03 February - 04 February 2020
Atlanta, Georgia, US

Argus Advanced Wire and Cable North America

Confirmed speakers

Daniel Winkler
Vice President of Sales and Engineering, Leoni Cable
In his 17 years with the company Daniel has held several positions at Leoni Kabel in Germany and Leoni Cable in the US. He currently oversees all sales and engineering activities for Leoni’s automotive, medical and appliance cable division. He is a member of the ISO WG4 US Advisory Group, the SAE Cable Committee, the UL Standards Technical Panels 758 & 2263, and the Intern...
In his 17 years with the company Daniel has held several positions at Leoni Kabel in Germany and Leoni Cable in the US. He currently oversees all sales and engineering activities for Leoni’s automotive, medical and appliance cable division. He is a member of the ISO WG4 US Advisory Group, the SAE Cable Committee, the UL Standards Technical Panels 758 & 2263, and the International Cable and Connectivity Symposium. Daniel has a diploma in electrical engineering from the State University in Stuttgart, a BSc in electrical engineering from the Open University, London, and an MBA from Wayne State University, Michigan.
Robert Whitman
Vice President Carrier Market Development, Corning Optical Communications
Bob was appointed Global Market Development Vice-President at Corning Optical Communications in 2013. He is responsible for carrier networks market and business development, including the strategy and execution of Corning’s Fiber to the Home, Inside Plant and Emerging Applications initiatives. With more than 20 years of experience in optical fiber network architecture, pro...
Bob was appointed Global Market Development Vice-President at Corning Optical Communications in 2013. He is responsible for carrier networks market and business development, including the strategy and execution of Corning’s Fiber to the Home, Inside Plant and Emerging Applications initiatives. With more than 20 years of experience in optical fiber network architecture, product development and carrier engagement, Bob has developed commercial and technical expertise in all aspects of optical communications. He is one of the three founding individuals of the FTTH Council NA. Bob was previously Vice-President for Global Programme Management and has held a variety of engineering, marketing and market development positions. Prior to joining Corning in 1997, Bob served as a Nuclear Power Engineering Officer in the US Navy.
Kristen Smith
Member, Trade Remedies Practice Group Leader, International Trade, Customs & Export Law, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg
Kristen is a Member with Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg. She is based at the office in Washington, DC and leads the firm’s trade remedies practice. She has represented clients in trade remedies cases for more than 20 years, in the US and abroad, across a variety of industries including aluminum and automotive. Her experience includes a number of no-injury determinations bef...
Kristen is a Member with Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg. She is based at the office in Washington, DC and leads the firm’s trade remedies practice. She has represented clients in trade remedies cases for more than 20 years, in the US and abroad, across a variety of industries including aluminum and automotive. Her experience includes a number of no-injury determinations before the International Trade Commission and obtaining 0pc anti-dumping rates on behalf of clients before the US Department of Commerce. Kristen works closely with companies to address 232 and 301 tariffs and has obtained a number of exclusions on behalf of clients.
Philip Wilson
Managing Director, Telecommunications Strategies and Operations, Deloitte US
Phil is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Telecommunications, Media and Technology practice and has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, as a consultant and at a senior level in the industry. He has a deep understanding of telecommunications from a business and technical perspective. His areas of expertise include network engineering, financial p...
Phil is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Telecommunications, Media and Technology practice and has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, as a consultant and at a senior level in the industry. He has a deep understanding of telecommunications from a business and technical perspective. His areas of expertise include network engineering, financial planning, costing, marketing and strategy. He has led or participated in strategy projects focused on mergers and acquisitions, growth, market entry, cost reduction and product portfolio. In this area, he has practised in 42 countries on five continents. He is currently leading 5G projects in Asia and is also assisting on European 5G and North American 5G projects.
Christopher Otuonye
North American Business Manager, Dow
Chris Otuonye is the Product and Marketing Manager for Dow’s Wire & Cable business in North America. He has responsibility for asset performance, profit and loss, strategy and the firm’s innovation pipeline. Chris joined Dow in 2007 and has worked in various roles in engineering, operations, supply chain and commercial. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineeri...
Chris Otuonye is the Product and Marketing Manager for Dow’s Wire & Cable business in North America. He has responsibility for asset performance, profit and loss, strategy and the firm’s innovation pipeline. Chris joined Dow in 2007 and has worked in various roles in engineering, operations, supply chain and commercial. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Louisiana State University.
Steve Griffith
Industry Director, PMP, National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Steve is an Industry Director for NEMA’s Transportation Systems Division. He manages sections within the division in such areas as intelligent transportation systems (ITS), electric vehicle supply equipment, and industrial imaging and communications. He is also the principle staff liaison for NEMA’s internet of things (IoT) and cybersecurity activities, leading and definin...
Steve is an Industry Director for NEMA’s Transportation Systems Division. He manages sections within the division in such areas as intelligent transportation systems (ITS), electric vehicle supply equipment, and industrial imaging and communications. He is also the principle staff liaison for NEMA’s internet of things (IoT) and cybersecurity activities, leading and defining common approaches to standardization, guidelines, and architecture development while enabling connectivity, defining and simplifying interoperability, and safeguarding privacy and cybersecurity in electrotechnical and medical imaging products. Steve has more than 19 years of experience in programme/project management, and has a project management professional (PMP) certification. Before joining NEMA, he managed projects at a number of Department of Defense facilities, and at the Transportation Security Administration.
Brent Richardson
Manager, End Use Marketing-North America, Dow
Brent represents Dow’s wire and cable market segment to the utility industry in North America. Prior to joining Dow in 2007, Brent worked for nearly 25 years for Duke Energy in Charlotte. He has experience in many components of the utility business including field engineering, distribution standards, project and product management and marketing. He received a BSEE from Vir...
