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Gary Hamel Gary Hamel
Professor and Author

Since 1983, Gary has been on the faculty of the London Business School and is currently Visiting Professor of Strategic and International Management. He was recently ranked by Wall Street Journal as the world’s “most influential business thinker”, while being dubbed the “world’s leading expert on business strategy” by Fortune magazine.

Gary's pioneering concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation” have changed the practice of management in companies around the world. Currently, Hamel is leading a pioneering effort to reinvent management by harnessing the power of open innovation.

Hamel’s landmark books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages, include Competing for the Future, Leading the Revolution, The Future of Management, and What Matters Now.
Newell Franks Newell Franks
Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Burr Oak Tool and Oak Press Solutions

Newell was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Burr Oak Tool and Oak Press Solutions in 2006. Newell joined the Oak Boards while serving as the Assistant VP of Operations for Burr Oak Tool in 2000. He has held positions of increasing responsibilities with Burr Oak Tool since beginning his employment with the company at age 14.

Newell is a mechanical engineer with a BSME from Brigham Young University. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Bob Lutz Bob Lutz
Retired Vice Chairman, General Motors Corporation and CEO, Lutz Communication

Bob began his automotive career in September 1963 at GM, where he held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions in Europe until December 1971. Since then, he has also held various senior-level positions at BMW, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler. In 2001, Bob rejoined GM as vice chairman of product development, quickly assuming responsibility for global product development. He currently serves as Chairman of The New Common School Foundation and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.

In Bob's new book Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership, he profiles the leaders that made the strongest impression on him throughout his forty-seven year career.
Helmuth Ludwig Helmuth Ludwig
CEO, Siemens Industry Sector, North America

As chief executive officer of the Industry Sector in North America, Helmuth Ludwig is responsible for all business activity and executive management of the Siemens Industry Sector business in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. In his 20 years with Siemens, Helmuth has held a broad range of strategic leadership positions.

Helmuth holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago; and a doctorate from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany. He also teaches as Adjunct Professor for Corporate Strategy at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business in Dallas.
Pat Panchak Pat Panchak
Editor-in-Chief, IndustryWeek

In her commentary and reporting for IndustryWeek, Editor-in-Chief Patricia Panchak covers world-class manufacturing industry strategies, best practices and public policy issues that affect manufacturers’ competitiveness. She delivers news and analysis—and reports the trends—in tax, trade and labor policy; federal, state and local government agencies and programs; and judicial, executive and legislative actions.

In addition, she shares case studies about how manufacturing executives can capitalize on the latest best practices to cut costs, boost productivity and increase profits. Patricia holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and English from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
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