Director of Worldwide Logistics & Customs
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
William started his career with the Chrysler Group in 1986 in corporate logistics and spent the next 14 years in various logistics, purchasing and supply chain management positions in both the US and China. His current responsibilities include network design, transportation procurement and operations for Chrysler’s import and export operations.
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.
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.
Head NAFTA Vehicle Transportation
Marc took on his current role in April this year, having previously held positions on both sides of the supply chain, in the supplier community with Canadian Pacific Railway and as a shipper with DaimlerChrysler, as well as in global management consulting. He is responsible for Chrysler’s worldwide vehicle transportation, including developing its logistics strategy, designing and optimizing networks, purchasing transportation services, controlling logistics operations and ensuring supply chain quality standards are met. A former chairman of the AIAG’s Finished Vehicle Supply Chain Visibility committee, Marc was born in Montreal and holds an MBA from Georgia State University.
Director of Global Logistics Planning
Renee took on her current position in March this year, and is responsible for network design, future program planning and shipment planning for both material and vehicle logistics. She also continues with her previous container responsibilities, held since 2013, for engineering, future program management and operations support for containers serving GM’s North America vehicle and powertrain plants. Prior to these assignments, Renee was the Supply Chain Director at both Flint Stamping and Janesville Assembly plants. She was also the Business Planner for the VP of Global Manufacturing. She has an MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, AZ and a BSc in Industrial Administration from Kettering University in Flint, MI.
Director Global Logistics Purchasing
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.
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.
Manager Global Logistics, Material & Planning
Vijay started at GM in 2008 as an Intercontinental Logistics Engineer and is now responsible for all material inbound planning. He manages future program planning for all new vehicle models and develops strategic & tactical network design models. Vijay started his career with Hewlett-Packard and holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University.
Senior Staff Administrator – Transportation Department
Honda of America
Within his 26 years of experience at Honda, Kevin has performed various material planning and procurement functions and participated as a key team member in several plant start-up projects including as Development and Implementation Project Manager for plant production control/ERP systems. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from Ohio State University. His current role is unit manager for the inbound logistics function for Ohio, Indiana and Georgia and the shared logistics network that supports Honda’s North American auto production and procurement facilities.
Director Logistics & Trade Compliance
In his current role, John has introduced programs for Magna Powertrain that set the standard for excellence within the entire Magna North American supply chain operation. He has over 20 years experience in automotive and 3PLs, working with Ryder, Lear Corporation and CRH. John holds an MBA from Spring Arbor College and a BBA from the University of Toledo.
Leader, Autofacts Americas
Brandon is the Americas leader of PwC’s Autofacts group based in Detroit, Michigan. He is responsible for maintaining the current and future outlook for North and South America, as well the development of research and analysis on a variety of topics and trends affecting the industry.
Brandon joined PwC in 2004. During his time at the firm, he has authored numerous thought leadership pieces on automotive megatrends, including vehicle electrification, the implications of oil price fluctuation and import/export trends for North America.
Brandon is a 2002 graduate of Michigan State University.
Strategic Logistics, NAFTA
Grupo Antolin North America
Thomas has been with Grupo Antolin for almost 15 years and currently holds responsibilities as head of both NAFTA Logistics and Supply Chain Operations and of Grupo Antolin Production Systems (SP-Lean Manufacturing). Prior to his current positions, he held a variety of management roles within the Antolin Group, including Project Manager-Delta Cost Savings-NAFTA, and Costing and Industrialization NAFTA. He joined as Operations Manager for the first Michigan facility of Antolin’s North American expansion in 2001. Prior to that, Tom held manufacturing positions with Lear and United Technologies Automotive, as well as with Guardian Glass and Preferred Technical Group. He is a former Air Force captain and is a Duke University graduate.
Director of Supply Chain Products & Services
AIAG supply chain management initiatives provide guidelines, training and educational opportunities to understand and manage the complexity and scope of supply chain issues, and Lang is Director of this function.
He has worked in the automotive industry for 39 years, with over 31 of them at Ford which included direct involvement in the import/export of finished vehicles and parts for some 25 years. Aside from extensive experience in marketing & sales, Lang also has a comprehensive background in shipping finished vehicles via rail, truck and ocean modes, and with port processing as part of the international supply chain.
In 2007, he created an independent firm consulting on the import and export of finished vehicles to and from the US. He also provided advisory services to financial institutions considering investment in the automotive supply chain industry.
Director of Global Logistics, Customs & Packaging
Key Safety Systems
Paul has more than 20 years of global logistics experience. In his current role he is responsible for $35 million of freight spend and $4.5 million in packaging spend related to the in- and outbound flows to/from 15 plants located in seven countries for this $1.5billion automotive Tier supplier
Previously he has worked with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services, TTI Logistics Consulting and Vector SCM. Paul holds a Masters in Business Administration from Oakland University and a Dual Bachelors in Business Administration and German Language Studies from Michigan State University.
Automotive Marketing Leader
Kal leads the worldwide marketing strategy and deployment of solutions for the automotive industry. He previously led the development of new business research for industrial clients, specializing in automotive, at IBM’s Institute for Business Value. He is the co-author of the recently-released study Automotive 2025: Industry Without Borders that examines the expected main drivers of change over the coming decade.
Chairman & CEO
Bradley is a career CEO. Prior to XPO Logistics, he founded and led four highly successful companies, including two world-class publicly-traded corporations: United Rentals (NYSE: URI), which he co-founded in 1997, and United Waste Systems, founded in 1989.
Bradley served as chairman and chief executive officer of United Rentals for the company’s first six years and as executive chairman for a further four years. He spent eight years as chairman and chief executive officer of United Waste Systems. Aged 23, Bradley co-founded his first venture, Amerex Oil Associates, Inc., where he served as chief executive. In 1984 he moved to England and founded Hamilton Resources (UK) Ltd acting as its chairman and chief operating officer until 1988 when he moved back to the US.
President of ECG & Vice President
Costantino is based at Grimaldi Group’s headquarters in Naples. Established in 1947, the shipping company is a fully integrated multinational logistics group specialising in the maritime transport of cars, rolling cargo, containers and passengers with turnover of €3 billion. Costantino has served as President of ECG (the association of European vehicle logistics) since June 2009 and as Co-Chairman of the General Motors Europe Logistics Supplier Council since September 2007. Since May 2008 he has also been a Member of the General Motors Global Logistics Council and has served as a member of the Logistics Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce of Paris. He is Chairman of four European logistics companies, and CEO or Board Member of five others.
Strategic Account Executive
Tim specializes in the automotive sector, which includes inbound operations, service and replacement parts. During his time at Penske he has been placed in the Winner’s Circle, the company’s tops sales honour, nine times.
Before joining Penske in 2003 Tim was Director of Solution Development for Exel, a General Manager for JB Hunt Transport and a rate and value analyst with CJ Tower. He is based in Dearborn, MI and attended the University of Michigan there.
President and CEO
Bill has spent his entire 25+ year career in automotive logistics focused on business development and operations. His expertise covers all three areas of automotive logistics – inbound assembly, finished vehicles and service parts. Bill has enjoyed significant segments of his career at UPS Supply Chain Logistics, DHL Exel and Customized Transportation (CEVA). He has an undergraduate degree from LSSU and an MBA from UM.
Laurent Le Mercier
Senior Vice President, Global Automotive & Industrial Solutions
With over 20 years’ experience in automotive, FMCG, retail and services industries, Laurent has a proven track record of building effective customer relationship strategies, developing new businesses and enhancing profitability for multinational organisations.
After achieving his MBA from INSEAD (Singapore, France), Laurent joined CHEP Europe in 2004 as a Key Account Director. In 2007, he was promoted to Country General Manager to launch CHEP Poland, creating a multi-million dollar business, and in 2009, his scope of responsibility extended across Central Europe to deliver a highly successful growth programme. Laurent now leads CHEP’s automotive businesses globally, creating a global customer centric team who are focused on delivering packaging solutions that improve profitability and sustainability for the leading OEM’s, Tier 1 suppliers and their supplier base.
