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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

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 General Manager of DX at Microsoft where he is 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.

President, Mobile Electronics Group

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 28-year automotive consumer electronics experience with expertise with in-vehicle consumer electronics integration for both Aftermarket and OEM.

Founder & Managing Director, Ellis and Associates

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.

Director Product Development IoT, AT&T

Greaves 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.

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.

Chief Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles

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

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 Automotive, Elektrobit

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

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 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.

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