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Arya Eskamani
Arya Eskamani

Global Director, Data Science, Cross-Border LAC

Arya Eskamani currently holds the role of Global Director, Data Science, Cross-Border LAC at Visa. Prior to this, he worked as Data Science Manager at Royal Caribbean and Senior Predictive Analytics Analyst for Restaurant Services, Inc. He has over 8 years of experience applying predictive analytics in a variety of professional fields including technology, healthcare, and manufacturing. Arya received his Bachelors in Business Economics from the University of Central Florida and a M.S. in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.

Muhammad Zaman
Muhammad Zaman

Vice President, Planning and Analytics, Americas and Pacific
Muhammad has 20-plus years' experience in supply chain management with core expertise in global supply chain transformation within the disciplines of demand, supply, allocation planning, and analytics. He holds subject matter expertise in forecast accuracy improvement, fill rate improvement, inventory optimization, systems implementation, consumer-facing analytics and insights. Having worked at Continental, Hasbro, American Apparel and more, Muhamad has led transformations at billion dollar companies through supply chain overhaul with a focus on people, process, and tools.
Grant Hoffman, CPF
Grant Hoffman, CPF

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).

Sara Park
Sara Park
The Coca-Cola Company

Vice President, End-to-End 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.
Patrick Bower
Patrick Bower

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.

Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF

Director of Demand & Supply Planning
Joe Eschenbrenner serves as Director of Demand Planning for Puma North America. Joe's current responsibilities are focused in multiple areas, driving "Speed to Market" and "Holistic Operational Efficiency". He manages Demand and Supply Planning, Merchandising Operations, and Sales Allocations. Prior to joining Puma, Joe was the Global Manager of Demand Planning for the Timken Company which serves diverse industries including Automotive, Heavy Truck, Off Highway, Rail, Wind Energy, Heavy Industries, Power Transmission, Industrial Distribution and Automotive Market. Joe holds an MBA and Master's Degree in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as well as a B.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Connecticut. Joe is a past President of the Automotive Market Research Council and has achieved IBF's Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) designation.
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Todd Gallant, ACPF

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.
John Gallucci
John Gallucci
Bayer Consumer Healthcare

VP, Demand Planning
John Gallucci has over 20 years of business planning leadership experience, and is currently the Vice President of Demand Planning for Bayer’s US Consumer Healthcare Division. He has authored innovative solutions in the areas of S&OP, inventory management, distribution, transportation, network optimization, and customer logistics. He has designed and implemented Executive S&OP and IBP processes in four companies, spanning the chemical, consumer goods, and food/beverage industries. John holds a B.S. with a dual major in Marketing and Business Management from Lehigh University, and has been CPIM certified since 2000. He has been a member of the IBF’s Board of Advisors since 2008, and has served as a speaker and panelist for IBF Executive Forums on the topics of S&OP Optimization, Lean Forecasting, Talent Management, Integrated Demand Signals, and New Product Forecasting. In 2014, the IBF presented John with the “Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning” award. Recipients of this award are driven by peer-nominations, on the merits of industry thought-leadership, delivering sustainable business results, innovating within the field, and expanding the industry’s body of knowledge, while raising awareness for the field.
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.
Debbie Climer
Debbie Climer
Cummins Inc.

Global Enterprise Director of IBP
Debbie has spent 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 lead 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.
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).
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IBF's Leadership Forum is where executives and leaders in S&OP/ IBP, forecasting, demand planning, supply chain and analytics come together to discuss key developments, challenges and opportunities. It is designed to provide high-level management and their associates with the latest best practices.

You’ll be able to put your questions to our expert panelists featuring senior directors and VPs at Fortune 500 companies, many of whom have overcome the same challenges you are facing now.

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Establishing S&OP/ IBP as Your Organization’s Compass

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Getting Ahead Of The Curve Across People, Process, Data & Technology

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Forum Speakers
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Arya Eskamani
Global Director, Data Science, Cross-Border LAC
Muhammad Zaman
Vice President, Planning and Analytics, Americas and Pacific
Grant Hoffman, CPF
Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
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  • Forum Schedule
    Oct 20, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Executive Stream 1: Making S&OP/ IBP A Competitive Advantage During Good Times & Bad. Establishing S&OP/ IBP as Your Organization’s Compass

Over the years, the IBF has identified the companies that lead the way in S&OP/ IBP and what it takes to become truly best-in-class. For many organizations, however, this transformation is a struggle, with many being unclear as to where they are currently and how to build the right road map to maturity. This makes successful implementation of S&OP/ IBP and sound forecasting principles a key competitive advantage - both during business as normal and when crises like Covid-19 hit. You’ll learn how, during difficult times, S&OP/ IBP ensures your supply chain remains intact and helps maintain sufficient inventory to meet demand while your competitors face existential threat.

