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FT Innovate 2015

Agility in an Age of Ambiguity

New York |
Speakers include:
Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock


Richard Gelfond

Richard Gelfond


Richard Plepler

Richard Plepler



Agility in an Age of Ambiguity

As technologies and access to information continue to evolve at a rapid rate, the most compelling innovative companies tend to be relatively new. Their business model is built around disrupting existing infrastructure, agility and tapping into the latest consumer behavior trends.

What about older, larger and more traditional companies? To remain successful, many are attempting to emulate the smaller innovators and reimagine themselves. They are developing in-house hubs of innovation to innovate without legacy systems and processes and that largely operate separately to the rest of the company. For them, being big might mean having to be small again.

But is this the right business model for success in a large corporation? It is too easily forgotten that big companies that are around today have successfully survived economic downturns and periods of massive change and disruption. Is it therefore really necessary to scrap the old model and build something new, or can you build innovation within the existing framework?

As FT Innovate returns for a fifth ground-breaking year in the States, we explore the behavior of truly innovative companies -- how they re-model themselves to address what today’s market needs, but also ensure longevity so they are still relevant in the future.

fallback Add to my Calendar 12/09/2015 08:00:0012/09/2015 17:30:00trueFT Innovate 2015Agility in an Age of AmbiguityAs technologies and access to information continue to evolve at a rapid rate, the most compelling innovative companies tend to be relatively new. Their business model is built around disrupting existing infrastructure, agility and tapping into the latest consumer behavior trends.What about older, larger and more traditional companies? To remain successful, many are attempting to emulate the smaller innovators and reimagine themselves. They are developing in-house hubs of innovation to innovate without legacy systems and processes and that largely operate separately to the rest of the company. For them, being big might mean having to be small again.But is this the right business model for success in a large corporation? It is too easily forgotten that big companies that are around today have successfully survived economic downturns and periods of massive change and disruption. Is it therefore really necessary to scrap the old model and build something new, or can you build innovation within the existing framework?As FT Innovate returns for a fifth ground-breaking year in the States, we explore the behavior of truly innovative companies -- how they re-model themselves to address what today’s market needs, but also ensure longevity so they are still relevant in the future.FT-Innovate-2015512b9b9f5729824d70fc52f0dc48b4aeMM/DD/YYYY

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Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock

Vice Chair

Beth Comstock was named Vice Chair in August 2015. In this capacity, she leads GE’s efforts to accelerate new growth. She operates GE Business Innovations, which develops new businesses, markets and service models; drives brand value and partners to enhance GE’s inventive culture. This unit includes GE Lighting, GE Ventures & Licensing and GE sales, marketing and communications. Since 2008, she served as GE’s chief marketing and commercial officer. From 2006, she was President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal overseeing ad revenue and the company’s digital efforts, including early development of, Peacock Equity, and acquiring In 2003 Ms Comstock was named the company’s first chief marketing officer in more than 20 years. Previously, she held a succession of roles at GE, NBC, CBS and Turner Broadcasting. She is a member Nike’s Board of Directors and Trustee president of the CooperHewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. She graduated from the college of William and Mary with a degree in biology.

Richard Gelfond

Richard Gelfond

Chief Executive Officer

Richard (Rich) Gelfond is CEOof IMAX Corporation, one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies.  Under his leadership, IMAX has evolved from a niche purveyor of nature and science documentaries to a Hollywood movie force — both as high-tech exhibitor and a creative partner in the movie-making process.

IMAX has 1,000 theatres in 65 countries (including more than 250 theatres in Greater China). IMAX has presented some of 2015’s top movies including Fast & Furious 7 and Jurassic World and its upcoming slate includes Spectre, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Under Mr Gelfond’s leadership, IMAX entered China 17 years ago just as the nation’s entertainment, film and exhibition industry was developing. Growing as it did alongside the industry, IMAX has become a key part of the nation’s movie-going culture. Today, China is IMAX’s second-largest and fastest-growing market and is embraced by audiences across the country as the best and most immersive way to see a film.

Mr Gelfond, one of entertainment’s longest-tenured executives, joined IMAX in 1994 as co-chairman after his firm, Cheviot Capital Advisors, bought the company. He previously served as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions with Drexel Burnham Lambert. 

Mr Gelfond holds a BA from Stony Brook University and a law degree from Northwestern University.

He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Science.  In 1996, Mr Gelfond and investment partner Brad Wechsler received an Academy Award on behalf of IMAX for Scientific and Technical Achievement.

Richard Plepler

Richard Plepler

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Richard Plepler is Chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for overall management of the world’s most successful pay TV service. HBO and Cinemax have over 120 million subscribers worldwide.  HBO and Cinemax services include HBO On Demand®, Cinemax On Demand®, HBO GO®, MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries.

HBO's original productions continue to raise the bar with some of the most innovative, honored and critically respected programming on television, including “Silicon Valley” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”. “True Detective”, which debuted in 2014, became the most-watched freshman series in HBO’s history. Now In its fourth season, “Game of Thrones” a global juggernaut, has 18 million viewers per episode in the U.S. alone.

In 2014, The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, named Mr Plepler ‘Media Person of the Year’.

