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Leslie Sarasin

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Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of FMI – The Food Industry Association. FMI is a champion for the food industry and the issues that make a difference to our members’ fundamental mission of feeding and enriching society. The reach and impact of our work is extensive, ultimately touching the lives

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Ruud Dobber

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Ruud was appointed President and EVP, BioPharmaceuticals Business Unit in January 2019 and is responsible for US and Global product strategy and commercial delivery for Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism (CVRM) and Respiratory diseases. Prior to this, Ruud held the role of EVP, North America since August 2016. Ruud joined Astra in 1997 and has held

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Jeff Joseph

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Jeff Joseph is president of Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) – the principal trade association for the software and digital information industries. SIIA’s more than 700 members consist of software companies, data and analytics firms, information service companies, and digital publishers serving nearly every segment of society, including business, education, government, healthcare and consumers.

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Karen Halby

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Karen L. Halby is Executive Vice President, Finance, Accounting and Global Tax for Sony Corporation of America (SCA) and  Corporate Executive Senior Vice President for Sony Corporation. In her U.S. role, she oversees the SCA Finance and Accounting Department along with additional management responsibilities. In her global role for Sony Corporation, she is responsible for

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Thomas Sullivan

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Thomas M. Sullivan is vice president of small business policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Working with chambers of commerce and the U.S. Chamber’s nationwide network, Sullivan harnesses the views of small businesses and translates that grassroots power into federal policies that bolster free enterprise and reward entrepreneurship. He runs the U.S. Chamber’s Small

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Brad Close

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Brad Close is President of NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization. As NFIB’s chief executive officer, Brad focuses on advancing NFIB’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and through the organization’s unmatched 50-state network and grassroots operation. Prior to being named President in 2020, Brad served in leadership positions with NFIB for more than

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Milan Rao

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Milan Rao is currently President at Wipro. He heads Wipro’s core transformation office – MIT, or Marketing, Innovation and Technology – that is driving Wipro’s business transformation and has the charter to develop transformative technology solutions. Milan oversees the CTO Office, which is Wipro’s Innovation and R&D hub, and defines the company’s technology vision and strategy.

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Briget Polichene

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Briget Polichene is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of International Bankers.  The IIB’s mission is to help resolve the many special legislative, regulatory, tax and compliance issues confronting internationally headquartered financial institutions that engage in banking, securities and insurance activities in the United States.  Collectively, the U.S. operations of internationally headquartered banks contribute significantly

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John Bozzella

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John Bozzella President and CEO, Alliance for Automotive Innovation. John Bozzella, a veteran auto industry executive, is president and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Auto Innovators). From 2014 until the establishment of Auto Innovators in January 2020, he served as president and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers, the trade association whose

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Steve Presley

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Steve Presley started his career with Nestlé as a controller for our Nestlé Carnation manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Virginia. Since then, he’s helped create a structure and processes that help every employee innovate and accelerate business growth. From moving the organization to a matrix structure to supporting development opportunities focused on rapid innovation and product

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