ASUG Board of Directors

Our Leadership sets the strategy and direction of the organization and works closely with SAP to identify areas for growth and new opportunities.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of ASUG volunteers elected by our membership. Our organization’s daily operations are managed by the Chief Executive Officer of ASUG, along with The ASUG Management Team, a group charged with delivering on the Board’s vision and serving the membership on a daily basis.

Keith Sturgill | Chairperson

Keith R. Sturgill is Vice President & CIO, Information Technology and Corporate Six Sigma for Eastman Chemical Company.

He is responsible for the strategy, use and delivery of information technology services to Eastman’s global businesses. He is also responsible for driving improvements and productivity across Eastman through the widespread use of Six Sigma methods and leadership.

Keith is a native of Wise, Virginia.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Tuck Executive program at Dartmouth College.   He has served in various roles in multiple IT associations including America’s SAP User Group.

Keith joined Eastman in 1986 as a systems analyst.  He has had various and growing responsibilities around implementation of enterprise wide technologies that have significantly impacted the strategies and bottom line of Eastman. In July 2007, he was promoted to VP and Chief Information Officer.

Keith lives in Kingsport, Tennessee with his wife, Linda.

Paul Roche | Vice Chairperson

Paul Roche is the President of Luxor Furniture. Luxor, a division of EBSCO industries, is an industry leader in developing furniture solutions that foster a more collaborative, functional and productive work environment.  

Prior to joining Luxor, Roche was Chief Operating Officer for Network Services, an international organization of distributors of janitorial, sanitary, packaging, foodservice disposable, and commercial printing products. Roche leads operations including Customer Service, Pricing and Costing, eCommerce, Master Data Management, and Information Technology. In addition, Roche is responsible for the business process and technical integration of Network’s 76 member companies located across North America, representing a $12 billion distribution organization with more than 400 warehouse locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Prior to serving as the COO, Roche served as Network’s Chief Information Officer for nine years, and started with the company in 2004 as its director of business applications.

Roche held various positions in Consulting Management and Delivery for Extricity, Infinium Software, and began his career implementing distribution software for Daly Commerce. Roche holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Roche is a frequent presenter at ASUG Chapter meetings, Executive Exchange events, and at ASUG Annual Conference. He began his involvement with ASUG in 2010 when Network Services implemented SAP ERP across its three companies in under 13 months, completing their final go-live in December 2010. Network Services was awarded an ASUG Impact Award in 2011 for its rapid implementation leveraging the wholesale distribution All-In-One approach, and as the first company in North America to implement SAP’s Agency Business solution. Roche is also an active member of ASUG’s Executive Exchange, and has served on the ASUG Board of Directors since 2012.

Mark LeClair | Finance Chairperson

Mark LeClair brings more than 20 years of experience in large scale systems design and operation. LeClair’s responsibilities at Cintas are overseeing the development and execution of the strategic IT vision and plan, department goals, and initiatives that support the long term mission and objectives of the corporation. LeClair has responsibility for establishing the company’s technical vision and leading all aspects of the company’s technology development. He is accountable and responsible for technology strategy, internal and external partnerships, all IT engineering and operations, SAP Center of Competency, help desk services, network and telecommunication services, middleware application services, legacy application support, and data center operations.

Prior to joining Cintas, LeClair was the Vice President of Global Service Operations for British Telecom. He was responsible for leading an organization of more than 1,000 team members located across the globe providing Service Operations for all major multinational customers.

Before BT, LeClair was the Senior Vice President of IT Telecommunications at Charter One Bank Inc., where he led the development of integrated telecommunications solutions to more than 700 locations. Earlier in his career, he held IT leadership roles at Office Max and Westfield Companies. Throughout his extensive career in computing, LeClair has demonstrated an unwavering focus on growth, efficiencies, and customer satisfaction.

LeClair proudly served in the United States Air Force, specializing in Telecommunications and Electronics.

James Johnson, II | Director at Large

James A. Johnson, II is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE: CRS). Carpenter Technology Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty alloys, including superalloys, stainless steels, and titanium alloys for customers around the world. At Carpenter, Johnson is responsible for the development of a focused Information Technology vision and strategy for the entire enterprise and for the execution of the IT operating plan.

Johnson has over 20 years of experience driving value through business process enablement in the financial services, chemicals, and metals industries. Prior to joining Carpenter, Johnson was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Styron (now Trinseo). Trinseo is a world leader in the production of rubber, latex, and plastics. He was directly responsible for developing a cost effective, agile, and accountable IT organization while exceeding financial cost savings targets, enabling critical business processes, and facilitating the creation of value by leveraging technology.

Before Trinseo, Johnson was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Performance Fibers, a global producer of industrial polyester. He also held a variety of roles at Honeywell with responsibility for SAP implementation, application strategy and delivery, and overall IT leadership in a variety of businesses during his time there. Johnson began his career at Merrill Lynch.

Johnson serves on the Board of Directors for Tech Impact and the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG).

