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Meet with a C-level Buying Entity member of your selection (1st come, 1st served) for 30 minutes. The Council has invited C-Suite Champions from various disciplines to participate in the exciting experience. MBEs can select the company/organization and C-Suite executive they would like to have a 30-minute virtual session. The executive and MBE will schedule their meeting between August and December 1, 2020. Several of the executives have agreed to do at least three separate sessions in order to visit with as many MBEs as they can. Take advantage of the amazing offer. There is NO promise of business but this is still an excellent chance to start to talk and build a relationship with an organization and find out more about potential needs and opportunities.
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Tom has been a Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) and Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) for large organizations (>$3 Billion revenue).
He has led Procurement and Supply Chain transformations to better practice in the manufacturing, consumer services & health care sectors, including Global Fortune 500.
Tom holds an Executive M.B.A. from LSU and a B.S. degree in Production Operations (Supply Chain) from Arizona State University.
He is certified by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) as a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and by the Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS) as Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).
Tom is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the American Red Cross, reporting directly to the CFO. The Red Cross is a $3 Billion humanitarian services and biomedical/blood supply organization. He is accountable for ensuring a safe, responsive, cost-effective and reliable supply chain for the Red Cross.
Prior to the Red Cross, Tom was Corporate Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer for Ministry Health Care and then Premier Health Partners, both $2.5 Billion health care systems and two of the largest hospital systems in the United States. As a member of the senior executive team, Tom was accountable for mitigating risk and improving financial performance to enable improved patient care and patient affordability.
Lastly, Tom was Corporate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for Cendant/Travelport, a $4 Billion Global Consumer Services Company, and he held Global Executive roles at Royal Dutch Shell PLC, including Global Process Owner for Procurement for Shell’s Global Shared Services Company.
He is a Board Member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Center for Advanced Procurement Studies (CAPS) and NC State University’s Supply Chain Research Cooperative (SCRC).
Rachel Kutz, VP Strategic Initiatives, is responsible for the overall supply chain strategy, purchasing operations, corporate sourcing functions and critical Enterprise-wide programs including supplier diversity, compliance and sustainability. She also sets strategic direction for supply chain systems and tools to improve the efficiency of AT&T processes through the use of data analytics and automation.
Prior to her current role, Rachel was the AVP of Product Logistics and Quality supporting AT&T’s Entertainment Group. Rachel led a diverse team of over 300 people who managed customer product forward and reverse logistics and teams who managed product quality. She has also led teams responsible for managing supplier and product selection, pricing, inventory and supply planning, procurement, and quality control for all AT&T consumer products.
Rachel joined AT&T as a wireless network radio frequency (RF) performance engineer and rapidly rose to Executive Director, Wireless Network of AT&T’s HQ market. In her progressive roles in AT&T’s wireless network organization, she successfully dealt with state and local governments resolving cell site zoning and RF spectrum issues. Rachel designed smarter cell site building plans that expanded networks and also enabled local sales teams to more effectively market products and reduce customer churn.
Rachel is an engaging, insightful and decisive leader who uses good communication skills to adapt to any situation. She has lived and worked across the US including Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada and Georgia. This geographic diversity has provided her with an invaluable local and regional perspective, as well as an adaptive, problem solving mindset.
Although she lives in Texas, Rachel calls Colorado home. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Astrophysics (obviously to create better ski jumps through math and science) but cooking and tennis are the only things she loves as much as work.
Susan Johnson is the Executive Vice President of Global Connections & Supply Chain for AT&T. In this capacity, she is responsible for AT&T’s international & domestic strategy and partnership development for network connections. She oversees global and national access management, international voice termination, and international roaming support. She also leads Supply Chain functions within AT&T Communications supporting Consumer, Business and Technology & Operations. Her team manages strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier diversity, sustainability, and supply chain logistics. Jointly, her organization is responsible for a spend portfolio of over $70B that covers all of AT&T’s technology, network and goods & services globally.
Ms. Johnson began working for AT&T in Corporate Development and over her 20-year career has served in a variety of positions within the AT&T portfolio of companies. She served as the head of AT&T’s Corporate Strategy group and Senior Vice President of Business Development, responsible for developing new revenue opportunities through the application of emerging technologies, and served as the Senior Vice President of Customer Information Services. Most recently Susan served as the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations where she was the primary contact with the investment community on behalf of AT&T including Wall Street research analysts and institutional investors.
Before joining the AT&T family, Ms. Johnson was an investment banker at Smith Barney, Inc. in the San
Francisco Technology Group, where she provided a range of financial advisory services to communications and technology clients. Ms. Johnson directed several growth companies through an initial public offering of stock and served as an advisor on merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to business school, she also worked in Smith Barney’s New York office as an analyst in the LBO/High Yield Debt area.
Susan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised on the East Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Susan received the 2017 Dallas Business Journal top Women in Business Award.
Susan lives in Dallas with her husband, Sean, and two children. She also serves on the board of GSMA, an international association that represents the interests of mobile network operators and carriers globally. She is an active runner and cyclist.
