The Ocean Exchange™Founded in 2010, The Ocean Exchange™ unites worldwide organizations across multiple disciplines and boundaries to accelerate the distribution and adoption of solutions that positively impact our ocean and coast.
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Joe Lombardo - General Dynamics
EVP, Aerospace Group
Joe Lombardo, who served as president of Gulfstream Aerospace from 2007 until 2011, is the executive vice president of the Aerospace Group for General Dynamics Corp. The group consists of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and Jet Aviation. Lombardo has served as executive vice president since 2007.
Prior to his appointment in 2007, Lombardo was Chief Operating Officer for Gulfstream. Since October 2001 he also served as a Vice President of General Dynamics Corp.
After starting his aerospace career in 1975 at Douglas Aircraft, Lombardo held leadership roles in production and material control, planning and manufacturing. Before joining Gulfstream, Lombardo was general manager of production for twin-jets at Douglas aircraft Company, a division of McDonnell Douglas Corp.
Lombardo joined Gulfstream in 1996 as Vice President of Co-Production. He was responsible for the successful ramp-up and dual production of the Gulfstream IV-SP and Gulfstream V. As Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for the cost, quality and schedule of Gulfstream’s manufactured products.
Lombardo earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Diego State University in 1971 and a master’s degree in business administration from Long Beach State University in 1984. He is a recipient of the National Management Association’s Silver Knight award.
Christopher J. Connor - Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy CEO
Christopher J. Connor is the Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS. In this capacity Mr. Connor oversees worldwide commercial development activities for WWL’s deep sea ocean transportation, marine terminals, vehicle processing, inland distribution, and supply chain management businesses.
Previously, Mr. Connor has served WWL as President, Region Americas; President & CEO WWL Vehicle Services Americas; Chief Operating Officer- Ocean Services; and Executive Vice President, Commercial, Region Americas.
Mr. Connor is a graduate of Villanova University and has over 30 years of experience in the logistics industry. His professional background includes senior management positions at Crowley Maritime and United States Lines.
Daniel J. Basta - NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Dan leads the federal program whose mission is to protect and conserve the unique ecological and cultural marine resources contained in the sanctuary system. He joined the National Ocean Service in 1979, and has applied his training as an environmental engineer to a variety of disciplines, including watershed and land use planning, living marine resource assessment, pollution application control technology, remote sensing and data acquisition processes, and resource economics with systems analysis framework focused on ecosystem based problem solving.
Previously, Dan held positions at Resources for the Future, the Environmental Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and John Hopkins University. He is co-author of more than 60 publications, including textbooks on modeling, atlases of U.S. coastal and ocean regions, as well as reports, books and articles on environmental problems at the national, regional and local levels. Early in his career, he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry.
Dan holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Hofstra University and a master of science degree in engineering and policy sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Mark Bauman - National Geographic
SVP Content Development Mission Programs, EVP National Geographic Television
Mark Bauman brings more than 20 years of award-winning experience to his roles as Senior Vice President of Content Development for NG Mission Programs, and Executive Vice President of National Geographic Television, overseeing music and natural history series for PBS, NGC and NGCI, as well as National Geographic’s radio and web video production. He has been recognized with numerous broadcast and print journalism honors, including an Emmy, more than a dozen Cine Golden Eagles, and various film festival awards. Bauman also launched an international film festival for the Society, showcasing cutting edge works from indigenous and minority culture filmmakers around the world.
Before coming to National Geographic, Bauman, who is fluent in Spanish, Russian, Czech and Italian, was based in Eastern Europe and Latin America for ABC News, where he ran Baghdad and Balkan coverage for extended periods of time. He has also covered war and genocide in Central Africa, Lebanon, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq for world class media outlets, including ABC, the BBC, CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, Izvestia (Russian), The Ladies Home Journal, The London Observer Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, National Public Radio, New York Newsday, Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Russian), Reflex (Czech), The San Francisco Chronicle, Spy, Time, The Village Voice and The Washington Post.
Bauman holds a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University, in addition to a masters in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. He resides in Washington, D.C.
