Nagireddy Kudithini Senior Manager, Marketing & Sales – Digital Delivery, Nissan Digital Nissan North America
Nagireddy (Nagi) Kudithini is responsible for all IT and information system-related technology across Nissan’s North American dealership and customer network, including tools related to data, inventory, customer experience, delivery and aftersales. Together with key business units, he is helping to lead the brand’s digital transformation across marketing and sales. Nagi has more than 20 years’ experience in IT service delivery across the automotive industry and has held a variety of global roles across Nissan and the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance.
René 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.
George Grahovac Senior Manager, NA International Operations Office Honda of America
George leads the teams at Honda that manage the import and distribution of parts from five global regions, the consolidation and export of parts to ten global production hubs, and the management of Honda’s massive North American transport network. He has been at Honda for 30 years, serving in various supply chain management capacities including assignments within the US, Mexico and Japan. George is passionate about supply chain management and driving greater supply chain efficiency and effectiveness through technology, human relations, and business acumen. He has a degree in industrial engineering and further business education from the Ohio State University Fisher School of Business.
Anu Ratnam Systems Integration, Innovation & Analytics Manager Toyota Motor North America (TMNA)
Anu, whose background is in business and computer science, joined TMNA in 2004 to lead the automation of warehouse operations for its parts distribution centres. Her various roles and responsibilities since then have centered around providing just-in-time parts supply chain solutions. Her current role incorporates three diverse areas of business systems – integration, innovation and analytics – and involves responsibility for evaluating and executing diverse solutions from current and emerging technologies in support of TMNA’s digital transformation. Prior to joining Toyota, Anu was a consultant, primarily focusing on operational process transformation, automation and optimisation.
Klint Walker Cybersecurity Advisor US Department of Homeland Security
Klint is responsible within the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency for Region IV, which covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. With 17 years of cyber-security experience in both the government and private sector, he provides expertise to help critical infrastructure owners and operators improve their cyber-security, as well as providing support and guidance for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal government cyber-security programs. Klint previously held positions as Information Systems Security Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services and Chief Information Security Officer for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC).
Raman Mehta Vice-President and Chief Information Officer Visteon
Raman Mehta leads all facets of Visteon's global IT, including designing, developing and implementing global platforms and processes to increase performance. He joined Visteon in April 2017 after CIO roles at manufacturing service provider Fabrinet and automotive supplier EWIE Company. Before that, he spent more than 13 years at Oracle as a director. Mehta has an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical and electronics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.
Victor Hess Senior Manager, Global Client Experience Innovation Infiniti Americas
Victor Hess is responsible for implementing digital technology to enhance client experiences and drive profitability for the Infiniti retail network. He leads cross-functional IT and systems teams to link data across marketing, distribution, training and sales, including through the rollout of proprietary tablet and mobile showroom sales and delivery app. He’s worked for Nissan since 2005 in a variety of roles including business strategy, service parts and dealer operations. He has an MBA in Financial Management from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Jeetendra Kumar Director IT – Enterprise Application Services AGCO Corporation
Jeetendra Kumar is the IT Director at AGCO (Your Agriculture Business). He is the leader of the organisation responsible for global programs for enterprise applications management and services. He also serves on the board of the Future Foundation, focusing on youth development in the metro Atlanta area. Prior to AGCO, Jeetendra was part of the IT leadership at Coca-Cola European Partners. He has more than 20 years of global IT experience, leveraging technologies to transform businesses and he intends to continue his journey creating success for businesses and people. He is a forward thinker and a strategist, digitizing corporations and benefiting mankind. Jeetendra graduated from Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.
Rick Levitin Senior Manager, Customer Experience & Technology Nissan North America
Rick Levitin has been in the automotive industry for 18 years, spanning domestic and foreign markets, luxury and mainstream brands, retail and OEM organizations, focusing on fixed and variable operations management, training and customer satisfaction. Throughout his career, Rick has enjoyed a keen focus on the customer. In his current role as Nissan’s Senior Manager of Customer Experience and Technology, he works to implement innovative solutions for the retail automotive experience. Rick received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA in Automotive Management from Northwood University.
Keith Bardo Manager, Operations – Atlanta Parts Distribution Center Porsche Logistics Services
Keith leads the largest PDC in the Porsche network, which supplies Porsche dealers and authorised repair shops across the Southern and Midwest US. A US Army veteran, he has over 20 years of leadership experience with industry-leading corporations such as Frito-Lay, Weyerhaeuser, Amazon.com and DHL Supply Chain. Keith, who is a West Point graduate and has a master’s degree in operations management, is passionate about developing leaders to engage team members in continuous improvement of operations and leveraging new technology and innovations to improve performance.
Govin Ranganathan Head of Logistics NIO, USA
Govin manages logistics for start-up electric vehicle manufacturer NIO’s Silicon Valley-based operations, including product R&D, vehicle imports, logistics planning and launch, while supporting processes and best practice globally. He has more than 20 years’ experience in designing, implementing and optimising production, logistics and supply chain operations, including for Fiat Chrysler and Tesla. He specialises in world-class manufacturing and logistics, lean manufacturing philosophies and methods, and passenger vehicle/factory launches. Trained as a mechanical engineer with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Govin also possesses a graduate degree in engineering management.