He leads a team of real estate professionals responsible for managing building services, infrastructure maintenance, space design, engineering, and construction project management. Additionally, he leads a team of environment, health and safety professionals responsible for ensuring corporate and regulatory compliance related to the environment and worker safety.
Since joining AT&T in 1992, Ken has held various leadership positions within the Real Estate organization. Ken has been particularly instrumental in post-merger advancement of real estate operations by assembling business and technical operations designs that maximize organizational synergies and enhance efficiencies. Prior to joining AT&T, Ken worked for a civil engineering firm in California where he performed civil design.
Ken holds a MBA from Saint Mary’s College in California and a B.S., in Engineering Technology from Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Ken lives in Dallas with his wife and two children. He has a long history of volunteering in youth mentoring and is currently active with Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star and Omega Gents Youth Mentoring.
Outside of work, Ken enjoys home improvement projects, playing the guitar, cooking and doing anything outdoors.
Chris Sambar, Executive Vice President – Technology Operations, is responsible for AT&T’s next generation
wireless & wireline network planning, investment, AT&T’s long-term technical initiatives, infrastructure &
cloud, tower strategy & roaming, engineering, construction & operations for consumer, business and
Chris joined AT&T as part of the Leadership Development Program in 2002. Since then Chris has held
positions in Network Operations, Business Solutions, Consumer Television, Retail & Wireless, Human
Resources, Corporate Strategy and most recently, AT&T FirstNet.
Chris holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from The
United States Naval Academy. Following graduation from the Naval Academy, he served 7 years on active
duty and 16 years in the reserves with multiple deployments throughout Europe, the Middle East and one
tour of duty during the Iraq war in 2005 and 2006. He is married with 4 children and enjoys spending as much
of his free time as possible with his family.
A world class learner and change leader. Jeloni is a results-driven executive with success delivering value in operations, strategy, sales, business development, training and project management.
Currently he leads the Global Edge Solutions Support organization with responsibility for service delivery, Tier 2 and Tier 3 business customer service, for a range of advanced enterprise solutions. A technophile stuck in a businessman’s body, Jeloni continually and aggressively purses change and growth.
Jeloni Shabazz leads the Global Edge Solutions Support (GESS) organization focused on the design, delivery and assurance of Edge Mobility, Advanced Mobility Networking solutions, cloud and cloud Networking (Netbond). His team supports Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), Internet of Things (IoT), Netbond, CDN, Co-lo Ecosystem and Private Mobile Connection (PMC)/FirstNet solutions for a wide range of global customers. He is based in Dallas, Texas.
Jeloni began his first tour with AT&T at the turn of the new millennium and has worked in a variety of sales, marketing, staff, and strategy assignments. This includes as Director of Strategy and Business Development for Business Big Data out of the Plano Foundry, developing go-to market and partnership strategies for Business Big Data and as Director of Technical Alliances managing Hewett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and IBM.
Prior to his second stint at AT&T Jeloni started and ran a small IT outsourcing and import- export business in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Jeloni earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in mechanical engineering from Harvard University, and is currently an Executive MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
In his spare time, Jeloni enjoys working out in his garage gym. He is an avid supporter of all of the Los Angeles professional sports teams and any Major League Baseball team playing against the New York Yankees. While not working, you can find Jeloni and his wife chasing around their five kids in Dallas, TX.
William Traylor was appointed to his role in early 2019 as Vice President of Service Delivery, where is responsible for ensuring AT&T is an industry leader in speed and consistency deliver core connectivity, and is laser focused on defining/delivering new streamlined provisioning processes and systems through “Test & Scale” Labs, a hard bias towards automation, and enhancement of the end-to-end customer experience.
Across his 20-year career, he has served in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility within the Global Operations & Services Transformation Office, Sales, Business Development, Technical Marketing, Global Customer Service, Customer Experience, and Sales Operations. Prior to his tenure with AT&T, his experience includes work for a number of ventures backed technology firms focused on product management, sales engineering, and technical marketing.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, William is very proactive in the community. He is steadfast and committed to giving back and making deposits in the bank of life. In recognition of this dedication, he was recognized in 2009 by the Houston Business Journal as one of the inaugural “40 under 40”, and was named a Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, both of these awards recognize young leaders who excel in their industries, are respected business leaders and show dynamic leadership in their community. William is past Chairman of Leadership Houston and the Greater Houston Black Chamber. William’s Social Entrepreneurship also led to appointments on the Business Advisory Board at Texas Southern University Jesse H. Jones School of Business, and the Houston Area Urban League.
Mr. Traylor holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. William is originally from Hawaii, and currently resides in Frisco, TX with his wife Chana and their three lovely daughters – Kira, Kari, and Willow.
Ellen is the AVP of Logistics in support of Broadband, Linear Video, Wireline, and AT&T Business Solutions operations. As AVP of Logistics, Ellen leads an organization of 800+ employees that provide multiple AT&T network field teams with materials and tools required to provision and maintain our network and services nationally. She also supports AT&T Business Solutions’ centralizing staging and order fulfillment globally. In this role, Ellen is responsible for Distribution Center and Field Logistics, inbound and outbound Transportation, Linear Video and Broadband Replenishment Planning, Video/BB CPE Recovery and Reverse Logistics, Staging Centers, and Investment Recovery – both for internal operations and external vendor management.
