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.

Colin MacDonald
CEO & Managing Director
Renault Nissan India

Colin has served as CEO & managing director of Renault Nissan Automotive India since April 2015. He has extensive experience within the Renault-Nissan group entities. Colin achieved a BA Honours in economics & business management and an MBA from Durham University, UK. After graduation, Colin worked for Nissan UK where his portfolio covered production control, logistics strategy & planning, quality improvement and cost management. He held various management positions in different locations across the world. Later, he was appointed Vice President at Renault Nissan Alliance Logistics Europe. In his current role, Colin leads the Alliance’s biggest manufacturing facility in the world and is responsible for overall strategy, P&L, operations and team management.

Prem Verma
Project Leader – Logistics
TATA Motors

Prem has spent nearly 26 years in sales and marketing, managing different product lines ranging from lighting products, consumer electronics with Philips and commercial vehicles with Tata prior to his current assignment as head of the TML Distribution subsidiary of Tata Motors. A graduate of the University of Delhi, Prem is co-chairman of SIAM’s logistics committee.

Shailendra Singh
Assistant Vice President
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.

Kalpesh Pathak
Vice President Corporate Purchase & Supply Chain Management
Fiat India

Kalpesh is responsible for the supply chain management of car, powertrain and corporate divisions located in Ranjangaon, near Pune. He has spent more than two decades in supply chain management within the automotive, consumer durables and engineering industries, and been involved in establishing supply chain models and business practices for five Greenfield projects –three in automotive, one in consumer durables and one in engineering – in both India and overseas. He is on the logistics committee of SIAM and the Import-Export committee of SIMA , as well as being a representative on the CII-Western Region.

Rajesh Sharma
DGM Material Planning & Logistics
Hanon Climate Systems India

Rajesh started his career in 1999 in automotive production planning and control. In his current role, he works for Hanon Climate Systems India Private Ltd (formerly known as Halla Visteon Climate Control Group), a thermal management multinational company and Korea’s largest manufacturer of automotive climate control systems. His 16+ years experience spans various areas of supply chain including value stream design, implementation of Kanban, bar coding, supplier delivery rating systems, driver rating systems and inventory accuracy management by cycle count & 4 wall processes. Rajesh has designed the complete information flow through ERP utilization and customised MIS systems in addition to driving systems, processes and methodologies for internal control audits / quality systems audits / EMS audits. Rajesh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Y.M.C.A. Institute of Engineering (M. D. University) and is a member of various forums including Supply Chain Brain, Supply Chain - Insight - Share and Learn and Strategies Lean Briefing.

Balakrishnan Adhi
Deputy Director MP&L
Changan Ford

Balakrishnan (Bala) is the head of product codification, program and pre-production management and system planning and implementation functions. This is part of the material planning and logistics department for Ford Asia Pacific. Bala leads the team of 180 members which includes India, China, Australia, South Africa, Thailand and Japan. He is responsible for the delivery of product launches, global BOM, engineering change control and prototype parts procurement activities. Bala also worked in ChangAn-Ford JV in China and various short term assignments in Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, Australia, UK, Germany and USA. He has over 19 years of experience in the logistics industry. Bala achieved a B.E. in production engineering, MBA in operations and PGDBF in finance. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in management.

Balakrishnan Adhi
Vice President Material Planning & Logistics
Ford Motor Company

Balakrishnan (Bala) is the head of product codification, program and pre-production management and system planning and implementation functions. This is part of the material planning and logistics department for Ford Asia Pacific. Bala leads the team of 180 members which includes India, China, Australia, South Africa, Thailand and Japan. He is responsible for the delivery of product launches, global BOM, engineering change control and prototype parts procurement activities. Bala also worked in ChangAn-Ford JV in China and various short term assignments in Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, Australia, UK, Germany and USA. He has over 19 years of experience in the logistics industry. Bala achieved a B.E. in production engineering, MBA in operations and PGDBF in finance. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in management.

