arrow-circle-full-right arrow-circle-full-up arrow-circle-up arrow-down arrow-right calendar calendar-done facebook flickr home linkedin login pin reload search share signin star twitter video video youtube nav star-plus info signout double-arrow arrow-up checked

FT Future of Manufacturing Summit USA

Thriving in Complexity

Chicago |
Speakers include:
Kathy Wengel

Kathy Wengel

Johnson & Johnson

Patrick  Bass

Patrick Bass

thyssenkrupp North America

Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

Novelis North America


The Financial Times will bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on the particular opportunities and challenges facing U.S. manufacturing. The conference will identify, analyze, and propose solutions on the key areas impacting the sector, including industrial policy, technological advancements, skills and talent improvement and innovation development. Hear a distinguished lineup of expert speakers address the issues that matter through a variety of formats including keynote presentations, interviews, discussions and audience Q&A.  

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/03/2018 08:15:0005/03/2018 18:00:00trueFT Future of Manufacturing Summit USAThe Financial Times will bring together senior business leaders and policy makers for a unique, high level discussion on the particular opportunities and challenges facing U.S. manufacturing. The conference will identify, analyze, and propose solutions on the key areas impacting the sector, including industrial policy, technological advancements, skills and talent improvement and innovation development. Hear a distinguished lineup of expert speakers address the issues that matter through a variety of formats including keynote presentations, interviews, discussions and audience Q&A.  FT-Future-of-Manufacturing-Summit-USA0005bfa8392abeba8269d55a1d8c2c99MM/DD/YYYY


"The FT events caliber is truly unique."

  • Farhad Bidgol, HSSMI

“Cracking event with a thought provoking theme.”

  • Paul Markwick, MTC

“Great event, setting a broad context landscape, looking at the future potential.”

  • Renaud Di Francesco, Europe Technology Standards Office

“Ideas that inspire and empower”

  • Ernie Stelzner, Objecttech Group Ltd.

“Industrial innovation thrives on new insights and perspectives, [and] the FT Summits are one way to draw together like minded individuals towards common goals.”

  • Mark McNally, Jaguar Land Rover

“The conference attracts an above average number of senior industry people who have the position to lead change in their companies.”

  • Hans Houmes, PA Consulting/Innovation/Technology

“An excellent opportunity to get a view on issues of importance from decision makers.”

  • Farid Dailami, Bristol Robotics Laboratory

2017 Photos

View photos from the 2018 Chicago event here

_D3_6052 (Medium)


Full Overview

U.S. manufacturers are at the centre of the tectonic shifts that are reshaping industry worldwide, shaking the economics of production and distribution and generating new business models and novel sources of optimization, efficiency and revenue.

As manufacturing gets disrupted by the exponential growth of new technologies, changing consumer expectations and shifting socio economic and geopolitical dynamics, there is a renewed public interest in the industrial sector. In the United States, the Trump Administration made boosting manufacturing the centrepiece of its economic agenda, vowing to revitalize blue-collar America. From tax, immigration and regulatory changes to the reshaping of the trade agenda and infrastructure investment, the array of policies that could potentially impact manufacturing is wide-reaching.

In this uncertain but exciting time for the U.S. industry, how are manufacturers revising their strategies to prepare for what is coming? How can manufacturers treat disruption as the “new normal” and adapt, shape and harness the technological revolution? Are demand, global value chains and technology evolving in ways that play to U.S. industry strengths? What policies could help U.S. manufacturers better adopt technology and remain competitive in Industry 4.0? Will this be a real transformational opportunity for the future of industrial America? In which key ways can America’s long term industrial future be secured?


Speakers (36)

Kathy Wengel

Kathy Wengel

Worldwide Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer,
Johnson & Johnson

Kathy Wengel is Worldwide Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer for Johnson & Johnson. She is a member of the company’s Management Committee, and a management representative on the Regulatory Compliance & Government Affairs Committee, and the Science, Technology & Sustainability Committee of the J&J Board of Directors.

Ms Wengel has direct responsibility for all aspects of Supply Chain for J&J’s three business sectors: Consumer, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals.  This includes planning, sourcing, manufacturing (internal and external), distribution, customer service, and supply chain strategy and deployment.  She also has corporate-wide responsibility for the functions of Quality & Compliance; Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability; and Engineering & Property Services, including Real Estate, Facilities, and Capital project management.  Ms Wengel leads ~45% of J&J’s global workforce, and the supply chain organization brings more than 350,000 healthcare products to consumers and patients around the world and fulfills more than 100,000 customer orders every day.

During Ms Wengel’s 30-year tenure with Johnson & Johnson, she has held a variety of strategic leadership and executive positions, with increasing responsibility, across the enterprise, including operations, quality, new products, engineering, technical and business roles.  . 

Prior to Ms Wengel’s current role, she was the Vice President, Quality & Compliance (Q&C) and the first Chief Quality Officer for Johnson & Johnson.  In 2009, Ms Wengel co-led the design of J&J’s enterprise Supply Chain operating model.

Ms Wengel has BSE degree in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University.

Patrick  Bass

Patrick Bass

Chief Executive Officer
thyssenkrupp North America

Patrick Bass is CEO of thyssenkrupp North America, Inc, where he provides strategic direction and services and helps identify new markets and growth opportunities for all of thyssenkrupp’s companies in the region. In his role, Mr Bass oversees the region’s 21,000 employees and €9.0 billion (approximately $9.9 billion) in sales in fiscal year 2015/2016. He began his career with thyssenkrupp in 1999 as a Mechanical Engineer and held numerous roles of increasing responsibility within thyssenkrupp’s Elevator business, including Global Lead for Product Strategy and Research & Development. He served as Lead Engineer for industry-transforming projects such as the MULTI rope-less elevator, ACCEL moving walkways, and MAX, a predictive maintenance, cloud-based solution which forms the basis for thyssenkrupp’s groundbreaking partnership with Microsoft. Mr Bass received his BS in Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with further studies in systems engineering research at Northampton University in Northampton, England. 

Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

Senior Vice President and President
Novelis North America

Marco Palmieri is Senior Vice President and President, Novelis North America. Appointed to this position in May 2013, Palmieri leads all aspects of the company’s business in the region, which is currently experiencing a step-change in its product offerings as it increases sales to the automotive sector.

Mr Palmieri joined Novelis in August 2011 as Senior Vice President and President, Novelis South America. Prior to joining Novelis, Mr Palmieri was Aluminium Business Director for Votorantim Metais Ltda., the entity holding the aluminum, nickel and zinc operations of the Votorantim Group, a large industrial conglomerate based in São Paulo, Brazil. Mr Palmieri also spent more than 25 years with Rio Tinto Alcan in a series of international leadership positions in various areas including business development, primary metal and energy production.

Mr Palmieri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the School of Mines in Ouro Preto, Brazil, and a Master’s degree in management from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Aluminum Association in North America.​​

Catherine Mann

Catherine Mann

Managing Director and Global Chief Economist

Catherine L. Mann joined Citi as Global Chief Economist in February 2018.  Her most recent position was Chief Economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development where she also worked closely with the G7 and G20.  Prior to the OECD, she served in policymaking institutions (at the Federal Reserve Board, Council of Economic Advisors, and World Bank); and engaged in both research and teaching (at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and as the Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at Brandeis University).


At the OECD, she guided cross-country research on productivity and wage diffusion gaps; synergies between fiscal, monetary, and structural policies; the complexity of relationships between technological change, globalization, and economic conditions; the potential tradeoffs between financial regulation, crises, inequality, and growth, and the risks and consequences of disconnects between financial and real economic performance. 

At Citi, she hopes to further explore these topics; in particular the effect on industries, regions, and income groups of cross-border spillovers and individual vs. collective action.  Her previous research focused on two specific topics in this vein:  US external imbalances, trade, international capital flows and the dollar; and information technology and services trade in global markets.

Dr. Mann received her PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her undergraduate degree is from Harvard University.  Her written work includes more than 85 scholarly articles and seven books. 

