9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Derrick Kuzak, Group Vice President, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company
Derrick Kuzak is group vice president, Global Product Development. He has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Company's Product Development System and reports to Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of the company. He also reports to Mark Fields, executive vice president of the company and president of the Americas for North American product development.
In this role, Kuzak leads a team responsible for delivering on the Company's promise of delivering more products people want with greater efficiency for Ford around the world.
Kuzak began the global role in December 2006. Prior to that, he joined The Americas leadership team in August 2005, when he was named vice president, North America Engineering. In this role, he was responsible for engineering signoff of all North American vehicles and had direct responsibility for key commodities and common platform parts.
Preceding that assignment, Kuzak served as vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe, where he led the design and engineering of vehicles that accounted for the major proportion of the European market and significant growth areas in the world's emerging markets.
Before that, he was Ford of Europe's Executive Director, responsible for current and future medium car programs. Kuzak moved to that position in 2000, leading development processes for the most important vehicle segment in Europe, which included the Ford Focus.
Kuzak was Vehicle Line Director for Ford's Compact Pickup and SUV family in the U.S. from 1997-1999, including development of the Ford Escape.
He joined Ford in 1978 as a research engineer. Born in Detroit in 1951, he holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit, where he also achieved a doctorate in Systems Engineering.
9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Mark Johnson, Chairman and Co-Founder, Innosight
Mr. Johnson is chairman of Innosight, a strategic innovation consulting and investing company with offices in Massachusetts, Singapore, and India, which he cofounded with Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen. He has consulted to Global 1000 and start-up companies in a wide range of industriesincluding health care, aerospace/defense, enterprise IT, energy, automotive, and consumer packaged goodsand has advised Singapore's government on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mark's most recent work has focused on helping companies envision and create new growth, manage transformation, and achieve renewal through business model innovation. This work is the subject of the McKinsey award-winning Harvard Business Review article, "Reinventing Your Business Model," coauthored by Clayton Christensen and Henning Kagermann, which he has greatly extended and expanded in his new book Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal (Harvard Business Press, February 2010). Mark has also coauthored The Innovator's Guide to Growth (Harvard Business Press, 2008) and has published articles in the Sloan Management Review, Advertising Age, and National Defense.
Prior to cofounding Innosight, Mark was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised clients on managing innovation and implementing comprehensive change programs. Before that, he served as a nuclear power-trained surface warfare officer in the U. S. Navy and is a veteran of the first Gulf War.
Mark received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master's degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree with distinction in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy. He currently serves on the board of the U.S. Naval Institute.
Mark, his wife, Jane Clayson Johnson, and their children live in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Wednesday Banquet Keynote
Kevin Dallas, General Manager, Windows Embedded Business, Microsoft Corporation
As general manager of the Windows Embedded Business at Microsoft Corp., Kevin Dallas is responsible for overseeing development, marketing and sales efforts for the Windows Embedded portfolio of products, including Windows Embedded's core platforms (Windows Embedded Compact, Windows Embedded Standard, and Windows Embedded Server).
Kevin has been responsible for growing the Windows Embedded portfolio's scope to include several targeted-market solutions, such as Point-of-Service (POS), automotive, a new focus on federated services for devices, and others during his tenure as GM of the business. Since he joined Microsoft in May 1995, Kevin has also served as a general manager in the Mobile Communications Business division and held a number of other positions with the company.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Kevin served at semiconductor companies including NVIDIA Corporation and National Semiconductor in the areas of advanced graphics and digital signal processors, respectively. Kevin received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Staffordshire, England. His hobbies and interests include squash, soccer, and spending time with his wife Angela and three children Kyle, Nathan, and Ryan.