ASUG Best Practices: SAP for Industries will be live Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25. Join us live throughout the week to hear key industry insights from SAP experts, thought leaders, and your peers.
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.
- CIO | GE Current (a Daintree Company)
Throughout his extensive career in computing, Mark has stayed plugged in to the future of IT and telecommunications with an unwavering focus on growth, efficiencies, and customer satisfaction. Mark is presently the CIO of GE Current, a Daintree Company. GE Current blends advanced LED technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities, and cities more energy-efficient and productive. Backed by a broad ecosystem of technology partners, GE Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments.
Prior to GE Current, Mark was senior director for enterprise IT at
Cintas. Mark had responsibility for establishing the company’s technical
vision and leading all aspects of the company’s technology development,
which included its SAP Center of Competency. Before joining Cintas,
Mark was the VP of global service operations for British
Telecommunications (now BT) and SVP of IT telecommunications at Charter
One Bank Inc. Earlier in his career, he held IT leadership roles at
Office Max and Westfield Companies. Mark proudly served in the U.S. Air
Force, specializing in telecommunications and electronics.
James Johnson, II
- Vice Chairperson
- VP and CIO | Carpenter Technology Corp.
James combines the key elements of successful strategic leadership by drawing on more than 20 years’ experience driving value through business process enablement in the financial services, chemicals, and metals industries. He's currently the VP and CIO of Carpenter Technology Corp., a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty alloys (including superalloys, stainless steel, and titanium alloys) for customers around the world. He's responsible for the development of a focused IT vision and strategy for the entire enterprise and for the execution of the IT operating plan. James also serves on the board of directors for Tech Impact.
Prior to joining Carpenter, James was the VP and CIO of Styron (now Trinseo), a world leader in the production of rubber, latex, and plastics. Before Trinseo, James was VP 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. He began his career at Merrill Lynch and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia as well as an MBA from The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
- Finance Chairperson
- CIO | New England Biolabs
Skillful, versatile, and forward-thinking, Sharon built her extensive knowledge of SAP, information technology, and operations management in multiple industries—including medical device technology, manufacturing, retail, financial and credit-card services, and petroleum. She's currently the CIO at New England Biolabs, a leader in the production and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. Sharon was honored as a recipient of the 2014 CIO of the Year Award for Healthcare/Life Sciences by the Boston Business Journal and was a finalist for the 2017 Boston CIO of the Year ORBIE Award. She is also a frequent speaker on IT and SAP-related topics.
Sharon is recognized as a successful leader for effectively managing international initiatives, simplifying complex operating environments with multi-faceted issues, leading business-process improvement initiatives, and managing enterprise development activities that deliver bottom-line results. Sharon holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in IT from the University of Arkansas.
- 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.
- Director at Large
- VP and CIO | Johnsonville LLC
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.
- 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.
Dr. E. Jeffrey Hutchinson
- SVP and Global CIO | Bombardier Inc.
Jeff is able to leverage a strategic-to-tactical view of the SAP landscape thanks to his role as the SVP and global CIO for Bombardier Inc., a Montreal-based global transportation and aviation leader. Bombardier’s goal is to continuously find better ways to bridge distances and bring people together across cities, countries, and the globe. Jeff is responsible for leading Bombardier’s global IS/IT, digital asset, digital transformation, and cybersecurity functions.
Prior to Bombardier, Jeff led the IS/IT enterprise services team at Honeywell. Earlier in his career, he was an SVP with SAP Labs’ products and innovations (development) organization, where he led the global strategic engagements executive team. Jeff was also an SAP executive sponsor for the SAP HANA executive advisory council. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bryant University, an MBA from University of New Haven, a Master of Science in software engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctorate in computing from Pace University, with research in the agile adoption of packaged software solutions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- CIO | Americas Styrenics
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.
- VP and CIO | Chesapeake Energy
Ben's deep insights into team building and motivation infuse his approach to business and inform his contributions to the ASUG board. Ben is currently the VP and CIO for Chesapeake Energy, an exploration and production company headquartered in Oklahoma City and with oil and gas operations in five states across the U.S. Ben sees motivating and engaging people as the most critical indicator of success. He values diversity in all ways and strives to challenge himself and his employees to encourage open, trusted sharing of different perspectives that cause teams to approach opportunities from innovative angles.
Before Chesapeake Energy, Ben was VP and CIO for Devon Energy Corp., one of the largest North American oil and gas exploration and production companies. Ben’s responsibilities included overseeing a substantial technology transformation at Devon that included process transformation from the field to the head office, significant system integration programs, and exponential growth of applied data analytics capabilities. Ben has been involved with the SAP industry solutions for oil and gas from its beginnings and has served on numerous influence councils for SAP over his career. He also serves his local community in Oklahoma City through his involvement with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma board of directors, where he currently serves as chairperson.