Speaker list 2016

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Shrikant Mahiyaria
Member (Traffic)
Inland Waterways Authority of India

Upendra Chandra Joshi
Executive Director Freight Marketing
Railway Board

Upendra has been working with Indian Railways for 25 years and has extensive experience of rail transport, holding various positions in the operations and commercial departments. His current posting in the Ministry of Railways involves handling policies related to such areas as automotive traffic and investment in private terminals and freight wagons.

Amlan Bose
Vice President - In-Bound Logistics, Exports & Customs Ops.

With 18 years automotive industry experience in India/Asia Pacific and Europe, Amlan currently leads Ford’s Asia Pacific team in the launch of new plants/facilities, vehicles and powertrains. He is responsible for setting material flow strategies and the logistics network across Ford’s Asia Pacific operations. Amlan is based out of Chennai, India and is a frequent speaker at automotive forums.

Anand Venkateswaran
Senior General Manager, Sales Logistics
Hyundai Motor India

Anand joined Hyundai Motors in 1998 as their Regional Sales Manager (Southern Region, following 16 years with Tata Motors. He has over 18 years of experience in supply chain management and currently heads the outbound logistics team for both domestic and international markets. He is Co-Chairman of the logistics group at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and an active participant in the CII Institute of Logistics. He received the India Sea Trade Award and the International Maritime award from Indywood earlier this year for his work in promoting multimodal logistics via domestic coastal ro-ro operations.

P R Ramakrishnan
General Manager - Supply Chain Management
Honda Cars India

Ramakrishnan has over 31 years experience in automotive working across sales and logistics operations. He was responsible for sales at TVS two wheeler for North, Central and South India. After 17 years in core sales operations he moved to head logistics. Ramakrishnan joined Honda Cars India, Greater Noida in September 2007 and has held a variety of roles including sales planning, exports and outbound supply chain. He is a Graduate in Commerce from Delhi University and has a degree in Management from Open University Business School, UK.

Shailendra Singh
General Manager- Warehouses  (Parts and Accessories, Marketing and Sales)
Maruti Suzuki

Shailendra is a graduate of chemical technology and has more than 18 years automotive industry experience. He has published papers for international conferences in Japan, Europe and USA. He holds two national titles in India winning first position in two national level events from amongst 100 corporates. Shailendra completed his MBA from ICS, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo with flag of honour.

Devendra Bharambe
Deputy GM Demand Chain Management
Mahindra & Mahindra

Devendra has a wealth of supply chain experience after over 20 years with Mahindra & Mahindra. During this time, he has worked in various functions including procurement, logistics, warehouse management and international supply chain and logistics. He currently heads the supply chain strategy, inbound logistics and international supply chain functions. Devendra holds a degree in production engineering and has an Executive MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai. In 2007, he was the national winner of the Matquiz competition organised by the Indian Institute of Materials Management.

Chandra Kant Mishra
General Manager, Controller of Operations – Global Trucks
Ashok Leyland

Chandra has more than 25 years experience in precision industry & automotive supply chain, operations and manufacturing management in India and abroad. He heads planning for global trucks, special vehicle manufacturing, sales administration and outbound worldwide logistics. Chandra has been with Ashok Leyland for more than seven years and spent four years as Strategic Business Unit Head of Vehicle Manufacturing at ALL’s sate of the art Pantnagar plant. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a PGDBM in Operations Management.

Nidhish Kuchhal
General Manager - Outbound Logistics
Mahindra & Mahindra

Nidhish is an accomplished logistics professional with 24-plus years of experience in sourcing, supply chains, vendor development and distribution management. He is well-versed in the management of complex supply chains and the use of logistics as a strategic tool to generate substantial cost reductions and operational efficiencies. Nidhish has a wealth of hands-on experience and has successfully developed and implemented many supply chain projects.

