Program 2019

October 21-22; Houston, TX

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Chair's Opening Remarks

8:40 AM - 9:15 AM - Keynote

Technology & IoT

Estée Lauder's Digital Supply Chain Strategy and Transformation

Uwe Bräsecke, Vice President Strategy and Transformation, Chief of Staff, Estée Lauder Companies

Session abstract tbc

9:20 AM - 9:45 AM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Global Efficiency Transformation – Strategic Sourcing

Axel Bjornsson, Vice President, Sourcing and Procurement, Össur Americas

  • Support profitable growth and leverage size through strategic sourcing. How does the Strategic Sourcing Initiative support and play a key role in an aggressive growth strategy at Ossur? 
  • Successful sourcing initiative must be built on solid foundation where processes, systems and people across all functions must align. What have we learned? What would we do differently?

Collaboration & Transparency

Partnering with 3PLs: How to Manage your Network and Create Transparency?

Barry Gipson, Executive Director, Global Logistics, MRC Global

  • How to generate value, trust and open collaboration between Supply Chain Organizations and Third Party Logistics and Freight Forwarding Organizations. 
  • Generating true partnerships 

10:00 AM - 10:35 AM - Solution Spotlights

Logistics & Inventory Management

How can Blockchain Address the Ever-Increasing Demand for Track and Trace within the Supply Chain?

  • How can Blockchain Address the Ever-Increasing Demand for Track and Trace within the Supply Chain?
  • With the globalisation of supply chain networks and its increased complexity – It’s a growing task to keep track of products from their origin to their final form
  • The implementation of blockchain can provide overall traceability. By assigning your product a unique time stamps from the very beginning of being sourced makes it possible to trace every product back to its raw form
  • Addressing the benefits of a shared ledger in terms of real-time validation

Technology & IoT

Overhaul S&OP to Keep Pace with the Complexity and Subtlety of Supply-Demand Balancing

  • Utilise the latest tools to achieve impact on the bottom line
  • Enable S&OP to help leaders apply leverage whilst meeting the needs of local customers
  • Create S&OP maturity by aligning strategic operational planning and its execution

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Building Blocks of Global Operations Transformation

Marc Rands, Vice President, Global Operations, Materion Corporation

  • Design the Organization to create an environment of trust and accountability:  Alignment & Change Management
  • Understand the importance strategic goals play in a Global Manufacturing Organization with clear methods to drive, measure, and sustain best-in-class performance
  • Implementation and alignment of performance indicators – internal and customer facing – as expectations evolve and change
  • Utilizing a Management Operating System to tell the complete story of operational goals, values, performance today and ensuring achievement of future strategies and plans

Leadership & Workforce Development

Building a High Performing Supply Chain Team from Scratch: The Challenges and Rewards

Kyle Jensen, Director of Supply Chain, Appvion

  • Looking at 3 examples of talent upgrading

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Integrated Business Planning

Todd Stillwell, Vice President, Supply Chain, Chamberlain Group

  • Per Oliver Wight, “Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is a holistic business planning process that extends the principles of S&OP throughout the supply chain, product and customer portfolios, customer demand and strategic planning, to deliver one seamless management process”.  Powerful stuff, indeed.
  • But, not all organizations are created equally.  How do you assess your organizational culture and readiness for change for a successful implementation of Integrated Business Planning?  Do you go for the Big Bang approach of a full implementation?  Or, do you introduce the concepts through a grass roots approach?
  • This session will explore the benefits of Integrated Business Planning and how to create the most impactful implementation process for your organization.  Change management, data and analytics and behaviors are just as critical to an IBP implementation as process and content are.  While focusing on moving your organization from S&OP to IBP, the discussions and lessons learned will provide participants with an approach that is applicable to many organizational transformation opportunities. 

Collaboration & Transparency

A Transformation Journey: Using Collaboration To Create Synergy and Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

Ranwei Chiang, Director, Supply Chain Planning, e.l.f. Cosmetics

  • In a complex, constantly evolving business, you need cross-functional partnerships in order to manage an effective supply chain
  • Explore the methods used to create synergies within teams and strengthen alignment and decision making processes

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Networking Lunch

1:40 PM - 2:15 PM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Collaboration and Transparency: “Changing Tires on a Bus Moving 70 Miles Per Hour”

Keith Woods, Director of Supply Chain – Coca Cola North America, The Coca Cola Company

  • Over the past couple of years, Coca Cola (one of the most recognizable brands on the planet) went through a historic re-franchising of their bottling network. This seismic change reverberated throughout all aspects of the business particularly in the area of the supply chain. My presentation will discuss how the company was able to do this and for the most part keep it transparent to an everchanging and demanding customer

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can you Enable Your Staff to Make the Most of the Technology? What are the Training and Support Considerations?

