Ed Nabrotzky
Chief Solutions Officer

Ed Nabrotzky is an experienced technology business leader and entrepreneur, having led and developed businesses and product lines all over the world. He has spent decades supplying enabling technology for manufacturing, previously leading the industrial networking group at Molex. As Omni-ID’s Chief Solutions Officer he now guides a strategic focus to establish revolutionary visual tagging technology in manufacturing to dramatically improve costs, sustainability, dynamic operator interaction and outstanding process analytics for continuous improvement.

Dana McBrien
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.

Tony Minyon
Senior Manager, Strategic Resources
Toyota Motor North America

Tony is a seasoned 28-year team member of Toyota and is based at the new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. He is experienced in areas including vehicle processing and distribution, service parts supply and transportation, accessory design and planning, product quality and legal issues, and has held responsibility for both field operations and HQ locations. Along his career, he has had extensive involvement in the Toyota Production System and implementation of applications such as JKK, TBP, Hoshin Kanri, OJD and Toyota Way, both in North America and Japan. Tony is currently responsible for the Strategic Resources group which supports operations through technology applications and systems refinement and is currently implementing Scrum/Agile in its systems applications.

Tom Roach
Director, North American Information Technology
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Tom Roach is Director, North American Information Technology for Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), headquartered in Atlanta. PCNA is the importer of Porsche sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the Panamera sports sedan, for the United States. As Director, North American Information Technology, Roach is responsible for all aspects of IT, ranging from network operations, application systems and project management to client support and information security. Roach began his tenure at Porsche in 2004 as Manager, IT Systems. Prior to his arrival at Porsche, Roach worked for six years at SAP America in a variety of Information Technology supervisory roles. Most recently, he served as Global Project Manager, overseeing SAP implementation for key business units of several corporations worldwide, including ConAgra Foods, Hewlett-Packard/Compaq Computer Corporation and The Coca-Cola Company.

Paulo Monteiro
Inbound Logistics Manager
Volkswagen Group of America

Paulo Monteiro has been with the Volkswagen group for 22 years and is currently responsible for the complete supply chain at the VW Chattanooga Plant including material planning, transportation management (national and international) and service parts.

Shoukat Ali Bhamani
VP, Chief Information Officer & Chief Digital Officer
Schaeffler Group Americas

Shoukat Ali Bhamani is the Chief Information & Digital Officer (CIO & CDO) for the Schaeffler Group Americas. He leads the digital transformation of the Americas division of the Germany-based automotive supplier group and is responsible for all IT and process management in the region. Over the past 20 years, Shoukat has led several operational and strategic business functions in automotive and manufacturing environment. Among his many responsibilities were Strategic Planning, General Management, R&D, Program Management, Continuous Improvement, Business Process Management and IT. His effective transformation leadership has successfully integrated the IT and business priorities to support business growth and efficiency. Shoukat received his Bachelor's (NED) and Master's (McGill) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

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.

Eric Jillard
Head of Automotive Industry
World Economic Forum

Eric Jillard heads up the automotive industry platform at the World Economic Forum, which is made up of a high-level group of industry executives and experts with focus on four key areas: autonomous vehicles, CO2 emissions and pollution, intra-city mobility and transformative technology in production. Eric is an automotive industry strategist with a career-long focus on digital transformation, customer experience, content creation and marketing, including with Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac. He is based in New York City.

Ivan Hernandez
Director NAFTA Transportation
Daimler Trucks NA

Ivan supports both the passenger car and commercial vehicle divisions at DTNA, carrying out procurement activities covering all modes of transport for both parts and finished vehicles. He joined Daimler in 2002 in Germany and has worked in areas including transport, production, lean management and the aftermarket.

Rene Deist
Chief Information Officer

René Deist is responsible as Group CIO for the global IT Organization at Faurecia. In addition, he is driving the Digital Transformation for the Group. Combining the expertise of the IT organization with a business background, he is striving for speed and efficiency by means of Big Data and AI driven automation as well as a highly standardized process landscape. In his role as digital leader he enhances the Digital Business by connecting ecosystems. René Deist studied Mathematics, Business Sciences and Computer Science. Following his graduation, René Deist began a research in the area of Applied and Practical Computer Science. Besides working and teaching at the University of Bochum, he worked for consulting companies and was member of the Board of the IT organization of a large German Automotive Supplier.

Jay Johnson
General Manager Aftermarket Supply Chain
Daimler Trucks NA

Jay, who has focused on modernising the aftermarket supply chain at DTNA for the past eight years, began his career as an engineer for Honda Motor Company more than 30 years ago, before pursuing a master’s degree at Purdue University. He then joined Chrysler in international supply. During the merger of Daimler and Chrysler, Jay was assigned to the merger integration team. In 2000, he moved to Mitsubishi Motors in Tokyo, where he worked in global supply, before returning to the USA as Director of Mopar & International Procurement. He later returned to Japan as the Head of Procurement & Supply at Mitsubishi Fuso before moving to Charlotte and taking up his current post.

Dustin Barney
Director, Logistics and Materials Management

Dustin has spent 16 years in various supply chain roles in the agriculture and mining sectors. At agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO, he leads a team responsible for all logistics activities supporting production, service and distribution for North America and also has functional responsibility for materials management strategies in the region. The North America materials management and logistics team provides an optimised and balanced approach between cost and service in areas such as inventory management, supplier performance, ERP software implementation, material distribution and warehousing. Prior to joining AGCO in 2013, Dustin worked for Caterpillar in its global mining division.

William Wappler
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.

Benoit Montreuil
Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Institute
Georgia Tech

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.

Nate Chenenko
Carlisle & Co

As the head of motor vehicle aftersales consultancy Carlisle & Co’s Mobility Practice, Nate manages a team that analyses the impact of autonomous, shared and electric vehicles on the aftersales market. Recently, Carlisle’s mobility work has centred on delivering uptime to fleet customers – not an area in which automotive companies, in particular, typically have expertise. Nate, who previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, has been with Carlisle for six years.

Janet Onishchuk
Senior Associate
PwC Autofacts

Janet is an analyst in PwC’s Autofacts group and leads the North American and South American forecast. A 2014 graduate of the City University of New York – Baruch College, she holds a master’s degree in accounting and joined Autofacts in 2016 after gaining experience in PwC’s Automotive Assurance practice.

Ricardo Salgado
Founder and CEO

Before founding Loadsmart, a tech-enabled freight broker based in New York City, Ricardo worked for 13 years as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he led principal investing teams across London, São Paolo and New York. He led the restructuring of YRC, one of the largest motor carriers in the US with $5 billion in revenues. Ricardo completed his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he now serves on the Engineering and Alumni Association Advisory Boards.

Steve Martin
VP & General Manager Automotive, Aerospace & Industrial Vertical
Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Steve, who joined Ryder in 1988, leads teams providing supply chain management for OEMs, their suppliers and a broad range of manufacturing companies across North America. Over his 30 years with the company, he has played a a pivotal role in implementing and running businesses for Ryder customers in Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. Prior to his current position, he was Vice-President of Operations for Ryder Dedicated, driving the growth and operational execution of customised transportation solutions for customers in the US. In addition to his management responsibilities, Steve is an active member of the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute Advisory Board.

Sven Dharmani
Principal Advisory Services
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.

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