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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, CPF, CPSM, CPIM, MCIPS, C.P.M.
Steven Hainey, CPF, CPSM, CPIM, MCIPS, C.P.M.
Ashley Furniture

VP of Integrated Business Planning
Steven has over 20 years’ experience in global multi-site supply chain planning for Fortune 100 & 500 manufacturing companies. Steven has built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise in retail consumable goods, chemical materials and medical device products. He has also led numerous S&OP implementation and enhancement projects throughout his career. He currently serves as the Vice President of Integrated Business Planning at Ashley Furniture, the largest manufacturer of furniture in the world that offers one of the industry’s broadest product assortments at over 20,000 storefronts in 123 countries. Prior to this, he held Supply Chain directorial roles at Newell Brands, Jarden Applied Materials and Honeywell. Steven is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster.
John Hellriegel, CPF
John Hellriegel, CPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Sr. Advisor/Facilitator
John Hellriegel is a Senior Supply Chain and Demand Planning, CPF leader with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University. He has worked across industries for companies such as Estee Lauder, Honeywell, Diageo, Pepperidge Farm, Accenture, and GE. John has worked in demand planning, inventory optimization, capacity planning, deployment planning, and SIOP development. John is passionate about developing people within companies to lead change. John lives in Mendham, New Jersey with his wife and two boys.
Eric Wilson, CPF
Eric Wilson, CPF
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 Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) 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.
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.
Jessica Lackey
Jessica Lackey

Senior Director, Supply Chain Planning
Jessica Lackey serves as Senior Director, Supply Chain Planning for Electrolux Major Appliances, North America. Jessica’s current responsibilities span Demand Planning, Supply Planning/Execution, the Executive S&OP process, and overseeing a new planning system implementation. Her previous experience includes 10+ years in Planning and Operations at Nike, Inc. and McKinsey and Company. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Penn State, and a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. She is passionate about talent development within the Supply Chain space and is a Certified Professional Coach.
Jon Ostrom
Jon Ostrom

Director of Enterprise Planning Technology
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).
Anne-Laure Coussot
Anne-Laure Coussot
Mondelēz Canada

Demand Planning Director
Anne-Laure is the Demand Planning Director at Mondelēz Canada, leading the forecasting team and being a key contributor of the IBP process. She started 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, Sweden, and a Master’s degree in Business from NEOMA, France.
Andrew D. Schneider, ACPF
Andrew D. Schneider, ACPF

Sr. Transformation Manager of Corporate Quality
Andrew is an award-winning Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and Supply Chain Management professional. He is currently employed with Medtronic, the world's largest medical device company. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF), and a regular international speaker at industry events, including the IBF. Andrew is a hands-on data scientist; but also an inspirational industry leader with a passion for innovating & advancing the fields of demand planning, S&OP/IBP, and enterprise risk management.
Mac McGary
Mac McGary

Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Mr. McGary provides leadership and direction for Logility’s competitive positioning and vision for the supply chain of the future. Mr. McGary is responsible for the global sales organization and building strong customer relationships. Before joining Logility, Mr. McGary served as president of Sweetbridge Alliance, a non-profit open source foundation developing a blockchain-based protocol stack for global commerce and supply chains. He brings more 25 years of experience in sales leadership positions in the enterprise software and supply chain industries. He began his career as a computer programmer and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.
Daniel Bachar
Daniel Bachar

Director of Product Marketing – Advanced Analytics
Daniel Bachar is a Product Marketing Director for Advanced Analytics for Logility. Daniel brings more than 10 years of experience in sales, marketing, supply chain planning, and advanced analytics. He provides a unique blend of business and industry knowledge, leading successful efforts to integrate new technologies into effective supply chain solutions. His experience includes development, design and go-to-market strategy of supply chain and advanced analytics products, helping clients with complex business problems to achieve complete visibility into their supply chain operations.
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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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Choose the GOLD PACKAGE with IBF Membership and you’ll get access to the pre-forum, 1-Day Forecasting and Planning Tutorial. This high-level workshop offers the perfect grounding in forecasting and planning, serving as a fundamental course with the latest best practices. You’ll get other members only benefits, including the Journal of Business Forecasting delivered to your door quarterly, as well as discounted entry to IBF conferences and training.

