Todd D. Gray

Chief Executive Officer
& Board Member

Mr. Gray, the founder of autonomous_ID and its principal inventor, has built a career in designing, developing and implementing leading-edge products, systems and services. Mr. Gray has collaborated with industry-leading CEOs, CTOs, and the governments of the United States, Canada, India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In close collaboration with his colleagues and research partners, Mr. Gray works at the leading edge of innovation in material sciences, distributed systems, user-directed communication systems and networks, adaptive connectivity and infrastructures, cyber security/defense and intuitive utilities. He also has interests in media, sports and distributed gaming.

Since establishing autonomous_ID in 2009, Mr. Gray has led the firm’s work in evaluating possible applications for its technologies in the military, security, critical infrastructure and transportation sectors. He has also led its efforts to develop PEDO_BIOMETRICs as a discipline in the field of Biometric sciences.

William Bates

Executive Vice President
& Board Member

Bill Bates has over 55 years of management and leadership experience, including nearly four decades of experience in professional project management in industry and government. He has developed several project management methodologies and software systems, and delivered more than 800 seminars internationally. His achievements span the areas of engineering, social services, aerospace, high technology, facilities and accommodations, information systems, manufacturing, government, oil and gas, mining, and construction.

Mr. Bates is the retired President of Bates Project Management Inc., a private company with a business history of 34 years, specializing in project management services. He founded Multinational Management Systems, Ltd. of Springfield, Virginia, and Projetronics Inc. of Ottawa, Canada. He served also as vice president of information systems for an electronic engineering and manufacturing company. Mr. Bates is a retired officer of the United States Marine Corps with 20 years of service.

Mr. Bates holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in the Technology of Management from the American University. He is active in professional organizations, and is past Chairman of the Board of Watercan, a non-governmental organization dedicated to providing aid to developing peoples. He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Robert Land Academy, a private school in Ontario and has served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Project Management Institute.  He has served on PMI’s Research Advisory Committee, and contributed articles to Datamation, Computing Canada, The Government Computer Magazine and other publications.

Mr. Bates has held significant positions in academia. He was Chairman of the Data Processing Department of Strayer College, Academic Head of the U.S. Marine Corps Computer Sciences School and Lecturer in the College of Continuing Education of the American University and the Executive MBA program of the University of New Haven.  He has taught with the Masters Certificate in Project Management for York University, Memorial University and St Mary’s University.

Gregg McNulty

Senior Vice President
& Chief Information Officer

Gregg McNulty is an accomplished senior Information Technology executive with more than 30 years of proven leadership experience managing IT strategy, architecture, engineering, 24×7 operations, data centers, development, e-commerce, digital transformation, information security, cyber security, disaster recovery, public/private cloud, DevOps, AI/RPA, IoT, IoM, SEO, M&A and transformation initiatives. His experience comes from work at CVS Health, Avaya, eBay Enterprise, Merck, Medco Health Solutions, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

Gregg McNulty was recently the Chief Technology Officer of CVS Health, a leading pharmacy healthcare provider with $194B in revenue in 2018. His responsibilities included enterprise architecture, infrastructure engineering, development, DevOps, cloud services, information security, data center operations, end user computing and IT vendor management. Mr. McNulty’s teams supported over 9,800 retail stores serving more than 5M customers daily, 1,100 Minute Clinics, 250,000 colleagues, 70M ExtraCare members, over 94M PBM plan members and processed over 3B prescriptions annually. He managed a team of 1,400 technical professionals and a budget of $600M. During Mr. McNulty’s tenure as CTO, the company grew from a Fortune 17 to a Fortune 8 company.

Mr. McNulty has extensive experience running extremely high performing and scaling workloads on IBM, Dell/EMC, Oracle, and Cisco platforms and has senior leadership and engineering contacts at all of the top hardware, software, security, cloud, telecommunications and staffing companies. His focus is on helping healthcare companies doing AI, ML, RPA, Blockchain, biometrics, digital, speech and wearable technologies to fundamentally accelerate and enhance better outcomes for health plans, insurance companies, pharmacies payors and patients.

