Founder & CEO
Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
Former CEO of Kentucky Fried Chick
Peter Cahill is the Founder of Clandestine Development, LLC. He was inspired to create LifeLine Response after several of his family members fell victims to assault and attack. In 2011, Peter funded research to assess how sexual and violent crimes occur. Using this data, he led a team of skilled engineers and psychologists in developing new technology that would be effective in the critical moments of a life-threatening situation. This technology was the driving force behind LifeLine Response and Peter led the charge with his tireless focus on product design. The result is a mobile application that will change the way people look at personal safety.
In addition to his work on LifeLine Response, Peter was a founding partner of TransCapital Partners, a 14 year old international, Merger and Acquisition Investment Bank with offices in Hong Kong and based in Chicago, Illinois. Over his 14 year career, he advised on transactions and divestiture strategies equaling an aggregate value of $1.3 billion. Peter has assisted several Fortune 100 companies to accelerate growth and increase market share by evaluating economic patterns in various industries, including technology, manufacturing, and transportation.
Peter studied Political Science at the University of Tennessee and multi-cultural development at Depaul University.
Giacomo Listi has 20 years of experience directing mission-critical technology operations and initiatives. He has extensive consulting experience with Fortune 100 companies. Giacomo has consulted on the planning, development and delivery of technology solutions requiring high-availability and protection of proprietary content. He has worked with big brands to develop customer solutions from concept to delivery. He has created corporate programs which have supported a daily volume of over 18 million transactions and have maintained 24/7 up time. His specialty lays in macro level technology solutions for companies in need of support.
Giacomo received his bachelor of science degree in Management Information Systems at the Northern Illinois University Business School. He is passionate about LifeLine Response and is glad to contribute to the technological growth and development of the company.
Dave Connell joins LifeLine Response with more than 20-years of Sales & Leadership experience in the Human Capital Management space in the UK and US.
Prior to joining, Dave was Commercial VP of Sales for Monster.com in the Midwest; tasked with growth of the business through a large team of development & account management representatives covering Fortune 1000 clients domestically and internationally.
With a flair for innovation and a passion for technology, Dave has always been at the leading edge of developments in the HCM space and has strong experience in Media, Technology and Sales Operations that will be important as we grow the business.
In his role as SVP, Global Development, Dave will be tasked with growing the LifeLine Response brand in the US & Internationally and hiring a team of associates to build awareness of the industry leading personal safety platform in their local market.
Before moving to Chicago in 2006, Dave was based in the UK in London & Edinburgh and graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Economics.
Dave is excited to join the team at such an important part of Lifeline’s journey and has huge personal belief in how LifeLine Response can be utilized by individuals and Corporations to be that personal safety net they rely on in a time of need.
Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. When he retired in January 2008 he was the Director of the National Clandestine Service, the head of all human clandestine operations for the CIA and responsible for the coordination of human operations for the entire U.S. intelligence community.
From 2002 until late 2004 he was Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center where he lead the worldwide intelligence collection programs and covert action operations against international terrorist organizations following the 9/11 attacks and the ouster of terrorists from Afghanistan. He is a former Deputy Director of the CIA's Counternarcotics Center and Chief of the Agency's Latin America Division. During his career he served in seven overseas assignments and was Chief of Station four times.
Upon leaving federal service, Jose became a consultant and the Managing Director of J-ROD Strategies. In September 2008 he assumed the position of Senior Vice President at Edge Consulting, a National Interest Security Company which was acquired by IBM in 2010. He was a member of the Board of Directors of MVM Inc. from 2009-2011. Jose served as an Account Executive in IBM's intelligence practice until March 2012. He left IBM to promote his book "Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives," which was published on April 30, 2012. Hard Measures was an instant New York Times best seller. Jose was featured on CBS News "60 Minutes," he was also in the HBO documentary "Manhunt" and the Showtime documentary "Spymasters." Over the years he has been interviewed on many occasions on numerous national and cable news networks. In October 2018 he was featured in episode 5 of the Netflix series "Terrorism Close Calls."
Regarding Hard Measures, former CIA Director General Michael V. Hayden (USAF, Ret.) said: "Jose Rodriguez guided some of the CIA's greatest counterterrorism victories, and his story is one of courage, commitment, and decisiveness."
In 2014 he became a senior consultant for Constellis Group and in 2016 started his own security consulting firm IntelBase Security Corporation. In 2017 he joined the Board of Directors of G2K Labs.
Jose received many honors and awards during his career including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Award, the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Defense Intelligence Director's Award and three Director of Central Intelligence Awards.
Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
Kevin Williams currently serves as a Managing Partner of Arteryx Capital Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm which provides long term capital for leading companies well positioned for next stage growth. The prior six years, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of 13D Research, a global investment research firm focused on identifying the asset classes, markets, and industry groups that are positioned to outperform over a long-term investment horizon. Before joining the team at 13D, Kevin worked as a buy-side investor at Chicago Growth Partners, a growth focused private equity fund that invested over $750 million in more than 35 middle market companies.
He spent the previous 12 years serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams where he led SEAL and Coalition Forces during seven deployments worldwide in support of the Global War on Terror and other foreign policy objectives. His last two years of service were spent as the Basic Training Officer of Basic SEAL Training where he led 120 SEAL instructors in the screening and selection of over 1,000 SEAL candidates annually.
