Digital Transformation Council (End Users Only)

The Digital Transformation Council is the place to Connect, Collaborate, Learn, and Share with peers who are digitizing and transforming their organizations.  DTC is an end user only community, technology suppliers are not allowed to participate.

Need for digital transformation for industrial organizations and cities will continue to accelerate and evolve for some time.  Every organization and municipality will need to innovate, change, and adapt.

So, where to begin? How can you determine which technologies and techniques to consider, which to prioritize, and which to reject?  The answer will certainly be different for each organization, but a good starting point is to understand the critical dimensions of the problem, because this can serve as the basis for planning.  Council members can benefit from access to community of peers. 

    Digital Transformation Council Mission

    The Digital Transformation Council seeks to enable industry, energy, and public sector professionals driving or impacted by digital transformation to keep abreast of the many emerging technologies and business trends, to learn from others on similar journeys, and to leverage these trends and technologies to achieve transformational growth.Digital Transformation for Manufacturing Industries, Infrastructure & Cities

    Council members benefit from access to community of peers.  They can tap the latest thinking from thought leaders, download research documents from the Council Library, participate in quarterly web meetings and other events, interact with ARC analysts, and request facilitated meetings with suppliers or other community members

    • The Council consists of members drawn from executives, vice presidents, and managers at end user organizations, together with representatives from ARC.
    • ARC conducts research, organizes meetings, provides venues, manages, and otherwise supports the Council.
    • Council members are expected to share information and regularly participate in a number of surveys, and will receive priority access to survey results.
    • The general direction and focus areas of the Council is set by a steering committee, consisting of a number of active members and named ARC representatives.
    • The Steering committee will meet regularly as needed, usually via web meeting

    The Digital Transformation Council provides me with an invaluable opportunity to connect and exchange with like-minded industry peers and ARC experts, enabling me to freely discuss the emerging technologies and business trends key to achieving transformational growth.  This global network not only helps me to keep track of the rapid development of digital trends, but also provides inspiration to successfully drive our own digital transformation journey in manufacturing. 

    CovestroJane Arnold
    Executive Vice President, Global Process Control

    Council Membership Rules

    1. The Digital Transformation Council is a community for professional networking and collaboration. It exists to encourage the open exchange of ideas. Engagement drives the value of the council for both the community and individual members, so regular participation by members is encouraged.
    2. Council members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional, respectful manner in all Council interactions.
    3. Members may download ARC content for their own use and convenience, but may not share or distribute these materials without prior approval from ARC.
    4. Council members are expected to share information and regularly participate by completing surveys. These surveys typically take less than 10 minutes to complete, and fall into two principal categories:
      • Topical surveys designed to gather information to be used in support of ARC research. Members are expected to complete a minimum of 4 of these surveys per year. Published results will contain only aggregate data, with no identifying information about the member or the member’s organization.
      • User preference surveys designed to better understand the interests of Council members. Ideally, each member will complete each of these surveys in a timely manner.
    5. ARC reserves the right to remove any member who does not comply with the above.

    Steering Committee Members

    The role of the Digital Transformation Council Steering Committee is to serve as the central governing body of the DTC under the shared decision-making model. Specifically, the role of the Steering Committee is to provide:

    • Input to strategy
    • Input to policies and rules
    • Day-to-day decision making
    • Web Meeting topics and agenda
    • Obtain approvals by DTC

    Jane ArnoldJane Arnold

    Exec. Vice President, Global Process Control Technology

    Jane has been the Head of Global Process Control Technology at Covestro since 2017.  She joined the Bayer group in 2005 at the Baytown, Texas production site. Jane has a degree in Mathematics and 30 years of experience in process control technology.  Her responsibilities include all systems, instrumentation, and electrical power that run Covestro production facilities at over 30 sites globally.  Jane's major focus is to improve digitalization in manufacturing with a goal of developing a cognitive digital plant.

    Brian PersteinBrian Perlstein

    Digital Manufacturing Enterprise Architect
    Owens Corning

    Brian is focused on identifying and deploying solutions that help drive digital transformation in the manufacturing environment.  He is an innovative thought leader with 25 years of broad experience in delivering both traditional and progressive transformational digital technology solutions.  Prior to joining Owens Corning, Brian held various roles, including Director of GE Digital’s Brilliant Factory Digital Lab, that have helped to shape his knowledge and thought leadership in the Industry 4.x/ Smart Manufacturing space.

    Joseph SanguinettiJoseph Sanguinetti

    Technical Leader
    General Mills

    Joe is the Technical Leader in Engineering for the General Mills Supply Chain organization, with 25 years of experience at the company. In his current role, he is focused on how to leverage smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 in the digitization of the supply chain.

    Jesus Flores-CerrilloJesus Flores-Cerrillo

    Associate R&D Director

    Jesus has 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of advanced process control, advanced analytics solutions and monitoring technologies.  Jesus has been with Praxair since 2004 where he currently manages the R&D Smart Operations Group.

    Brent KedzierskiBrent Kedzierski

    Head of Shell Learning Strategy and Innovation
    Shell International

    Brent has driven global strategies at Shell for nearly 20 years and currently leads Royal Dutch Shell’s efforts to leverage simulation based learning as a strategic and competitive capability. Brent also manages all learning portfolios across Downstream Manufacturing as well as Manufacturing’s journey to leverage digitization for learning.

    Mary Beth SeasholtzMary Beth Seasholtz

    Technology Principal Data Services

    Mary Beth obtained her undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania.  She then studied at the University of Washington and obtained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and an MS in Applied Mathematics in 1992.  Since then she has worked at Dow in Midland, Michigan.  Mary Beth has been a leader in the use of data science in chemical manufacturing across her whole career.  This work has most recently been recognized with the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Award, 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award, and 2016 High Achiever Manufacturing Leadership Award.  She considers herself fortunate to live in a house on a lake with her husband of 29 years and three boys who are now young men.

    Vivek GuptaVivek Gupta

    Assistant VP & Head-Instrumentation
    DCM Shriram Limited-Kota

    Vivek has more than thirty years of experience in the field of industrial control & instrumentation (C&I). Since 2006, he has served as Head of Instrumentation and Team Lead for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for DCM Shriram Limited in India. Vivek was designated a Distinguished Instrumentation Professional under District 14 of ISA in October, 2016.

    Todd AnslingerTodd Anslinger

    Industrial IoT Center of Excellence Lead

    Todd has 25 years of experience in oil and gas process control and SCADA systems design and implementation as well as researching new technologies.  Todd leads the IIoT strategic direction within Chevron while influencing key automation supplier’s product roadmaps in order to help Chevron “win in any environment.”

    Greg GorbachGreg Gorbach

    Vice President, Digitization and IoT
    ARC Advisory Group

    Greg spearheads ARC's transformative technologies for industry initiatives, including Analytics and Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobility, and Industrial Internet of Things.

    Mike GuilfoyleMike Guilfoyle

    Vice President
    ARC Advisory Group

    Over two decades, Michael has assisted organizations, including numerous Fortune 500 companies, in identifying and capitalizing on growth opportunities presented by the modernization of the energy, technology, and telecommunications industries.

    Valentijn de LeeuwValentijn de Leeuw

    Vice President
    ARC Advisory Group

    Valentijn's responsibilities include research and consulting in the process industries, with a focus on clients in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

    Mark Sen GuptaMark Sen Gupta

    Research Director
    ARC Advisory Group

    Mark assists clients with their digital transformation initiatives, providing a particular focus on how digital transformation affects people and the organization.  He also leads ARC's research of process automation, process safety, SCADA, and terminal automation.