Kamal Ahluwalia

Kamal Ahluwalia

Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing

As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kamal Ahluwalia has global responsibility for accelerating growth and establishing Apttus' Quote-to-Cash footprint as a critical pillar of modern business. Mr Ahluwalia is an established industry leader, and has a tremendous history of success developing long-term productive relationships with large global brands. His leadership and contributions are widely recognized as instrumental to not only Apttus partners, customers, and the organization itself, but also to the Quote-to-Cash category overall.

Prior to Apttus, Mr Ahluwalia served as Chief Marketing Officer for Selectica. During his tenure he was responsible for driving Selectica’s expansion into configure price quote (CPQ) markets. Prior to Selectica, he held leadership positions at Model N, Oracle, Apple, and RadioMail. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Utah State, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from IIT Roorkee.

Shannon Bond

Shannon Bond

US Media and Marketing Correspondent
Financial Times

Shannon Bond is US Media and Marketing Correspondent for the Financial Times, covering content and distribution companies, digital media and the broader advertising and marketing industries. She is based in New York.

Ms Bond joined the FT in 2008, and was formerly a general assignment reporter, covering US economics, corporate news, the beverage and tobacco industries and breaking news. Before that, she served as interactive production editor for

Prior to working at FT, Bond was a war and national security reporter for Medill News Service, covering Congress, the Pentagon and various federal agencies. She has also served as a science and business reporter for Medill, writing on research frontiers, neuroscience and the technology beat. Previously, she acted as a consultant for Attap Technologies, wrote for The Doe Fund and was an editor at the Hudson.

Ms Bond is a graduate of Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, earning an MSJ, and of Columbia University, earning a degree in psychology and religion.

Bill Boulding

Bill Boulding

Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Bill Boulding is the Dean and J.B. Fuqua Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

His research interests lie at the intersection of management, marketing, and strategy. Of particular interest to Dr Boulding is evaluating how managers make decisions and how consumers respond to those decisions. He is also interested in health care policy research, particularly in assessing the role of the patient experience and managerial activity in the quality of care.

Dr Boulding's teaching interests also span the areas of management, marketing, and strategy. He has taught core courses in all three areas (Leadership, Ethics and Organizations; Marketing Management; Foundations of Strategy, and the Culture, Civilization and Leadership course). He is a past recipient of The Outstanding Teacher award from Fuqua, and has been cited for teaching excellence in various editions of the book Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools spanning a period of two decades. Dr Boulding is also a recipient of the Bank of America Faculty Award "for excellence in teaching, research, leadership and service." With respect to industry contact, he has engaged in sponsored research, consulting, or executive development with a number of companies such as IBM, AT&T, Bank of America, Sears, Eli Lilly, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ford Motor Company, Lafarge, U.S. Postal Service, Stride Rite, Wolseley, Hanes, Harnischfeger, Thomson Newspapers, Siemens, and Citibank.

Dr Boulding serves as a member of the World Economic Forum's Council on Values. He also serves as a Board member on the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), which is the organization that administers the GMAT exam.

Robert Carter

Robert Carter

Chief Information Officer

Robert Carter is responsible for setting the technology direction of the FedEx applications, infrastructure, networks, and data centers that provide around-the-clock and around-the-globe support for FedEx product offerings. He also serves as co-CEO and Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporate Services and is a member of the five-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities.

Mr Carter, who was born in Taiwan, earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from the University of South Florida. He joined FedEx in 1993 and has more than 30 years of systems development and implementation experience. Recently named as part of Fortune magazine’s Executive Dream Team, Mr Carter was also ranked 18th on Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” list in 2010, and received Information Week magazine’s Chief of the Year Award in 2000, 2001, and 2005. He is also a seven-time recipient of CIO magazine’s 100 Award and was a charter inductee into the publication’s CIO Hall of Fame.

Mr Carter is a member of the First Horizon National Corp. board of directors.

Anthony Coyle

Anthony Coyle

Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer - Centers for Therapeutic Innovation

Anthony Coyle is the founding Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) and is responsible for CTI’s strategy and scientific direction.

Before leading CTI, Dr Coyle was the Vice President and Global Head of Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity Research at MedImmune Biologics, a Division of AstraZeneca. At MedImmune, Dr Coyle advanced a biologic portfolio from discovery to Phase 2 in the areas of respiratory and autoimmune diseases, specifically targeting lupus, asthma and COPD. Prior to his work at MedImmune, he was Director of Research at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he led a group responsible for the identification of novel target genes, as well as for late-stage lead optimization and delivery of both small-molecule and biologic development candidates.

Dr Coyle has been Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Experimental Therapeutics at McMaster University in Ontario since 1992. He has authored more than 200 manuscripts and holds a BSc and a PhD from Kings College, University of London. Dr Coyle is a member of the scientific board for the Alliance for Lupus Research and the C4 NCATS consortium.

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

US News Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is the US News Editor for the Financial Times, responsible for coordinating the FT's daily Americas news coverage. He is based in New York.  Previously Mr Edgecliffe-Johnson served as the FT’s Global Media Editor, moving the position from London to New York in July 2008. He led and coordinated the FT’s global coverage of sectors ranging from the music and movie businesses to digital media and marketing, writing about technology and media for the FT’s Inside Business column and managing a team of media, telecoms and consumer industries reporters in the US and Europe.  In his 16 years at the FT, Mr Edgecliffe-Johnson has also been the FT’s Deputy News Editor, edited its management features section (now called Business Life), covered M&A and consumer industries in New York from 1999 to 2002, and written for the influential Lex column. He began his career in journalism as a financial reporter for the Daily Telegraph in London. Mr Edgecliffe-Johnson was the winner of the Newsbios “30 under 30” award for young financial journalists in 2000 and 2001. He has served as a judge for The Shorty Awards and has co-chaired FT Live’s annual Digital Media Conference and Future of Marketing Summit. Mr Edgecliffe-Johnson graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Italian and French.

