As a corporate director, are you asking the right questions amid today’s unprecedented era of breakneck innovation? Strategic Insights for Boards - CES will highlight crucial director insights from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest technology showcase. Galvanize your board to advance from buzzwords to the bottom line.
•Listen to experienced CES veterans discuss CES 2020 and what they think is strategically important for boards in the years ahead. This program will help board directors think about creative ways for their companies to create value in the new decade.
•Learn how to anticipate key new trends that could impact your industry and discover how to be more cross-disciplinary in connecting the dots. Understand how and when some of this groundbreaking technology will move from potential to reality.
•Participate in peer exchange groups where directors will discuss the critical impacts of key technologies and the implications for companies.
Why does CES matter for boards? The innovation of products and services is exactly what has made companies flourish since the beginning of time. Deeper than that, learning about what’s possible in today’s technological environment can focus directors’ minds on what’s to come—not only in the global economy, from various industries, or at peer companies, but potentially from their own organizations, as well.
Director, NACD Northern California, Fashion Incubator SF
Maureen Conners is the CEO of Conners Consulting and a board director at Fashion Incubator SF. She is a former board director at Deckers (NYSE: DECK, makers of Ugg) and a mentor for retail start-ups at Plug and Play Tech Accelerator. She is a visionary leader and former senior executive at Gillette (P&G), Levi's, and Mattel, where she helped build iconic, world-class brands, launched many new products, and helped increase shareholder value. Conners advises CEOs and boards on strategy and new technologies for increasing global revenue growth. She is a speaker on the topic of new technologies and their strategic impact. Her recent talks have been at the CES 2018 High Tech Retailing Summit, Deloitte's Board Director Symposium, the National Association of Corporate Directors CES Experience, the Women Corporate Directors event on Retail of the Future, the Wearable Technologies Conference, the Beauty Retail Trends event at Bloomingdale's, the Ecommerce Retail Summit at Plug and Play, and at the Newco event on Fashion, Retail, and Tech. Her article on "The Innovation Era's Implications for Boards" was recently published in NACD Directorship magazine. She has an MBA from Wharton and attended the Stanford Directors' College, and she also serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board.
Board Director, NACD Northern California Chapter and the Seattle Foundation
John Hotta is a board director with more than 25 years of technology experience. He received his master’s and MBA degrees with honors from Harvard University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with mortar-board honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. The Financial Times named him as one of the Agenda Directors 50.
Hotta has more than 25 years of technology experience. He began his career at the RAND Corp. as an AI researcher. He speaks to board directors and companies about AI, ML, MI, cybersecurity, social media, privacy, cloud, big data, enterprise architecture, software-as-a-service, mobile, innovation, and disruption. He is a Qualified Technology Expert.
Hotta has more than 30 years in business leadership roles. He had P&L responsibility for more than $1 billion. During his tenure, he and his team increased revenue, increased market share, raised prices, and increased profits. During his career, he built a reputation for innovative strategic thinking, a deep and passion commitment to customers, operational excellence, and working with the highest level of integrity. He has a proven tracking record of managing teams across continents.
Hotta has more than 10 years of experience in board governance, continually improving the value contributed by boards. He has served as vice chair of a multibillion-dollar organization (Swedish Healthcare). He is a member of the board's Audit Committee (Seattle Foundation, a billion-dollar nonprofit) with ERM responsibilities. He has served on the Nominating and Governance Committee (at FIRST Washington Robotics) working to add new board members. He recruits new board directors with technology and business experience from his professional networks at the NACD, Ascend Pinnacle, and the Digital Directors Network.
Today, Hotta is writing a book, The Art of Board Director Excellence, with practical information on how board members can add value to their companies. The book will be published by De Gruyter academic publishing in 2021.
Mark Silva is the founder and CEO of KITE, the leading SaaS SRM platform and solutions provider enabling Global 2000 corporations to manage startup knowledge and activities enterprise-wide. Leading companies leverage KITE to power their open innovation, scouting, and startup ecosystem engagements with one powerful system. Silva has founded multiple companies connecting the world’s biggest and best enterprises with emerging, disruptive technologies, including one of the first 100 commercial websites, CareerMosaic. He is an active advisor, investor, and sought-after speaker at the intersection of enterprise and startups on stages such as CES, CDX, MWC, 4YFN, and SXSW.
Hoshi Printer has more than four decades of impressive board, general, and financial management experience spanning a wide range of industries. His expertise includes board roles especially in audit committees, dealing with Wall Street, capital raising, improving operational effectiveness, and restructuring organizations.
He serves on the for-profit boards of one public company, three private technology companies, and one pharmaceutical private company.
Printer is on the board of Lantronix, an IoT public technology company (LTRX), where he is chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating/Governance Committee.
The technology companies include AerNos, a gas sensor company; IMRI/Cytellix, a cybersecurity company; and Transient Plasma Systems (TPS), which unlocks plasma capabilities.
He is designated as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and is a board member of the NACD Pacific Southwest Chapter.
Printer is one of the few CFOs to have taken three companies public and was well respected by both buy-side and sell-side analysts. He raised funds for several other companies in various stages of maturity. He led acquisition of seven companies and participated in several other negotiations for both sale and acquisitions.
Printer has served as CFO for 10 technology companies in sectors that include the Internet, ecommerce,software, storage, and biosciences.
As testament to his sound financial and organizational skills, Printer was invited to the White House as a cash management consultant, where he helped the U.S. Treasury by increasing cash flow at two government agencies.
Printer’s academic credentials include an MBA from Stanford Business School, an MS in Industrial Engineering, and a BS in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran.