Monday 21st May, 2018

18:00 - 21:00
Welcome drinks reception

A great chance for you to get together with fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the conference starts. Our welcome reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the North American automotive supply chain sector... bring lots of business cards!


Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

08:00 - 09:00
Registration, networking and coffee

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.

09:00 - 10:30
Session 1: Digital transformation (Joint Session with automotiveIT International conference)

New customer requirements are forcing automotive companies to change their business models, using digital technologies across the value chain to make this possible, from artificial intelligence and e-commerce to data analytics and augmented reality.

    Come and discover:

  • The big trends reshaping the car industry
  • The challenges and opportunities for carmakers and suppliers
  • What the impacts will be for the supply chain and product development cycle
  • How technology and software are converging
  • The priorities the industry now needs to set

This flagship opening session will set the scene on the advent and impact of new technology in the automotive sector so far, how the industry is reacting, and where things are likely to head next.

Janet Onishchuk Senior Associate PwC Autofacts
Eric Jillard Head of Automotive Industry World Economic Forum
Rene Deist Global Chief Information Officer Faurecia

10:30 - 11:30
Networking and coffee

An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.

11:30 - 12:45
Automotive Logistics Session 2: The automotive supply chain – disruption or adjustment?

Radical change is occurring in the automotive industry as vehicle technology advances, with substantial change expected in the way vehicles are produced and the way their constituent parts will need to be supplied. Meanwhile, will technologies like wearables, artificial intelligence and blockchain sweep away legacy processes and players, or lead to continuous improvement?

    Develop your understanding here of:

  • The IT and technology advances most relevant for inbound and service parts logistics networks
  • What the implications are in the supply chain of connected, autonomous and electric vehicles
  • How your supply chain relationships will need to change
  • How artificial intelligence could change automotive logistics processes

Get the lowdown in this session from a variety of industry experts on what they see around the corner and the strategies that will be needed to keep your inbound and service parts supply chain operations relevant and fit for purpose in the future.

Nate Chenenko Manager Carlisle & Co
Anu Goel Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Services Volkswagen Group of America
Jay Johnson General Manager Aftermarket Supply Chain Daimler Trucks NA
Sven Dharmani Principal, Advisory Services EY

11:30 - 12:45
automotiveIT International Session 2: The New Automotive Ecosystem

Both suppliers and carmakers are investing more in electric drivetrains and batteries, developing systems for higher levels of autonomous driving, and making their products part of the Internet of Things. Executives from top automotive suppliers explain the IT systems architectures, new technologies and platforms that are driving vehicle development, supplier business models and manufacturing.

This session will discuss:

  • The system and cloud infrastructure advancing connected vehicles
  • The engineering and software roadmap to advanced-level autonomous driving
  • New products and services for automotive suppliers
  • How the vehicle’s central control will evolve with the help of new technologies such as quantum computing and machine learning

Alex Oyler Head of Car IT SBD Automotive
Vikas Krishna Vice President, Digital Strategy, Platforms and Business Model Innovation ZF Friedrichshafen
Norman Marks Global Director, Automotive Industry Nvidia
Ben Patel Chief Technology Officer Tenneco

12:45 - 14:00
Networking and Lunch

An extended networking lunch break giving delegates ample opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle-makers, tier suppliers, logistics service providers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.

14:00 - 15:15
Automotive Logistics Session 3: Clearing the bottlenecks

Technology is transforming the automotive and logistics industries. But for many supply chain managers the biggest headaches are still the most familiar ones, such as driver and transport capacity shortages, lost containers, poor forecasting and incomplete visibility. How can IT and software solutions help to overcome these perennial pain points today, not just in the future?

    Join us to learn more about systems and solutions for:

  • Mitigating driver and transport capacity shortages
  • Packaging and returnable container management optimisation
  • Network and transport mode engineering
  • Holistic supply chain planning and purchasing

This session will help delegates develop a broader appreciation of the benefits to be gained right now in putting IT in the driving seat – and where the biggest gains are actually to be found.

