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Keynotes & luncheon sessions

Morning keynote sessions share big ideas and get your day at ABB Customer World, formerly APW, off to a great start.  Luncheon keynote panel sessions bring together industry leaders to share insights and experiences on timely topics.

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We welcome Greg Scheu as ABB Customer World’s Executive Host and Master of Ceremonies. Greg Scheu was appointed President of the Americas region as well as Head of Group Service and Business Integration in January 2015 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2012. From 2013 to 2014, he was Head of Business Integration, Group Service and North America. From 2012 to 2013, he was Head of Marketing and Customer Solutions. Mr. Scheu, a former executive of Rockwell International, joined ABB in 2001 and was responsible for the integration of both Baldor Electric Co. and of Thomas & Betts into ABB. Mr. Scheu was born in 1961 and is a U.S. citizen.

Greg Scheu

President of the Americas Region

8:30 AM Tuesday | Hall B3, George R. Brown Convention Center, Level 3

Leadership in the digital revolution

The digital industrial revolution brings tremendous opportunities to boost productivity and outperform in your market. Taking advantage of the efficiency and performance improvements that digitalization offers is key to meeting productivity challenges and leading in your segment.


Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO, ABB

Winning with digital

Learn how to unlock efficiency and productivity when automation, science and IT converge.

Guido Jouret, Chief Digital Officer, ABB


Ulrich Spiesshofer

Chief Executive Officer, ABB

Guido Jouret

Chief Digital Officer, ABB

11:45 AM Tuesday | Grand Ballroom, George R. Brown Convention Center, Level 3

How does Industry 4.0 and digitalization drive innovation in the marketplace? As more industry segments become digitalized, we explore how disruptive changes may affect industries not fully digitalized. Using lessons from segments ahead of the digital S-curve, we will take a look at how these insights may affect markets from food & beverage, to transportation, to utilities.

Avijit Sinha

Director of Business Development for IoT (Internet of Things), Microsoft

Guido Jouret

Chief Digital Officer, ABB

8:30 AM Wednesday | Hall B3, George R. Brown Convention Center, Level 3

Next level operational excellence: Efficiency in automation

Who is pushing the Fourth Industrial Revolution? The market environment requires manufacturers to do more with less. Take a closer look at how the new generation of automation enables operators to accomplish complex tasks with a new standard in efficient operations.

Ricardo Rizo Patron

Chairman, UNACEM Corporation

Jose Bustamante

Executive VP Business Development & Strategy, Fluor Corporation

Peter Terwiesch

President Industrial Automation Division, ABB

11:45 AM Wednesday | Grand Ballroom, George R. Brown Convention Center, Level 3

Next level operational excellence: Benefits of digitalization

From our personal electronics to how we get our food, we all enjoy the benefits of digitalization. Industry 4.0 is also changing how we work, manage our employees and lead our companies to success. Learn the roles technology, digitalization and partnerships play in achieving operational excellence.

Narinder Pal Singh

Vice President Engineering, OLAM International

Sami Atiya

President Robotics and Motion Division, ABB

Marco Marino

Supplier Development Manager, Global Supply Chain, Flowserve Corporation

8:30 AM Thursday | Hall B3, George R. Brown Convention Center, Level 3

Future of energy: How technology, digitalization and sustainability will impact the energy industry

The world of energy continues to evolve at a fast pace. Grid innovations, big data, smarter devices, and the increasing role of sustainability are creating challenges, new competition and new opportunities for utilities. Join our discussion on the future of electricity, new business models and keys for success.

Maureen Borkowski

Chairman & President, Ameren Transmission Company

Claudio Facchin

President Power Grids Division, ABB

11:45 AM Thursday | Grand Ballroom, George R. Brown Convention Center, Level 3

Edge of grid technologies

Innovation taking place at the edge of the grid is impacting the relationship between utilities and their customers. Renewables, electric vehicles, car sharing, are only the beginning. Discover how utilities are learning and thriving in this new world.

Rob Caldwell

President Renewables & Distributed Energy Technology, Duke Energy

Tom Rowland-Rees

Lead Analyst, Energy Smart Technologies, Bloomberg

Tarak Mehta

President Electrification Products Division, ABB

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