Former SVP and Managing Director, Global Procurement, Wal-Mart
Ken Eaton was responsible for the direct sourcing of products globally for Wal-Mart's retail stores in the United States and around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Korea, and Japan (partial interest). He had 1200 associates in his organization, at 20 sourcing offices in 17 different countries, Their mission was to work directly with suppliers and factories to develop global buying plans for Wal-Mart retail stores. Eaton reported directly to Mr. Tom Coughlin, Vice Chairman of the Board of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Ken joined Wal-Mart in 1987, working in the beginning stages of HyperMart/Supercenters. He served Wal-Mart Stores as Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Accessories and Intimate Apparel; Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Men and Boys Apparel Mart Stores; and Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Jewelry and Shoes Merchandising. In 2001, he became the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Wal-Mart Global Procurement.
Management Consultant and Author, Former Global Leader,
Strategy, E-Commerce Practices, McKinsey & Company
John Hagel has over 25 years of experience as a management consultant with a focus on defining actionable business strategies to create business value, accelerating near-term performance improvement goals, and targeting longer-term growth options.
Prior to forming his own consulting practice, John served as Chief Strategy Officer for 12 Entrepreneuring, a San Francisco-based operating company building businesses in web services technology. While there he helped launch Grand Central and Oxygen Software. Prior to that he founded and led McKinsey's strategy and e-commerce practices, where he served a broad range of clients across the world. Earlier, he was Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning for Atari, Founder and CEO of the Sequoia Group, and a Consultant with BCG.
John has a BA from Wesleyan University, BPhil from Oxford University, and JD/MBA from Harvard University, and is the author of three successful business strategy books.
Founding General Partner, Storm Ventures
Alex Mendez has been a General Partner of Storm Ventures since October 2000. Previously, he was an investor and CEO/Chairman of Sanera Systems (acquired by McData) and served on the McData Board of Directors until 2007. He was also an investor and board member of Airespace, which was acquired by Cisco. His investment focus is on wireless, computing and storage data centers and Web 2.0 and Enterprise software. Alex spent twenty-one years in high tech at ROLM, IBM, Stratacom, and Cisco, holding several executive positions, most recently as an SVP/GM at Cisco. He was part of the founding team of Stratacom, which Cisco acquired.
Alex holds a BSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Dr. Peter Sealey
Former CMO, Coca-Cola
Peter Sealy is the founder, CEO and majority shareholder of The Sausalito Group, Inc. and specializes in business and marketing strategy and expert witness testimony. His background includes over 20 years at The Coca-Cola Company where he held a variety of key positions, including CMO, and was responsible for the now-famous "Always Coca-Cola " advertising campaign. Peter was also President of Marketing and Distribution at Columbia Pictures where his releases included GhostBusters, La Bamba, Karate Kid, Stand By Me and Tootsie.
Peter served as Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of the Center for Marketing and Technology at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2004, he joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and in the summer of 2007, he assumed the position of Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is currently a board member and advisor at a number of technology companies.
Peter earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.