Tracey  Massey

Tracey Massey

President, Americas
Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Tracey Massey is the President of the Americas for Mars Wrigley Confectionery, responsible for leading strategy, sales and operations in North and South America for the world’s largest manufacturer of chocolate, confections, gum and mints. With over 20 years of experience at Mars, Tracey oversees a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of iconic global brands that include M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, SKITTLES®, STARBURST®, ORBIT®, and ALTOIDS® in her current role.

Previously Ms Massey served as President of Mars Chocolate North America, where she focused on delivering exceptional customer service, consumer insights, and innovation across the company’s portfolio of chocolate brands. She most recently introduced M&M’S Caramel to the U.S. market, the biggest innovation in the brand’s history, and lead the successful launch of goodnessKNOWS snack squares® - Mars’s first snack bar made with whole nuts, real fruit, and dark chocolate.


Under Ms Massey’s leadership, the company invested over $400 million in its U.S. manufacturing operations to create a more agile supply chain, resulting in the creation of hundreds of new jobs across the country. In addition, Ms Massey was instrumental in leading the confectionery industry to form its first ever health and wellbeing commitments, teaming up with the Partnership for a Healthier America to increase product transparency, offer more choices below 200 calories and clearly market confections as treats, not snacks, food or meal replacements.


Ms Massey has worked across a variety of roles for Mars, both in the U.S. and in Europe. For the past 12 years, she served as a plant director and financial planner for Mars Petcare, as well as the Global Chief Financial Officer for Mars Chocolate. Prior to relocating to the U.S., Ms Massey held various positions in manufacturing and finance in the Drinks and Electronics divisions of Mars in Europe.

Ms Massey holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in England and is a qualified management accountant in the UK, accredited through CIMA.

Paul  Browning

Paul Browning

President and CEO
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas


Paul F. Browning was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS), Inc. on April 1, 2016 and oversees all Western Hemisphere business activities. MHPS is headquartered in Central Florida, and has regional offices across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil. With over 2,000 employees, MHPS operates four manufacturing and repair centers and provides a wide variety of products and services for the electric power generation industry including gas, steam, and geothermal turbines, boiler, and environmental control systems to serve customers throughout the Americas. Mr Browning has led MHPS’ expansion into Central and South America, assembled teams and opened regional offices, positioning MHPS as a top competitor in the LATAM energy market.


Mr Browning has extensive global leadership experience in distributed and central power generation, as well as in North American midstream and downstream oil and gas operations. He has worked in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Germany and has commercial experience around the world. He has also served on the Board of Directors of eSolar and Fuel Cell Energy.


Prior to joining MHPS, Mr Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer of Irving Oil Company Limited. Before joining Irving Oil, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thermal Products Division of GE Power & Water in Schenectady, New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. Browning worked for Caterpillar Corporation in a variety of leadership positions, including Managing Director of Caterpillar Motoren in Kiel, Germany, Vice President of Turbomachinery Products for Solar Turbines in San Diego, CA and General Manager of a manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico. He began his career at GE Corporate Research and Development in Niskayuna, New York.

Mr Browning holds a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as an MS degree in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata

Former Chief Economist and Executive Director of Global Market Insight
General Electric

Marco Annunziata is the cofounder of Annunziata + Desai Advisors, a boutique consultancy on economics, innovation, and business strategy. He is a Resident Fellow at Autodesk and an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Electric, and a member of the Board of Advisors on Information Technology at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Mr Annunziata’s work focuses on digital-industrial innovation and the Future of Work, and how these issues impact business models and strategies and global economic affairs.

Mr Annunziata is a regular contributor to, and author of The Economics of the Financial Crisis: Lessons and New Threats, published by Palgrave MacMillan. He is a two-times winner of the Rybczynski Prize for best paper in business economics, awarded by the Society of Business Economists in London, and has written a number of papers on the latest technological innovations in industry and their economic impact. He has given a TED talk on innovation, published in the Harvard Business Review, and is a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and Stanford University.


Before striking out on his own, Mr Annunziata spent seven years at General Electric Co. as Chief Economist and Head of Business Innovations Strategy, driving global economic, financial, and market analysis to support GE's business strategy, as well as scoping developments in technological innovation and new business models. Prior to GE, Marco worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank and UniCredit in London, and spent six years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C..


Mr Annunziata holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. 

Esra Ozer

Esra Ozer

Arconic Foundation

Esra Ozer is President of Arconic Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Arconic, the manufacturer of highly engineered products for the aerospace, automotive, power, building and construction and packaging industries. Arconic Foundation partners with innovative nonprofit organizations to help prepare the 21st century advanced manufacturing workforce. Together, their initiatives strengthen STEM education opportunities for children and young adults; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, vocational technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create opportunities for underrepresented individuals to prepare for STEM careers.

Over the span of her career, Ms Ozer has held numerous communications and foundation positions. Most recently, she was Assistant Corporate Secretary of Alcoa and responsible for all support to the Alcoa Board of Directors and Board committees. Before that, as Director of Executive Communications, she drove the communications activities of Alcoa’s Chairman and CEO, including speechwriting, thought leadership, stakeholder relationships and briefings, and executive communications. Prior to joining Alcoa in 2008,Ms Ozer was Senior Director of External Relations at Siemens Corporation, where she led U.S. media relations and issues management. She was instrumental in developing and leading programs that enabled the $20 billion U.S. subsidiary to build a stronger brand and reputation in the U.S. Ms Ozer began her Siemens career as Director of Communications for its non-profit Foundation, and launched its renowned national scholarship program - the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology – which is a pillar of Siemens' reputation in the U.S.

Ms Ozer is a graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a sponsor of scholarships for students of Public Relations at the Newhouse School. She was named to the 2013-2014 class of David Rockefeller Fellows, a civic engagement program of the Partnership for New York City. She is the Chair of Friends of Citymeals on Wheels (New York City), which helps ensure that the vulnerable homebound elderly have access to nutritious meals and vital human companionship. She was a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany (2007) and is Young Leader of the American Turkish Society. Ms Ozer also serves on the Steering Committee of the Arconic African Heritage Network.

Terry  Kline

Terry Kline

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Terry Kline joined Navistar in September 2013 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for all information and technology requirements globally. In addition, he is responsible for Navistar’s Connected Vehicle strategy, including OnCommand® Connection (OCC) and Over-the-Air programming, and for growing adoption of OCC.


Previously, Mr Kline was Vice President and Global Chief Information officer at General Motors (GM). Prior to that position, he was the company’s Global Product Development Process Information Officer and was responsible for coordinating re-engineering activities for GM’s product development process and implementing associated information systems across GM business sectors. Before that, he served in a dual capacity as the Chief Information Officer for Asia Pacific and as a member of the Asia Pacific Strategy Board. Prior to that position, Mr Kline was the Chief Information Officer for North America Product Development.


Mr Kline joined GM from New Venture Gear, Inc. where he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Prior to that assignment, he worked at Navistar as Director of Information Systems, Truck Engineering and Manufacturing.


Mr Kline holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Toledo and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and the Association of Computing Machinery.

Ralph  Taylor-Smith

Ralph Taylor-Smith

Managing Director
GE Ventures

Ralph Taylor-Smith has a background in engineering, technology development, finance and business management. Educated at Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mr Taylor-Smith holds a PhD in Engineering and an MBA in Finance. Mr Taylor-Smith is currently Managing Director at GE Ventures, the venture capital investment unit of General Electric where he leads investments within the Advanced Manufacturing business sector. Before GE, Mr Taylor-Smith had been a venture capitalist for ten years at Battelle Ventures where he was General Partner. Prior to venture capital, Mr Taylor Smith gained significant experience in investment banking, technology R&D and business development. Previously, Mr Taylor-Smith worked for several years as an Investment Banker on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs and at JPMorgan focusing on Mergers/Acquisitions for the TMT (technology, media and telecom/data-com) industry. Prior to that, Mr Taylor-Smith worked as a Senior Research Scientist, Engineer, and Business Development Manager within the photonics and semiconductor microelectronics industry at Bell.

