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 CEO 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 Telecommunications (now BT). He was responsible for leading an organization of more than 1,000 team members who were located across the world and 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 U.S. 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 steel, 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.

Sharon Kaiser | Finance Chairperson

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 was 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 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in IT from the University of Arkansas. She is a frequent speaker on IT and SAP.

Tara Gambill | Director at Large

Tara 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 U.S. Founded in Seattle in 2008, MOD has more than 340 systemwide locations (company and franchise) in the U.S. and U.K.

She is a technology leader with more than 20 years of 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 SAP SuccessFactors HCM platform, and she 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 road map 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 she helped establish its first enterprise architecture review board. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.

Ron Gilson | Director at Large

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/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.

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 bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

Tony Caesar | Director

Tony has spent over 32 years leading national and global IT organizations in industries such as banking, nonprofit, consumer product goods manufacturers, distributors, and telecommunications.

During his career, Tony has held positions of management information system (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, 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 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 | Director

Jeff is the SVP and 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 cybersecurity functions. 

Prior to Bombardier, Jeff led the IT enterprise services team at Honeywell. In that role, he was accountable for core solutions that were deployed enterprise-wide, 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 an SVP with SAP Labs’ products and 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 consumer packaged goods 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 and high tech and aerospace and defense corporations.

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. 

Rajeev Kapur | Director

Rajeev joined Kimberly-Clark as its chief data officer in September 2016. His responsibilities include enterprise data management and governance, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), innovation, and analytics across the enterprise.

Prior to joining K-C, he was VP of data and analytics at Under Armour, and his work experience includes 25 years of global roles in Fortune 500 companies such as Newell Rubbermaid, Nike, Lucent Technologies, and Computer Associates. He has expertise in initiation, development, and execution of IT strategic planning and corporate IT policies and establishing a shared vision with executive management. In the late ‘90s, he was one of the first to build data warehouses with unstructured data and terabytes of data.

He is one of the industry thought leaders on enterprise information management, data integration and stewardship, and leading analytical technologies, including big data and trending of information. He is a speaker at global conferences on novel ways to utilize enterprise data to drive organizational strategic/tactical objectives and increase productivity and cost effectiveness.

Rajeev volunteered as the chair of ASUG Georgia Chapter for five years and currently volunteers as an Executive Exchange Council at ASUG. He has a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in information systems from University of Albany, New York.

Andreas Liris | 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 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.

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 led key strategic initiatives as part of the development of the IS solution platform and in support of the organization-wide network transformation.

Andreas holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Stephen G. Shander | Director and SAP Representative

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, SAP 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 general manager for line of business, SVP and general manager 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 Tech Impact, a nonprofit organization that accelerates the philanthropic impact of nonprofit organizations through the adoption of innovative technologies.

Daniel Stuart | Director

Daniel is the SVP of IT at Southwire, a leading manufacturer of wire and cable used in transmission and distribution of electricity. He leads the IT group and works closely with the business units within Southwire, headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia. Prior to Southwire, Dan served as chief business processes officer at Breakthru Beverage Group (formerly Charmer Sunbelt Group) and CIO and VP of business services at Charmer Sunbelt, a leading distributor of fine wines, spirits, beer, bottled water, and other beverages in the U.S.

Throughout his executive career, Dan has held leadership positions with Breakthru Beverage Group, The Charmer Sunbelt Group, D&H Distributing, Algeco Scotsman & Williams Scotsman, and the Manitowoc Crane Group. Dan has served as VP and CIO at several global companies. 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.

Dan attained his MBA from the University of Maryland University College and his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Albright College. As a seasoned board member, Dan holds board positions with AAA Central Penn, Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum. Additionally, he held an advisory position with ASUG’s Executive Exchange and Evanta (now Gartner). He is a former board member with the Pennsylvania SIDS Alliance and is the founder and a former member of the Pennsylvania SIDS Support Group in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Laura Tibodeau | Director

Laura 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 wherein 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, Best Practices for Chemicals, and various STEM forums. She 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.

Laura 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. She is a licensed professional engineer within the state of Texas and holds a U.S. patent.

Benjamin Williams | Director

Ben is the SVP and chief digital officer for CenterPoint Energy. Headquartered in Houston, CenterPoint Energy is an energy delivery company with regulated utility businesses in eight states and a competitive energy business footprint in nearly 40 states. With approximately 14,000 employees and nearly $29 billion in assets, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. 

Before CenterPoint 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 all focused on improving core business profitability and reducing cost of operations. 

Ben has extensive experience across a number of industries, having worked as both a consultant and as an internal business leader, identifying market opportunities, developing business relationships, and building teams of partners to execute together. Ben’s focus is on strategically integrating people, partners, assets, and technology with the market growth and operational goals of businesses with which he has worked. Ben has experience with both strategic and tactical aspects of business improvement and sees motivating and engaging people as the most critical indicator of success. Ben values diversity in all ways in his teams and strives to challenge himself and his employees to value and encourage open, trusted sharing of different perspectives that cause teams to approach opportunities from innovative angles.

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 community in Oklahoma City through his involvement with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma board of directors, which he currently serves as chairperson.