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James Bovenzi
Executive Director, North America GPSC and Demand/Supply
General Motors

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Steven G. Beahm
Senior Vice President - Supply Chain Management
FCA NA

Steven first joined FCA as an administrative trainee in 1987. In his current role, which he has held since January 2014, he is responsible for volume planning and logistics functions as well as driving improvements in service levels, working capital efficiency and complexity reduction, optimizing demand and supply for individual brands, and establishing consistent and effective supply chain processes. Prior to his current role, he was Vice-President – Sales Operations, FCA US (formerly Chrysler Group LLC), where he was responsible for sales planning, retail sales promotions, dealer relations, field operations for sales, small business sales and certified used vehicle sales.

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Frederiek Toney
President, Global Ford Customer Service Division
Ford Motor Company

Frederiek has held numerous leadership positions at Ford in logistics, operations, and parts and service, his most recent previous role being that of Executive Director, Global Material Planning and Logistics, which he held until 2009. His career prior to joining Ford in 2000 included a 16-year period with Caterpillar in a variety of parts logistics managerial assignments. He also served for seven years at American Honda, rising to the position of Assistant Vice-President in the parts division. Frederiek holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and an MBA from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA.

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Jan Bures
Executive Vice President - Group After Sales & Services
Volkswagen Group of America

Jan has been with the VW group for over 20 years and has held senior positions in a variety of regions including China, Russia and Germany. He holds a Master’s degree in automotive engineering.

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Dana McBrien
Associate Chief Advisor
Honda North America

Dana has been with Honda since 1984 and has held a variety of roles in supply chain management over the past 24 years. His current duties include management of Honda’s North American transport initiatives for supply chain operation optimization.

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Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel
Head of Inbound Logistics & Auto Transport
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel has spent over 25 years in the automotive industry, focusing on supply chain management. She has a BS from Kettering University and an MBA from Michigan State University. She has been with FCA since 1998 in a number of key roles, including Senior Manager Materials Handling Engineering, Global Head of Electrical Purchasing, and Director – Supply Chain Commercial Operations. In 2015, she was included in the Automotive News 100 Leading Women listing.

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Guillaume Quentin
Senior Manager, FVL - SCM Strategy/Engineering & Quality Assurance
Nissan North America

Guillaume is responsible for optimising the Nissan US/Canada vehicle transportation network and ensuring supply chain quality standards. He joined Nissan’s US team in 2014, taking responsibility for a variety of projects before leading on the transportation of inbound parts to North America’s three Nissan plants. Previously based in France, he worked in aftersales logistics for over five years before joining the Renault-Nissan Alliance at its headquarters. Guillaume holds an Ingénieur Civil des Mines master’s degree.

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Helmut Nittmann
Global Director Parts Supply & Logistics
Ford

Helmut Nittmann is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Rutherford, NJ. He has held a variety of positions, primarily in Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Supply & Logistics organization, which is responsible for the cataloguing, purchasing, supply chain management and logistics of supplying service parts to Ford’s dealerships and retail channels. He is married, with two college-aged children, and enjoys skiing, fishing and golfing.

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Nathan Lawson
Senior Director - North America Purchasing
Cooper Standard

Based in Novi, MI, Nathan is member of the North American senior leadership team responsible for direct material purchasing within the region. Prior to his current role at Cooper Standard, Nathan held progressively responsible positions at General Motors in Germany, Russia and the US over 14 years. During that time, he was responsible for finished vehicle logistics purchasing, global international logistics purchasing and numerous other roles within purchasing, supply chain and manufacturing. Nathan holds a master’s degree in manufacturing operations from Kettering University and a bachelor’s degree in purchasing and supply chain management from Central Michigan University.

Faith Wandrie
Executive Director - Driveline Global Supply Chain Management
American Axle

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Martin Weiss
Head of Corporate Logistics
Mahle Behr

Martin has over 20 years of automotive supply chain experience. Prior to joining Mahle Behr USA in 2002 (formerly Behr Automotive) he worked in logistics and strategic purchasing functions in Latin America and Europe. He is now responsible for packaging development, new project launch logistics, supply chain process optimisation and systems, transport, customs and trade compliance, warehousing, inventory and material crisis management. His main focus over the last 18 months has been integrating Delphi Thermal Logistics into the Mahle Behr USA organisation.

