Our board features senior leaders from SAP-customer organizations (plus one SAP delegate) who are elected by and representative of ASUG membership. The board works closely with ASUG and SAP leadership to amplify the collective voice of our members.

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James Johnson, II

  • Chairperson
  • VP and CIO | James Hardie Building Products

James A. Johnson, II joined James Hardie as Vice President, Chief Information Officer (“CIO”) in November 2021. Mr. Johnson is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing high-quality, high-value technology solutions for the company’s continued transformation. He brings over 20 years of leading IT functions in a variety of industries with a focus on driving value through the delivery of business-aligned IT solutions that enable critical processes.

Most recently, Mr. Johnson was the Vice President – Chief Information Officer of Carpenter Technology, a global leader in the manufacture of high-performance specialty alloys. He was responsible for all aspects of Information Technology and cybersecurity and the development and execution of a focused business- aligned IT vision and strategy.

Prior to joining Carpenter, James was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Styron (now Trinseo), a world leader in the production of rubber, latex, and plastics formed by the divestiture of several Dow Chemical businesses. He was responsible for IT globally with a focus on building standalone business operations while driving cost optimization. Before Trinseo, James was Vice President and CIO at Performance Fibers, a global producer of industrial polyester. He also held a variety of roles at Honeywell with responsibility for SAP implementation, application strategy and delivery, and general IT leadership in a variety of businesses during his time there.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Maryland.

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Tara Gambill

  • Director at Large
  • Senior Director of Enterprise Systems | MOD Pizza

A technology leader with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise architecture and program management, Tara brings together all the right ingredients to help ASUG members move into the SAP S/4HANA cloud era. She's currently the senior director of enterprise systems at MOD Pizza, a fast-casual pizza restaurant chain more than 440 locations in the U.S. and U.K.

At MOD Pizza, Tara led the delivery of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud ERP system as well as the SAP SuccessFactors HCM platform, and she continues to shape the cloud-only systems landscape. She has supported the company’s transformation through delivery and realization of SAP solutions across the organization, translating the company’s strategic vision into an actionable technology road map that has supported aggressive store growth for MOD Pizza. Tara graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology.

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Ron Gilson

  • Director at Large
  • CIO | Organic Valley

As both a seasoned SAP expert and a veteran member of ASUG, Ron brings a highly valued perspective to his role on our board. Ron is VP and CIO of Johnsonville LLC, where he's a member of the senior executive team. In his current role, he has global responsibility for IT. Johnsonville has been an active ASUG member for more than 10 years. For the past three years, Ron has been actively engaged with ASUG Executive Exchange as a member of its steering committee.

Ron joined Johnsonville as a programmer/analyst in 1991 before becoming coach of the enterprise applications team in 1994 and CIO in 1998. From 2004 to 2009, Ron was the program manager for the deployment of SAP at Johnsonville. In 2013, he took on responsibility for the implementation of a companywide lean/continuous improvement (CI) program. As the corporate sponsor of the lean initiative, he was tasked with building out the CI team and creating and executing the overall CI vision and strategy. In 2016, Ron initiated the development and execution of an integrated business planning process at Johnsonville. Ron received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.

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Tony Caesar

  • Director
  • Head of IT | Ericsson-MANA

Tony is recognized as a leader who has a keen understanding of business cycles, processes, and operations—and who consistently delivers technologies and solutions that add true business value. Tony is currently serving as the head of IT for Ericsson–MANA (Market Area North America). He has extensive experience leading teams supporting businesses running ERP systems, including JD Edwards and SAP, and has led several successful implementations, system upgrades, and cross-systems integration initiatives.

Tony has spent more than 32 years leading national and global IT organizations and has held positions with Head USA, HTM East Coast, Head Penn Racquet Sports, Easton-Bell Sports, Master Halco Inc., and PrimeSource Building Products. Tony is known as a true partner to the organizations he and his teams have supported, and he has received several service awards in recognition for his efforts. In 2007, Tony was nominated by his peers and subsequently received the Computer World Magazine Premier 100 IT Leader award. Tony is an avid fitness enthusiast and volunteers his free time coaching his children's various sports teams.

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Rajeev Kapur

  • Director
  • VP of Commercial Transformation | Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Rajeev Kapur is currently the VP of commercial transformation at Kimberly-Clark Corp., leading digital sales, marketing, enterprise data, and innovation pillars. He is an industry thought leader in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), enterprise information management, data integration and stewardship, and leading analytical technologies—including big data and the trending of information. Rajeev joined Kimberly-Clark as its chief data officer in September 2016. He's also a speaker at global conferences on novel ways to utilize enterprise data to drive organizational strategic and tactical objectives as well as how to increase productivity and cost effectiveness.

Prior to joining K-C, Rajeev was VP of data and analytics at Under Armour, and his experience includes 25 years of global roles in Fortune 500 companies, such as Newell Rubbermaid, Nike, Lucent Technologies, and Computer Associates. In the late ‘90s, he was one of the first to build data warehouses with unstructured, terabytes of data. He has a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in information systems from University of Albany, New York.

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Stephen Katsirubas

  • Director
  • CIO l Hunter Douglas

Over the course of his 25-year career, results have always mattered to Stephen. Whether that was delivering large-scale ERP transformations, manufacturing and supply chain overhauls, or e-commerce of mobile rollouts, getting the job done right has always been his goal. Stephen is currently the CIO of Hunter Douglas, the world leader in the windows covering and architectural industry.

