Keynote addresses

Keynote address: Mike Ettling

Wednesday, August 30, 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Join SAP SuccessFactors President Mike Ettling, along with SAP SuccessFactors customers Jana Kanyadan, CIO, Mohawk Industries and Penny Stoker, Global Leader of HR Services at EY, for an unconventional, un-keynote Opening Session on HR transformation and the future of work. The conversation will cover how today’s digital imperatives are creating a mandate for a differentiated people experience, and technology like we use in our personal lives to support that experience.

Keynote address: Stefan Ries

Thursday, August 31, 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: David Ragones and Thomas Otter

Thursday, August 31, 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join our heads of product David Ragones and Thomas Otter as they brew up a double espresso shot of innovation to jolt the movers and shakers of the HR technology world!

Keynote speakers

Mike Ettling, President, SAP SuccessFactors

Mike Ettling, President, SAP SuccessFactors

A seasoned executive with global experience in human capital and financial management, Mike leads the SAP SuccessFactors business for SAP, which includes the leading cloud solutions from SAP SuccessFactors, and its 6,000+ customers representing a cloud leading 46 million users, and the SAP® ERP Human Capital Management solution with today over 19,000 customers worldwide.

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Stefan Ries, SAP Chief of Human Resources Officer

Stefan Ries, SAP Chief of Human Resources Officer

Stefan Ries, CHRO and Labor Relations Director, is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE with global responsibility for Human Resources. Stefan holds a masters of business in economics from the University of Constance, Germany. Prior to joining SAP he held HR leadership positions at Microsoft and Compaq and joined SAP in 2002. Stefan attaches great importance to a diverse working culture. To support innovation, he is convinced that appreciating people’s differences, unique backgrounds and personalities is a key success factor for SAP.

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Thomas Otter, Group Vice President, Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

Thomas Otter, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

Thomas Otter is Group Vice President of Product Management at SAP SuccessFactors. Thomas joined SAP SuccessFactors from Gartner, where he was a Research VP covering human capital management (HCM) technology and was Gartner’s lead analyst on SAP from 2009-2011. Prior to Gartner, Thomas held various roles at SAP, including business development, sales, and key account strategy. He holds a LLM in Computer Law, a PDM in HR Management, and a BA in Political Science.

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David Ragones, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

David Ragones, Group Vice President of Product Management, SAP SuccessFactors

David Ragones is Group Vice President of Product Management at SAP SuccessFactors. Prior to joining SAP, David was founder and CEO of DreamCommerce, a leading mobile real estate start-up. Previously, he was a Director of Product Management at NVIDIA, where he managed the largest P&L in the Platform business unit as it grew from $100M to $1B+. David led software engineering teams at various venture-backed Bay Area start-ups. David earned a BSE degree in Computer Science from Princeton University and a MBA with High Honors from University of Michigan.

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Penny Stoker, Global HR Services Leader, Talent Leader for Executive Functions | Business Enablement

Penny Stoker, Global HR Services Leader, Talent Leader for Executive Functions | Business Enablement

Penny Stoker is the Global HR Services Leader for EY. Since joining EY in 2013, she has served on the firm’s global talent committee and built the leadership team for HR Services, which supports the organization’s 220,000 employees worldwide. Penny has a proven track record of leading major HR functions in large global organizations, start-ups, and consulting firms. Before joining EY, she led AstraZeneca’s Global HR Services organization. She has also held management positions with Amersham PLC, Coopers & Lybrand, CIGNA Corporation, and Internet Capital Group. She has lived in Japan, the U.K., and several U.S. locations.

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Jana Kanyadan, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Jana Kanyadan, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Jana Kanyadan is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of IT at Mohawk Industries, Inc., a global manufacturer of residential and commercial floor covering products. He is responsible for applying technology to drive innovation and achieve Mohawk’s strategic objectives. Jana has spent the past two decades working in various technology leadership roles in the manufacturing sector. He has worked for such leading global companies as Cummins, Ingersoll-Rand, Eaton, and Ecolab, including significant manufacturing, engineering, and finance assignments. He holds graduate degrees in computer science and mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, and an MBA from Duke University.

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