Matthew Garrahan

Matthew Garrahan

Global Media Editor
Financial Times

Matthew Garrahan is the Financial Times’s Global Media Editor, overseeing coverage of the media, marketing and entertainment industries. He is based in New York. He has a track record breaking news – his recent scoop on Apple’s $3bn purchase of Dr Dre’s Beats was widely followed around the world – and also specialises in long-form pieces, features and interviews. Mr Garrahan was previously the FT’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering Hollywood, digital media and the California economy. He has written extensively on the convergence of media and the web and has also covered the growth of companies such as Netflix and YouTube. He joined the FT in 1998, first working for, then as a sports business correspondent for the newspaper, reporting from the World Cup and Olympics, before taking on the leisure industries beat, reporting on gaming, hotels, restaurants and travel.

He won the Los Angeles Press Club prize for best news story in 2008 for a scoop on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and reached the finals of the 2010 Mirror Awards for excellence in media reporting for a piece on MySpace. In 2011, he won a Los Angeles Press Club prize for another feature on MGM, “Who killed James Bond?” and picked up another in 2013 for an investigation into the fall-out from Disney’s $4bn purchase of Marvel. Mr Garrahan is a graduate of University of Warwick, where he studied English and American literature.  Find him on Twitter at @MattGarrahan.

Kim Getty

Kim Getty

Deutsch LA

Kim Getty is President of Deutsch LA, where she has helped build a world-class team of entrepreneurial thinkers who roll up their sleeves to help client businesses grow. Under her leadership, Deutsch LA has grown every year except one — recently becoming the largest agency on the west coast.  During her more than decade-long tenure, Ms Getty has driven the development of new practice areas at the agency, including experiential marketing, PR, and the multicultural marketing division, DLAtino. Whether launching a new soft drink or re-inventing an $80 billion company, she delivers creative thinking that drives dialogue and creates action out in the world.

Committed to nurturing young talent, Ms Getty serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School. She has been named one of the most powerful women in advertising by Business Insider, and is a regular contributor to Fortune.

Mike Gregoire

Mike Gregoire

Chief Executive Officer
CA Technologies

Mike Gregoire is Chief Executive Officer of CA Technologies, a $4.5 billion global software company. CA Technologies is helping companies seize the opportunities of the application economy – a world where software is crucial to global business and application development is the engine of innovation.

Before Taleo, Mr Gregoire spent five years at PeopleSoft as executive vice president of its Global Services Group, with responsibility for consulting, education, hosting and maintenance worldwide. He started his career as an architect and technical project leader at EDS, and rose to run a number of its operations and businesses, including its Global Financial Markets Group.  

Mr Gregoire is widely recognized as a strategic thinker in the information technology industry. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s IT Governors Steering Committee, the Business Roundtable’s Information and Technology Committee, and the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. He also serves on the Executive Council of TechNet, an organization of CEOs that represents the technology industry in policy issues critical to American innovation and economic competitiveness. In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors of ADP, one of the world’s largest providers of human resources business processing and cloud-based solutions.

Mr Gregoire exemplifies CA’s commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. During his tenure, CA has strengthened its engagement with the communities where its employees live and work, with an emphasis on advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning for underserved youth. He is on the Board of NPower, a nonprofit that enlists and trains low-income young adults and veterans to become IT professionals. He also serves on the Board of Change the Equation, a coalition of CEOs committed to improving STEM education. An avid cyclist, he also manages to compete in several races a year, many of which are fundraisers he rides in wearing the CA jersey.  

Mr Gregoire earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Computing from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration degree from California Coast University.

Meghan Joyce

Meghan Joyce

General Manager
Uber East Coast

Meghan Verena Joyce is the General Manager for Uber East Coast, where she oversees operations in cities such as Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. She previously served as General Manager of Uber Boston. Before joining Uber, Ms Joyce worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the United States Treasury, specializing in financial crisis recovery and federal agency operations. Ms Joyce also worked at Bain Capital, where she focused on tech, media, and telecom investments and strategy for several portfolio companies, including Burlington Coat Factory, Toys “R” Us, and Clear Channel. Ms Joyce began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Kay Koplovitz

Kay Koplovitz

Founder & Managing Director
Springboard Fund

Kay Koplovitz is the Founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks, which includes USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel, and USA Networks International - today multi-billion dollar television cable television networks. Ms Koplovitz ran the company for 21 years before stepping down in 1998, when it was sold for $4.5 billion. Presently, she is a principal in Koplovitz & Company LLC, a media advisory and investment firm. She is also co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, an organization that has fostered the investment of more than $6.6 Billion in women-led firms. Ms Koplovitz and partners founded the Springboard Fund to invest in women-led companies in the Life Sciences and Technology industries.  Additionally, she is a frequent speaker on media, venture capital, and corporate governance and entrepreneurship.

