Neil Swartz
Vice President & General Manager
Toyota Motors NA

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.

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.

Roberto Eggeling
Director Logistics
VW Group of America

After receiving his degree as an industrial engineer from the University of Buenos Aires, Roberto tried his hand in a few industries. His history with the VW group dates back to 1987, when he joined Audi as a Material Flow Planner. A year later, he started at SEAT, Barcelona in logistics. Over the years, he has work in VW sites in Wolfsburg, Argentina, Palmela and Pamplona. In Pamplona, he became a member of the board and won the 2009 National Logistics Prize for the introduction of new logistics concepts. In April 2015, he went to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to take on the role of Senior Director of Logistics.

Randy Creel
General Manager, Operations

Darryl Bol
Section Manager, Material Management – Logistics
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.

Darryl has been with Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) for 27 years and has held a variety of roles over the course of his career. He is responsible for parts procurement, North American and overseas material management, logistics operations, and Subaru’s off-site sequencing centres. He is currently focused on Subaru’s initiative to optimise the supply chain, which is undergoing transformation due to significant volume increase and the addition of new vehicle lines. Darryl holds a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently working toward a second master’s degree in business administration.

John Goione
Department Head – Parts Logistics
BMW Group

John has spent over 30 years with the BMW Group in varying roles, including in vehicle distribution centers, information technology, and vehicle sales. The majority of his time with the group, however, has been in the service parts supply chain within BMW of North America. His experience spans such areas as business process reengineering, systems implementation and supplier relationship development.

Michael Silvio
VP Logistics Innovation

Mike has 25 years’ experience in global supply chain management, the last 14 of which have been at global tier one automotive supplier, Cooper Standard. Mike has been a faculty member at Wayne State University for the past 14 years and sits on the board of directors of EWI Worldwide.

Mel Kirk
SVP & Chief Information Officer

Melvin is responsible for all aspects of Ryder’s IT organization, including technology vision and strategy, operations and project management, infrastructure and software development, resource optimization and systems development lifecycle. He first joined Ryder in 2012 as Vice-President of Maintenance, Engineering & Quality Operations within the Fleet Management Solutions organization. Over a 25-plus year career, Melvin has gained a broad base of experience in such areas as building organizations; launching new technologies; supporting rapid growth; envisioning and implementing innovations to deliver business value; and developing and leading Six Sigma innovation teams.

James (Rusty) Coleman
Director of Digital Industrial Operations, NA

Rusty’s responsibilities include factory digitization efforts, supply chain visibility and connectivity, and IT systems integration. He is also a leading member of the Electrolux Digital Governance Board. Rusty has 33 years of operations and supply chain management experience and a diverse background that includes the defense, industrial equipment, construction equipment, aerospace and consumer products sectors.

Deepinder Singh

Deepinder has designed some of the world’s fastest core networks for tier one service providers like AT&T, NTT and Verizon. With almost 25 years of experience in electronics and computing, he’s brought a wealth of embedded products to the market. His key goal in every endeavor is to simplify operational complexity and make products intuitive. Once a member of the Canadian National Shooting Team, he now has a new target in sight for his 75F team: save energy without sacrificing comfort.

Jim Bydalek
Vice-President, Digital – Automotive & Aerospace

Located in Detroit, Michigan, Jim has 30 years of professional consulting experience and is the North American automotive/aerospace lead for consulting services at Capgemini. He is a trusted advisor to senior business and technology executives from many global automotive and aerospace organizations, as well as tier suppliers. Jim’s particular areas of expertise include big data, industry 4.0, IoT for automotive, data warehousing, business intelligence, strategic IT/business integration, plant floor process improvement, advanced analytics, customer relations, and asset management.

Scott Perry
Chief Technology & Procurement Officer
Ryder System

Scott oversees the Ryder Fleet Management Solution business segment’s supply management function; the fuel and telematics product portfolios; total tire management; the field vendor network; and product technology for the Global FMS division. In his 25-year tenure at Ryder, he has held a number of roles including General Manager, Director of Operations, and Vice-President, Supply Management & Global Product Management. Scott holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and has over 27 years of experience in vehicle maintenance operations, logistics and distribution management, carrier and transportation management, and warehouse operations.

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.

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.

Scott Dewicki
Leadership Partner

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.

Benoit Montreuil
Leader of Supply Chain and Logistics Institute
Georgia Tech

Michael Meier
Venture Global Solutions

Mike has over 18 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.

Shankar Jayaraman
Senior Director
BXB Digital

Shankar is the Senior Director for Product Management at BXB Digital – a division of supply chain firm Brambles (which incorporates the CHEP and IFCO brands) that was established in February 2016 to develop efficiencies in Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT). His career spans 20-plus years and has included leading new product strategy and development for Cisco Systems (Jasper Technologies & AT&T), Adobe Systems, BlackBerry, Wind River (Intel) and Ford. He has developed technology products and solutions for enterprise and consumer markets spanning software as a service, wireless/broadband data services, IoT/Machine to Machine (M2M), mobile applications, embedded software and automotive domains.

Rick Walker
President and CEO

Kerry Zielinski

North American Vice President – Business Development

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