Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Board of Governors

Syed Zaeem Hosain, CTO, Aeris Communications

Mr. Hosain joined Aeris in 1996 as a member of the founding executive team, and as CTO is responsible for the company’s networks, development programs and technology strategy. With over thirty-five years experience in the semiconductor, computer and telecommunications industries, and prior to joining Aeris, he has held senior engineering/management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National and ESS Technology. Mr. Hosain is Chairman of the International Forum on ANSI-41 Standards Technology (IFAST), Chairman of the Global M2M Realization Forum (GM2MRF), and is on the Board of the Mobility CDMA Development Group (MDG, formerly CDMA Development Group).

Lou Lutostanski, Vice President, Internet of Things, Avnet

Lou Lutostanski was named vice president, Internet of Things (IoT) for Avnet in March 2017. In this role, he works across the company to identify and create opportunities to leverage Avnet’s capabilities and expand the company’s reach and expertise to entrepreneurs, startups, leading technology OEMs and other IoT innovators, enabling them to bring IoT solutions to market, from idea to production. He reports to Pete Bartolotta, Chief Transformation Officer for Avnet.
Lutostanski has 30 years of experience and industry knowledge. He joined Avnet in 1987 as a system sales manager. Throughout the next 13 years, he gained increasing responsibility as a field application engineer, sales manager, branch manager, and vice president, area director. Lou left Avnet in 2000 and spent 12 years at Motorola/Freescale where he served as the global vice president of sales covering Hewlett Packard and Motorola, and then as vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas. Since his return to Avnet in 2013, he has served as vice president of sales for the Americas and as vice president of demand creation for the Americas.
Lutostanski graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He resides in Austin, Texas.

Volkhard Bregulla, Vice President Global Industries Manufacturing & Distribution, HPE

Volkhard Bregulla, VP Global Industries Manufacturing & Distribution, HPE
Volkhard Bregulla leads HPE's Global Industries Manufacturing and Distribution (M&D) for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Mr. Bregulla and his organisation are responsible for addressing and solving business and technology issues and as a result delivering significant business outcome for HPE's clients in the M&D Industry. The responsibility includes the entire HPE portfolio of technology products, services as well as business solutions.
In his current role, he is responsible for the business relationship and industry specific content HPE develops, sell and delivers as solutions together with a select set of strategic partners and channel organizations to enable the New Style of IT and Business in the Digital economy.

Landon Garner, Chief Marketing Officer, Ingenu

As chief marketing officer, Landon Garner oversees the development and execution of all brand and marketing strategy. Prior to joining Ingenu, Mr. Garner served as director of marketing for RacoWireless, a leading enabler of cellular M2M connectivity solutions – helping guide the company through two major capital events, closing with the company’s final exit in late 2014. Mr. Garner also worked in a similar role for KORE, following its acquisition of RacoWireless. Earlier in his career, he worked for Nu Skin, a leading personal care product company, as part of their global product marketing team.

Richard Moore, Head of Marketing - Enterprise, Inmarsat

Rose Schooler, VP, IoT Solutions Group, GM, Strategy and Technology Office (STO), Intel

Rose Schooler is vice president of the Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Group and General Manager of Things Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for managing the IoT strategy across all of Intel's assets, including development of strategic business objectives, an end-to-end implementation strategy, driving external industry and partner leadership, and technical alignment to deliver foundational IoT technologies and solutions. Schooler was formerly a member of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions board and is currently on the board of NCWIT.

Alex Brisbourne, President and CEO, KORE Telematics, Chairman Emeritus

Alex Brisbourne has more than 20 years of experience in the business of wireless, enterprise and fixed line networking in Europe, North America and Asia. Mr. Brisbourne runs one of the world’s most influential, dedicated M2M connectivity providers, and has become known as a prolific speaker and opinion leader on IoT/M2M subjects.

Bill Steinike, Vice President of Business Development, Connectivity, Laird

Bill Steinike joined Laird as part of the LSR acquisition in 2015 and is the Vice President of Business Development for the Connectivity segment within Laird. Prior to the acquisition, Bill had been with LSR for over 20 years and served as the company President since 2004 working extensively in the wireless industry providing wireless module solutions, product development services, and EMC test services. As part of Laird, his team now leads the product strategy and development for Laird's leading edge IoT solutions and services which include an extensive line of WiFi/Bluetooth/Lora wireless modules and embedded and infrastructure antennas.

Sara Brown, Senior Director of Marketing, MultiTech

Sara Brown is responsible for all marketing communications at IoT systems provider MultiTech. Brown is a strategic marketing professional dedicated to driving quantifiable business results with data-driven outreach to IoT/M2M user markets. For nearly 20 years, she’s boosted revenue of organizations big and small; including Sierra Wireless, Telit, and Wavecom.

