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Qamar Iqbal
Qamar Iqbal
Seagate Technology

Sr. Manager - Demand Planning
Dr. Qamar Iqbal has been working in the manufacturing and service industry for the past 10 years across various management positions. His areas of expertise are supply and demand planning, S&OP planning, forecasting, predictive analytics, and process improvement. He has worked in almost all areas of supply chain, including factory operations, supplier management, supply planning, demand planning, and project management. He has vast knowledge and experience of designing and optimizing the supply chain, increasing service levels, and reducing overall cost of operations. He has also published various research papers in well renowned journals in the areas of forecasting, inventory optimization, customer service level, and humanitarian supply chain management. Qamar holds a PhD and a Master’s degree from Wichita State University in Industrial Engineering and APICS CPIM and ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt certifications. He regularly gives lectures at Colorado State University.
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Crocs

Vice President of Global Planning
Todd has extensive experience in coordinating demand planning processes and S&OP. He was involved in Finance, Customer Service, Supply Chain, and Sales Planning. He is an Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) and holds a BS degree from Boston College and an MBA from University of New Hampshire with a focus in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. Todd is also a member of the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF) Board of Advisors, and has served as a keynote speaker & panelist for IBF Executive Forums and conferences. Todd has also published in the IBF's Journal of Business Forecasting.
Bram Desmet
Bram Desmet
Solventure

CEO
Prof. Dr. Bram Desmet is the CEO of Solventure. Strategy driven S&OP is their core value and most importantly they’re the European implementation partner of Arkieva. Besides running his own business, he is a professor of operations & supply chain at the renowned Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Belgium, and is also a guest lecturer at Peking University. In 2018, Bram published his first book which describes how financial metrics provide insights into how supply chain, strategy and finance are interlinked; “Supply Chain Strategy and Financial Metrics”. As a follow-up to his first publication, Bram has written a second book called: “The Strategy-Driven Supply Chain” which was released in May 2021.
Bram Desmet
Bram Desmet
Solventure

CEO
Prof. Dr. Bram Desmet is the CEO of Solventure. Strategy driven S&OP is their core value and most importantly they’re the European implementation partner of Arkieva. Besides running his own business, he is a professor of operations & supply chain at the renowned Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Belgium, and is also a guest lecturer at Peking University. In 2018, Bram published his first book which describes how financial metrics provide insights into how supply chain, strategy and finance are interlinked; “Supply Chain Strategy and Financial Metrics”. As a follow-up to his first publication, Bram has written a second book called: “The Strategy-Driven Supply Chain” which was released in May 2021.
Bram Desmet
Bram Desmet
Solventure

CEO
Prof. Dr. Bram Desmet is the CEO of Solventure. Strategy driven S&OP is their core value and most importantly they’re the European implementation partner of Arkieva. Besides running his own business, he is a professor of operations & supply chain at the renowned Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Belgium, and is also a guest lecturer at Peking University. In 2018, Bram published his first book which describes how financial metrics provide insights into how supply chain, strategy and finance are interlinked; “Supply Chain Strategy and Financial Metrics”. As a follow-up to his first publication, Bram has written a second book called: “The Strategy-Driven Supply Chain” which was released in May 2021.
Stephen Hernan
Stephen Hernan
Rauland, a division of AMETEK

Market Intelligence Manager
Steve Hernan is the Market Intelligence Manager at Rauland, a division of AMETEK, Inc.As the key liaison with sales, operations, finance, and leadership, he oversees all forecasting and demand planning activities for Rauland’s North American and international healthcare product portfolios.Steve’s expertise includes both quantitative and qualitative forecasting with a special emphasis on product lifecycle management (NPL/EOL, pricing/portfolio optimization) and forecast value added (FVA).In addition to his S&OP responsibilities, Steve manages Rauland’s marketing analytics and competitive intelligence programs.Steve has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is an active member of SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals) and IBF.
Bram Desmet
Bram Desmet
Solventure