Tony Robinson

Senior Vice President
& Chief Technology Officer

Mr Robinson, cyber security executive and technology visionary, has a long career focused within the security sector covering Risk Management and Operations to development of new services and products. Mr Robinson has held positions of Global Security Manager, CTO, CISO and CEO from Startups to the F100.

Mr. Robinson’s recent efforts cover cyber security within large enterprises covering DoD, R&D, and Automotive. His emphasis has been on the Internet of Things (IoT), embedded systems and the critical infrastructure environment within Medical, Smart Grid, SCADA, Energy, and Vehicle Security sectors.

Mr Robinson has more than 28 years of experience in various fields of cyber security and technology management. Mr. Robinson has global experience with cyber security and Intellectual Property (IP) protection as a subject matter expert.

Sean Pettibone

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Pettibone has over 30 years of global executive leadership experience in Finance and Operations. This experience spans major industry segments including Medical Device, Aerospace and Defense, Healthcare and Senior Living, Manufacturing and Distribution, Consumer Goods, and Franchising Operations.

Before joining autonomous_ID, Mr. Pettibone held senior level positions in Novartis, Medela Holdings AG, and RF Technologies. He has brought success across functions and businesses by focusing on continuous improvement through LEAN and Six Sigma, developing strategy to optimize the top and bottom lines, and driving performance through KPIs. Mr. Pettibone gained M&A, due diligence, and post-merger integration experience via multiple M&As over the course of his career.

Mr. Pettibone holds an MBA, a BBA in Business Computer Systems, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Bill Tyson

Executive Vice President,
Chief Marketing Officer,
& Global Business Development

Bill Tyson is a proven InsurTech innovator with a passion for the health, property, casualty and life insurance industries. He has successfully collaborated with diverse teams to deliver insurance protection that makes families and businesses more resilient.

In his 30-year track record of domestic and international success, Bill has built and managed multi-channel, multi-line insurance businesses using varied distribution models, technology platforms and data-driven marketing. A seasoned global insurance executive, Bill’s career includes positions in several Fortune 500 companies, including AIG, CIGNA, CIGNA International, Jardine Matheson and, more recently, Swiss Re’s New Solutions Group.

Through his product development and underwriting expertise, Bill has brought success to a variety of business lines, including several successful start-ups. He has also worked with affinity groups, brokers, MGAs, Bancassurance partners, direct sales forces, direct marketing, telesales, email, DRTV, paid search, SEO, social networking, cross-sell and up-sell programs. He built and managed three call centers in the United States and Asia.

In his current role as EVP, CMO, Bill develops and commercializes new InsurTech solutions that leverage the Internet of Things, blockchain, behavioral science techniques, and digital solutions across the entire insurance value chain.

Dr.Vladimir Polotski

Chief Science Officer

Dr. Vladimir Polotski brings decades of design and engineering experience to his role as Chief Technology Officer. He has worked with an Ottawa spaceflight engineering company, integrating and testing modules, sensors and algorithms for space technology applications and their terrestrial counterparts.

Previously he worked with an Ottawa robotics firm engaged in defence and commercial security applications, where he held responsibility for test design and field testing. In a decade of research at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Dr. Polotski designed Autonomous navigation systems for robotic vehicles, and explored obstacle detection in an underground environment. He also worked on sensor fusion for three-dimensional  mapping.

He holds a PhD in Mechanics and Control from Moscow State University.

Dr. Bernard Grisoni

Autonomous Manu. & Supply, Inc

Dr. Bernard Grisoni has more than 25 years of experience in Biomedical materials, product development and commercialization.  His leadership roles have included large corporations and start-up companies.