Pankaj Dogra
Managing Director
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Pankaj is a Master Mariner with 14 years of seagoing experience and holds a master’s in business administration. Since 2004, he has worked with leading shipping and logistics companies in senior management roles. Pankaj joined WWL in 2011 as Head of Business Development and was responsible for creating and executing the sales objectives for its ocean and land-based services in India. He later moved to the company’s head office in Norway, where he supported the global commercial teams in the development of key accounts across all cargo segments. Pankaj returned to India and became Managing Director earlier this year.

Rajiv Bajaj
CEO & Managing Partner
Nomura Research Institute India (NRI)

Rajiv has over 22 years’ experience in consulting and industry. He started his career at international consultancy Andersen Consulting/Accenture in India where he specialised in operations and supply chain improvement. He has also worked for auto components firm Rico Auto Industries, where he was in charge of strategy, business development, supply chain and M&A, including establishing Rico’s supply chain in the USA and Europe. He later became Executive Director there, before going on to work as India Managing Director for international industrial product supplier, Hollingsworth & Vose. In 2012, he moved back to consulting with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, before taking up his present role.

Jasjit Sethi
Chief Executive Officer
TCI Supply Chain Solutions

As head of TCI Supply Chain Solutions, Jasjit has experience of working with industry segments including automotive, retail, telecoms and chemicals. He is an alumni of Harvard Business School, Amity Business School and Punjab University, Chandigarh, besides short-term courses with the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Powai and National University of Singapore, among others. He sits on the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Logistics Council; the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) National Committee on Infrastructure; and the CII National FMCG Committee. He is also a past President of the Delhi Roundtable of CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals).

William Villalon
Senior VP, Global Leader Automotive & Head of North America Region
APL Logistics

Bill joined APL Logistics in 1984 and has over 30 years’ experience in global transportation and logistics. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Bill is responsible for the strategic development, growth and profitability of APL Logistics’ automotive business worldwide, as well as the company’s operations in North America. This is comprised of intermodal rail, trucking, freight management and contract logistics activities. Prior to joining APL Logistics, Bill spent 12 years with a major U.S. railroad. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Arnaud Cauchy
Managing Director
Gefco India

Arnaud graduated from business school in France and after spending some time in the IT business joined the automotive sector in 1980, starting in sales and marketing with PSA in France. For the next 16 years, he held various positions in marketing and in region and dealership management. He joined Gefco as MD of its UK operation in 1996 and after four years was appointed Head of Logistics for Outbound Automotive Business at the group’s Paris headquarters. He also spent four years managing Gefco Switzerland before moving to India. Arnaud has been MD of Gefco India since 2015, and CEO of corporate stablemate Mercurio Pallia since September 2013.

Markos Vassilikos
Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises SA

Markos joined Neptune Lines in 2006 as Technical Manager, becoming the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He has over 25 years’ experience in managing shipping companies and big logistics, shipping and shipbuilding projects. He currently heads Neptune Lines’ business development in the Gulf area, India and Red Sea. Markos holds an ocean engineer’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering and a master’s degree in ocean systems management from MIT.

C.M Mahendran
Logistics Purchase
Renault Nissan

Vegard Synnes
Head of Key Accounts
CDC International Logistics

Vegard started his career in the Norwegian FMCG industry before relocating to Shanghai, China in 2012. After a short career in executive search, he took up his current role leading CDC’s business development and managing global accounts.

DK Rai
Director Automotive Business

DK has over 17 years of experience in various fields of sales, marketing and supply chain. His experience spans established Indian business groups and MNC in B2B and B2C environments. DK is one of the key foundation members of CHEP India (PTY) LTD. He has worked on various projects in rural marketing and is currently driving the concept of returnable packaging pooling model in the Indian automotive industry. He is an engineering graduate with post-graduation in management studies and has also attended the business excellence programme conducted by CEDEP in coordination with INSEAD.

Anil Sharma
Principal Analyst World Markets Automotive
IHS Markit

Anil is part of IHS Markit's automotive research team and keeps track of the Indian market, among others. In the last 12 years, he has explored various aspects of the automotive industry including automaker-supplier relations, technology trends and market evolution in terms of consumer preferences. He is a management graduate with a specialisation in finance.

Bill Pawluk
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Saket Mehra
Grant Thornton

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