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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 20, 2015) – Continuing the successes of the last two years, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show) announced two new additions to its Connected Car Expo (CCE) advisory board for 2015. Manuela Papadopol of Elektrobit and Danny Shapiro of NVIDIA will join eight other influential thought leaders from top companies shaping the connected car conversation, including Aeris Communications, AT&T, the City of Los Angeles, Ford, Google, MERA, Pandora, and Strategy Analytics.

Alongside Conference Director Andy Gryc, the advisory board will set the strategic direction and focus of CCE’s conference agenda. CCE will be held in conjunction with LA Auto Show Press and Trade Days on November 17, 2015 and recently won the AUTO Connected Car News' Tech CARS Award for Best Car Tech Connected Car Trade Show for its 2014 event.

"Everyone at the Connected Car Expo and LA Auto Show is very excited to get started with this year's advisory panel and put together interesting and thought-provoking day-of panel discussions with industry experts," said Lisa Kaz, President of the LA Auto Show and CCE. "CCE has been at the cutting edge of the connected car space for the last two years and will continue to lead the conversation for 2015."

CCE Advisory Panel Members Include:


  • Michelle Avary, Vice President, Automotive Strategy, Aeris Communications
    Mrs. Avary is responsible for the overall management of Aeris’ automotive strategy, product planning, and business development. A 16-year veteran of automotive telematics, Michelle previously led Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. telematics strategies. Most recently she was the Director of Technology Strategy for Harman International where she led the development of technology strategies for all of Harman’s business lines.


  • Chris Cook, President, Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA)
    As the president of the U.S. trade association representing over 1,000 mobile electronics companies and owning and producing the annual tradeshow, KnowledgeFest®, and the trade publication Mobile Electronics® Magazine, Cook combines his 28-year automotive consumer electronics experience with expertise with in-vehicle consumer electronics integration for both Aftermarket and OEM.


  • John Ellis, Founder & Managing Director, Ellis and Associates
    Ellis was recently the head of Ford’s Developer Program, where he oversaw a team of developers, engineers, and marketers integrating mobile technology into the vehicle, and allowing drivers to extend their mobile lives into their vehicles. He now provides expertise and hands-on execution in a broad range of areas including international business and culture, open source, finance, product management and marketing at Ellis and Associates.


  • Brian Greaves, Director Product Development Emerging Devices, AT&T
    Brian is responsible for leading the development and implementation of connected vehicle services and enhancements in the telematics and infotainment sector. This includes managing all development programs and initiatives on the AT&T Drive Platform and overseeing the AT&T Drive Studio.


  • Roger C. Lanctot, Associate Director, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics
    With more than 25 years of experience in electronics industry market research, consulting and journalism, Lanctot advises clients on in-vehicle safety, infotainment and connectivity systems anticipating market, regulatory, and technological developments in hardware, software and business models.


  • Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles
    Peter Marx is the city's first Chief Innovation Technology Officer. Marx will oversee the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government to better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he will partner with L.A.'s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation. Before joining the Mayor's Office, Marx served as the Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Labs, Inc. & was the Vice President of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc.


  • Chris McKillop, Manager, Android Platform, Google
    McKillop leads an engineering team responsible for Living Room and Entertainment products within Google’s Android organization. He was previously Vice President of Software at Jawbone; Sr. Director, webOS Linux at Palm; Team Lead, iOS WiFi & Bluetooth at Apple, and a Software Engineer at QNX Software Systems.


  • Manuela Paladopol, Director, Global Marketing Automotive, Elektrobit
    Papadopol is responsible for the overall development and execution of EB Automotive’s global marketing strategy. Prior to joining EB Automotive, she served as a global marketing manager for automotive programs at Microsoft and as global marketing manager at the Tweddle Group. She began her business career in public relations and marketing at BMW in 1996 moving to Mercedes Benz as a public relations manager in 2000.


  • Danny Shapiro, Senior Director of Automotive, NVIDIA
    Danny is the Sr. Director of NVIDIA’s automotive business unit focused on solutions optimizing vehicle design as well as in-vehicle infotainment, navigation, digital instrument clusters and advanced driver assistance systems. He is a 25-year veteran of the computer graphics and semiconductor industries having served in marketing, business development and engineering roles at ATI, 3Dlabs, Silicon Graphics and Digital Equipment.
  • Geoff Snyder, Vice President of Automotive Business Development, Pandora
    Snyder is focused on the extension of Pandora into vehicles. As consumers demand a better in-car music experience, he has developed relationships with representatives of the world’s top automotive brands working as a liaison between engineering and business teams to make personalized radio on-the-road a reality.

Over the next few months, the LA Auto Show and CCE will announce more details, including session and discussion topics and industry expert participants. For more information visit and

About the Los Angeles Auto Show and Connected Car Expo
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. Press Days for the 2015 LA Auto Show® will be held on Nov. 17 – 19. The show will be open to the public Nov. 20 – Nov. 29. The third annual Connected Car Expo (CCE) will unite automotive and technology professionals in an effort to increase development and foster relationship-building in the connected car industry, providing attendees with access to the key players and top media constructing the future of the connected car. CCE will take place Nov. 17, in conjunction with the 2015 LA Auto Show Press Days. The LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions. To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at or via Facebook at and sign up for alerts at For more information on CCE please visit


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