Before CHEP, Laurent held a variety of sales and operations position with Automobiles Peugeot in Europe. As a strategy consultant, he has helped develop global customer relationship strategies for market-leading businesses in the steel and automotive industries. Alongside his work with CHEP, Laurent also serves as a board member for a non-profit organisation.
Chief Executive Officer
Ed was appointed chief executive officer in December 2014; previously, he had served as executive vice president of global operations and executive vice president of global contract logistics and distribution.
Ed has held leadership roles both as a customer and provider of global supply chain solutions, giving him a unique insight into the topic. Prior to joining UTi he served as senior vice president of Golden Gate Logistics, a third-party logistics provider of freight forwarding and contract logistics services. Before joining Golden Gate, Ed served as vice president of worldwide logistics for Hewlett-Packard, where he managed more than $1 billion in transportation and logistics spend. He holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
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.
Jack Cooper Holdings
Mike is CEO and majority owner of Jack Cooper Holdings, North America’s largest car haul company. He has an MBA from Harvard and began his automotive career with General Motors. Since 1991, Mike has served as CEO of several vehicle transport and logistics companies: Hook Up Transport; Automotive Carrier Services; JHT Holdings; Active Car Haul; and Jack Cooper Transport. Mike is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Trucking Association, and he is Chairman of the Auto Carriers Conference. In 2013 Mike won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Midwest Region, and he won the Global Outstanding Achievement Award in London from Automotive Supply Chain Magazine.
Mike has over 17 years experience in automotive logistics & supply chain. He leads Venture’s solutions division, working with clients to put together solutions to complex supply chain problems.
Prior to his current role, Mike set up a supply chain services company when he noticed an opportunity for innovation and technology in the 3PL market. He has held positions at Lear Corporation as Supply Chain Manager and at Honda Logistics as a Division Leader.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and describes himself as a service orientated leader focused on hard work and quality.
Director of Customer Logistics
Since joining Ryder in 2000, Frank has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. His portfolio includes 3PL, transportation management, distribution management and customs brokerage services. He leads a cross-functional team from Ryder USA, Ryder Cross Border and Ryder Mexico. He holds a bachelors degree in International Business and Spanish from Niagara University and has an MBA from the University of Texas, El Paso.
Chief Commercial Officer
Jack Cooper Holdings
Alex is responsible for managing top line growth initiatives as well as M&A, and has been in the international finished vehicle logistics industry for over 18 years. Prior to joining Jack Cooper, Alex was the managing director for Wallenius Wilhlemsen Logistics Mexico, and before that was managing director of Amports Mexico. Alex has an MBA from Loyola University, MD and a bachelor’s in administration from Anahuac University in Mexico.
President & CEO
An accomplished business strategist in packaging supply chain optimization, William guides clients through intentional and strategic steps towards data science, analytics and predictive analysis of their packaging supply chains. Surgere has nearly 1,000 NAFTA automotive manufacturing shipping doors currently equipped for packaging supply chain data capture and advanced analytics. Surgere’s proprietary RFID technology and COS 2.0 container management software lead the industry in providing packaging supply chain intelligence.
Vice President, General Manager
CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions
Drew heads two business units within CHEP’s Containers Group: CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions; and CHEP Pallecon Solutions. Over the last 12 years with the company, 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 the prior Chairman of the Reusable Packaging Association and a five year Board member, he continues to push the demand for reusable packaging through speaking engagements and publications. In March this year he was recognized with Food Logistics’ ‘Rock Star of the Supply Chain’ award. Prior to CHEP, Drew spent 10 years in Silicon Valley leading teams in the development of technology solutions for Fortune 500 tech companies.
Program Manager, Finished Vehicle Logistics Supply Chain
Bill is an international business executive with over thirty years of experience. He is the founder of KGI Global Logistics Consulting which provides services to the automotive and related industries. His role with AIAG is to assist in developing FVL initiatives and standards in cooperation with the OEMs and their logistics providers.
Corporate Account Manager
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
President & CEO
Kathleen joined United Road as President in 2011, assuming the additional CEO role in 2012. She and her team have grown the company into the second largest finished vehicle logistics provider in North America, handling the movement of over 3 million new, remarketed and specialty cars and light trucks annually. Previously she held a variety of senior executive positions with Detroit-based Soave Enterprises, leading its beverage distribution, industrial services, automotive retailing and transportation businesses. A Michigan native, Kathleen began her career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand.
Senior Vice President Automotive Solutions
Scott has been in the transportation industry for over 32 years. His experience includes operations, fleet management and sales and he currently oversees Landstar’s automotive services. Scott has spent over 25 years servicing the automotive industry and has been heavily involved in providing multi-modal solutions throughout North America. He continues to be involved in US/Mexico commerce activities and is currently working on freight flows across the border with Mexico and with US customs. Scott Joined Landstar in 1994 and has held previous roles including Director of Automotive & National Sales and Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales Solutions. Scott won Landstar’s Outstanding Management Achievement Award in 2008.
Assistant Vice President, Automotive Sales and Marketing
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.
IT Director – SCM, Quality & Manufacturing
Anupam joined Johnson Controls in 1999 and has held a variety of roles in ERP, business intelligence analytics, manufacturing execution systems and supply chain IT. He currently has global responsibility for both operations systems and the strategy supporting business processes. He is also the business relationship manager between IT and SCM partners across all automotive customer and product groups. Anupam holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Wayne State University, MI.
Automotive/Industrial Segment Leader
Scott leads GT Nexus’s automotive supply chain and logistics activities delivering new information models that restore balance and control among trading and logistics partners.
He began his career with Delphi as a mechanical engineer, designing and implementing testing systems for automotive and industrial catalytic converter applications. He joined i2 Technologies in 1999 and over several worked in a variety of roles helping Fortune 500 automotive and industrial companies to address their supply chain planning and execution needs.
Head of Business Development
With more than 25 years supply chain management experience, David has been active in the automatic integration of supply chain logistical processes using EDI/B2B best practice since 1990. His supply chain management experience spans OEMs, Tier 1s and JIS suppliers. Working closely with the Fiat Chrysler automotive group, General Motors and Ford, he is one of the authors of Materials Management Operations Guidelines/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE) v4. David is a member of the AIAG/ODETTE Global MMOG/LE Technical Committee where his experience is used to support the development of MMOG/LE v4.
Senior Director of Supply Chain Excellence
Tom is a logistics and engineering professional with 30 years experience in supply chain engineering, transportation analysis and inbound manufacturing support. As Senior Director of Supply Chain Excellence, he leads Ryder’s engineering, quality management and program management activities for automotive, aerospace and the industrial team of supply chain services. Tom was the lead inventor for Ryder’s patented Logistics Release, a proprietary process and technology to control material flow to line-side.
Tom holds a Bachelor’s of Industrial Engineering degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.
Director of Operations
Flexis North America
Shay has 15 years sales & operations planning, advanced planning & scheduling, and supply chain management experience. Her expertise includes process consulting, project management, implementation of innovative processes and related software solutions. Shay is primarily focused in automotive and discrete manufacturing industries for local and global operations. She has been successful in developing and implementing solutions for major automotive OEMs and Tier suppliers.
Senior Director, Supply Chain Management
Cooper Standard Automotive
Mike has 20 years experience in global supply chain management. He is on faculty at Wayne State University and an active member of the local Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) chapter. Mike is responsible for global logistics and customs, MRO purchasing, capital equipment purchasing and lease programs for Cooper Standard Automotive and is the corporate delivery champion for their major OEM customers.
Vice President of Operations, Mexico
Volker joined Schnellecke Logistics in 1997 and has held a variety of positions in material planning, quality and logistics operations. In his current role as Vice President/COO of SEGLO Logistics, he is in charge of Schnellecke´s business in Mexico. Before this second assignment in the country, he was in charge of the West European region and German region. Volker has 20 years of experience in automotive logistics, 15 of them in Mexico.