Kurt D.  Bettenhausen

Kurt D. Bettenhausen

Senior Vice President, Corporate Technology
Siemens Corporation

Kurt D. Bettenhausen is Senior Vice President of Siemens Corporation, Corporate Technology.

Located in Princeton, New Jersey in the USA, Corporate Technology is one of several Siemens Corporate Technology research and development centers worldwide.


Since its founding in 1977, it has helped pioneer a broad range of advancements in major industries, delivering innovations to the Siemens global family as well as government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations.


Before joining Corporate Technology, Dr. Bettenhausen headed up the Engineering and Consulting Business of Siemens’ Industrial Automation Division based in Frankfurt, Germany. He began his career in the corporate research and technology department of Hoechst. Later, he held senior positions in marketing, sales and product management at Axiva.

Dr. Bettenhausen attained a Master’s degree and a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt.

Scott N.   Paul

Scott N. Paul

Alliance for American Manufacturing

Scott N. Paul is President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union. Scott and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing and “Made in America” top-of-mind concerns for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy and data-driven research.

Mr Paul served as a member of the White House Manufacturing Jobs Initiative before resigning on August 15, 2017. He authored a chapter in the 2013 book ReMaking America and has written extensively about Alexander Hamilton’s role in forming U.S. national economic policy. Mr Paul hosts the Manufacturing Report podcast.

Mr Paul currently serves as the Board Chair of the National Skills Coalition and on the Board of Visitors of the Political Science Department at the Pennsylvania State University. He sits on the Leadership Council of the Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight.

Mr Paul earned a BA in Foreign Service and International Politics from Penn State and an MA with honors in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Joseph Holmes

Joseph Holmes

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Technology and Global Operations
USG Corporation

Joe Holmes is senior vice president, Manufacturing, Technology and Global Operations, USG ­Corporation.  In this role, Mr Holmes is responsible for USG’s manufacturing, supply chain, technical services and engineering groups, as well as the USG Boral joint venture.

Mr Holmes joined USG in 1984 and has held various roles including Vice President, Enterprise Technology and Vice president, Manufacturing. Mr Holmes also served as General Manager and Vice President of Operations for L&W Supply Corporation (prior to being divested by USG Corporation) and as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer for USG Boral Building Products.

Mr Holmes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and is a member of the Board of Directors of USG Boral Drywall LLC, Zawawi Gypsum LLC, USG Middle East, Ltd. and SGI Co., Ltd.

Mike Kessler

Mike Kessler

Chief Learning Officer
BAE Systems

Mike Kessler is the Chief Learning Officer for BAE Systems Inc.  In his role he has accountability for management and leadership development, organization development (team solutions) compliance training and aligning all learning throughout the US based organization.  Prior to assuming that role, Mr Kessler was Director, Organization Development where he was responsible for assessing organization development needs for senior clients, developing and aligning solutions to address core business issues and evaluating the impact of organization development efforts on improving business performance.   

Mr Kessler joined BAE Systems in November, 2011 from Fannie Mae where he was a Director of Human Resources with accountability for talent acquisition, HR policies and procedures and business process outsourcing. Previously, Mr Kessler was the Senior Director of Human Capital for the American Red Cross National Headquarters with accountability for HR legal compliance, vendor management, talent acquisition and EEO/Affirmative Action.  

Mr Kessler holds a Masters of Education from George Mason University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from James Madison University.  He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, certified executive coach and certified in a number of instruments including Hogan, MBTI and DISC.

Erin  Bradner

Erin Bradner

Sr. Principal Research Scientist

Erin Bradner is a Sr. Research Scientist at Autodesk, Inc. where she researches the future of computer-aided design, and has managed user-experience teams across several of Autodesk’s engineering and design products. Her research currently focuses on generative design, which applies computation to solve against the multiple, often competing objectives that characterize today’s complex design and engineering projects. Before Autodesk, Ms Bradner consulted for start-ups in the 90s designing cloud storage and recommendation systems, and she partnered on research in social computing with scientists at IBM, Boeing and AT&T.

Ms Bradner has also conducted numerous software ethnographies. She’s observed architects designing skyscrapers from 3D virtual studios, studied children programming gravity engines with the XBOX from their couch, and documented aeronautical engineers designing emergency landings for the space shuttle.

Ms Bradner has a BS in Cognitive Science, and a PhD in Information & Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine. Ms Bradner’s academic research focused on the effects of communication technology on interpersonal behaviors such as persuasion, deception, and trust. She has published in the fields of human-computer interaction and computer-aided design, and has filed as co-inventor on three software patents.

Caralynn  Nowinski Collens

Caralynn Nowinski Collens

Chief Executive Officer,
UI Labs

Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS, a first-of-its-kind innovation accelerator driving the digital future of manufacturing and cities. UI LABS helps companies solve problems far too big for them to solve on their own and connect them to innovators at universities and startups. Drawing from her past experiences as an entrepreneur, researcher, and venture capitalist, Ms Nowinski Collens offers a unique perspective to UI LABS’ efforts to foster innovation, encourage collaboration, and drive economic growth. UI LABS is home to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with the Department of Defense, DMDII prepares U.S. manufacturers with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. By guiding its more than 300 partners through complex projects, UI LABS helps them deliver cutting-edge solutions to their customers, improve their financial performance, and transform industries.


Thomas  Roemer

Thomas Roemer

Executive Director of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program,

Thomas Roemer is a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management and has served as the Executive Director of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program since July 2014.


Mr Roemer is interested in the intersection of engineering and management and, in particular, the value creation during the design, manufacture, and delivery of products.  His research on product development, design for manufacturing, machine scheduling, and inventory theory has been published in leading journals.  He has taught classes in operations management and strategy, product design and development, quantitative analysis, and business ethics.


From 2000 to 2006, Mr Roemer was an Assistant Professor at MIT Sloan, where he served as the first MIT-Ford Faculty Fellow and was named the Robert N. Noyce Assistant Professor in Operations Management.  From 2006 to 2014, he was on the faculty at the Rady School of Management at the University of California at San Diego, where he helped create the Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering (AESE) Program.  He also served as associate director of the Program.  He has won numerous teaching awards at the Rady School and, in 2009, received the award for “Outstanding Faculty Teaching” from the Graduate Student Association at UCSD. 

Mr Roemer received a Diplom-Ingenieur degree from the Technische Universität Berlin and his PhD from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Aukje  Doornbos

Aukje Doornbos

DSM Functional Materials

Aukje Doornbos is President of DSM Functional Materials. She joined Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, in 2004 after graduating from the Technical University in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She joined DSM because of the continuous effort of DSM to use their science and knowledge to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come. During the last 14 years, she has worked in R&D, Operations and Supply Chain Management before moving to the commercial role as Business Manager and later as the Senior Advisor to the CEO at DSM’s Headquarters. In April of last year, Ms Doornbos moved with her family to Chicago to lead the DSM Functional Materials (DFM) Business. She has a broad experience working in different disciplines and cultures and is committed to the topics of sustainability and a circular economy.

Andrew  Mangan

Andrew Mangan

Executive Director
United States Business Council for Sustainable Development and President, Pathway21

Andrew Mangan is founder and president of Pathway21, a company that enables business-to-business industrial reuse through the award-winning Materials Marketplace software platform, supporting a culture shift to a circular, closed-loop economy.

Mr. Mangan is also founder and executive director of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development, a non-profit association of businesses launched in 1993. The Council combines the capabilities of its members to develop, test and scale sustainability solutions.

The Materials Marketplace is scaling after more than 20 years of work. It is driven by expert facilitators who help companies upload materials, find reuse opportunities, bring the parties together, and work toward a deal. It also facilitates communication between senior government decision makers and company operators, helping uncover barriers and opening the door to sound solutions.

Mr. Mangan received a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and attended the Columbia School of International Affairs as an International Fellow. He served as Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources with the Texas General Land Office, as a Congressional Correspondent for the Associated Press, and as a commercial salmon fisherman in Southeast Alaska.

