IBF Townhall: Building Or Improving S&OP/IBP To Adapt To Today’s Challenges

Has the pandemic affected your company’s ability to balance supply and demand? Then you either need to build an S&OP process or improve the one you have. Join us for this interactive discussion featuring some of the world’s leading experts in the field and learn current best practices in S&OP/IBP and take away practical insight you can use in your own organization.

In this forum you’ll learn what top companies are doing and what mature S&OP processes look like, and how they have adapted to uncertainties of the pandemic. We’ll explore why Covid-19 has made S&OP more critical than ever before, what steps to take in building or improving your process, what happens at each level of S&OP maturity, and how to get the ball rolling with your own S&OP process.

And of course, we will answer all of your questions and help you overcome the challenges of building your own S&OP process, or take an existing one to the next level.

You will learn:
  • Explore recent trends in S&OP/IBP
  • Discuss what process steps you need and the right cadence
  • What different levels of maturity look like
  • How best to get started or improve a current process
Misty Eldridge
Sr. Manager, Planning and Fulfillment Systems
GE Appliances

Misty currently works as the Senior Manager of Planning and Fulfillment Systems at GE Appliances. Prior to this, she was the Supply Planning Manager at Escalade Sports with over 20 years of experience in Demand and Supply Planning. She has led demand review meetings, product review, inventory, and executive S&OP meetings as part of the S&OP process. Her experience covers multiple industries including packaging, food, beauty products, party supplies and sporting goods. Misty led the implementation of the inventory and replenishment modules of Arkieva at Escalade. Prior to joining Escalade in 2018, Misty worked as Demand Planning Manager at multibillion-dollar consumer packaging company Berry Global and, prior to that, as Inventory Planning Manager at cosmetics company Coty. Misty holds a degree from the University of Illinois.

Mark Temkin
Senior Director, Planning and External Operations
Harry's Inc.
Mark Temkin has over 25 years of management experience in demand planning, supply chain operations and business strategy in the consumer products, high-tech and apparel industries. He is currently Senior Director, Planning and External Operations at Harry's, Inc. Prior to Harry’s, Mark managed the demand planning and inventory control functions for Hain Celestial’s U.S. natural foods and personal care businesses, and before that, worked at Samsung Electronics and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Device division. He has expertise in reengineering demand planning functions, implementing new systems and leveraging S&OP and CPFR processes to drive forecasting accuracy, service levels and inventory optimization. He is an active member of IBF as panel expert, moderator and chapter event host and holds a BA in Political Science from John Hopkins University and a MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
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.

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