Stephen’s career is one that demonstrates increasing leadership responsibilities in several industries as well as numerous accomplishments during that time. He was recognized as a top Colorado CIO in 2015 and was nominated as the top retail CIO of the year in 2012. Stephen was proud to serve with the U.S. Marine Corps as a non-commission officer and is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War. He holds an MBA from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Science from Norwich University.

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Andreas Liris

  • Director
  • CIO | Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

As an IT executive with extensive global experience in leading teams and delivering enterprise solutions, Andreas packages a wealth of relevant expertise to bring to the ASUG board. In his current role as CIO of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Andreas has executive responsibility for the company’s information and digital strategy, systems, and services.

Andreas joined Maple Leaf Foods in 2010. Prior to entering the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, Andreas held key information solution and technology leadership roles within aerospace and defense and in the process and fine chemicals industries. Andreas holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

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Stephanie Stewart Nashawaty

  • Director and SAP Representative
  • Chief Customer Innovation Officer | SAP North America

Experience matters, and Stephanie’s career demonstrates an uncommon breadth and depth of business and technology understanding accrued over the years. Currently she serves as the North America chief customer innovation officer, and her team is responsible for

delivering a seamless, integrated experience focused on industry expertise, solution engineering, and advisory services dedicated to business value realization. The customer is at the epicenter of everything she and her team do.

Prior to joining SAP in 2016, Stephanie held leadership positions with Oracle, IBM, PTC, and Pegasystems. Stephanie is passionate about what’s next in tech, and she serves as an advisor to the board for Cogito Corp, a Boston-based AI start-up in the customer experience space. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Stanford University.

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Daniel Stuart

  • Director
  • SVP of ITS | Southwire

Dan is an expert at sparking progress while managing technological change. He has been responsible for leading IT operations across 23 countries, controlling a strategic sourcing department with more than $300 million under management, implementing emerging technologies, and orchestrating a massive international IT integration/consolidation for some of the largest players in the industry. He's currently the SVP of ITS at Southwire, a leading manufacturer of wire and cable used in transmission and distribution of electricity, headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia.

Dan has served as VP and CIO at several global companies, and over the course of his executive career, he has held leadership positions with Breakthru Beverage Group, The Charmer Sunbelt Group, D&H Distributing, Algeco Scotsman & Williams Scotsman, and Manitowoc Crane Group. Dan is a seasoned board member, holding board positions with AAA Central Penn in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he held an advisory position with ASUG Executive Exchange and Evanta (now Gartner). He is a former board member of the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum, PA, SIDS Alliance, and is the founder and a former member of the Pennsylvania SIDS Support Group in Reading, Pennsylvania. Dan attained his MBA from the University of Maryland University College and his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Albright College.

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Laura Tibodeau

  • Director

Powered by an inventive mind and a thoughtful approach to business and technology, Laura is highly valued as a leader, advisor, and speaker. She joined Americas Styrenics (AmSty) as its CIO in July of 2013. Prior to joining AmSty, Laura worked at IBM, Texas Instruments, and then Compaq/HP where she led the development of a business intelligence practice, implemented SAP across the Asia-Pacific region, and was actively involved in merger and acquisition activities and the systems impact thereof. Laura has served on various collegiate industry advisory boards and was a featured speaker for IMF, SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference, Best Practices for Chemicals, and various STEM forums.

Laura currently serves as the chairman of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) ChemITC CIO organization, is honorary CIO chairman of the ACC Cybersecurity Committee, and serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. She received her industrial engineering degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and her master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Laura is a licensed professional engineer within the state of Texas and holds a U.S. patent.

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Diane Arnold

  • Director
  • Senior Vice President, Enterprise Technology, Core Systems and Platforms | The Walt Disney Company

Diane Arnold serves as Senior Vice President, for The Walt Disney Company, Enterprise Technology – Core Systems & Platforms responsible for delivery and advancement of the core application and platform portfolio that drives critical business functions for the Walt Disney Company. Areas of focus include Finance, Treasury, HR, Legal, Real Estate, Supply Chain Logistics and Global Product Standards.

In her previous leadership role, Diane and her team supported end-to-end technologies inclusive of custom and vendor applications; digital, mobile and ecommerce platforms; shoreside and shipboard applications; DCL’s network and infrastructure; DVC sales and operation; and as well as multiple call centers for DCL and DSE.

She joined Disney in 1998, taking on technology leadership positions with progressive levels of responsibility in delivery and sustainment functions. These roles focused on large-scale, integrated solutions, improving delivery capabilities, driving consistency in sustainment practices, and building consistent, shared-service functions.

Prior to joining Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Diane led large-scale application development and architecture programs for IBM and GTE, and managed data center automation activities for Eli Lilly and State Farm.

Diane holds a computer science degree from Marist College in New York.

Kris Cowles

  • Director
  • SVP IT | TopCon

Kris Cowles currently holds the role of SVP, Information Technology for Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS). TPS designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. In her role at TPS, Kris has responsibility for the full portfolio of IT, driving strategy across the global footprint of both traditional Topcon business units as well as new business models. Prior to Topcon, Kris spent over 20 years at Cisco Systems in a variety of roles in both the US and Europe. Her background encompasses not just IT, but multiple disciplines: Channel Operations, Supply Chain, E-commerce, Strategic Partnerships, Enterprise Architecture, and operational roles in Research and Development.