Greg Scheu is President of the Americas region for ABB and Managing Director for the United States.
Scheu first joined ABB in 2001 and has held a variety of management positions within the company. Prior to his current roles, he served as Head of Marketing and Customer Solutions, joining the Group Executive Committee in 2012.
In 2011, Scheu was appointed North America Region Division Manager for Discrete Automation and Motion, where he oversaw the integration of Baldor Electric Company. A year later, he oversaw the acquisition of Thomas & Betts, serving as Global Integration Manager. Together, these two acquisitions more than doubled ABB’s size in North America.
Scheu also served as the North America Region Division Manager for Power Products from 2008 through 2011, and Region Division Manager for Automation Products from 2002 through 2008. Scheu began his career at ABB as Head of Global eBusiness in 2001.
Scheu began his career in 1983 when he joined Westinghouse Electric in sales and product management. In 1986, he joined Allen-Bradley, now Rockwell Automation, where he held positions in sales management and operations, eventually becoming head of global channel sales at the company’s global headquarters in Milwaukee. In 2000, Scheu was named President and CEO of Source Alliance, which ABB acquired in 2001.
Scheu sits on the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers, and is also a member of the Business Roundtable in the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware.
Robert Yeager has led Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions business since 2004. He began his career when he joined Westinghouse (now Emerson Automation Solutions) as a systems engineer in 1982. Since that time, he has held positions of increasing responsibility at Emerson, including manager of control and IS integration, manager of strategic engineering, and vice president of sales, marketing and engineering. In 2001, Yeager was named president of Emerson’s Intellution business, where he played an instrumental role in the sale of that company to General Electric and successfully led the transition of ownership. Following the sale of Intellution in 2002, he was named president of Emerson’s Process Systems Business. In 2004, he was named President of Power & Water Solutions.
Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in data and systems analysis from Carnegie Mellon and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Acclaimed author, former White House economic policy director and economist Todd Buchholz connects the dots between local and global markets, the politics that define business environments, and the people who drive it all.
In his keynote speeches, Buchholz draws on years of research into financial topics ranging from housing finance to fast-food lawsuits to the influence of competition on our lives as working members of society (Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race). His work in historical economics (New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs) brings to light past influences and trends that affect today’s economic landscapes. From Here to Economy is a trusted guide to economic literacy, simply and clearly explained. In Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office, through “compelling and fast-reading narratives” (Booklist), Buchholz examines the great ideas, and some of the failures, of several CEOs and entrepreneurs whose businesses grew to become household names.
Buchholz is an experienced and dedicated keynote speaker and media personality who is noted for his sharp wit, candid demeanor, and well-researched arguments on a broad variety of topics.
Russell Stokes is the president and chief executive officer of GE Power and a senior vice president of GE. As a 20-year GE veteran, Russell has a wide range of GE leadership experience in addition to his deep industry, company and customer knowledge. Prior to leading Power, Russell was the president and chief executive officer of GE Energy Connections, the electrification, grid and controls business of GE. He also served as the president and chief executive officer of GE Transportation, a global leader in rail, mining and marine industries.
Russell has also held numerous leadership positions in finance, operations and services within GE Transportation, GE Aviation and GE Lighting. He started his career in sales for a PC manufacturer before joining GE. In addition to his executive leadership, Russell plays an active role in the Atlanta community. He is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Atlanta Committee for Progress, Usher’s New Look Board, the Atlanta Junior Achievement Executive Committee,
and the board of The Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA. Russell graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in finance and completed GE’s Financial Management Program.