Conference Bios

 

Eileen Claussen

President
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Eileen Claussen is the President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and Strategies for the Global Environment. Ms. Claussen is the former Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Claussen served for three years as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Environmental Affairs at the National Security Council. She has also served as Chairman of the United Nations Multilateral Montreal Protocol Fund.

Ms. Claussen was Director of Atmospheric Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she was responsible for activities related to the depletion of the ozone layer; Title IV of the Clean Air Act; and the EPA’s energy efficiency programs, including the Green Lights program and the Energy Star program.

Ms. Claussen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Ecomagination Advisory Board, the Harvard Environmental Economics Program Advisory Panel, and the U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission’s Advisory Committee. She is the recipient of the Department of State’s Career Achievement Award and the Distinguished Executive Award for Sustained Extraordinary Accomplishment. She also served as the Timothy Atkeson Scholar in Residence at Yale University.

 

Mark Vachon

Vice President
GE ecomagination

Mark Vachon, a 28-year GE veteran and Corporate Officer and member of GE's Corporate Executive Council, leads ecomagination, GE’s sustainable business strategy that has invested $5 billion in clean tech research and development and generated $85 billion in revenues through 2010.

Most recently, Mr. Vachon served as President & CEO of GE Healthcare’s $9 billion Americas Region, leading commercial activities in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. His responsibilities spanned across all of GE Healthcare’s diagnostics, health information technology, and life sciences product and service offerings. As a key leader of GE's healthymagination initiative, Mr. Vachon also focused on strategic engagement of governments and clinicians to lower costs, improve quality, and achieve greater access to healthcare.

Prior to leading the America’s Region, Mr. Vachon served as President and CEO of GE Healthcare’s $8 billion Global Diagnostic Imaging organization headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, providing world-class technology in imaging and diagnostics. Since joining GE in 1982, and graduating GE’s leadership programs, he has provided leadership in a number of GE’s businesses, including the Global Research Center, GE Appliances, GE Plastics - Europe, NBC, and GE’s investor relations.  In recognition for his contribution to GE, he was appointed a Corporate Officer in 1999.

Mr. Vachon is an active member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and he serves on the Overseers Board for Northeastern University, Boston, his alma mater.

 

Judi Greenwald

Vice President of Innovative Solutions
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Judi Greenwald oversees the Solutions program, which analyzes and promotes innovative solutions in the major sectors that contribute to climate change, including transportation, electric power, and buildings. Ms. Greenwald focuses on business, state, regional, and federal solutions, as well as technological innovation. She served on the Resource Panel for the northeast Greenhouse Gas Initiative, California Market Advisory Committee, and as a policy advisor to the Western Climate Initiative and the Midwest Greenhouse Gas Accord Advisory Group.

Ms. Greenwald has more than 25 years of experience working on energy and environmental policy. Prior to coming to C2ES, she worked as a consultant, focusing on innovative approaches to solving environmental problems, including climate change. She also served as a senior advisor on the White House Climate Change Task Force. As a member of the professional staff of the U.S. Congress Energy and Commerce Committee, she worked on the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the 1992 Energy Policy Act, and a number of other energy and environmental statutes. She was also a Congressional Fellow with then-Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd, an environmental scientist with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and an environmental engineer and policy analyst at EPA.

Ms. Greenwald has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, cum laude, from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University.

 

Engelina Jaspers

Vice President, Environmental Sustainability
HP

Engelina Jaspers is responsible for advancing HP's global leadership position in sustainability. Her team develops strategies and initiatives aimed at driving meaningful results for HP, its customers and the environment; manages partnerships with external stakeholders; drives employee education and engagement; and leads the development of HP environmental goals, metrics and strategies.

Ms. Jaspers joined HP in 1998 and has held senior roles at both the business group and corporate level. She has led a number of transformational initiatives across HP focused on organization design, optimization and deployment. Prior, Ms. Jaspers spent 15 years with Kodak in customer training, sales and corporate communications.