Prior to joining autonomous_ID, Dr. Grisoni successfully developed numerous new products and technologies that have driven millions of sales dollars in the fields of wound care, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, tissue engineering, and orthotics.   These companies include Dow Corning, Allergan, Wright Medical Technology, Schering-Plough and Merck.  He created his own company, BioGeneration, developing, manufacturing and selling bone graft substitutes for the orthopedic market.  In his 16 years as Principal Scientist at Dr. Scholl’s, Dr. Grisoni developed numerous very successful insoles and orthotics for professional and consumer markets.

Dr. Grisoni’s education includes a BS in Material Science, a MS in Polymer Science, a PhD in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA in Business Administration. He has numerous patents and publications, and has presented at seminars on Biomaterials.

Barbara Väätäjä

Asia-Pacific Region

Barbara Väätäjä leads autonomous_ID’s Asia-Pacific growth strategy from her base in Tokyo. She bears responsibility for customer acquisition, partnerships and the company’s regional supply chain. She is the founder of the  Scandinavian Center, a Tokyo-based fund that invests in Finnish and Scandinavian innovations and start-ups with global applications. She has also served as an advisor to the CEO of Aozora Bank, a commercial lender. Previously, in vice-presidential roles at Lehman Brothers in New York, she gained experience in structuring and marketing interest-rate products to U.S. institutional, middle-market and retail clients.

Väätäjä holds an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York, and a BA in economics and international business from Depauw University in Indiana.

Barry Smale

Senior Software Fellow

Mr. Smale has more than four decades of experience in the research and development of scientific software with particular strengths in real-time applications, simulators, embedded systems, and telecommunication. He specializes in simulation, man-machine interface, troubleshooting and diagnosing problems.

Before joining autonomous_ID, Mr. Smale worked with an Ottawa robotics firm, designing, coding and testing various aspects of robot design and operation. In his time with an Ottawa aerospace manufacturer, he contributed to improvements in satellite-based search and rescue technology, improving location accuracy and accelerating rescue efforts. His work earned a NASA Recognition Award. In his role as senior systems analyst for a Canadian telecommunication manufacturer, he designed, coded and tested a range of applications.

Mr. Smale studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at Brigham Young University.

Blaine Warkentine


An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Blaine Warkentine has worked in the health, orthopedics and aging industries. His accomplishments include a $100m vertical for Brainlab in orthopedics, and building value for five startups through his clinical research and development, accelerating them to their IPOs and acquisitions.

Dr. Warkentine advocates for improving health value by providing consumers with better tools to control their health and wellness. He, believes that the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, mobile, incentive structures and smart cities are the cornerstones of successful 21st-century communities.

Advisory Committee

Barbara Lopez Kunz

Barbara Lopez Kunz is an experienced leader with a track record of success in financially accountable roles for socially-responsible organizations that impact education and health. In her current role as Global Chief Executive of the Drug Information Association (DIA), she has lead the organization forward through a series of strategies impacting global positioning, product portfolio, strategic partnerships, and organizational and talent strategies.ᅠ In Barbara’s prior role as President of Battelle’s Global Health and Life Science business, she transformed the business and, through strategic investments, alliance development, and technology commercialization, delivered high rates of growth that fueled major reinvestments.

Barbara’s leadership experience also includes roles as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Biosciences business, where she championed the formation and growth of the business through a series of acquisitions, and Vice President, Latin America and Global Vice President, Enterprise Business Group for Uniqema, one of the ICI portfolio businesses.ᅠ She has also held senior roles in DuPont and PPG Industries, after starting her career as a research scientist.ᅠ She holds 14 patents.