VP Sales & Marketing
Montway Auto Transport
Marco has been the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Montway Auto Transport since 2013. He is responsible for the creation and implementation of Montway’s acclaimed Miles Ahead Portal technology that services partners in the moving/relocation, dealership, auction and OEM spaces. This technology allows our partners to streamline internal processes, improve performance levels and control costs when shipping vehicles throughout the US.
Executive Vice President, Global Automotive Sector Lead
Antonio is currently in charge of automotive business development at Ceva, managing a team across the world, and is accountable for the growth of one of the company’s major sectors. He has more than 20 years supply chain management and automotive logistics experience. Antonio joined Ceva in 2008 and served as the Auto & Industry Director in Iberia for the first 20 months. In mid-2010 he became the Business Development Director for Iberia, and took on his current role in January 2012. Before joining Ceva, Antonio was the EMEA Automotive Director for DHL Supply Chain and prior to that was Automotive Director for Exel in Spain. He started his automotive career with Nissan. Antonio has a Masters in Industrial Engineering from UPC and is a post graduate in Business Administration from IESE.
Senior VP of Customer Success
John’s career in supply chain started over 15 years ago. His expertise spans numerous technologies including demand planning, inventory optimization, finite capacity scheduling, product lifecycle management and network design. John has worked with large and small consultancies to craft partnerships that best serve the end client to deliver best in-class solutions for strategic supply chain analysis. He received his MBA at Northwestern’s JL Kellogg graduate school of management and received his BBA in marketing at Stephen F. Austin State University.
General Director Intermodal
Union Pacific Distribution Services
Rob has been in his current role at UPDS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad, since February, 2013. UPDS specializes in the design and execution of rail-based logistics programs. This includes door-to-door transportation products combining the economics of long-haul rail service with the flexibility of over-the-road movements. Rob has held a variety of roles since joining Union Pacific in 2002 across finance, operations, marketing and sales. He has undertaken key assignments in financial analysis, crew management, intermodal strategy and intermodal product development. Rob holds an MBA in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers.
Vice President of Planning, Analysis & Development
Pasha Automotive Services
Brian recently joined Pasha Automotive Services after retiring from Toyota Motor Sales USA, where he served for 31 years in a wide variety of executive assignments, including Information Systems, Finance, Distribution Operations and Finished Vehicle Logistics. He holds a BSc and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, and has completed postgraduate studies at both the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and at the Sloan School of Management, MIT.
Managing Director Mexico
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Since joining WWL in 2007, Roberto has held a range of positions including Project and Commercial Manager for WWL Mexico and Global Commercial Strategy Manager based in New Jersey and, most recently, in Oslo, Norway. He developed commercial strategies for WWL´s global corporate accounts, and led customer support projects and commercial team training programs. Roberto has previously worked as Sales Manager at the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad in Mexico. He is an accredited civil engineer from the National University of Mexico and holds an MSc in the Management of Logistics and Transportation from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
VP Automotive Asia Pacific
Chief Security Officer
David is a thought leader in the field of security recently named by Fortune magazine as an “identity visionary”. He has 20+ years of experience in identity management and information technology, and has testified several times before the US Senate on privacy and security topics. He directs the identity management offering at Covisint, a cloud engagement platform that secures access for more than 21 million user identities across government and automotive, healthcare and energy industries.
Vice President Automotive Sales
Vice President Sales Macro Plastics
Director Client Solutions
Supply Chain Committee Leader
US Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Market Line Director, Automotive
With a 20 year track record of helping OEMs, Tier suppliers and downstream suppliers, Mark is a recognised face in the automotive logistics industry. He has helped customers and suppliers identify, develop and initiate sequencing centres, complex supply chains, and supplied cost effective and efficient freight and transportation solutions. Geodis Wilson, part of the Geodis Group is one of the largest supply chain and logistics companies in the world.