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Tim Hotze
Tim Hotze
SVP Global Network Planning and Global Intelligence
Tim Hotze is Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Global Intelligence for Target. He oversees Target’s future Supply Chain intelligence products as well as end-to-end operational functions for Network and Topology Planning, S&OP, and Guest Order and Availability Management. Before joining Target in November 2017, Tim held a number of leadership roles at Amazon covering Supply Chain Execution, Capacity Planning and Management, Inventory Placement and Labor Planning. He also spent more than a decade at Panalpina World Transport where he had responsibility for worldwide logistics and Supply Chain solutions as well as innovation management. He sat on the board of The Warehouse Education and Research Council and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning (IBF). Tim holds a joint Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Logistics and Supply Chain from the University of Technology in Darmstadt (Germany).
Sara Park
Sara Park
The Coca-Cola Company
Group Director, CCNA Forecasting
Sara Park, Group Director at Coca-Cola Refreshments, runs the Sales& Operations Planning process for the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world. She also leads and facilitates the innovation launch process, portfolio optimization efforts, and shelf space strategy and planning. Sara has extensive experience in establishing and evolving the S&OP process across multiple organizations; as such, she has deep knowledge in integrated business planning and within the areas of collaborative forecasting and demand and supply planning. Prior to Coca-Cola, she held executive-level positions at Georgia-Pacific, Evergreen Packaging, and H.J. Heinz. Sara is a results-driven leader with a track record of delivering sustained results in an ever-changing environment. Sara has a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has published in the Journal of Business Forecasting and speaks at conferences covering the S&OP Process Foundations and Best Practices. Sara currently serves on IBF's Board of Advisors.
Patrick Bower
Patrick Bower
Combe Incorporated
Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Planning
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, Glaxo Smith Kline, 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".
Jeff Marthins, CPF
Jeff Marthins, CPF
Tasty Baking Company / Flower Foods
Director of Supply Chain Operations
Jeff Marthins is no stranger to the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning, IBF as he is a regular workshop leader at conferences and IBF training programs. Jeff is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) since 2006. He joined Tastykake in 1985 and has worked in all facets of manufacturing and planning. His current role is Director of Supply Chain Operations and oversees the Demand Planning Department. Jeff led the production module of a SAP and other software implementations at the company. His background includes many years of manufacturing, which has provided him with a solid platform for the creation and development of the Demand Planning Department. Even though Jeff oversees many facets of the Supply Chain Operation, he still has a passion for Demand Planning and Forecasting. Jeff is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF). Plus, he’s a 2016 IBF Award receipient for Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning
Eric Wilson, CPF
Eric Wilson, CPF
Escalade Sports
Director of Planning
Eric is a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Demand Planning at Escalade Sports. Prior to this he worked as the 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 a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) with over 20 years 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 book Cultural Cycles.
Todd Dunn, CPF
Todd Dunn, CPF
Director of Supply Chain
Todd Dunn is currently the Director of Supply Chain at Catalent Pharmaceutical. He has held several management positions within supply chain and production within his 28 years of manufacturing experience. He was the project manager to successfully lead his organization to Class A MRPII certification. He has facilitated the pre-S&OP and executive S&OP meetings for over 15 years. He holds a BSc degree in Business Management and obtained the Michigan Certificate from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He has been a speaker at several Supply Chain & Demand Planning events across North America for many years covering topics related to Demand Management and S&OP/ IBP. Todd is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF).
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Vice President, Planning & Allocation
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 a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) 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.
Grant Hoffman, CPF
Grant Hoffman, CPF
Corporate Vice President of Business Operations
Grant Hoffman is a veteran of Supply Chain with over 17 years of experience in consumer packaged goods (CPG), automotive, and consumer electronics. He currently is the VP of Business Operations at Lenovo. His responsibilities include demand planning, purchasing, materials management, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), CPFR, inventory, & supply planning. Prior to joining Lenovo he worked at Motorola Mobility, Continental AG and Del Monte Foods. He holds an undergraduate degree in business and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. He is a member of the Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF) Board of Advisors, and has served as a keynote speaker & panelist for IBF Executive Forums and conferences. Grant is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF).
Carlos Londono
Carlos Londono
Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Carlos currently leads supply chain on a global level based in Perrysburg, Ohio USA. In the past, he was Director of Value Chain Planning for Starbucks. And prior to that he was Director of Integrated Supply Chain with HJ Heinz where he implemented the next generation of S&OP. Carlos is fluent in German, Spanish and Mandarin. He holds an MBA from the Babcock School of Business at Wake Forest University and an Industrial Engineering degree from EAFIT University in Colombia, South America.
Peralt Van der Merwe
Peralt Van der Merwe
Heineken Ibecor
Managing Director
Alan Rozendaal
Alan Rozendaal
Director, Demand Planning, Emerging Markets
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Director of Demand & Supply Planning
Michael Levely
Michael Levely
Dow Chemical
Associate Supply Chain Director
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    Leadership Forum

Executive Level Forum

IBF's Leadership Forum is designed to provide high-level management and their associates with the latest successful practices in Business Planning, S&OP, and Forecasting used today.

The Forum will have 4 Executive Discussion Streams:

• Executive Stream 1: Designing & Maintaining a Successful Demand Planning Organization

• Executive Stream 2: Managing S&OP in Today’s Disruptive & Demanding Business Environment

• Executive Stream 3: Best of the Best Technology Practices for Integrated Planning

• Executive Stream 4: Embracing the War on Talent Management for Planning Professionals

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Tim Hotze
SVP Global Network Planning and Global Intelligence
Sara Park
The Coca-Cola Company
Group Director, CCNA Forecasting
Patrick Bower
Combe Incorporated
Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Planning
Conference Schedule
  • Forum Schedule
    Oct 17, 2018
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Executive Stream 1: The Building Blocks of Greater Insight and Strategy: Designing & Maintaining a Successful Demand Planning Organization
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Executive Stream 2: Embracing the Revolution: Surviving and Thriving in A Disruptive Business Environment With Integrated Business Planning and S&OP
1:05 PM - 3:00 PM
Executive Stream 3: A Matter of Life and Death: Optimizing Your Product Portfolio Through Integrated Lifecycle Management
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Executive Stream 4: Taking Responsibility for Your Own Skills Shortage: Talent Management To Build the Next Generation of Planning Professionals
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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VIP Leadership Dinner & Reception
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