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Robert Sanchez
CEO
Ryder

Robert was appointed CEO of Ryder at the start of 2013 and Chairman of the Board in May the same year. He has spent over two decades at the firm, including periods as President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer, President of Fleet Management Solutions, and Senior VP of Transportation Management within Supply Chain Solutions. He has been a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team since 2003. Since 2012, he has led the development and execution of Ryder’s growth strategy, which is focused on the large segment of businesses that do not yet outsource their fleet management and supply chain functions. Under his leadership, the company has achieved record revenue and earnings levels.

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Anu Goel
Vice President, Parts and Vehicle Logistics
Volkswagen Group of America

Anu and the parts logistics team are responsible for the total supply chain management of service parts for Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), including product definition, cataloging, procurement, materials management, quality, dealer support, warehousing and transportation. Along with the vehicle logistics team, he is also responsible for activities (including port operations) supporting the distribution of finished vehicles in the US. Prior to working with Volkswagen, Anu spent over three years with Case New Holland (Fiat Group), most recently as as Vice-President, North and South American Parts Operations; and 23 years with Ford, where he served most recently as Director, Global Parts Supply and Logistics.

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Bo Shiju
President
Changjiu Group

Bo Shijiu was born in Jilin province in 1964. He started his professional career in 1982 working for China First Automobile Group. In 1992, he established Changjiu Industry Group in Jilin Province, now headquartered in Beijing. In 2003, he established Beijing Changjiu Logistics and has been the Chairman of the Board since. Beijing Changjiu Logistics recently became the first automotive logistics company to be listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. He is also Vice-President of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and Vice-Chairman of the China Communication and Transportation Association.

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Matthias Schulz
Director North America Material Planning & Logistics
Ford

Matthias joined Ford in 1987. He has worked in material planning and logistics since 1996, and has held various functions within IT. He became Director of Material Planning and Logistics in 2009 and his responsibilities include product definition, supply chain management, plant logistics, inbound logistics and material flow. He holds a Master of Science in Mathematics.

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Scott Mabry
Senior Manager, Planning and Optimization
Volkswagen Group of America

Scott has worked in the automotive supply chain for both OEMs and tier one parts suppliers in both Europe and the USA. He recently returned from Germany after running Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ finished vehicle operations at plants across Europe. He is currently working with both the finished vehicles and spare parts groups at Volkswagen Group of America to plan and optimise the networks and processes involved. He also oversees the logistics procurement team sourcing vendors over various modes of transportation across North America.

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Adam Pieniazek
Sr. Manager Logistics North America
Magna Powertrain

Adam is responsible for the development and implementation of state-of-the-art logistics processes and activities across Magna Powertrain in North America, including optimizing material and information flows for products and components across the logistics network. He first joined Magna 10 years ago and has held a number of positions including Production Planner, Supervisor, Cycle Count Coordinator, SAP Warehouse/Shipping Lead, and Production Control Supervisor – Raw & Purchase Parts. Adam joined the MPT Corporate Purchasing Team in 2012 as Supply Chain Manager for US and Mexico plants. Most recently, he was Logistics Manager – US & Mexico. He holds a master’s in business administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in business administration from the State University of New York – Oswego.

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Randy Creel
General Manager, Operations
Nissan

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Bradley Jacobs
Chairman & CEO
XPO Logistics

Brad is a career CEO with a unique track record. He has started five companies from scratch and built each into a billion or multi-billion dollar enterprise. They include three publicly traded companies: XPO Logistics, United Rentals, which he co-founded in 1997, and United Waste Systems, founded in 1989. Brad served as chairman and chief executive officer of United Rentals for the company’s first six years and as executive chairman for an additional four years. He served eight years as chairman and chief executive officer of United Waste Systems. Previously, he also founded Hamilton Resources (UK) and before that, he co-founded Amerex Oil Associates.