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Virginia and an MBA from The Robert H. Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland.

Sharon Kaiser | Director at Large

Sharon Kaiser is the CIO at New England Biolabs, a leader in the production and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. She built her extensive knowledge of SAP, IT technology, and operations management in several industries including medical device technology, manufacturing, retail, financial and credit card services, and petroleum. Kaiser was honored as a recipient of the 2014 CIO of the Year Award for Healthcare / Life Sciences by the Boston Business Journal and as a finalist for the 2017 Boston CIO of the Year Orbie Award.

Kaiser is recognized as a successful leader for effectively managing international initiatives, simplifying complex operating environments with multi-faceted issues, leading business process improvements initiatives, incorporating effective change management practices, and managing enterprise development activities to affect bottom-line results.

Kaiser holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Oklahoma State University and a BSBA in information technology from the University of Arkansas. She is a frequent speaker on information technology and SAP.

Rudy Hendricks | Board of Director

Rudy Hendricks is a Production Control, Planning, and Scheduling Coordinator for Huntington Ingalls Industries at the Newport News Shipbuilding facility. Huntington Ingalls designs, builds, and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder, and refueler of U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carriers and one of only two capable of building and refueling U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. 

Hendricks began his shipbuilding career at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1975 as a Design Lofter. He left in 1980 and worked at three other companies providing design, procurement, and planning support services in various areas of shipbuilding before returning to Newport News Shipbuilding in 1994. Having served in positions as a structural designer, planner, production controller, engineering analyst, and business analyst in IT, his current role is as the coordinator and POC for a multi-departmental group that processes inspection reports for all aircraft carrier new construction, overhaul, and fleet support concerns for the Manufacturing Division. He has 13 years of SAP experience at Newport News Shipbuilding, having been on the frontlines during their rollout of SAP into the production environment in April 2001.

Hendricks has been a lifelong volunteer, having served as a volunteer firefighter for 30 years; a youth sports coach; commissioner and president of a local athletic association; PTA president; youth camp director with the local and state Elks Association; youth football official; VA High School League fast-pitch softball umpire; Program Chair and Chair of the ASUG Virginia Chapter, and now a member of the ASUG Board Of Directors. 

Geof Corb | Board of Director

Geof Corb is the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Johns Hopkins University, one of the nation’s preeminent research universities. His enterprise portfolio also includes the business systems and business intelligence solutions for the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Corb supports Johns Hopkins’ tripartite missions of research, teaching, and service/patient care by guiding the effective use of technology. As the Deputy CIO, he partnered with the CIO in developing and leading strategy, implementation, and operations relating to enterprise information systems and services, with a specific emphasis on service excellence. He is responsible for growing and cultivating positive and mutually beneficial relationships between central IT and constituencies across the university and health system. Corb has held increasing levels of responsibility and broadening roles within the IT organization at Johns Hopkins for more than 10 years.

Corb earned both his bachelor’s degree in computer science and his MBA in marketing at the Johns Hopkins University and has had the good fortune to work for Goldman Sachs, the Yale School of Medicine, and in e-business consulting. While serving as a staff programmer in the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, he published five papers in peer-reviewed journals related to computerized implementations of clinical practice guidelines. While consulting, he was involved in the initial development of one of today’s most popular Internet properties, sophisticated satellite-based workflow solutions for the maritime industry, cutting-edge marketing solutions for the entertainment industry, online governmental lotteries, brand management solutions, and loyalty marketing programs.

Corb lives in the suburbs of Baltimore with his wife, Jennifer, and three children, Alyssa, Jonathan, and Sarah.

Stephen G. Shander | SAP Representative ASUG Board of Director

In his current position as Chief Customer Officer at SAP America Inc., Stephen Shander is responsible for overall customer satisfaction and acts on behalf of SAP operational leadership in the role of customer advocate. Shander’s organization is comprised of project recovery, customer engagement teams, HANA, cloud, mobility, and analytic ambassadors. His team focuses on maximizing past investments in SAP solutions. His main areas of concentration include project success, establishing an environment for sustainable value realization, improving system related operational efficiencies, broadening and strengthening the Customer/SAP Ecosystem relationships, and leveraging SAP’s new innovations to provide business value.

In Shander's 12 years with SAP, he has held several senior management positions including, Senior Vice President and General Manager Line of Business, Senior Vice President and General Manager Northeast Enterprise Division, Senior Vice President Premier Customer Network, and VP Sales Manufacturing.

Prior to joining SAP, Shander served as Senior Vice President at Exchange Inc. Over a 30 year career in software and technology, he also served as the Eastern Region Vice President Mid-Market at PeopleSoft, as well as several sales and sales management positions with Hyperion Solutions and Management Science America (MSA).

Shander holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University. Active in his community, Shander is a board member of TECHIMPACT, a non-profit organization that accelerates the philanthropic impact of non-profit organizations through the adoption of innovative technologies.

