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Kathleen M. Grave, DBA

Managing Director and CEO, EI Group

Kathleen is the Managing Director and CEO at EI Group. Following a successful career at IBM, Kathleen
returned to her startup roots and is leading this new organization focused on increasing client success
through partnership and alliances and delivering integrated information solutions globally. EI Group are
experienced consultants, architects, and specialists with cross-industry expertise linking business goals
and technology advancements to transform healthcare, financial, agriculture, and other industries using
the insights of big data analytics and applied cognitive science.
Before leaving to establish the firm, Kathleen held multiple Executive roles leading key areas of
IBM's most strategic growth businesses in Cognitive Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning,
Cloud, and Big Data Analytics where her focus was to define and head up global strategies and mobilize
new channels and marketplace ecosystems. As the first Worldwide Leader for IBM Watson Sales, she
introduced the iconic Watson technology, first seen on Jeopardy, as commercialized healthcare and
smart city offerings with artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology to the global
marketplace. Kathleen also led multiple Smarter Planet and Big Data initiatives for the firm during her
tenure. Her early career included financial industry and public-sector consulting, working with World
Bank, WHO and UNICEF, that propelled her to build a global business startup from her Copenhagen,
Denmark headquarters.
As an active participant of Silicon Valley's venture capital and private equity environment for the
duration of her career, Kathleen serves as Board Member and Advisor to private sector firms and non-
profits. Kathleen is the President of Hospice Santa Cruz County Board of Directors and Vice President of
Leadership California, an organization with the mission to move executives from success to significance.
She is a passionate business supporter and promoter of California-led innovations, emerging technology
initiatives and facilitates sustainability best practices exchanges with Europe and Asia firms who are
driving similar initiatives.
Kathleen shares her time in academia as Professor of Strategy, at Pepperdine University, Graziadio
School of Business and Management, educating and mentoring future public and private sector leaders
in executive, fully-employed, and online MBA programs. She also works as an Advisor in Northern
California EMBA.
Kathleen earned her Doctor in Business Strategy (DBA) at University of Liverpool, UK. Her scholarly focus
is integrative, sustainable Smart Cities and applied differentiation and growth strategies via business and
entrepreneurial economics.