This leadership stream is your opportunity to learn how the world’s best ensure all assumptions are met for better business planning, and how they manage processes to achieve true cross-functional participation, alignment and accountability across all departments. What’s more, you’ll hear how industry leaders are using best practices and fundamentals of forecasting to deliver results in the age of Artificial Intelligence. Together we will address the changing world and how to mature your planning processes to meet your needs and build on future capabilities. This is your chance to do what most companies have failed to do – deliver a robust, value-adding process that works for today and tomorrow and can handle whatever lies around the corner.


  • How to integrate internal and external variables into your planning and S&OP/ IBP processes
  • How to better assess risk during times of disruption like Covid-19 and use scenario planning and demand shaping to respond proactively to changing demand
  • How to achieve true cross-functional participation, alignment, and accountability across all departments, including Finance, Sales, Commercial, Supply Chain and more
  • How to track and measure S&OP/ IBP and demand planning effectiveness
  • Tools you can use to help evaluate where you are in your S&OP journey including IBF’s advanced maturity model
  • Key pitfalls to avoid when building your S&OP/ IBP roadmap
  • What benchmarks to use and which to avoid
  • How to measure if your S&OP/ IBP process is successful

Eric Wilson, CPF, Director of Thought Leadership, Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Pat Bower, Sr. Director of Supply Chain, Aceto
Todd Gallant, ACPF, Vice President of Global Planning, Crocs
Steven Hainey, CPSM, CPIM, CPF, MCIPS, C.P.M., Senior Operating Director - IBP/S&OP/SIOP, Supply Chain & Operations, Beckway Group
John Gallucci, VP, Demand Planning, Bayer Consumer Healthcare
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF, Director of Demand & Supply Planning, Puma
Debbie Climer, Global Integrated Business Planning Director, Cummins Inc.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Executive Stream 2: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence In The New Age of Predictive Analytics, Demand Planning & Business Forecasting

Getting Ahead Of The Curve Across People, Process, Data & Technology

As a leader, it is up to you to provide insights and build demand planning and business forecasting capabilities. That’s hard enough at the best of times but is even more challenging when a crisis hits and teams must think outside the box to predict and manage demand. We now compete not so much on price or quality, but on our ability to interpret data. And given that predictive analytics and business forecasting have reached a tipping point, we must look at organizational design for Demand Planning differently.

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 required talent, develop sustainable processes, and select technology that enables them to succeed. You’ll see what companies are doing differently now to invest in the future of planning and managing big data and artificial intelligence capabilities. This is a unique opportunity to see how senior leaders see the bigger picture, envision future requirements, and be inspired to adapt your demand planning and business forecasting capabilities.


  • How to determine the optimal demand planning structure for your organization
  • The right balance of specific skills needed to succeed, including the skill sets required to handle disruptions and the “new normal”
  • How to manage more with limited or less people and resources
  • How to start a technology search and avoid technology pitfalls, and tips and tricks for quick, easy access to data and decision making
  • How to develop an analytics driven roadmap and sell it to leadership
  • How to use predictive analytics technology to predict and respond to massive demand disruptions like Covid-19
  • How to provide analytics insight to all areas of the business
  • How to identify key demand drivers and incorporate them into your forecasts

Eric Wilson, CPF, Director of Thought Leadership, Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Arya Eskamani, Global Director, Data Science, Cross-Border LAC, Visa
Muhammad Zaman, VP, Planning and Analytics, Hasbro
Tim Hotze, SVP Global Network Planning and Global Intelligence, Target
Grant Hoffman, CPF, Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Poly
Sara Park, Vice President, Exec S&OP, Forecasting COE and Supply Chain Planning, The Coca-Cola Company

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Executive Roundtable Breakouts

Increase your executive networking opportunities at the IBF Leadership Forum by joining other executives and subject matter experts at our popular 1-hour open forum that includes multiple round-table break-outs. This will give an opportunity to go deeper based on the discussions that have taken place earlier in the day and allow you to make further connections with your peers. Feel free to bring up the most challenging questions facing your team, share your own war stories from the field and get ready to hear more best practices that work in today’s post-pandemic environment. This session is also an ice-breaker that will allow you to continue important conversations with your new connections/ friends at IBF’s VIP Dinner that is exclusive to leadership forum attendees only.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
VIP Leadership Dinner Sponsored by DigitalSoft

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