Ms. Jaspers has a master’s of science degree from Boston University. She is a member of the Sustainability 50, and Senior Advisory Board Member for the Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

 

George Biltz

Corporate Vice President of
The Dow Chemical Company and
Vice President, Energy & Climate Change

George Biltz is corporate vice president of The Dow Chemical Company and vice president, Energy & Climate Change. In this role Mr. Biltz is accountable for delivering Energy business profitability, power production at the 13 Company-operated power plants, as well as steam and utilities and energy service to more than 120 manufacturing facilities globally. In addition, he is accountable for the Company’s energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts, including implementation of clean energy solutions at operating sites around the world. Mr. Biltz also leads Dow’s global advocacy presence in the areas of climate change and energy public policy.

Mr. Biltz joined Dow in 1978 in Manufacturing. After progressing through a number of production roles with increasing responsibility, he transferred into field sales in Rochester, NY, in 1984. Mr. Biltz returned to Midland, MI, in 1986 and held several marketing roles before becoming global business director for Superabsorbent Products in 1994. In 1995, Mr. Biltz was named global business director for the Polyglycols business in Specialty Chemicals. In August 1999, Dow announced its intent to acquire ANGUS Chemical and Mr. Biltz was appointed to lead the integration team. Mr. Biltz was subsequently appointed to the role of president and CEO for ANGUS Chemical, based in Buffalo Grove, IL.

In March 2001, Mr. Biltz was named vice president of Custom & Fine Chemicals and relocated to Horgen, Switzerland. In this role, he oversaw the creation of Dowpharma. In June of 2001, Mr. Biltz assumed additional responsibility as president & CEO of Ascot. In this role he led integration of the Ascot acquisition. Mr. Biltz returned to Midland in January 2004 to assume the role of business vice president for Ventures and New Business Growth. He was subsequently named vice president of Global Purchasing in March 2005. In March 2007, Mr. Biltz was appointed business group president for the Specialty Plastics and Elastomers portfolio and later assumed additional leadership responsibility for the Dow Portfolio Optimization group, focused on accelerating Dow’s strategic divestment and JV plans.   

In December 2008, Mr. Biltz was named Corporate Vice President for Strategic Development & Planning. In June 2010, he was named to the Mergers & Acquisitions role. In these roles Mr. Biltz was accountable for the development and implementation of Dow’s corporate strategy and for long-range planning on an enterprise-wide basis. Mr. Biltz was responsible for the evaluation of all Dow businesses, with the objectives of defining strategic opportunities to maximize their long-term value to the corporate portfolio and enabling the effective prioritization of corporate resources. He was also accountable for driving implementation of strategic portfolio management plans, including the development of new business models, acquisitions, joint-ventures and divestitures.

Mr. Biltz currently is the chairman of the Midland/Bay City/Saginaw (MBS) International Airport Commission, serving on the operations committee and as chairman of its marketing committee. Mr. Biltz is also a member of the Detroit Economic Club. Mr. Biltz holds a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Detroit and an MBA from Central Michigan University.

 

Andrew Hargadon

Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship Professor
Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis

Andrew Hargadon is the author of C2ES report, Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market, and of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press 2003). Dr. Hargadon's research focuses on the effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies. He has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation and has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications. His research has been used to develop or guide new innovation programs in organizations as diverse as Hewlett-Packard, Avery Dennison, Clorox, Edmunds.com, Mars, Canadian Health Services, and Silicon Valley start-ups.

Dr. Hargadon received his Ph.D. from the Management Science and Engineering Department in Stanford University's School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Stanford University's Product Design Program in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Prior to his academic appointment, he worked as a product designer at Apple Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford University.

