Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel

Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel
Head of Supply Chain Management

Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel was appointed Head of Supply Chain Management, FCA – North America, effective June 30, 2017. In this role, she has responsibility for the critical volume planning and logistics functions in close coordination with the Brand CEOs. She is also responsible for driving improvements in service levels, working capital efficiency and complexity reduction and optimizing demand and supply to benefit balancing the needs and requirements of the individual brands.

Gerald Lee
Vice President Vehicle Planning and Logistics
Subaru of America

Gerry is responsible for the Subaru vehicle supply chain from factory purchase order to delivery at dealerships. Gerry’s previous positions at Subaru include business planning, investments and finance. He has worked at Subaru since 1981 and his previous employers include Arthur Young & Co (Ernst and Young) and Girard Bank (Citizens Bank). Gerry has a BSc in Economics from Villanova and an MBA from Drexel.

Steve Brown
Vice-President of Logistics Control
Toyota Motor North America

Steve leads the team at Toyota that oversees central planning and coordination of its inbound and production logistics, including route engineering, forward planning, crossdock and warehousing and returnable container management across its US and North American network. Steve has worked with Toyota for more than 30 years across assembly, production control and logistics. He is based at Toyota’s North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Raman Mehta
Vice-President and Chief Information Officer

Raman Mehta leads all facets of Visteon's global IT, including designing, developing and implementing global platforms and processes to increase performance. He joined Visteon in April 2017 after CIO roles at manufacturing service provider Fabrinet and automotive supplier EWIE Company. Before that, he spent more than 13 years at Oracle as a director. Mehta has an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical and electronics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

Matthias Schulz
Director North America Material Planning & Logistics

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.

Anu Goel
Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Services
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.

Sven Dharmani
Global Automotive Sector Supply Chain Leader
Ernst & Young

Sven is the Global Supply Chain Leader for the Automotive Sector and Principal, Advisory Services at Ernst & Young. He serves as the automotive advisory leader for automotive OEMs at the consultancy and has partnered in various capacities with Detroit Three, European and Japanese automotive manufacturers. He draws on over 20 years of experience across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa to drive performance improvements with global automotive OEMs, large tier one suppliers and manufacturing clients. Sven focuses on developing strategies, defining operating models, re-engineering processes and implementing sustainable solutions.


Leland Chang
Material planning and logistics North American vehicle logistics, telematics/connected vehicle
Ford Motor Company

Leland, who joined Ford in 2000 and has held numerous key positions in Material Planning & Logistics (MP&L). He spent four years in the company’s Asia Pacific group, and in North America has worked in inbound logistics, vehicle damage and quality and later vehicle import operations. He now represents Ford in connectivity topics for outbound logistics. Prior to joining Ford, Leland spent 10 years with General Motors in a variety of managerial assignments. He has a BA and MBA degrees in supply chain management from Michigan State University.

Miguel Tavera
Director Global Logistics Engineering & Containers
General Motors

Miguel has 25 years of experience in logistics, supply chain and manufacturing, working for 3PL companies as well as shippers. Started his career with 11 years at Proctor & Gamble, he spent the next seven years with 3PLs in regional roles including business development and operations. He also worked for Kraft (now Mondelez), where he led a regional logistics and customer service function. Before joining GM, Miguel was a vice president at CEVA Logistics. Miguel is from Mexico and has worked in the US, Canada and Chile. He holds a BSc in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, an MBA and several executive certificates.

Adam Pieniazek
Senior Logistics Manager 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 12 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.

Bridget Grewal
Director, Packaging Continuous Improvement
Magna International

Bridget joined Magna International in September 2013 and is currently assisting its 136 plants in North America achieve cross-group synergies. She has built a Packaging and Transportation Steering Committee to optimise this non-core business area by identify cost-saving opportunities across all the plants in North America, Europe and Asia. She holds the position of Great Lakes Regional Vice-President for the Institute of Packaging Professionals and has also served as President of the MSU School of Packaging Alumni Association. Bridget has considerable experience in the automotive industry, including roles at Ford and The Budd Company, and in 2008 started the Packaging Consultant Group, helping firms like Mobis, Polaris and Caterpillar with packaging optimisation.

Ben Nguku
Director of Customer Marketing, North America
Sealed Air

Ben Nguku joined Sealed Air in 2009 and has held roles in supply chain, research and development, portfolio management, and marketing. In his current role, Ben works with the company’s customers in North America across a variety of market challenges.

Gerald Schoenle
Director, Global Trade Services
Ford Motor Company

Gerald (Jerry), who is also a director of Ford Trading Company, leads teams responsible for all trade aspects of the cross-business-unit export/import of about 700,000 vehicles. These teams also support documentation, tracking and deep-sea logistics activities. Prior to joining Ford, Gerald studied for an aerospace engineering degree (Michigan) and an MBA (Darden – Virginia). He later served as a US Navy nuclear engineering officer. Since 1991, he has held a variety of leadership positions at Ford, including international assignments in product marketing (UK) and as managing director (Hungary).

