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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Harry Chase
Director Advance Materials
GE Appliances, a Haier company

Harry leads the application of advanced technology in materials flows and logistics processes at GE Appliances, including autonomous mobile robots. He has worked in various supply chain roles across manufacturing, appliance and automotive sectors in the past, including a period as Vice-President of Logistics for a Japanese company, where he successfully launched a 3PL and took revenue to $20m in three years. He also provided strategic materials leadership at Whirlpool with responsibility for implementing mixed-model production, enhanced manufacturing execution systems and a new returnable container process. Harry has supported the launch of major automotive plants in Brazil for Ford and in the US for Hyundai, in addition to designing the material flow process for the GM Delta Township Plant.

Keith Bardo
Manager, Operations - Atlanta Parts Distribution Center
Porsche Logistics Services, LLC

Govin Ranganathan
Head of Logistics

Govin oversees logistics for start-up electric vehicle manufacturer Nio’s Silicon Valley-based operations, including for R&D, imports 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 Motors. He specialises in world-class manufacturing processes and lean manufacturing.

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

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).

Chris Ballinger
CEO and Founder

Chris is a former Chief Financial Officer and Director of Mobility Services at the Toyota Research Institute. He joined TRI in April 2017 following 14 years at Toyota Financial Services (TFS), where he served in a global leadership role as Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Officer of Strategic Innovation, helping to guide global TFS strategy. Prior to joining Toyota, his career included spells at Providian Financial as Assistant Treasurer and Bank of America as Senior Vice-President of Treasury. He also worked as Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under President Reagan.

Chet Harter
Vice-President, Digital Business Systems, Automotive & Industrial Machinery

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.

Matt Pohlman
Head of Global Logistics, Integrated Supply Chain

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