In Ellen’s fourteen-year career at AT&T she has already experienced a diverse set of roles – having held nine different positions at four levels of management across five business units. Among those roles, Ellen assumed the role of Director-Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of Shared Services in which she managed all executive communications and various organization wide projects for the 4000+ employee organization. As a Network Field Manager, Ellen managed Central Office operations and led a team of field technicians. She also served as a Finance Analyst during AT&T’s rollout of its then new U-verse Video service in California.
Ellen is a Graduate of AT&T’s flagship Leadership Development Program. A program designed to enhance participant’s general management and leadership skills, gain exposure to core operations, interact with executive leaders while establishing a leadership career path. AT&T has also recognized her as a champion of customer service, awarded twice with the Service Excellence Award.
Ellen also has a passion for community service. She in an active leader within the AT&T Employee Group – FACES, Filipino-American Communication Employees. She was recognized as an AT&T Champion of Diversity in 2015, awarded by the Chief Diversity Officer for her work in supporting AT&T’s diversity and inclusion values.
Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She also studied Business and Economics at the Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands, where she discovered her love of travelling. Ellen currently resides in Dallas, TX.
Melinda A. Chausse, Executive Vice President, is Chief Credit Officer of Comerica Incorporated and is a member of Comerica’s Management Executive Committee.
She began her career with Comerica in 1988 as a participant in the Commercial Lending Training Program in Michigan, relocated to Texas with the acquisition of Grand Bank in 1989, and held various credit leadership and lending positions from 1988 through 2007, including Chief Credit Officer of the Texas Market and Divisional Credit Administration Officer for Business Banking and Private Banking nationally. In 2007, she served as Manager of Executive Administration reporting to the Chairman and CEO, acting as the primary contact for the office of the CEO during the headquarter relocation.
From 2010 – 2016, she served as Executive Director for Business Banking and was responsible for the development and coordination of all small business banking and small business administration activities nationally, including development and alignment of strategic goals supporting the profitability, risk management and growth objectives of the business. Prior to being named Chief Credit Officer in May of 2020 she served as Executive Vice President, Commercial Underwriting and Credit Support Services, where she was responsible for leading the end-to-end credit transformation efforts. Other activities include executive sponsor of the Texas African American Initiative and active participant in the Comerica Women’s Forum.
Chausse graduated with a BS in Managerial Economics and Finance from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in December 1987.
She has served on the boards of the Dallas Arboretum and the Dallas Division of the March of Dimes, is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and Leadership at the Peak CCL.
Debbie Dennis is Oncor Electric Delivery’s Chief Customer Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer. In her current role she has responsibility for customer service, community relations, economic development, branding and communications, as well as all human resource functions. She is also responsible for the strategic direction of Oncor’s philanthropy, community involvement and employee engagement initiatives. In her over 40 years with the Company, Dennis has worked in a number of corporate and customer service functions.
Dennis currently serves on the Board of the Dallas Regional Chamber and a number of non-profit boards including the American Foundation for the Blind National Board of Trustees (Chair), the Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Institute Board (Chair), Dallas Regional Chamber Executive Women’s Roundtable Board (Programs Committee) and a member of the Texas Women’s Foundation Economic Leadership Council.
Dennis graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She was the 2020 Athena Award Recipient from the Dallas Regional Chamber, a recipient of the 2019 Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women Southwest Award from the Southwest Jewish Congress and an honoree of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Business. She is also a graduate of Leadership America, Leadership Texas, Leadership Dallas and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Dallas Assembly, International Women’s Forum and Executive Women’s Roundtable.
Allen Nye is Chief Executive Officer and Director of Oncor, the largest electric utility in Texas, and the largest pure play wires Company in America. Nye became CEO of Oncor in early 2018, after the close of a successful transaction with Sempra Energy.
Nye previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, responsible for overseeing all of Oncor’s legal, regulatory, government affairs, and compliance matters. From June 2008 until joining Oncor, Nye practiced law as a partner in the Dallas office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he focused on representation of regulated energy companies before state and federal government agencies, including the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the State Office of Administrative Hearings and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Prior to Vinson & Elkins, Nye was a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP from January 2002 until May 2008. Nye graduated from Texas A&M University in 1989 and earned a J.D. at St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1993. Texas Monthly named Nye a “Texas Rising Star” in 2005.
Nye is a director on the board of IEnova, one of the largest private energy companies in Mexico, and the first energy infrastructure company to be listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange.
Nye is an active community leader, presently involved on the President’s Advisory Board at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Texas A&M’s SmartGrid Advisory Board and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas as well as an Ex-Officio board member of the Dallas Citizens Council. Previously, Nye served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
Nye is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and lives in Dallas with his wife and two children.
Ciara Dilley, vice president of marketing for Frito-Lay North America, leads the company’s ever-evolving and diverse portfolio of Transform Brands – including Stacy’s, SunChips, Smartfood, Off the Eaten Path, and Red Rock Deli. Also overseeing Frito-Lay’s portfolio innovation, Ciara is making it easier than ever for consumers to discover new flavors, ingredients and brands powered by purpose.