Ms Koplovitz corporate board positions include CA Technologies, which is the world’s leading independent IT management software company, ION Media Networks, a privately-owned independent television company that owns and operates the largest broadcasting television station group in the United States, and Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world reaching more than 130 million people globally each month across multiple platforms. Ms Koplovitz also serves as Chairman of Springboard Enterprises, trustee for The Paley Center for Media as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin. Previous board positions included Kate Spade, Oracle, Instinet, Nabisco, General Re, and Sun New Media.

Some of her notable accomplishments include her nomination as Chairman of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) in 1998 by President Clinton as well as the publication of her book Bold Women, Big Ideas: Learning to Play the High Risk Entrepreneurial Game, a book she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs . Ms Koplovitz recently published Been There, Run That, an anthology of best practices from Springboard Enterprises’ expert network of thought leaders.

Ms Koplovitz is a sought after speaker for subjects ranging from media and technology to fund-raising and corporate board governance. She is also an advocate for bringing women to parity in equity markets, c-suite positions and corporate boards. She is frequently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV.

Ms Koplovitz holds a masters degree in Communications from Michigan State University where she was a National Merit Scholar. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Michigan State University, St. Johns University, Emerson College, and Canasius College.

Mario Kranjac

Mario Kranjac

Managing Partner
Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP

Mario Kranjac is the Managing Partner of Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP.  Mr Kranjac counsels boards, owners and entities with respect to the full spectrum of business transactions, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other financing transactions, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganizations.  Mr Kranjac has significant experience with businesses across several sectors, both domestically and internationally, including financial services, e-commerce, social media, fashion, distribution and manufacturing. Mr Kranjac has authored several opinion pieces on small business regulation, including “Stop Feeding the 800-Pound Regulatory Gorilla,” published by RealClear Markets, and “Silicon Alley Soaring” on the resurgence of Silicon Alley, published by the New York Post.   Mr Kranjac has served as a speaker and panelist at various industry events, including participation at Brooklyn Law School on the challenges of practicing law in Silicon Alley.  He has also appeared on the Fox Business Network providing commentary on how to increase lending to small businesses.   Mr Kranjac currently serves on the board of directors of The Alliance of Guardian Angels and on several advisory boards, including the Advisory Board at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. Mr Kranjac received his BS in Accounting (cum Laude) from Fordham University College of Business Administration and his JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Vivek  Kundra

Vivek Kundra

Executive Vice President, Public Sector

Vivek Kundra is executive vice president of Public Sector at Salesforce. Previously, Mr Kundra was appointed as the first United States CIO by President Obama and is credited with saving billions in taxpayer dollars, adopting game-changing technologies, strengthening the cybersecurity posture of the nation and launching an open government movement which has been replicated around the world.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr Kundra served as the CTO for the District of Columbia and as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mr Kundra also served as a fellow at Harvard University at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He has also served in leadership roles in the private sector.

The World Economic Forum selected Mr Kundra as a 2011 Young Global Leader, representing a group of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr Kundra was named 2011 Government Executive of the year by TechAmerica; the 2009 Chief of the Year by InformationWeek; and 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government operations.

Melissa Marsh

Melissa Marsh

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Melissa Marsh, Assoc. AIA is part researcher and part innovator. Leveraging a background in social science with a Master of Architecture at MIT Ms Marsh defined an early career in workplace innovation with projects in design, architecture and master planning around the world. She has worked with international clients on the forefront of leveraging workplace to promote corporate culture, employee experience, and business strategy.
In 2012, Ms Marsh founded PLASTARC to help clients make the most of their buildings and workspaces by enabling environments that enhance knowledge, accelerate business and enrich employees. Her career has been dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from square feet and inches to occupant satisfaction and performance. PLASTARC makes workplace transformation possible through unique, multidisciplinary methods and technologies. Melissa is an active provocateur and contributor to professional and research communities, including the AIA, CoreNet, IFMA, and EDRA. She shares her experience with students and executives through programs at MIT, Cornell, Barnard, and the School of Visual Arts. 

Karl Martin

Karl Martin

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Karl Martin is the founder and CTO of Nymi. Nymi is the maker of the Nymi Band, a wristband that authenticates identity using the wearer’s cardiac rhythm, and serves to replace passwords, PINs, keys, and cards. Pre-launched late 2013, with first shipments going out in December 2014, the Nymi Band has gained worldwide attention, being covered in Wired, the Financial Times, The New York Times, BBC, The Economist, Forbes, and many others.
Dr Martin has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, with expertise in biometrics, security, and privacy.

Andrew Rasiej

Andrew Rasiej

NY Tech Meetup

Andrew Rasiej is a civic and social entrepreneur, technology strategist, and founder of Personal Democracy Media focusing on the intersection of technology, politics, and government. He recently founded Civic Hall, a 18,000 square foot community center and event space for civic innovation in the Flatiron District of New York City. He is the chairman of the NY Tech Meetup, a 50,000+-member organization of technologists, venture funders, marketers, representing start up and more mature companies using technology to transform themselves, New York City, and the world. He is the Founder of which focuses on 21st century public education. He is also senior technology advisor to the Sunlight Foundation a Washington DC organization using technology to make government more transparent. Mr Rasiej lives and works in New York City, and can be followed on twitter at @rasiej.

