Virtual Town Hall: Forecasting & Planning During The Chaos of a Global Pandemic

Watch this Virtual Town Hall to learn how you can better forecast and plan during the chaos of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. IBF has put together this online event with veteran Demand Planning Directors and Heads of Supply Chain at global companies who share how they are managing their demand (or lack thereof) and supply planning during this time. They discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business planning, and draw from their experience in managing other crises and economic turndowns to reveal how to react. This interactive panel discussion is designed to mitigate risk and protect your company’s bottom line.

You will learn:
  • How to be more agile in forecasting and planning to respond to demand disruptions caused by coronavirus
  • How long the coronavirus outbreak will impact your business and what to plan for
  • Importance of knowing your customers in times of crisis
  • Cost of over or underreacting to unforeseen events like a pandemic
  • How S&OP helps or has to change in response to unplanned events
  • The role of forecasting and demand planning and stepping up to mitigate risk
  • Working remotely and building forecasts without face to face interactions
  • Omnichannel and how customers in different channels will react, and how we can build channel specific responses
Dustin Deal
Director of North America Business Operations, Motorola

Dustin Deal is the Director of Business Planning & Operations at Motorola. Over the past 20+ years he has held various functions at Motorola including Global Inventory Planning, Global Demand Planning and North American Fulfillment Operations. Dustin earned a BBA in Operations Management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his MBA from Texas Christian University.

John Hellriegel, CPF
Sr. Advisor/Facilitator
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
John 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.
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.

Andrew Schneider, ACPF
Supply Chain Manager
Viega LLC

Andrew Schneider is an award-winning Integrated Business Planning and Supply Chain Management professional. He currently works as Supply Chain Manager for Viega LLC. Prior to this, he was employed with Ball Corporation, the world’s largest sustainable & innovative beverage packaging company. Andrew is also on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF), a triple-fellow with the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) , and a regular international speaker at industry events. He is a hands-on data scientist & practitioner, while also an inspirational industry leader with a passion for innovating & advancing the fields of demand planning, S&OP, and enterprise risk management. He is an IBF Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF).

Eric Wilson, ACPF
Director – Thought Leadership
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning
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 Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) 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.
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