2012 Innomobility Conference Speakers
Ryan Popple joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in 2010. He is a member of the Greentech team and focuses on investments for the Green Growth Fund. Ryan’s primary focus has been on sustainable transportation technology as a result of his experience working with advanced vehicle and alternative fuel technologies. Before joining KPCB, Ryan was the senior director of finance at Tesla Motors, where he was responsible for corporate financial planning and business development. Ryan managed the cost-reduction program on the Tesla Roadster, working with engineering, supply chain and manufacturing teams to increase performance, quality and contribution on Tesla’s first vehicle. Ryan also led the development of consumer financing and leasing for Tesla electric vehicles. Earlier in his career, Ryan worked in energy finance with Chevron and ExxonMobil. He has also provided support to several early-stage cleantech ventures in business plan and financial model development.
Ryan received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the College of William & Mary, and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Carol Kordich is responsible for Interior Sustainable Material Developments & Strategies at Ford Motor Company. She recently delivered the innovative seating materials for the 2012 Focus Electric & the new global 2013 Fusion that utilizes sustainable seating surfaces made with the Repreve yarn.
Carol has been the driving force behind establishing recycled content targets & implementation at Ford Motor Company. She feels that green design is a way of doing business that everyone can profit from through the harmonious balance between economic viability, social responsibility & environmental soundness.
Kordich joined Ford’s Color and Materials group 12-1/2 years ago after spending 19 years in architectural design industry where she worked then to integrate environmentally friendly materials into her designs on various corporate and healthcare projects. Kordich is a graduate of Wayne State University where she received a Bachelor degree in Interior Architecture.
Barry Einsig is the Senior Manager of Business Development for Cisco, responsible for two market categories: Transportation and Public Safety Communications. With a broad experience in the Transportation market, Barry has been in the industry for over 11 years serving in a variety of roles providing wireless communications networks, video, security and life safety systems for Transportation networks. Some of the authorities Barry has worked with include the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, MTA Maryland, SEPTA, AMTRAK, DART, PA Turnpike, Penn DOT as well as others.
He served as a member of the review panel for TRB project C-18, and serves as Chair for the Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications. For the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Barry Chair’s the Transportation Management Forum, is an active member for the Business Leadership Council, Public Safety Council, and Public Transit Council. Finally, Barry is a Board member for The Infrastructure Security Partnership. Barry earned a BA in Environmental Biology from Juniata College and has written for many industry publications including:
• Passenger Transport
• Mass Transit Magazine
• Traffic Technology International
Barry has presented at International Conferences such as IWCE, APCO, ITSA, APTA, and ITS World Congress, on topics including security, wireless communications networks and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
At Ford, Jon works with Ford’s fleet customers to develop sustainable solutions to their specific needs through the use of technology, fleet optimization and understanding driver behavior.
Jon has been involved with sustainability at Ford for more than 10 years and has represented Ford at venues ranging from the United Nations to the Academy of Management to TED and other thought-leading conferences. His passion for sustainability is evident in his research focusing on how large organizations engage in sustainable behavior and how that decision making process can be embedded in the organization’s day–to-day operations. This research provides unique insights into the evolution of corporate sustainability. Jon’s view of sustainability goes far beyond “green” to include human rights, urban mobility and societal well-being, embracing the ideal that true sustainability involves “doing more good, not doing less bad.”
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Ohio State, his Master’s degree from Xavier and his Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.
Peter’s overall responsibility at BMW Group DesignworksUSA is to coordinate unique solutions for DesignworksUSA clients that include brand, design, and development needs. He does this by utilizing the BMW Group’s vast resources to create new business and brand opportunities.
Peter received a BFA from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in Industrial Design with an emphasis on human factors and behavior. As part of the graduate program, corporate sponsored development included a wide range of programs from Lear Jet interiors and luxury goods to eco-friendly practices for organic farming. Peter studied Sustainability practices under Victor Papanek, and has work shown in Victor’s last piece, The Green Imperative.
Prior to joining DesignworksUSA, Peter served as Principal Vice President of GYS inc., where he directed and designed product and brand activities for Motorola, X-Acto, & P&G. In addition, he created a proprietary design evaluation technique for testing market acceptance and consumer perceptions.
Paul Venhovens comes to CU-ICAR from BMW’s Research and Development headquarters in Munich, Germany, where he worked in the field of systems integration since joining the company in 1995. He most recently served as the leader for Functional Concept Design for the 1 and 3 series with responsibility for functional design and integration of vehicle safety, NVH (noise/vibration/harshness), durability, performance, fuel economy and vehicle dynamics. Dr. Venhovens received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1993 from Delft University of Technology in his home country of the Netherlands. Before joining BMW, he conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the area of simulation and control design for ITS (lane departure warning and control) applications.
Joel Hoffmann is the Industry Partner Strategist for Intel’s expanding Automotive Solutions Division. In this capacity, he leads the strategic focus for next generation automotive use cases, providing direction for silicon development that applies to cars several years out. He is also responsible for driving the infotainment group toward a common vision, which includes spearheading Intel’s founding charter relationship with GENIVI, a key part of that future environment. Within GENIVI, Hoffmann has been involved since inception, developed the original name and branding concepts, and provides a gateway to the $40B of diverse interests being driven by Intel to advance innovation.
Since joining Intel Corporation in 2000, Hoffmann has been instrumental in establishing an early incubation of connected vehicles for DaimlerChrysler, now Chrysler, by promoting standards-based software and open hardware alignment. This activity continues with his leadership of Intel’s Connected Car vision.
With a background of sales, marketing and technical experience in automotive, telecommunications and consumer electronics, Hoffmann applies this diverse skill set to lead the GENIVI Marketing group, resulting in rapid growth of the alliance since launch.