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The Mitsui Lecture Series

The Mitsui Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation to deepen the understanding of contemporary Japan and Tennessee and create a sense of community and exchange. This year, high profile speakers will join three forums highlighting Japan’s footprint around the world and its contributions to Tennessee’s prosperity over the last forty years.

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation was established in 1987 as the philanthropic arm of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. for active, social contribution programs in communities where the company does business.

Join us for the first session of The Mitsui Lecture Series, thought-provoking programming highlighting Japan’s footprint around the world and its contributions to Tennessee’s prosperity over the last forty years.

On August 31st, Moderator Brian Moyer and top-notch IT executives from Bridgestone Americas, Nissan and NTT DATA will come together to exchange views and share knowledge about the use of technology by local manufacturers and healthcare companies to serve their customers and grow business. Japanese companies are investing in technology innovation that powers Nashville’s economic development.

Welcome and introduction from special guest, Lori Odom, JAST Board Secretary and VP, International Business, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Space is limited for this unique and informative event. 

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Brian Moyer, Moderator

President & CEO @Greater Nashville Technology Council

Brian Moyer is President and CEO of the Greater Nashville Technology Council, the leading voice and advocate for Middle Tennessee’s $8 billion tech ecosystem and 60,000 tech professionals. Brian is a tech entrepreneur, founder and self-taught software developer, CTO, CIO, and CEO. He is featured on the Nashville Business Journal’s 2020 Power 100 list of most influential business leaders in Nashville; ranked #2 on the Rise.Global Top 100 Thought Leaders in IT, and listed on peopleHum’s global list of the 200 most influential thought leaders.

Cameron Ahler

VP IT, Customer and Commerce @Bridgestone Americas

Cameron Ahler, VP, IT, Bridgestone Americas is responsible for the IT technology transformation of platforms that enable Bridgestone and their customers to engage seamlessly with each other. Cameron has worked at Bridgestone since 2016, holding roles of increasing responsibility including Business Relationship Manager and Director of Enterprise Architecture and Solution Delivery.  Prior to Bridgestone Americas, Cameron held leadership roles across various industries with a focus on delivering customer satisfaction through CRM consulting, sales and hospitality leadership. Cameron received his Bachelor of Science from University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Business School.  Cameron lives in Nashville with his wife, three kids and two cats. He enjoys sports, outdoors, traveling, reading and has recently taken up

restoration of an old family car.

Jim Collier

VP Digital Strategy & Innovation Practice (Healthcare) @NTT DATA Services

Jim Collier is a Vice President in NTT DATA’s Digital Strategy and Innovation practice. He has over 30 years of experience working with private and public sector clients on their innovation journeys. He leads the linkage with the Health Consulting practice to bring innovation to our Health Provider client base. He specializes in Next Generation Digital Innovation & Transformation and Cost Optimization & Reinvestment sitting at the intersection of the Business Operations and the Information Technology organization to bring the overall growth and sustainability vision of the business to reality through technology enablement. His focus is helping businesses drive strategic imperatives, innovation, and transformation to improve business outcomes, growth and profitability agendas, and overall operational performance.

Aunshuman Ghosh

IS Director for Marketing & Sales, Aftersales & Connected Car Services@Nissan

Aunshuman Ghosh is an executive member of the Nissan IS/IT leadership team and is the leader for Marketing & Sales, Aftersales and Connected Car technology and business enablement. Nissan Americas is part of the Global Nissan family based out of Yokohama, Japan and is global leader in car manufacturing; selling over 1.5 million cars per year across the Americas. He is responsible for all Digital and Brand websites, mobile apps, dealer systems, warehouse & parts management systems, connected car services and leads a team of 200+ professionals. His primary focus is to enable and enhance customer and dealer experience through innovation and cutting edge technology as well as a large portion of the Nissan America’s Digital Transformation strategy. Aunshuman has extensive experience in digital & business transformations and featured as a finalist (in the Information Technology category) at the "Indy's Best and Brightest" event organized by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. He is passionate about being outdoors, sports and currently represents Nissan as a board member at American Red Cross, Nashville.

Edward Wilson-Smythe (he/him)

Senior Advisor, Industry Strategy and Solutions (Manufacturing) @NTT DATA Services

Edward Wilson-Smythe (he/him) is a leader in NTT DATA’s Industry Strategy and Solutions group, and leads the definition and execution of digital innovation strategies, integrated solutions and innovation partnerships for strategic Manufacturing, Automotive and Energy clients. He has over 20 years of diverse experience as a management consultant, technology strategist and industry practitioner, focused on leveraging innovation to drive superior business results and social outcomes. His particular area of interest is socioeconomic impacts of innovation on ecosystems at the corporate, institutional, social, community and individual levels. His approach to work is predicated upon a firm belief that this next wave of innovation can be harnessed purposefully to finally reconcile growth with equality, people with profits, and economics with environment, and drive a more affluent, equitable, connected, open, accessible, secure, just and sustainable society.

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