ASUG Board of Directors

Our leadership sets the strategy and direction of the organization and works closely with SAP to identify areas for growth and new opportunities.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of ASUG volunteers elected by our membership. Our organization’s daily operations are managed by the Chief Executive Officer of ASUG, along with the ASUG management team, a group charged with delivering on the Board’s vision and serving the membership on a daily basis.

Mark LeClair | Chairperson

Mark is the CIO of Current, a first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of 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, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments.

Prior to 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. He was accountable and responsible for technology strategy, internal and external partnerships, all IT engineering and operations, SAP Center of Competency, help desk services, network and telecommunication services, middleware application services, legacy application support and data center operations.

Before joining Cintas, Mark was the VP of Global Service Operations for British Telecom. He was responsible for leading an organization of more than 1,000 team members located across the world, providing service operations for all major multinational customers.

Mark was SVP of IT Telecommunications at Charter One Bank Inc., where he led the development of integrated telecommunications solutions to more than 700 locations. Earlier in his career, he held IT leadership roles at Office Max and Westfield Companies. Throughout his extensive career in computing, Mark has demonstrated an unwavering focus on growth, efficiencies and customer satisfaction.

Mark proudly served in the United States Air Force, specializing in telecommunications and electronics.

James Johnson, II | Vice Chairperson

James is the VP and CIO of Carpenter Technology Corp. (NYSE: CRS). Carpenter Technology is a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty alloys, including superalloys, stainless steels and titanium alloys for customers around the world. He is responsible for the development of a focused IT vision and strategy for the entire enterprise and for the execution of the IT operating plan.

He has more than 20 years experience driving value through business process enablement in the financial services, chemicals and metals industries. Prior to joining Carpenter, he was the VP and CIO of Styron (now Trinseo). Trinseo is a world leader in the production of rubber, latex and plastics. He was directly responsible for developing a cost-effective, agile and accountable IT organization while exceeding financial cost savings targets, enabling critical business processes and facilitating the creation of value by leveraging technology.

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, and overall IT leadership in a variety of businesses during his time there. He began his career at Merrill Lynch.

James serves on the Board of Directors for Tech Impact. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Paul Roche | Finance Chairperson

Paul is the President of Luxor Furniture. Luxor, a division of EBSCO industries, is an industry leader in developing furniture solutions that foster a more collaborative, functional and productive work environment.  

Prior to joining Luxor, he was COO for Network Services, an international organization of distributors of janitorial, sanitary, packaging, foodservice disposable and commercial printing products. Paul lead operations, including customer service, pricing and costing, e-commerce, master data management and IT. In addition, he was responsible for the business process and technical integration of Network’s 76 member companies located across North America, representing a $12 billion distribution organization with more than 400 warehouse locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Prior to serving as the COO, he served as Network’s CIO for nine years, and started with the company in 2004 as its director of business applications.

Paul held various positions in consulting management and delivery for Extricity, Infinium Software and began his career implementing distribution software for Daly Commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College, and a MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Paul is a frequent presenter at ASUG chapter meetings, Executive Exchange events, and at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. He began his involvement with ASUG in 2010 when Network Services implemented SAP ERP across its three companies in under 13 months, completing the final go-live in December 2010. Network Services was awarded an ASUG Impact Award in 2011 for its rapid implementation, leveraging the wholesale distribution All-In-One approach, and as the first company in North America to implement SAP’s Agency Business solution.

Sharon Kaiser | Director at Large

Sharon is the CIO at New England Biolabs, a leader in the production and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. She built her extensive knowledge of SAP, information technology and operations management in several industries, including medical device technology, manufacturing, retail, financial and credit card services, and petroleum. Kaiser was honored as a recipient of the 2014 CIO of the Year Award for Healthcare / Life Sciences by the Boston Business Journal, and as a finalist for the 2017 Boston CIO of the Year Orbie Award.

She is recognized as a successful leader for effectively managing international initiatives, simplifying complex operating environments with multi-faceted issues, leading business process improvements initiatives, incorporating effective change-management practices, 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 BSBA in IT from the University of Arkansas. She is a frequent speaker on IT and SAP.

Keith Sturgill | Past Chairperson

Keith is VP and CIO, Information Technology and Corporate Six Sigma, for Eastman Chemical Co.

He is responsible for the strategy, use and delivery of IT services for Eastman’s global businesses. He is also responsible for driving improvements and productivity across Eastman through the widespread use of Six Sigma methods and leadership.

Keith is a native of Wise, VA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Tuck Executive program at Dartmouth College. He has served in various roles in multiple IT associations, including the Americas' SAP Users' Group.

Keith joined Eastman in 1986 as a systems analyst. He has had various and growing responsibilities around implementation of enterprisewide technologies that have significantly impacted the strategies and bottom line of Eastman. In July 2007, he was promoted to VP and CIO.

Keith lives in Kingsport, TN, with his wife, Linda.

Rudy Hendricks | Board of Director

Rudy is a production control, planning and scheduling coordinator for Huntington Ingalls Industries at the Newport News Shipbuilding facility. Huntington Ingalls designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carriers and one of only two capable of building and refueling U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. 

He began his shipbuilding career at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1975 as a design lofter. He left in 1980 and worked at three other companies providing design, procurement and planning support services in various areas of shipbuilding before returning to Newport News Shipbuilding in 1994. Having served in positions as a structural designer, planner, production controller, engineering analyst and business analyst in IT, his current role is as the coordinator and POC for a multi-departmental group that processes inspection reports for all aircraft carrier new construction, overhaul and fleet support concerns for the manufacturing division. He has 13 years of SAP experience at Newport News Shipbuilding, having been on the front lines during its rollout of SAP into the production environment in April 2001.

