May 8-10, 2018
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC USA


Hear from some of the biggest and brightest industry thought leaders as they discuss various topics related to manufacturing and technology. Take away ideas, insights and effective strategies to improve your overall operations program.

Becoming Digital Industrial

Bill Ruh

CEO of GE Digital, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of GE

The last decade has been defined by innovation in the consumer internet. The next decade will redefine the industrial world. For the last 125 years, GE has met the challenges of industrial change head-on. That’s why it will power the next wave of large scale innovation: the Digital Industrial Revolution. GE Digital is leading this charge by connecting streams of machine data to powerful analytics, providing Industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently. World-class talent and software capabilities are driving big gains in productivity, availability and longevity that will have a powerful impact on industries across the globe.

Bill Ruh is the chief executive officer for GE Digital as well as the senior vice president and chief digital officer (CDO) for GE. GE Digital provides premier digital software solutions and services through Predix, GE’s cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet. GE Digital supports customers globally with a broad range of Industrial Internet applications, from asset performance management, operations optimization, and brilliant manufacturing to platform as a service, cloud, and cyber security. As the CDO, Ruh is responsible for global IT as well as creating GE’s Digital Thread, a next-generation system for streamlining design, manufacturing, and support processes.
Ruh joined GE in 2011 to establish its Industrial Internet strategy and to lead the convergence of the physical and digital worlds within GE globally. In this role, he focused on building out advanced software and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations, and portfolio of software services across all of GE’s businesses. During his tenure, Ruh has led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world. He also played an instrumental role in establishing the Industrial Internet Consortium by bringing together government, academic, and industry leaders for setting the standards, best practices, and processes for the Industrial Internet.
Prior to joining GE, Ruh was a vice president at Cisco, where he held global responsibility for developing advanced services and solutions. A 30-year veteran of the software and internet industries, Ruh has held executive management positions at Software AG, The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation, and Concept 5 Technologies. Ruh is an accomplished author and a frequent speaker on such topics as emerging business models, cloud computing, analytics, the industrial internet and digital transformation. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from California State University, Fullerton.

Rethinking Auto Manufacturing with Toyota

Leah Curry

President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia

TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) is a game changer. Toyota’s brand new platform aims for greater efficiency and lower costs. Learn what is TNGA, how you can make better cars with TNGA, and what it means for customers.

Leah Curry is President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) located in Buffalo, West Virginia. TMMWV, established in 1996, manufactures 4-cylinder engines for the Camry and Corolla and V6 engines for the Highlander and Sienna. In addition, TMMWV manufactures 6-speed automatic transmissions for the Avalon, Highlander, RAV4, Sienna, and Lexus RX 350 and 8-speed automatic transmissions for the Camry. Curry is responsible for all manufacturing and administrative functions of the manufacturing plant.

Prior to this assignment, she was vice president of Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) in Princeton, Ind., where she oversaw all manufacturing operations at the plant that produces the Highlander, Sienna and Sequoia.

During her 20-year career with Toyota Leah held several other manufacturing management positions at TMMI including general manager of Assembly and management positions in Body Weld, Stamping, Maintenance, Production Engineering and New Model launch. She started her career as a team leader at TMMI in 1997.

Curry studied Industrial Electronics at the University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Ind. She holds a TPC Certification in Industrial Electronics. Leah serves on the National Board of Directors of the Manufacturing Institute, and is a board member of The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and The Education Alliance, a private, non-profit organization that advocates for public school student achievement in West Virginia.

She lives in Hurricane, West Virginia, and is a native of Haubstadt, Ind. She and her husband David have four adult children.

Automation and Education: Addressing the Nation's Skills Gaps

Chris Mapes

CEO and President, Lincoln Electric

Mr. Mapes is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s executive management team. He was appointed Chairman in December 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 and served as the Chief Operating Officer in 2011. He is also on the Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. Board, having been elected a Director in 2010 while he was Executive Vice President of A. O. Smith Corporation and President of its Electrical Products unit. Prior to his career at A.O. Smith, Mr. Mapes was President, Motor Sales and Marketing of Regal Beloit Corporation and also served as President of the Global OEM Business Group of Superior Essex, Inc. Mr. Mapes is a graduate of Ball State University (BS 1985), University of Toledo (JD 1988) and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (MBA 1998).

From Stuxnet and NotPetya to the Next Frontier: A Look at Past and Future Automation Threats

Roel Schouwenberg

Director of Intelligence & Research, Celsus Advisory Group

Stuxnet sabotaged Iran's nuclear centrifuges. Amongst its many victims, NotPetya completely crippled the fully automated part of the Port of Rotterdam. 

NotPetya was a state-sponsored sabotage attack masking itself as ransomware, causing billions in damages globally. While an attack on a military target and a widespread attack on commercial companies may seem very different, these two cyberoperations have more in common than meets the eye.

State actors have been carrying out targeted destructive cyber attacks for years, but NotPetya showed that widespread economic sabotage is now part of the play book. This is particularly pertinent to any highly automated environment or manufacturing operation. The magnitude and implications of this seismic shift are still under-appreciated in almost every board room.

At the same time the number of targeted destructive attacks has also been on the rise, with Ukraine and its power plants hit especially hard. What does that mean for automated facilities and plants around the world? Are we asking the right questions to successfully address these challenges?

Join us in this keynote to explore how attacks and attackers have evolved with Stuxnet as a reference point and to see what challenges and developments we can expect next. We will dive into the technical, the strategic and even the geopolitical to make sense of this extremely tangled web.

Roel Schouwenberg was one of the first to perform deep research on Stuxnet. He has had a special interest in destructive and state sponsored cyberoperations ever since. Over the past seventeen years Roel has researched threat actors, malware and vulnerabilities around the world. He was the first to publicly predict state actors would start conducting destructive attacks under the guise of ransomware. Born in the Netherlands, he is currently based out of New York. Roel is the Director of Intelligence & Research at Celsus Advisory Group, where he is responsible for advanced research.