Matt Horton

Matt Horton

Chief Commercial Officer

Matt Horton brings a broad range of experience in transportation, operations, and finance to his role as Chief Commercial Officer. For Proterra, he oversees the end-to-end customer lifecycle for the rapidly growing number of municipal, university and commercial transit agencies deploying Proterra's battery-electric buses throughout North America. Since joining in 2014, Mr Horton has helped establish the company as the leading innovator in the electric mass transportation industry. In 2016 alone, Mr Horton helped Proterra achieve more than 225% sales growth, a number that has continued to grow in 2017 as the company expands in different infrastructure categories like airports, universities, corporate enterprises, national parks and ski resorts.

Prior to joining Proterra, Mr Horton most recently served as CEO of Propel Fuels, Inc., a leading clean transportation company. Mr Horton led Propel through a period of high growth, earning Propel a spot on the Inc 500 as one of America’s fastest growing companies. While there he was responsible for strategy and planning, government relations, operational execution, financial management, investor relations, communications, partnerships, and corporate development. Mr Horton is an experienced company builder with a passion for growing sustainable businesses. 

Freya  Burton

Freya Burton

Chief Sustainability and People Officer

Freya Burton joined LanzaTech in 2007 and has worked in various roles throughout the company. Freya is deeply committed to LanzaTech’s mission of creating a carbon smart future. She is a Board Member of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition and with LanzaTech is a Founding Member of below50, the low carbon fuels initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Ms Burton oversees Government Relations, Communications and HR at LanzaTech. She holds an MA from Cambridge University.

Brian  Galovich

Brian Galovich

Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Global Business Systems,
United Technologies Corporation

Brian Galovich was appointed vice president and chief information officer (CIO), Global Business Systems for UTC in February 2017. Mr Galovich is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of the Corporate Information Technology (IT) applications team, as well as partnering with functional leaders across UTC Corporate to accelerate simplification of our business systems. He is leading UTC’s efforts to drive digital operations and develop system life cycle strategies to identify opportunities for significant productivity improvements utilizing technology.

Mr Galovich has more than 22 years of IT experience between Hamilton Sundstrand, UTC Aerospace Systems and Pratt & Whitney. He has held a number of senior IT leadership roles in the areas of program management, sales, systems and technology, operations, and engineering applications. Most recently, he served as vice president and chief information officer at Pratt & Whitney.


Mr Galovich holds a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Connecticut, a Master's degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master's degree in E-Commerce & Business Technology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Varun  Marya

Varun Marya

Senior Partner,
McKinsey & Co.

Varun Marya leads McKinsey’s manufacturing work in the Americas, as well as our efforts to improve the performance of global portfolio companies in the Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice. Since joining McKinsey, in 1998, he has used his organizational, commercial, operational, manufacturing, and supply-chain expertise to help industrial companies thrive, particularly in the private-equity and aerospace sectors. Mr Marya has led corporate-wide transformations for a range of industrial and private-equity portfolio businesses, often helping to accelerate comprehensive turnaround efforts.

Building on extensive experience guiding due diligence efforts on behalf of principal investors, Mr Marya leads McKinsey’s efforts to consolidate best practices in integrated transformations. He also helps companies create value quickly from newly acquired businesses by crafting 100-day plans.

Examples of his work include the following:

·         driving multi functional (e.g., pricing, design-to-value, Lean, sales effectiveness) transformations for a number of private-equity portfolio companies to increase profitability

·         overseeing a multiyear global cost-savings initiative across functions and programs for a major aerospace company

·         retooling a major oil company's organization to better align it with strategic objectives and operational priorities

Mr Mayra began his McKinsey career in our Johannesburg office and transferred to the San Francisco office in 2001. He serves on the leadership council of Tipping Point, a Bay Area organization that screens local nonprofits and then supports their efforts to educate, employ, house, and otherwise assist people in need.

Stewart  Leeth

Stewart Leeth

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer
Smithfield Foods

Stewart Leeth serves as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer for Smithfield Foods. In this role, Mr Leeth leads company-wide regulatory initiatives and directs the company’s sustainability program. This program focuses on animal welfare, employee relations, environmental stewardship, food safety and quality, and community development.


Mr Leeth joined Smithfield Foods in 2008 and has worked in several capacities for the company. Most recently he served Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability. He also held the position of Assistant Vice President of Environmental and Corporate Affairs and Senior Counsel. 


Prior to joining Smithfield, Mr Leeth was a partner at the Virginia law firm of McGuireWoods, where he represented the firm’s clients before federal and state courts in matters involving environmental statutes, water rights disputes, cost recovery and contaminated property litigation, rulemaking, and permitting.


Mr Leeth formerly served as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, representing a variety of state agencies and also served as a law clerk to Judge Claude Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr Leeth is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Richmond.

Laura Frerichs

Laura Frerichs

Director, Research Park and Economic Development
University of Illinois

Laura Frerichs oversees the University of Illinois Research Park, entrepreneurship activities at EnterpriseWorks technology incubator, and supports the University’s economic development efforts. There are 115 companies at the Research Park in a development including 17 buildings on the University campus. Laura helped attract large corporate centers including innovation centers for AB InBev, Abbott,  Abbvie, ADM, Caterpillar, Yahoo, John Deere, Monsanto, Capital One and more. She is on the board of the Association of University Research Parks, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the Illinois Technology Association, and the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, and FARM Illinois. In 2015, she was named Co-Chair of Governor Rauner’s Innovation Council and graduated from the University of Illinois Edgar Fellows program.

Albert Opher

Albert Opher

General Manager, US Industrial Market Sales & Distribution

Albert Opher’s current position is General Manager, US Industrial Market, Sales & Distribution.  US Industrial Market clients span the Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Chemical and Petroleum, Industrial Products and Electronics Industries.  Mr Opher leads a team of professionals responsible for sales of the entire IBM portfolio consisting of hardware, software and services.  He is responsible for helping clients transform their business and maximize their investment in technology.  

Harry  Moser

Harry Moser

Founder and President
Reshoring Initiative

Harry Moser founded the Reshoring Initiative to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. after working for high end machine tool supplier GF AgieCharmilles, starting as President in 1985 and retiring 12/31/10 as Chairman Emeritus. Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Mr Moser was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2010 and was named Quality Magazine’s 2012 Quality Professional of the year.  Mr Moser participated actively in President Obama’s 1/11/12 Insourcing Forum at the White House, won The Economist debate on outsourcing and offshoring, and received the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Industry Advocacy Award in 2014.

Mr Moser is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, New Yorker and USA Today and seen on Fox Business, MarketWatch, and other national TV and radio programs.  He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering at MIT in 1967 and an MBA from U. of Chicago in 1981. 

Sree Ramaswamy

Sree Ramaswamy

McKinsey Global Institute

Sree Ramaswamy is a Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. He leads research on the economics of digitization and the economics of multinational corporations. He is responsible for shaping MGI’s research initiatives, leading research on trends in competition, technology, and global forces influencing multinationals.

Mr Ramaswamy is also a co-leader of MGI’s research on North America, and has authored reports and articles on the ongoing digital transformation of the US economy, on new investment opportunities, on opportunities and challenges for the NAFTA region, and the role of US multinational firms in the global economy. Mr Ramaswamy is a frequent speaker at conferences, policymaker, business, and media roundtables, and media briefings on topics related to his core research and to MGI’s broader themes around global forces, technology, trade and investment, and the global and US economic outlook. His research is frequently cited in the Economist, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Wall Street Journal among other publications.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Mr Ramaswamy spent a decade in the US telecom and aerospace sector. He worked in regulatory affairs and engineering research for broadband satellite networks and holds three patents. He has an MBA and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in engineering and telecommunications. Mr Ramaswamy is based in Washington, DC.

Mairead Magner

Mairead Magner

Vice President of Talent and Organizational Capability

Mairéad Magner is currently the Vice President, Talent and Organizational Capability for Ingersoll Rand.

