Rajat Bhargav established o9’s Market Intelligence offering to help companies get market oriented in their planning and operations. He is constantly building his team of technologists, data scientists and industry analysts to deliver the knowledge models and data streams for that. Rajat has been a supply chain management professional for 30 years, shipping enterprise applications as well as managing operations. They include those in Product Lifecycle Management, Omnichannel Fulfillment, Maintenance. He started his career with Rail Operations and Heavy Repair in India.
Lora Cecere – In February 2012, I started my own research firm Supply Chain Insights, which is paving new directions in building thought-leading supply chain research. Our research is designed for the early adopter seeking first mover advantage. Prior work experience includes 30 years of diverse supply chain experience. This includes 9 years as an industry analyst with Gartner Group, AMR Research, and Altimeter Group, 15 years as a leader in the building of supply chain software at Manugistics and Descartes Systems Group, and several years as a supply chain practitioner at Procter & Gamble, Kraft/General Foods, Clorox, and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (now a division of Nestlé). My first book Bricks Matter was published in December 2012 and now has 15 five-star reviews posted on Amazon.com. I am also the author of the enterprise software blog Supply Chain Shaman. The blog focuses on the use of enterprise applications to drive supply chain excellence. As an enterprise strategist, I focus on the changing face of enterprise technologies.
Education includes B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennslyvania, I have also completed post-graduate work in organizational development from Georgetown University. Certifications include APICS CIRM and CPIM and is a past teacher of effective marketing concepts for software executives in the Pragmatic Marketing program.
I have a true passion for gardening, textiles of all types (quilting, knitting, and weaving), photography and dancing. I also enjoy building my home on a farm in West Virginia.
Darrell Edwards currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for La–Boy Incorporated. In this role, he leads an operations team composed of more than 7,000 employees in the areas of manufacturing, global procurement, distribution, lean engineering sales and operations planning, customer experience, and research and development. Edwards joined la-Z-Boy in 2004 and has held several positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure with the company, including his prior role as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer.
Throughout his career at La-Z-Boy, Edwards has achieved several notable accomplishments. Most recently, he launched the company’s Supply Chain Operational Excellence (SCOE) initiative, realigning every component of supply chain strategy, including forging new ways to work with suppliers to further improve the efficiencies within their own organizations to benefit customers. In addition, he established an Asian-based operation to source, manage, and flow component parts and product to ensure efficient and on-time production at the company’s U.S. manufacturing facilities. Edwards also served on the leadership team that drove the implementation of cellular production across La-Z-Boy’s branded manufacturing facilities. The move to this more modern process significantly decreased costs and increased production speed and quality, which, in turn, improved profitability, as well as the company’s competitive positioning in the marketplace.
Prior to joining La-Z-Boy, Edwards spent 20 years with Fieldcrest Cannon, a division of Pillowtex Corp., a global consumer products company and producer of textile home furnishings. During his time there, he led operations for the Bath Rug Textile Division, overseeing manufacturing, distribution, all supply chain management functions and customer service.
Currently, Edwards serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Supply Chain Institute at the Univesity of Tennessee and the Michigan State University Supply Chain Management Council. Additionally, he was selected as a 2018 Rainmaker Award recipient by DC Velocity Magazine and most recently received the Executive DBA Distinguished Leadership Award from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.
Edwards holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a Master’s in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Allyson Hatfield is the Demand Planning Functional Expert for Mars Petcare, based in Franklin, TN. Leveraging her extensive experience across CPG companies, retailers, and product portfolios, she strives to improve systems and business processes to be more responsive to ever changing market conditions. In addition to her MBA in Decision Analytics from Georgia State University, she is a Certified Supply Chain Professional by the Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS) and a Certified Professional Forecaster by the Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF). As an Architect (INTJ), she generates her most clever ideas on long runs, training for her next marathon.
Jane is an experienced leader with humility, strong business acumen, out-of-the-box thinking, energy, integrity, and realism.
More than 30 years of experience in all facets of product supply including LEAN, digital manufacturing, MRP, planning, transportation, warehousing, OTC and procurement. Her educational background of accounting/CPA and MBA gave Jane a strong foundation in business acumen and understanding of what drives market share, profitability, and share price. With these fundamentals, she has led supply chain in both consumer goods and agriculture driving strategy to support top-line growth, balance line efficiencies, as well as P&L improvements.
Steve Peaslee graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army as a field artillery officer and paratrooper, as well as a Foreign Area Officer with a Japan orientation. After completing his service, he ran an investment advisory practice for nearly twenty years. More recently, Steve performed business development for a transportation infrastructure consulting firm. Today, he is the CEO of an innovative supply chain technology startup called WickedHyper™.
Steve possesses that rare combination of creativity and structure that enables him to not only envision what is possible, but also to make it happen. His strongacademic foundation, which includes a healthy balance of hard sciences and liberal arts, and his keen penchant for problem-solving together result in his ability to see solutions, not just nebulous ideas. As an ‘outsider’ to the supply chain industry, Steve has not been shackled by conventional mindsets or current best practices. This freedom invites a wider range of ‘what if?’ scenarios to the table.
