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Introducing CCE’s New Conference Director & Advisory Board


By CCE Admin, April 29, 2014


Leading Industry Executives to Set Strategic Direction & Conference Agenda for Second Annual Connected Car Expo

The Los Angeles Auto Show announced its newly selected conference director and advisory board members, recruited to shape the 2014 Connected Car Expo (CCE).  The conference director is an automotive industry veteran while the CCE Advisory Board is comprised of influential thought leaders from some of the top companies shaping the connected car space including Aeris Communications, AT&T, Ford, Google, MERA, Pandora and Strategy Analytics.

With input from the advisory board, the conference director will set the strategic direction and conference agenda for the Connected Car Expo held in conjunction with the LA Auto Show Press Days November 18, 19 and 20.  The team will also help guide thought leadership presentations at the CCE event taking place at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas September 9, 10 and 11, 2014.  New for this year at the LA Auto Show Press Days is a Connected City Summit, which will address how technology is transforming everything from transportation to safety to infrastructure in modern cities.  The conference director and advisory board will be instrumental in shaping all of these events.

“Technology is transforming the transportation industry so quickly that we needed to assemble some of the top thinkers helping drive this sea change to make sure we are out in front of the critical issues,” said Lisa Kaz, President of the LA Auto Show and CCE.  “We are very excited to be announcing an amazing line up for the 2014 show that would not have been possible without this new team of experts leading that direction.”

Over the next few months, the LA Auto Show and CCE will be announcing additional details including session topics and leading industry participants.  For more information on CCE and LA Auto Show, please visit and


andyAndy Gryc, as the CCE Conference Director will also help ensure the show speakers, topics, format and exhibitors are leading the industry in its rapid evolution. For more than two decades, at companies like QNX, OnStar, and Hewlett-Packard, Gryc has built his reputation through hands-on experience in many facets of the automotive industry from software architecture and engineering to technical sales and product marketing.  Most recently, he was also the Automotive Product Marketing Manager at QNX and the Co-Chair of the W3C Automotive Business Group for standardizing HTML5 in cars.  Andy is currently the Co-Founder of a technology-focused marketing business, CX3 Marketing.


Vice President, Automotive Product & Strategy, Aeris

Michelle Avary is responsible for the overall management of Aeris’ automotive strategy, product planning, and business development. A 16-year veteran of automotive telematics, Avary previously led Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. telematics strategies. Most recently she was the Director of Technology Strategy for Harman International where she led the development of technology strategies for all of Harman’s business lines.

EIR, Nokia Growth Partners

Bryan Biniak is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Nokia Growth Partners which recently launched a $100 million Connected Car Fund. Previously he was the General Manager of developer experiences at Microsoft where he was responsible for driving innovation with the company’s global developer community and growth of the broader ecosystem across Microsoft’s technologies, products and services portfolio including Windows, Mobile Devices, Xbox, IoT and Azure. Prior to Microsoft he was global vice president and general manager at Nokia.

Strategic Accounts, QNX Software Systems, a BlackBerry Subsidiary

Linda Campbell has held a variety of roles within the sales and marketing organization at QNX Software Systems. Prior to relocating to Silicon Valley, she was responsible for creating and managing QNX Software Systems’ strategic alliances practice - building an award-winning technology ecosystem comprising hundreds of hardware, software and services partners globally. Campbell is also the co-founder of the Women in Automotive Technology, a Silicon Valley group dedicated to driving the industry forward by fostering connections between women, ideas and industry.

Founder & Managing Director, Ellis and Associates

John Ellis was most recently Global Technologist, Ford Motor Company. In this role, he oversaw a team which delivered a number of automotive industry firsts including SmartDeviceLink, the open source version of Fords award-winning AppLink technology connecting brought-in devices to vehicles,, Ford’s developer program with over 10,000 unique and global content providers, as well as a 2014 software developer conference attended by over 175 world-class developers from 15 countries. Today, Ellis is serving clients in the world where automotive, consumer, connectivity and software all intersect.

