2023 Annual Meeting

Friday, June 9, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Massachusetts High Technology Council’s 2023 Annual Meeting

The Massachusetts High Technology Council hosted its Annual Meeting on Friday, June 9 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

Celebrating its 46th anniversary, the High Tech Council’s 2023 Annual Meeting focused on state competitiveness. The theme was particularly relevant as the High Tech Council continues to work to revitalize the state’s declining business environment and uphold its competitive position compared to other states.

Bringing together influential leaders, elected officials, and key partners, the Annual Meeting provided a platform for critical discussions on the future of Massachusetts’ innovative economy with a robust agenda featuring:

Keynote address delivered by Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey

Presentation around this year’s theme of competitiveness and critical insights into the future of Massachusetts’ economy delivered by CNBC Special Correspondent, Scott Cohn

Remarks from Council leadership, including outgoing Chair Robert Reynolds, CEO & President of Putnam Investments, incoming Chair John T.C. Lee, Ph.D., CEO of MKS Instruments, and Director Jane Steinmetz, Managing Principal of EY’s Boston Office

Presentation of the 2023 Ray Stata Leadership & Innovation Award to Bob Reynolds in recognition of his significant contributions to the state’s growth and development, featuring remarks from Ray Stata

An update on MassVision2050, the High Tech Council’s groundbreaking, multi-year collaboration to generate bold ideas for Massachusetts’ future

Election of Directors, Executive Committee, & Officers

Thank you to our 2023 Annual Meeting Sponsors!

2023 Annual Meeting Highlights

Election of Directors, Executive Committee & Officers

The Annual Meeting agenda also included the election of the Council leadership team for the upcoming year, conducted by Michael Kendall, Council Secretary and Director, and Partner and Co-Chair of the Private Equity Group at the global law firm Goodwin Procter.

John T.C. Lee, Ph.D., President and CEO of MKS Instruments, was elected as the 23rd Chair of the High Tech Council’s Board of Directors, making him the second Council Chair from MKS throughout the Council’s 46-year history. Corey Thomas, Chairman and CEO of Rapid7, was elected to serve as the Vice Chair. As long-time members of the High Tech Council’s Board and Executive Committee, their valuable insights will contribute significantly to the High Tech Council’s future endeavors.

Along with the appointments of Lee and Thomas as Chair and Vice Chair, Council members re-elected Secretary Michael Kendall, Treasurer William Ribaudo (Retired Partner, Deloitte), and President Chris Anderson in their respective Officer roles. Five leaders on the Executive Committee—William Achtmeyer (Chairman and Managing Partner, Acropolis Advisors), LeeBob Reynolds (President and CEO, Putnam Investments), Jane Steinmetz (Managing Principal, EY), and Thomas—were re-elected and joined by two new Executive Committee members: Catherine Kniker (Executive Vice President; Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, PTC, Inc.) and Navjot Singh, Ph.D. (Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company). Each of these exceptional leaders will continue to contribute thought leadership and strategic guidance to our team as we think long-term about the High Tech Council’s mission and hallmark feature of senior executive engagement.

Members also re-elected 27 incumbent directors and elected the following nine new Directors:

Mike Clark

Mike Clark

Hollingsworth & Vose Company

About

Mike Clark is the Division President of Filtration Solutions at Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V).

He joined H&V in 2003 and has held leadership positions in the U.S. and Germany. Prior to his current role, Mike served as the President of the High Efficiency and Specialty Filtration Division from 2009 to 2020.

Before joining H&V, Mike was a strategy consultant for eight years, working with Fortune 100 manufacturing companies.

He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Rebecca Diaz

Rebecca Diaz

Analog Devices, Inc.

About

Rebecca Diaz serves as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for Analog Devices, Inc., managing Treasury, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Government Relations. Analog Devices is a leading semiconductor company headquartered in Massachusetts, with over 25,000 employees worldwide. Rebecca has over 20 years of experience as a finance leader and strategic advisor in the semiconductor industry, the underlying technology driving much of our global economy and critical to our national security. 

Prior to her current role, Rebecca served as Division CFO at Analog Devices for the Automotive, Communications, and Aerospace & Defense markets. Previously she held positions covering business finance and controllership, sales operations, and finance management at both Analog Devices and MediaTek. 