A key challenge with the rapid growth of advanced technology in modern supply chains is ensuring the people part of the strategy progresses at the same rate. What happens when you have an up-to-date ERP system in place, but your staff are not sufficiently prepared to work with it?:
  • Acknowledging the gap in people capability and preparation to use the technology – key pitfalls to watch
  • Training requirements – making sure people get the right resources and trained to get the most they can from the systems
  • Raising understanding of the real information behind the data
  • External training support

2:20 PM - 2:55 PM - Solution Spotlights

Collaboration & Transparency

What can Building a Successful Control Tower do for your Supply Chain?

  • Focusing on how the implementation of a successful control tower can provide the transparency and visibility of your current supply chain performance
  • Provides a tangible overview of your complex network, especially important for a global supply chain network
  • Incorporate tools into your control tower to not only provide visibility, but also alow intervention if something goes wrong
  • This enhanced insight into your supply chain network provides opportunities for continuous supply chain improvement and cross-department collaboration

Technology & IoT

How can a Comprehensive ERP System Optimise your Supply Chain Processes?

  • ERP software can create a universal language across all company departments
  • It can provide the calculated results of fluctuations across the entire supply chain in a matter of seconds
  • A comprehensive ERP system can combat inefficiencies and diminish waste, in turn reducing supply chain expenditure

3:00 PM - 3:35 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Development of Bombardier's Procurement Academy

Shauna Gamble, Vice President Procurement - Bombardier Aviation – Final Assembly & Completions, Bombardier

  • Shauna Gamble – VP of Aviation Procurement and Supply Chain has developed a learning academy for Bombardier Aviation Procurement.
  • During her session, Shauna will provide context on scope, scale and structure of this innovative 3-year program and provide information to assist you in improving your own internal recruitment and retention policies. 
  • Shauna will share some of the challenges faced in initiating this program, and results to date. 
  • Shauna will also discuss the strategy and steps behind the selection of training partners.

Logistics & Inventory Management

Lead Time as a Competitive Weapon

Geoffrey Fry, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Cree Lighting

One company’s journey to transform from a forecast and build-to-stock process of fulfilling customer demand to a rapid make-to-order process, integrating both the supplier-facing supply chain and the customer-facing supply chain, resulting in an improved customer experience.

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

4:25 PM - 5:00 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Steps Needed to Create a Sustainable Supply Chain: Focusing on Decarbonizing the Supply Chain to Create More Sustainable Value Chains

Virginia Covo, Global Director, Sustainability Supply Chain, Anheuser- Busch InBev

  • Full Session Abstract TBC

Technology & IoT

3 Pillars to Planning Success: Analytics, Practicality Adoption, and Selling to Management

  • The necessity of supply chain reliability in creating a successful customer experience. Fulfilling customer orders on time, safely and to a consistently high standard
  • Gaining a clear understanding of what your customers want from their product and working alongside them to achieve those goals
  • The power of compromise; fulfilling customers’ needs whilst retaining your supply chain success

5:05 PM - 5:50 PM - Panel Discussion

Security & Risk Management

With the Growing Complexity and Globalisation of Supply Chains – How can Developing a Robust Supply Chain Help You to Overcome these Ever-changing Risks and Demands?

  • How to improve internal processes and continuity in order to create, and adapt, a robust supply chain to the evolving corporate strategy
  • The market needs are constantly shifting, and leveraging the IBP business process to embrace uncertainty and anticipate decision making is increasingly a competitive advantage
  • Ensuring optimal costs whilst meeting demands in quality, quantity and delivery is becoming more challenging

5:50 PM - 5:55 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Day 1

5:55 PM - 6:55 PM

Evening Drinks Reception

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Driving Change Through Leadership – “What Does Great Leadership Look Like?”

Dr. John H. Danley Jr., President & General Manager, GKN Aerospace Transparency System

  • Providing an overview of leadership and the key attributes required to be a leader
  • Does your leadership provide engagement that leads to execution?
  • Authentic leadership – belief – getting people to believe
  • Understand that you are significant, become deliberate and leave a positive legacy

9:35 AM - 10:10 AM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Challenges and Methodologies within The Start up Environment

Ann Lee-Blythe, Director of Supply Chain, Faraday Future

  • An electric vehicle case study

Collaboration & Transparency

Supply Chain Lean and Continuous Improvement

Lanny Million, Chief Supply Chain Officer, IEWC Global Solutions

  • Session abstract TBC

10:15 AM - 10:50 AM - Solution Spotlights

Security & Risk Management

Exploring Strategies to Shield Your Supply Chain from Volatility and Drive Performance

  • Tools to mitigate the risks posed by external and uncontrollable factors from the beginning to end of your supply chain
  • This can ensure: product security across the supply chain and the delivery of goods safely and on time

Technology & IoT

Digitalization of the Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage: Are you Missing Out on Value Creation and Cost Reduction?