 

Jake Jones

Executive Director, External Affairs & Public Policy, North America
Daimler

Jake Jones leads a team of government affairs professionals representing the interests of Mercedes-Benz, Daimler Trucks, and Daimler Financial Services in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Mr. Jones currently serves on the Executive Committees for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Federal City Council, and the Boards for the Organization for International Investment, German-American Business Council and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Prior to becoming head of the Daimler office, Mr. Jones was the Director of Congressional Affairs for DaimlerChrysler and responsible for coordinating overall legislative strategy, directly leading coverage on tax and benefit-related issues as well as managing the Federal Political Action Committee.

Immediately prior to joining DaimlerChrysler, Mr. Jones was the lead trade and immigration legislative representative for the AFL-CIO. His professional experiences also include tenures as Senior Legislative Assistant to former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun, senior legislative analyst at the CMS Office of Legislation and Policy, and budget analyst at the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Mr. Jones holds a Masters' Degree from the Heinz School of Public Policy Management at Carnegie-Mellon University, is a Member of the Economic Club and National Academy for Social Insurance, former Board Member of Bright Beginnings Inc., and currently Chair of the Council for the Palisades Community Church. Mr. Jones is married (Veronica) with two daughters (Savannah, Delaney).

 

Clay G. Nesler                       

Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability
Johnson Controls, Inc.


Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for energy and sustainability strategy, policy, innovation and NGO relationships as well as the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency. He also serves on the company’s global environmental sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Mr. Nesler has held a variety of senior leadership positions in research, product development, marketing and strategy in both the United States and Europe.

Mr. Nesler serves on the board of the World Environment Center, the advisory board of the NRDC Center for Market Innovation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of International Studies and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor on ten patents.

 

Robert G. Hilton

Vice President, Power Technologies for Government Affairs
Alstom Power Inc.


In his current role, Robert (Bob) Hilton provides information and technical data on power technology to state and federal regulators. During more than 10 years with Alstom, Mr. Hilton has held several positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Marketing for Alstom’s global Air Pollution Control business, Vice President of Research & Development in air pollution control; Vice President of Alstom’s Post Combustion Carbon Capture Programs; Director of Business Development; and Strategic Development Director.

Today, Mr. Hilton is responsible for providing technical guidance on regulatory and legislative issues for Alstom and providing testimony to committees supporting Alstom’s positions. He represents the Company in technical organizations, work groups and industry associations to process the Company’s regulatory agenda and interfaces with state and federal officials to provide information on key issues. Additionally, Mr. Hilton provides guidance and input to the strategic and operational planning of the Alstom U.S. business with regards to regulatory issues.

Mr. Hilton has been in the air pollution control field for more than 30 years. His specialty is air pollution and the related issues of water and waste management. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, a MBA in Finance, from Drexel University, Philadelphia and is past president and a member of the Board of Directors, Institute of Clean Air Companies. He is also the inventor of 15 U.S. and foreign patents and applications and has authored numerous technical publications.

 

Kurt Kuehn

Chief Financial Officer
UPS

Kurt Kuehn, UPS's Chief Financial Officer, has been on the front lines of UPS's transformation from a private U.S.-focused small package delivery company to one of the world's largest publicly-traded logistics companies with more than 400,000 employees. Today, he is responsible for all activities related to accounting, finance, auditing, financial planning, taxes and treasury. He also is the liaison to the investor, finance and analyst community. Kuehn is a member of the UPS Management Committee, a group of the company's most senior executives who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the company.

Prior to his appointment as CFO in 2008, he was Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and Marketing, leading the revamping of the sales organization to improve the customer experience around the globe. He was also UPS's first Vice President of Investor Relations, taking the company public in 1999 - the largest IPO in the 20th century. In the subsequent decade, the company dramatically expanded internationally and absorbed more than 40 mergers and acquisitions which expanded UPS's small package delivery capability to include freight forwarding, freight transportation, specialty healthcare logistics capabilities, and supply chain management. Since he joined UPS as a driver in 1977, his UPS career has included leadership roles in sales and marketing, engineering, operations, and strategic cost planning. He also was one of the early internal supporters of UPS's sustainability program, working on the very first sustainability report in 2002. He remains a member of the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Kuehn serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Woodruff Arts Center. A native of South Bend, Ind., he attended Yale University and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Miami. He also is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of Business.