Rebecca holds an MBA from Suffolk University and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A life-long resident of Massachusetts, she grew up in Northampton and currently lives north of Boston with her husband and 4 children. 

David Forlizzi

David Forlizzi

Veracode

About

David Forlizzi is an operationally focused Chief Financial Officer with extensive experience with mid-sized public/privately backed tech companies. David focuses on developing rigorous processes and metrics to ensure that the organization is aligned around the core strategic objectives and is efficiently driving towards these goals. A metrics-oriented approach gives investors meaningful insight into the performance of their investment, thus helping shape the right strategic and operational discussions at the board level. As a board member, David can coach organizations to understand and implement the same rigorous processes and metrics he has championed as the CFO. 

David has over 25 years of professional experience (more than half in the capacity of CFO) in the tech industry. Currently, he serves as CFO for Veracode, a cybersecurity SaaS company. He oversees Veracode’s global financial, sales ops, IT, and corporate development functions. David was previously CFO at Infovista, a global software and services company, where he led the finance, HR, legal, and IT departments. He has also held accounting and leadership positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston and Europe, advising technology companies on their financial, growth, and business strategies.  

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Bentley University. Also, David is an active Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts. He is fluent in French and lived in Europe for 5+ years with extensive international business experience and travel.

David Jarzynka

David Jarzynka

Brooks Automation

About

David Jarzynka (Dave) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Brooks Automation in February 2022. Brooks Automation has been a leading automation provider and trusted partner in the global manufacturing industry for over 40 years.

Dave has over 30 years of experience in the automation and semiconductor industries. Previously, he was president of Brook’s Semiconductor Solutions Group, leading a multi-year valued growth strategy, while expanding the Brooks automation platform to multiple segments. Mr. Jarzynka has been with Brooks since 2004.

Prior to Brooks, Mr. Jarzynka held leadership roles at Intel, IBM, and various startups in the automation, flat panel, and PCB industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and completed an executive management and leadership program at MIT Sloan School.

Adam Portnoy

Adam Portnoy

The RMR Group

About

Adam Portnoy is the Managing Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The RMR Group (Nasdaq: RMR). Mr. Portnoy also serves on the Boards of several companies managed by RMR or its affiliates, including Service Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SVC), Diversified Healthcare Trust (Nasdaq: DHC), Office Properties Income Trust (Nasdaq: OPI), Industrial Logistics Properties Trust (Nasdaq: ILPT), Seven Hills Realty Trust (Nasdaq: SEVN), AlerisLife Inc. (Private), Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (Private) and Tremont Realty Capital, an SEC registered investment adviser. 
 
Prior to joining RMR in 2003, Mr. Portnoy held various positions in the finance industry and public sector, including working as a banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and ABN AMRO, working in private equity at the International Finance Corporation (a member of The World Bank Group) and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, as well as serving as Chief Executive Officer of a telecommunications company. Mr. Portnoy currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Institute, as a member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and as the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and he is formerly the Chair of the Board of Directors of TravelCenters of America, a member of the Board of Trustees of Occidental College and the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit). Mr. Portnoy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Occidental College in 1993.

Brian Shortsleeve

Brian Shortsleeve

M33 Growth

About

Brian Shortsleeve is passionate about helping founders and CEOs rapidly scale their companies. He works closely with management teams to drive growth through sales-and-go-to-market expansion and execution of strategic acquisitions.

Prior to founding M33, Brian served as the Chief Administrator and Acting General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). He was handpicked by Governor Charlie Baker in 2015 to develop and execute a plan to put the MBTA on the path to long-term fiscal sustainability. During his tenure, Brian worked closely with the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board and led efforts to balance the operating budget, modernize internal businesses processes by leveraging technology, rapidly accelerate the pace of capital investment in critical system repairs, and build the team to turnaround the Green Line Extension project.

Before the MBTA, Brian worked in strategy consulting and investing at Bain & Company, H.I.G. Capital, and most recently, General Catalyst, where he served as a managing director and led growth-stage investments in software and technology-enabled services companies. Brian served on the boards of Axium Software (acquired by Deltek), CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic), Envoy Global (acquired by Palladium Equity), Oceans Healthcare, and OGSystems (acquired by Parsons).