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.

Nishish Kuchhal
Deputy General Manager, Demand Chain Management
Mahindra & Mahindra

Nidhish is a supply chain professional with 23 years of experience in procurement and supply chain management with leading car and auto component manufacturers including Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Auto Component and Volvo Eicher. His expertise lies in strategic sourcing, spend analysis, reverse auctions, cost reduction, supply chain management, sales and operations planning, engineering change management and inventory control. He is accredited for achieving transformational cost savings with the use of alternative thinking. In his current assignment, he developed a responsive, reliable and flexible supply chain to bring down demand fulfilment time by one third and improved customer commitment adherence.

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).

Shri H.D Gujrati
Director, Operations and Business Development
Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL)

He is in-charge of operations, business development, HR and administration within the Corporation. He is a postgraduate in Physics and has an MBA in Finance and PGDM/Marketing. He joined the Indian Railway Traffic Service in 1985, before taking the post of Director (Operation & Business Development) in DFCCIL, he was working as Executive Director/Traffic on the Railway Board of the Ministry of Railways. Prior to this, he has worked as Executive Director/Freight Marketing and Director/Traffic, Director/Safety in Railway Board and group general manager/strategic planning, International marketing and operations at the Container Corporation of India Ltd. He started his career on undivided South Eastern Railway, the Blue Chip Railway of Indian Railways. He has vast experience in rail transportation including freight operation, multimodal logistics, traffic planning, strategic planning and use of information technology in rail transportation.

Shailendra Singh
General Manager Logistics
Maruti Suzuki

Shailendra completed his MBA in Tokyo and spent time at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate in chemical technology and has more than 14 years of experience in the automobile industry. Presently, he leads a 600 strong manufacturing team, which produce Dzire, Swift, Alto and Zen Estilo.

RS Kapoor
General Manager Logistics - Outbound
Maruti Suzuki

Amit Kaushik
Managing Director, India
Urban Science

Amit, who is based in New Delhi, has over 15 years of experience in the Indian automotive industry. Before joining Urban Science, he established and managed the Indian operations of JATO Dynamics. Prior to that, he worked for more than five years with IHS Automotive. He also spent nearly a decade in a variety of roles at automotive OEMs including Tata Motors, Honda Cars and Fiat. Amit graduated in mechanical engineering and holds an MBA degree from MDI Gurgaon.

Bill 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.

Selvan Dasaraj
Transport Mitra Services

Selvan has over 28 years experience. Specifically he has worked on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate/Public Affairs, P&L, Business & Strategy Development and Operations . Selvan has handled a variety of CSR programs for United Parcel Services (UPS) and Mahindra Logistics including scholarships for the underprivileged, driver welfare activities and village adoption through NGO’s. Selvan has been an Executive Committee Member in Mahindra’s, AMCHAM, Indo-US Aviation cooperation program, Indo-US Chamber of Commerce, FICCI and Express Industry Council of India. He was recognized as an “Innovation Champion -2014 & Innovation Catalyst -2013“ for creating an IT-enabled end-to-end people transportation solution and for Transforming the Employee Transportation Echo system in India by Mahindra. He was also awarded the “Upcoming Passenger Transport Manager of India“ by CILT India in 2012. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture with “transportMitra”, Selvan had a corporate stint with Mahindra, UPS, Elbee, P N Writer and DHL. Selvan holds an MBA , Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Communication & Journalism from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

SK Krishnan
Vice President of Demand Chain Management
Mahindra and Mahindra

Mr. Krishnan has over 28 years experience in supply chain and logistics functions at organizations including FIAT / Premier Automobiles, Black and Decker and Ford. He devises the SCM strategy for the sector: implementing it across six manufacturing plants. A member of the SIAM Sub-Committee for Logistics, he is a keynote speaker at many supply chain and logistics forums.

