Event Details


July 23, 2019 1 PM - 2 PM CDT



Brian Irwin

Brian Irwin

Automotive and Industrial Lead

Brian Irwin leads Accenture’s Automotive and Industrial Products group in North America, and is responsible for the company’s automotive, construction, freight and logistics, industrial equipment and public transport industry segments. He also leads the Products Industry X.0 Consulting Practice. In these roles Irwin helps Accenture clients to exploit the advantages that are being created by the digital disruption that is driving innovation, new products, services and business models. Brian has more than 20 years of consulting experience working for industrial organizations in areas such as product development, operations, supply chain, logistics and disruptive technologies. Prior to becoming a consultant, he worked for General Motors. Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He lives in Dallas, Texas.


Jeff Poston

Crowell & Moring

eff Poston is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where he serves as a member of the Litigation Group and co-chair of the firm’s Chambers recognized Privacy & Cybersecurity Group. A seasoned trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience leading investigations and litigation for corporate clients, Jeff counsels and defends clients in complex data protection matters involving class-actions and regulatory enforcement actions, as well as commercial disputes.

Privacy and Cybersecurity

As co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group, Jeff leads counseling, investigations, and litigation for clients navigating sensitive data breaches, hacks, and other cybersecurity events. He has represented Fortune 500 companies in some of the largest data breach cases brought under the federal Hi-Tech Act and various state privacy, data security and unfair competition laws, and he has negotiated favorable settlements with state regulators and attorneys general.

Jeff’s recent representative matters include representing Starwood Hotels in a class-action seeking millions in damages arising from an alleged system-wide cyberattack. When the plaintiff alleged a nationwide breach and brought claims under multiple California state laws, Jeff led the team that obtained dismissal with prejudice of the case. Jeff was also a part of a litigation team that obtained a dismissal of nine consolidated class actions in the Eastern District of California, alleging that a national health care company violated the California Medical Information Act (CMIA) by disclosing the data of more than one million members.

Jeff has successfully defended large health care companies in investigations brought by the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights alleging HIPAA violations.

Jeff regularly helps clients test their cybersecurity readiness and build plans to mitigate future attacks. He counsels clients on front-end compliance issues involving the state and federal privacy laws, including HIPAA, and helps clients prepare incident response plans to guide them through a cyber crisis. Jeff also defends and counsels clients in class actions asserting violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).


Joe Etris

Continental Powertrain
Engineering Project Manager

Joseph joined Continental Powertrain with the goal to bring servant leadership, investigatory analysis, edge development, and a data-driven approach to the Fountain Inn, SC manufacturing facility. Joseph is enthusiastically leading an engineering team focused on customized app development using Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Understanding that as more and more devices become connected and as computing moves closer to the “edge”, new value will be created that will help solve significant challenges not previously realized.  With an emissions reduction facility and a visionary approach, the Fountain Inn team has begun forging a path to fully digitalize the plant and integrate edge applications to reduce energy consumption and emission levels.

Prior to this, Joseph served the community as lieutenant for Greenville County Department of Public Safety in the upstate of South Carolina, where he led the county IT team to rapidly design and codevelop several automation programs, including applications to identify offenders for DNA collection and models to assess offender risk. Collaborating with multiple non-profit organizations, Joseph and his team used historical data to secure grants establishing programs to assist military veterans and juveniles.

Joseph earned an MBA and is certified in Business Analytics from the Darla Moore School of Business, globally recognized as a top international business school. He has freely consulted a multitude of industrial companies on adding value to their business model and has spoken at multiple Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digital transformation conferences across the country providing proof that significant innovation is occurring in large, traditional corporations.


Tim Wormus

Siemens MindSphere
Vice President, Americas Customer Engagement

Mr. Wormus is a leader in the intelligent application of analytic technologies, ranging from visually intuitive dashboards to machine learning and artificial-intelligence enabled applications.  He has held development and market facing roles at Genedata, Inc., Tibco Spotfire, Perkin Elmer, and H2O.ai.  Today, Mr. Wormus acts in a leadership role for Siemens as VP of Americas customer engagement team.  His team along with IIoT solution MindSphere are revolutionizing how companies do business.  Mr. Wormus and his team work with customers and partners to help identify how to apply the appropriate technology solution to the challenges specific to their industry, size and corporate goals, in order for them to best achieve tangible returns.


Anthony Casciano

Siemens Financial Services, Inc.
President and CEO

Anthony Casciano is the President and CEO of Siemens Financial Services, Inc. (SFS Inc.), the U.S. financial arm of Siemens and legal booking entity for Siemens Financial Services’ (SFS) activities in the Americas. Previously, Casciano served as CEO of the global Industry and Healthcare Finance business at SFS, overseeing the growth of SFS’s activities in the global healthcare and industrial markets in addition to managing the global leveraged finance business across all industries.

Throughout his tenure, Casciano built a global equity business, namely with infrastructure finance expertise. In 2018, under Casciano’s leadership, SFS and strategic partner Tata Group – forming a consortium – were recognized with a Letter of Award by the Indian government for an equity investment in the development of a transportation project in India.

Casciano was also responsible for the strategy and creation of the global healthcare and leveraged finance business unit after SFS underwent an organizational change in 2011 to better align with Siemens’ core businesses. In addition, he expanded the healthcare finance business, which provides debt and equity solutions to the healthcare industry, into the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, Casciano was senior vice president and general manager at SFS in North America, establishing SFS’s Corporate Finance group, which specializes in leveraged lending to middle market and larger corporate clients. He led the team’s rapid growth as a key contributor to SFS’s U.S. business success, establishing Siemens as a key player in the leveraged finance business.

Prior to joining Siemens in 2008, Casciano was managing director and head of DB Mid-Market Capital at Deutsche Bank, where his team focused on leveraged finance opportunities for mid-sized companies. Prior to that, he was the chief sales officer for the commercial and corporate finance business units at CIT and held various leadership positions within GE Capital’s corporate finance businesses.

Anthony holds a B.A. degree in economics from Drew University and an M.B.A. in marketing from Rutgers University’s School of Business. He is a certified Six Sigma black belt and has been nominated for and participated in several corporate-led executive leadership and strategic marketing courses.