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Drew Merrill
VP and General Manager, North America
CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions

Drew is the General Manager and Vice President North America for two business units within CHEP’s Containers Group: CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions and CHEP Pallecon Solutions. Over the last 13 years with CHEP, he has focused on reducing cost, eliminating waste, and mitigating risk across various supply chains in the automotive, industrial, food, beverage, and chemical sectors. As a previous Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Reusable Packaging Association, he continues to push demand for reusable packaging through various speaking engagements and publications. His influence, leadership and innovation were recently recognised with Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s ‘Pros to Know’ award in February 2016.

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Gary Southerland
Senior Packaging Systems Analyst
Tenneco Automotive

Gary is responsible for the development and implementation of returnable packaging systems for Tenneco business units in both North America and China, removing cardboard systems and replacing them with reusable packaging as well as providing support for inbound returnables and management of barcode tracking systems. Prior to his current role, Gary held various positions including that of Account Manager at DaimlerChrysler, Account and Materials Manager at Diamond Electric and Senior Business Systems Analyst at United Technologies Automotive, a division of Lear Corporation. Gary is an expert in total quality management and lean manufacturing.

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Scott Dewicki
Leadership Partner
Gartner

Scott has more than 20 years of supply chain, product development and project management experience. His primary industry experience has been in automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment and the chemical industry. He has successfully led programs to define and implement changes affecting people, processes and technology, and has managed projects across a range including business strategy, enterprise architecture, supply chain networks & planning, inventory management, procurement & commodity management and SRM. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Gene Sevilla
Vice-President, International Supply Chain Solutions
Ryder

As the head of Ryder’s international operations for its Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) business segment, Gene is responsible for overseeing the company’s SCS business in Mexico, Canada, and Asia. Prior to his current role, he was Vice-President and Managing Director of Ryder Mexico. Gene first joined Ryder in November 1983 as a Staff Financial Analyst, working his way up to become Director – Financial Planning in 1990 and Director – Planning & Development the following year. Before joining Ryder, he worked as a financial analyst in the International Department of EI du Pont de Nemours & Co, in Wilmington, Delaware; and held several positions from production manager to assistant controller in Sovipe Ingenieros, a construction and real estate developer in Managua, Nicaragua.

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Gary Allen
VP of Supply Chain Excellence
Ryder

Gary is responsible for overseeing the Supply Chain Solutions engineering team at Ryder, including solution design, quality management, program management, continuous improvement and product development, to support the company’s business development and operations for the overall Supply Chain Solutions organization. He has more than 24 years of experience in supply chain services, previously leading Ernst & Young’s logistics consulting practice and also spending considerable periods at Exel and FedEx. Gary, who co-authored the Annual Third Party Logistics Study with Dr. John Langley from Pennsylvania State University, holds a Bachelor of Arts in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University.

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Mike Schober
General Manager, Service Parts and Accessories Operations
Toyota Motor Sales

In his current role, Mike is responsible for Toyota’s North American service parts and accessories distribution center operations, serving Toyota and Lexus dealers nationally as well as global affiliates in more than 40 countries. With more than 20 years of operations management experience, he has helped to position Toyota’s service parts supply chain as a driver of customer retention and competitive advantage. Leveraging his experience in various production management roles, Mike continually strives to bring Toyota’s lean manufacturing methods to warehousing. Mike completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA and holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.

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Greg Slawson
Regional Vertical Lead, Americas Automotive
DSV

Greg brings nearly 30 years of senior automotive experience at OEM, tier one and logistics service provider level. He has also worked as a supply chain consultant for a big four consultancy and as CEO of a clean technology company. Greg’s deep and broad experience of the sector gives him a unique perspective on the automotive industry and the challenges we face. Based in Detroit, Greg works globally and across products to support DSV’s automotive verticals solutions offering.

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Terese-An Nguyen
Automotive Analyst
PwC Autofacts

Based in Detroit, Terese-An is one of PwC Autofacts’ senior analysts and is responsible for the current and future outlook for South America while supporting North America and Asia Pacific forecasting. Terese-An joined Autofacts in 2012 and has experience in PwC’s Assurance and Advisory practices dating back to 2006. A 2006 and 2011 graduate of Michigan State University, Terese-An holds a MS in Accounting as well as a BA in English.