Bob Reany

Bob Reany

Senior Vice President, Identity Solutions

Bob Reany is senior vice president of Identity Solutions at MasterCard. In his current role, Mr. Reany has responsibility for the development and implementation of MasterCard’s enterprise identity solutions strategy. This includes addressing issues for e-commerce, mobile and biometric authentication. As part of the MasterCard Enterprise Identity Solutions management team, his responsibilities include working with industry leaders to develop standardized, safe and consumer-friendly solutions.
Prior, Mr. Reany was the Senior Vice President of Commerce Gateway Services. His responsibilities included product management and development of MasterCard’s global e-commerce processing services, including the acquisition of DataCash business and subsequent integration efforts. In addition, his team managed the expansion and development of the MasterCard Internet Gateway Services. Mr. Reany also served on the Board of Directors for DataCash LTD in this role.
During his tenure at MasterCard, he directed authorization and clearing of product development and product management groups. He was also part of strategic planning and business development for Authentication Solutions, technical development of the Smart Data Commercial services and business consulting for e-commerce services.
Before joining MasterCard in 1996, Mr. Reany spent 10 years in the point-of-sale system industry where he managed the implementation of electronic benefits transfer services, promotion-based couponing and payment processing for large grocery retailers in the U.S.
Mr. Reany holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis (USA), where he has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus and inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. He also holds a master’s degree in information management from Washington University.
Mr. Reany has actively supported several philanthropic organizations including board positions for St. Louis Effort for AIDS, a charitable organization that focuses on funding education, prevention, early diagnosis and treatment support for high-risk communities. He also serves as president for University of Missouri - St. Louis Management Information Systems advisory board.

Ian Rhodes

Ian Rhodes

Chief Executive Officer
McLaren Applied Technologies

Ian Rhodes began his career in 1983 as a mechanical engineer developing aircraft engines for Rolls-Royce.  In 1988 he moved to PA Technology, the Cambridge based Consultancy specialising in innovation and technology development and transitioned to the Health and Life Science industry.  

Mr Rhodes remained in the Health and Life Sciences developing many new products and services for: drug delivery; diagnostics; surgical devices and implants for the following 25-years.  During this period he progressed from lead engineer on multi-disciplinary development programs to Senior Partner and joint leader of the global firm’s Health and Life Science business, responsible for turnover of approximately £100M.  In achieving this Mr Rhodes stepped out of the conventional PA Consulting role on four separate occasions.  This enabled him to lead three successful start-ups, two successful trade sales and one successful turnaround.  At the beginning of October 2014 Ian became the CEO of McLaren Applied Technologies.

John Roese

John Roese

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
EMC Corporation

John Roese is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $24.4 billion in 2014 and more than 68,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset—information—in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.

As EMC's CTO, Mr Roese leads EMC's Corporate Office of Technology, which is responsible for defining the company's technology vision and strategy. In his role, he works directly with EMC's executive team and leading technologists to shape EMC's technology strategy as the company embarks on its next phase of growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in IT: Cloud, Big Data and Trusted IT.

Mr Roese has more than 20 years of industry experience, including executive leadership of large scale, complex, global R&D organizations. His extensive systems background includes technical expertise in a wide range of related disciplines including storage, servers, networking, hardware design, silicon development, software design, systems and applications. He joined EMC in October 2012 from Huawei Technologies, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the North American R&D Centers, responsible for advanced technology development across the entire product portfolio, including cloud computing and consumer technology. Before that, he held a series of senior leadership positions including CTO at Nortel Networks, Broadcom Corporation, Enterasys Networks, Inc. and Cabletron Systems.

Mr Roese earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He holds more than 18 pending or granted patents in areas such as policy-based networking, location-based services and security. He has served on numerous boards, including ATIS, a leading ICT standards organization, OLPC, which aims to empower the world's poorest children through education and access to a low-cost laptops, Blade Networks, now part of IBM System Networking, Pingtel, which delivers Unified Communication solutions and Bering Media, which focuses on location-based advertising.

Bernd Schmitt

Bernd Schmitt

Professor of International Business
Columbia Business School

Bernd Schmitt is the Robert D. Calkins Professor of International Business at Columbia Business School in New York and faculty director of the Center on Global Brand Leadership, the leading global forum on branding issues for researchers and executives. Professor Schmitt is also a visiting professor at Nanyang Business School in Singapore advising and leading projects for its Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

He is widely recognized for his major contributions to branding, marketing, and management through his unique focus on creativity, innovation and the customer experience. Professor Schmitt has authored or co-authored seven books which have been translated into 20 languages, including Experiential Marketing (1999), Customer Experience Management (2003), Big Think Strategy (2007), Happy Customers Everywhere (2012), and The Changing Face of the Asian Consumer (2014).

Professor Schmitt is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He has also consulted on brand strategy implementation with clients that include leading companies in the consumer package goods, automobile, electronics, software, financial services, pharmaceuticals, beauty and cosmetics, hospitality, and media industries.

He has been profiled on CNNfn's "Business Unusual" and has appeared on BBC, CNBC, CNBC-Asia, CNN, NHK and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has contributed articles to The New York Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.