Sven Dharmani Global Automotive Sector Supply Chain Leader 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.
Amy Paulsen Director of Logistics Rivian
Amy joined electric vehicle start-up Rivian in May 2018, after previous tenures at Tesla and Byton. Her role there encompasses global logistics operations, trade compliance and development of transportation and trade IT architecture. Amy, who has studied maritime and international law as well as business administration in the US, Austria and Denmark, is an expert in logistics operations and sourcing, developing high-performing logistics organisations and consulting on logistics and supply chain issues in the electric vehicle space. She is a member of Women in International Trade (Orange County, California) and the Florida Bar Association (inactive status).
Chet Harter Vice-President, Digital Business Systems, Automotive & Industrial Machinery SAP
Chet has managed materials and operations for three major automotive tier one companies and has also managed operations for a global aftermarket organization. In his current role, he works with automotive and industrial machinery clients to bring new technologies and automation to business processes, and drive innovation for continuous improvement and competitive differentiation.
Sharon Gray Global Director, Automotive Key Accounts CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions
Based in Detroit, Sharon focuses on developing executive relationships and driving growth across regions supporting CHEP’s regional teams with business development and strategies aligned with its global vision.
Sharon has more than twenty years of automotive industry experience in key account sales and trade lane roles. At TNT, Sharon was a Global Strategy Manager for automotive and industrial. Prior to TNT, Sharon worked for DHL with responsibility for international sales management and was a Trade Lane Manager to China.
Sharon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Matt Pohlman Head of Global Logistics, Integrated Supply Chain WABCO
Matt has over 30 years’ experience in leading global supply chain operations, organisations and transformations at WABCO, Icahn Automotive, Delphi Automotive and Federal-Mogul. In his current role, his focus is on connecting the end-to-end supply chain and aligning processes and procedures with workflows to manage complexity, drive performance and deliver excellence across 27 sites and 14 distribution centres worldwide. Matt specialises in lean logistics and transforming organisations and has a proven track record of driving cultural change, generating significant cost-savings and process enhancements. Matt has an MBA in International Business from Benedictine University.
Todd Skiles Senior Vice-President Sales, Global Supply Chain Solutions and Dedicated Transportation Solutions Ryder
Clay Frisby Regional VP Auto-Industrial Business One Network
Clay has over 20 years’ experience working with different companies in a variety of industries on innovative projects designed to drive improvements in domestic and global supply chains and procurement. For five years, he managed a multi-industry Supply Chain Best Practices Study for one of the world’s largest consulting firms. While working for different technology firms in his career, he has developed insights into the successful adoption of new and advanced software applications at large corporations. In his current role at One Network, he continues to help companies and people identify and achieve their goals. Clay has a degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M.
Jay Arcement Senior Venture Architect Lab1886
Jay has over 10 years’ experience in investment strategy. He is responsible at Daimler’s Lab1886 for validating new business models around mobility, including considering new products and services, vetting ideas from Daimler and the start-up community, developing business and financial models, assessing potential markets and exploring different monetisation strategies. He also determines investment needs and sources, as well as ROI and KPI targets. Jay previously headed the Economic Modelling Team for Deloitte’s Innovation Lab and prior to that, worked at venture capital firm, Tech Square Ventures, where he was the analyst for a $10m fund focused on information technology, cloud, software as a service, financial technology, mobility, sensor, and connected/medical device start-ups.
Jen Oshima Product Manager Lab1886
Jen is a former management consultant turned product manager with over 10 years’ experience in building and launching consumer-facing products. She joined Lab1886 to incubate and commercialise innovative mobility solutions. Jen is experienced in full lifecycle product management and has led cross-functional teams at Fortune 500 companies, from initial concept and product strategy to development and implementation. She has been active in the Atlanta start-up scene since co-founding a food company specialising in Asian-inspired gourmet sausages. She also helps foster innovation in her community and empower entrepreneurs by mentoring companies in the Techstars start-up accelerator programme.
Nick Bailey Head of Research Transport Intelligence
Nick is responsible for all Ti research products, including logistics market and vertical sector reports as well as Ti’s flagship Global Supply Chain Intelligence (GSCi) market intelligence portal. He is actively involved in research for these product ranges and in the development of research capabilities at Ti. Nick also coordinates the efforts of Ti’s team of researchers and analysts, and supports Ti’s consultancy offering. Prior to joining Ti, he spent several successful years working in international trade and FDI, and has since developed specialisms in e-commerce and emerging market logistics working in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Tom Roberts Vice-President – Global Automotive Business Development QAD
Tom's career in information technology has ranged from answering helpdesk calls at EDS to coding, consulting for Accenture, enabling shared services operations for Johnson Controls, and serving as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for an $8 billion Chinese-based automotive tier one supplier. In his current role, he talks to QAD clients about how today's technology can deliver high value to global automotive enterprises.
Ben Harris Director, Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion Metro Atlanta Chamber