Robert Half Management Resources – Vice President
Ping’s background is in Big 4 Accounting (EY and KPMG), and he brings over 15 years of corporate tax and finance management experience plus 6 years of client service and business development. He currently serves clients across industries, including financial services, healthcare, insurance, software, manufacturing, media, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, and not-for-profit.
Ping serves as Vice President for Robert Half’s accounting and finance consulting division, Management Resources. Within this role, externally, he works with executive clients in the areas of accounting and finance on their senior-level hiring needs. Internally, he manages client relationships, marketing, and the implementation of strategies for revenue growth, as well as the development and execution of key strategic initiatives for his team’s operations.
Ping is passionate about giving back to the community and is an active board member and volunteer of various local and national nonprofit organizations. He is also a mentor to students at Drexel, Penn State, Rutgers, and Temple and guides students in terms of their studies and internship opportunities.
Ping grew up in Philadelphia, and he is a graduate of Drexel University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance at Drexel University, and he also has a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Business Management from the Keller Management School of Business. Ping is fluent in Cantonese and proficient in Mandarin. Ping met his wife on their first day of college. They live in Bucks County with their two children and their dogs, Max and Cody.
Chief Operating Officer
BriGene Biosciences – Associate Director
Kevin grew up in Philadelphia and attended Penn State University, earning both a bachelor’s degree and MBA. He has over a decade of sales and marketing experience in the financial, industrial gas, and bio-pharma industries. He has specialized in collaborating with executive teams on strategy development and solving complex business problems. Currently, Kevin is an Associate Director at BriGene Biosciences. Kevin is passionate about diversity and inclusion. He co-founded and chaired an ERG for Asian American employees at Air Products. Kevin lives with his beautiful wife and two boys in Greater Philadelphia.
Vice President, WIN and DE&I
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health – Director for Community Engagement and Supplier Diversity
Bridgett Battles leads community engagement for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health – a major anchor institution in Greater Philadelphia. Jefferson is the fifth largest employer and the provider of the largest number of hospital beds in the region. She plays a key role in building Jefferson’s relationships with community organizations and partners.
Bridgett leads conversations on supplier diversity with Jefferson’s external stakeholders. An essential part of her role is to collaborate and cultivate meaningful relationships that impact and improve the lives of the diverse communities Jefferson serves through engagement in workforce readiness, celebrating small businesses and acting as a resource for health and welfare.
In collaboration with Jefferson’s Supply Chain Department, Bridgett launched Supply Chain Connect to offer diverse potential suppliers the opportunity to pitch their business virtually, and get help in preparing their presentations. Jefferson’s Supplier Diversity program is designed to connect more minority, women, veteran, persons with disabilities, and LGBT-owned small businesses to opportunities at Jefferson.
Chief Information Officer
Greenwood CRE – Practice Partner
Tommy serves as a Practice Partner working with Brian Edmonds in the Greenwood CRE Philadelphia office. He possesses over eleven years of experience, with the last eight in exclusive Tenant Representation and Corporate Services Advisory. Day to day, Tommy advises his corporate clients in leasing, acquiring, and disposing of commercial real estate assets.
A licensed and seasoned corporate real estate professional, Tommy focuses on Corporate Services for office and industrial tenant representation, property dispositions/acquisitions, portfolio management, and long-term strategic planning. His experience also includes advisory in the new FASB & IASB lease accounting standards that will be taking effect at the end of 2021 for private companies (amended Q4 2020).
Professionally, he was nominated and awarded 40 Under 40 by AL DIA News Media for the class of 2021.
Tommy is a graduate of Temple University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. During his undergraduate studies, he was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse Team.
Tommy is multilingual, fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, and has dual citizenship in the US and Hong Kong.
Yi Z. Lin
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Comcast – Director of Finance
Yi has lived most of his life in the Philadelphia area. He graduated from Central High School and studied Accounting and Economics at Temple University. He proceeded to work in Public Accounting (Grant Thornton) where he earned his CPA. He continued his corporate career at Comcast, working in the accounting group for the first 3 years and then moving into Finance Operations (6+years). He currently lives in Montgomery County with his wife and two children.
