Featuring innovation leaders from Verizon, Nokia and Lifetime Entertainment
Madison, NJ (August 30, 2007) — Executive management teams look for ways to achieve innovation, whether they are part of a small or medium-sized business or a large corporation.
To help realize that goal, the 2007 Media Innovation Conference will be held on Thursday, September 27, featuring innovation leaders from Verizon, Nokia and Lifetime Entertainment. FDU’s Silberman College of Business and the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies present the conference.
Participants will learn how innovation is affecting the dynamic media industry, how media firms are nurturing a culture of creativity and what are the best practices in implementing innovation.
The President and Chief Operating Officer of Verizon Communications, Dennis Strigl, will join the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nokia Corporation, Tero Ojanperae, and the President and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services, Andrea Wong, in presenting their innovation strategies.
The half-day conference begins with a 7:15 a.m. breakfast and welcome by Caren Franzini, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. A networking session closes the conference at noon.
The venue for the 2007 Innovation Summit is Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) at FDU’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ. Pre-registration is required and the conference fee is $145. Call 973 443 8842 for registration and more information.
About the Innovation Conference leaders:
Dennis F. Strigl is president and chief operating officer of Verizon Communications. Appointed Jan. 1, 2007, Strigl is responsible for the operations of Verizon's network businesses -- Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business -- as well as Verizon Services Operations, which provides financial, real estate and other functional services to all of the corporation’s operations.
Prior to this position, Strigl was president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless and executive vice president of Verizon Communications.
Strigl is widely recognized as one of the most prominent architects of the wireless communications industry. He was responsible for bringing together the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE to form Verizon Wireless, now one of the top-performing companies in the industry.
Strigl has served in the communications industry for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1968 with New York Telephone and held positions at AT&T and Wisconsin Telephone before becoming vice president of American Bell Inc. In 1984, he became president of Ameritech Mobile Communications, where he was instrumental in launching the nation's first cellular telephone network in Chicago. He won the Cellular Industry Achievement Award for engineering advancement and pioneering in marketing programs.
He joined Bell Atlantic in 1989, rising to the position of chief operating officer of New Jersey Bell before being named president and CEO of Bell Atlantic Mobile in 1991. He subsequently was named president and CEO of the combined Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile when those two companies merged in 1995.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tero Ojanperae is responsible for corporate and technology strategy, strategic alliances and partnerships, research, standardization, intellectual property rights, venturing, Mobile Software sales and marketing, Forum Nokia developer activities, business infrastructure and Industry Relations.
He has played a defining role in the research and development work of Nokia’s business groups since joining the company in 1990 as a research engineer within Nokia’s Oulu mobile operations.
Throughout his career Ojanperae has consistently shown an ability to balance the strong elements of his scientific background with Nokia’s broader business strategies. During 2002-2004 he headed Nokia Research Center, a corporate research unit driving Nokia’s technological competitiveness and renewal. Prior to this role, he held several senior management positions in Nokia Networks.
Andrea Wong was named President and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services in April 2007. Known for her broad scope of television experience, expertise in programming and her ability to identify and deliver on distinct brands, Wong oversees all the day-to-day operations for Lifetime Television, LMN, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime digital.
Prior to this, Wong served as Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment. She was responsible for a multitude of successful programs. Wong brought “Dancing with the Stars” to the US audience and won an Emmy for ABC with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In addition, she brought “Wife Swap,” and “Supernanny” to American audiences.
The first franchise Wong brought to the network was the relationship reality series, “The Bachelor,” and its sister show, “The Bachelorette.” In the specials area, she led the team that brought country music’s crown jewel to ABC – The CMA Awards.
Wong joined ABC in 1993 as a researcher for ABC News’ “PrimeTime Live.” By 1988, she was vice president, alternative series and specials, and in 2000 was promoted to senior vice president.