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Kenneth McKethan, Jr.
Globalization Project Manager
Tivoli Systems, IBM

Kenneth (Sandy) McKethan, Jr. is a globalization project manager for IBM’s Tivoli division. He is a foreign language professional with over 30 years’ experience in various facets of the language industry: as a translator (German, Russian, French) and interpreter (German-English-German); in recruiting, sales, marketing, and international business development; vendor management; as well as project management. Related work experience includes over eight years in Germany and Austria. McKethan holds a B.A. in Russian from UNC-Chapel Hill, MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and a German-government certified technical interpreter and translator (Staatlich geprüfter Dolmetscher und Übersetzer für die englische Sprache [Technik]). He holds the rank of Lt Col in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) where for the past three years, he has served on staff of the Mission Aircrew School, Camp Atterbury, IN. McKethan is also a licensed glider pilot. Other interests include: history, hiking, camping, classical music and foreign languages. McKethan makes his home in rural Harnett Co., NC, with his wife of 39 years, Joanna.

Arvind Malhotra
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Kenan-Flalger Business School, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

IT-based innovation, knowledge management, virtual teams, inter-organizational information sharing and strategic use of information technology are areas of expertise of entrepreneurship professor Arvind Malhotra.

His research projects include studying successful innovative organizational and inter-organizational structures; adoption of innovative technologies, such as wireless, by consumers and organizations; and knowledge sharing in supply chains.

Dr. Malhotra has received research grants from the Society for Information Managers Advanced Practices Council, Dell, Carnegie-Bosche Institute, National Science Foundation, RosettaNet consortium, UNC-Small Grants Program and the Marketing Sciences Institute.

He has consulted, conducted applied research projects or led executive development workshops with Sprint, Exxon Mobil, RosettaNet Consortium, American Golf Corporation, Cisco, IBM, ING Direct and Cargill Sweeteners.

His papers have been published in leading academic journals such as Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Knowledge Management and Communications of the ACM. He received the best paper award from MIS Quarterly, the top information science journal, in 2001. Two of his papers have earned the prestigious Society for Information Managers Best Paper Award.

He received his PhD in business administration and his MS in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California. He earned his BE in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Delhi.

Simon Power
IT Manager
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Simon is a 10 year Cisco veteran responsible for delivering tools to support virtual teams and the futurology of workspaces both physical and virtual.

During the white hot growth of the late 1990’s he was responsible for delivering 300,000 msq of Cisco offices in 54 countries across the Europe, Middle Eastern and African regions. Since 2000 he has been delivering Cisco’s own technology solutions with facilities, HR and Security to optimzse the working environment.

He was an author of Cisco’s new product offering Cisco Connected Real Estate and its offshoots in Education and Government Sectors. He has been keynote speaker Expo PROP IT, The London Conference on Governance and resource optimization and has hosted IFMA (International facilities Managers Association) on futurology – the workplace of tomorrow.

He recently relocated to the US to work on Collaboration tools and virtual environments

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