Prior to this Ms Magner has held business HR leadership roles of increasing scope and complexity across the Ingersoll Rand portfolio; in both the climate and industrial segments.  She has been with Ingersoll Rand for 18 years and has lived and worked in Ireland, Belgium and the US (Minneapolis, MN & Davidson, NC) during that time.

Ms Magner holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland.



Michael  Laszkiewicz

Michael Laszkiewicz

Vice President & General Manager-Power Control Business
Rockwell Automation

Mike Laszkiewicz leads Rockwell Automation’s Power Control Business.  Since assuming the role in 2008, Mr Laszkiewicz and his team have enhanced the implementation of our Connected Enterprise strategy, broadly enhanced the portfolio and driven global market share growth.   

As an industry advocate for manufacturing, Mr Laszkiewicz was appointed in 2010 to President Obama’s Manufacturing Council. During Mr Laszkiewicz’s first term on the Manufacturing Council, he was nominated chair of the Workforce Subcommittee, which interacted closely with the Departments of Commerce, Labor and Education.  In 2011, Mr Laszkiewicz was named the chair for the Manufacturing Council – a position he held for two years.  Under Mr Laszkiewicz’s leadership, the Council delivered policy recommendations – addressing export growth, innovation, research and development; tax policy and workforce development. Mr Laszkiewicz also served as the vice chair of the Wisconsin Workforce Investment Council, advising the Governor on Wisconsin’s workforce strategies. 

Mr Laszkiewicz is an active supporter of community programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and organizations supporting women in technology and engineering.

Recently Mr Laszkiewicz was named the executive sponsor for Rockwell Automation’s partnership with ManpowerGroup and has collaborated with Rockwell Automation’s Global Services organization to establish the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing. Mr Laszkiewicz also represents Rockwell Automation’s CEO on the Workforce Development Committee of the Business Roundtable.

Mr Laszkiewicz is currently working with the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee establishing the Connected Systems Institute.  The institute will focus on the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) helping companies accelerate innovation and collaborating with industry partners.

Bobby  Farris

Bobby Farris

General Manager
TerraCycle Regulated Waste

Bobby Farris is the General Manager of TerraCycle Regulated Waste, a subsidiary of TerraCycle, the world leader in the collection and recycling of waste streams that are traditionally considered not recyclable. Rather than focusing on a single waste stream for recycling and then building the infrastructure around it, TerraCycle has built the processes to design a profitable recycling solution for almost everything that is considered waste. Mr. Farris’ division specifically focuses on regulated waste materials, including fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and electronics. Formed from the acquisition of Air Cycle Corporation in 2017, TerraCycle Regulated Waste is also the manufacturer of the Bulb Eater® drum-top fluorescent lamp machine which crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material while capturing released mercury vapors.

Mr. Farris has spent his 20-year career providing executive management and strategic direction for companies in the recycling industry. Highlights from his career include: VP Business Development at JACO Product Recovery Services, a company which specializes in reverse supply chain and asset disposition for high technology electronics and toner cartridges; Senior VP/COO for Universal Recycling Technologies, an industry leading Electronics Recycling Company, where Mr. Farris was responsible for setting the strategic and operational direction of the organization and also managed all day-to-day sales, operations and administrative activities; and, Director of Electronics Recycling Services for Waste Management Inc, the largest waste hauler in the United States. At Waste Management, Mr. Farris’ responsibilities included direct management of all electronics recycling operations, solicitation and management of all 3rd party processing partnerships, establishing a network of 200+ collection locations in 48 states, as well as the setup and implementation of ISO 9001/14001, R2/RIOS and e-Stewards® Certification programs.


Mr. Farris is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA Political Science, 1991) and Florida State University (MA International Affairs, 1993) and performed two years of Doctoral Studies in Philosophy at the Claremont Graduate University.


Jeff Cornelius

Jeff Cornelius

Executive Vice President Industrial Control Solutions

Jeff Cornelius joined Darktrace in February of 2014 as Executive Vice President.  His background with large Enterprise Software organizations over the past 18 years lends itself to the needs of an, innovative, market-defining organization.  Mr Cornelius oversees the strategic direction and growth of Darktrace Industrial, tailored specifically for Operational Technologies and Critical Infrastructure Protection.  Prior to joining Darktrace, Mr Cornelius held executive positions with a number of organizations including, HP and Autonomy.  Prior to these, Mr Cornelius taught at the University of Texas and New Mexico State University where he held adjunct positions in Experimental Psychology (Social Cognition and Perception) and Statistics.

Haven Allen

Haven Allen

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
mHUB Chicago

Haven Allen, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, mHUB is an entrepreneur and technology strategist who most recently concentrated on growing the manufacturing industry and strengthening its community throughout Chicagoland. As an economic development strategist at World Business Chicago, he directed the Advisory Council for Chicagoland Manufacturing through which he established and led the implementation of an economic development agenda to support growth and job creation in the manufacturing sector. During his graduate education, Mr Allen served as a Mayoral Fellow at the City of Chicago. As a fellow he provided research and analysis on policy initiatives dealing with infrastructure, electricity markets and municipal marketing. In order to give back to his country, Mr Allen joined the Peace Corps and served as a community economic development volunteer in Panama where he worked to strengthen the management and leadership capacities of rural cooperatives and local organizations in order to increase economic opportunities. In addition, Mr Allen was a small business owner in the production and publishing industry. Mr Allen has a Master of Public Policy and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Adam   Muellerweiss

Adam Muellerweiss

Executive Director of Sustainability for Power Solutions
Johnson Controls

Adam Muellerweiss is Executive Director of Sustainability for Johnson Controls Power Solutions, the world’s largest manufacturer and recycler of automotive batteries. He is responsible for driving life-cycle material and energy management efforts including the company’s circular supply chain for conventional vehicle batteries. This model has been globally recognized as a successful large-scale example of a circular economy. His charge includes working with automakers, aftermarket retailers, suppliers, NGOs and policymakers to optimize sustainable product design, expand product use benefits, increase use of reverse logistics and grow end-of-life reuse and recycling. Mr Muellerweiss was the driving force behind the formation the Responsible Battery Coalition, a coalition of companies, academics and NGOs committed to the responsible management of the batteries of today and tomorrow. He chairs the Landscape Assessment of End-of-Life Management of Lithium Ion Batteries for the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment and is a subject matter expert supporting the development of the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance. He presented at the G7 Workshop on the Use of Life Cycle Concepts in Supply Chain Management to Achieve Resource Efficiency, co-authored “Bringing Life Cycle Thinking to Corporate Metrics for the American Center for Life-Cycle Assessment” and was responsible for the development of the “Climate Solutions Framework for Events” used to offset the greenhouse gas footprint of the last three Olympic games. Mr Muellerweiss serves as a Transportation Expert for Katerva’s Breakthrough Innovation Awards and is a member of NetImpact’s Advisory Council. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, he was Commercial Director for Climate Change at Dow Chemical, where he also led the formation of the Independent Advisory Panel on Chemical Security as well as managed the company’s Sustainability External Advisory Council. He led development of start-up companies focused on resource efficiency at Accenture and served as a Staff Assistant for the US Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a Master’s in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University. 

Patrick  Sobalvarro

Patrick Sobalvarro

President and CEO
Veo Robotics

Patrick Sobalvarro is the co-founder and CEO of Veo Robotics, a company that brings advanced computer vision, 3D sensing, and AI to industrial robots, allowing them to work side-by-side with humans in manufacturing processes.

Mr Sobalvarro has more than twenty-five years of experience in computer vision, robotics, and industrial automation. Prior to founding Veo Robotics, Mr Sobalvarro was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Siemens Venture Capital, focusing on the creation of the vision behind Veo. He also served as the VP of New Growth Platforms for Avery Dennison, building a new business line in RFID-based IoT products; was President of Rethink Robotics, creators of collaborative manufacturing robots; and founded and led the computer vision startup IntelliVid to its acquisition by Tyco International.