Vice President, Social Media
Experienced IT Audit Risk Analyst – Chubb
Catherine Rheault is an Experienced IT Risk Analyst at Chubb Insurance, the largest publicly traded P&C in the world. She graduated Temple University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management Information Systems while also pursuing a minor in Accounting. She joined NAAAP in 2019 and is responsible for NAAAP PHL’s social media platforms and collaborating with the Marketing team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, staying active, and exploring new places.
Vice President, Financial Advisor, Portfolio Management Director, and Insurance Planning Director with Morgan Stanley
Solomon Kim is a Vice President, Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager, and Insurance Planning Director with Morgan Stanley. Solomon joined Morgan Stanley in 2013. He graduated with a B.A.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Solomon values a holistic approach to financial management with a focus on understanding the relationship between clients, their families, and their finances.
Solomon started his financial career in 1999 working for PBHG Funds in Chesterbrook, PA. He transitioned to First Union Bank in 2001 and held various roles including branch manager. He was recruited to Allianz Life as they launched a new broker dealer, US Allianz Securities. There he helped to establish the broker dealer’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic region and spearheaded its Multicultural programs. After a consolidation of all operations to Minnesota, Solomon left US Allianz Securities and joined a boutique life insurance practice working with complex insurance solutions and structuring large insurance portfolios. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Solomon ran his own successful life insurance practice.
Solomon serves on the board of the Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia, on the advisory board of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and is active in the nonprofit community. He is an active member of his church where he serves as an Elder. He lives in Blue Bell, PA with his wife, Betsey, and their three children, Joshua, Hannah, and James.
Dayi (Miriam) Shou
Vice President, Professional Development
PwC – Digital Risk Solutions Director
“Miriam has over 12 years of experience as a data, analytics, and automation specialist in the Digital Risk Solutions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She specializes in providing insight into challenges that client face today. Utilizing the latest tools in data mining, visualization, and robotics, she helps clients explore data and easily digest complex information. She provides clients a path to repeatable solutions, self-service BI, and standardized data methodologies that can be leveraged across platforms. Miriam has helped clients across multiple industries develop strategic long-term data analytics vision, implement repeatable procedures through automation that improves productivity and reduces costs, construct key performance metric definition and reporting, and address compliance with handling of high risk and sensitive data.
As a recipient of the United Way 2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Next Generation Leader Award, Miriam serves as the Philadelphia Pan Asian Community leader and Risk Assurance Women’s Committee Program Leader at PwC. She sits on the Board Development Committee for Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and Executive Committee for National Association of Asian American Professionals Philadelphia Chapter. Miriam graduated from Pennsylvania State University Smeal School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems.”
Vice President, Finance
Business Operations Executive
Viviana is a high-energy, enterprising, tenacious Business Operations Executives with years of expertise leading process and performance improvement strategies that had enhanced fiscal target, community/client relationship, and realizing cost savings. She enjoys Strategic Planning to drive operational efficiencies and effective spending. She is multilingual in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.
Vice President, Community Relations
Wells Fargo – Vice President, Technology Manager
Noel is a Technology Manager in Technology Infrastructure at Wells Fargo with 25 years in a leadership role. He is a graduated with a Bachelor in Information Science from Widener University and a Master’s degree in Computer Information Science from La Salle University.
Noel is a Board Member of Asian American Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia, President of the Peirce Alumni Association Board, and a Board member of the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association. Within Wells Fargo, Noel is the Chair of Wells Fargo Site Diversity Team.
Vice President, Marketing & Media
Comcast – Senior Manager
Shawn is Senior Manager of Marketing Operations with Comcast, XFINITY Mobile. Shawn is responsible for the Go to Market activities for Xfinity Mobile and for executing marketing efforts to gain new customers and maintain current subscriber base. Previously, Shawn has worked for Deloitte, Rohm & Haas company (now Dow Chemical) and McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals. Shawn holds an International MBA and Masters in Marketing from Temple University and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Drexel University. Shawn was one of the founding committee leads for Asian Pacific Americans employee resource group and currently serves as the APA Lead. He enjoys teaching and giving back to the community that helped raised him.
