Vice Chairman N. America
Michael Tennefoss is Aruba’s Vice President of IoT and Strategic Partnerships, responsible for the company’s ecosystem of technology partners and strategic initiatives including the Internet of Things and blockchain. Michael has more than 34 years of product management and marketing experience in the networking and automation industries. Prior to joining Aruba in 2007, he was the Vice President of Marketing at Meru Networks, Echelon Corporation, and Vindicator Technologies.
Board Member (NIFCO)
Takaaki Nakamura has led Home Solutions Company in Nifco as a product manager including marketing & sales. Nifco’s products have been seen everywhere within a few meters around our surroundings from consumer products to automotive devices. One of the typical products Takaaki developed is Swiffer which has been explosively popular in the Asia market. Prior to that, he contributed to many automotive products development in Nifco’s automotive division after graduating.
John has worked for a number of technology companies, starting off in semiconductor design at Philips and National Semiconductor, he moved into sales and marketing giving him a broad background to manage technical opportunities. He became EMEA technical director for Fairchild when this was spun out of National. After leaving Fairchild he had a variety of roles in the venture capital market and then worked for Ember before taking the role as Northern European and Middle East sales director for EnOcean where he has worked for the last 10 years. John is leading a number of initiatives in the smart building, smart energy and industrial markets with his main focus on IoT integration of EnOcean.
Thomas is the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Diversity Officer at Titanium Intelligent Solutions. He develops marketing and business strategies increasing Titanium’s market coverage and customer solutions. Prior to Titanium, Thomas was Director in the Global Liquidity Risk Management group at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch & Co. He was responsible for global liquidity risk reporting with a liquidity pool of over $400 billion. He has lived and worked in Tokyo, London, and Rotterdam. Thomas was an adjunct professor of financial management at The Parsons School of Design. He received an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree from The Principia College. Thomas served in the U.S. Marine Corps.