  • How digitalization can improve internal business processes – bringing departments closer together: from procurement to financing
  • Difference between digitally-enhanced and digitally-based supply chains
  • Deliver customization to create a competitive advantage
  • By 2023, at least 50% of large global companies will be using AI, advanced analytics and IoT in supply chain operations

10:50 AM - 11:40 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Inbound Freight Visibility and Carrier Performance Management; Options to Deliver Value to Your Organization

Greg Toornman, Global Vice-President Materials, Logistics, and Demand Planning, AGCO Corporation

  • Learn out how AGCO Corporation has created sustainable relationships with service providers and carriers in order to proactively identify potential late deliveries and maximize customer experiences.
  • The cost to implement and maintain the latest track and trace innovative approaches have a number of benefits as well as a set of challenges and risks, find out where track and trace makes the most sense for supply chain as well as other options to drive performance.
  • Learn how a risk management tool can provide real time insight to in transit shipments.

Collaboration & Transparency

How to turn Supply Chain Complexity into a Competitive Advantage

  • Over 70% of firms describe their supply chains as ‘very’ or ‘extremely complex’
  • The need to turn away from traditional supply chain processes to manage this complexity
  • Leveraging the benefits of how innovative technology can optimize processes and drive efficiency within this complex network

12:20 PM - 12:55 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Supply Chain Network

Priscila Nobre, Director, Supply Chain Planning and Supplier Collaboration, Cummins Inc.

  • Unlock Diversity & Inclusion: the impact of a powerful D&I Program
  • Connecting all the dots to create a successful and diverse supply chain network
  • Supplier Diversity – Diversity, Inclusion and Equality
  • Career development and cultural awareness
  • Bringing all together: How can you make a difference?

Technology & IoT

How to Instigate Supply Chain Transformation Through the Application of Advanced Technologies

  • What are the costs and risks?
  • How to remain competitive and be prepared for supply chain disruptions.
  • Full supply chain visibility has become the third most important strategic priority according to Geodis’ worldwide supply chain survey

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch

1:55 PM - 2:30 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Leadership & Workforce Development

Using Apprenticeship Programs: The Workforce Challenges of Finding and Attracting Talent

Miquela Craytor, Executive Director, Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council, New York City Small Business Services

  • Full session abstract TBC

2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Tailoring the Customer Experience: Creating a Customer Centric Supply Chain

  • 83% of supply chains confirm customer experience is a company-wide goal while only 3% say current systems fully support efforts to improve their customer experience
  • The necessity of supply chain reliability in creating a successful customer experience. Fulfilling customer orders on time, safely and to a consistently high standard
  • Gaining a clear understanding of what your customers want from their product and working alongside them to achieve those goals
  • The power of compromise; fulfilling customers’ needs whilst retaining your supply chain success

Collaboration & Transparency

How can Creating a Collaborative Supply Chain Save Costs and Optimise Supply Chain Processes?

  • How to utilize cross department collaboration to improve your Supply chain planning and execution
  • How to increase transparency and collaboration to foster trust
  • The benefits of internal collaboration in aligning business goals, reducing costs, improving speed to market, and levels of customer satisfaction  

3:15 PM - 3:50 PM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Aligning with Customer Needs to Create a Dynamic Relationship with a Competitive Edge

  • How has the increasing complexity of the supply chain redefined the supplier-customer relationship?
  • Customers are expecting more from their suppliers and the production process is increasingly a joint enterprise
  • How to build a dynamic relationship with your customers to create a competitive advantage by aligning the customer needs with your own capabilities
  • Communicating with the customers about the direction of strategic plans and working together to cut costs and improve the quality
  • How working closely together can achieve efficiency and increase customer retention

Security & Risk Management

Counterfeit Goods in the Supply Chain

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

Session abstract tbc

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Keynote

Technology & IoT

Driving Efficiency Through Automation

Bobby Burg, SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

  • The introduction of technology in wholesale business is less about replacing work and more about re-arranging workers

4:30 PM - 4:40 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks

7:45 AM - 1:00 PM

NASA Johnson Space Center Tour

We have two exclusive guided tours, each taking two groups of 30 people.

The Private Tram Tour (Price: $95 per person)
This exclusive tour includes a 90 minute Private Tram Tour around the NASA Johnson Space Center and an all-day admission ticket to the Center. Be one of the first daily visitors to the Historic Mission Control. On the tour, you will be able see the Astronaut Training Facility and the Rocket Park, where you can see a life size Saturn V Rocket aircraft.

Exclusive Guided Tour of Space Center (Price: $150 per person)
As well as a 90 minute Private Tram Tour and an all-day admission ticket, this option also includes a 60 minute personal tour of the Space Center. This tour has been specifically designed for our summit, looking particularly at the Manufacturing and Supply Chain processes at the Center.

Also, get exclusive access to the Independence Plaza that has a full size 747 carrier and hear about the engineering processes that go into creating and running the shuttles.

Discover the intriguing details of flown spacecraft on display and learn more about the innovations NASA is making today to achieve the feats of tomorrow.

This option also includes a lunch at the Zero-G Diner. Fuel your space adventure by selecting from deli sandwiches, salads, vegetarian meals, pizza or hamburgers!


Please note: There are only 30 places on each of these tours and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.