Ascend 2019 Speakers | WorkFusion
Meet the Intelligent Automation Experts

Seth Godin


Seth Godin is the author of 19 books that have been bestsellers around the world, and translated into more than 35 languages. He’s also founder of the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar, online workshops that have transformed the work of thousands of people.

James Powell

James Powell has over 30 years of experience in enterprise software, software development, architecture, middleware, real-time systems, data and platform technologies. Previous roles include overseeing technology diligence at Warburg Pincus; CTO positions at Nielsen and Thomson Reuters; and board seats with TalkTalk PLC (UK) and Solace Systems (Ottawa). He currently advises Digital Asset on enterprise blockchain technology.

Paul Walker

Global Advisory Board Member, Motive Partners

Paul Walker advises companies and investors in AI and FinTech, providing guidance in business, technology, people and product strategy. He spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as Co-head of Technology and a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee. Paul also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) until 2017.

Alex Lyashok

CEO & President, WorkFusion

Alex Lyashok is CEO and President of WorkFusion. Prior to joining WorkFusion, Alex was Head of Global Operations at EPAM, an NYSE-listed digital product development services firm. He was responsible for Strategy, Marketing and EPAM’s operations globally.

J.P. Gownder

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals, Forrester

J. P. Gownder is a vice president and principal analyst serving CIOs, CTOs and other technology and business leaders. He leads Forrester’s research into the impact that automation technologies like artificial intelligence, smart software, robotics and customer self-service have on the future of work, the future of jobs and the economy.

Kerry Wang

Intelligent Automation Center of Excellence Leader, Humana

Kerry is currently accountable for building a Center of Excellence for Intelligent Automation — both educating the enterprise about this technology, as well as building and strengthening this capability at Humana.

Marc Aché

CTO — Engineering, WorkFusion

Marc Aché leads engineering at WorkFusion. He was most recently SVP of Technology at Viacom, where he managed and architected several top brand properties. For more than 25 years, Marc has been a leader and evangelist for the importance of modern engineering practices such as DevOps, CI/CD, end-to-end test automation, APIs, microservices and cloud native systems.

Alexey Vitashkevich

Senior Vice President, Professional Services, WorkFusion

Alexey Vitashkevich is responsible for WorkFusion’s Services Organization, overseeing delivery, support, and customer satisfaction across all lines of product on a global scale. Prior to joining WorkFusion, he served as Co-Head of North American Business at EPAM Systems. He has extensive experience in managing complex product development and services engagements across a broad range of clients.

Jeff Segebarth

Regional Vice President, Sales, WorkFusion

Jeff Segebarth is a 25-year veteran in the technology industry with a keen understanding of linking business value to technology solutions, specifically within the Fortune 500. In his current role, Jeff is a VP of North America at WorkFusion.

Ryan Peters

Solutions Consultant, WorkFusion

Ryan Peters is a Senior Solutions Consultant for WorkFusion, where his role is to help companies identify opportunities for RPA 2.0 and Intelligent Automation. Ryan's primary expertise is in the Banking and Financial Services sector, but he also guides customers in Retail, Tech, Manufacturing and Utilities industries.

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