Brent represents Dow’s wire and cable market segment to the utility industry in North America. Prior to joining Dow in 2007, Brent worked for nearly 25 years for Duke Energy in Charlotte. He has experience in many components of the utility business including field engineering, distribution standards, project and product management and marketing. He received a BSEE from Virginia Tech and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Marc Fitzner
President, Calmec Precision
Marc Fitzner is President and Owner of Calmec Precision, a machinery manufacturing company specialising in armouring solutions for the wire and cable industry. After graduating as a professional engineer, Marc spent the last 33 years at Calmec, now in its 40th year of operation. Under Marc’s leadership, Calmec has seen a significant growth over the past 10 years, with an e...
Marc Fitzner is President and Owner of Calmec Precision, a machinery manufacturing company specialising in armouring solutions for the wire and cable industry. After graduating as a professional engineer, Marc spent the last 33 years at Calmec, now in its 40th year of operation. Under Marc’s leadership, Calmec has seen a significant growth over the past 10 years, with an emphasis on providing solutions for customers using the latest mechanical and electrical technologies. Marc has recently used his armouring process expertise to lead the development of dual strip armouring equipment, a patented process that armours cable using two strips rather than one, providing twice the throughput of conventional machines. Marc will discuss the challenges, both past and present, relating to this revolutionary development in armouring.
Andrea Valentini
Principal, Consulting Services, Argus
Andrea manages Argus’s metals consulting services in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He has travelled extensively on consultancy and research work and is a graduate in Economics from the University of Padua in Italy and holds an MBA from McGill University, Canada. He led consulting work on a number of projects, including feasibility studies for copper and aluminium-relat...
Andrea manages Argus’s metals consulting services in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He has travelled extensively on consultancy and research work and is a graduate in Economics from the University of Padua in Italy and holds an MBA from McGill University, Canada. He led consulting work on a number of projects, including feasibility studies for copper and aluminium-related projects, and participated in studies on the impact of electrification on metals demand (both in power infrastructure and in the automotive industry).
Mark Seddon
Senior Manager, Argus
Mark Seddon is Senior Manager (Metals), Consulting Services, based in London. He is responsible for Argus’ rare earths and tungsten monthly outlooks and for developing metals consulting services. With over 25 years’ experience in the commodities industry as a trader, researcher, consultant and company executive, Mark has a wealth of experience in the metals sector. After ...
Mark Seddon is Senior Manager (Metals), Consulting Services, based in London. He is responsible for Argus’ rare earths and tungsten monthly outlooks and for developing metals consulting services. With over 25 years’ experience in the commodities industry as a trader, researcher, consultant and company executive, Mark has a wealth of experience in the metals sector. After gaining a BA (Hons) Degree in European Business Administration, as well as a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Européennes de Management, Mark spent three years as a sugar trader with Louis Dreyfus, a leading global soft commodities company. The next 20 years were spent at Roskill Information Services, a leader in international metals and minerals research. In January 2001, Mark was appointed a director at Roskill and in December 2010 became the Managing Director of the company. Prior to joining Argus, he ran his own metals consulting company, Tungsten Market Research.
Bill Reichert
President, Champlain Cable Corp
Bill Reichert is the President of engineered cable company Champlain Cable in Colchester, Vermont. He has been in manufacturing industries for 37 years, most of these in wire and cable in various operations, engineering, sales and marketing, management and leadership assignments. Bill has spent the past 17 years at Champlain Cable, where he leads the company’s long-term st...
Bill Reichert is the President of engineered cable company Champlain Cable in Colchester, Vermont. He has been in manufacturing industries for 37 years, most of these in wire and cable in various operations, engineering, sales and marketing, management and leadership assignments. Bill has spent the past 17 years at Champlain Cable, where he leads the company’s long-term strategy, market leadership and profitable growth. Bill returned to Champlain in 2003 as Vice-President, Operations. He became Chief Operating Officer in January 2014 and President in 2016.
Kirk Anderson
Industry Director, Industry Director, NEMA
Kirk Anderson is Industry Director for the US National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Industrial Automation and Systems Division. He has worked with industry helping incorporate best practices through the development and application of standards for over 20 years. Kirk is actively involved with finding ways to integrate new trends, such as Smart Manufacturin...
Kirk Anderson is Industry Director for the US National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Industrial Automation and Systems Division. He has worked with industry helping incorporate best practices through the development and application of standards for over 20 years. Kirk is actively involved with finding ways to integrate new trends, such as Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 concepts — including the use of robotics and other advanced manufacturing practices — with traditional manufacturing approaches. He participates in developing standards nationally through the development of ANSI standards, and internationally by serving on a number of IEC committees. Kirk holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mechanics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Axel Schlumberger
Senior Vice President, Power Systems & Solutions, Southwire Company
Axel joined Southwire in 1997. His prior roles at the company include multiple technical and commercial positions in high-voltage cable systems, in Southwire’s utility products business and leadership of the company’s business in Canada. He is a leading expert on engineered cables and conductors, high-temperature superconductors and high-voltage cables and systems. A senio...
Axel joined Southwire in 1997. His prior roles at the company include multiple technical and commercial positions in high-voltage cable systems, in Southwire’s utility products business and leadership of the company’s business in Canada. He is a leading expert on engineered cables and conductors, high-temperature superconductors and high-voltage cables and systems. A senior member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, he is also a member of CIGRE and a contributing author of EPRI's Underground Transmission Systems Reference Book. Axel is a native of Germany and resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a master’s degree in electric energy systems and power apparatus from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.