Forecasting & Planning During a Pandemic (Part 4): How Covid-19 Will Change Forecasting & Planning
Richard Herrin, CPF
Director of Integrated Business Planning
GEON Performance Solutions
Richard Herrin is the Director of Integrated Business Planning for GEON Performance Solutions. Richard has accountability for aligning the Integrated Business planning capabilities across all GEON businesses. Richard joined GEON in 2021, bringing 35 years of Integrated Business Planning experience. Most recently, he was the Integrated Business Planning Center of Excellence Leader for Eastman Chemical Company and has been consulting on implementing best practices in IBP through Ultra Consulting, RGP and CSC. Prior to consulting, Richard worked at Beaulieu America as the VP of Operations and Planning, at Axiall Corporation as the Director of Supply Chain Management, at Tredegar Films as the Global Sales, Operations, and Inventory Planning Lead, and at Syngenta Crop Protection as the Head of S&OP and Strategic Planning. Richard holds bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina. He is also a Certified Professional Forecaster with the Institute of Business Forecasting.
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.

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.
Matt Hoffman
Customer Success Leader
John Galt Solutions

Matt Hoffman is the Customer Success Leader at John Galt Solutions. Matt has led countless successful software implementations utilizing best in class supply chain planning platform Atlas Planning. He has saved companies hundreds of millions in inventory cost through both transformational and tactical projects delivered across distributors, manufacturers and retailers.

Matt has worked with a wide range of clients in manufacturing, distribution, and retail. While he is a subject matter expert when it comes to implementing solutions across numerous ERP and Planning packages, he is adamant that the process has to drive the tools in order to foster adoption and deliver superior, measurable results.

Matt is currently working with key John Galt clients to adjust their process and technology to fit the new challenges brought on by the global health crisis.

Life has changed and so have consumer habits – which has big implications for your forecasting and demand planning. Make no mistake, it’s no longer business as usual.

In this virtual town hall sponsored by John Galt Solutions, we will answer all your questions and concerns and discuss how planning and forecasting has already changed and what to expect when Covid-19 subsides.

We’ll paint a picture of the ‘new normal’ from a demand planner’s perspective and discuss how things will evolve. We have 3 special guest panelists who have lived through multiple economic downturns and recessions who will draw on their experience to share advice on what to expect and how to react going forward.

Get your questions ready for our panel.

You will learn:
  • What steady state demand may look like going forward
  • How things have already changed over the past month in demand planning
  • What techniques and data should you be looking at now
  • How we manage demand month by month before it stabilizes
  • Tips to change from planning in monthly buckets to a shorter period
  • How to deliver bad news to the C-suite
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