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Taking place the following 2 days at the same location after the Leadership Forum is IBF’s Business Planning, Forecasting, and S&OP/ IBP Conference. These 2 days are geared for planning professional at all levels. They are divided into 3 levels:

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Therefore, many leaders bring their entire planning team, as well as other functions (Sales, Finance, Marketing, etc.) active in the S&OP to attend as well. It’s a great way to hear and learn the nuts and bolts on how other companies are planning and forecasting their business during times of major uncertainty. See details here:

Past Forum Speakers
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Patrick Bower
Sr. Director of Supply Chain
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Director of Demand & Supply Planning
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Vice President of Global Planning
Forum Schedule
  • Forum Schedule
    Oct 20, 2021
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration | Visit with Exhibitors
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
A Data Driven Organization: Embracing Technology, Digital Transformation & Culture for the New Age Of Demand Planning

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. Big Data and predictive analytics are exploding with a growing number of variables and complex relationships that can be analyzed and understood – and technology underpins every element of this evolution. 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.

What it comes down to is greater integration and developing a culture 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 difference between digitization and digital transformation
  • 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 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
  • How to use software applications to gather input and feedback, and leverage social media data, POS data and more
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Morning Break | Visit with Exhibitors
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
The Competitive Advantage of the Future: Becoming the Powerful Minority Who Successfully Implement Integrated Business Planning (IBP or 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.

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. 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.


  • 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 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 and transportation
  • How to track and measure S&OP effectiveness
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch | Visit with Exhibitors
1:05 PM - 3:00 PM
Leveraging Predictive Analytics: 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.


  • How to determine the optimal Demand Planning structure for your organization based on size and business complexity
  • How to inspire the next generation for forecasting and planning career opportunities
  • Women in planning and how to “challenge” your demand planning for more diversity
  • 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
  • How to manage more with limited or less people and resources
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Afternoon Break | Visit with Exhibitors
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
The Amazon Effect: Planning And Forecasting For eCommerce/ Omnichannel & the New Consumer Market

The 'Amazon effect' has already changed the landscape of the retail marketplace but the disruption goes much deeper. As a result, demand planning and forecasting is very different to how it was just a few years ago. With eCommerce comes ePlanning and if you are not already forecasting and planning differently - you will be. Omnichannel is being adopted by retailers to enable a seamless shopping experience for their customers across all possible points of contact. This means forecasting for multiple sales channels and understanding the unique demand quirks, managing different data sets and figuring out how to allocate stock to different locations. With this comes new challenges, new types of data, new speed of planning, and new expectations.

In this brand-new executive stream, you will have the opportunity to learn insights from some of today’s best and most innovative companies in this field. In this session you will hear from high level leaders on the nuances of eCommerce and omnichannel planning, challenges, and successes. If you work in retail or eCommerce, omnichannel is now a fact of life, and understanding the demand drivers for each channel will be the key to your survival.


  • eCommerce forecasting and new ways to look at predictive analytics over traditional forecasting methods
  • eCommerce planning vs. traditional planning
  • Using POS/consumption data for forecasting. Know how good your data is and build relationships with customers to access their data
  • How to identify key demand drivers and incorporate them into your forecasts
  • Some not-so-obvious Big Data sources to create demand signal insights
  • How demand sensing and machine learning are helping plan omnichannel better
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
VIP Leadership Dinner and Reception

Member’s discount: -$100


Member’s discount: -$100

Leadership Forum Only

Member’s discount: -$100

Leadership Forum Only Group
OCTOBER 20, 2021
OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
OCTOBER 21, 2021
(1 YEAR)
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