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Thomas Hill
Thomas Hill
Kimray Inc.

CEO

Thomas Hill serves as Chief Executive Officer of Kimray, a leading manufacturer of valves and controls for oil and gas production. Having grown up in the family business, he has worked in several roles including VP of Manufacturing, COO, and President. In 2018, he published a book titled “Recovering Leadership: Musings of an Addict Leader,” drawing on his own experience with addiction to help others. In 2020, Thomas launched The Kimmell Foundation for Recovering Leadership to inspire transformational change in leaders and in the organizations they serve. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Debbie Climer
Debbie Climer
Cummins Inc.

Director of Integrated Business Planning

Debbie has spent more than 20 years working in a variety of roles in manufacturing and quality across different business units at Cummins Inc. For the last 8 years, she has led Integrated Business Planning across the enterprise, responsible for deployment, assessment, education and improvements across all business segments. Debbie previously led the IBP process in the Engine business segment facilitating both the MBR and IR steps of the process. Prior to Cummins, she was an officer in the US Navy. Debbie holds a degree in Business Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and an MBA from Ball 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.
Dan Barrett
Dan Barrett
QueBIT Consulting

Philip Levit
Philip Levit

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.
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
Actylis

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, ACPF
Eric Wilson, ACPF
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 Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) 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.
Sara Park
Sara Park
The Coca-Cola Company

Vice President, E2E Integrated Planning
Sara has over 15 years’ experience in various planning roles at Heinz, Georgia-Pacific and now The Coca-Cola Company, where she has spent almost 6 years in Finance, Supply Chain, and Business Transformation. Her latest role is in North America Finance as leader for Volume and Revenue Forecasting. Before taking this position, Sara led teams in the Planning Center of Excellence for Supply Chain & Logistics, Integrated Business Planning, and Product Lifecycle Management, where Product Lifecycle Management processes were tightly integrated with S&OP and Shelf Planning. Having managed teams and developed professionals for over a decade, she is an advocate of mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring talent. Sara holds a degree in English from the University of California and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Grant Hoffman, CPF
Grant Hoffman, CPF
Poly

Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Grant Hoffman is Poly’s Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, responsible for Poly’s global supply chain and manufacturing. Hoffman is a 24-year veteran of supply chain with experience in consumer electronics, automotive, and consumer packaged goods. He was most recently VP and Head of Supply Chain for Lenovo’s Mobile Phone business unit. Prior to joining Lenovo, Grant held positions of increasing responsibility at Motorola, Google, Continental Automotive Group and Del Monte Foods. Grant holds an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. Hoffman serves on the Board of Advisors at the Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF), and as an advisor to both the University of Wisconsin Erdman Center for Operations Management and Northern Illinois University's Operations Management department. He is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF).

Steven Hainey, CPSM, CPIM, CPF, MCIPS, C.P.M.
Steven Hainey, CPSM, CPIM, CPF, MCIPS, C.P.M.
Beckway Group

Senior Operating Director - IBP/S&OP/SIOP, Supply Chain & Operations
Steve specializes in implementing new S&OP/IBP processes and advancing existing ones for a variety of Fortune 500 Companies, Private Equity (PE) held corporations, and multi-billion-dollar family-run organizations. Within his current role as Senior Operating Director at Beckway Group, Steve works with the Beckway’s Trailblazer Team to advance IBP/S&OP and Supply Chain & Operations processes. Over the last 2 decades, Steve has led senior leadership positions at Newell Brands, Honeywell, Ashley Furniture and more. Steve is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) since 2014.
Carol Utrup, CSCP
Carol Utrup, CSCP
Spray Products Inc.

Senior S&OP Manager
After graduating with a degree in History and Political Science, Carol took a job in operations to pay the rent. Within a year she had fallen in love with the field and never looked back. She has over 20 years of supply chain management experience including distribution, logistics, inventory management, business analytics, demand planning, forecasting, and her great passion S&OP. She was CSCP certified by APICS in 2012, CS&OP certified by the S&OP Institute and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2014, and became an APICS Associate Instructor in 2016. She serves as the Director of Education for the APICS Cleveland chapter. Currently she is the Senior S&OP Manager for Spray Products Corporation.
Laurence Wolfe
Laurence Wolfe
Heineken USA

SVP of Operations
Laurence Wolfe holds over 16 years’ senior level supply chain and operations management experience. He has significant international experience with leading consumer brands in the food, media, and alcoholic beverage categories with primary focus on exceeding customer expectations and delivering business value. Laurence's expertise spans developing supply chain strategy, delivery of value chain optimization, the design of distribution networks, customer value management, and operational execution.
Joe Cervino
Joe Cervino
Bayer Consumer Health

Regional Manager, Sales and Operations Planning
Joe Cervino has over 30 years of experience in the Supply Chain Management field and is currently the North American Regional Manager for S&OP at Bayer Consumer Health. He has designed and implemented Executive S&OP and IBP processes for a number of companies in the CPG, Biotech, Pharmaceuticals and Aerospace/Defence industries. His areas of expertise are S&OP ownership, demand planning, strategic management, CMO/3PL management, and production and capacity planning to name just a few.
Kristie Bane, ACPF
Kristie Bane, ACPF
Reveal USA

Associate Partner, Thought Leader
Kristie Bane is an Associate Partner at Reveal.  She has over 20 years of practical integrated supply chain management experience across a variety of industries from fashion, retail and entertainment to consumer-packaged goods manufacturing and automotive accessories.  She specializes in organizational change management, decision support solutions, and integrated business planning processes for supply chains of all shapes and sizes. Kristie is an IBF Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF), certified DDLP/DDPP and certified SAP Solutions Practitioner for supply chain management.
Vanessa Charbel
Vanessa Charbel
Nufarm