A seasoned veteran with more than 20 years of industry experience, Ciara’s passion is supporting women, both inside and outside the walls of Frito-Lay. In addition to being personally involved in a number of initiatives that involve coaching and connecting businesswomen, Ciara recently led the launch of WomanMade, a PepsiCo initiative developed to advance female founders in the food and beverage industry through funding and exclusive mentoring opportunities.
Since joining Frito-Lay in February 2019, Ciara has led Stacy’s Rise Project – a flagship grant and mentorship program by the female-founded Stacy’s brand – to flourish as an industry best-in-class initiative, awarding up-and-coming female entrepreneurs with hundreds of thousands of dollars in business grants and providing them with unprecedented access to PepsiCo people and resources to achieve long-term success.
In addition, under Ciara’s leadership, Smartfood popcorn added Smart50 to its lineup – featuring 50 calories or less per cup – and underwent a full brand redesign that involved a complete swipe of its social channels and packaging updates across the entire portfolio.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Dilley leveraged her experience in communications and innovation to grow major international consumer brands including Diageo, Campbell Soup Company and Kellogg Company.
A native of Ireland, Ciara now makes her home in Dallas with her husband and two sons.
Ben Buchanan, Vice President of Global Procurement for PepsiCo, leads the sourcing and procurement group for Indirect materials, goods, and services for PepsiCo’s North American food, beverage, and corporate organizations. Key areas of focus include professional services (consulting, HR services, contingent labor, etc.), point of sale and promotional equipment, maintenance, repair, & operations (MRO), facilities services, travel, and financial services. Ben leads a large team responsible for developing and deploying sourcing and supply strategies aimed at improving end-to-end efficiency, quality, and cost.
A seasoned veteran with almost 25 years of industry experience, Ben has worked across a broad group of PepsiCo businesses and functions. Ben began his career in Research & Development at Procter & Gamble in 1996. He joined PepsiCo’s Frito Lay North America R&D group in 1999, where he focused on developing the company’s on-the-go snack packaging platform. Ben joined PepsiCo’s Global Procurement group in 2003, where he was responsible for the sourcing and supply of packaging materials across a variety of different products and businesses. Prior to his current Indirects Procurement Role, Ben served as the Senior Director of Packaging Procurement for PepsiCo’s Europe & Sub-Saharan Africa sector, based in Bern, Switzerland.
Sadira E. Furlow has 16 years of advertising and marketing experience, three at PepsiCo where she most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for PepsiCo North America Nutrition, overseeing media, digital, partnerships and growth innovation across Quaker, Tropicana, Naked and Kevita. In this role, from the mighty oat to the goodness of juice to the power of fermentation, Sadira and her team helped transform the way PepsiCo’s nutrition-forward brands connected with consumers on their health and wellness journeys, making everyday nutrition more accessible to all. In her previous role, Sadira led brand marketing for the water portfolio and played a key role in the highly-successful launch of LIFEWTR (Bronze Effie 2018), and breaking the internet with puppymonkeybaby on Mtn Dew (Bronze Lion 2017).
In March of 2019, Sadira was named the VP of Potato Chips leading PepsiCo Foods multi-billion-dollar Potato Chip portfolio including the Lay’s, Ruffles and Stax brands. Sadira also oversees Frito-Lay’s legacy portfolio that includes iconic and pop-culture brands such as Cracker Jack and Funyuns.
An innovative strategic leader who loves solving puzzles, is fascinated by ideas, favors “what ifs” and “whys,” Sadira’s curated set of skills has helped guide her meaningful work that celebrates consumers and helps impact culture. Sadira has been recognized by several outlets for these contributions – An Internationalist of the Year (2019), DMN Hall of Femme Women to Watch (2019), 2016 Top Influential Women in Corporate America (Savoy), 2017 Women to Watch (Ad Age), Top Women in Marketing (Brand Innovators), Lion (2017), Effie (2018).
Prior to PepsiCo, she gained an array of agency experiences including Leo Burnett, Upshot, Commonground Marketing — where she served as VP Managing Director of the New York office leading accounts such as Miller Coors, Verizon and Sprite.
Sadira is a University of Virginia graduate, originally from Chicago, IL. After spending several years in NYC, followed by her hometown, in 2019 she made the move to Plano, Texas. When not thinking of new ideas, you can find her advocating for a variety of initiatives for women in leadership, out on the field playing softball, exploring new foodie finds or collecting passport stamps.
David Sanchez is a 30-year PepsiCo veteran currently serving as Sr. Director on PepsiCo’s Global Procurement team. David’s current responsibilities include Productivity, Innovation, Contract Manufacturing, M&A, and Supply Deployment for Frito-Lay North America.
David is also serving in his 11th year representing PepsiCo/Frito-Lay on the Board of Directors for the Dallas-Ft. Worth Minority Supplier Development Council here in Dallas.
