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

Director of Global S&OP

Imane "Amy" Sabeh is a supply chain executive with extensive planning experience across many industries, including moving and storage, CPG, and biotech. She has worked with high-profile companies such as PODS, Clorox, Sunbrella, and Teleflex, and is currently the Director of Global S&OP at KBI Biopharma. She is a strategist and leader with multimillion-dollar business administration experience, specializing in designing and implementing strategic planning solutions and processes. Imane was recognized in 2024 as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Marketing Strategy from the University of South Florida (USF), as well as a Bachelor degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing, and a minor in Communication, from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Morocco. Imane is an active member of the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF) and is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF). She is a published author with multiple articles in the Journal of Business Forecasting and is an exceptional speaker, delivering keynotes at forums such as the Global S&OP Best Practices Conference.

Connor Richards
Connor Richards
Royal Caribbean Group

Director - GSC Business Planning
Connor boasts a diverse background covering logistics, distribution, supply chain management, and analytics. During his 12-year tenure at FedEx, he refined his skills across various roles such as sales, aircraft acquisition, and management, gaining valuable experience in multiple operating companies. Additionally, he managed all North American distribution and reverse logistics for a specialty shoe manufacturer for two years. In his nearly three years at RCG, Connor has held leadership positions in Shared Services and Global Supply Chain, focusing on driving responsible business results. Currently, he leads a pioneering team at RCG, tasked with aligning operational, strategic, and financial planning to reduce waste through forecasting and communication. Connor's commitment to continuous improvement is evident as he utilizes his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Quality Driven Management training to optimize responsibly.
Marsha Young
Marsha Young
Raymundos Food Group

VP of Supply Chain
Marsha Young leads the charge in supply chain innovation, boasting a distinguished 20-year career characterized by visionary leadership and strategic operational improvements. With expertise in supply chain management, ingredient security, competitive pricing, negotiation, profit and loss (P&L) management, and planning and forecasting, she believes in the delicate balance between efficiency, sustainability, and resilience. As Vice President of Supply Chain for Raymundos Food Group in Chicago, Marsha oversees operations, including customer service, logistics, procurement, and commercialization. Her leadership focuses on ingredient security, cost efficiencies through negotiation, and strategic investments in technology. She's recognized for fostering a culture of innovation and talent development while holding advanced degrees in Supply Chain Management and Business Administration, along with industry certifications.
Mike Zinkewich
Mike Zinkewich
Beam Suntory

Head of 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.

Justin Dart, CPF
Justin Dart, CPF
Nature's Way Brands

S&OP Process Manager
Throughout his career at Nature’s Way, Justin has held various roles in operations, supply chain, and finance, encompassing tasks from inventory control to production planning management, and most recently, Sales & Operations Planning management. In his current position, he and his team are tasked with developing SKU-level forecasts and overall gross revenue planning, involving both creating the forecast and coordinating its delivery to aid decision-making for improved performance. Justin serves as a subject matter expert for SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP), which significantly influences forecasting and supply chain processes at Nature’s Way. He earned a double major in Business Administration and Economics from St. Norbert College, and holds accreditations from ASCM & the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF).
Melissa Brazdys
Melissa Brazdys
Visual Comfort & Co.

Senior Demand Planning Manager
Melissa works as Senior Demand Planning Manager at Visual Comfort & Co in Skokie, IL. Her responsibilities include facilitating the monthly SIOP meetings, compiling data and presentations for demand and executive reviews, and leading the demand planning team. Prior to this she worked at Georg Fischer Piping Systems in Irvine, CA where she established and managed the end-to-end Demand Management process for the Business Unit Americas. With a background in Business from UIC and a Master’s in Supply Chain Management from Elmhurst University, Melissa is dedicated to driving process excellence and delivering results through S&OP integration.
David Wehling
David Wehling
The Toro Company

Manager, SIOP & Analytics, International Division

Dr. David Wehling, DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) has been responsible for Forecasting and Analytics for the International Division of the Toro Company for 30 years. He achieved CPF designation in 2008. He has been an adjunct professor at the graduate, undergraduate, and executive education levels for the past 15 years. He is currently teaching a graduate degree course on building data narratives at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He is the author of "A Practical Leadership Model for Frontline and Mid-level Managers Based on the Writings of American Hall of Fame Sports Coaches".