Dean Stamoulis

Dean Stamoulis

Head of the Center for Leadership Insights
Russell Reynolds Associates

Dean Stamoulis leads the firm's Center for Leadership Insight. He provides guidance to boards and chief executive officers about how to build excellent leadership teams. This advisory work includes optimizing hiring, promotion, and succession decisions, and contributing to the development of promising senior executives. Mr Stamoulis' book, Senior Executive Assessment: A Key to Responsible Corporate Governance, provides distinctive insight into how to detect strengths and areas of risk in senior-level leaders. His thinking about how executives can excel in today's dynamic markets was also included in Ram Charan's recent book, The Attacker's Advantage: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities. He consults across all major industries, including sports. His counsel to National Football League teams was featured in War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team. His points of view about leadership trends and solutions can be found in the business press as well.

Deborah Wince-Smith

Deborah Wince-Smith

President and CEO
U.S. Council on Competitiveness

Deborah Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a coalition of CEOs, University Presidents, National Laboratory Directions and Labor Leaders committed to driving U.S. productivity and prosperity. She is the Founder and President of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) a network of global competitiveness organizations from around the world. Ms Wince-Smith is frequently called upon to testify in front of the U.S. Congress and appears regularly on global television news networks including Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN and Fox News.

With more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, Ms Wince-Smith served in the Reagan White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the Commerce Department in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. Ms Wince-Smith serves as a Corporate Director and Board Member of National and International organizations, U.S. Government Policy Advisory Committees, Charitable Organizations, and as a University Trustee.  Currently, she is a member of the Smithsonian National Board, the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board. She also serves as Vice-Chairman of Women Corporate Directors. She formerly served as a Trustee of Lehigh University. She is a member of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, co-chaired by former Governor Jon Huntsman and former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair. Ms Wince-Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Associates of Japan’s prestigious Science and Technology in Society Forum and the Qatar Foundation’s R&D Advisory Board. She also serves as Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness.  

From 2005-2012, Ms Wince-Smith served as a public Director of NASDAQ-OMX. From 2006-2013 she served as a Senate-confirmed member of the Oversight Board of the Internal Revenue Service. She currently serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. An expert in national innovation policy and technology commercialization, Ms Wince-Smith is a Director of NanoMech, Inc., a leading innovator in industrial nanomaterials, and Aerolase, a company at the forefront of portable laser medical devices.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of Delos Living, LLC. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, and earned her Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology from King’s College, Cambridge.  

She received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Michigan State University and an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Toledo.

Jon Ziglar

Jon Ziglar

Chief Executive Officer

Jon Ziglar is a seasoned executive with consistent track record of driving growth and innovation in software and technology enabled service businesses. Prior to Parkmobile, Mr Ziglar served as managing director, international, for Ceridian HCM, a leading global provider of human capital management software and services. While at Ceridian, he additionally served as chief strategy officer and chief product and innovation officer. Prior to Ceridian, Mr Ziglar served as senior vice president, strategic planning and enterprise development at Elavon, a leading global payments technology company, and held executive positions in a number of bay area technology and software companies. Mr Ziglar started his career in investment banking, covering the business services, technology, and consumer products industries. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Roadie, Inc. and Payscape. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and J.D. from the Emory School of Law.


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Richard Waters

Richard Waters

West Coast Managing Editor
Financial Times

Richard Waters is the West Coast Managing Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry. Before moving to the West Coast, Mr Waters was based in the FT’s New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the FT’s first information industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media. Mr Waters previously worked at the FT in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent and accountancy and taxation correspondent. Before working for the FT, Mr Waters worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd’s Bank International. In 2004, Mr Waters was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the year for his coverage of Google’s IPO. He was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal. In 1988, Mr Waters was named Accountancy Journalist of the Year.

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As technologies and access to information continue to evolve at a rapid rate, the most compelling innovative companies tend to be relatively new. Their business model is built around disrupting existing infrastructure. By putting the customer in the driving seat, they are tapping into the latest consumer behavior trends. They are nimble and able to react quickly to the market.

What about older, larger and more traditional companies? To remain relevant and to succeed, many are attempting to emulate the smaller innovators and reimagine their own organizations. They are developing in-house hubs of innovation, which they might call a lab or a studio, a place that gives them the freedom to innovate without legacy systems and processes and that largely operates separately to the rest of the company. For them, being big might mean having to be small again.

But is this the right business model for success in a large corporation? What are the tangible results? Does the new start-up mentality that many established companies are now espousing really go beyond branding and mere perception to create a new culture of innovation across the whole organization?

It is too easily forgotten that big companies that are around today have survived economic downturns, and have experienced several periods of massive change and disruption, and despite this have been able to achieve scale and remain successful across generations. Is it really necessary to scrap the old model and build something new, or can you build innovation within the existing framework? Are large companies already innovative and should we be learning from them as well? To become big, will small companies look to their larger peers for best practice?

As FT Innovate returns for a fifth ground-breaking year in the States, we explore the behavior of truly innovative companies -- how they re-model themselves to address what today’s market needs, but also ensure longevity so they are still relevant in the future. We will learn from the most dynamic executives, leading VCs, and those at the cutting-edge of innovation, and explore what tomorrow will bring and how it will impact how organizations operate and create.


