Customer Advisory Board

Margot Brent
The Kitchen Lead, Innovation & Experimentation

Margot leads The Kitchen, the Fung Academy's crowdsourcing platform. As
part of the innovation and experimentation team, she is focused on creating a
culture of innovation and cultivating creativity across the Fung Group. For
Margot, empathy, diversity, collaboration and failure are the cornerstones of
an innovation culture.

Margot drives crowdsourcing and prototyping initiatives across the group,
whose core businesses are engaged in Trading, Logistics, Distribution and
Retailing. Her passion to solve social challenges aligns with the Groups focus
on finding innovative and sustainable ways to generate business value, define
the future of retailing and create the supply chain of the future.

She holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a BPhil in
Sustainable Development. Margot is also an advocate for diversity and
women’s leadership and is actively involved in The Women’s Foundation in
Hong Kong.

Barbara Distasio
Assistant Vice President of Innovation Program, MetLife

Barbara Distasio has more than 20+ years of experience as a senior business development executive. She launched the first innovation program at MetLife in 2011 recognizing the need for the insurance industry to move ahead of digital and competitive threats. A quick study with an affinity for complex issues, change, and innovation in dynamic work environments, Barbara can act as a knowledge broker to ensure that the most innovative concepts and practices are shared and adopted by independent operating groups. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. MetLife is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world serving approximately 100 million customers globally. MetLife was #1 within the Life and Health Insurance category on Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” survey list.

Brent Foster
Director of Software Engineering, Capital One

Brent is passionate about making something happen that was never possible before, making something new, or simply just making the world a better place. This is why he became an engineer. While he was at American Express, he organized an innovation pathway to enable ideas (incremental <-> almost disruptive) to come from anywhere, get prototyped, get piloted, and find a rightful home in the traditional organization through crowdsourcing and hackathons. At Capital One, he’s excited to focus on challenges around how to help propel associates forward through education and personalized learning experiences to enable a cadre of aggressive innovations and paradigm shifts across the enterprise.

Kat Dransfield
Open Innovation and Marketing, Applied Materials

Kat Dransfield currently leads open innovation and marketing efforts at Applied Materials. Kat specializes in how digital systems are created, managed, and used by corporations, governments, and individuals to create competitive advantage. Her work looks at methods of quantifying non-rivalrous digital assets, and the organizational structures and communication methodologies needed to succeed in the information economy. Previously, Kat authored the Department of the Navy's information strategy with a focus on networked organizations and data-centered design. She holds an MS in Social Science of the Internet from Oxford University, and a BS in English from the United States Naval Academy.

Chris Morris
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Herbalife

Over the course of Chris’s 30 year career he has worked in a number of industries in a variety of roles. After starting his career as a Manufacturing Engineer he migrated into information services and business process consulting. Following a successful consulting career he joined Herbalife in 2007 and was responsible for driving change through technology to improve the products and services enjoyed by its Distributors and Customers around the globe. In 2017 assumed the newly created Chief Innovation Officer role at Herbalife focusing his efforts on identifying and removing the cultural barriers that were inhibiting innovation at the 37 year old global nutrition company. Spigit was a natural partner in accomplishing this objective as it can play a role in driving improvement in all 6 areas of Herbalife’s culture that are critical to driving innovation. Chris, a native New Jerseyan, now lives in Southern California with his family where he can enjoy the great outdoors year round and easily access Herbalife locations in any of the 90 countries it operates in.

Linda Lavelle
Director, Knowledge Management, Johnson and Johnson

Linda Lavelle is Director, Knowledge Management, a member of the Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain Strategy & Development organization.

Linda’s 28-year career at J&J has included experience in the development of sterile processing of consumer products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, project management and quality. Her technical background and passion for innovation allows her to be successful in her current position leading efforts to accelerate the evolution and growth of the Supply Chain Knowledge Network ecosystem. This work includes her ongoing responsibility for leading the Fast Track Ideas core working group in rapidly deploying the Fast Track Idea Management System based on the Spigit platform across Supply Chain.

Linda has a BS in Biology from the University of Dayton, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and a Process Excellence Green Belt.