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.

Glenn Stevens
Executive Director

Glenn provides strategic direction at MICHauto, an association in Michigan focused on developing the automotive and mobility industry. He is also Vice-President of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber. Glenn has more than 25 years’ experience across the automotive, mobility, steel, specialty chemicals and capital equipment industries, including serving as Senior Vice-President of Membership and Sales with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, where he was responsible for strategic partnerships and automotive industry development with states across the nation. He has also held leadership positions with Blue Water Automotive Systems, Kolene Corporation, and National Steel Corporation.

Faith Wandrie
Vice President – Global Supply Chain Management
American Axle

With over 30 years of broad experience in the tier one automotive environment, Faith has a proven track record as a versatile professional and has mainly concentrated on supply chain transformation over the last 10 years. She has a solid history of leveraging organisational improvement through design and implementation of global supply chain strategies to reduce costs and improve cash flow. She is an empowered, dynamic leader who is skilled in identifying and implementing effective solutions. Faith is known for overcoming challenges, building an agile framework and delivering sustainable results.

Nitin Sethi

Nitin Sethi
Director - IT - Business Engagement & Transformation
Visteon Corporation

Nitin Sethi has successfully led digital transformations and end-to-end technology strategies across a diverse range of companies. He joined Visteon in March 2018 after holding various positions at larger consultancies and IT firms, where he helped deliver enterprise wide initiatives. He is specialized in agile and lean strategies, while specializing in IT across the value stream, including cloud computing, big data, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and internet of things.

Brandon Mason
Automotive Director and Mobility Leader

Brandon, who is based in Detroit, first joined PwC in 2004. He is an active industry participant and spokesperson, continuously monitoring and analyzing global automotive developments and technology-driven trends such as connected cars, autonomous driving, ride/car sharing, digital and data management, infrastructure, and other related areas. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist for PwC’s US and Global automotive practice, where he had oversight of the sector’s day-to-day business and strategic priorities. He also has extensive experience as an analyst, having previously led PwC’s Autofacts team.

Srini Muthusrinivasan
Senior Global Industry Strategies Director
JDA Software

Srini has over 17 years of experience in sales, supply chain strategy and executive leadership. In his current role, he is responsible for seeding transformative thought-leadership and driving strategic innovation within large manufacturing companies. He is also a key contributor to enhancing and accelerating the availability of supply chain IP, working closely with academia, industry analysts, customers and technology teams to keep the supply chain IP ahead of the industry’s needs. Srini is a recognized C-level advisor around the topic of the digital supply chain transformation and co-authored the book Optimization of Supply Chain Management in Contemporary Organizations.

Mark Sargeant

Mark Sargeant
VP of Logistics and Business Development

After successfully building and selling three businesses since 2005, since 2011 Mark Sargeant has focused on developing an innovative location system for the auto industry. Credited with bringing AutoMap to market, Sargeant has penetrated many non-traditional areas in the industry, such as finance, auto auctions and now the logistics market. A genuine garage startup success story, AutoMap has now developed into a nationwide success, with expansion into international markets.

Matt Patton
Public Policy Manager

Matt manages a wide range of public policy issues for ride-sharing company Lyft in various markets across the Midwest and Canada, negotiating with elected officials, forging relationships with third-party stakeholders and speaking on behalf of the company. He previously served as a Legislative Director in the Michigan State Senate where he managed several policy and budget areas. Among those were managing the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs budget and negotiating components of the current ridesharing and autonomous vehicle testing law in Michigan. Matt has been a travelling advisor to two presidential candidates and served in a United States Navy F-14 Tomcat squadron during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Gary Allen
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product Development
Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Gary is responsible for the evaluation, development and deployment of new technologies and digital products for the supply chain and dedicated transportation solution businesses at Ryder. Prior to this, he led the supply chain excellence team for the company, overseeing solution design, continuous improvement and product innovation. He has more than 25 years of experience in supply chain services, previously leading EY’s logistics consulting practice and spending long periods with both DHL and FedEx. Gary also previously co-authored and helped launch the Annual Third Party Logistics Study with Dr. John Langley of Pennsylvania State University.

Roberto Cruz
Director of Business Development

Roberto Joined Ryder in 2012 and is responsible for business development in the Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial (AAI) vertical, supporting Supply Chain Solutions. He holds a degree in international business from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and has over 20 years of logistics and cross-border experience in operations and business development, with an emphasis on US-MX cross-border solutions as well as NAFTA collaboration. He has lead multiple initiatives that have contributed to Ryder’s success in the automotive space within Mexico and has a wealth of knowledge on safety, security, regulation and operational requirements for international trade.