Agenda - 9th Dec

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast

  • 8:55am
    Welcome address

    Richard Waters, West Coast Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Opening keynote interview

    Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, GE
    Interviewer: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US News Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Series of case studies: Exploring disruptive models

    Companies face many challenges when attempting to allow for innovation within their organizations. They must balance meeting shareholder demands with structuring themselves in a way that also allows for growth through innovation and the two areas rarely align. Through a series of case studies we will explore successes and lessons learned from large companies as they attempt to break the mold and create new disruptive models for innovation.

    Robert Carter, Chief Information Officer, FedEx
    Anthony Coyle, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer - Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, Pfizer
    Moderator: Richard Waters, West Coast Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    Interview: A new model for innovation in a new era

    Following the announced merger of EMC and Dell, the largest technology deal in history, the newly combined company must forge a new model for innovation. During this interview, we will discuss how a giant company can be nimble — and best practices for innovating under one big umbrella.

    John Roese, Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation
    Interviewer: Richard Waters, West Coast Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    Interview: Thinking small?

    Start-ups and small companies are often drawn upon as examples of successful innovation, is making a large company act like a small, really the best way to innovate? When you create a new hub for innovation within your company – or bring it outside, does this help with making the whole of the organization more innovative? Is this the best way to get things done? Is there some other way to hack the system that we are missing?

    Kay Koplovitz, Founder and Managing Director, Springboard Fund; Founder, USA Networks
    Interviewer: Shannon Bond, US Media and Marketing Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Networking break
  • 10:50am
    Short talk: The business of speed

    The game has been changed and a new tempo has been set, in order to compete companies must step up their pace.

    Kamal Ahluwalia, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Apttus

  • 11:00am
    Panel: Governments, smart cities and the next wave of innovation

    Cities have incredible potential when it comes at acting as a catalyst for innovation. Vibrant cities are arguably the most important platform for innovation. So how can we ensure we are creating an environment where innovation can thrive? In a time of self-driving cars and drones how do we ensure necessary regulations do not become onerous and hinder progress?

    Meghan Joyce, General Manager, Uber East Coast
    Mario Kranjac, Managing Partner, Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP
    Jon Ziglar, Chief Executive Officer, Parkmobile
    Moderator: Richard Waters, West Coast Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Deep dive into the government: Spurring innovation

    Exploring government as a catalyst for innovation

    Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President, Public Sector, Salesforce
    Deborah Wince-Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Council on Competitiveness
    Moderator: Richard Waters, West Coast Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Keynote interview: Creating a creative culture

    At a time of rapid change in how programming is both made and distributed, nurturing a culture that is conducive to a myriad of creative voices is critical for success in today's digital environment. What are the challenges in maintaining and evolving a healthy culture and what are the stumbling blocks that occasionally intrude upon careful planning? 

    Richard Plepler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HBO
    Interviewer: Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Deep dive into the company: The McLaren workspace

    Ian Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Applied Technologies

  • 12:50pm
  • 2:20pm
    Interviews: The power of the workspace

    Many companies are exploring how to create an optimal work environment that spurs true innovation and collaboration. In this session we’ll look at various models and assess whether the objective meets the end result and to what end our environment can shape how we behave.

    Melissa Marsh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PLASTARC
    Andrew Rasiej, Chairman NY Tech Meetup; Founder, Civic Hall
    Moderator: Bernd Schmitt, Professor of International Business, Columbia Business School

  • 2:50pm
    Deep dive into the company: Innovating the Nymi way

    Karl Martin, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Nymi

  • 3:00pm
    Interview: Cyber security and the risk for the digital economy

    In a world fraught with cyber attacks, fraud and identity theft, being secure online has never been more important. In this session we will discuss new innovations in the security space, ‘innovation tax’ and the true cost to the digital economy.

    Bob Reany, Senior Vice President, Identity Solutions, Mastercard
    Interviewer: Richard Waters, West Coast Managing Editor, Financial Times   

  • 3:10pm
    Pre-dialogue introduction: Innovation and the war for talent

    Mike Gregoire, Chief Executive Officer, CA Technologies

  • 3:20pm
    Panel: Innovation and the war for talent

    The war for talent rages on with cities doing their utmost to attract the best talent, as much as companies. What is the most successful way to attract talent while navigating the up and down cycles of innovation? As a company how do you avoid the potential pitfall of overfunding innovation while riding the up cycle? How do we properly incentivize for innovation while remaining competitive?

    Bill Boulding, Dean, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
    Kim Getty, President, Deutsch LA
    Dean Stamoulis, Head of the Center for Leadership Insights, Russell Reynolds Associates
    Moderator: Richard Waters, West Coast Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Closing keynote interview

    Richard Gelfond, Chief Executive Officer, IMAX

  • 4:30pm
    Closing remarks
  • 4:35pm
    Networking cocktail reception

    Reception sponsored by:


Who Attends?