Dana McBrien Associate Chief Advisor Honda
Doug Adams General Manager Toyota
William Wappler President & CEO Surgere
Steve Martin VP & General Manager Automotive, Aerospace & Industrial Vertical Ryder Supply Chain Solutions
Ivan Hernandez Director NAFTA Transportation Daimler Trucks NA
Ricardo Salgado Founder & CEO Loadsmart

14:00 - 15:15
automotiveIT International Session 3: Connecting for Mobility

Connectivity holds the key to the new business models the auto industry is developing. For mobility platforms to work, IT needs to provide resilient, flexible and secure systems. The same holds true for autonomous vehicles. Which tools are being deployed by the auto industry today and which tools are just around the corner?

    An in-depth look at:

  • The IT requirements of new automotive business models
  • The development of a new automotive architecture
  • The software that will be at the core of 21st century mobility
  • The IT journey to autonomous driving
  • Powell Kinney Chief Product Owner – Mobility Services Platform Toyota Connected
    Sanjay Ravi General Manager, Automotive and Discrete Manufacturing industry Microsoft Corp
    Ron Srebro Vice President, Marketing Mobi
    Grayson Brulte Co-Founder & President Brulte & Company

15:15 – 16:00
Networking and coffee

Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.

16:00 – 17:30
Automotive logistics Session 4: Automotive Logistics Think Tanks

Break into smaller, private groups to explore in detail the most relevant topics in automotive supply chain management today. A roundup of the discussion, along with proposed actions, will be shared with the audience, while all participants will receive a summary of discussion points after the event.

    Chaired by high-profile industry figures, these open discussions will cover a wide range of topics including:

    The Ecosystem realized
    Leader: William Wappler President & CEO Surgere

    Uberization of logistics
    Leader: Rich Mohr VP & Global Product Manager Rental Ryder

    Impact of Autonomous vehicles
    Leader: Kerry Zielinski VP Business Development Syncreon

    Future of aftersales and service parts
    Leader: Tony Minyon Senior Manager, Strategic Resources Toyota

    Tier suppliers logistics
    Leader: Adam Pieniazek Sr. Manager Logistics North America Magna Powertrain

    Leading & Managing end to end automotive supply chain transformation
    Leader: Roddy Martin Stella Concepts

    Don’t miss this opportunity to pick the brains of leading thinkers in this field and share your own valuable insights about a wide variety of topics in these vibrant, round-table exchanges.

16:00 – 17:30
automotiveIT International Session 4: IT in the Driving Seat: Developing an Agile Automotive Industry

Manufacturers are adapting their IT systems to become faster in development, more efficient in production, react better to customer needs and ensure operations are secure. To do so, they are embracing more cloud-based solutions, introducing big data analytics and artificial intelligence across the enterprise, while boosting security with the help of new technology such as blockchain.


  • How top industry players are setting new IT priorities
  • Which changes are coming to core software systems deployed by automotive companies
  • What key technologies will be deployed to meet enterprise management
  • New technology and solutions to improve security and safety
    • Shoukat Ali Bhamani VP, Chief Information Officer & Chief Digital Officer Schaeffler Group Americas
      Tom Roach, Director North American Information Technology Porsche Cars North America
      Hagen Radowski President and CEO MHP Americas
      Jeetendra Kumar Director IT – Enterprise Application Services AGCO Corporation

17:30 – 21:00
The Supply Chain Conference gala dinner at Fernbank Natural History Musuem

Dine in style as you compare notes on the first day of the conference with all the top people on the North American automotive supply chain scene…

Hosted by:
21:00 - 00:00
Afterglow Celebration

This year’s Afterglow Celebration will be held at the Gypsy Kitchen – a baroque style restaurant and bar located in the heart of Buckhead, Atlanta’s ultra chic neighborhood.

