FTF Americas 2014 Keynote


FTF Americas
Wednesday Thursday Friday
Gregg Lowe, President and CEO Freescale
Gregg Lowe
President and CEO
Freescale
Geoff Lees, SVP & GM, MCUs Freescale
Geoff Lees
SVP & GM, MCUs
Freescale
James  Bates, SVP & GM, Analog & Sensors, Freescale
James Bates
SVP & GM, Analog & Sensors,
Freescale
Tom Deitrich, SVP & GM, Digital Networking Freescale
Tom Deitrich
SVP & GM, Digital Networking
Freescale
Dean Kamen, Founder DEKA Research and Development
Dean Kamen
Founder
DEKA Research and Development
FTF kicked-off with insight into Freescale's vision for a world of connected intelligence where big data, security and cloud computing meet, with Freescale president and CEO Gregg Lowe. Featuring several prominent customers, Gregg provided a comprehensive look at Freescale solutions and the future of innovation while opening this year's Freescale Technology Forum. The Internet of Things is here, so now what? Find out how Freescale will help you meet your customer expectations to be better informed about the world they live in. Freescale's leadership team brings to life the vast array of devices enabled by Freescale microcontrollers and the network that connects it all together. American entrepreneur, inventor, creator of the Segway human transporter and advocate for science and technology, Dean Kamen closed FTF. He discussed how he uses innovation and technology to solve the world's most challenging problems while inspiring generations of innovators through STEM competitions.
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Gregg Lowe was appointed president and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor in June 2012 and initiated a reshaping of the company that identified opportunities for accelerating revenue growth and improving profitability. The strategic initiatives put in motion helped the company gain market share and increase gross margins, setting the stage for future growth.

Under his leadership, the company has focused on five strategic product groups to speed response to customer and market demands and focused its R&D on those product groups. Today, about 90 percent of the company’s R&D is concentrated in these high-growth areas.

Prior to joining Freescale, Gregg was senior vice president of analog for Texas Instruments, where he helped grow the
company’s business to become the leading analog company in the semiconductor industry. He also directed the $6.5 billion acquisition of National Semiconductor.

Gregg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. He later received the university's Career Achievement Award to recognize his accomplishments in the community and within the semiconductor industry. He graduated from the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University.

Gregg serves as a member of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's board of trustees. In 2010, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, appointed Gregg to its board of trustees, where he chairs the education committee. His passion for education, and specifically for education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as they named him among the top 100 CEO leaders during the 2013 STEM Solutions Summit.
Geoff Lees is senior vice president and general manager of Microcontrollers at Freescale, and he previously served as vice president and general manager of the Industrial & Multi-Market division.

Geoff has more than 30 years of industry experience focused on microcontrollers.

Before joining Freescale in 2011, Geoff spent 13 years with the microcontroller business at NXP and Philips Semiconductors, becoming vice president and general manager. He was responsible for the introduction of the industry’s first 32-bit ARM Flash microcontrollers, and also led the development and launch of the first Cortex-M0 and dual-core M4/M0 architectures.

Prior to this, he held various positions in systems design, software and applications engineering and management in industrial, distribution and semiconductor companies.

James Bates is senior vice president and general manager - Analog & Sensors at Freescale. In this role, James is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the company’s analog, mixed-signal and sensor products.

James is a seasoned executive with experience in general management, design, marketing and sales of semiconductor devices. Prior to joining Freescale, James led the Signal Processing and Conditioning Group at Maxim Integrated, where he led the group to deliver market leading execution of differentiated products while delivering above market revenue growth and expanding gross and operating margins.

Prior to Maxim, James was vice president of Asian Operations for Silicon Laboratories, where he led the company growth from a start-up to an established market leading semiconductor company. Early in his career, James served as an RF and Mixed Signal Design engineer at Bell Laboratories and transitioned to several marketing roles in Lucent Technologies.

James holds a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Tom Deitrich is senior vice president and general manager “ Digital Networking. Tom has extensive experience in product management, research and development (R&D), supply chain management and business development for wireless products. Prior to his current position,
he led Freescale’s RF, Analog, Sensor and Cellular businesses. Before joining Freescale, Tom was the senior vice president of ODM, Design, and Vertical Integration of FlexMobile of Flextronics. Previously, he was senior vice president at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications leading the Americas Product Business Unit for mobile phones.

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from Widener University and master’s degree in electronics engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s of business administration degree from Marquette University.
Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology's virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States.

As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology, and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture
and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter Healthcare Corporation. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics.

Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide research and development for major corporate clients. Kamen led DEKA's development of the HomeChoice™ peritoneal dialysis system for Baxter International Inc. The HomeChoice™ system allows patients to be dialyzed in the privacy and comfort of their home and quickly became the worldwide market leader. Kamen also led the development of technology to improve slide preparation for the CYTYC (now Hologic Inc.) ThinPrep® Pap Test. Kamenled DEKA teams have also developed critical components of the UVAR™ XTS™ System, an extracorporeal photophereisis device marketed by Therakos, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, for treatment of TCell lymphoma. An advanced prosthetic arm in development for DARPA should advance the quality of life for returning injured soldiers. Other notable developments include the Hydroflex™ surgical irrigation pump for C.R. Bard, the Crown™ stent, an improvement to the original Palmaz-Schatz stent, for Johnson & Johnson, the iBOT™ mobility device, and the Segway® Human Transporter.

Kamen has received many awards for his efforts. Notably, Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000. Presented by President Clinton, this award was in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide, and for innovative and imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology. Kamen was also awarded the Lemelson MIT Prize in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1997.

In 2010, Dean hosted the Planet Green television series Dean of Invention.

In addition to DEKA, one of Dean's proudest accomplishments is foundingFIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. Founded in 1989, this year FIRST will serve more than 300,000 young people, ages 6 to 18, in more than 50 countries around the globe. High school aged participants are eligible to apply for more than $15 million in scholarships from leading colleges, universities, and corporations. Studies have shown that FIRST alumni are highly motivated to pursue careers in science and engineering, thus fulfilling Dean's goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders.

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