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Tim Hotze
Tim Hotze
Target
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
VP of Business Development
Sara Park, VP of Business Development 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
Catalent
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
Cole-Haan
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
Lenovo
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
O-I
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
Nike
Director, Demand Planning, Emerging Markets
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Puma
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
Target
SVP Global Network Planning and Global Intelligence
Sara Park
The Coca-Cola Company
VP of Business Development
Patrick Bower
Combe Incorporated
Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Planning
Conference Schedule
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  • Forum Schedule
    Oct 17, 2018
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Executive Stream 1: Building A Data Driven Organization: Organizational Design For Demand Planning In The Big Data Age

If you don’t transition your company to a data driven culture, you could be left behind. We now compete not so much on price or quality, but on our ability to interpret data. And given that predictive analytics and AI have reached a tipping point, we must look at organizational design for Demand Planning differently. We must get a strong handle on the fundamentals, so we can use statistical forecasting effectively and get the necessary inputs, but also lay the foundations for artificial intelligence and machine learning. In this one of a kind executive stream, you’ll learn how industry leaders develop powerful processes from the ground up to leverage multiple inputs such as market plans, sales plans, and industry information more effectively, and in the process give all areas of the business the benefit of analytics insight. Hear the brightest and best discuss why this structure is key to reducing bias across the organization, and what new functions are required to deliver value in this new analytics era.

What it comes down to is greater integration, and developing organizational design around the idea that sharing information across functions is key to gaining a competitive edge. This high-level forum will reveal how you yourself can be at the vanguard of this change in your organization, giving you the knowledge and skills to develop a data driven roadmap with Demand Planning, sell it to leadership and make your company fit for the Big Data age.

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN INCLUDES:

  • How to determine the optimal Demand Planning structure for your organization based on size and business complexity
  • How to link improvements in Demand Planning to key value-drivers (e.g. Service, Cost, Inventory)
  • How to track the ROI of a Demand Planning program through FVA (Forecast Value Added)
  • How to build collaboration within and outside the organization with methods that work
  • How to lay the foundation for artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • How to provide analytics insight to all areas of the business

At this year’s IBF Leadership Forum, we will look at various aspects that contribute to a business’ success while utilizing limited resources effectively. Join us for an in-depth discussion on the importance of forecasting and right-sizing resources.

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Peter C. Thomas, CPF
DuPont Crop ProtectionHead of Demand Planning & Forecasting
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Patrick Bower
Combe IncorporatedSenior Director, Global Supply Chain Planning
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Rick Davis
Kellogg’sVice President and Global Lead, Office of Data Acquisition and Governance
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Larry Lapide
MIT Center for Transportation & LogisticsResearch Affiliate
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Carlos Londono
O-IVice President, Global Supply Chain
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Ken Young
Young’s Market CompanySenior Director, Sales & Operations Planning
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Executive Stream 2: The Competitive Advantage OF The Future Is S&OP: Becoming The Powerful Minority Who Successfully Implement S&OP

Amidst all the fanfare of artificial intelligence and machine learning, there’s a very interesting statistic that reveals immense opportunity in mastering the basics – only 32% of companies are successfully balancing demand and supply. That is to say, that despite S&OP being around for 30 years, most companies are not doing it right. This makes successful implementation of S&OP a key competitive advantage. Not only that, it is key to having a supply chain that can keep up with the insights delivered by predictive analytics.

In this leadership stream is your opportunity to learn how the world’s best ensure all assumptions are met for better S&OP.And how they manage roles, responsibilities and processes to achieve true cross-functional participation, alignment and accountability across all departments. What’s more, you’ll hear how industry leaders are positioning S&OP to deliver results in the age of Big Data. Not only that, you’ll be able to overcome one of the greatest challenge companies face today – managing omnichannel demand. Together we will address the changing world, roles, and technology for S&OP and collaborative planning processes. This is your chance to do what most companies have failed to do – deliver a robust and value-adding S&OP process that works for today, and tomorrow.

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN INCLUDES:

  • How to integrate global activities into the process and keep S&OP sustainable and fun as your company matures
  • How to incorporate scenario planning, risk management, and demand shaping into S&OP
  • Leveraging finance, new products, and other processes in the S&OP process
  • How to get a handle on planning in an omnichannel environment
  • How to achieve true cross-functional participation, alignment and accountability in S&OP across all departments
  • How S&OP can drive better end-to-end planning, including logistics & transportation
  • How to track and measure S&OP effectiveness

At this year’s IBF Leadership Forum, we will look at the power of S&OP as a tactical and strategic business planning tool.Join us for an in-depth discussion on the importance of S&OP in the 21st century

