IBF Virtual Town Hall (Part 6): S&OP & Business Forecasting In The New Normal

This coronavirus has impacted the economy, businesses, and individuals. It has affected our ability to effectively forecast or plan and we cannot rely on the techniques we were using before. But we cannot just sit and wait to see how this will play out. We need forecasts and a plan now, and need to know what demand will be in this new normal. We are here to help and will help you understand what the 'new normal' looks like for your company. Top experts in various industries will provide insights into how to plan both now and going forward with practical takeaways you can implement in your company.

This town hall is interactive, so get your questions ready for our expert panel.

You will learn:
  • How forward thinking companies are forecasting and have a vision of the future
  • The changes in collaborative planning and forecasting necessary right now
  • Lessons learned that you can apply in your organization
  • How to be prepared for whatever comes next
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).
John Cao
Demand Planning Director
John Cao is Director of Demand Planning at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health. He leads a team a of planners overseeing the Respiratory and Smoking Cessation categories, providing forecasts and analytics to support the consumer health (OTC) business within these categories. Prior to joining GSK in 2016, he held a number of leadership roles, for both US and Globally, in the beauty industry at both L’Oreal and Shiseido for about 9 years, including demand planning, supply planning, contract manufacturing and procurement. John holds an MBA from NYU, along with a BS from Columbia University for Operations Research. He also has an ACPF certification from IBF and CPIM certification from APICS.
Ara Surenian
Senior Director, Product Management and Engineering

Ara is a supply chain visionary with over 30 years of manufacturing and technology experience. He currently leads product management and engineering for Plex Systems Advanced Supply Chain Planning Suite, known as DemandCaster, the industry’s first cloud-based supply chain planning solution. Prior to his current role, Ara was the Founder and President of the consultancy Cadent Resources, Inc. where he consulted with 100’s of companies helping them improve their manufacturing and supply chain performance. Prior to leading Cadent, Ara honed his supply chain expertise as a turn-around consultant at Jacquard Associates, as a Plant Manager at Universal Superabrasives, Inc., a division of St. Gobain International, and as a mechanical engineer at Raytheon’s Missile Systems Division. He holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.

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