Gautam Dey
Senior Deputy Traffic Manager - Business Development Cell
Mumbai Port Trust

Gautam has spearheaded business development activities at Mumbai Port for over a decade, bringing 30 years logistics and port operations experience to bear. Mumbai Port Trust is the fourth major port in India, and the largest car handling port on the west coast handling approximately 0.16 million units including Maruti Suzuki., Tata Motors, Volkswagen, Mahindra & Mahindra, General Motors and Ashok Leyland. Gautam also focuses on the creation of facilities and provision of services for automotive exports and imports for Mumbai Port Trust.

Sumit Kumar
Vice President & North India Head
TCI Supply Chain Solutions

Sumit has over 16 years experience in leading and managing supply chain operations, working with many large, global clients to improve their supply chain operations. He has a strong implementation track record of delivering operational changes, cost reduction and performance improvement. He is an active member of CSCMP ( Council of Supply Chain management Professionals) and undergone executive training at the Indian School of Business (ISB, Hyderabad) and Capstone Business Simulation course from IIM, Ahmedabad. Sumit holds an MBA in Marketing from the Indian Institute of Science & Management and Bachelors of Science from Ranchi University, and taken courses in Material Management at NILEM , Export Management at Indian Institute of Export Management and Multi Modal Transport (Containerization) and logistics Management from Institute of Rail Transport (Indian Railways).

Umesh Bhanot
Managing Director
APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive

Umesh is Managing Director of APL Logistics VASCOR and has overseen the company’s start of business. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Adani Logistics. Umesh began his career with the Indian Railway Traffic Service, working with CONCOR (Container Corporation of India) for five years before joining Adani Logistics in 2005. He has extensive experience in the fields of container transportation, terminals and CBU transportation. Umesh also holds an MBA from Delhi University and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.

Gur-Prasad Kohli
Managing Director India
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Gur-Prasad joined the Mercantile Marine from high school and spent 17 years at sea. After completing an MBA, he joined the Asian headquarters of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2000. He was Country Head for the Philippines for four years moving to Hong Kong as Managing Director in 2006. In April 2011, he moved to Head of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics for South Asia. Gur-Prasad reached 25 years service that same year for the Wallenius Wilhelmsen group of companies.

Jasjit Sethi
Chief Executive Officer
TCI Supply Chain Solutions

In a career spanning 20 years, Jasjit has worked first as a logistics user and now as a logistics provider. He is the past President of the India Roundtable of CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals), and is a current member of the CII National Logistics Council. He has an MBA in Finance from Amity Business School and a BSc from Punjab University, Chandigarh.

R Gopal
Global Vice President - Transportation & Logistics Practice
Frost & Sullivan

Gopal is responsible for developing transportation and logistics consulting capabilities across all regions, as well as managing his business unit He is actively involved in the execution of client-defined engagements and syndicated research studies. In addition, he also manages the economic modeling group that focuses on developing key market measurements across industry segments, quantitative market modeling, forecasting models and global research snapshots. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Gopal was the commercial director with an international 3PL, responsible for business development in the Asia region. He has also worked with a leading financial institution in the market assessment and analysis of project financing.

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.

Ketan Shah
General Manager Implementation & Process Improvement

Ketan is responsible for developing, implementing and operating complex supply chain solutions for automotive and other major industry verticals: consumer goods, retail, hi-tech and chemical. His ten year experience of logistics and supply chain, spans design and implementation of client solutions, continuous improvement approaches for automotive / industrial OEMs and Tier 1’s focused on reducing material handling costs, lowering inventory, and ensuring material availability for just in time systems. He’s worked extensively in North America & Asia, acting as a key change agent/lean subject matter expert for cross-functional teams to insure quality, cost and KPI’s deliverables were achieved at several automotive, manufacturing and chemical industry customer facilities. Ketan holds a Masters of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from North Dakota State and Bachelors of Engineering in Production Engineering from Mumbai University.

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