The Smart Industry 50: Class of 2018

Fifty individuals helping to advance their organizations’ digital transformations.

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“Professionally, I’m very focused on helping UPS make the jump from the industrial economy to the digital economy, from a supplier-centric supply chain to a consumer-centric supply chain, and from ‘the tightest ship in the shipping industry’ to one that is also highly adaptable and agile.”

But that path forward is anything but clear, says Amling, referencing a recent dissertation discussion with Christensen. “He told me that it would be a great contribution if I could help companies see that the most important information to their future survival is the information that has not been created yet,” Amling says. “Consequently, my prediction is that today’s method of looking at the past to predict the future will be, well, a thing of the past. 

“I like the analogy that the industrial economy is like playing chess and the digital economy is more like mixed martial arts. If you expect the right hook based on past experience, you open yourself up to being kicked in the head. Being highly agile and adaptable will rule the day.”

The Smart Industry 50: Class of 2018

Alan Amling, UPS—VP Corporate Strategy

Jolene BakerLSI Logistical SystemsSenior Manufacturing Intelligence Specialist

Billy B. BardinThe Dow Chemical CompanyGlobal Operations Technology Director


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From his early days crunching revenue forecasts for big-budget Hollywood films, Parag Vaish has long practiced making disciplined, de-risked decisions based on limited information. Today he’s in charge of consumers’ digital relationship with the Tesla brand, including their electric cars and home energy solutions—and helping to advance the company’s mission to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

Dean BartlesUniversity of New HampshireDirector, John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center

Crystal BettingerWestar EnergySupervisor of Predictive Maintenance

Steve BitarExxonMobil Research & EngineeringR&D Program Manager

Allen BlackmoreFirst SolarSolutions Architect, Business Intelligence

Randal “Scott” CarterGeorgia-PacificVP Automation Innovation

Sanjay ChoubeyBriggs + StrattonGlobal Digital Strategy & Transformation Leader

Ted ColbertBoeingCIO, SVP IT & Data Analytics

Neil CrockettRolls-Royce GroupChief Digital Officer

Paul DaughertyAccentureChief Technology & Innovation Officer

Thomas DoneyNestle Development CenterExpert Engineer

Michael DudzicArcelorMittal DofascoGeneral Manager, Industrial Automation

Jim FowlerVP & Group CIOGE

Newell FranksBurr OAK ToolChairman, CEO

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Tom Gaasenbeek likes to say he is “always up to something.” For example, he came to the early realization in 1994 that all machine tools should be connected to the internet, and celebrates November 11, 2000, as the day the world settled on XML as the standard way to do just that. Among his industry contributions is his work on the OMAC XML effort that ultimately led to MTConnect, the increasingly accepted standard now being used to allow machine tools to participate in the Industrial Internet of Things.


Tom GaasenbeekNexas NetworksCEO

Dan GamotaJabilVP Engineering & Technology Services

Jay GnuseChief IndustriesInformation Technology Director

Jens GralfsAirbus GroupVP Research & Technology

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