Global Supply Chain Head
Vanessa is a supply chain professional with 15 years’ experience leading projects and improvements across planning, supply, demand, procurement, PMO, S&OP/IBP. She started her career as an S&OP specialist at Johnson & Johnson in Brazil, before moving into a supply chain management role. Then she took a role as Senior S&OP/IBP Manager at Mars before becoming a Supply Chain Manager at Nufarm. Vanessa is now Global Head of Supply Chain Planning at Nufarm where she is responsible for all aspects of demand, supply, and inventory planning. She holds a bachelor’s in international business from FAAP in Brazil, and an MBA from FGV, also in Brazil.
Anne-Laure Coussot
Anne-Laure Coussot
Mondelēz Canada Inc.

Director Demand Planning & Commercialization

Anne-Laure is the Director of Demand Planning & Commercialization at Mondelēz Canada, leading the forecasting team and being a key contributor to the IBP process. She began her career at Mondelēz France where she built extensive commercial expertise from sales rep to category lead. She then moved into the Canadian business unit in 2015, and held roles in shopper marketing, category & revenue planning, as well as key account management. In January 2020 she joined the supply team as the demand planning lead for all Mondelēz categories where she is currently leading the transformation of Mondelēz Canada’s demand planning processes, structure and systems. Prior to Mondelēz, Anne-Laure held roles at Danone and Sony. She holds a degree in marketing from Lund Universitet, in Sweden, and a Master’s degree in business from NEOMA, France.

Carol Cunningham, CPF
Carol Cunningham, CPF
Energizer Holdings

Senior S&OP Manager

Carol has over 20 years of supply chain management experience including distribution, logistics, inventory management, business analytics, demand planning, forecasting, and her great passion, S&OP. Her previous roles include S&OP Business Analyst Lead at Parker Hannafin, Sr. S&OP Manager at Spray Products, and her current role as Sr. Manager S&OP at Energizer. She holds a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Akron and is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF).

Misty Eldridge
Misty Eldridge
GE Appliances

Sr. Manager, Planning and Fulfillment Systems

Misty currently works as the Senior Manager of Planning and Fulfillment Systems at GE Appliances. Prior to this, she was the Supply Planning Manager at Escalade Sports with over 20 years of experience in Demand and Supply Planning. She has led demand review meetings, product review, inventory, and executive S&OP meetings as part of the S&OP process. Her experience covers multiple industries including packaging, food, beauty products, party supplies and sporting goods. Misty led the implementation of the inventory and replenishment modules of Arkieva at Escalade. Prior to joining Escalade in 2018, Misty worked as Demand Planning Manager at multibillion-dollar consumer packaging company Berry Global and, prior to that, as Inventory Planning Manager at cosmetics company Coty. Misty holds a degree from the University of Illinois.

Imane Sabeh, CPF
Imane Sabeh, CPF
KBI Biopharma (a JSR Company)

Associate Director of Global S&OP

Imane Sabeh is a Supply Chain expert specializing in S&OP with extensive experience covering demand planning, supply planning, and product lifecycle planning at companies including Clorox, Coca-Cola, PODS and Sunbrella. She currently works as an Associate Director of S&OP at KBI Biopharma. Prior to this, she worked as Global S&OP Manager with Teleflex Incorporated where she managed key medical device portfolios in the fields of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia. Imane is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) and holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Marketing Strategy from the University of South Florida.

Sanyukta Saptasagar
Sanyukta Saptasagar
Amazon

Manager Supply Chain and Inventory Planning
Scott Salzler
Scott Salzler
Amazon Diagnostics

Supply Chain SIOP Lead
Scott is an SCM professional with 15 years of experience in Supply Chain Planning, Master Scheduling, S&OP, Project Management, ERP implementation and Organizational Change Management. As head of SIOP at Amazon Diagnostics during the COVID-19 pandemic, he developed structured, agile planning processes for mitigating business risk. Prior to Amazon, Scott held a variety of management roles in Aerospace, Biotech, Pharma, Retail and Cloud Infrastructure. He now leads Integrated Business Planning implementation at Oracle. Scott holds a BS in Business Administration from California Coast University and an MBA from Colorado State University.
Jessica Slavejkov
Jessica Slavejkov
Mars

Business Strategy and Advanced Analytics Lead

Jessica is a Senior Operations Analyst with experience in the consumer goods industry. She has held multiple roles at Mars which she joined as an intern, including Senior Operations Analyst, Sales Strategy Manager, and her current role, Business Strategy and Advanced Analytics Lead. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.

Mike Zinkewich
Mike Zinkewich
Beam Suntory

Senior Director, North America S&OP

Mike has deep experience in CPG, having helped many large food companies improve their planning processes to support strategic growth. He is currently Head of North America S&OP at Beam Suntory where he is responsible for analyzing medium and long-term business demand and assessing risk and market opportunities to support company strategy. In his prior role as Director of Integrated Business Planning at Kraft Foods, he developed and led the deployment of IBP which achieved Class A recognition. Prior to that, as Sr. Director of Integrated Business planning at Kellogg’s, he deployed an end-to-end analytics platform reducing slow-moving goods. He has also served in various Senior Director roles at Mondelēz and Cadbury. He holds a degree in Political Science and Economics from Western University and is a certified CPA.

Lee Lurvey
Lee Lurvey
Burrow’s Post Frame Supply

President
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Kimray Inc.
CEO
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Cummins Inc.
Director of Integrated Business Planning
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Crocs
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