 

Erika Guerra

Director, Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility
Holcim

Erika Guerra is Director of Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility for Holcim (US). In her role, she is responsible for leading and coordinating the company’s public policy advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels. Ms. Guerra also develops and executes the corporate sustainable development strategy through consultation with key internal and external stakeholders. This includes the facilitation of various programs geared toward employee education and community outreach around Holcim (US) operations.

She is a member of the Holcim Ltd. Sustainable Development Committee, which provides guidance on Holcim’s global sustainable development strategies. She is also the Chairman of the Holcim (US) PAC. She has worked for Holcim for 14 years serving in various roles including Regional Manager and Business Development in the Americas for Alternative Fuels and Raw Materials (AFR). Prior to joining Holcim, she worked for the Mobil Oil Corporation in the lubricants and fuels divisions.

Ms. Guerra holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, and a Diploma in Business Administration from Universidad de las Americas, Mexico. She attended executive education on business management and leadership at the IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Nick Kirkhorn

Director, Government Relations Corporate
Honeywell


Nick Kirkhorn has more than 15 years of professional experience in the areas of government relations and management consulting. He joined Honeywell in February 2006, serving as Director of Government Relations (GR). In this capacity, Mr. Kirkhorn is primarily focused on environmental and energy issues in the U.S. and Canada. He also handles the homeland security portfolio, managing infrastructure and chemical plant security issues.      

Prior to joining Honeywell, Mr. Kirkhorn worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. from 2000 to 2006 as a strategic communications consultant. At Booz Allen, he developed and implemented communications plans for government and military clients. His clients included the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army, and the Internal Revenue Service. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Kirkhorn served as a Federal Relations Associate in the Federal Relations office of the American Council of Life Insurers. He provided research support and assisted in coordinating lobbying campaigns on financial services issues. Mr. Kirkhorn worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs from 1995 to 1997 as a legislative assistant. His role in the White House was focused on research, writing and communications with Congress.   

Mr. Kirkhorn lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife and four children. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.  

 

Bruce Schlein

Director, Corporate Sustainability
Citi

Bruce Schlein joined Citi in 2006 to identify and develop solutions for emerging environmental issues and opportunities, with a focus on climate change and clean energy. Previously, he worked as a sustainability specialist for Bechtel in China and Romania, and in international development for Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia and the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea. Mr. Schlein is a graduate of Cornell and Johns Hopkins SAIS where he teaches Corporate Social Responsibility.

 

 

 

 

Ned Harvey

Chief Operating Officer/VP Finance and Solar Program Director
Rocky Mountain Institute


Ned Harvey is the chief operating officer and vice president of finance at RMI. In this role, he drives institute-wide improvement in internal and external processes and aligns those processes to enhance RMI’s mission effectiveness. Mr. Harvey also serves as the Program Director for RMI’s Solar Market Transformation Program, which is focused on identifying innovations in the solar market that can help the industry achieve gigawatt scale and become a major contributor to the U.S. energy generation infrastructure.

Mr. Harvey has more than 20 years of experience in diverse business leadership and has tremendous cross-functional skills. He has extensive experience in project finance, business development, marketing and business planning. Prior to coming to RMI, Mr. Harvey was the CEO and founder of Cistern Solutions, a strategy consultancy that specialized in assisting large corporations identify new business opportunities and structure development projects in the emerging renewable and clean energy industries.

Before founding Cistern, Mr. Harvey was the president of startup firm Simplicity Energy Farms, an advisory and development company working with ranchers and rural communities to develop their renewable energy resources. Preceding Simplicity, Mr. Harvey was a 10-year executive at Parson Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in corporate finance and accounting. Mr. Harvey spent eight years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving aboard nuclear submarines and in the Tomahawk cruise missile program office.

