Arif Ansari

Arif Ansari, Ph.D

Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations, USC Marshall

Arif Ansari is an expert in the area of data mining, business intelligence, data warehousing, and intelligent systems and technologies, a field in which he has fifteen years of research experience. He has published in IEEE Transactions on Systems and Man and Cybernetics. Professor Ansari received Marshall's Golden Apple Award in 2006.

Matt Arevalo

Matthew Arevalo

Co-founder and CIO, Loot Crate

Matthew Arevalo is the Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Loot Crate, Inc.'s #1 fastest growing private company in America for 2016 and premiere fan commerce subscription service. As an entrepreneur, Arevalo focuses on blending digital and social strategy with technology and entertainment to create, grow, engage, and build communities.  He is the executive in charge of all things relevant to the Loot Crate experience including Loot Crate Studios, Loot Crate’s production studio focused on fan-centric original programming and video engagement. He also drives community strategy to serve the needs of Loot Crate’s millions of worldwide fans as they interact daily with the brand. Prior to Loot Crate, Matt ran a digital strategy consulting agency - leading teams and launching campaigns for AT&T, Hasbro, EA, and the Walt Disney Company among others. 

Bret Arsenault

Bret Arsenault

Chief Information Security Officer

Bret Arsenault is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Microsoft. He is widely recognized as a luminary and thought leader in the cybersecurity industry. In addition to his responsibilities as CISO, Bret serves as Chairman of Microsoft’s Information Risk Management Council, and as an outside cyber-risk advisor to executives and boards at numerous Fortune 100 companies. He is also a founding member of Security 50 and the Executive Security Action Forum (ESAF).

Robyn Bew

Robyn Bew

Director of Strategic Content Development, NACD

Robyn Bew is NACD’s Director of Strategic Content Development.  She focuses on driving innovation in NACD’s thought leadership, including Blue Ribbon Commission reports and other research workstreams. She leads NACD’s Advisory Councils and other multi-stakeholder dialogues on governance topics, and also contributes to NACD educational programming, including serving on the faculty for NACD director education courses. Before joining NACD, Bew was a principal at Tapestry Networks, where she worked with large-cap public company board members. Earlier in her career, Robyn was a senior director at the Corporate Executive Board and a management consultant at Monitor Group.

Ana Catalano

Anna C. Catalano

Board Director, Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corp, Holly Frontier Corp

 Anna Catalano is a board member of Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation, Alzheimer’s Association, Houston Grand Opera and NACD, Texas TriCities chapter.  She is also a NACD Board Leadership Fellow and a founder of The World Innovation Network of Chicago. Catalano’s executive career spanned over three decades and three continents.  As President of Amoco Orient Oil Company, she established the company’s downstream presence in China.  As Group Vice President, Marketing for BP, she was instrumental in repositioning the BP brand.  Catalano is a graduate of the University of Illinois and was recognized on Fortune’s ranking of “The Most Powerful Women in International Business”.  

Tim Cadogan

Tim Cadogan

CEO, OpenX

Tim Cadogan is the chief executive officer of OpenX. OpenX is a global leader in web and mobile advertising technology focused on unleashing the full economic potential of digital media companies. From 2003-2008 Tim was at Yahoo!, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Advertising Marketplaces overseeing the primary advertising product lines at the company – including Display, Search and Video. Previously at Yahoo!, Cadogan was VP of Search where he was responsible for both the consumer search and paid search businesses. Prior to Yahoo!, Cadogan was Vice President of Search at Overture (formerly Before Overture, he was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company.


Kate Duchene

Kate Duchene

President & Chief Executive Officer. RGP

Kate Duchene joined RGP in 1999 as the Company’s first corporate counsel and has operated in numerous executive roles – Legal, Corporate Secretary, Human Resources, Marketing and RGP Legal. Now, as Chief Executive Officer and President, a role she assumed in late 2016, Duchene is focused on leading RGP through successful transformation and bringing the company back to meaningful growth. Prior to joining RGP, Duchene practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP focusing on litigation, specializing in defense-side labor and employment matters. Duchene has been awarded the OC Business Journal 2017 Outstanding Women in Business and the 2010 Outstanding General Counsel of a Public Company with Revenue over $200 Million.