Rudy has been a lifelong volunteer, having served as a volunteer firefighter for 30 years, a youth sports coach, commissioner and president of a local athletic association, PTA president, youth camp director with the local and state Elks Association, youth football official, VA High School League fast-pitch softball umpire, program chair and chair of the ASUG Virginia Chapter, and now a member of the ASUG Board Of Directors. 

Stephen G. Shander | SAP Representative - ASUG Board of Director

In his current position as Chief Customer Officer at SAP America Inc., Stephen is responsible for overall customer satisfaction and acts on behalf of SAP operational leadership in the role of customer advocate. His organization is comprised of project recovery, customer engagement teams, HANA, cloud, mobility and analytic ambassadors. His team focuses on maximizing past investments in SAP solutions. His main areas of concentration include project success, establishing an environment for sustainable value realization, improving system related operational efficiencies, broadening and strengthening the customer/SAP ecosystem relationships and leveraging SAP’s new innovations to provide business value.

In his 12 years with SAP, Stephen has held several senior management positions including, SVP and GM line of business, SVP and GM of northeast enterprise division, SVP of premier customer network, and VP of sales manufacturing.

Prior to joining SAP, he served as SVP at Exchange Inc. During his 30-year career in software and technology, he also served as the eastern region VP mid-market at PeopleSoft, as well as several sales and sales management positions with Hyperion Solutions and Management Science America (MSA).

Stephen holds a Bachelor's degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University. Active in his community, he is a board member of TECHIMPACT, a non-profit organization that accelerates the philanthropic impact of non-profit organizations through the adoption of innovative technologies.

Dr. E. Jeffrey Hutchinson | Board of Director

Jeff is the SVP & Global CIO for Bombardier Inc., a Montreal-based global leader in rolling stock (rail), and business and commercial aviation. Bombardier’s goal is to continuously find better ways to bridge distances and bring people together, across cities, countries and the globe. In this role, Jeff is responsible for leading Bombardier’s global IS/IT, digital asset and cyber security functions. 

Prior to Bombardier, Jeff lead the IT enterprise services team at Honeywell. In that role, he was accountable for core solutions that were deployed enterprisewide, including a variety of hardware infrastructure and software applications, in order to deliver an IT-as-a-service model. Prior to joining Honeywell, Jeff was a SVP with SAP Labs - products & innovations (development) organization, where he led the global strategic engagements executive team. He was also an SAP executive sponsor for the SAP HANA Executive Advisory Council.

Prior to SAP, Jeff served with two global CPG companies. He was a corporate officer, executive committee member and CIO for Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Prior to that role, he was the North America strategic program office lead, North America CIO and American executive committee member for the European Danone Corp. He has also been an executive with Accenture, and has had both operational and IS/IT roles in electronics & high tech, and Aerospace and Defense corporations.

Jeff received his BS in business administration for Bryant University, an MBA from University of New Haven, an MS 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.

Tony Caesar | Board of Director

Antonio (Tony) Caesar has spent over 32 years leading national and global IT organizations in industries such as banking, non-profit, consumer product goods manufacturers and distributors, and most recently telecommunications.

During his tenure, Tony has held positions of MIS director of Head USA; IT director for HTM East Coast; CIO and director of distribution (dual roles) for Head Penn Racquet Sports; global director of SAP for Easton Bell Sports; VP of IT and CIO for Master Halco Inc.; and VP of IT and CIO for PrimeSource Building Products. He is currently serving as the head of IT for Ericsson – MANA (Market Area North America).

Tony 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. He has been recognized as a leader who has a keen understanding of business cycles, processes and operations, and who consistently delivers technologies and solutions aligned to corporate goals and strategies that add true business value.  

Tony is also known as a true partner to the organizations he and his teams have supported, and 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.

Andreas Liris | Board of Director

Andreas is CIO of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. In this role, Andreas has executive responsibility for the company’s information and digital strategy, solutions, technology, systems and services.

Andreas is an IT executive with extensive global experience in leading teams and delivering enterprise solutions. Prior to entering the CPG industry, Andreas held key information solution and technology leadership roles within the aerospace and defense, as well as in the process and fine chemicals industries.

He joined Maple Leaf Foods in 2010 as VP of Information Solutions. During this tenure, he led the successful implementation of the standard SAP ERP platform and processes across all functions of the organization. In addition, he lead key strategic initiatives as part of the development of the IS solution platform and in support of the organizationwide network transformation.

Andreas holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Ron Gilson | Board of Director

Ron is VP and CIO of Johnsonville Sausage LLC, where he is a member of the senior executive team. In his current role, he has global responsibility for IT. 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/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.

Johnsonville has been an active ASUG member for more than 10 years. For the past three years, Ron has been actively engaged with the ASUG Executive Exchange as a member of the its steering committee.

Ron received his Bachelors degree and MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Tara Gambill | Board of Director

Tara Gambill is the Senior Director of enterprise systems at MOD Pizza, and is responsible for IT strategy and implementation of shared initiatives across the MOD enterprise. MOD Pizza is a fast-casual pizza restaurant chain based in the United States. Founded in Seattle, WA, in 2008, MOD has more than 340 systemwide locations (company and franchise) in the United States and United Kingdom.

She is a technology leader with more than 20 years experience in enterprise architecture and program management. At MOD Pizza, Tara led the delivery of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud ERP system as well as the delivery of the SuccessFactors HCM platform, and continues to shape the cloud-only systems landscape, including introduction of an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and a new service management platform. 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 roadmap that has supported aggressive store growth for MOD. 

Tara was previously an enterprise architect at Coinstar (later Outerwall), working in all areas of IT, and helped establish its first enterprise architecture review board. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in anthropology.