Vice President, Public Relations
Independence Blue Cross – Manager, Internal Communications and Engagement
Joel Catindig is a creative leader with twenty plus years of experience in design and visual communications. Most recently manager of internal communications and engagement at Independence, Joel provides oversight of internal communications across the family of companies. Joel actively supports the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts and is a co-founder of imPACT, the Asian American Pacific Islander business resource group. He serves as a board advisor for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and serves as an officer for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Philadelphia Chapter. Joel had previously worked at Cendant Corporation, a business and consumer services company, in various creative roles, supporting such brands as Avis, Budget, Wyndham Worldwide, Century 21 Real Estate, and Cheap Tickets. Previous experiences include positions at various design agencies. Joel attended Rutgers – Camden with a major in Fine Arts. He enjoys spending time with his kids and their various activities. Joel is an active endurance athlete who has participated in numerous Ironman Triathlon events.
Vice President, Public Relations
Independence Blue Cross – Senior Project Manager
David is a Senior Project Manager at Independence with over 14 years of experience in providing solution-driven results for his clients. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he oversees projects involving various areas of the business, manages project teams, and regularly communicates with senior management to meet company objectives. David is also actively involved in Independence’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and co-founded its Asian American Pacific Islander associate resource group, imPACT. Outside of work, David enjoys exercising, trying new restaurants, and spending time with his family. He graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration.
Sunnaret (Sunny) Eang
Director at WhartonHill Investment Advisors
Sunnaret (Sunny) is a Director at WhartonHill Investment Advisors where she works with clients in all aspects of financial planning and serves on the firm’s Investment Committee. Previously, Sunny worked at Brown Brothers Harriman, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and most recently at JPMorgan Private Bank where she serviced clients comprising predominantly women and minority business owners.
Sunny currently sits on the Strategic Advisory Group for Innovate Capital Growth Fund, a Philadelphia-based private equity fund focused on small and middle market minority-controlled businesses operating predominantly in the Mid-Atlantic region. She also serves on the Associate Advisory Board for Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & South Jersey, as well as the Advisory Board for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.
Director, Project Logistics
FMC Corporation – Global Regulatory Specialist
Gloria Chung works for FMC Corporation in Global Regulatory Affairs as a Global Regulatory Specialist in Philadelphia, PA. She collaborates with global, regional, and country registration managers to support international product registrations and documents. Prior to joining Global Regulatory Affairs, Gloria worked in Research & Development at FMC’s Stine Research Center in Newark, DE. She started her career in FMC Corporation in 2017 in Formulations, where she increased formulation efficiency, performance, quality, safety, and cost. She then worked in the Analytical team, where she provided support to process and formulations development, product chemistry, regulatory sciences, operations, and discovery.
Gloria earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry from Millersville University in 2017. She also earned her Masters of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry from Villanova University in 2021.
Director, Project Management
FMC Corporation – North America Accounting Manager
Wendy Yip is the North America Accounting Manager for FMC Corporation, an agricultural sciences company, headquarters in Philadelphia. As the Accounting Manager, she works closely with the shared service centers as well as regional controller, providing oversight and guidance related to recording business transactions, account analyses and reconciliations, and monthly/quarterly financial closings. Wendy is also actively involved in the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts and is a co-lead of Asians Zone of Networking (AZN), a subsidiary of The Bridge, FMC’s multicultural Employee Resource Group.
Prior to joining FMC Corporation in 2013, she worked as senior auditor with Deloitte and Kreischer Miller, where she served clients in a variety of different industries including: registered investment corporations, not-for-profit organizations, manufacturing and distribution companies. Outside of work, Wendy enjoys running, volunteering, gardening, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and spending time with her family and friends.
Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting with minors in Economics and Management Information Systems from the University of Delaware and her MBA with concentration in Data Intelligent from Saint Joseph’s University. She holds an active CPA license in Pennsylvania.