Moises Sepulveda Garcia
Moises Sepulveda Garcia
HP

SC Planning / Global Business Process Leader
With over 25 years of experience in driving Supply Chain and Operational Strategy initiatives, Moises has led Global Supply Chain Planning & IT Teams, facilitated S&OP transformations, and managed P&L/Balance Sheet goals. He has spearheaded Lean Kaizens and Six Sigma projects, orchestrated SAP S/4 and Oracle R12 workstreams, and propelled material cost reduction and inventory optimization efforts. Currently serving as the Global Business Process Leader at HP, Moises is driving a global S&OP (SIOP) Transformation and leading a major cash/inventory optimization initiative. Previously, he held senior roles at PwC, NCH, and PRTM, where he advised Fortune 500 firms and start-ups on operational strategies across diverse industries. Moises holds an MBA from UT Austin (McCombs), a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from ITESM, and executive education certificates from Stanford GSB.
William Oda Moraes
William Oda Moraes
SLB

WCF Global Demand Manager
William is the Global Demand Manager for Well Construction Fluids, SLB. He implemented and leads the Demand Planning process in the Well Construction Fluids Business Line, aggregates the tactical demand, align activity and revenue forecasts and drive improvements in demand planning accuracy. He covers globally 30 different geographies and bridges the regional management with global Sales, Operations and Planning. He joined SLB in 2007, and for these 16 years he has been exposed to 6 different countries in various areas: from oilfield service operations (Syria and Jordan) to Sales and Business Development (Brazil), Training and Development and Digital Transformation (USA) and regional management (North Africa). He holds an MSc. In Petroleum Engineering from Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute, Rio de Janeiro Brazil and a degree in Control and Automation Engineering from Federal University of Itajuba (Unifei), Brazil.
Ronald Okenfuss
Ronald Okenfuss
CHS, Inc.

Director, Demand Planning
For more than 20 years, Ronald has specialized in supporting executive leadership teams, assisting them in enhancing the effectiveness of general managers, sales, marketing, and finance teams in collaboration with demand planners and supply chains. He currently works as the Director of Demand Planning for CHS where he is leading its transformation to a demand planning organization. Prior to this, he held roles at GSK and Ecolab where he specialized in executive and demand reviews. Additionally, Ronald has a strong background in financial forecasting and demand planning, notably implementing integrated financial forecasting linked to demand planning at GSK, ensuring cohesive planning across international Pharma, Vaccine, and Consumer Healthcare sectors.
Lucille Docter
Lucille Docter
UScellular

Sr. Mgr. – Network Supply Chain Planning
Lucille is a Senior Supply Chain Manager at UScellular where she oversees demand, supply, and inventory planning for network equipment company-wide, and is responsible for developing, designing, and implementing rigorous processes across different teams within UScellular. She brings over 15 years of experience across various Supply Chain disciplines in both large and small companies. Beginning her career in global supply chain, Lucille managed global import and export operations for Vital Materials Ltd before joining Menlo Worldwide Logistics (now XPO), where she held roles in warehousing, transportation, safety, compliance, lean, and continuous improvement. She holds a bachelor’s in Communications from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. Lucille's industry activities include speaking engagements at ASCM Connect 2022 on dynamic supply chain planning, presenting UScellular's network supply chain transformation, participating in a Symbios webinar on supply chain career and upskilling, and contributing to various publications and panels on supply chain trends and innovations.
Richard Korn
Richard Korn
Sara Lee Frozen Bakery

Director of Integrated Planning
Richard Korn is a versatile and high performing leader with 34 years of sustainable Supply Chain Management performance within the Food and Beverage Industry. He brings forth a wealth of experience in building and optimizing infrastructure to maximize business results. Prior to joining Sara Lee Frozen Bakery, Rich worked at Kraft Foods and Kerry where he gained experience within Manufacturing, Distribution, Demand Planning, Materials Management, and Master Production Scheduling. His passion for driving results has led to leadership roles in the development and implementation of Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) throughout his career. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management from Northern Illinois University
John Abraham
John Abraham
Sara Lee Frozen Bakery

Senior Manager, Supply Planning
John Abraham is a seasoned supply chain professional with extensive experience in the Food and Beverage industry. As the Senior Supply Planning Manager at Sara Lee Frozen Bakery, John leads a planning team responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of SKUs, ensuring customer satisfaction and efficient inventory management. Over his 12-year career, he has held pivotal positions across various functional supply chain areas, including purchasing, warehousing, and planning. John’s expertise lies in optimizing inventory management, driving S&OP processes, and capacity planning. His passion extends to developing decision support systems that enhance the S&OP process, ensuring efficient and data-driven decision-making. John holds a Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK).
Vince Swan
Vince Swan
UScellular

Integrated Business Planning Manager
Vince is a dynamic Integrated Business Planning Manager for UScellular's Supply Chain division, orchestrating seamless collaboration across departments to drive forward the company's future Network site projects. With a multifaceted background spanning Supply Chain, Operations Management, Sales, Lending, and Banking, Vince brings a wealth of expertise to the table, having steered operations in companies ranging from $20 million to $800 million in annual revenue. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College of Missouri and a Master’s in Business Analytics from Lewis University. Vince is a seasoned professional dedicated to leveraging clean, actionable data to craft compelling narratives and drive informed decision-making.
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.
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.