At M33 Growth, Brian serves on the board of W Energy Sofware, Titan Cloud Software, Mize, Inc (acquired by Syncron); L2L, BeSmartee, SmartKargo, GoDocs, and Performline.

Brian is a Massachusetts native, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, and served as a Marine officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Persian Gulf. The Boston Business Journal has named him one of the 50 Most Influential People in Boston and The Boston Globe named him to the “2016 Game Changers” list, which recognizes leaders doing extraordinary things to reshape life and work in the greater Boston area.

Grace Wang, Ph.D.

Grace Wang, Ph.D.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

About

Grace Wang, Ph.D., a materials scientist and highly accomplished and collaborative leader in higher education, government, and industry, joined WPI in April 2023, serving as its 17th president.

Wang began her career at IBM/Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, focusing on research and development of thin-film magnetic recording media and carbon overcoat for data storage. She holds seven U.S. patents.

From industry, Wang joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2009 as a program director in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, becoming division director in 2012. In her subsequent role as the deputy assistant director for engineering, she oversaw the operation of the Directorate for Engineering and helped to identify and implement engineering research, innovation, and education priorities. Later, as acting assistant director for engineering, she managed a funding portfolio of over $900 million dedicated to investments in frontier engineering research, supporting engineering education, and fostering innovation and technology commercialization.

Wang left the NSF to join the State University of New York (SUNY) System in January 2017 as a professor in the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at the flagship University at Buffalo and as vice chancellor for research and economic development of the SUNY System. By September 2017 she was also serving as the interim provost for the SUNY System. She was soon tapped to serve as interim president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and, simultaneously, was promoted to senior vice chancellor for research and economic development of the SUNY System.

In her SUNY roles, she supported faculty, staff, and students; drove collective vision; advanced education and research; and grew strategic partnerships. Her hands-on leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic included fostering a caring, inclusive, and supportive environment with the health and safety of the campus community at the forefront. Wang led the SUNY research enterprise with about $1.7 billion in annual R&D expenditures, advanced the research and economic development growth strategy, and significantly expanded research capacity in key strategic areas. She supported a strategic focus on enabling pathways for student success and completion; identifying and implementing tools and resources to improve access and affordability at scale; and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus culture. At SUNY, Wang was also instrumental in building large-scale strategic partnerships to grow impact-driven research and innovation.

Moving from SUNY to her inaugural role as executive vice president for research, innovation, and knowledge at The Ohio State University (OSU), Wang spearheaded efforts to consolidate functions and grow the university’s research and innovation ecosystem, ultimately creating the Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge. With a strong focus on supporting faculty, staff, and student researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, Wang empowered the team to provide seed funding for curiosity-driven research; pursue large-scale, impact-driven, interdisciplinary research centers; build long-term strategic partnerships with industry; launch campus-wide entrepreneurial activities; and enable experiential learning opportunities. Wang also played a lead role in forming the STEAMM Rising (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Medicine) partnership with the Columbus City Schools by providing training to K-12 teachers with the goal of increasing STEAMM awareness at scale.

Wang was appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy to serve on the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee in 2020 and 2021. She is currently a council member of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is a member of the Board of Governors for the New York Academy of Sciences, and the incoming Board Chair for the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP).

Wang earned a BS and MS in Polymer Materials from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Wang, her husband, and their daughter reside in Worcester. Their son is a sophomore engineering student at Northwestern University.

John Weaver

John Weaver

IPG Photonics

About
Jean-Charles Wirth

Jean-Charles Wirth

MilliporeSigma

About

Jean-Charles Wirth is head of Science and Lab Solutions at the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (known as Millipore Sigma in North America), a member of the Life Science Executive Team, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

As head of the Science and Lab Solutions business unit, Wirth oversees commercial geographies, strategic accounts, marketing, product management, research, and business development as well as eCommerce, strategy, and services.  

Prior to leading Science and Lab Solutions, Wirth was executive vice president—head of Applied Solutions. He was also previously the CFO for the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, and played an active role in its transformation from the sector through a combination of organic growth, acquisition, and strategic partnerships, while improving the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization pre margin. 