PepsiCo Exp: 30 years
- Engineering – Controls Engineer/Project Manager
- Contract Manufacturing – Industry Manager/Director
- Supply Chain Finance – CAPEX and Capacity Planning
- Supply Chain Finance – VP, Innovation & Supply Chain Finance
- Procurement – Seasoning/Ingredients
- Procurement – Quaker Market Supply Officer
- Procurement – S&I, Productivity & Innovation Lead
- Procurement – Productivity, Innovation, M&A, Supply, and Co-Man
- BS Electrical Engineering – SMU
- MBA – University of Texas @Dallas
Brad Pomerleau is accountable for creating competitive advantage and achieving operational excellence through cost and process optimization for Target through its indirect sourcing and procurement organization. Brad leads his global team by effectively and efficiently managing the end to end “source to pay” function across 33 categories including construction, corporate services, marketing, property management, supply chain and technology. Brad is also responsible for the Supplier Diversity function within Target.
Prior to joining Target in 2002, Brad has had extensive leadership experience in a variety of different functions including sourcing, finance, operations and technology in the agribusiness, technology and insurance industries.
Brad received a Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management and Quantitative Methods / Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, USA.
Ellen Barker is senior vice president and chief information officer of Texas Instruments responsible for the Information Technology organization. In this role, she manages the information technology strategies and operational management of applications and infrastructure worldwide that enable TI’s changing business needs.
Throughout her career, she has held several other leadership positions within the company’s Analog, Embedded Processing, manufacturing and former defense divisions, including vice president and controller of TI’s Silicon Valley Analog business. She held leadership roles on the integration teams for TI’s acquisitions of National Semiconductor, Burr Brown and Chipcon, contributing to TI’s growing Analog presence, and has also contributed her operational, financial and management expertise to diverse operations and functions across TI.
Ellen joined TI in 1984. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas.
In addition to her role at TI, she is on the board of directors for High Tech High Heels, a non-profit organization focused on increasing the number of girls entering a college degree program in science, technology, engineering and math, and Tech Titans, the largest technology trade association in Texas. Ellen is also on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Women and Technology and a member of the Business Advisory Council for the National Alliance for Partnership in Equity (NAPE).
In 2020, Ellen received the National Diversity Council CIO/CTO Leadership and Women who STEAM awards and in 2019, she received the Breakaway Leadership Award Influence from Evanta Global CIO and Lifetime Achievement Award from DFW ATW. Dallas CEO named Ellen as one of the 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and Enterprise CIO of the Year in 2016. She received the Women in STEM award from Girls Start, the Women in Technology award from the Dallas Business Journal, the Diversity in Technology Leadership Award from the National Alliance for Partnership in Equity, the Dallas Power 50 award from the Texas Diversity Council and was inducted in the University of Dallas Hall of Fame (Graduate School of Management). She is a graduate of the Leadership Texas Class of 2000, Mentium100 program in 2004 and Leadership America Class of 2010.
Ellen believes in giving back to her community and helping others. She is a member of the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association – Go Red for Women, helps with TI’s United Way campaign and is a leader in her church. She also provides strong support for TI’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, including speaking to the Women’s Initiatives globally, executive sponsor and frequent speaker of the Christian Values initiative and champions opportunities for people with disabilities by serving as the executive sponsor of the Ability to Boldly Live Equally (ABLE) initiative. In 2018, Ellen received the TI Founders Community Impact Award, which honors individuals for their long history of philanthropy and volunteerism to the communities where they live and work.
She has been married to her husband Alan for 36 years and they have two adult sons and daughters-in-law, and a granddaughter. Ellen is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Rob Simpson is Vice President of Worldwide Procurement & Logistics (WPL) at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) in Dallas, Texas. In this role, Rob is responsible for all of TI’s Procurement and Logistics activities, which also include global trade compliance, Purchase to Pay (P2P), and Supply Chain Responsibility.
Rob spent the early part of his career in process engineering, manufacturing and factory planning before moving to WPL. His experience in procurement includes direct materials, equipment, indirect and services. He has played a key role in the implementation of TI’s manufacturing strategy, managing procurement activities related to the construction and acquisition of several TI factories.
As a board member of the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council, Rob serves on the Executive, Compensation and Certification committees and is Second Vice Chairman.
Rob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
Pete Carey is group vice president at Toyota Financial Services (TFS), and president of Mazda Financial Services (MFS) overseeing all aspects of TFS’ new private label business and the relationship with Mazda Motor of America, Inc. He reports to Mark Templin, TFS president and CEO.
Prior to his appointment as president of MFS, Carey was group vice president of TFS Service Operations and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Toyota Financial Savings Bank (TFSB). In this role, Carey oversaw a wide range of customer and dealer service functions including TFS’ three customer service centers and the company’s industrial loan-chartered bank operation. His responsibilities were focused on further enhancing TFS’ efficiency while ensuring the company meets the evolving needs of its customers.
Previously, Carey served as group vice president of sales, marketing, insurance and product, responsible for over 800 team members in 30 field offices and 3 regional offices. He also spent time as vice president and general manager of the San Francisco Region at Toyota Motor Sales, where he was responsible for sales, service and parts, marketing, customer service, market representation and distribution for dealers in the San Francisco region.