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John Mercer
VP, Sales
Penske Logistics

Based in Beachwood, Ohio, John is the sales leader for Penske Logistics’ central region, which includes the United States and Canada, servicing all product lines in the supply chain industry. Prior to becoming a company officer in 2013, he was Director of Sales for Penske Logistics’ parent company, Penske Truck Leasing. John joined Penske Truck Leasing in 1994 and worked in various sales and management roles. John’s pre-Penske career includes three years based in Michigan as Area Sales Manager for Comdata. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University.

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Dave Fleenor
Assistant Vice-President, Automotive Sales and Marketing
BNSF Railway

Dave started his 30 year transportation career at Roadway Express in field operations. Then, after receiving his Masters degree from Northwestern University, he joined the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1993, Dave joined the Santa Fe Railway, in Automotive Logistics where he oversees the key sector of rail-based automotive transportation. During his tenure with the BNSF Railway, Dave has held positions of increasing responsibility in Automotive Equipment, Carload Sales, Intermodal Marketing, and most recently Automotive Sales and Marketing.

Gary Moore
CEO
Moore Transport

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Guy Courtin
Vice President Industry & Solution Strategy
GT Nexus

Guy has over 15 years’ experience in supply chain technology, and is responsible for leading the Industry and Solution team. Prior to GT Nexus he was a Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research, covering how digital disruption was impacting supply chains. Before working in the analyst world Guy held senior roles at a number of leading vendors, including RSi, a retail supply chain solution provider, where he was responsible for product marketing. Guy holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a Masters from Loyola University in Chicago.

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Bill Pawluk
Chief Executive Officer
CTM

Bill is the former owner of an auto transportation company in Canada and has made it his life’s mission to solve the problem of waste – empty miles - in auto transportation around the world. He is the inventor and developer of the Convertible Trailer system. Bill also has over 20 years of experience as a professional firefighter, EMT and rescue worker. Bill's vision is to continuously improve methods of managing the world's finite resources, finding new and better ways of using them wisely and at the same time making a commercial return.

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Jose A. Gonzalez
Senior Manager of Regional Logistics
Novelis North America

Jose has over 25 years of experience in supply chain management, logistics operations and customer services in the chemicals, petrochemicals, construction and automotive sectors. He has successfully led enterprise-wide initiatives in supply chain planning, logistics network design and optimization, international trade, and mergers and acquisitions for Fortune 500 companies. Jose is currently responsible for delivering market-facing operational excellence through logistics to all value streams within Novelis North America. He holds bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and executive education in supply chain management from The Ohio State University.

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Rebecca Lindland
Senior Director of Commercial Insights
Kelley Blue Book

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Alex Garza
General Manager
CH Robinson

Alex splits his time between providing oversight of CH Robinson’s consolidation centers in Laredo, Dallas, and El Paso, and supporting the company’s businesses in Mexico. Prior to his current role he was general manager of CH Robinson’s Laredo office, and the integration manager for the 2009 acquisition of US Customhouse broker International Trade & Commerce. He started his CH Robinson career as an intern in 2000.

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Ralph Shaheen
President
Shaheen Chevrolet

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Senthil Virthachalam
Strategy and Transformation - Sr. Managing Consultant
IBM

Senthil has more than 15 years of global experience in the automotive industry at OEMs and suppliers, focusing on business strategy and transformations across the supply chain. He has led initiatives including Industry 4.0, leveraging IoT and cognitive technologies, S &OP and procurement. Prior to joining IBM Senthil worked at Daimler Chrysler, Tenneco and Ashok Leyland. He has an MBA from Michigan State University and a Masters in Engineering specializing in manufacturing technology.

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Lindsay English
Director

Lindsay's transportation career began at Canadian Pacific Railway, where she held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in marketing and sales, service design, network operations, and customer service. She began working with the ICL Systems team in 2015 to launch Rubicon VLS, a 3PL service for finished vehicles, as a compliment to ICL’s existing, web-based, supply chain tracking and analysis tools. Lindsay brings her passion for data-based decision-making to Rubicon’s 3PL services.

Aleks Kobylecki
NA Material Logistics, International Operations and Customer Service Manager
Ford Motor Company