Tuesday 25 September 2012

18:00 – 21:00
Pre-conference drinks reception

A great chance to get together with fellow delegates, in a relaxed atmosphere, before the formal conference days. Bring lots of business cards!


Wednesday 26 September 2012

08:00 – 09:00
Registration and welcome coffee 
09:00 – 10:15
Session 1
What’s next?

A look at the factors that will impact the future of the industry. Forecasters share their predictions and examine future mobility and the impact of the internet and social media on the global automotive industry.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group

Benjamin Hartford, Senior Research Analyst, Robert W. Baird
Michael Robinet,
Managing Director, IHS Automotive Consulting
Jim Moore,
Vice President, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions
Ray Fitzgerald,
President, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Americas


10:15- 11:00

Coffee break


11:00 – 12:15



Dude, here is your car!

This panel will discuss answers to the age old problem of finding a needle in the outbound supply chain. Who is delivering my car and when? Rather than discussing the reasons why we can’t give visibility, we will discuss and how and why we should.

Moderator: Greg May, President, Car Delivery Network

Wes Lutz, Chairman, Michigan Auto Dealers

Anthony Clevio, Operations Manager, GMNA and Intercontinental Logistics, General Motors

Bill Schroeder, General Manager, Auto Haulers Association of America

Erika Mercado – Gratton, Damage Prevention and Claims Manager, Chrysler

Jim Zamjahn, Program Manager – Supply Chain, AIAG



In-plant logistics

This workshop will look at areas including Inventory, packaging, warehousing and production logistics.

Moderator: William Wappler, President, Surgere

Dan Roovers, Vice President Automotive Sales, ORBIS

Colin Howard, Sales Director – Europe, Goodpack

Camille Chism, Packaging Engineer, Johnson Controls

Supplier relations

Suppliers are told to be resilient and accepting of challenges and demand. This workshop will look at any growth in collaboration and the value of investing in good relationships.

Moderator: Bruce Arlinghaus

Jeff Hurley, Senior Vice President Automotive, CEVA Logistics

Bill Pfeiffer, Manager of Corporate Logistics, Visteon

Jeff Morrison, Director of Materials, Logistics and Containers, General Motors

12:15- 14:00


14:00 – 15:15



Linking and improving transport modes

With railcar shortages and widespread strike action, does the industry need to start thinking creatively with transport modes? Is short sea an option? What can be done to alleviate the ongoing challenge of capacity?

Moderator: Bill Kerrigan, Director, KGI Global Consulting

Mike Nelson, National Manager of Rail Strategy and Operations, Toyota Logistics Services

Jeff Dzierbicki,  Team Lead – Vehicle, Rail and Ocean Procurement,  General Motors

Timothy Butt, Market Manager – Automotive, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Rick Powers, Director of Marketing, Port of Baltimore




Service Parts: ‘click’ and deliver?

The aftermarket is going online and this workshop will take a close look at this important part of the industry and how to manage its unique and complex challenges. Is there a right way to create an efficient aftermarket network?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group

Vicki Streukens, Director of North American Logistics, General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales

Rob Hillman, General Manager Aftersales IT, Volkswagen of America

Mike Valentine, Regional Vice President Automotive, Americas, UTi Worldwide



Managing the global network

This session will discuss managing complex supply chains, and how new markets are changing the game.

Moderator: Bruce Arlinghaus

Christine Krathwohl, Executive Director Global Logistics and Containers, General Motors

Paul Biegen, Director of Global Logistics and Customs,

Key Safety Systems

Mike Lenaghan, Executive  Vice President, Flexis

Richard Thompson, Cargo Sales Director, Aircharter


15:15- 16:00

Coffee break


16:00 – 17:15

Session 4

Proper planning prevents poor performance

Production planning ensures that resources are in place to supply the customer in the most efficient, economic and timely way. Isn’t that what logistics is about?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group

Dana McBrien, Associate Chief Advisor, Honda of America
Matt Jorgensen,
Inbound Logistics and Customer Service Transportation Manager, Ford Motor Company
Kevin Denomme,
Senior LLP Manager, Penske Logistics
Scott Grady,
Vice President of Corporate Marketing Solutions,  Landstar
Aamer Rehman,
Vice President of Manufacturing Solutions, Kinaxis


17:30- 21:00

Gala dinner 


Tim Anness, Head of Advance Design at Chrysler, will deliver a speech at the gala dinner on the future of vehicle design; offering an insight for delegates into the future impact for logistics.

Gala Dinner Dress Code:
Please note,  there is a strict dress code at The Detroit Athletic Club, gentlemen should be dressed in business wear, and ladies in skirt suits, pant suits and dresses.


Thursday 27 September 2012


08:30 – 09:00

Registration and coffee

09:00 – 10:15

Session 5

To do: plan Mexico

What do all the players in the industry need to do now to make sure that Mexico is ready for the forthcoming surge? With capacity concerns, rail shortages, slow speeds, and supply base challenges, is it possible to get your supply in, and vehicles out as efficiently as required?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor, Automotive Logistics group

Chris Styles, Director of Logistics, Nissan North America

Sylvia Hill, North America and International Logistics Director, Delphi

Kate Betsworth, President, Union Pacific Distribution Services


10:15- 11:00


Coffee break 
11:00 – 12:15


Trucking productivity

How can the trucking industry improve to be more efficient, comply with new regulations, and still be the most reliable transport option? Has the world changed?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig, Editor, Automotive Logistics group

Curtis Rhodes, Chief Operating Officer, Jack Cooper Transport

Ken Hulshof, Shareholder, Polsinelli Shugart

Steve Tripp, Head of Worldwide Vehicle Transportation, Chrysler

Justin Newell, Manager of Vehicle Logistics, Porsche North America



Service parts: Part Two

Continued from the previous days’ session, this workshop will discuss the operational and practical aspects of service parts and aftermarket technology.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group

Tom Kroswek, Senior Director of Supply Chain Excellence, Ryder System

Rick Alonzo, Senior Manager, America Logistics Purchasing, Nissan North America

LeAnne Coulter, General Manager, Schneider Logistics



The move south

With production rooting one foot in the south, this workshop will discuss some of the challenges that have been faced and what this will mean for the future of North America as a production base.

Moderator: Bruce Arlinghaus

Mike Silvio, Director of Supply Chain Management, Cooper Standard

Ed Traub, Director  – Quality, Material and Logistics, Metaldyne

Peter Baumann, Global Director Automotive, Geodis Wilson


12:15 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:00

Session 7


Your opportunity to sit round a table with industry peers, discussing the challenges and ideas around a specific topic. Don’t miss this chance to have your opinion heard and be involved in a real discussion on your chosen focus area.

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break 


15:30 – 16:30

Session 8

Making it happen

At the end of two days of presentations, workshops and discussions, a panel of important industry leaders talk about lessons learned and how they can be used.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group

Christine Krathwohl, Executive Director of Global Logistics and Containers, General Motors

Steve Harley, Executive Director Material, Planning and Logistics, Ford

Mike Silvio, Director of Supply Chain Management, Cooper Standard

Mike Nelson, National Manager of Rail Strategy and Operations, Toyota Logistics Services



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