Carey’s accomplishments include maximizing acquisitions and building relationships with key stakeholders including Toyota and Lexus dealer and division partners while serving as vice president of sales. Under his
Vipin Gupta is Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Toyota Financial Services (TFS). In this role, Gupta leads all aspects of Digital Transformation and Information Technology to transform, grow, and expand the business of TFS. Before joining Toyota in 2018, Gupta was executive vice president and chief information officer for Key Community Bank, a business unit of KeyCorp, where he drove customer-focused digital transformation. Earlier, he was a partner and consulting practice leader at Capgemini and Ernst & Young, where he focused on e-business transformation and innovation for large global financial services institutions. Gupta has been recognized for his results-oriented innovation-enabling leadership in Information Technology and Financial Services business. He was also honored by CIO magazine as a standout winner in innovation.
Amit P. Shroff is an Executive at Toyota Financial Services, Toyota’s $120+ billion finance and insurance arm.
Known as an authentic and insightful leader, his thought leadership has led to keynote presentations and panel interviews at industry conferences and leadership forums, and he was featured in CFO magazine.
Currently, as Vice-President Information and Digital Services, accountable to lead and enable TFS’ transformation towards a digital company. Key aspects are building a technology platform, enabling private label business and leveraging technology and talent to improve business scale and results.
He strongly believes that three things are critical in a performance-focused culture: clarity of purpose, leadership accountability and empowerment. His work demonstrates that finance should serve as a catalyst for data-driven decisions and results. Under his leadership, the teams have received industry recognition and awards for excellence in Finance, Treasury and Controllership practice and he was also named “Top 40 under 40” outstanding finance executives by Citigroup and Treasury and Risk magazine.
In his career, he has sought out opportunities to make a significant impact to Toyota’s business and performance. He led the establishment of new companies in international markets, played a crucial role in successfully navigating the financial crisis and consistently champions enterprise level initiatives.
He graduated from the Honor’s program at the McCombs Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Outside of the professional realm, Amit is an outdoor enthusiast, loves adventure travel, is social and enjoys developing new relationships.
Jim Holloway is the general manager of Powertrain Purchasing at Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) located in Saline, Michigan. In this position, Mr. Holloway oversees the procurement and supplier engineering of all powertrain components for Toyota’s North American production.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Holloway was the general manager of Supplier Relations, overseeing Supplier Diversity, Risk Management, Systems and Supplier Relations.
Mr. Holloway joined Toyota in 1992, his previous roles included general manager of Chassis, Powertrain, Service, Export and Prototype parts, assistant general manager of Exterior and resin raw materials and manager of the Corporate Strategy Division where his responsibilities included mid to long term business planning and new plant start up activity in North America.
Mr. Holloway earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Kentucky.
Barry Boswell is the senior vice president and chief fossil officer for Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Corp. Luminant is the largest competitive power generator in the U.S., with a capacity of approximately 39,000 megawatts powered by a diverse portfolio, including natural gas, nuclear, solar, and battery energy storage facilities. In his role, Boswell is responsible for the safe and reliable performance of Luminantâ€™s multiple fossil-fueled plants.
Prior to his current role, Boswell served as vice president of generation for Luminant and also led operations across Luminant’s Texas fleet, including director of several coal-fueled power plants, along with multiple natural gas facilities.
Boswell earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer.
Boswell resides in the Ovilla, Texas, and is married with two children and four grandchildren.
With 28 years of experience across a diverse set of industries including management consulting, consumer products, competitive retail electricity and power generation – Jim has focused on building and leading high performing teams to drive business performance. With a background in finance, marketing and operations, his responsibilities at Vistra include the operations of competitive electricity retailing, competitive electricity generation, supply chain, EH&S and asset retirement activities. Having operated in global, multinational corporations as well as both public and private equity backed companies, Jim has found that customer focus (both external and internal) is of paramount importance to long-term success. Aligning business strategy and our people with a purpose and a set of values has been critical to building the right culture for value creation and talent development.
David Campbell, executive vice president and chief financial officer: As chief financial officer of Vistra, Campbell has broad responsibility for the company’s accounting, financial, risk, tax, planning, investor relations, strategy, and M&A activities. Prior to joining Vistra in June 2019, Campbell served as president and CEO of InfraREIT and president and CEO of Sharyland Utilities. Campbell originally joined TXU Corp. (a predecessor of Vistra and Energy Future Holdings) in 2004 as executive vice president of planning, strategy, and risk, and became CFO of TXU Corp. in 2006 and CEO of Luminant in 2008. Before joining TXU, he was a partner in the Dallas office of McKinsey & Company, where he led the Texas and Southern Region hubs of McKinsey’s corporate finance and strategy practice.
Campbell earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Also, he graduated with a master’s degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Gabe Castro is a senior vice president at Vistra Corp, leading the company’s retail efforts with all commercial and industrial customers across many of the deregulated markets of the United States. Focused on driving customer retention and profitable growth, he oversees direct and indirect sales, product development, sales enablement, performance analytics, deal structuring, and demand side solutions. Additionally, he and his teams also have the responsibility for the direct engagement of residential customers across the US as well.