Dr. E. Jeffrey Hutchinson | Board of Director

Jeff Hutchinson is the SVP & Global CIO for Bombardier, Inc. a Montreal based global leader in rolling stock (rail), and business and commercial aviation. Bombardier’s goal is to continuously find better ways to bridge distances and bring people together. Across cities, countries and the globe. In this role, Jeff is responsible for leading Bombardier’s global IS/IT, digital asset and cyber security functions. 

Prior to Bombardier, Jeff lead the IT Enterprise Services team at Honeywell. In that role, he was accountable for core solutions that were deployed enterprise-wide, including a variety of hardware infrastructure and software applications, in order to deliver an IT-as-a-service model. Prior to joining Honeywell, Jeff was a SVP with SAP Labs - Products & Innovations (development) organization, where he led the global Strategic Engagements Executive team. He was also SAP executive sponsor for the SAP HANA Executive Advisory Council.

Prior to SAP, Jeff served with two global CPG companies. He was a Corporate Officer, Executive Committee member, and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. Prior to that role, he was the North America Strategic Program Office lead, North America CIO, and American executive committee member for the European Danone corporation. He has also been an executive with Accenture, and has had both operational and IS/IT roles in Electronics & High Tech and Aerospace and Defense corporations.

Jeff received his BS in Business Administration for Bryant University, a MBA from University of New Haven, a MS in Software Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctorate in Computing from Pace University with research in the agile adoption of packaged software solutions.

Tony Caesar | Board of Director

Antonio (Tony) Caesar has spent over 31 years leading national and global IT organizations from banking, non-profit, and most recently consumer product goods manufacturers and distributors. During his tenure, Tony has held the positions of MIS Director of Head USA; IT Director for HTM East Coast; CIO and Director of Distribution (dual roles) for Head Penn Racquet Sports; Global Director of SAP for Easton Bell Sports; VP and CIO for Master Halco, Inc.; and is currently serving as the VP and CIO for PrimeSource Building Products.

Tony has extensive experience leading teams supporting businesses running ERP systems from JD Edwards and SAP, and has led several successful implementations, system upgrades, and cross-systems integration initiatives. He has also been recognized as a leader with a keen understanding of business cycles, processes, and operations, who consistently delivers technologies and solutions aligned to corporate goals and strategies that add “true” business value.

Tony is also known as a true partner to the organizations he and his teams has supported and has received several service awards in recognition for his efforts. In 2007, Tony was nominated by his peers and subsequently received the Computer World Magazine Premier 100 IT Leader award.

Andreas Liris | Board of Director

Andreas Liris is Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. In this role, Andreas has executive responsibility for the company’s information and digital strategy, solutions, technology, systems, and services.

Andreas is an IT executive with extensive global experience in leading teams and delivering enterprise solutions. Prior to entering the CPG industry, Andreas held key information solution and technology leadership roles within the aerospace and defense, as well as process and fine chemicals, industries.

Mr. Liris joined Maple Leaf Foods in 2010 as Vice-President, Information Solutions. During this tenure, he led the successful implementation of the standard ERP (SAP) platform and processes across all functions of the organization. In addition, he lead key strategic initiatives as part of the development of the IS solution platform and in support of the organization-wide Network Transformation.

Andreas holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Ron Gilson | Board of Director

Ron Gilson is Vice President and CIO of Johnsonville Sausage, LLC, where he is a member of the senior executive team. In his current role, he has global responsibility for information technology. Ron joined Johnsonville as a programmer/analyst in 1991 before becoming coach of the Enterprise Applications Team in 1994 and CIO in 1998.

From 2004 – 2009 Ron was the program manager for the deployment of SAP at Johnsonville. In 2013 he took on responsibility for the implementation of a company-wide Lean/CI program. As the corporate sponsor of the Lean initiative he was tasked with building out the CI team and creating and executing the overall CI vision and strategy. In 2016 he initiated the development and execution of an Integrated Business Planning process at Johnsonville.

Johnsonville has been an active ASUG member for over 10 years. For the past three years Ron has been actively engaged with the ASUG Executive Exchange as a member of the EE Steering Committee.

Ron received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Tara Gambill | Board of Director

Tara Gambill is Interim Head of IT at MOD Pizza. MOD Pizza is a fast-casual pizza restaurant chain based in the United States. Founded in Seattle, Washington in 2008, MOD has more than 200 locations in the United States and United Kingdom.

Tara has nearly 20 years of technology industry experience, implementing critical enterprise systems in various team settings for multiple business units, managing and administering IT platforms and ERP & Cloud based partnerships. Tara joined MOD Pizza in July 2016, as Sr. Program Manager IT. While at MOD, Tara has been responsible for facilitating the delivery of the S/4HANA Cloud ERP system, as well as the delivery of the SuccessFactors HCM platform. She has built and led a team to support transformation, delivery and realization of SAP solutions across several business areas.

Tara has a BA from the University of Washington in Anthropology.