Mr. Harvey has Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego.

 

Mack McFarland

DuPont Environmental Fellow
DuPont Fluoroproducts


 

 

Arun Banskota

President, NRG Electric Vehicle Services
NRG Energy

Arun Banskota leads NRG Energy’s Electric Vehicle Services business and is a Senior Vice President of NRG Energy. Previously, Mr. Banskota was responsible for the NRG Texas Region's generation business, with over 11,000 MW of generation assets and $1.2 billion in earnings. Mr. Banskota has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector, focused on developing, financing, and managing both conventional and renewable power projects around the world. As the Managing Director of Global Power, the power generation business unit of El Paso Corporation, he was responsible for 32 power plants in 14 countries with a generation capacity of 6,500 gross megawatts. As Vice President of project development for OptiSolar (acquired by First Solar), Mr. Banskota successfully built a backlog of solar projects totaling more than 1,500 megawatts. He was also a Partner at International Resources Group, an international management consulting firm. Mr. Banskota holds an MA from the University of Denver and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.

 

Maro Imirzian

Vice President, Finance
Catchlight Energy LLC

Maro Imirzian is Vice President, Finance and an officer of Catchlight Energy LLC, a joint venture between Chevron Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company. Catchlight Energy was formed to commercialize production of liquid transportation fuels from sustainable forest based resources. As a member of the leadership team, Ms. Imirzian has built innovative approaches in collaboration and partnerships to meet the challenges of developing alternative energy solutions. Ms. Imirzian has led finance and administrative aspects of the joint venture since its formation in 2008.   

Ms. Imirzian has more than 20 years of experience in natural resource related businesses and sustainability. Prior to assuming her Catchlight Energy responsibilities, she worked at Weyerhaeuser Company in senior business and corporate level roles in investment analysis, mergers and acquisitions, containerboard packaging, and corporate finance. She has led transformational initiatives in joint venture management and enterprise process development and support. Before joining Weyerhaeuser Ms. Imirzian was a management consultant and a forest manager. 

Ms. Imirzian has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Michigan State University and an MBA from Cornell University.

 

Melisa Johns

Managing Director, Joint Technology Development
Duke Energy

Melisa Johns is managing director of Joint Technology Development in the Emerging Technology group for Duke Energy. She is responsible for the development and execution of the strategy for technology assessment and development. She is also responsible for overseeing Duke Energy’s technology demonstration projects, which provide lessons learned regarding the technology application, operational implications, and technology transfer within the business.

Previously, Ms. Johns served as Director of Wholesale Origination responsible for leading the wholesale origination team in the execution of long-term sales contracts from the regulated generation portfolios of Duke Energy Carolinas and Indiana and for the procurement of supply side resources for Duke Energy. Ms. Johns has operational experience in system, planning, and operating, and power delivery as well as experience in regulatory affairs and business planning.

She earned a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. She has also completed the Strategic Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million customers in the Carolinas and the Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

 

Hilary McMahon

Director of Research
Carbon War Room

 
Hilary McMahon is the Director of Research at the Carbon War Room, a DC - NY - London - San Francisco based sustainable enterprise. The Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change.

Ms. McMahon joined the CWR after working at the United Nations in New York as an advisor on climate change and technology issues. Previously, Ms. McMahon spent four years working as a Senior Associate on the Energy and Climate team at the World Resources Institute (WRI), leading their work in support of Low Carbon Development Plans in many developing countries and managing a large research team. Ms. McMahon also led the WRI's work in support of the UNFCCC's climate negotiations. Ms. McMahon has published extensively on issues relating to climate mitigation in developing countries, mitigation technologies and energy access. Ms. McMahon recently acted as a reviewer for the World Energy Outlook and has traveled extensively with her work. Previous to the WRI, Ms. McMahon managed a climate change related program at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland. Before moving to Switzerland, Ms. McMahon worked on environmental issues in Brussels for an industry association, UNIFE, followed a semester teaching at a University in Spain, setting up the climate group for the Institute of European Affairs and researching policy approaches for the Institute for International Integration Studies.