He joined the company in 2006 and has served in a number of different positions, including head of Controlling for the company’s Performance Materials business (now Electronics) of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt. Prior to that, he served as a finance manager for Baxter. He has also held financial, controlling, and consultant positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Crown Inc., and Alcatel Lucent. 

Wirth has deep expertise in management, finance, strategic planning, and problem-solving and a reputation for building energized focused teams. He has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, and North America.  

Wirth earned a M.B.A from Sciences Po in Paris and graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion Paris Business School.

We express our deepest gratitude to our departing Directors Aron Ain, Executive Chair of the UKG Board of Directors; Thomas J. Colatosti, former Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Systems; William P. Gelnaw, Jr., Managing Partner at Choate Hall & Stewart; Greg Henderson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Automotive, Communications, & Aerospace & Defense at Analog Devices; Sam King, Chief Executive Officer of Veracode; and Steve Pagliuca, former Co-Chairman of Bain Capital. All have been standout leaders within their respective institutions and extremely engaged in the Council’s mission.

MassVision2050

Last year, to mark our 45th anniversary, the High Tech Council launched MassVision2050, a long-term project designed to secure Massachusetts at the forefront of innovative technologies by leveraging expert leadership and forward-thinking analysis to develop robust, fact-based recommendations and a roadmap for boosting high-value job creation and long-term investment in the Commonwealth.

“With unparalleled access to both a well-educated workforce and well-funded research and investment communities, Massachusetts has long enjoyed its position as a frontrunner in the innovation economy,” Council President Chris Anderson remarked. “However, with changes in the local business climate and soaring costs of living, the Commonwealth’s economic and business competitiveness and strong workforce are at risk.” 

Before displaying a video highlighting this key initiative, Anderson detailed MassVision2050’s three-pronged approach, which tackles the fundamental drivers that not only accelerate capital investment and job creation but serve to expand opportunities, enhance the quality of life, and build an economy that is fairer for all who generate capital and benefit from critical social support programs:

Innovation Sector "Playbooks"

A series of recommendations for growth within nine critical tech sectors developed by expert-led working groups based on foundational research compiled by a McKinsey strategy team, with input from MITRE.

The Engaged Workforce

Collaborative initiatives that identify and amplify properly aligned strategies for businesses, educational institutions, and the government to build synergistic, sustainable multi-stakeholder partnerships throughout the talent development pipeline.

Critical Mass

Strategy to monitor key data trends and amplify their implications for Massachusetts competitiveness, job creation, private sector investment, talent strategies, and quality of life considerations.

Interested in getting involved with MassVision2050? Please contact Council President Chris Anderson to learn more.

2023 Annual Meeting Speakers

Governor Maura Healey

Governor Maura Healey

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

About

Maura Healey is the 73rd Governor of Massachusetts. She was sworn in on January 5, 2023, becoming the first woman and first openly LGBTQ person elected Governor in Massachusetts history.

Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll are building an experienced, diverse team that is focused on bringing people together and delivering results for Massachusetts residents. They’re committed to making Massachusetts more affordable and growing the state’s economic competitiveness by prioritizing housing, transportation, job training, and childcare. They believe that Massachusetts has the greatest collection of human and intellectual capital, business, innovation, and know-how in the world. They are harnessing these resources to deliver for residents, families, and businesses throughout the entire state.

Healey was elected Massachusetts Attorney General in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. As the People’s Lawyer, she took on the issues that impact residents across Massachusetts, including the opioid epidemic, the climate crisis, escalating health care costs, and student loan debt. She was the first Attorney General to sue Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers for their role in fueling the opioid crisis. She also routinely protected the rights of consumers, workers, students, seniors, immigrants, and the LGBTQ and disability communities.

Building on her promise to run an office that serves people across the state, Healey launched the Community Engagement Division in May 2015. The first-of-its-kind division brought the Attorney General’s Office and its work into neighborhoods and communities across the state. The Division launched community office hours and has assisted with the rollout of several policy initiatives, including the Earned Sick Time law and the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.

Healey grew up the oldest of five siblings in an old farmhouse in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. They were raised by their mother, Tracy, who worked as a nurse at the local elementary school. Her stepdad, Edward, later joined the family and was a teacher, local union president, and coached her high school basketball team, giving her a lifelong love of the game.