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Todd Dunn, CPF
Catalent Director of Supply Chain
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Dustin Deal
LenovoDirector of North American Business Operations
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Steven Hainey, CPF, CPSM, CPIM, MCIPS, C.P.M.
Newell BrandsDirector of Supply Chain, Applied Materials
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Jeff Marthins, CPF
Tasty Baking Company / Flower FoodsDirector of Supply Chain
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Brinson Silver
Monster EnergySenior Director
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Dele Oladeji
The Coca-Cola CompanyGroup Director, Forecasting and Inventory Management
1:05 PM - 3:00 PM
Executive Stream 3: In The Age Of Big Data, People Are Still King: Talent Management To Build the Next Generation of Planning Professionals

As a leader, it is up to you to hire the talent you need to perform a range of functions and deliver value to the planning and S&OP process. That’s hard enough at the best of times but is even more challenging as technology and organizational structures are evolving. But one thing remains constant: we need analytical skills, technological know-how, domain expertise and interpersonal skills. There’s something even bigger we must strive for, however, and that is reaching talent management maturity. Mature companies have a highly developed system for talent management that incorporates culture, training, career pathways, and performance-based management. This ensures that you attract the right people, make sure they add value, and have the right career opportunities so they become highly effective value drivers for the long-term.

In this executive stream, you’ll hear senior level panelists from a variety of companies and industries sharing strategies that have worked to best recruit, develop and retain talent in the field of demand management, predictive analytics, and S&OP. You’ll see what skills are required in this crucial transitionary period, how to find and develop them, and know how to define roles and responsibilities. This is a unique opportunity to see how senior panelists see the bigger picture, envision future requirements, and inspire and nurture the next generation of forecasters, analysts, planners and data scientists.

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN INCLUDES:

  • How to inspire the next generation for forecasting and planning career opportunities
  • The right balance of specific skills needed to succeed
  • What types of training and coaching programs are needed for the changing planning landscape
  • What incentive plans are being used by best-in-class leaders to recruit and retain talent

At this year’s IBF Leadership Forum, we will look at how you can ensure that planning and forecasting has a leadership role in your company, with the right teams involved. Join us for an in-depth discussion on talent management and embracing change for your business’ future.

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Eric Wilson, CPF
Escalade SportsDirector of Planning
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Patrick Bower
Combe IncorporatedSenior Director, Global Supply Chain Planning
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Dustin Deal
LenovoDirector of North American Business Operations
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Jeff Marthins, CPF
Tasty Baking Company / Flower FoodsDirector of Supply Chain
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Sara Park
The Coca-Cola CompanyVP of Business Development
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Brinson Silver
Monster EnergySenior Director
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Executive Stream 4: Raging Against The Machine? World-Leading Technology Practices for Integrated Planning

How often have your colleagues expressed concern or frustration with their forecasting and planning systems? In today’s business environment, we require effective and flexible planning and forecasting software, as well as analytical and reporting tools that are adaptable to our changing needs. We continue to evolve in an environment that demands greater sophistication in terms of presentation, speed and accuracy. Big Data is exploding with a growing number of variables and complex relationships that can be analyzed and understood – and technology underpins every element of this evolution. When organizations fully utilize these new and expanding resources for planning, it can provide a real competitive advantage. But it is easier said than done; companies continue to roll-out systems without having well-structured demand planning and S&OP processes in place, and management of master data continues to be a never-ending work in progress. Not only that, companies often “go live” without their teams having essential training and coaching on process management, data management, analytics, and relevant metrics.

Join this unique session to get a handle on how leaders in the field approach technology and deploy it with maximum effect. We will be discussing whether functionality updates are growing faster than our maturity levels, whether we should invest in new and “advanced” technology and expect our teams to play catch-up, and whether we should blame poor results on systems or the lack of best practices and qualified talent. Join us in this session to learn how companies are leveraging technology for world class insight and reporting, and how you can be the vanguard of technological change in your own company.

THE KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL GAIN INCLUDES:

  • Which types of technology best suit your demand planning and forecasting process
  • How to start a technology search and avoid technology pitfalls, and tips and tricks for quick, easy access to data and decision making
  • What a “best practice process” looks like and determining the right balance with technology tools
  • How to use software applications to gather input and feedback, and leverage social media data, POS data and more

At this year’s IBF Leadership Forum, we will bring to light the innovative technology solutions companies are employing to make powerful planning decisions. Join us for an in-depth discussion with executives who have lessons learned to share from their experience automating processes.

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Todd Dunn, CPF
Catalent Director of Supply Chain
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Peter C. Thomas, CPF
DuPont Crop ProtectionHead of Demand Planning & Forecasting
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Eric Wilson, CPF
Escalade SportsDirector of Planning
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Sara Park
The Coca-Cola CompanyVP of Business Development
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Andrew D. Schneider, ACPF
MedtronicGlobal Demand Manager, Supply Chain
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Eliane Santos
BASFHead of Supply Chain, Crop Protection Latin America
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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