Wendy is also a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). Previously, she served on the PICPA Community Involvement Committee and Executive Committee. Wendy received the 2019 PICPA Young Leader Award. She is bilingual in English and Cantonese.
USLI, a Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Company – IT Engineer
Tru Huynh is an IT Engineer and leads the IT team for USLI, a Berkshire Hathaway insurance company. He joined NAAAP in 2020 as Director, College Relations and has worked on the scholarship program to provide scholarships to young Asian American leaders entering college and university.
Tru’s interests include DEI and helping under served communities. He has mentored 7th and 8th graders and helped 3rd and 4th graders in a reading assistance program. He believes that education and empathy are important to fighting the challenges that face diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Tru currently resides in Malvern and splits his time there and with his girlfriend in Delaware. He is a lifelong learner and lover of all things science, technology, music and physical fitness.
Board of Directors
Sanofi North America – Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Subarna Malakar is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Sanofi North America. He is also a member of the North America H.R. Leadership team and an Advisory Member of the U.S. and Canadian Executive Diversity and Inclusion Councils for Sanofi.
In his current role, Subarna builds the D&I foundation and lead a comprehensive and measurable diversity, equity and inclusion strategy integrated with the overall business and talent strategies. He drives D&I strategy and initiatives to embrace and leverage diversity within the organization, support Sanofi’s diverse patient and customer base and achieve the Company’s global diversity and inclusion vision.
Prior to Sanofi, he was with FMC Corporation, a leading agricultural sciences company, where he was Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer. He has more than 25 years of professional experience with 14 years in diversity, equity & inclusion, corporate responsibility, culture change management, and organizational and talent development, working for global companies including Ahold Delhaize, Thomson Reuters, Unilever, and Sodexo.
Subarna holds an MBA from Temple University: Fox School of Business, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, and a Certificate in Leadership Academy from Harvard University.
Subarna is a U.S. Army veteran and currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.
Edwin A. Empaynado
Advocare, LLC – Managing Partner, Care Center Vice President
Edwin Empaynado is Board Certified in General Surgery, Board Certified in Colon and Rectal Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is licensed by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners and has been in private practice in the South Jersey area for the past 15 years. His focus of interest has been in minimally invasive surgery for the diagnosis and treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the colon. Ed has serviced the South Jersey population with surgical privileges at Virtua Health System, Jefferson Health South Jersey, and Centennial Surgical Center. He is an active member of the Virtua Health Performance Improvement Committee and has been involved with Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine General Surgery Residency Program. Edwin has previously been recognized by his peers through SJ Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, and Healthy Living Magazine with “Top Doc” honors in his specialty.
Edwin is a managing partner in Advocare Colon and Rectal Surgical Specialists, a subdivision of Advocare, LLC, where he is the Care Center Vice President of two office locations in South Jersey. Ed is also active at the corporate level of Advocare, LLC, an independent, physician owned and governed multi-specialty medical organization with a footprint throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia metro area. He is currently a member of the Advocare Governance Committee and Board of Managers, as well as a former member of the Market Development Committee.
Edwin received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University Eberly College of Science, where he also served as a teaching assistant in the Departments of Physiology and Histology. He earned a Medical Doctorate degree from UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ and completed a General Surgery internship/residency program at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ. He pursued additional Fellowship training in the subspecialty of Colon and Rectal Surgery as a Fellow at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA.
Ed was born in the Philippines and grew up in Central New Jersey. He currently resides in South Jersey with his wife and two boys for the past 15 years and enjoys sports, food, and travel.
Henlius (Aton Bio) – Chief Business Officer
Min Park is the Chief Business Officer of Henlius (Aton Bio). He has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry – spanning small molecule, large molecule, innovative technologies, and cutting-edge cell and gene therapies – across progressively senior levels of responsibility in marketing, business development, and executive leadership. With a history of notable successes in managing growth-focused global teams, he has a proven command of marketing, sales force effectiveness, marketing/sales integration, product and brand management, and strategy. In his previous careers, Min has held senior roles at Abzena, Catalent, Samsung Biologics, DSM, PDI, and Warner-Lambert. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration in Marketing from Montclair State University, and is bilingual in English and Korean.