The FT Innovate 2015 conference in New York will be attended by: 

  • C-Suite executives (CEOs, Founders, Presidents, Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Development Officers)
  • Heads of Strategy and Corporate Business Development
  • Heads of M & A
  • Heads of R & D and Product Development in the following sectors: Healthcare, Finance, Technology, Energy, Retail, Pharma, Logistics and Education

Other attendees will include:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Futurists
  • Start-ups
  • Not-for- profits
  • Venture Capitalists


3D Robotics
Agilis Software 
American Express Ventures
AXA Investment Managers
Allou Plum Wealth Advisors
Bank of America
BMW iVentures
Citala US
Citi Ventures
Cogency Software
Constellation Brands
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
DreamWorks Animation
Eaton Corp
Entrepreneurs' Organization
Fahrenheit 212
Felicis Ventures
Franklin Templeton Investments
Google Ventures
Growthpoint Technology Partners
Hewlett-Packard Company
Hitachi Consulting Corporation
Huawei Technologies
IBM Venture Capital Group
Index Ventures
JP Morgan Chase
Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
Kosla Ventures

LNE Group
Maxim Group
McKinsey & Company
Mercedes Benz
Merrill Lynch Venture Capital & Private Equity
Mithril Capital Management
Morgan Stanley
Morganthaler Ventures
NYC MediaLab
NY Life Investments
OPNET Technologies, Inc.
PARC - A Xerox Company
Pearson PLC
Silicon Valley Bank
Silver Lake
sparks & honey
Stanford University Graduate School of Business
The Dow Chemical Company
The Permanente Medial Group
Toro Energy
TransAmerican Group Inc.
Unilever Ventures
UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization
Wildfire - a division of Google
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Winthrop Group
World Bank
Xignite Inc.
Zazzle Inc


Lead Sponsors (4)

Apttus, the category-defining Quote-to-Cash software company, drives the vital business process between the buyer’s interest in a purchase and the realization of revenue. Apttus is delivered on the Salesforce App Cloud, the world’s most trusted and comprehensive cloud delivery infrastructure. Applications include Configure Price Quote (CPQ), Renewals, Contract Management and Revenue Management. Additionally, Apttus’ patent pending X-Author technology enables Microsoft Office to be a user-interface with full interaction and control between Salesforce and Microsoft Office. Apttus is based in San Mateo, California, with additional offices located across the globe.

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing.  Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at

MasterCard (NYSE: MA) is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news. 

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning for boards of directors, chief executive officers and key roles within the C-suite. With more than 370 consultants in 46 offices around the world, we work closely with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today's challenges and anticipate the digital, economic, environmental and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment.

Law Firm Sponsor (1)

At the heart of Wall Street, Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP represents financial, commercial and business clients, both domestic and international, in the global marketplace and is firmly dedicated to providing exceptional client service and innovative, pragmatic solutions. Our clients work exclusively with senior, experienced attorneys at cost effective and sensitive pricing, which is often vital to the success of their business plans. KTP handles a wide variety of general corporate, tax, commercial and real estate matters. Our attorneys focus on structuring, negotiating and properly documenting client transactions, which may include mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, purchase and sale transactions, investment management fund start-ups, joint ventures and commercial transactions. Given the breadth of experience of KTP attorneys in all aspects of corporate and securities representation, our firm is adept at serving our clients’ needs in a wide range of legal areas impacting their respective businesses.

Supporting Organizations (5)

The Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network is a peer-driven thought leadership and professional networking organization dedicated to advancing the emerging roles of the Chief Innovation Officer and Innovation Strategist within today's enterprise. The BPI Network brings together global executives who are champions of change within their organizations through ongoing research, authoritative content and peer-to-peer conversations. We are advocates for Innovation as a fundamental discipline and function within 21st Century organizations and seek to demonstrate where and how new inventive solutions and approaches can advance business value, gratify customers, ensure sustainability and create competitive advantage for companies worldwide. 

Columbia Business School’s Center on Global Brand Leadership creates, gathers, and shares insights on what it takes to build strong brands. We combine the research and intellectual capital of academia's foremost thinkers on branding with real world business cases that illuminate how all elements of an organization can affect brands and consumer relationships. The Center fosters a community of researchers, alumni, students, and leading practitioners from global corporations, agencies, and consulting firms to advance new knowledge, promote widespread learning, and serve as a forum for an impactful dialogue on how to overcome the challenges of brand building and marketing. Save the date for our flagship BRITE Conference on March 7-8, 2016.

Innoget is an Open Innovation services provider. Innoget connects innovation seekers with innovation suppliers on-line. is the tool through which our customers connect with companies, research institutions, and innovation professionals worldwide. We have a global community of more than 100,000 members leading us to become a worldwide innovation marketplace reference for technology transfer. Today many organizations active in the Open Innovation field are getting competitive advantage by connecting with new technology partners worldwide thanks to their postings at For more information, please send email to

A professional membership organization, the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) is the world’s only innovation certification body, providing members with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to deliver real change in their industry or field. The IBoK (Innovation Body of Knowledge) is developed and maintained by members through a transparent and democratic process that assures everyone the opportunity to contribute. This is not someone's opinion of what innovation should be - it is the worldview of your peers and professionals from the community. We have completed the Certified Innovation Professional - Base Level exam as well as the Certified Design for Innovation exam. 

Venture capitalists are committed to funding America’s most innovative entrepreneurs, working closely with them to transform breakthrough ideas into emerging growth companies that drive U.S. job creation and economic growth. As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community’s preeminent trade association, the NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its nearly 400 members through a full range of professional services. For more information about the NVCA, please visit

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At DDG, we build start-ups inside Fortune 500 companies. We believe that any company can and should act like a startup, no matter the size. We believe any company is capable of transformational growth. We take an agile approach to all sides of your business — strategy, execution, product development, and more — working with you until the revenue hits your books.


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