Steve received his B.S. in Chemistry and German, as well as an M.A. in Japan Area Studies from Harvard. He was fortunate to be selected to attend the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA for both Italian and Japanese, and the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama. In addition to having become fluent in German, Italian, and Japanese, Steve has written and published a children’s fantasy novel, and created multiple board games. He is currently completing his late father’s memoirs.
Tali Rosman is the Vice President of 3D Printing at Xerox. In her role, Tali is charge of the overall strategy as well as the daily operations of the 3D business – from R&D to sales and customer management. Prior to Xerox, she worked at NICE, where she was the VP of Operations and Business Strategy for NICE America. Before NICE, Tali held multiple roles at Stratasys, a global leader in 3D printing – across strategy, corporate development and product management.
Matthew Smith has been with Western Digital Corporation (WDC) since 2004, starting with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc. During his 15 years at WDC he has had multiple leadership roles in Global Procurement & Logistics operations.
As Sr. Director of Global Transportation & Trade Operations, he is responsible for all transportation & trade operations activities, working with all organizations and business units in WDC. He created the vision for, and, enabled the digital transformation of WDC’s global transportation & trade organization and capabilities. By establishing a Logistics Center of Excellence (COE), the digital transformation became a reality and continues its journey.
Previously leading Global procurement at WDC for logistics, packaging and service operations, he was responsible for creating and enabling procurement strategies & tools to meet the service and financial targets for the company. He enabled data centered global logistic sourcing & supplier evaluation strategies and methods.
Before joining Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc. he lived and worked in Toronto, Canada and led Global Procurement efforts for IBM Corporation in relation to 3rd party logistics services for multiple business units.
Bharat has 21+ years of experience in Supply Chain management, out of which 17 years in Schneider Electric. Bharat is working as SC Performance VP for NAM region since two years, overseeing all SC excellence, Capacity Management, STRIVE Program, SMART Factory program and Data Analytics.
Before NAM, he led several transformations within Supply Chain working in different position in Factory Operations, Industrialization and Performance domain across standard and Engineered to Order factories. He was VP for Supply chain Performance for IMEA before moving to NAM.
Bharat holds Post Graduation in Information Technology & Operations Management and Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.
1 million Safe Miles, over the road truck driver
1sthand experience in modern day truck driver training
Founder and President of the REAL Women in Trucking organization a 501 (c)(6) and “Truckers Emergency Assistance Responders” – T.E.A.R. a 501 (c)(3)
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Maryland University College and credits from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas College of Business.
Working towards a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Non-Profit Management from the University of Maryland University College
Internationally recognized by drivers and policy makers, Advocate for women entering the industry.
Expert Witness to law firms on truck driver recruiting, training and retention in sexual assault and discrimination cases
Sought out by scholars, universities, the public and private sector who seek a candid authentic truck driver perspective on a variety of issues, consultant on movie and television productions.
Support & Leadership for legislative/public policy efforts for Jason’s Law movement to improve truck parking
Tony Zuazo is Dollar General’s executive vice president of global supply chain.Zuazo is responsible for distribution, transportation, inventory and demand management, supply chain strategy and planning, allocations, as well as perishables growth and development. He oversees DG’s entire supply chain, which includes 18 traditional distribution centers, 10 Fresh distribution centers and DG Fleet, the Company’s private fleet program.Zuazo joined DG in 2010 as the senior director, inventory and planning systems before stepping into the role of vice president, inventory and demand management in 2015. He served as DG’s senior vice president, inventory and transportation from 2018 to 2021.Prior to joining DG, Zuazo worked as director of pricing strategy for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, director of procurement for Longs Drug Store and director of business processes for Safeway Inc.He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies from Belmont University.
Peter A. Bolstorff is the executive vice president of corporate development. Peter oversees the ASCM corporate transformation value proposition that includes supply chain talent development and corporate supply chain performance.
Bolstorff, the respected author of Supply Chain Excellence: A Handbook for Dramatic Improvement Using the SCOR Model, brings over 25 years of experience in supply chain and operations management to the position. Bolstorff joined ASCM as the Executive Director for the then newly merged APICS Supply Chain Council. Prior to joining ASCM, Bolstorff was the founding principal of SCE Limited, a consulting firm focused on providing supply chain program management and SCOR-based education to supply chain executives and their global teams. Bolstorff also held supply chain and operations management leadership roles at Pragmatek Consulting Group, Imation, 3M, and has been a lifelong volunteer within the SCOR community.
He received his master’s degree in industrial education from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, education, and psychology from St. Olaf College. He is a SCOR-certified instructor and is certified in Six Sigma.
Please note: Summit 2021 In-Person attendance is strictly limited to only __ attendees. Proof of vaccination will be required.
Scott W. Luton – As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain–but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer byThinkers360, Supply & Demand Chain Executive and more.
Scott has served on a wide variety of boards and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United StatesAir Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.
Greg White – When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.
Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.
insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer byThinkers360, Supply & Demand Chain Executive and more.
Progression of the visual artist’s capture of the 2021 Global Summit content. This event is designed to help companies think differently and drive new outcomes while imagining Supply Chain 2030.
The next Supply Chain Insights Global Summit will be held September 6th – 8th, 2022, at the Westin Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon, Virginia.
2520 Wasser TerraceHerndon VA 20171