Healey attended Harvard College, where she captained the basketball team, and then spent two years as a 5’4” starting point guard on a professional basketball team in Austria. She attended Northeastern University School of Law, motivated by a commitment to public service and a desire to help people.

She went on to work in private practice before leaving to serve as Chief of the Civil Rights Division in the Attorney General’s Office. She was promoted to oversee two of the office’s most prominent divisions: the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau. During this time, she led the first state challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act and held banks and lending companies accountable after the 2008 financial crisis.

Scott Cohn

Scott Cohn

Special Correspondent, CNBC

About

Scott Cohn develops in-depth features and special reports for CNBC and CNBC.com, including the influential annual series “America’s Top States for Business,” which he created in 2007. He also covers breaking news for CNBC and NBC News, and he is a contributor to the popular public radio program Marketplace. A sought-after public speaker and the owner of a Northern California-based production company, Cohn serves as a consultant to national media organizations, and is a producer and special correspondent for the true financial crime series “American Greed.”

Cohn assumed his current role after more than 25 years as a CNBC reporter. He helped launch CNBC in 1989, eventually rising to Senior Correspondent. He established the CNBC Chicago bureau as well as the network’s investigative unit. Along the way, he reported on many of the most important business and financial stories in CNBC’s first quarter century. They include the Enron and WorldCom scandals, the technology bubble, the 2008 financial crisis, and the human and economic devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He has traveled to all 50 states, reported from more than a dozen countries, and interviewed the famous and infamous, from Warren Buffett to Bernie Madoff.

Cohn is a three-time national Emmy nominee—all for investigative reporting—as well as a two-time CableACE nominee.

He has reported some of CNBC’s most acclaimed documentaries, including “Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry,” which received a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). His groundbreaking documentary, “Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation,” received a 2011 Gerald Loeb Award—the highest honor in business journalism—as well as top honors from IRE, the national organization of Investigative Reporters and Editors. The program helped lead America’s oldest gun manufacturer to agree to replace millions of allegedly defective triggers on its most popular rifle.

Before joining CNBC, Cohn was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has also worked as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WEAU in Eau Claire, Wis., and for Wisconsin Public Radio and Television. A native of Chicago, Cohn holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, where he currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the School of Journalism. He was also a founding board member of the Center for Journalism Ethics. In 2005, the University honored him with its annual award for Distinguished Service to Journalism.

Robert L. Reynolds

Robert L. Reynolds

CEO & President, Putnam Investments MHTC Board Chair

About

Mr. Reynolds is President and Chief Executive Officer of Putnam Investments and leads Putnam’s Operating Committee. In addition, he is President of The Putnam Funds. Building upon a distinguished 30-year career, Mr. Reynolds has revitalized Putnam through strong, sustained investment performance, new products designed for today’s market challenges, and thought leadership on the future of retirement and workplace savings. Respected as an industry statesman, Mr. Reynolds is regarded as a driving force of innovation and progress in institutional and retail financial services.

In addition to his Putnam responsibilities, Mr. Reynolds is Chair of Great-West Lifeco U.S., one of the nation’s top providers of retirement savings products and services, life insurance, annuities, and executive benefits products. Prior to joining Putnam in 2008, he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments. Mr. Reynolds’ accomplishments have earned multiple industry honors over time. He was named Fund Leader of the Year at the Mutual Fund Industry Awards in 2010 for the strategic improvements he initiated at Putnam. The following year, under the leadership of Mr. Reynolds, Putnam was honored as Retirement Leader of the Year for initiatives and innovative solutions in the workplace savings arena. Mr. Reynolds has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from PLANSPONSOR magazine for popularizing employer-sponsored 401(k) plans.

Mr. Reynolds serves as a Director on several not-for-profit boards, including the Concord Museum, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Boston Advisory Board of the American Ireland Fund and National Council Co-Chair of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Reynolds is an Executive Committee Member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness; Chair of the Massachusetts High Technology Council; Member of the Chief Executives Club of Boston; Member of the Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council; Director and former Chair of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership; and former Chair of the West Virginia University Foundation.

Mr. Reynolds earned a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance, from West Virginia University, where he also received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration and a Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, Mr. Reynolds is a recipient of the Boston College President’s Medal of Excellence and the Manhattan College De La Salle Medal.

