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 ConnectedCarExpo.com and LAAutoShow.com.
Andy 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.
Manager, Android Platform, Google
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.
Vice President, Automotive Strategy, Aeris Communications
Mrs. Avary is responsible for the overall management of Aeris’ automotive strategy, product planning, and business development. A 15-year veteran of automotive telematics, Michelle 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.
Global Technologist and Head of Developer Program, Ford
Ellis is responsible for expanding Ford’s “brought-in” strategy of integrating mobile technology into vehicles. He oversees a team of developers and engineers responsible for creating the connected car and striking the right balance between embedded and off-board technology so drivers can seamlessly extend their mobile lives into their vehicles.
Director Product Development Emerging Devices, AT&T
Brian is responsible for leading the development and implementation of connected vehicle services and enhancements in the telematics and infotainment sector. This includes managing all development programs and initiatives on the AT&T Drive Platform and overseeing the AT&T Drive Studio.
ROGER C. LANCTOT
Associate Director, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics
With more than 25 years of experience in electronics industry market research, consulting and journalism, Lanctot advises clients on in-vehicle safety, infotainment and connectivity systems anticipating market, regulatory, and technological developments in hardware, software and business models.
Vice President of Automotive Business Development, Pandora
Snyder is focused on the extension of Pandora into vehicles. As consumers demand a better in-car music experience, he has developed relationships with representatives of the world's top automotive brands working as a liaison between engineering and business teams to make personalized radio on-the-road a reality.
President, Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA)
As the president of the U.S. trade association representing over 1,000 mobile electronics companies and owning and producing the annual tradeshow, KnowledgeFest®, and the trade publication Mobile Electronics® Magazine, Cook combines his 27-year automotive consumer electronics experience with expertise with in-vehicle consumer electronics integration for both Aftermarket and OEM.
Chief Innovation Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles
Peter Marx is the city's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer. A key part of Mayor Garcetti's back to basics agenda, Marx will oversee the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he will partner 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., commercializing a variety of emerging technologies. Previously, Marx was the Vice President of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc. where the company received a Webby award, the highest award for excellence in online content. Marx managed Analog Protocol, a media-technology consultancy; served as the Chief Technology Officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios; and held engineering and producer positions at Electronic Arts. Early in his career, he served as an engineer on a variety of telemedicine, digital video, radiological imaging, and biomedicine applications for UCLA and 3M Company.