CEO
Prof. Dr. Bram Desmet is the CEO of Solventure. Strategy driven S&OP is their core value and most importantly they’re the European implementation partner of Arkieva. Besides running his own business, he is a professor of operations & supply chain at the renowned Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Belgium, and is also a guest lecturer at Peking University. In 2018, Bram published his first book which describes how financial metrics provide insights into how supply chain, strategy and finance are interlinked; “Supply Chain Strategy and Financial Metrics”. As a follow-up to his first publication, Bram has written a second book called: “The Strategy-Driven Supply Chain” which was released in May 2021.
Eduardo Bianchetti
Eduardo Bianchetti
Grupo Fleury

Manager - Pricing, Commercial Intelligence & Portfolio
Eduardo has worked in many different industries and in a variety of leadership roles covering S&OP, Portfolio, Pricing and Commercial management in the health wellness industry. Eduardo has expertise in integrating and optimizing AI and Machine Learning to power analytical models for improved demand planning. This includes extracting value from data to identify opportunities to optimize margin across the network; and improving customer experience, service levels, and operational efficiency. In his current role at Fleury, Eduardo has led corporate S&OP, using his skills as a facilitator of decision-making to deliver better operations planning. Prior to joining Fleury, he worked for business consulting firm Integration Consulting and for Mobly, an e-commerce company. Eduardo holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica – ITA in Brazil.
B.C. Silver
B.C. Silver
Green Dot Corporation

VP, General Manager - National Brands
B.C. Silver currently serves as Vice President, General Manager - National Brands for Green Dot Corporation where he oversees all branded consumer products carried nationally in retail and online (over $1 billion in customer revenue). He also leads end-to-end operational S&OP planning, design and implementation. B.C. has 16 years of S&OP /IBP experience and has implemented S&OP processes in several unique product categories across 6 countries. His subject level expertise ranges from AI and advanced analytics to S&OP initiation. Prior to joining Green Dot, B.C. held a number of senior leadership roles in Marketing, Demand Planning and Sales Planning at Procter & Gamble, Clorox and Mars. He has championed large scale corporate S&OP integration and served as an S&OP consultant to a range of medium and large companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
Patrick Bower
Patrick Bower
Aceto

Sr. Director of Supply Chain

Patrick Bower has a wide area of expertise, including S&OP, Demand Planning, Inventory, Network Optimization, and Production Scheduling. A recognized expert on demand planning and S&OP, and a self-professed “S&OP geek” - Patrick was previously Practice Manager of Supply Chain Planning at the consulting firm, Plan4Demand where his client list included Diageo, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Foster Farms, Cabot Industries and American Girl. Patrick’s experience encompasses tenures with Cadbury, Kraft Foods, Unisys, and Snapple. Patrick also worked for the supply chain software company - Numetrix, and was Vice President of R&D at Atrion International. He was also the recipient of IBF’s 2012 award for Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning.

Eric Wilson, CPF
Eric Wilson, CPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Director – Thought Leadership
Eric is a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Thought Leadership at the IBF. Prior to this he worked as the Director of Demand Planning at Escalade Sports, Director of Demand Planning at Berry Plastics, and Director of Demand Planning & S&OP at Tempur Sealy International. In 2016, he received the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award from the IBF. He is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) with over 20 years of experience. Eric is a visionary in his field, a frequent speaker and panelist for many executive forums and professional conferences, and has written numerous articles in publications such as The Journal of Business Forecasting and APICS Magazine. He is also the author of the books Cultural Cycles and Predictive Analytics for Business Forecasting & Planning.
Anish Buch
Anish Buch
L’Oreal

VP, Supply Chain
Anish Buch is the VP of Supply Chain at L’Oréal USA. In this role, he leads channel/customer collaboration, planning and the customer supply chain teams supporting 8 global brands within L’Oréal’s Consumer Products Division. Prior to joining L’Oréal in 2015, Anish spent several years at Unilever in roles of increasing responsibility within continuous improvement, manufacturing, planning, strategic transformations and acquisition integration. An engineer by training, he has lived or worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. He enjoys conversations, travel, history and leading change- deconstructing and reconstructing supply chains to make them fitter for purpose.
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Past IBF Speakers
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Qamar Iqbal
Seagate Technology
Sr. Manager - Demand Planning
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Crocs
Vice President of Global Planning
Bram Desmet
Solventure
CEO
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