ECA Recruiters – Managing Partner
David’s career has primarily been in the healthcare industry in such roles as new business development, account management, customer relationship management and most recently both talent acquisition and career development. Graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, he was initially recruited to join Marion Laboratories, one of Fortune Magazine’s “America’s most admired companies” in a professional pharmaceutical sales career. After winning numerous regional and national sales awards, being selected as a regional trainer and management development candidate, he continued his career selling surgical implants and capital equipment for Allergan and Picker Medical to some of our nation’s most prestigious academic institutions and surgeons in the Philadelphia region. He transitioned his career to an executive recruiter over a decade ago joining ECA Recruiters, a firm with nearly four decades of history of placing sales people and sales managers nationwide. In this role, David has developed dozens of Fortune 500 and start up clients, placed hundreds of individuals in new careers throughout the nation and is often a confidant and resource to those individuals seeking career guidance. David is also a very active community leader. He’s a current board member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, Philadelphia Chapter.
For over a decade, he’s also been a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America – Cradle of Liberty Council holding many roles, including an executive board member, Council Advancement Committee Chairman and an Assistant Scoutmaster. David also volunteers his time coaching community based baseball and football youth programs.
Comcast – Vice President Human Resources – Organizational Capability
Alice is currently a Vice President of Human Resources focusing on Organizational Capability for Comcast Cable Headquarters in Philadelphia. In this role Alice is focused on organizational design, structure and optimization of the workforce by linking business strategies to the people processes and people interactions that accelerate collation and drive organizational effectiveness.
Prior to this role Alice was the Human Resources Business Partner for Cable HQ Content Acquisitions, Finance, Human Resources, and Military Affairs where she designed people strategies across these teams through talent management planning, diversity strategies and succession planning.
Alice also spent time leading HR for Comcast Spectacor whose core businesses include the Wells Fargo Center arena and complex, as well as a portfolio of professional sports teams that include the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. Additionally, Alice led HR for Spectra, a Hospitality firm specializing in Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality.
Alice was born in Taipei, Taiwan before her family immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been in the Philadelphia area for almost 20 years.
Spectrum – President/Owner
Peggy Kelly joined Spectrum, A Certified Herman Miller Dealer, in March 2013 as President. Spectrum takes an innovative approach that transforms office workspaces. Before Spectrum, she came from Herman Miller, a leading furniture design firm based in Michigan where she spent three years, most recently as Vice President, Global Seating. Here she obtained experience setting direction for the seating division from inception of products globally to design and development to sales launch, marketing and sell through strategies for seating portfolio. Peggy has a proven track record building new organizations, achieving bottom-line results and developing talent. Peggy currently resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Executive Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity & Community Engagement Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health
Lisette Martinez leads Jefferson’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to ensure excellence in education, research and patient care. Since starting at Jefferson in May 2020, she has led the first comprehensive strategic plan for diversity in the institution’s 196-year history. That plan includes a 30% goal for diversity in leadership, dialogue-building initiatives, resource centers for students, professional development, and a supplier mentorship program.
From developing results-oriented diversity and inclusion programs, to building strong relationships with community organizations and government agencies, Martinez works to ensure that all parts of Jefferson reflect the diverse cultures it serves.
Working closely with Jefferson’s President and CEO, Dr. Stephen Klasko, she has been at the forefront of Jefferson’s response to issues of racial inequity, while nurturing an environment of dialogue and growth within the organization.
Prior to Joining Jefferson she was Yale New Haven Health System’s Inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Before joining Yale, Lisette Martinez was the System Director of Diversity and Language Services at TriHealth.
Lisette has been a board member of Girls Scouts of CT and also New Haven Works. She was previously a board member of the Greater Cincinnati Community Action Agency. She was also a board member of the Diversity Advisory Council for the Cincinnati Reds.