Hosted by:

Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:15
Automotive Logistics Session 5: Securing the goods

The primary job of automotive logistics operators is and will remain serving plants, partners, dealers and customers at the right time, with the right quality and at the right cost. However, complex technologies, regulations and locations add new risk and requirements, and manufacturers and logistics providers must look to new processes and tools to keep their supply chains safe.

    This session will consider:

  • How new technology can help inbound and service parts supply chains
  • Cyber security risks and strategies
  • What can be done in terms of the data to help reduce damage and cost levels

Take this opportunity to refocus on your core rationale and contemplate the role IT could play in helping with the most fundamental logistics activities of all.

Benoit Montreuil Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Institute Georgia Tech
Dustin Barney Director, Logistics and Materials Management AGCO
Ed Nabrotzky Chief Solutions Officer Omni ID

09:00 – 10:15
automotiveIT International Session 5: Digital Retail and New Business Models

With traditional car retailing under threat, the industry is using new technology to sell cars and cater to customer needs. That involves bridging the online and offline worlds, deploying more digital solutions such as virtual and augmented reality, expanding new-mobility schemes and experimenting with subscription-based services. And it’s a dynamic set to change even more radically as we move towards autonomous vehicles.

    Hear industry executives discuss:

  • The IT systems needed to support changing automotive retail
  • Emerging digital strategies for automotive retail and aftermarket
  • Opportunities arising from more sophisticated IT systems
  • What autonomous vehicles will mean for retailers and customers
    • Mike Burgiss Vice president Digital Retailing Cox Automotive
      Roger Lanctot Director Automotive Connected Mobility Strategy Analytics
      Randal Cumming products manager, North America Mackevision
      Alan Powell Senior Vice President Clutch Technologies

10:15 - 11:00
Networking and coffee

Chew over today’s opening session with your colleagues as you enjoy some light refreshments.

11:00 – 12:15
Session 6: The Decision Makers (Joint Session with automotiveIT International conference)

Information and communication technologies are redefining the auto industry. But who is driving the changes and managing the transformation inside companies? How should the industry collaborate to find new recruits, train staff and work with new players and startups? Key executives and academics discuss the respective roles of different departments and stakeholders on leading digital transformation across all layers of manufacturing and the supply chain.

Join the discussion to learn:

  • How automotive IT and supply chain departments are adjusting to their role in the digital era
  • How CIOs, CDOs and other department heads work together to digitalize their operations
  • The biggest IT and supply chain challenges and opportunities automakers and suppliers face
  • The role of universities, training and startups in advancing – and disrupting – the industry

Paulo MonteiroSenior Supply Chain Manager Volkswagen Group of America
Benoit Montreuil Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Institute Georgia Tech
Shoukat Ali Bhamani VP, Chief Information Officer & Chief Digital Officer Schaeffler Group Americas

12:15 - 14:00
Networking and Lunch

Our second extended networking lunch gives delegates another great chance to circulate and connect with all the vehicle-makers, tier suppliers, logistics service providers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors at the event.

14:00 - 15:30
Session 7: Changing with the Value Chain (Joint Session with automotiveIT International conference)

New technology, IT and business models bring risk and opportunities to the automotive industry. Electric and autonomous vehicles bring different supply and assembly processes, while companies need to adapt their standards, skills and resources to manage major changes in systems and software. Supplier relationships, production and corporate culture are all undergoing radical changes. How should the industry prepare?

    Key takeaways from this session include:

  • The best way to adapt your business to the big industry changes taking place
  • Planning financial and human resources in an era of transformation
  • How the IT industry itself can help carmakers, tier suppliers and logistics providers to prepare
  • What the biggest challenges and opportunities will be in the new mobility world

As the conference draws to a close, this final session will provide delegates with a summary of the overarching developments to consider in refining their supply chain strategy for the future.

Tony Minyon Senior Manager, Strategic Resources Toyota
Louis Columbus – Principal IQMS
Adam Pieniazek Sr. Manager Logistics North America Magna Powertrain
Joseph Anderson – Vice President of Services The Institute for Process Excellence (IpX) Management

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