John Bruton - International Financial Services (IFSC), Ireland
John Bruton is a former Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) from 1994-1997. Prior to his election as Prime Minister, he was a senior Irish politician who served in cabinet as Minister for Finance, Minister for Industry and Energy and Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism. While Prime Minister, John Bruton presided over a successful Irish EU Presidency in 1996 and helped finalise the Stability and Growth Pact, which governs the management of the single European currency, the Euro. From 1999 until his appointment as Ambassador, he was one of ten Vice Presidents of the European People’s Party. Before being appointed Ambassador to the United States, John Bruton served as a leading member of the Convention that drafted the proposed European Constitution, signed in Rome in October, 2004.
In May 2010 John Bruton was announced as the chairman of the newly-formed financial services body, IFSC Ireland. His main role will be to promote the Republic of Ireland as a location of choice for international financial services.
He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics in 1968 before studying to become a barrister.
Vice Admiral (Ret.) Peter Cairnes - Canadian Shipbuilding Association, Canada
Multifaceted advisor on marine technology and the Canadian shipbuilding industry. Currently, Director of Business Development with the Aviation Services Division of SPAR Aerospace, President of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers, Chairman of the Germanischer Lloyd Canadian Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Ocean Technology and the Defense Industry Advisory Committee.
Vice Admiral Peter Cairns, C.M.M., C.D. retired in 1994 after 37 years of service in Canada’s Navy. His career has had an operational focus with extensive command experience. His sea commands included the submarine Onondaga, the destroyers Fraser and Margaree, the 1st Submarine Squadron and the 5th Destroyer Squadron. He has had significant international experience having completed two tours in the Royal Navy, the United States Navy and on NATO’s maritime staff.
In his senior appointments he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations to the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT), the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific and the Commander of Maritime Command.
April Crow - The Coca-Cola Company
Global Sustainability Director Packaging
As Global Director, Sustainable Packaging for The Coca-Cola Company, April Crow is working to help the company reach its vision of a world in which packaging is no longer seen as waste but as a valuable resource for future use. She provides leadership for the company’s global sustainable packaging and recycling platform as a part of the Office of Sustainability.
During her seventeen years at Coca-Cola she has held a variety of Corporate and Business Unit level roles in Environment and Water Resources, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, and Quality. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Michigan State University Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability, Trash Free Seas Alliance, and Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future.
She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health and a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Technology.
April is an active volunteer in her home state and mother of two. She was recently selected for the University of Georgia’s 40 under 40 which recognizes outstanding alumni for their impact in business, leadership, community, and philanthropic endeavors. She serves as a trustee for the Georgia 4-H Foundation and the board of directors for Keep Georgia Beautiful.
Tom Cunningham - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Vice President, Senior Economist and Regional Executive
Tom Cunningham is Vice President, Senior Economist and Regional Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Prior to his appointment as Regional Executive, he was Associate Director of research. He has served as a Vice President in the research department where he has been responsible for the Regional and Latin American research teams. He has served on the Bank’s Personnel, Information Technology, and Risk Management Committees, and as a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Information Security Group and Technology Services Council. He also was the acting director of the Bank’s Center for Real Estate Analytics, and the interim head of the Finance group.
Dr. Cunningham joined the Bank as an economist with the macropolicy group in 1985, specializing in macroeconomics and monetary theory. Dr. Cunningham previously worked as an instructor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University.
He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, and the Southern Economic Association. Dr. Cunningham has published numerous professional articles.
A native of Reedley California, he received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics from California State University, Fresno. He earned a master’s degree, a master of philosophy and a doctorate of philosophy in economics from Columbia University. He has attended the executive development program at Wharton.
Adam Dell - Austin Ventures
Adam has been a successful entrepreneur, academician, and has more than 12 years of experience in the venture capital industry. His focus is on early-stage venture investments in the information technology and business services areas.
Most recently, Adam was Founder and Managing General Partner of Impact Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on information technology investments. Prior to founding Impact, Adam was a partner with Crosspoint Venture Partners in Northern California, and a senior associate with Enterprise Partners in Southern California. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, he worked as a corporate attorney in Austin, Texas, with the law firm of Winstead, Sechrest & Minick.
His prior investments include OpenTable (OPEN), Buzzsaw (ADSK), Ingenio (T), and Hotjobs (YHOO). Dell founded and served as chairman of the board of MessageOne, which was acquired by Dell, Inc. in 2008. Adam teaches a class on the role of law in innovation at the University of Texas School of Law.