Originally trained as a computer scientist, Mr Sobalvarro holds a PhD., MS, and BS in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeff  Burnstein

Jeff Burnstein

Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

Jeff Burnstein is the President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the parent group of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control and Motors Association (MCMA).  Together these trade groups represent over 1,000 global companies involved in robotics, vision, motion control and motors and related automation technologies.  Key A3 activities include an annual Business Forum in Orlando every winter, content-rich websites, development of standards, collection of statistics and sponsorship of leading industry events including The Vision Show and Conference and the biennial Automate trade show and conference. Mr Burnstein joined RIA in 1983 and has held a variety of senior positions, culminating in his promotion to President in 2007.  He is a frequent commentator on issues such as the impact of automation on jobs and the future of automation beyond the factory floor.


Chairs (3)

Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business (Crown), about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016.

Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Ms Foroohar spent six years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Aimee Keane

Aimee Keane

Reporter and Multimedia Journalist
Financial Times

Aimee Keane is a reporter and multimedia journalist for the Financial Times based in New York. She joined the FT in 2015, and has reported on the healthcare and leisure sectors. She also produces the FT's weekly business and economist podcast, Alphachat.

Ms Keane has an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Advisory Board (10)

Jennifer Holmgren

Jennifer Holmgren


Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. She was one of the key drivers of UOP’s leadership in aviation biofuels, and under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all of the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. Today, under Dr Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases.

Dr Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications. In 2003, she was the first woman in history to be awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). In 2010, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) for her work in establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation biofuels. In 2015, Dr Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology.

She currently serves on the boards of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee and EcoMotors. Dr Holmgren is also on the board of the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India. The institute has been set up by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government) and IOC (Indian Oil Corporation).


Dr Holmgren holds a BSc degree from Harvey Mudd College, a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Carolyn  Lee

Carolyn Lee

Executive Director
The Manufacturing Institute

Carolyn Lee is Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. Ms Lee drives an agenda focused on improving the manufacturing industry through its three centers: the Center for the American Workforce, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Center for Best Practices.


In her role, Ms Lee leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap and inspire all Americans to enter the U.S. manufacturing workforce, focusing on women, youth, and veterans. Ms Lee steers the Institute’s initiatives and programs to educate the public on manufacturing careers, improve the quality of manufacturing education, engage, develop and retain key members of the workforce, and identify and document best practices. In addition, Ms Lee drives the agenda for the Center for Manufacturing Research, which partners with leading consulting firms in the country. The Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country.


Prior to joining the Institute, Ms Lee was Senior Director of Tax Policy at the NAM beginning in 2011, where she was responsible for key portions of the NAM’s tax portfolio representing the manufacturing community on Capitol Hill and in the business community and working closely with the NAM membership. She served as the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, Manager of State and Federal Government Affairs for 3M Company, and in various positions on Capitol Hill including as Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and as a senior legislative staff member for former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).


Ms Lee is a graduate of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania graduating with a B.A. in Political Science.

Daniel Nestle

Daniel Nestle

Director, Marketing Communications, North America
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group

For nearly two decades, Daniel Nestle has been driving B2B marketing and communications strategy and implementation for global organizations. Now leading corporate marketing communications for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group in North America, his mission is to implement MHI’s global communications strategy and connect MHI’s many group companies and products in order to build, promote, and protect the MHI Group brand.

Prior to joining MHI, Mr Nestle was a VP of digital corporate communications at Edelman in New York. Earlier in his career, he founded a communications and branding consultancy in Japan, helping Japanese companies in the finance, business services and technology sectors deepen their partnerships with multinational partners and distinguish themselves from global competitors. He subsequently led marketing and PR for a Fortune 500 financial staffing company in Japan and Australia before returning to the United States to lead international
communications efforts for a global accounting body.

Mr Nestle received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in International Relations, and a MS in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University. He speaks Japanese.

Jürgen  Von Hollen

Jürgen Von Hollen

Universal Robots

Jürgen von Hollen joined Universal Robots in 2016, previously having been the Executive President of the Engineering Solutions Divison which includes the Automation and Controls business of Bilfinger SE, in Mannheim, Germany, a leading international Engineering and Services company. In his role at Bilfinger he was responsible for a global staff of nearly 10.000 and annual sales in excess of EUR1billion. Jürgen von Hollen began his career with Daimler-Benz Aerospace and held senior management roles at Daimler-Chrysler Services, Deutsche Telecom and Pentair.

He holds a master of Business Administration from Henley Management College, UK and has a Bachelor Degree in Business and Politics from Brock University, Canada.

Tony Gambell

Tony Gambell

McKinsey & Company

Tony Gambell is a partner at McKinsey & Company and leads the North America Manufacturing Practice—a group of more than 100 consultants focused on improving manufacturing performance. In this capacity, Mr Gambell provides executives with strategic guidance on a wide range of manufacturing issues.

Working across sectors, Mr Gambell’s clients are typically leaders in their industries driving best practices in operations. He has particular expertise advising in highly regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, advanced industries, and consumer packaged goods. Since joining McKinsey in 2004, Mr Gambell has led diagnostics and manufacturing-improvement programs at more than 130 plants globally. Part of his work includes transferring skills and capabilities so that companies can scale and sustain impact.

Mr Gambell's operations work is extensive. He advises large and small multinational companies on manufacturing and supply-chain strategy. This includes areas such as global network optimization, operations performance improvement, make versus buy, and digital manufacturing, among others. He is one of the firm’s leading practitioners for lean manufacturing, and he also has pioneered the Should Cash offering, leveraging end-to-end operations improvement for optimal cash performance.

Before joining McKinsey, Mr Gambell worked for high tech, metal forming, and plastics companies, with responsibilities in manufacturing, production planning, and purchasing. He is a graduate of the Leaders for Global Operations program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied industrial and manufacturing engineering at Northwestern University.

Scott Sevcik

Scott Sevcik

Vice President Manufacturing Solutions Business Unit

Scott Sevcik is the Vice President, Manufacturing Solutions Business Unit for Stratasys. In this role, he leads the team responsible for defining and developing the Stratasys 3D printing product offering for manufacturing industries. Mr Sevcik’s team works closely with industry partners to develop additive solutions for tooling across industries and production part applications for aerospace, defense, and automotive.

Mr Sevcik’s background spans the aerospace industry, with roles in System Engineering and Integration at Lockheed Martin and Engineering and Program Management at United Technologies Aerospace Systems. Products Mr Sevick has helped develop or deliver are flying on nearly every modern commercial and business aircraft, as well as in orbit. Mr Sevcik joined Stratasys in 2014 to lead Aerospace Business Development.

Mr Sevcik holds an MBA and an MS in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University, a BS in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Political Science from Iowa State University, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Tim Lawrence

Tim Lawrence

Global Head of Manufacturing
PA Consulting Group

Tim Lawrence has 26 years of experience in transforming manufacturing organisations working within the Automotive, Industrial Engineering and Consumers Good. During his 20 years at PA consulting, Mr Lawrence has worked with global companies to deliver improvements in their supply chains, focused on reducing complexity and cost, managing globalisation, improving customer service and improving supply chain visibility in the boardroom. His recent clients in manufacturing include,Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Skoda, Philips, Siemens, Rieter Automotive and Continental. Recent achievements include:

- Transforming the supply chain and reducing lead-time for a global automotive company

- Creating agile and flexible supply chains in consumer goods radically reducing inventory and lead-times

- Re-inventing manufacturing processes and supply chains for a global FMCG delivering more than 20 times ROI

- Developing the manufacturing strategy and global network for the future for a personal care company

Mr Lawrence has been instrumental in developing PA’s insights into global supply chain management and regularly speaks on these topics at conference platforms across Europe and the US.

Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata

Former Chief Economist and Executive Director of Global Market Insight
General Electric

Marco Annunziata is the cofounder of Annunziata + Desai Advisors, a boutique consultancy on economics, innovation, and business strategy. He is a Resident Fellow at Autodesk and an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Electric, and a member of the Board of Advisors on Information Technology at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. Mr Annunziata’s work focuses on digital-industrial innovation and the Future of Work, and how these issues impact business models and strategies and global economic affairs.