John T.C. Lee, Ph.D.

John T.C. Lee, Ph.D.

President & CEO, MKS Instruments

About

John T.C. Lee, Ph.D. has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MKS Instruments, Inc. since January 2020. Prior to that, he was their President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2018 to December 2019, and their Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2016 to May 2018. Upon joining MKS in 2007 through October 2016, Dr. Lee served in leadership roles managing various business units, culminating to Senior Vice President of Business Units.

Prior to joining MKS, Dr. Lee served as the Managing Director of Factory Technology and Projects within the Solar Business Group at Applied Materials, Inc., from February 2007 until October 2007. From 2002 until 2007, he served as General Manager of the Cleans Product Group and the Maydan Technology Center for Applied Materials. Prior to Applied Materials, Dr. Lee served from 1997 until 2002 as Research Director of the Silicon Fabrication Research Department at Lucent Technologies, Inc., a voice, data, and video communications provider. From 1991 until 1997, he was a Member of the Technical Staff in the Plasma Processing Research Group within Bell Labs. 

He currently serves on the MKS Board of Directors (since 2020) and as Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Technology Council (since 2021). Dr. Lee was appointed a Director of Cognex, a leader in machine vision systems, software, and sensors on May 4, 2022, and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Dr. Lee holds a BS from Princeton University and both an MSCEP and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering.

Jane Steinmetz

Jane Steinmetz

Boston Office Managing Principal, EY

About

Jane Steinmetz is a business leader within EY who brings over 25 years of experience serving Fortune 100 clients, leading high-performing teams, and advocating for change.   

In her role as Office Managing Principal of the EY Boston office, Jane is responsible for overall client service, market growth, and internal management of the Boston office, in which there are over 2,300 assurance, tax, transaction, and consulting professionals. 

As a managing principal and business leader, she is connected to top leadership and uses her experience to guide strategic, client service, and operational recommendations.   

Throughout her career, Jane has been a tax professional who has consulted with a diverse array of taxpayers on state tax matters. In her resident state of Massachusetts, she works closely with the business community, the Department of Revenue, the Legislature, and the Governor’s Administration on tax policy. Her consultation has involved high-profile controversy matters, nexus considerations, large-scale compliance functions, apportionment nuances, and driving legislative state tax changes of critical importance for some of the firm’s largest clients both nationally and across the globe.

Prior to her current role, Jane served as the New England Market Leader for Financial Services and has led the national Financial Services state and local tax practice for EY, managing a team across the US, London, and India.

Jane is skilled in bringing the full power of the EY multidisciplinary practice to assist our clients across a spectrum of areas, including transaction support, supply chain, tax, legal, finance, talent, and diversity and inclusion.

Jane is also active in giving back to the community, pursuing her passion to personally make a difference in youth mentoring, women’s advancement, and equality for all. She is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, United Way, and the National Association of Corporate Directors – New England chapter. Jane serves on the executive committee of the Massachusetts High Tech Council, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and on the Boston Club corporate advisory board. She currently serves as the chair of the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. She also engages with numerous local charitable organizations, including NVNA Hospital, the International Institute of New England, Northeast Arc, and Strong Women Strong Girls.

For her professional and personal accomplishments, Jane has been named to the Boston Business Journal Power 50 and Women Who Mean Business. She was also a 2020 Boston Chamber Pinnacle Award recipient, a Massachusetts Society of CPAs 2018 Women to Watch honoree, and Girls’ LEAP Honoree of the Year.

Jane started her career at PwC and joined EY in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rhode Island College and her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Connecticut bar associations.

Jane resides in Cohasset, Massachusetts with her husband of 25 years, four children, and 2 Newfoundlands. 

Corey Thomas

Corey Thomas

Chairman & CEO, Rapid7

About

Corey Thomas is the CEO of Rapid7, as well as the chairman of its board of directors. In 2021, Corey became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was appointed class-C director and deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He also serves on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts board of directors, LPL Financial board of directors, and Vanderbilt University board of trust. Corey is an active angel investor to technology companies, advisor to organizations undergoing technology transformation, and a sought-after speaker and panelist.