Castro has spent more than 25 years in the energy business, working both domestically and internationally, and he has deep experience both in power and natural gas. He and his teams have worked with a variety of customers, helping them meet their energy needs and sustainability goals. He has held progressive roles within the enterprise, helping drive the strong, profitable growth of the business markets segment for Vistra.
Castro is a graduate of St. Mary’s University where he earned a BBA in Finance. He is also active in the community, serving on the board of the North Texas Big Brother Sisters, as a board member of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, in addition to his involvement with the United Way of Dallas, actively participating with both the Builder Society and the Tocqueville Society.
Scott A. Hudson, President, Vistra Retail: Hudson serves as head of Vistra’s retail business, including president of TXU Energy, a market-leading competitive retail electricity provider, powering the lives of more Texans than any other retailer. Serving nearly 5 million residential, commercial, and industrial retail customers with electricity and gas, Vistra is the largest competitive residential electricity provider in the country and offers over 40 of the most innovative products and services in the retail energy industry.
Hudson joined TXU Energy in 2011 and served as the company’s chief operating officer with responsibility for sales, marketing, product development, operations, and business technology organizations. Prior to joining TXU Energy, Hudson held senior leadership positions with MBNA America, ChoicePoint, and LexisNexis. He began his career as a commercial lawyer working in the energy industry for Troutman Sanders LLP, a highly respected international law firm.
Outside his responsibilities at Vistra, Hudson serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the Dallas Regional Chamber, and the Dallas Children’s Theatre.
Hudson has a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
Carrie Kirby, executive vice president and chief administrative officer: Kirby serves as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Vistra, overseeing the functions of human resources, corporate affairs, corporate security and facilities management.
Prior to her current role, Kirby was the executive vice president of human resources for Vistra’s predecessor, Energy Future Holdings Corp., leading the human resources functions across EFH corporate and its subsidiaries, Luminant and TXU Energy.
She was previously vice president of human resources at TXU Energy, where she was originally recruited in 2006 as a human resources director to support the power generation business in its construction and expansion efforts.
Prior to joining TXU Energy, Kirby was director of human resources at Delinea Corporation, a software services company targeting the energy industry. Before that, she was director of human resources for Netrake, a startup voice-over IP hardware development company. She began her career in the executive search business as a consultant for Ray & Berndtson, supporting the technology practice.
In addition to her service at Vistra, Kirby chairs the board of the Teaching Trust, an education policy and leadership development organization focused on developing urban school leaders. Kirby is also a member of the Patient Advocacy Committee for Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and sits on the executive committee of the Women’s Business Council Southwest.
Kirby holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Steve Muscato, senior vice president and chief commercial officer: In his current role with Vistra Energy, Muscato has responsibility for regional power desks (ERCOT, PJM, New York/New England, MISO, CAISO); origination and pricing; gas supply and optimization; fuels; and financial trading.
Muscato was previously chief commercial officer of Luminant, a competitive power generation subsidiary of Vistra, where his accountabilities included optimizing the dispatch and value of Luminant’s power generation fleet, managing the commodity (power, gas, and coal), transportation (rail), and emissions requirements for Luminant’s operating assets, and ensuring development of a distinctive point of view on commodity dynamics in critical markets and geographies.
Muscato held several positions at Luminant previously, including senior vice president of commercial operations, vice president of gas trading – North America, and vice president of East gas and power trading. Prior to joining Luminant, Muscato worked for National Fuel Gas and PacifiCorp from 1993 to 1998.
Muscato holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester, with several published papers on microprocessor design.
Ken Peters is the Chief Nuclear Officer for Luminant, responsible for all aspects of the operation of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, or CPNPP. Luminant is a competitive power generation subsidiary of Vistra. Luminant’s activities include plant and mine operations, wholesale marketing and trading, and construction and development of new power plants.
Peters has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering, as well as an MBA. He has attended several executive programs, including the Wharton Executive Development Program and the Goizueta Directors Institute at Emory University. Prior to joining Luminant, Peters held various managerial roles at other nuclear power stations, including Plant Manager and Vice President, Engineering and Projects. He also received a Senior Reactor Operator Certification at another nuclear station.
Peters’ accountabilities include:
• Directing the safe, reliable and cost-effective operation of CPNPP in compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations
• Representing Luminant as the Chief Nuclear Officer with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the nuclear industry
• Providing strategic direction as well as support services in the areas of operation, maintenance, refueling, engineering, radiation protection, safety, security, training, quality assurance, performance improvement, and community relations necessary for the operation of a commercial nuclear facility
In addition to his corporate duties, Peters has been active in the industry and his community. He has served as a mentor for various leadership courses in the power industry, as well as mentored Veterans through a corporate partnership. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Utilities Service Alliance (USA), and as a member of the Texas Radiation Advisory Board, appointed by Governor Abbott in 2019. He has also previously served on the Board of the Lucia Mar (CA) school district Foundation for Innovation.
