Vice President of Engineering
U.S. Submarine Structures LLC
Michael Schutte is the resident naval architect at U.S. Submarines and, as vice president of engineering at U.S.
Submarine Structures, is responsible for the engineering of the Poseidon Undersea Resort and the world’s first
undersea residence, the H2OME. Mr. Schutte is a naval architect and marine engineer with broad experience in the
development of superyachts, high-speed vessels, catamarans, and specialty structures. Mr. Schutte’s previous projects
at his own firm include the design, engineering, and construction supervision of a 60m alloy megayacht, a 40m
tri-deck motoryacht, and several high-speed motorboats. He was previously the principal naval architect at Blubay
Yachts in France, where he was responsible for the design of high-speed sail and power catamarans to 50 meters.
CEO and President
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Jonathan Schwartz, also a director of Sun Microsystems, became CEO in 2006. He previously was promoted to
president and COO in 2004 and managed all operational functions at Sun, from product development and marketing
to global sales and service. An inveterate communicator, he has led Sun’s drive to engage the marketplace and redefine
corporate transparency. A leader behind many of Sun’s open source and standard-setting initiatives, Mr. Schwartz is
an outspoken advocate for the network as a utility with value not only for the computing industry, but also as a tool
for driving economic, social, and political progress. Before assuming his COO position, Mr. Schwartz served as Sun’s
executive vice president for software and chief strategy officer, and held a variety of leadership positions across product
and corporate development. He joined Sun in 1996 after the company acquired Lighthouse Design, where he was CEO
and co-founder. Earlier he was with McKinsey & Company.
Co-founder and Chairman
Global Business Network (GBN)
Peter Schwartz co-founded GBN, the world’s preeminent member organization focused on scenario thinking and
planning, in 1987. As GBN’s chairman, he specializes in building scenarios for leading corporations, governments, and
nonprofit institutions. His current research and scenario work encompasses energy resources and the environment,
technology, life sciences, telecommunications, media and entertainment, aerospace, and national security. Mr.
Schwartz previously served the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies in London, where he headed the scenario
team from 1982 to 1986. Earlier he was director the Strategic Environment Center at SRI International. Mr. Schwartz is
the author of Inevitable Surprises, a look at the complex forces at play in the world and their implications for business
and society; and The Art of the Long View, a seminal publication on scenario planning that has been widely translated.
He co-authored several other books, including The Long Boom and When Good Companies Do Bad Things.
Chairman and CEO
Ivan Seidenberg, who led Verizon to become a premier network company, was instrumental in forming the entity
through a number of mergers and acquisitions, and also helped create what is now Verizon Wireless in 1999. He has
led Verizon since its inception, first as co-CEO in 2000, then as sole CEO since 2002, and chairman since 2004. Before
the creation of Verizon, he was chairman and CEO of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX. He began his communications career
more than 40 years ago as a cable splicer’s assistant and has held numerous operations and engineering assignments.
Mr. Seidenberg, with a long-standing commitment to education, has made Verizon a leader in using communications
technology to improve educational performance in the U.S. He was named to the U.S. president’s National Security
Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2007 and became chairman of the Business Roundtable’s health and
retirement task force in 2008.