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Greg Hrebek

Strategic Technologist


Rising global technology executive who turns market needs into value enhancing solutions. Noted for leveraging expertise in software based systems, quality & reliability, and process change management to accelerate growth and gain a competitive edge. I am a motivational executive with experience leading cross functional teams to achieve strategic and tactical goals in support of company objectives. Helmed engineering strategy and operations improvements as the technology leader driving growth-centric engineering standards and practices at companies experiencing rapid growth. Restructured and directed teams to boost responsiveness, strengthening skill levels and performance expectations. Introduced governance standards for capacity planning, disciplined agile development, budgeting, and multi-generational product plans. A proven track record of maintaining relationships with global customers/suppliers, global cross-functional/integrated development teams, and delivering projects on schedule and budget. I have repeatedly proven that when technology leaders invest in assembling and training teams of emotionally intelligent strategic thinkers who are aligned with the company's vision, revenue & sales performance follows. Success is no longer strived for but becomes a consequence of daily actions. Play to win, no excuses!


Excellent at building new business, growing existing business, and sustaining customer satisfaction with expertise in the following areas:

  • Establishing, growing, and leading high performance cross-functional teams.
  • Structuring, scaling and leading engineering organizations.
  • Talent acquisition/development, employee retention, and capacity planning
  • Disciplined agile methodology to promote concurrent engineering.
  • Applying data sciences to drive strategic planning and monetization of technology.
  • Growing revenue & profit while controlling P&L though an analytical metric driven philosophy.
  • Process development & improvement initiatives, cost reduction initiatives, and kaizen event implementation.
  • Technical Domains: Safety Critical, Real-Time, Embedded, Enterprise, Networking, Communications, Mobile, IoT, Big Data (Hadoop, Spark, Splunk) , Data Sciences, Web Applications

Work History

March 2016Present

Vice President - Rail Solutions

Predikto, Inc.

Predikto, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, GA, provides actionable solutions for equipment fleets using predictive analytics. Its proprietary data analysis and prediction engine is built on an auto-dynamic machine learning protocol that adapts to changing environments in near real-time. Predikto specializes in ingesting equipment maintenance and telemetry data to operationalize predictions of key industrial events like asset failures and poor asset health to enhance a company's overall performance.

Jul 2012Mar 2016

Director of Engineering

Knorr Bremse - New York Air Brake

New York Air Brake is a part of Knorr-Bremse who is the world’s leader in manufacturing braking systems for rail and commercial brakes. KB also plays a key role in train control systems and is recognized for the quality and reliability of its products.

  • Divisional chief technology officer managing the day-to-day engineering and technology efforts of an organization that provides world class locomotive/train dynamics solutions both domestically and internationally - 175 global and cross functional team members (of which 115 directly report through me) with $40M in revenue.
  • Accelerated and balanced rapid organic organizational growth of revenue (15M to 40M) and employee resources (80 employees to 175).
  • Working collaboratively, with our site leadership team, in developing/supporting the strategic vision of our organization by ensuring the right people/project teams are in place to yield optimal business results and developing/selecting a competent team of Managers/Individual Contributors while providing these resources with training/educational opportunities to ensure they keep current with technologies/strategies of their chosen fields.
  • Pioneered product research and development to continuously improve product quality and the value story for the KB portfolio by introducing 1, 3, and 7 year Strategic Technology Research Analysis and Planning (STRAP) and Multi-Generation Product Planning (MGPP).
  • Augmented business development to close sales; given the complexity of the product and the array of engineering services provided by KB, engineering involvement is critical for closing large contracts.
  • Drive process development and improvement initiatives to achieve ISO and CMMI Level 2 certifications.
  • Instituted a disciplined agile methodology (DSDM) establishing a division wide business cadence building customer trust, delivering innovative technology, and year over year sales growth.
  • Streamlined continuous integration and  improved maintainability of software by driving baseline consolidation from 30 baselines to 4. 
  • Leverage core IP to create new innovative vertical products/services to establish a leading position in data sciences for the rail industry.
  • Built out new cloud based infrastructure (AWS, vCloud) and created DevOps team to balance on premise and cloud IT needs.
  • Converted product licensing business model from traditional perpetual approach to Software as a Service (SaaS) model that opened new markets and stabilized division cash flow.
Jul 2011Jul 2012

Staff Engineer - Systems and Software Safety Engineer for NASA


Ensco, Inc. is a member of the Engineering Services Contract (ESC), now the largest commercial contract at Kennedy Space Center, which is helping NASA prepare for the next stage of exploration of the solar system and beyond. The ESC provides engineering and design services to the NASA organizations engaged in development of new technologies, the NASA Engineering and Technology Directorate, and the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program.

  • Contracted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a consulting engineer responsible for the system and software safety integrity of the next generation space program.
  • Develop and execute design processes to create safety critical systems and software.
  • Shifted safety processes from a reactive labor-intensive review based approach to a proactive development design focus approach.
  • Review hardware and software architectures, schematics, and source code for hazards, appropriate mitigations, and ensure compliance with safety design processes. 
Oct 2009Jul 2011

Program Manager of Research and Development

Invensys Rail - Safetran Systems

Safetran Systems the North American subsidiary of the U.K. based Invensys Rail (acquired by Siemens in 2013) is a major supplier of freight/commuter rail and transit signal systems.