Prior to that assignment, he was screened and selected to serve at SEAL Team SIX as an Assault Squadron Troop Commander. There, he led a 35-man assault troop while executing five deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and national level missions. Prior to that, Kevin served as a Platoon Commander and Operations Officer at SEAL Team THREE, conducting another 6-month deployment to Near East Asia.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1994 where he also wrestled for four years on scholarship. Following his time in the service, he earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Toni and three daughters, Darby, Andy and Casey. He enjoys skydiving, scuba diving, chess, and playing rugby.
Keith Sherwell serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cablevision Systems Corporation.
In this role he is responsible for defining a vision for how technology and data enable business objectives with accountability for developing, implementing and managing, robust, secure and innovative state-of-the-art technologies across Cablevision with functional responsibility to integrate a disparate range of systems including core business enabling systems, content delivery systems, customer service information systems, workforce management systems, customer billing systems, corporate financial and human resource systems, data management systems and business intelligence systems. Additionally, Mr. Sherwell collaborates with the executive team to support Cablevision’s continued innovation through design and development of current and future products and services.
Mr Sherwell has operated across a broad spectrum of Technology Operations and Development, with extensive experience managing large complex change and integration programs. Previously, Mr. Sherwell was Chief Information Officer for Office Depot International, where he integrated Office Depot and OfficeMax technology in the European, Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets. He was a crucial advisor for Office Depot during its merger with Office Max in 2013.
Prior to his work with Office Depot Mr. Sherwell was chief information officer for Sears Holdings and SVP in a number of senior position with American Express. He has broad experience of managing complex change and integration programs prior to relocating to the USA he occupied various technical and management positions with Grand Metropolitan and National Westminster Bank.
Mark Davies serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Vivint. Before joining Vivint, he served as Executive Vice President of Alcoa, as President of the company's Global Business Services unit and as a member of the Alcoa Executive Council. In this role he was responsible for leading an integrated organization consisting of the Chief Procurement Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Security Officer, and Global Services, with a collective employee base of more than 2,000 employees in 20 countries.
Before Alcoa Mark was at Dell Inc. where he spent 12 years, most recently as the Managing Vice President of Strategic Programs. In this position, he helped lead the global business transformation of the company. Prior to that, Mark served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Global Consumer Group, a $13 billion enterprise with operations in five regions and 45 countries. Earlier, Mark was CFO for Dell's first Global Operations organization, which included manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, research and development, and product marketing. He also held roles in sales, operations, and corporate as Dell grew from $14 billion to $62 billion in revenue and over 100,000 employees.
Mark spent two years at Applied Materials in several executive finance roles and began his career at Hewlett Packard in financial operations and ultimately held positions in manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, and accounting for a number of international operations.
Terry Savage is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy and the markets. She writes a weekly personal finance column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, and blogs regularly on the Huffington Post. Savage is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance. Her latest is The Savage Truth on Money.
She is seen frequently on television, including CNN, commenting on markets and money, and she appears weekly on WGN-Radio’s noon business program. She was the first woman on the Board of Directors of McDonald’s Corporation, and currently serves on the board of CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange).
Michael Hubbard is an advisor to executives of the largest firms in the world on obtaining value from enterprise software and technology. He is a silicon valley veteran familiar with leading through the hyper growth of technology disrupters. Hubbard changes how big companies adopt technology methods due to user demographics, technology economics, and macro-IT trends such as Cloud, Mobile, and Human-Factors.
Hubbard current serves as a Global Vice President for ServiceNow, enabling their growth as the second company in history to achieve $1B in Software-as-a-Service subscription revenue. Hubbard served as a Global Vice President at VMware, a cloud technology innovator, from 2007 to August 2015 as they grow from $800m to over $6B in revenue. Hubbard enabled the company’s most transformative and successful customers to attain cloud computing and IT-as-a-service outcomes. From 1999 to 2007, he served in various application leadership roles with Oracle. Prior, Hubbard delivered multi-year enterprise-wide customer consulting engagements with SAP, EDS, and ATKearney.
Hubbard holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois, and certifications in technology and program delivery from Stanford University, SAP, Oracle, and VMware. He resides in Lake Forest, Illinois
Mark Baker has been in numerous positions of sales leadership in his career. Most recently, he was the SVP of Global Sales at Urban Airship, the leading mobile engagement provider for some of the world's most recognized brands.
Mark has more than 25 years or experience in sales and leadership, developing high performing sales teams and implementing strategies for growth and superior results. Previous to Urban Airship Mark was Vice President of Global Sales for Citrix's SaaS division, where he led a global salesteam of 600 people and helped to grow bookings from $18m to more that $140M in new annualized revenues. Prior to Citrix he was the Area Vice President and Vice President of Sales ofMonster.com and spent 15 years at ADP, a leading HR solutions provider.
Mark is a Portland, Or, native and holds a BA in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Portland State University.
Art Bielski has over 22 years of experience in the technology and digital marketing industry. Art’s deep understanding of technology and business helps bridge gaps in organizations and aligning them for the overall corporate vision. He is results oriented and uses best practices and data science to work through issues, gain momentum, and ultimately provide positive results for companies.
Art is a Founding Partner for Gamma Partners, a Digital Technology services company in Chicago, IL. Art earned a degree from the New York Institute of Technology, majoring in Economics and Literature, in addition to pursuing a Computer Science degree from DePaul University. As an astute, agile, results-driven executive leader with strong technology sales, change management, engineering, and relationship management experience he has demonstrated success across a range of industries with his broad business acumen. Art has operating experience in roles including Partner, Vice President, COO, CTO, Director, and Executive Consultant at many start-ups and established companies.
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