Professor Haim Mendelson
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Haim Mendelson is the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professor of Electronic Business and Commerce, and Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been full professor at Stanford since 1989, following ten years of service at the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester. He has been elected Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Society in recognition of outstanding intellectual contributions to the Information Systems discipline. He has published more than a hundred research papers and more than forty company case studies. His work was published in leading journals in the areas of information systems, management science, finance, economics and statistics. He coauthored the book Survival of the Smartest that introduced the concept of Organizational IQ to quantify the ability of a company or organization to use information to make quick and effective decisions.
At the University of Rochester, he received a University Mentor award in recognition of outstanding service to the University, managed a large-scale research center studying the management of information systems, and was the Computer and Information Systems Area Coordinator. At Stanford he serves or served as codirector of the Value Chain Innovation Initiative; codirector of the Global Supply Chain Management Forum; codirector of the Center for Electronic Business and Commerce; the Operations, Information and Technology Area Coordinator; director of the executive programs on Building Innovative Leaders, Electronic Commerce, and Information Strategy for Competitive Advantage; codirector of the executive programs on Strategic Uses of Information Technology and Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Information Technology Industry; member of the Editorial Board of the Stanford University Press; and Chair of the University’s faculty committee overseeing distributed computing and administrative information systems. He teaches electronic business and commerce and leads the School’s efforts in incorporating their implications into its curriculum and research. He is or has been Associate Editor or member of the Editorial Board of Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Information Systems Research.
Professor Mendelson has been a consultant to leading high-technology companies, stock exchanges, financial services companies, management consulting companies, and industrial companies. Prior to joining academia, he served as Chief Systems Analyst of the Logistics Information Systems Center of the Israel Defense Forces. He teaches in a number of executive education programs in the areas of electronic commerce, innovation, business models, information technology strategy, organizational change, entrepreneurship, financial modeling, and general management.
Ted Samotis, HP WW Director of Corrugated GTM for the PageWide Industrial business, has been involved in the graphic packaging industry for over twenty years, and he is a passionate innovator and leader in the digital transformation of the corrugated industry.
Prior to joining HP, Ted lead the formation and growth of Georgia-Pacific’s Hummingbird digital packaging arm in North America. Hummingbird was the first in North America to install a T400S and T1100 for corrugated pre-print application.
Ted has extensive experience in the graphic packaging and display industry having served in diverse roles from supervisor to Vice President and General Manager with multiple organizations, including Chesapeake Corporation, Menasha Packaging, and Georgia-Pacific.
Prior to joining the business community, Ted served as an officer in the U.S. Army upon his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point.
Ted and his wife, Suzette, reside in Erlanger, KY where they raised their five children.
WW Director of Corrugated GTM
HP PageWide Industrial
President & Co-Owner
Richard Brown has over 35 years’ experience in the packaging industry, mainly in sales and general management with companies such as Kent H. Landsberg (now Orora®), and Richter Manufacturing (now Pregis®). For the past 17 years he has led The BoxMaker®, a diversified packaging company and sheet plant serving the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
The BoxMaker was an early adopter of digital print for corrugated, launching the industry’s first complete web-to-print e-commerce solution for fully customizable packaging (Fantastapack.com) and presently operates one of North America’s highest capacity digital production centers for corrugated products, featuring the HP PageWide C500 Press and numerous automated CAD tables for die-less finishing.
Richard enjoys sharing his knowledge with brand owners, agencies, and other packaging firms in an effort to help them receive the many benefits of digital print and finishing for their brand and supply chain. Richard is a frequent writer and presenter to the industry, where he shares openly about his experiences with this rapidly developing technology.