Lisette is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Lisette was the recipient of the 2016 top 100 under 50 Executive Leaders award by Diversity MBA magazine and was a Forty under 40 awardee in 2012. She was one of the first women in Cincinnati to receive the Women of Influence Award by Lead Magazine in 2013. Most recently she was honored by Major League Baseball with the SEAT 21 award that recognizes individuals who embody the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente.
Lisette graduated with Delta Epsilon Sigma honors from Thomas More University with an MBA in May of 2006; and received her BBA from the University of Cincinnati in August of 1996. She has one daughter, Giselle Sophia, 22 who is a graduate student at American University in Washington D.C. Lisette is a native of Detroit, Michigan and of Puerto Rican descent, speaks fluent Spanish and is in love with her culture. She is always proud to share her Puerto Rican heritage with everyone she meets; and enjoys cooking her famous arroz con habichuelas (rice & beans) for her friends and family.
Coho Partners, Ltd. – Chief Financial Officer
Cindy is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Coho Partners, Ltd. where she is responsible for executing the company’s financial strategy and overseeing all aspects of its financial operations. With 23 years in the financial industry, Cindy has experience in finance and accounting operations and reporting, M&A, corporate restructurings, digital transformation, product development, and due diligence programs. She previously worked at Valley Forge Capital Management, Aberdeen Standard Investments, TIFF Advisory Service, Inc. and Ernst & Young, LLP.
Cindy also serves as a board member and finance committee chair for the Wilma Theater, is a founding board member of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of Ascend, and a founding board member of the Women in Investing Network.
AstraZeneca – Head of the Cardiovascular Renal and Metabolism (CVRM) Pediatric Center of Excellence
Dr. Pamela Zee leads the Cardiovascular Renal and Metabolism (CVRM) Pediatric Center of Excellence for AstraZeneca. She is a clinical development physician leader and pediatric trial expert with over 14 years of drug development experience. As a cross functional matrix leader, Pam has made important contributions to the development of products spanning the immunoscience, metabolics, renal and cardiovascular therapeutic areas.
Pam earned her B.A. and M.D. degrees at Vassar College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), respectively. After an internal medicine residency, she built an academic clinical practice as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ for almost 10 years before joining the pharmaceutical industry.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania – Adjunct Professor
Former President and CEO of CRC Industries
Perry was the former President and CEO at CRC Industries and had a passion for transforming organizations and inspiring others to achieve superior results.
Throughout his career, he has consistently accelerated growth and enhanced profitability by building top-performing teams, identifying new go-to-market opportunities, and creating a competitive advantage through operational efficiency and digital enablement. Perry combines a tech foundation with broad expertise across alobal P&L management, operations, business development, and sales and experience in industries spanning startups to multibillion-dollar organizations. He is a diversity and inclusion champion who leads with a commitment to open communication and continuous improvement.
Senior Vice President at Veolia
Akshar Awalgaonkar is a Senior Vice President at Veolia & currently serves as Global Chief Procurement Officer for their Water Technologies & Solutions Group. Prior to taking this responsibility, Akshar has led global teams during his progressive career with Fortune 500 companies such as GE, AbbVie, Walgreens Boots Alliance & Whirlpool Corporation. Throughout his career, Akshar is known to drive accelerated cross functional transformations and enhanced profitability by building top-performing teams.
Akshar holds an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Master of Science in industrial engineering & supply chain management from Oklahoma State University. He secured his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Pune University, India. Akshar is a certified lean / six sigma black belt as well as Project Management Professional (PMP).
In his personal and professional journey spanning over the last two decades, Akshar has served on various diversity and employee resource groups. He currently serves as Global Executive Sponsor for Veolia’s Women Network. Along with serving as mentor and coach to many talented professionals, he also engages with various business school students on topics of leadership, supply chain & organizational transformation. Akshar is a sought-out speaker in various leadership & supply chain conferences and recently he delivered the keynote presentation at Annual Chief Procurement Officer’s summit held in Dallas, Texas.