Industrial IoT Technology Advisory Board
Harel Kodesh—Silver Lake Partners
Harel Kodesh joined Silver Lake Partners in Menlo Park, CA as an Operating Partner in 2017 working with the firm’s diverse portfolio companies to drive operational improvement. Previously, he was chief technology officer at GE Digital and vice president and General Manager of Predix, GE’s operating system for the Industrial Internet. Before joining GE, Harel co-founded and served as CEO at Nurego, a spinoff of EMC Corp. At EMC, he was executive vice president for cloud business systems and CEO of Mozy, EMC’s wholly-owned subsidiary dedicated to Backup as a Service. From 2003 to 2008, he served as chief product officer at Amdocs. He also served as CEO of Wingcast, the Ford Motor Company-Qualcomm joint venture.Until 2000, Harel held various executive positions at Microsoft, including vice president of the information appliances division, where he led development of the Microsoft Windows CE operating system and pioneered its mobility business. He also managed Microsoft’s Object Linking and Embedding team and a Motorola team responsible for its early wireless data efforts.Harel holds a B.S. in computer engineering and a M.S. in electrical engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He served on the boards of Mobilitec, DreamBox Learning, BSquare, and Modern Systems.
Maciej Kranz brings 30 years of networking industry experience and 15 years of Internet of Things experience to his position as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. He leads the group focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and startups through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers.
In his New York Times bestselling book, Building the Internet of Things, Kranz offers practical advice to business decision makers on how and why to implement IoT today. The book is being translated into 7 languages.
Lin Nease—Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Lin Nease is the Chief Technologist for HP Enterprise’s IoT activities. In this role, he is responsible for setting strategy, building a technology plan and driving innovation with key enterprise customers/partners of HP. He also established HP’s membership in the Industrial Internet Consortium and has led multiple activities in working groups and testbeds for the Consortium.
In his 25+ years with HP, he has been a Chief Technologist and Director of Strategy for multiple business units, including HP’s Business Critical Servers and Networking businesses, has been a Chief Technologist and General Manager for multiple global accounts (GE, UPS), driven multiple M&A activities and cross-business initiatives, led numerous successful commercial products including the industry’s first blade solution and HP’s long-lived Superdome platform, and holds several patents in software-defined networking.
Lin received his BS in Computer Science at Arizona State University and his MBA from California State University Sacramento. He also served as a computer operator in the United States Air Force.
Michael Nilles is member of the Group Executive Committee and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for Schindler as well as the CEO of Schindler Digital Business AG. Michael brings more than 20 years of experience spearheading digital innovation and large-scale digital transformations for multi-billion industrial businesses. As an early adopter of the Industrial Internet, he gained extensive knowledge in deploying smart, connected and data-driven capabilities at scale and developing new digital business models.
Prior to joining Schindler, Michael held various executive management positions at Mannesmann and Bosch Rexroth. As CIO of Bosch Rexroth, he digitized the entire value chain driving operational excellence. Michael began his career as software engineer and consultant at SAP. During international assignments, he worked and lived for several years in China and in the US. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors of Lufthansa Technik AG.
Michael’s work in moving Schindler forward with digital, data and analytics was recognized in 2015 with the MIT Sloan Leadership Award and the European Digital Business Innovation Award. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and computer science from the University of Cologne, Germany.