Thiru Viswanathan
Thiru Viswanathan
Mars Wrigley

Data Scientist - Innovation & Portfolio Analytics
Thiru is a seasoned professional in the CPG industry, specializing in advanced analytics, innovation, R&D, and commercialization. Currently serving as the data science lead for portfolio, innovation, and R&D analytics at Mars Wrigley, Thiru leverages his expertise to develop cutting-edge AI/ML solutions for application in forecasting, profitability optimization, and demand transference. Thiru holds a master’s degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia and an MBA in Business Analytics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Jeff Baker, CPF
Jeff Baker, CPF
Libra SCM

Managing Director
Jeff is a Supply Chain Planning expert with extensive experience in Demand Management, Integrated Business Planning/S&OP, and Advanced Planning and Scheduling. Jeff has extensive experience working with the world's best-known companies to improve their Supply Chain planning processes and capabilities, from design to implementation. Jeff holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, an MBA, and a Master of Engineering in Supply Chain Management from MIT. He is also a recipient of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2019 Pros to Know award. Jeff is an advocate for advancing the Supply Chain Management field and does so through training, and speaking at IBF events worldwide. He is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF).
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This event was very informative and there were great ideas presented that I will be using to improve our forecasting process.
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IBF’s S&OP & IBP Global Conference in Chicago on June 12-14, 2024 is the premier annual event and global gathering of the brightest minds in the industry. It is the most well-known S&OP educational and networking event where leaders come to share knowledge, network, and advance their collaborative planning processes with professionals like you.

Whether you are new to implementing S&OP or looking to take S&OP/IBP to the next level, leaders from top global companies will lead you down two maturity streams that will either help you take your first steps in S&OP or evolve an existing process to best in class:

Track One: Essentials will meet the skills needs for new professionals who want to start implementing S&OP

Track Two: Next Level will be offered to professionals who want to improve on their existing S&OP strategies to take their companies to the top.

The event will feature a pre-conference session, interactive round-table exercises and an exclusive event reception that will provide opportunities expand your network, share best practices and build your confidence to lead efforts at your company.

At the event, you will learn to:

  • Effectively use forecasting and demand planning in your S&OP process
  • Employ integrated business planning techniques
  • Enhance collaboration across sales, marketing, finance and supply chain
  • Extend S&OP outside your organization and throughout the supply chain
  • Manage and mitigate risk
  • Use S&OP to enhance new product launches
  • And so much more

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Now in its 15th year of hosting the most recognized S&OP/IBP conference in the world, IBF continues to prepare professionals on how to manage change and thrive during times of great uncertainty.

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As part of your registration you’ll have the opportunity to complete an online S&OP self assessment, using IBF’s proprietary maturity model. It’ll gauge where you are in your S&OP journey and provides valuable feedback on how to progress to the next level. It includes a one-to-one consultation with a subject matter expert who will review your assessment and provide practical advice to improve.

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Imane Sabeh, CPF
KBI Biopharma (a JSR Company)
Director of Global S&OP
Connor Richards
Royal Caribbean Group
Director - GSC Business Planning
Marsha Young
Raymundos Food Group
VP of Supply Chain
Conference Schedule
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  • Pre-Conference Fundamentals of S&OP/IBP Tutorial
    Jun 12, 2024
  • Conference Day 1
    Jun 13, 2024
  • Conference Day 2
    Jun 14, 2024
1:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Fundamentals of S&OP/IBP Tutorial (IBF Members Only)
1. S&OP/IBP ESSENTIALS
  • IBP/S&OP Process Overview
  • Maturity model & barriers to advancement
  • Cross-functional involvement

2. EMERGING PROCESS QUICK START GUIDE
  • Gaining Buy-in to the process from key stakeholders
  • Tools to measure and improve for more effective S&OP process meetings
  • Building the bench for a sustainable process in the future

3. NEXT LEVEL S&OP PLANNING REVIEWS
  • Meeting overview, agenda and outcomes
  • Who needs to be involved and when
  • Key inputs and outs of every step

4. PERFORMANCE METRICS
  • Importance of measurement and analysis
  • Monitoring, reducing, and cost of error
  • Introduction to key performance indicators you need

5. VANGUARD PRACTICES IN S&OP/IBP
  • Formalizing the process to create sustainability for the future
  • Incorporating continuous improvement tools into IBP & S&OP
  • Participant feedback mechanism to strengthen the overall process
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Eric Wilson, ACPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & PlanningDirector – Thought Leadership
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