A leader on numerous corporate and non-profit boards, Barbara has been heavily involved in governance as the chair of the board of one of the world’s largest academic medical centers; the creator of a board subcommittee on Technology Commercialization which lead to the creation of a multi-million dollar portfolio; board director for a for-profit ventricular assist device company that went through IPO then acquisition.ᅠ She currently is a member of the Chairman’s Advisory for Autonomous ID, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and trustee of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Faye Sahai

Faye Sahai has more than 20 years of experience in leading innovation, catalyst for change and strategic initiatives across multiple companies such as Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield, Deloitte Consulting, Charles Schwab, Disney, HP, and Toyota. She has been responsible for managing innovation labs and innovation fund, structuring strategic collaborations, innovation center advisors, coordinating network of innovators, holding annual strategic innovation challenge and awards. Faye is a health innovation adviser to companies, start ups and accelerators and serves on the UCSF Catalyst Advisors.

Faye’s highlights:

• ComputerWorld Top 100 Premier IT Leaders 2015

• Innovation Enterprise Best Ideation 2014

Steve Sandquist

Steve Sandquist brings an innovative insurance and health care pedigree to wearable technology and digital health, including Biometrics. It is this unique combination of experiences and relationships that can be leveraged to the benefit of those seeking to make a difference in these segments.

Dr. Wilma Hunt-Watts

Dr. Wilma Hunt-Watts began her medical career as an undergraduate at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she earned a B.S. in Chemistry.  She earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and then entered into residency completing the program at the Bergen Regional Medical Center in 1992.  She has more than 25 years of experience in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.  In addition to her private practice, she has held staff privileges at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens, Nassau Medical University Medical Center/NuHealth, V.A. Medical Centers, and North Shore/Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York.  Her broad career also includes a stint as a Surgical Instructor and clinic administrator.  She has served as a Podiatric Physician for the Department of Veterans Affairs which included the role of Chief Tele-Health Provider for servicemen at the CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic).

In addition to being board certified, she is a contributing author and mother.  Dr. Hunt-Watts was the first African American elected Trustee to The New York State Podiatric Medical Association.  She has been a lecturer and featured guest on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, speaking on diabetes and other medical related topics.  Also, she has spoken on behalf of pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Novartis.

Dr. Hunt-Watts brings extensive experience from her involvement on the board of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Inc. and The American Diabetes Association.  Dr. Hunt-Watts serves as Health Care Director for Living, Learning, and Working (LLW), Inc.  LLW is a tax-exempt organization that focuses on addressing the health issues facing veterans, the elderly and the economically challenged.  She also serves on the Chairman’s Advisory Committee for Autonomous_ID.

Rick Hu, MD

Dr. Rick Hu has been a practicing spinal and orthopedic surgeon for more than 25 years and has held leadership roles in research, teaching and health care administration. Dr. Hu completed his medical training in 1984. He was certified as an orthopedic surgeon in Canada in 1989 and board-certified in the United States in 1993. He is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Hu has won multiple scientific research awards for his work on spinal disorders and health measurement. He has founded and health-related companies that provide multidisciplinary care to individuals with spinal disorders and that leverage technology in health care.

Dr. Hu is the founder and CEO of Vivametrica Ltd., a health analytics company providing predictive risk-analysis tools for underwriting insurance. Dr. Hu’s vision is to redefine the way that individuals and organizations measure health status and risk by combining easy-to-use, simple, science-based analysis tools with the rapidly expanding world of personalized data from IoT sensors.

Robert Collins

Rob is an international executive and consultant specialized in global insurance and technology. His focus is strategic market entry, insurance and technology, and China business development. He is skilled at leveraging insurtech ecosystem opportunities through partnerships. He is the founder and COO of Crossbordr, a startup insurtech company specializes in sourcing and structuring transformational affinity programs and new insurance products and services supported by leading insurance technology.

Rob is very active with InsurTech in China—working with the most notable brands in the world. He lived and worked in China in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai for 20 years. His P&L experience spanned 14 countries in Asia Pacific for over a decade. He was a Director with Capgemini’s global insurance consulting unit and Managing Director at Aon Corporation.

Rob attended the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA program in Hong Kong. He is the author of the award-winning book: Doing Business in China for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, 2007); and co-author of The InsurTech Book (Wiley Publishing, 2018) on “Growth Waves for InsurTech in China”.