Jared Franz

Jared Franz

Economist, Captial Group

Jared Franz is an economist at Capital Group, responsible for covering the United States and Latin America. He has 10 years of investment industry experience and joined Capital Group in 2015. Prior to joining Capital, Franz was head of international macroeconomic research at Hartford Investment Management Company. Before that, he was an international and U.S. economist at T. Rowe Price. He holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Forecasters Club of New York and the National Association of Business Economics. 

Dean Garfield

Dean C. Garfield

President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

As President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), Dean C. Garfield leads an effective and respected global advocacy organization. Garfield manages a team of professionals located in capitals around the globe who bring deep substantive advocacy experience to the world’s most complex policy challenges in areas ranging from taxes to trade, autonomous system to advanced manufacturing, and from security and sustainability. Since joining ITI in 2009, Garfield has leveraged his unique blend of legal, leadership, and strategic skills to build an international presence, and to double the organization’s membership, revenue, and impact.

Amy Luca

Amy Luca

President, theAmplify

Amy Luca is President of theAmplify, a global influencer marketing, and content technology firm that is part of the You & Mr Jones Group. Prior to leading theAmplify, Luca worked on some the world's biggest brands agency-side with roles including General Manager of Y&R Sydney, Business Director of Y&R Shanghai as well as positions at TBWA/Chiat/Day and Grey Group. She is also currently Adjunct Professor of Digital Marketing for the Executive MBA program at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.


Sri Manchala

Sri Manchala

CEO, Trasers

Sri Manchala is CEO of Trasers- an award winning management consulting and technology services firm exclusively focused on digital transformations. Headquartered in Silicon Valley and with several offices around the world, Trasers serves leaders across multiple industries in strategy development, implementation and operations leveraging pillars such as cloud, analytics, digitalization, infrastructures and cyber security. 

Susan Mohrman

Susan A. Mohrman

Senior Research Scientist, USC Marshall

Sue A. Mohrman is widely known for her research in the area of organization design and effectiveness and on large-scale change. She has focused on the design of knowledge based firms and knowledge creating systems and complex laterally linked organizations. Most recently, she has been focusing on the design of complex collaborations to foster sustainability. She also examines the research process itself, and how to create academic/company partnerships to yield useful knowledge. Sue A. Mohrman has served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management and the Board of Directors of The Human Resource Planning Society.


Claudia Fan Munce

Claudia Fan Munce

Board Director

Claudia Fan Munce has served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association, Women in Leadership in Private Equity in China, Latin America Venture Capital Association, Canadian Innovation Exchange, Savannah Fund in Africa among others, spearheading innovative partnerships between large corporations and the entrepreneurial startups globally. Munce also pursues her passion for elevating women through her involvement with board, chasing to close of the gender gap in corporate leadership, alongside her position with venture firm NEA, and on the boards of Best Buy, Bank of the West/BNP Paribas, CoreLogic, Global Corporate Venture, and the AAAS/Lemelson Foundation.

Caroline Nahas

Caroline W. Nahas

Vice Chairman, CEO & Board Service Practice, Korn Ferry

Caroline W. Nahas is Vice Chair of Korn Ferry, a lead member of the Board & CEO Services Practice. Her primary focus is consulting and advising boards on governance, succession, and recruiting. She has been involved in a number of board building engagements. Her clients range from private to mid-cap to the Fortune 100 in a wide range of industries. Nahas currently serves on the board of directors of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE:DIN). She is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and sits on the Compensation Committee. Active in many civic groups, Ms. Nahas recently served as the Corporate Board Chair for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Rob Rodin