Mr Annunziata is a regular contributor to, and author of The Economics of the Financial Crisis: Lessons and New Threats, published by Palgrave MacMillan. He is a two-times winner of the Rybczynski Prize for best paper in business economics, awarded by the Society of Business Economists in London, and has written a number of papers on the latest technological innovations in industry and their economic impact. He has given a TED talk on innovation, published in the Harvard Business Review, and is a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and Stanford University.


Before striking out on his own, Mr Annunziata spent seven years at General Electric Co. as Chief Economist and Head of Business Innovations Strategy, driving global economic, financial, and market analysis to support GE's business strategy, as well as scoping developments in technological innovation and new business models. Prior to GE, Marco worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank and UniCredit in London, and spent six years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C..


Mr Annunziata holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. 

Peggy Hollinger

Peggy Hollinger

International Business Editor
Financial Times

Peggy Hollinger was appointed the FT’s industry editor in September 2014. Prior to this, she had been a leader writer since September 2011. Ms Hollinger has also held the positions of the Paris bureau chief and Paris correspondent. Before that she was a UK company news editor and the retail correspondent. Joining the FT in 1987, she has also covered UK utilities and oil and gas and written for Lex. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with an honours degree in history.

Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.


Agenda - 3rd May

  • 8:15am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 8:50am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 9:00am
    Opening Keynote Interview

    Patrick Bass, Chief Executive Officer, thyssenkrupp North America

    Interviewed by:

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 9:20am
    On-Stage Conversation: Macroeconomic Outlook and the U.S. Trade Agenda: What Next for Manufacturing?

    Catherine L. Mann, Managing Director and Global Chief Economist, Citi

    Moderated by:

    Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times


  • 9:40am
    Panel Discussion: Policy Agenda for a New Manufacturing Era

    Pre-panel Presentation: Future of Manufacturing - Fifty Shades of Uncertainty

    Marco Annunziata, Former Chief Economist and Head of Business Innovation Strategy, General Electric

    U.S. manufacturers face numerous unknowns in regulatory and trade policies that could profoundly impact production and distribution strategies.  As policy agendas evolve, what do U.S. industrial companies need to do to adapt to and capitalize on change? What is the most effective set of policies to ensure that the U.S reinvigorates its capabilities for a competitive and innovative manufacturing sector?  What is required at the federal, state and local levels? What are the key priorities and latest initiatives in trade, tax, energy, infrastructure and environmental policy? Are they appropriate to unlock the potential of emerging and enabling technologies, promote competitiveness and job creation?  What is the government’s role in tackling challenges such as disruptive changes in the labor market? Are protectionist measures the solution? What will the likely effects be - including on prices, imported products and trade relationships - of the newly announced steel and aluminium tariffs?

    Marco Annunziata, Former Chief Economist and Head of Business Innovation Strategy, General Electric; Author, The Economics of the Financial Crisis

    Paul Browning, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas

    Harry C. Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative

    Marco Palmieri, Senior Vice President and President, Novelis North America

    Scott N. Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing

    Moderated by:

    Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:45am
    Special Presentation: Making it in America - Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing

    Varun Marya, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co.

    Moderated by:

    Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times


  • 11:05am
    Networking Break
  • 11:20am
    Panel Discussion: Scaling Up Manufacturing - Strategic Approaches to Investment, Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Collaboration

    Small and medium size manufacturers face a new set of opportunities and challenges when deciding to scale up and grow their business in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This expert panel will explore in detail funding and investment strategies and discuss key ways of accelerating innovation, actively participating in digital transformation and adapting to a more collaborative and open environment. They will also review the interaction of SMEs with larger firms in global value chains, analyzing successful collaboration models. The panel will also address policies and funding mechanisms required for boosting SME potential.

    Haven Allen, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, mHUB Chicago

    Matt Horton, Chief Commercial Officer, Proterra

    Thomas Roemer, Executive Director of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program, MIT

    Ralph Taylor-Smith, Managing Director, GE Ventures          

    Moderated by:

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 12:05pm
    Panel Discussion: Jobs and Management 4.0 - Upskilling Manufacturing Workforce and Leadership

    Disruptive technologies are not only transforming the nature of work but also imposing a re-evaluation of corporate structure, workplace business practices and leadership paradigms. What workforce strategies are forward-looking manufacturers putting in place to stoke their talent pipelines and ensure the right skills mix in this rapidly evolving landscape? What type of skills will be necessary to thrive in this new environment in which technologies, business models and ways of working are subject to constant change?  How is management upgrading their competences in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how will leadership in the digital factory look like in the coming years? What is the trajectory of the skills gap over the next decade and what role can policies play in easing the transition to the new required set of skills? Will Trump administration’s programs adequately address the underlying issue of technological change while at the same time create the promised jobs?

    Mike Kessler, Chief Learning Officer, BAE Systems

    Mairead Magner, Vice President of Talent and Organizational Capability, Ingersoll-Rand

    Tracey Massey, President, Americas, Mars Wrigley Confectionery

    Esra Ozer, President, Arconic Foundation

    Sree Ramaswamy, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute


    Moderated by

    Aimee Keane, Reporter, Financial Times


  • 12:50pm
  • 1:45pm
    Panel Discussion: Manufacturing in the Sharing and Circular Economies

    In the last few years the sharing economy has become an ubiquitous concept. It is changing a multitude of industries, but what is its disruptive potential for the manufacturing sector? How can manufacturing harness the sharing economy to access equipment and ideas, improve co-creation processes and get closer to customers?  How does the “sharing economy” relate to the “circular economy” and where do collaborative models fit in with the circular economy? In which key ways can manufacturers ‘close the loop’ and capture value through rethinking the relationships between materials, product design, supply chains, business models, and technology? Where are the key challenges?

    Freya Burton, Chief Sustainability and People Officer, LanzaTech

    Aukje Doornbos, President, DSM Functional Materials

    Bobby Farris, General Manager Regulated Waste, TerraCycle

    Andrew Mangan, Executive Director, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development and President, Pathway21

    Adam Muellerweiss, Executive Director of Sustainability for Power Solutions, Johnson Controls

    Moderated by:

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 2:30pm
    Special Presentation

    Erin Bradner, Senior Research Scientist, Autodesk

    Moderated by:

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 2:50pm
    Fireside Chat

    Albert Opher, General Manager, US Industrial Market Sales & Distribution, IBM

    Interviewed by:

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:10pm
    On-Stage Interview

    Michael Laszkiewicz, Vice President & General Manager-Power Control Business, Rockwell Automation

    Moderated by

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 3:30pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:40pm
    Dialogue: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing

    Behavior based robots fueled by AI are increasingly collaborating with workers and matching or outperforming humans in a wide range of activities. As AI and machine learning technologies develop, how are they changing the ways factories operate and perform? What foundational technologies and process innovations are necessary in order to successfully apply AI technologies?  In which key ways can manufacturers embed AI in their strategies and business models? What are the barriers to its uptake? What are the vulnerabilities of AI tools and the concerns in the security realm? Which factors –including technological, social, macroeconomic and regulatory –are likely to influence AI’s rate of adoption?

    Kurt D. Bettenhausen, Senior Vice President, Corporate Technology, Siemens Corporation

    Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (A3)

    Patrick Sobalvarro, President and CEO, VEO Robotics

    Moderated by:

    Aimee Keane, Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:15pm
    On-stage Conversation

    Brian Galovich, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Global Business Systems, United Technologies Corporation

    Interviewed by:

    Aimee Keane, Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Keeping the Innovation Edge – Best Practices, Ecosystems and Programs to Boost American Manufacturing

    Even though the U.S. remains a world leader in manufacturing, it needs to reinvigorate its capabilities and capitalize on technological advantage to ensure long-term manufacturing growth. How is digital manufacturing creating opportunities for a revival of manufacturing in the U.S.? What does America need to do remain at the forefront of manufacturing innovation? What are the best practices to foster an ecosystem in which the right investment in research and development is being made? What further actions could help spur innovation? Where is cross-industry collaboration and interdisciplinary thinking succeeding? What cutting edge programs around the world are helping manufacturers in product development, supply chain integration, and innovation? What lessons can the U.S. learn from successful initiatives, institutions and organizations?