Ms. McMahon received her degree in Politics and French from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and her Masters in Politics from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium. Ms. McMahon also studied Chinese Politics for a year in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Kevin B. Kramer

President, Growth Initiatives
Alcoa

Kevin Kramer was named to the newly created position of President, Growth Initiatives for Alcoa in June 2009. In this role, he is responsible for supporting commercialization strategies for organic growth, and identifying and developing new applications that respond to market trends and customers’ needs. In addition, Mr. Kramer supports the development and execution of global marketing programs for aluminum applications across existing and new markets. As part of this assignment, he will oversee the Alcoa Market Sector Teams. Mr. Kramer serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Aluminum Association based in Washington, D.C., and is on the Communications and Promotions Committee for the International Aluminum Institute based in London, England.

Most recently, Mr. Kramer was president of Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products, responsible for forged wheels and aluminum structures. This global business serves the commercial vehicle, defense and automotive markets with products used in a range of applications including forged aluminum wheels, and niche products such as Dura-Bright® and Dura-Flange® wheels and the LvL OneTM truck wheels as well as a variety of other aluminum components. In this position, Mr. Kramer was also Executive Sponsor of the Ground Transportation Market Sector Team and a member of the Alcoa Employee Relations Council.   

Mr. Kramer joined Alcoa in 2004 as president of the company’s cast wheels business, following a successful 21-year career at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. He held a series of progressively significant marketing and management assignments in Goodyear’s North American tire business, and its Conveyor Belt and Engineered Products Division, before being named vice president Original Equipment Tires, North American Tires. In this position, he was responsible for Goodyear’s tire business with OEMs in North America as well as providing global coordination for Ford, GM, and DaimlerChrysler. Earlier, he held international marketing and sales assignments in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Kramer serves on the board of directors of the Cleveland Food Bank and Cleveland Boys & Girls Club. A native of Akron, Ohio, Mr. Kramer graduated from Ohio State University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. He and his wife, Therese, have four children.

 

Cathy Snyder

Vice President, Energy & Environment
Lockheed Martin Washington Operations

Cathy Snyder serves as the Vice President for Energy & Environment for Lockheed Martin Washington Operations. Ms. Snyder supports government relations for strategic business initiatives across the company in the energy generation, efficiency, distribution and technology markets, as well as environmental management and sustainability businesses. She develops and maintains relationships with key senior executive branch officials, industry executives, state, local, and international governments on behalf of Lockheed Martin. Ms. Snyder’s responsibilities include monitoring, assessing, developing and implementing plans for influencing federal public policy around energy and environmental market issues that affect Lockheed Martin’s existing and future business.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Snyder served as Vice President for Homeland Security at Washington Operations where she directed Lockheed Martin’s executive branch government relations in the HLS market. She led and directed a staff of HLS experts in shaping strategic relationships, and helping win new business with the Department of Homeland Security. In this role, Ms. Snyder led and supported Lockheed Martin’s achievement in becoming the number one contractor to DHS. Preceding this position, Ms. Snyder served as the Director of Business Development for Enterprise and Application Solutions at Lockheed Martin Information Technology. This Operating Unit was responsible for executing over $1 billion in annual sales for federal civilian and defense information technology programs. During this time she managed a number of large captures totaling more than $2 billion and administered a budget of more than $10 million annually. Ms. Snyder joined Lockheed Martin in February 2002 as Director of Business Development for Energy, Environment, and Transportation. Since joining Lockheed Martin, she has successfully captured and supported several billion dollars in new and recompete business for civilian and defense government information technology and services markets.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Snyder held progressively challenging positions with the State of Maryland, Department of the Environment (MDE) for more than 22 years. She served as the Director of Operations for MDE from 1995-2002, and also served as a Special Assistant/Chief of Staff to four Cabinet Secretary’s of the Environment. As the Director of Operations, she supported the Secretary in managing over 1,000 employees and a $90 million annual operating budget, and $300 million annual capital budget. She was directly responsible for all operations of information technology programs; agency strategic plan development; environmental compliance and performance measurement reporting to the Governor and State legislature; and management of the State’s environmental boards and commissions appointments. She also directed a variety of confidential administrative duties including senior personnel performance evaluations, agency reorganizations, and employee relations functions. Moreover, she managed the acquisition, site selection and agency movement to a LEED certified facility in 2001. Some of her other accomplishments included recognition from Governor Glendening for work on Senate Bill 899 and House Bill 1447 eliminating and consolidating certain boards and commissions and agency reporting requirements. She was directly responsible for the Malcolm Baldridge quality management review process that resulted in the agency receiving two silver and one bronze Governor’s Quality Awards. Ms. Snyder also wrote and produced many of MDE’s annual reports. She served on the State-EPA Information Management Workgroup from 1999-2002, served on the Governor’s Statewide Managing for Results Steering Committee from 1997-2002, and served on the Governor’s Continuous Quality Improvement Council from 1995-2002.