Rob Robin

General Partner and Managing Director, Riordan 

Rob Robin is a General Partner and Managing Director of the private equity firm, Riordan, Lewis and Haden (RLH). Robin served as CEO of Marshall Industries, a global electronics distributor and supply chain management company, with $3 billion in sales: managing more than 2500 employees, 5000 suppliers, 500,000 part numbers, and 250,000 customers in 36 countries. Customer demands required compliance with 6 Sigma, ISO 900X, Malcolm Baldridge, TQM, and Deming’s Total Quality System (working personally with Deming). At Marshall, Robin engineered the reinvention of the company: an enterprise design transforming the organizational structure and entire IT platform into a 24/7 internet enabled framework.

David Rosenblum

David Rosenblum

Chair, NACD Pacific Southwest Chapter

David Rosenblum is the Chair of the NACD Pacific Southwest Chapter.  An experienced director, he also currently serves on the boards of Hanmi Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Hanmi Bank, and of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.  He previously served as Chair of the Echo Foundation, as a trustee of Wesleyan University and as a member of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s board.  As National Managing Director for Corporate Development at Deloitte Consulting, Rosenblum was responsible for identifying, assessing and executing investments in key growth areas, including cloud and analytics technologies.  He is currently an advisor to a prominent private equity firm and a member of Sage Partners, LLC.

David Shadpour

David Shadpour

CEO, Social Native

David Shadpour entered the digital scene when he built the digital agency, GroopBuy. Instanstly successful, he signed 450+ accounts, creating dominance of market share in the region in just the first 6 months. David later founded AmplifyBuzz, a social media agency for top tier brands including Crocs, Kraft and Warner Brothers. In his most recent venture, Social Native, Shadpour and his team are bringing high performing creative options to the forefront of brand advertising. Walgreens, Coca-Cola and Polaroid have utilized Social Native to create over 700 images in 24 hours, create 500 short-form videos in 72 hours, and increase performance of paid ads by 4x. 

Shelley Steward

Shelley Stewart, Jr.

Vice President & CPO, Dupont

Shelley Stewart, Jr. is Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at DuPont, leading global procurement and logistics as well as facilities services and real estate.  Stewart is a Trustee at Howard University, a member of Northeastern University’s Corporation, a member of the Advisory Board of Drexel University Center for Corporate Governance and a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.  He’s been identified as one of the 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise.  Stewart has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven and both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

Jaynie Studenmund

Jaynie Studenmund

Board Director, EXL Services and Corelogic, Inc.

Jaynie Studenmund, an NACD fellow, is engaged with many corporate board and advisory activities that includes serving on the boards of: Corelogic, EXL Services, Western Asset, Pinnacle Entertainment, and many more, as well as chairing multiple Compensation Committees, CEO Search Committees, and serving on Audit and N&G Committees. She started her career in management consulting, working for Booz, Allen, & Hamilton before transitioning to a nearly 20-year career in financial services. She was the EVP & Head for Consumer Businesses which allowed her to have financial responsibility and lead consumer strategy, marketing, product management, alternative delivery, sales, branches, and over 6000 employees. Studenmund also worked in the internet as the President & COO for PayMyBills, the top online consumer bill management company and the COO for public Overture which grew from $100 million to $1.2 billion in three years before selling to Yahoo. 

Prof Nick Vyas

Nick Vyas

Executive Director and Co-founder of USC Marshall's Center for GSCM

A specialist in Operation Excellence, Application of Lean Six Sigma(LSS) and an expert in Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM), Nick Vyas has implemented process improvements for over 300 projects globally that have increased efficiency for clients in the fields of health care, service, military, retail, and end-to-end supply chain. As the Executive Director and Co-founder of USC Marshall’s Center for GSCM and as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences & Operations, Vyas is educating the next generation of business leaders. Working closely with students, Vyas consulted for over 25 global operations across various sectors.