Accelerating Global Development   Accelerating Global Business Development
in a Recovering Economy

Keynote speakers:

Jonathan Pickering,
Front End Products Group, Managing Director, Applied Materials

Applied Materials is the leading supplier of semiconductor fabrication solutions worldwide—through innovation and enhancement of customer productivity with systems, process modules and service solutions. Mr. Pickering has fourteen years experience at Applied Materials in various technical and business functions, including a four-year assignment in France.  He served for the last four years as the Deputy General Manager of the Ion Implant Product Group, which has engineering and manufacturing operations in the UK and Boston.  He was recently appointed to manage transistor integration development for the Front End Products Business Unit. Please visit: http://www.appliedmaterials.com

Gary Benton, Partner,
Coudert Brothers LLP

Coudert Brothers LLP, the world's first international law firm, offers legal solutions for global business.  Gary Benton, a co-founder and former managing partner of Coudert's Palo Alto office, has advised companies on international business law issues for nearly twenty years.  He provides strategic counseling to a broad range of technology, telecommunications and new media companies ranging from Silicon Valley startups to U.S. and foreign-based Global 100 companies.  He has extensive experience regarding investment, sales, distribution, licensing and other global operating issues and is admitted to practice as a U.S. lawyer and an English solicitor.  Please visit www.coudert.com

Joanne Vliet, Director,
US Commercial Service, Silicon Valley

Joanne Vliet has been Director of the U.S. Commercial Service Center in Silicon Valley/San Jose since September 2000. Founded in 1980, the U.S. Commercial Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce which assists U.S. companies to make sales in international markets. Its network includes 107 Centers throughout the country and more than 150 offices in 87 countries. Prior to this, Ms. Vliet served as Manager of the International Program at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and Asia-Pacific Regional Director for the Texas Department of Economic Development. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Please visit: http://www.export.gov

Stephanie Schweighofer-Jones,
Xceleris

Stephanie Schweighofer is an expert in international Marketing and Communication, As Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, she has over the last 8 years built and positioned brands for several Silicon Valley companies, including ArrayComm, Borland, and Logitech. She also spent over 13 years in Europe, working for ad agencies as well as Groupe Bull. Her background spans consumer and B2B, for hardware, software, and wireless broadband companies, and her experience includes IPOs, Turnarounds, M&As and Start-ups. Please visit: http://www.xceleris.com.

Jean-Pierre Bernard,
CEO, Xceleris

Prior to co-founding Xceleris, Jean-Pierre Bernard has held partner and practice leader positions with Deloitte Consulting, KPMG Consulting and CSC Consulting, both in the US and in Europe. He has dedicated most of his 20 years of consulting experience to helping leading companies adapt their business to changing market conditions and accelerate their development. Please visit: http://www.xceleris.com.

 

Panel moderator

 

Vintage Foster,
Publisher, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Vintage Foster has been in journalism for more than fifteen years. He's been a business reporter, city desk editor, editorial writer and features reporter at The Charlotte Observer and The Detroit Free Press. He's been an editor and a publisher of a city magazine and he's served as Publisher of the East Bay Business Times and now acts as Publisher of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Vintage serves on the boards of San Jose Chamber of Commerce, Special Olympics, the California Symphony, EDAB and the California Shakespeare Theater. He is also the chairman of the board of The East Bay Leadership Foundation. Please visit: http://sanjose.bizjournals.com.

 

Panel participants

 

Rick Ader,
General Manager Japan & Asia-Pacific Sales and Operations, Monterey Design Systems

Rick Ader has been running the Japan & Asia-Pac Sales and Operations at Monterey Design Systems since October, 2000. He personally developed initial customers in the very competitive market of that time through today. Prior to joining MDS, Mr. Ader was in charge of Japan & Asia-Pacific Sales & Operations Innoveda and Summit Design, Inc.. Monterey Design Systems is a maturing and fast-growing EDA software company based in Mountain View, providing software to enable the design of today's most demanding integrated circuits (ICs), allowing design teams to achieve dramatic increases in productivity and quality. Please visit: http://www.montereydesign.com.

Nicolas Elbaze,
General Partner, Partech International

Nicolas is a General Partner with Partech International. Prior to joining Partech in 2000, he was a co-founder and president of Softway International, Softway Systems (acquired by Microsoft), and ISDnet (acquired by Cable & Wireless). Nicolas has worked with US companies including Netscape Communications, FTP Software and Ascend Communications, developing their sales in Europe. He has been a Director of several start-ups including Bigstep.com, MultiMania (acquired by Lycos), Pantero and Acsera. He has an MBA from HEC (Paris), and a graduate degree in International Management from UC Berkeley and the University of Cologne, Germany. Please visit: http://www.partechintl.com.

Jonathan Pickering,
Front End Products Group, Managing Director, Applied Materials

Applied Materials is the leading supplier of semiconductor fabrication solutions worldwide—through innovation and enhancement of customer productivity with systems, process modules and service solutions. Mr. Pickering has fourteen years experience at Applied Materials in various technical and business functions, including a four-year assignment in France.  He served for the last four years as the Deputy General Manager of the Ion Implant Product Group, which has engineering and manufacturing operations in the UK and Boston.  He was recently appointed to manage transistor integration development for the Front End Products Business Unit. Please visit: http://www.appliedmaterials.com

Thierry Maupile,
Vice-President Global Business Development, IP Wireless

Thierry Maupilé is responsible for the global development of IPWireless with primary focus on strategic partnerships. He has extensive experience in global sales, channel development, strategy and general management in both the mobile and IT industries. Most recently he held the position of Director of Strategy EMEA for Motorola's Telecom Carriers Solutions Group, following numerous other strategic and management roles for Motorola. He is a faculty member of the MBA program at the European Business School in Paris and received his Master's degree in Business Administration from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Please visit: http://www.ipwireless.com

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