    Laura Frerichs, Director, Research Park and Economic Development, University of Illinois

    Joseph Holmes, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Technology and Global Operations, USG Corporation

    Stewart Leeth, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods

    Caralynn Nowinski Collens, Chief Executive Officer, UI Labs

    Moderated by:

    Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times


  • 5:15pm
    Looking at the Future Conversation: Technological Convergence and the Connected World

    Technological breakthroughs and their convergence are completely reshaping entire business sectors. As networks and infrastructure evolve, the possibilities of machines and devices communicating with each other in new and innovative ways seem endless. What will be the challenges and opportunities for key industries like manufacturing, transport and healthcare? How are players in these sectors embracing connectivity to create value in their transformation?

    Jeff Cornelius, Executive Vice President ICS Solutions, Darktrace

    Terry Kline, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Navistar

    Kathy Wengel, Worldwide Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson

    Moderated by:

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 5:55pm
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Energy and Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 6:00pm
    Conference Ends and Networking

Registration Options

VIP places for Senior Executives from Manufacturing Companies

We have a number of complimentary places reserved for Senior Executives from Manufacturing companies. Please note, all places are subject to review and approval by the publisher. Register online today to secure your place.


Delegate Fee

If you don't meet the qualifying criteria for a complimentary place and would like to attend, you are welcome to purchase a ticket to the summit:

Ticket Type

Super Early Bird Ticket (Ends 15 February)


Early Bird Ticket (Ends 29 March)


Standard Ticket


Secure your ticket online here



Networking Drinks - 2nd May

Timings: 6pm - 8pm

Venue: Digital Capability Center, Chicago

1415 North Cherry Avenue
ChicagoIL 60642
United States

Join fellow senior executives for an evening of networking and discussion of manufacturing innovation at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a world-class, first-of-its-kind manufacturing hub and private-public partnership headquartered in Chicago. Discuss real-world opportunities for technology transformation with fellow executives and policymakers, including a tour of the Digital Capability Center (DCC), an innovative experiential learning facility founded by McKinsey and the DMDII. The DCC provides a hands-on opportunity to see the impact of digital manufacturing on a functioning production line, leveraging digital capabilities to drive bottom-line impact.

RSVP when you register online here.

Tours of DMDII and the Digital Capability Center will be offered during the happy hour. For those interested in a tour, safety regulations require close toed shoes.


Why Attend?

  • Hear from corporate leaders on the game-changing technologies and trends impacting manufacturing
  • Discuss and debate Trump administration's policies to revitalize U.S. manufacturing 
  • Hear first-hand from manufacturing leaders on the proactive measures that they are taking to build and sustain a lead in the race to full Industry 4.0 implementation 
  • Explore best practices to overcome Industry 4.0 implementation challenges
  • Acquire practical insights on how robotics, AI and machine learning are revolutionizing manufacturing 
  • Network with 200 of your industry peers at a key time for the industry 

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.The FT Future of Manufacturing Summit USA will be attended by Senior Executives from the US Manufacturing Industry, including the following sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & defence
  • Apparel
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer electronics
  • Electrical Equipment & Appliances
  • Food and Beverage
  • IT
  • Metals & Machinery
  • Paper & Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Precision engineering
  • Robotics & Machine Tool

2017 Photos

To view photos from the 2017 European event please click here.



Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago 60605

United States of America

Tel: +1-312-922-4400



Please see the below link for nearby hotels and accommodation:


Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Lead Sponsors (4)

Autodesk makes software for people who make things.  If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software.

Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Autodesk software is available free to students, teachers and educational institutions around the world to help cultivate the next generation of designers, engineers and manufacturers.

The future of manufacturing is being driven by disruption in the way products are created and consumed. Autodesk equips designers, engineers and makers to thrive in this “new industrial revolution” underway. We provide manufacturing software solutions that enable customers to innovate and create products that take advantage of changes in digital fabrication, consumer expectations and connected services. Our solutions are built on the Autodesk Forge platform; a set of cloud services that connect design, engineering, visualization, collaboration, production and operations workflows. The Autodesk Forge Fund will invest up to $100M in companies that develop innovative solutions or services that are connected to this platform. 

The company is developing cutting-edge 3D printing technology, generative design software, machine learning capabilities, human-robotics interfaces and more that make it possible to create things in entirely new ways.  Together with its customers, Autodesk is changing the way the world is designed and made.

IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world's most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits.

Innovation is at the core of IBM's strategy. The company develops and sells software and systems hardware and a broad range of infrastructure, cloud and consulting services.

Today, IBM is focused on five growth initiatives - Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Mobile, Social Business and Security and transforming itself into a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. IBMers are working with customers around the world to apply the company's business consulting, technology and R&D expertise to enable systems of engagement that deliver dynamic insights for businesses and governments worldwide.  

Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world's largest recycler of aluminum. The company operates in 10 countries, has approximately 11,000 employees and reported $11.5 billion in revenue for its 2018 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at

Rockwell Automation, a global leader in industrial automation and information, is committed to enabling the next generation of smart manufacturing and improving overall quality of life by making our customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Our products, solutions and services are designed to deliver value to our customers through reduced total cost of ownership, maximized asset utilization, improved time to market and reduced enterprise business risk. When you invest in Rockwell Automation technology and solutions, you invest in the future of manufacturing.

Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

Associate Sponsor (1)

Darktrace is the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber defense. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System technology uses AI algorithms that mimic the human immune system to defend industrial networks of all types and sizes. In an era where OT and IT are increasingly converging, Darktrace’s technology is uniquely positioned to provide full coverage of both enterprise and industrial environments. By applying advanced machine learning and AI algorithms, Darktrace Industrial defends critical infrastructure across the world, and is relied upon by leading energy providers, utility companies and manufacturers to secure their ICS and SCADA environments. Headquartered in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK, Darktrace has 33 offices worldwide.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Gain access to 150 Senior Executives from the US Global Manufacturing Industry, who will be attending the event;
  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility;
  • Demonstrate thought leadership around the current critical issues affecting the US manufacturing industry;
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns

Joe Hames

Commercial Manager, Global Industries

T: +44 (0)207 873 4551

M: +44 (0)791 329 2038



Media Partners (5)

Additive Manufacturing is the only media brand that focuses on the industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology to make functional parts. Leveraging a print magazine, online community, e-newsletter, technical conference and international award, Additive Manufacturing offers the perfect opportunity to build your brand and grow your business. Stop by our booth and pick up the latest issue along with information on the Additive Conference.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most influential business group in the Chicago region. It's comprised of 1,100 members, from all industries, that employ 400,000 people and generate more than $24 billion in local annual revenue. Being a Chamber member means being a relevant, connected, influential leader of your industry and the Chicago business community.


mHUB is creating the conditions for product innovation to thrive. Our mission is to galvanize Chicago’s manufacturing ecosystem by generating innovative ideas, attracting world-class talent and fostering collaboration. By providing access to labs and equipment, industry experts and workshops, ​​and a community of other product innovators, mHUB helps turn ideas into prototypes, and prototypes into sustainable new businesses that drive economic impact, and ensure the region’s continued leadership in global manufacturing.

Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International is a worldwide not-for-profit community of manufacturing companies, information technology hardware and software suppliers, system integrators, consulting service providers, analysts, editors, academics and students. The combined purpose is to improve business results and production operations through optimized application and implementation of information technology and best management practices. is an Online Trade Magazine featuring Products, Companies, News, Articles and Events for the Advanced Manufacturing, Factory Automation & 3D Printing industries. With an emphasis on the state of the art and on the horizon technologies that have strong prospects of commercialization, our philosophy is to create an outlet where the industry can share information and report on itself.

Contact Us

FT Live Delegate Services - EMEA
Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times
Joe Hames
Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
Mariana Schapira
Speaking Opportunities
Financial Times