He previously served on the US Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Corey has extensive experience leading technology companies to the next stage of growth and innovation. Prior to joining Rapid7, Corey spent time at Parallels, Inc., Microsoft, Deloitte Consulting, and AT&T. Corey received a B.E. in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson

President, Mass High Technology Council

About

Christopher R. Anderson is president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Inc. Before becoming president in January 2001, he served as vice president and general counsel for the Council. He joined the Council in 1984 and is responsible to the Board of Directors for the successful development and implementation of public policy programs and initiatives in Massachusetts and in Washington, D.C. that help make Massachusetts the world’s most attractive place to create, operate, and expand technology businesses.

Mr. Anderson is directly involved in resolving conflicts and advocating positions on a broad range of state and federal public policy, legislative and regulatory issues. Those issues include tax and fiscal policy, energy, education, workforce training, environment, and health care. In January 2006, Mr. Anderson was appointed to serve as a member of the state Board of Education (BOE), the nine-member panel that oversees state K-12 education policy. From November 2006 through August 2007, he served as Chairman of the BOE, an appointment designated by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

In December 2003, he became president of the Massachusetts Defense Technology Initiative, a public-private partnership that led the Commonwealth’s successful efforts to preserve Hanscom Air Force Base and Natick Soldier Systems Center through the U.S. Defense Department’s 2005 Base Closing process. In January 2009, Mr. Anderson was named to the Hanscom Air Force Base Honorary Commander program, which is designed to create deeper ties between the Air Force and the New England region and to increase public understanding of the Hanscom AFB and Air Force missions. The honorary commander program pairs community leaders with center and wing leaders to forge relationships and uses creative, unique activities to immerse honorary commanders into the wings; Mr. Anderson will serve as the honorary commander for Hanscom’s 653rd Electronic Systems Wing until 2011.

Mr. Anderson graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, MA. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.

Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Business Advisory Council, Bentley College
  • Dean’s Advisory Committee, Suffolk University Law School
  • Gigot Center Advisory Board, University of Notre Dame
  • Honorary Commander, 653rd Electronic Systems Wing, Hanscom AFB, MA
  • Massachusetts Board of Education, Member; Chairman 2006 – 2008
  • Massachusetts Port Authority Security Advisory Council
Ray Stata

Ray Stata

Co-founder & Board Member, Analog Devices, Inc.; Co-founder & First President, Mass High Tech Council

About

Raymond Stata co-founded Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) in 1965 to focus on high-performance signal processing technology, initially targeting operational amplifiers but later expanding to other linear integrated circuits (IC) and digital signal processors (DSP). Mr. Stata served as ADI’s President from 1971 to 1991, as Chief Executive Officer from 1973 to 1996, as Chair of our Board of Directors from 1973 to March 2022, and continues to serve on ADI’s Board of Directors today.

Mr. Stata is active in the high-technology industry and in public service. As co-founder and the first President of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Stata advocated that engineering education and university research funding were a shared responsibility of government and industry. The High Tech Council also advocates for state government policies to make Massachusetts the best state in which to live and work. Ray served continuously as a member of the High Tech Council’s Board of Directors for 40 years until his retirement in 2017.

At the federal level, he served on the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness from 1987 to 2005. Stata’s service on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers stemmed from his professional commitment to total quality management. He served on the Board of the Semiconductor Industry Association from January 1, 1996, to November 7, 2013.

Stata was also a founder and Chairman of the Center for Quality of Management, a group of Boston-area CEOs who learned from each other by sharing best practices and developing and delivering Total Quality Management training programs to help their companies become more competitive. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Semiconductor Industry Association’s Robert M. Noyce Award for Leadership (2001), IEEE Founder’s Medal (2003), EE Times “Lifetime Achievement” Award (2008), Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the Global Semiconductor Alliance (2017), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland (2018).

Mr. Stata holds a BSEE and MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has remained actively involved with his alma mater over the years, including serving until 2010 on the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation and as Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 1984, Mr. Stata was elected to MIT’s Corporation and served as a member of its Executive Committee until 2010. From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Stata served as President of the MIT Alumni Association.

Outside of the high technology industry, Mr. Stata is an active philanthropist and contributor to the community in which he lives, including being a life trustee, along with his wife Maria, of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In August 1999, Ray and Maria Stata endowed the Music Director chair position.