Chief Strategy Officer, Local Motors

Justin Fishkin is the Chief Strategy Officer of Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles. Local Motors’ platform combines global co-creation with local micro-manufacturing to bring hardware innovations (like the world’s first 3D-printed car) to market at unprecedented speed. He marries a lifelong dedication to sustainability and making a difference in the world with a background in finance and investing. Prior to joining Local Motors, Fishkin served as Senior Portfolio Manager of Carbon War Room, an organization founded by Sir Richard Branson to identify and incubate entrepreneurial solutions to climate change. He began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and later became an investor. He earned his BA in Economics from Duke University.

General Manager, Lyft

Derek Kan is the General Manager of Lyft and sits on the Board of Directors of AMTRAK, after receiving a nomination from President Obama. Prior to this role, he served as Director of Strategy at a biotech startup, Management Consultant at Bain & Company, Advisor at Elliott Management, Policy Advisor to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the Chief Economist for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Kan started his career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He earned his BS from the University of Southern California, M.Sc from the London School of Economics and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Associate Director, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics

Roger Lancot brings more than 25 years of experience in electronics industry market research, consulting and journalism to the board. Lanctot advises clients on in-vehicle safety, infotainment and connectivity systems anticipating market, regulatory, and technological developments in hardware, software and business models.

Head of Content and Outreach, Automatic Labs

Damon Lavrinc is the Head of Content and Outreach at Automatic Labs, a Bay Area startup that builds connected car products to empower drivers. For the past decade he's covered the auto and tech industries as the Silicon Valley Editor for Jalopnik, Transportation Editor at Wired and editor at Autoblog. Lavrinc has written for a variety of automotive and lifestyle publications focused on transportation technology, connectivity and personal mobility.

Chief Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles

Peter Marx is the city's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer, overseeing the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government to better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he partners with L.A.'s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation. Before joining the Mayor's Office, Marx served as the Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Labs, Inc. & was the Vice President of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc.

Manager, Android Platform, Google

Chris McKillop leads an engineering team responsible for Living Room and Entertainment products within Google’s Android organization. He was previously Vice President of Software at Jawbone; Sr. Director, webOS Linux at Palm; Team Lead, iOS WiFi & Bluetooth at Apple, and a Software Engineer at QNX Software Systems.

Director, Global Marketing, Elektrobit

Manuela Papadopol is responsible for the overall development and execution of EB Automotive’s global marketing strategy. Prior to joining EB Automotive, she served as a global marketing manager for automotive programs at Microsoft and as global marketing manager at the Tweddle Group. She began her business career in public relations and marketing at BMW in 1996 before moving to Mercedes Benz as a public relations manager in 2000.

Senior Director of Automotive, NVIDIA

Danny Shapiro is the Sr. Director of NVIDIA’s automotive business unit focused on deep learning computer vision solutions for autonomous vehicles, as well as next-generation digital cockpits. He is a 25-year veteran of the computer graphics and semiconductor industries having served in marketing, business development and engineering roles.

Vice President of Business Development, Automotive and Connected Devices, Pandora

Geoff Snyder is focused on the extension of Pandora into vehicles and connected devices. As consumers demand better music experiences at home and in the car, he is focused on developing relationships with representatives of the world’s top automotive and consumer electronics brands, working as a liaison between engineering and business teams to make personalized radio widely available on-the-road and in the home.

Co-Founder, CX3 Marketing

Andy Gryc is a well-known automotive technology evangelist whose reputation in the industry is rooted in his hands-on experience in the automotive and embedded trenches – software architecture and engineering, technical sales and product marketing – for well over two decades at companies like QNX, OnStar and HP. Through CX3 Marketing, he lends his industry knowledge, technology insights and marketing expertise to analysts, journalists and companies throughout the automotive industry.