Phil Seidler is Vice President – Supply Chain for Vistra, including competitive subsidiaries Luminant and TXU Energy. Luminant’s electric generation activities include power plant, coal mine, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations. TXU Energy is a market-leading competitive retail electricity provider, offering innovative solutions to a broad base of residential and business consumers. Seidler has over 20 years of Supply Chain experience. He is a visionary leader with a global business perspective, an innovative thinker and has success in business transformation. His background includes leadership roles in the Automotive and Energy/Utility industries, with a strong track record of performance in Supply Chain and Operational Excellence. Seidler joined Luminant in 2007. He spent his first five years in the Generation side of the business until 2012, when he moved to lead the Mining organization. In October 2016, he became the head of Supply Chain activities for all Business Units: Vistra (Corporate Services, Process Excellence and Supplier Diversity), Luminant (Fossil, Nuclear and Mining) and TXU (Retail). Functional groups within Business Units include Category Management, Procurement Operations, Warehouse Operations / Materials Management, Supplier Diversity and Process Excellence. He sits on the WBENC Board of Directors, as well as on the Advisory Board of Directors for Dallas ISM.
Seidler’s responsibilities include:
- Setting and achieving aggressive supply chain performance targets that support Vistra and operating company business objectives
- Collaborating with Vistra operations, business development and financial planning to define and implement comprehensive spend category management strategies, focused on value creation, risk mitigation, compliance and optimizing total cost of ownership
- Leading transformational improvement initiatives in people, process and technology across the supply chain, power generation fleet, coal mines and retail electricity operations
- Integrating with asset management and financial planning to develop long range capital plans and operating budgets that support Vistra long-term business objectives
Prior to joining Luminant, Seidler was a Purchasing Manager at Ford, where he maintained purchasing responsibility of $1.45 billion spend annually. He managed a small staff and oversaw use of cost-effective strategies for the purchase of raw materials and capital goods for all North American vehicles.
Seidler holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University. He also earned a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy.
Phil, his wife and two children reside in Plano, Texas.
As Vistra’s Chief Marketing Officer, Dr. Sydney Seiger leads the company’s marketing, customer experience and brand strategies, new product development, advertising, digital marketing, direct sales, and consumer insights to drive long-term growth across consumer and business segments in the most competitive deregulated energy markets in the U.S.
Prior to re-joining TXU Energy in 2014, Dr. Seiger served as Vice President of Consumer Insights, Advanced Analytics, and Business Intelligence for La Quinta Holdings Inc., focusing on marketing strategy, decision support, and assessment. Preceding her work at La Quinta, Dr. Seiger gained broad experience in the retail electric market holding increasing levels of responsibility at both Reliant Energy and TXU Energy where she built the consumer insights functions and led the creation and positioning of multiple brands.
In her current role, Seiger leads a large and diverse team of professionals across fifteen functional areas of marketing to conceive and champion award winning campaigns and multiple first to market products and services – all centered on powering positive experiences for the customer.
Seiger holds a PhD in Applied Social Psychology with an emphasis in quantitative research and advanced analytics from Baylor University. She is actively involved in numerous civic activities including the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, where she has served on the Marketing Council, Builder’s Society, Tocqueville Society, and Women’s Leadership Steering Committee. She is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pi Beta Phi, Baylor Alumnae Association, and a graduate of Leadership Texas.
A frequent speaker, university lecturer and contributor to white papers on creating customer-obsessed cultures, Dr. Seiger has been named a Rising Star and the recipient of the CMO’s Choice Award from The CMO Club, an international association of heads of marketing.
Molly Sorg is Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Investor Relations at Vistra. Ms. Sorg joined Vistra in October 2016 to lead the company’s investor relations efforts as it became a newly listed public company on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to her role at Vistra, Ms. Sorg held both legal and business roles at Hunt Utility Services; Indiana University Health; Energy Future Holdings; and two global law firms, Vinson & Elkins and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Sorg was an accountant in Deloitte’s Chicago office. Ms. Sorg earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2003 where she graduated as valedictorian, and a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2008 where she graduated Order of the Coif.
Stephanie Zapata Moore is executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer of Vistra Corp. (NYSE: VST), an integrated power company based in Irving, Texas. Moore and her team are responsible for ensuring timely and efficient delivery of all legal services
including litigation, corporate and securities, transactional, regulatory, labor and employment, and environmental matters, coordinating and advising the board of directors on corporate governance matters, developing and implementing the company’s environmental strategy and compliance requirements, assessing and reporting to the board of directors on the efficacy of the company’s compliance programs, and managing the legal department’s outside counsel relationships.
Prior to her current role, Moore served as vice president and general counsel of Luminant, a competitive power generation subsidiary of Vistra Energy and its predecessors Energy Future Holdings Corp. and TXU Corp. Prior to joining Luminant in 2005, Moore was an associate at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (now Foley Gardere) in the corporate and securities practice group, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and private securities offerings.
In addition to her responsibilities at Vistra Energy, Moore serves as a member of the board of directors of Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas and the Chair of its Board Development Committee. Moore received her undergraduate degree in English from Duke University and her law degree from William & Mary School of Law.