2023 Ray Stata Leadership & Innovation Award

About the Ray Stata Leadership & Innovation Award

Ray Stata, founder of Analog Devices and co-founder and first president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, served continuously as a member of the High Tech Council’s Board of Directors for 40 years until his retirement in 2017. He served in various High Tech Council leadership positions and earned a global reputation as a dedicated and successful industry leader and ardent advocate for cultivating talent and investments in research and innovation. His many academic and philanthropic engagements reflect these qualities.

Ray Stata

Ray Stata
Peter Nicholas & Ray Stata
Peter Nicholas, Ray Stata, & Chris Anderson
Ray Stata & Governor Charlie Baker
Award Selection Criteria

In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Massachusetts High Technology Council in 2017, High Tech Council Directors initiated the “Ray Stata Leadership and Innovation Award,” to be awarded from time to time to a leader currently active in Massachusetts who exhibits: 1) the key leadership qualities possessed and demonstrated by Ray Stata; and 2) the commitment to the core beliefs and fundamental values of the High Tech Council. The ideal candidate will model as close as possible Ray’s example. Ray Stata represents a leader of superlative talents and grace.

This year’s recipient will receive the award during the 2023 Annual Meeting, where Ray himself will join to provide brief remarks about this year’s incredible honoree.

2023 Award Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting L. Rafael Reif, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert L. Reynolds

President & CEO, Putnam Investments
MHTC Board Chair, 2021 - 2023
About Robert Reynolds

Robert L. Reynolds is President and Chief Executive Officer of Putnam Investments and leads Putnam’s Operating Committee. In addition, he is President of The Putnam Funds. Building upon a distinguished 30-year career, Mr. Reynolds has revitalized Putnam through strong, sustained investment performance, new products designed for today’s market challenges, and thought leadership on the future of retirement and workplace savings. Respected as an industry statesman, Mr. Reynolds is regarded as a driving force of innovation and progress in institutional and retail financial services.

In addition to his Putnam responsibilities, Mr. Reynolds is Chair of Great-West Lifeco U.S., one of the nation’s top providers of retirement savings products and services, life insurance, annuities, and executive benefits products. Prior to joining Putnam in 2008, he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments. Mr. Reynolds’ accomplishments have earned multiple industry honors over time. He was named Fund Leader of the Year at the Mutual Fund Industry Awards in 2010 for the strategic improvements he initiated at Putnam. The following year, under the leadership of Mr. Reynolds, Putnam was honored as Retirement Leader of the Year for initiatives and innovative solutions in the workplace savings arena. Mr. Reynolds has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from PLANSPONSOR magazine for popularizing employer-sponsored 401(k) plans.

Mr. Reynolds serves as a Director on several not-for-profit boards, including the Concord Museum, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Boston Advisory Board of the American Ireland Fund and National Council Co-Chair of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Reynolds is an Executive Committee Member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness; Chair of the Massachusetts High Technology Council; Member of the Chief Executives Club of Boston; Member of the Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council; Director and former Chair of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership; and former Chair of the West Virginia University Foundation.

Mr. Reynolds earned a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance, from West Virginia University, where he also received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration and a Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, Mr. Reynolds is a recipient of the Boston College President’s Medal of Excellence and the Manhattan College De La Salle Medal.

Previous Award Recipients

2022 Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting L. Rafael Reif, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

L. Rafael Reif, Ph.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2021 Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting Dan Barouch, M.D., Ph.D. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dan Barouch, M.D., Ph.D.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

2021 Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting Stéphane Bancel Moderna

Stéphane Bancel

Moderna

2020 Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting Megan Greenfield, Ph.D. McKinsey & Company

Megan Greenfield, Ph.D.

McKinsey & Company

2020 Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting Stephen Pagliuca

Stephen Pagliuca

Bain Capital; Boston Celtics

2019 Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting Jacqueline Moloney, Ed.D. NASA UMass Lowell

Jacqueline Moloney, Ed.D.

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

2017 Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting Aron Ain UKG

Aron Ain

UKG
formally Kronos, Inc.

2017 Honorary Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting John Bertucci MKS Instruments

John Bertucci

MKS Instruments

2017 Honorary Recipient

2023 Annual Meeting Pete Nicholas Boston Scientific

Pete Nicholas

Boston Scientific
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