roles, most recently as the key architect in re-engineering the company’s HR operating model: Grow, Perform, Succeed.
Previously, Severson headed up HR for Gap North America during the company’s significant organization shift to a global brand structure in 2012. He also served as the lead for Gap Outlet HR, where Severson introduced a series of innovative programs including Results Only Work Environment. He also spearheaded Gap Inc.’s diversity department, and led the re-development of the company’s flexible work arrangement policy.
Severson holds a master’s from Arizona State University and bachelor’s from Pennsylvania State University. He is an 11-year member of the board of the Felton Institute of San Francisco, which is a leader in mental health innovation.
Executive Vice President O.C. Tanner Institute
David Sturt is the EVP of the O.C. Tanner Institute and author of the recent New York Times best-seller “Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love.” He has been interviewed and quoted by The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Forbes, CBS Radio, Huffington Post and numerous other media organizations. He is a weekly contributor on Forbes.com and speaks at HR and leadership conferences across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Sturt has a degree in training and development and an MBA and has two decades of experience in research, innovation and leadership. He was born in England, raised in South Africa, educated in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific and has a passion for doing things that make a difference.
Director, Service Supply Chain Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Scott Tredennick is director of service supply chain for Varian Medical Systems, a $3B global manufacturing equipment, software and services company in the medical device industry. Since joining Varian in 2008, Tredennick has led a distributed team of supply chain and logistics personnel across the globe. He is passionate about international business and how to effectively manage and lead a group of professionals across the varied business cultures where Varian operates.
Prior to Varian, Tredennick held logistics and supply chain strategy roles at NetApp, Accenture and Maersk. He graduated from UC Davis and earned his MBA at The Anderson School at UCLA.
VP, Human Resources Genentech, Inc.
Nancy Vitale is VP of human resources for Genentech and regional human resources head for Roche Pharma NA. Appointed to the role in 2013, Vitale is responsible for leading a team of nearly 200 HR professionals across multiple disciplines dedicated to creating a great place to work in support of the company’s mission and goals.
Previously, Vitale held the dual role of senior director of human resources for the Genentech technical operations organization and global HR business partner for the biologics operating unit across three continents. In this capacity, she led a network of 40 HR professionals in support of the business. Vitale joined Genentech in 2006 as the director of training and development for product operations. In 2008, she assumed the role of director of HR.
Prior to Genentech, Vitale was director of HR for the Gillette North American commercial division at Procter & Gamble. Prior to P&G, Vitale was VP of HR for CIGNA's group insurance division.
Vitale’s strengths include strategic business partnering, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that involve people or organizational components.
Vitale holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Emory University.
VP, Human Resources Core-Mark International, Inc.
Joe Wegener joined Core-Mark International, Inc. in 2008 as the vice president of human resources. Core-Mark International, Inc. is one of the largest broad-line, full-service distributors of packaged consumer products to the convenience retail industry in North America. Core-Mark operates 29 distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada with about 5,300 employees and is headquartered in South San Francisco.
Wegener previously held management and executive positions with McKesson, Budget Rent a Car and ADT. He graduated from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Canada with a B.A. in history.
President & CEO Big Heart Pet Brands
David J. West an established leader in the consumer packaged foods industry, with more than 25 years of experience leading a range of companies and iconic brands. West is president and CEO of Big Heart Pet Brands. West was previously president and CEO of Del Monte Foods. In February 2014, Del Monte Foods completed the sale of its consumer products business and changed its name to Big Heart Pet Brands.
Prior to joining Del Monte Foods as CEO in 2011, West was president and CEO at The Hershey Company. Under West’s leadership, Hershey enjoyed strong profits, net sales growth and shareholder returns and was recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies by Forbes Magazine in 2011. Prior to being named CEO at Hershey, West was EVP and COO and responsible for Hershey’s North American commercial group, international commercial group and global supply chain activities. Prior to this role, West held a range of other leadership positions at Hershey.
Prior to joining Hershey, West enjoyed a 14-year career with Nabisco biscuit and snacks group, where he held a range of senior positions and helped shape and execute Nabisco’s strategy, culminating in the $19B acquisition of Nabisco by Kraft Foods in 2000.