Sue Rutherford, Senior Vice President, ABC, Vice President of Marketing, ORBCOMM

As the Vice President of Marketing for ORBCOMM, Ms. Rutherford is responsible for advancing the strategic direction of ORBCOMM marketing and its leading M2M satellite & cellular products & services, applications and solution offerings. Ms. Rutherford has more than two decades of global technology marketing and business development expertise in the telecommunications, software, semiconductor, SaaS and industrial automation industries and has led a number of multifunctional teams, working to increase constituency awareness and build market presence, customer footprint and strategic business value.

John Schaefer, SVP & GM, PTC

Before joining PTC as the Senior Vice President of Development for ThingWorx, John was the VP of Development for ThingWorx and was in charge of development, consulting and support. Prior to ThingWorx, John was a VP of Product Management for SAP, focused on manufacturing intelligence. He joined SAP after his previous company, Lighthammer Software, was acquired by SAP in 2005.

Linda Li, Group Executive Director, Chief Strategy Officer, Li Tong Group

As Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Li Tong Group (LTG), Linda Li pioneered the company's transformational closed-loop recovery solution for mobile devices and established the first carbon footprint savings systems for measuring the recycle-rebirth effectiveness of Hi-Tech product portfolios. Under her leadership, LTG has become the world's foremost authority and solutions provider for helping OEMs enable both Post-industrial Recovery and Post-Consumer Trade-in and Recycling on a single global platform. Today, Li is recognized as an expert in the field of Green Supply Chain Management, specializing in cradle-to-cradle and Design-for-Recycle programs.

During her tenure LTG has received numerous industry awards, including Supply & Demand Chain Executive's 2015 Green Supply Chain Award. She is also responsible for devising the company's M&A Strategy and capital market roadmap.

Jaap Groot, VP of Systems Business Development, Semtech

Jaap Groot is an experienced international executive with strong entrepreneurial skills who has created momentum, revenue growth and leadership in the IoT & M2M marketplace through outstanding commercial and business development skills and through creating relationships with industry leaders that are centered on solving strategic business issues. Jaap has founded, built and sold businesses during his career and worked for Qualcomm, MiX Telematics, and Sigfox. He is now part of the LoRa team at Semtech and the LoRa Alliance.

Allen Proithis, President, North America, SIGFOX

Allen Proithis is the President of SIGFOX North America and has an extensive background in the IoT and M2M markets, having led the development of several businesses in those spaces over the last five years. Before joining Sigfox, Proithis led the funding and launch of, an award-winning Internet of Things startup focused on accelerating value produced by the data generated by the IoT. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of InterDigital Solutions, where he was responsible for taking commercially promising technologies to the marketplace. In that role, he led the creation of Convida Wireless, an M2M joint venture with Sony, InterDigital, and Stephen Capital, and served as chairman. Earlier in his career, Proithis spent seven years at Hewlett-Packard.

Brad Sherrard, Senior Vice President Sales, u-blox America, Inc.

Mary Beth Hall, Director of Global IoT Product and Development, Verizon

Mary Beth Hall is the Director of Global IoT Product and Development at Verizon with responsibility for developing new products. In her recent role she manages the ThingSpace Platform, a web portal that brings together tools for developers/customers to build, test and bring to market new applications, with the goal of simplification and rapid time to market. Prior to this role, she was responsible for promoting the strategic path for M2M core products; as well as the negotiations with worldwide suppliers to deliver competitively priced modules and devices that run on the network.
During her twenty plus career, she had a leading role in growing the Northeast Area channel distribution. She led the alternative distribution market, vertical marketing strategy and the advanced data products. As an experienced product marketer, she managed Global and Push to Talk for the Northeast Area. During her management, the Northeast Area was number one in sales for Global and Push to Talk sales for Verizon Wireless.
After receiving her Master in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University, she worked in training and development for seven years. As a training manager, she was influential in launching the e-learning tool for employees.

Phil Skipper, Head of Business Development, Vodafone

Phil joined Vodafone in July 2013 as Head of IoT Business Development. He is fully responsible for developing IoT solutions and capabilities on a global basis. "IoT adoption will continue to accelerate with smaller organisations being able to harness the advantages of IoT technology to drive greater efficiency and value for their customers. As Head of Business Development for Vodafone IoT, I’m particularly excited to play a key role in developing this important application area" he says.

Phil has a wealth of experience in a broad range of industries including defense, FMCG, and media. Prior to joining Vodafone Phil was responsible for Markets and Portfolio within the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities organisation. Prior to that he held the position of Director Electro Mobility for Siemens and has worked for a number of well-known blue-chip organisations including Landis + Gyr and Mars in the UK, USA, and Switzerland.