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Thomas J. Doll
President & COO
Thomas J. Doll is President & Chief Operating Officer for Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is responsible for overseeing operations for the entire organization. Doll joined SOA in 1982 and from 1985-1988, he was the Manager of Treasury Operations. In 1988 he was promoted to Director of Treasury Operations and then to Director of Accounting one year later. In 1991, Doll became Vice President of Business and Strategic Planning. From there, he was promoted to CFO, responsible for business and strategic planning, budgeting, controller functions, accounting and financial reporting. In April 2009, Doll was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SOA, he spent five years at Arthur Young and Company. Doll received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Villanova University in Villanova, PA and a Master’s Degree from Drexel University. Doll is active in several financial organizations including the American Institute of CPA.
Senior Vice President, Americas
Lex Kerssemakers is the Senior Vice President of the Americas region and also President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, a position he has held since 2014. Lex has more than 30 years experience with Volvo Cars, with 16 years in executive and senior management roles. Lex has a fundamental understanding of industry mechanisms, acquired through senior positions in corporate and product strategy, purchasing, sales & marketing, thus capturing both the industrial and commercial systems. He gained insight from both the Supplier and Manufacturing sides of the automotive business. Lex is characterized by global competence and experience, having worked and lived in the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, leading international teams. As part of executive management, he has served under Swedish, American and Chinese ownership consequently aligning shareholder and customer perspectives.
David is a Partner at Venrock, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family established in 1969. David focuses on early stage consumer and enterprise internet companies. His most notable investment and board was Dollar Shave Club (led Series A and B). Before Venrock, David was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. He also was the co-creator of Apple’s Music Group and worked at Apple for five years. He currently sits on the board of Dstillery, Pearl Automotive, YouNow, Misty Robotics, Amino Apps and works with Klout, Crunchyroll, and Nest.
Vice President, Marketing Communications and Media
Jeremy Tucker is vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, a position to which he was appointed in September 2014. In this role, Tucker reports to Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. and is responsible for marketing communications and media and model line/product marketing with focus on revenue growth and profit generation for the Nissan brand and its dealer network. Tucker joined Nissan from Disney Consumer Products where he led a franchise-focused strategic marketing organization across product business units and collaborated across The Walt Disney Company to ensure consistency with content creators. Prior to his role with Disney, Tucker was senior director of Marketing, National Brand Innovation for Frito-Lay, North America, a division of PepsiCo. During his tenure with PepsiCo, Tucker drove revenue and sales growth for multiple brands, including the turnaround of the multibillion dollar Doritos brand through consumer insights, product innovation and creative branding and media strategies. Tucker was also a part of the Procter & Gamble account team at Omnicom Group's Targetbase, where he worked on the Pampers, Iams and Eukanuba Pet Foods brands. Tucker holds bachelor's degrees in both fine art and marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. He is located in Franklin, Tennessee.
Joe White joined Reuters in January 2015 as the transportation editor leading coverage of planes, trains and automobiles. Previously, he served as the global automotive editor and Detroit Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, where he oversaw coverage of the auto industry and ran the Detroit bureau. Joe is co-author (with Paul Ingrassia) of Comeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry, and he and Paul shared the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 1993.