Jim Barnett
President of Americas Automotive

Jim became President of Automotive Americas in April 2015 and is responsible for all operations, business development and account management activities for syncreon’s automotive vertical throughout the Americas. He has over 20 years’ supply chain experience including 10 years in China – as a Supply Chain Director for a major OEM and as the Chief Operating Officer of a major automotive 3PL. In addition, he has held various positions in North America, mainly in operational roles for a major OEM and a major tier supplier. Prior to joining syncreon, Jim led a sales team for a major automotive 3PL.

Joseph Petrosky

Joseph Petrosky
Dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology
Macomb Community College

Joe is responsible for a range of career, technical, workforce and continuing education programmes including advanced manufacturing, apprenticeship, product development, automotive, media and communication arts, and facilities design and construction. He also acts as Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, which works with educators and industry to expand the quantity and quality of technicians for the automotive sector. Before joining Macomb in 2004, Joe worked with with Focus: HOPE, a non-profit human and civil rights organisation in Detroit whose programmes included engineering education and workforce development; and with General Motors in both the Warren Technical Center (Advanced Manufacturing Development) and the former AC Rochester Division (now Delphi Technologies).

Christoph Seitz
CFR Rinkens

Jordan Kajfasz

Jordan Kajfasz
Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, International Intermodal & Automotive
Canadian Pacific Railway

Jordan, who joined Canadian Pacific in 2017, is based in Toronto, Canada, and is responsible for growing the company’s business and developing lasting relationships with customers. In a career focused on the international supply chain, he has spent time working at the Vancouver Port Authority as well as over ten years at Maersk Line with postings in Canada, the US and West Africa involving roles in Maersk’s liner shipping, trucking, terminals and logistics divisions. Jordan holds a master’s degree from the University of Denver’s Transportation Institute and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Dan Marx
CFO and Senior Vice President
Montway Auto Transport

Dan has more than 21 years of experience in finished vehicle logistics, in finance, operations and execution roles. He has particular experience in asset-based, asset-light and process solutions for the delivery of OEM vehicles. Dan has an undergraduate degree with dual majors in accounting and computer systems in business from Ohio University, and a graduate degree in international business from Mercer University, Stetson School of Business.

Thomas Stoeckel
Founder and CTO

Prior to founding nextLAP, Dr. Thomas Stöckel worked across automotive manufacturing during more than 13 years with Audi, including logistics engineering and ‘digital factory’ strategies. In his last position, he was head of production IT at the OEM’s Ingolstadt plant. Prior to Audi, Stöckel held roles in production engineering and control, automation and IT. He has a PhD in computer science from the Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Patrick Lewis
Director Business Management
ICL Systems

Greg Slawson
Global Vertical Lead Automotive

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.

Andrea Amico
Jack Cooper

Andrea presides over Jack Cooper Logistics’ portfolio, including vehicle inspections, transportation, title and key management, and software licensing. He also runs Jack Cooper’s R&D department. Andrea is the inventor or co-inventor in four patent filings in the areas of deep-learning artificial intelligence, image processing, computer vision and privacy, and chairs the Cybersecurity and Privacy initiative at the International Automotive Remarketing Alliance (IARA), as well as contributing to the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Information Sharing and Collaboration Program (CISCP). Prior to Jack Cooper, he worked as a strategist at GE/NBC-Universal and at McKinsey & Co.

Dennis Manns
Senior Automotive Advisor

Dennis Manns has an extensive background in the automotive industry, including working as Assistant Vice-President of Sales and Logistic Planning at American Honda. There, he was responsible for the automotive sales planning for both the Honda and Acura divisions and the automotive logistics planning and operations for all of American Honda’s plant and port facilities. During this time, he oversaw the design and development of the Honda de Mexico (HDM) distribution center in Celaya, Mexico and was the lead executive in the creation of the industry’s only multimodal network of Mexico-produced Honda products. Dennis was also instrumental in the development of a partnership with CSX to create the new Talladega automotive facility.

paul nurse

Paul Nurse
ProAct International

Paul Nurse’s responsibilities at ProAct International, which is a software solutions company working predominantly in the finished vehicle logistics market, include product strategy and product evolution at both plant-to-dealer and yard management level, with a particular focus on product innovation and differentiation.

Bernard Swiecki
Director Automotive Communities Partnership
Center for Automotive Research

Bernard Swiecki serves as director of the Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP) at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), as well as Assistant Director of CAR’s Industry, Labor, and Economics (ILE) group. Swiecki manages research projects across many automotive topics, including analysis of vehicle market and production data, and has led numerous international trade missions. Swiecki is a member of the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and has served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Eastern Michigan District Export Council. He received his BA from the University of Michigan in 1998 and his MS from Eastern Michigan University in 2003. He joined CAR in 1994.

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