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maniMani Parmar, Duracell Powermat, Procter & Gamble
Mani Parmar is the Vice President of Global Alliances for the Duracell Powermat Joint Venture; in addition, he manages business development for Duracell. In these roles, he is responsible for leading the new business creation and strategic alliance activity for wireless power transfer and advanced battery technology. During his 21 year career with Duracell, Gillette and Procter & Gamble, Mani has held various positions in product management, technical marketing and most recently as the Director, Global OEM Business. Mani holds a BS in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK.
steve-schell-starbucks Steve Schell, Starbucks
Steve has worked at Starbucks for 15 years in varying roles. Most of these roles have involved store business solutions (POS, Labor Scheduling, Time & Attendance, Store Order & Inventory Management, etc.). Over past 6 years, Steve has helped lead the Starbucks ERP project that successfully deployed to our EMEA and North America Regions. In his current role, Steve is accountable for enterprise store technology solutions that are deployed to all stores in North America, as well as other locations in Europe and Latin America markets in varying phases of deployment (currently only serving in a consultant capacity for Asia Pacific). In addition to store technology solutions, Steve is accountable for our Enterprise Collaboration program, which involves a significant upgrade to our SharePoint Platform for the enterprise, and the implementation of our internal Social Networking solution for the company.
howardJeff Howard, AT&T Mobility
Jeff Howard, Vice President, Mobile Device Portfolio in AT&T leads a team of individuals who are responsible for the strategic direction, development and go-to-market planning for all of AT&T’s mobile devices and accessories. Howard maintains relationships with numerous equipment manufacturers as a part of his role and directs the company’s selection of products – widely regarded as the industry’s best. Currently in his 16th year with AT&T, Howard served several roles within the network organization between 1996 and 2000, and took on his first product development role creating the 1st GSM-based prepaid product. Since then he has steadily expanded his responsibilities to include ownership of all mobile phones, tablets, mobile broadband devices and accessories for AT&T’s distribution channels. Howard is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned his M.B.A. degree from Kennesaw State University.
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Moshe Raines, Powermat Technologies
As chief business development officer at Powermat, Moshe is responsible for developing strategic technology partnerships and alliances. He is also responsible for pioneering Powermat's entry into new markets, through the development of partnerships, programs, strategic equity investments, and new products and services. Previously, he worked at SanDisk in a variety of business positions, most recently as vice president business development. Previously, Moshe was a vice president of business development at M-Systems. Prior to this, Moshe was the CEO of Seaside Software, which was acquired by M-Systems in 2004. Moshe holds a M.Sc. in management engineering from the University of Bridgeport.
Chris-CookChris Cook, Flextronics Power
Chris Cook is the president of Power Solutions at Flextronics, an industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 end-to-end supply chain solutions company with a global workforce of 200,000 and operations in over 30 countries. In this role, he leads an international team focused on delivering high-value power solutions and technical manufacturing expertise to increase customer competitiveness. Chris joined Flextronics from Infineon Technologies AG where he was vice president and general manager of the radio frequency and protection devices business based in Munich, Germany. During his tenure with Infineon, he also served as managing director of Infineon Technologies North America, chairman of Industrial Power and regional vice president and general manager of the Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket business group. He also held various sales and management positions at Renesas Technology, Hitachi Semiconductor and National Semiconductor. Chris earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and technology from Purdue University and completed the Program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School.
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Katharine Kaplan, Energy Star (Board Observer)
Katharine Kaplan, Chief, ENERGY STAR Product Development and Program Administration Group, leads the team that develops ENERGY STAR® Specifications for more than 60 product categories, the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient pilot program, and the administration of the ENERGY STAR products program. Products, homes, and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, prevented 170 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 alone––equivalent to the annual emissions from 33 million vehicles—and saved nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.

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