Ms. Snyder serves as a Board member for the Nurses Organization for Veteran’s Affairs Foundation since April 2007 and is currently a member of the Virginia Solar Regulatory Advisory Panel.

She has attended UMUC and the University of Baltimore, Schaefer Center for Public Policy and received training from the U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Management Program; the Maryland National Guard Quality Management Leadership Program; and the George Washington University Law School for Best Practices in Performance Based Services Contracting. She graduated from Lockheed Martin’s Executive Program in 2006. She is a recipient Lockheed Martin Information and Technology Services (LMI&TS) “Golden Socks” award, the highest honor for business development, and was presented with the LMIT President’s award for successful business development achievement.

 

John Huffaker

Vice President, International Business Development
AREVA Solar

John Huffaker brings to AREVA Solar’s customers more than 25 years of experience in energy business development, mergers and acquisitions, equity fundraising, project finance and senior management. Mr. Huffaker joined AREVA Solar in 2007 and has been instrumental in securing private equity funding, strategic partnerships and international solar projects. His current scope is business development and sales for AREVA Solar outside the USA and Australia.

Prior to joining AREVA Solar, Mr. Huffaker was based in Moscow, Russia, for seven years, as Managing Director of the investment advisory company Quadro Inc. He also served as President of AES Silk Road (CIS subsidiary of AES Corporation) responsible for 13 businesses in Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Ukraine, and was Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for AES in the CIS region. Prior to joining AES, Mr. Huffaker led M&A transactions in Asia, South America and Africa. Mr. Huffaker has a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

 

Susan Robinson

Director of Public Affairs
Waste Management

Susan Robinson is Public Affairs Director for Waste Management. She works with Waste Management’s organic growth and fleet teams, supporting the company’s transformation to a materials management and renewable energy company. Ms. Robinson is responsible for helping to shape public policy efforts to support this transition.

Ms. Robinson has worked in the environmental industry for over 25 years. She worked for a non-profit environmental organization, the City of Seattle, and has been managing municipal relationships on behalf of the private sector for the past 18 years. She has been instrumental in implementing many forward-thinking recycling programs on the West Coast, as well as Waste Management’s 2009 transition to a natural gas fleet in the Pacific Northwest.    
Ms. Robinson served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association. She attended Stanford University and the University of Washington and holds degrees in Applied Earth Sciences. Her Masters work is in Environmental Studies at the Evergreen State College.

 

Robert J. Kumpf

Executive Sponsor & Chair of the Bayer Corporation Sustainability Community Council
Bayer MaterialScience LLC


Bob Kumpf is the executive sponsor and chair of the Bayer Corporation Sustainability Community Council, which fosters sustainable development initiatives across the subgroups within the North American region. He also is chief administrative officer for Bayer MaterialScience LLC and a member of the company’s North America Leadership Team with responsibility for Business Support, as well as the Health, Safety, Environment organization, New Business, and Materials Characterization.

Dr. Kumpf has held research, product development and technical marketing positions in various Bayer Business Units and Central Research, including two expatriate assignments in Germany. His most recent position was vice president of the Future Business group. He joined Bayer in 1988 as a research chemist after graduating with a doctorate degree from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Pennsylvania State University. He currently holds 20 U.S. and European patents and has published 21 articles in various scientific journals.

He is active in various non-profit organizations and serves as chairman of the National Board of the Industrial Research Institute. In addition, he is a member of the Pennsylvania State University Material Science and Engineering Advisory Board, the Carnegie Science Center Sci Tech Initiative Advisory Board and the Pennsylvania Nanomaterials Commercialization Center board of directors, a position he has held since 2006. In 2009, Dr. Kumpf was appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to serve on the board of directors for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, one of the largest single state technology development programs in the nation. In 2010, Dr. Kumpf was named adjunct professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

 

Kevin Rabinovitch

Global Director of Sustainability
Mars, Inc.

Kevin Rabinovitch is the Global Director of Sustainability for Mars, Inc. In his role he develops and deploys strategies, goals, targets, and policies relating to all aspects of sustainability for Mars’ full supply chain. He also chairs the Sustainability sub-group of the Mars Scientific Advisory Council which advises Mars on the science behind our sustainability decisions throughout our entire supply chain. Mr. Rabinovitch has been with Mars for 17 years, 4 years in sustainability and the first 13 in R&D functions of multiple Mars business segments in the U.S. and Europe, specializing in technology development, scale up, and intellectual property.

 

 

 

Paul Narog

Manager, Environmental Operations
3M

Paul Narog is Manager of Environmental Operations in the corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Operations organization at 3M. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Narog has worked in a wide variety of roles in the environmental field, with specific focus on air emission control, permitting and compliance management, regulatory advocacy and stakeholder communications. He has also served as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt for the company’s environmental, health, safety and medical organizations. In his current position, Mr. Narog manages a group of environmental professionals with responsibility for regulatory compliance management, governance programs (policies and auditing) and technical support to prevent pollution, and sustainability professionals with responsibility for corporate-level sustainability strategy, sustainability goals and cross-functional sustainability initiatives, customer engagement and external communications. Mr. Narog is a member of NAEM, the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).

 

Scott A. Vitters

General Manager, PlantBottle™ Packaging Platform
The Coca-Cola Company


Scott Vitters has worked to drive sustainable growth at The Coca-Cola Company for the past 13 years. He currently is the General Manager of the company’s breakthrough PlantBottle packaging platform. In this role he is accountable for leading a business transformation team focused on delivering value by completely decoupling the company’s plastic bottles from fossil-based materials and the generation of waste.    

Scott previously led Coca-Cola’s worldwide packaging sustainability program. Some notable advances during his leadership include the establishment of the company’s global performance measures, investments in plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling facilities, creation of a for-profit recycling collection enterprise and launch of a multi-million dollar recycling advertising campaign. In 2002, Scott managed the development and execution of Coca-Cola’s environmental efforts at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. His success in implementing a cutting edge zero-waste program received high acclaim and was formally recognized by the U.S. EPA.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Scott served as a consultant to EPA’s Office of Solid Waste with the Eastern Research Group. He also was a research fellow with the Environmental and Energy Study Conference, a congressional legislative caucus in Washington, DC. Scott is a highly respected leader in the field of sustainable packaging, speaking regularly at global conferences and events. He is an advisor to Michigan State University’s Center for Packaging Innovation & Sustainability and served multiple terms on the Board of the National Recycling Coalition in the United States. 

 

 

 

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