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
Nissan

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
Surgere

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
Ryder

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
Electrolux

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
CEO
75F

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
CapGemini

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
Surgere

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
Gartner

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
President
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
GAMA

Kerry Zielinski

North American Vice President – Business Development

Ed Nabrotzky
Chief Solutions Officer
Omni-ID

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
Faurecia

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.

Adam Pieniazek
Sr. Manager Logistics 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.

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
AGCO

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.

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
Surgere

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

Nate Chenenko
Manager
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
Loadsmart

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.

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