  • Report to V.P. of Technology and charged with defining and executing the future of the business from a technology standpoint. Generate business cases and market justifications to present to executive leadership team.
  • Lead a team of 12 engineers to complete several short and long-term projects totaling more than 17 million dollars per year.
  • Initiate, execute and manage projects by creating work breakdown structures, critical path evaluations, resource plans, risks definitions and productivity analysis.
  • Direct daily project execution activities related to systems management, software development, documentation development, testing, training development, systems delivery and production support using various methodologies and adhering to safety critical guidelines.
  • Merged the products, personnel, and engineering processes of an acquired company “Quantum Engineering Inc” into the Invensys Corporate culture while maintaining their agility to dynamic market requirements growing revenue from 7M to 17M.
  • Championed the development of a web based platform that leveraged the existing install base of products to provide value added features and analytics under a SaaS business model.
Sep 2007Oct 2009

Lead Project Engineer - Yard Remote Control North America

GE Transportation - Intelligent Control Systems

As a division of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), GE Transportation is a global technology leader and supplier to the railroad industry. The Intelligent Control Systems group is a leading provider of on-board and wayside signaling systems and communications solutions for global freight rail, passenger and urban transit industries.

  • Coordinate and lead all technical aspects of engineering projects for Remote Control Locomotives (~2.1 million annual sales) and Electronic Car Pneumatic Distributed Power (~3 million annual sales) product lines. Serve as the single point of contact for technical issues for the customer and program management.·
  • Initiate, execute and manage projects by creating work breakdown structures, critical path evaluations, resource plans, risks definitions and productivity analysis.
  • Draft and deliver business proposals. Perform pre- and post-sales product presentations and demonstrations. Train customers in system use and maintenance. Install, configure and commission system applications.· Direct daily project execution activities related to systems management, software development, documentation development, testing, training development, systems delivery and production support using various methodologies and adhering to safety critical guidelines.
  • Reduced system failure rate per locomotive year 15% by facilitating with supply chain and manufacturing to ensure product reliability and on time delivery.
  • Directed team of 7 engineers to successfully integrate two product lines (RCL & Hydra-Switch) on an aggressive schedule to acquire a 2.6 million dollar contract from top competitor.
Aug 2004Sep 2007

Lead Software Engineer

GE Transportation - Intelligent Control Systems
  • Multitasked several projects that required definition, development, and integration of safety critical real time embedded software and firmware (C/C++, Assembly) for use in train communication and control systems.
  • Architected and implemented multiple embedded systems projects utilizing Assembly and C/C++ with various RTOS’s (GH Integrity, MQX, Linux, Roll Our Own).
  • Developed board support packages, boot loaders, and device drivers for various microprocessors and DSPs (Intel, Motorola, Freescale, TI, Rabbit).
  • Implemented both industry standard and custom communication protocols (C/C++).· Consolidated several software baselines into one and developed a method and tool to configure the software at runtime (C/C++, C#). This greatly reduced development time and required maintenance effort.
  • Constructed system software architectures and participated heavily in overall systems engineering and system test activities to achieve CENELEC SIL 3 certification on two core product lines (C++).·
  • Developed configuration and support tools using Microsoft .Net platforms (C#, Asp.Net).
  • Led a development team of 3 at software center in Bangalore, India.·
  • Created developed, designed, and implemented a new product that provided remote access to fielded products (C/C++, C#). Resulted in a 4.6 million dollar contract.
  • Developed new process that reduced Field Service Engineering time on locomotives by 35% (C#).
  • Frequently traveled to customer locations for requirements definition/gathering and integration activities.
Jan 2007Present


Syntactix LLC

Leader in mobile app development for HP webOS, Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows Phone. Champion of cross-platform app development driven by HTML5 technologies and Apache Cordova.

  • Developer of "YouView Visual Voicemail" the #1 grossing paid app in the 2010 HP webOS Hot Apps competition.
  • Developer of "Pack 'n' Track", a top 50 grossing paid app in the 2010 HP webOS Hot App competition.
  • Developer of "Metrix" the official analytical suite for developers of the HP webOS mobile platform.
  • Developer of "Mobile Florist" the #1 app in the U.S. and Canada that allows you to order flowers anytime from anywhere using local florists from your iOS, Android, or WP8 device. []



M.S. Systems Engineering

Florida Institute of Technology

Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Research: Electrodynamic Maglev System


M.S. Software Engineering

Florida Institute of Technology

Honors: Cum Laude

Research: Air Force AF-TTR Electromagnetic Launcher


B.S. Computer Engineering

Florida Institute of Technology

Design Projects: KWRD Speech Recognition System, Scanning Tunneling Microscope, Three Dimensional Motor Driver

Activities and Societies: Pi Kappa Alpha