was born in Portland, Oregon, and attended Lewis and Clark College. He holds A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from University of California, Berkeley.
Kenneth Walker has held titles like Application Hunter, Evangelist and most recently, Vice President of Technology Strategy at Philips Electronics. He works as a bridge between the technology and strategy groups and helps define and promote devices for the digital future. Mr. Walker’s primary focus is on new product and market applications, new business models and assisting with key third-party relationships. He utilizes a rich base of knowledge of the industry to form his technology trend analysis.
During the past four years at Philips, Mr. Walker was responsible for the establishment of new product lines and the expansion of Philips’ business through emerging markets and digital product categories. He has held specific responsibility for the development of leading electronics, ASICs and integrated solutions to create intelligent devices involving displays, storage and integrated communications. He led the effort at Philips to create the industry’s first ”smart panel” LCD and was a leader in the development of LCD television. As Philips’ representative to the USDC Technical Council, he advised on the development of U.S. competence in display research and he was a key technology liaison for the LG.Philips LCD joint venture. This effort enabled two highly competitive technology groups to come together for the benefit of all parties and to create the world’s leader in flat panel displays.
Mr. Walker joined Philips after more than 10 years in Silicon Valley working for a variety of companies, from the innovative, content management start-up Verano, to industry visionaries such as Apple Computer. Prior to his time in Silicon Valley, Kenn received a B.S. in Information and Computer Science and an M.S. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Robert Whitmore is the Senior Vice President of Product Development Engineering at Seagate, Inc., where he is manages all disk drive product development-engineering organizations from various design centers. His production applications at Seagate range from Consumer Electronics to PC computing to Enterprise Storage. In his tenure with Seagate, Mr. Whitmore has held several positions including Vice President of Enterprise Store Design, Vice President of the Twin Cities Manufacturing Operations, and several first- and second-level management positions within the Design Engineering field.
Mr. Whitmore currently lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.