Speakers

Bill Aull

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Bill Aull is a Partner in McKinsey’s Charlotte office and is a leader within the Americas Retail Practice and Consumer Practice. He has been with the Firm since 2009, and his client work has spanned across both retail and CPG sectors with a focus on transformation topics – commercial strategy, organization restructuring, merchandising (pricing, promotion, assortment, vendor negotiations) and operations topics.  He has worked across numerous retail channels/formats and consumer categories

 

Rob Bartels

Former President and CEO, Martins Supermarkets

Rob is the former co-owner, President & CEO of Martin’s Super Markets, is a South Bend, Indiana native and a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business).  Rob has devoted his professional life to retailing: from bagging groceries, across multiple operational and management roles, in executive positions, and as President & CEO. He focused on team development and company culture stewardship. He was the third generation of family leadership for Martin’s.  His career introduced him to a dynamic industry – filled with competence and competition. His work with FMI, especially GR/PA, brought him alongside the “best in the business” and introduced him to lifelong friends and the joy of collaboration on behalf of customers, employees, & the industry. 

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lake City Bank, serving on the Audit and Governance Committees, the Beacon Medical Group Doctor’s Board, and on the South Bend Education Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Rob has served Sunnyside Presbyterian Church as an Elder and officer as well as working within the youth program for some fifteen years.  He helped provide leadership during the past two capital and renovation campaigns, and recently co-chaired the Pastor Nominating Committee.

 

Mark Baum

Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, FMI

Mark Baum currently serves as Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Chief Collaboration Officer for FMI. In this role, Baum engages retailer, manufacturer, supplier, and service provider CEOs to further trading partner collaboration, leading to operational improvements and growth opportunities across all segments of the food retail supply chain. Prior to joining FMI, Baum was a Managing Partner of MARCAT Group, LLC a consulting/advisory firm specializing in business, market, channel, and customer development. Baum is known for his intricate knowledge of every aspect of the food, beverage and related businesses, and is recognized among the foremost experts in the design, management, and execution of strategy, sales, marketing, and merchandising activities throughout the industry.

Tom Bene

President and CEO, National Restaurant Association

Tom Bené is President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Prior to assuming this role in June 2020, Tom served as Chairman, President & CEO of Sysco Corp., where he had previously served as COO, President of Foodservice Operations, and Chief Commercial Officer.  
  
Prior to Sysco, Tom served as President of Pepsi-Cola Foodservice and held a variety of senior leadership roles over his 23-year career with the company, including President of PepsiCo North America and SVP of Sales & Franchise Development.  
 
Tom currently serves as a member of the University of Kansas’ Business School Advisory Board. He is Past Chair of the American Beverage Association and has served on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.  

 

Thom Blischok

Chairman and CEO at The Dialogic Group, LLC

Thom Blischok is Chairman and CEO of The Dialogic Group. LLC, a growth and results-driven professional services firm serving both the Retail and CPG industries. His record of achievements include advising major retailers on growth and market re-positioning strategies in the Drug, Apparel, Convenience Store, Grocery, Dollar, e-Commerce, Mass, Specialty, and Club retail sectors with special emphasis on improving merchandising, marketing, supply chain, and technology capabilities.

Craig Boyan

President, H-E-B

Craig joined H-E-B in 2005 as Chief Strategic Officer and was an advisor to H-E-B for two years before joining the company.

Prior to H-E-B, Craig worked at the Monitor Company, a global consultancy based in Cambridge, MA.  Craig founded and ran Monitor’s New York office.

Craig is a member of the Board of FMI and a member of the FMI Executive Committee.  He also served as the Chairman of the 2016 FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. Craig serves as the Chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; he is also on the Board of Trustees for Texas Biomedical Research Institute; and serves on the Early Matters S.A. Steering committee, as well as the UTSA Campaign Leadership Council. Craig is also Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement of South Texas, and a member of the Mayor’s Education and Development Workforce Leadership Team. He is a past member of the United Way Executive Committee and, served as the General Campaign Chair for the 2015 United Way Campaign. 

William H. Flynn

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, TPOP

William Flynn is the president of GARDA Risk Management LLC specializing is homeland and national security policy and operations with a focus on critical infrastructure security and resilience. Mr. Flynn is also a partner at the digital firm The Power of Preparedness (TPOP) a next generation e-learning provider of preparedness and security training. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.  

Mr. Flynn previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection, where he led the coordinated national effort to reduce risk to our nation’s critical infrastructure posed by acts of terrorism. Following the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, he was the DHS lead to the White House task force on reducing gun violence. He was nominated by the Secretary of Homeland Security and selected to chair a North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) committee responsible for coordinating and monitoring national and NATO arrangements for civil emergencies, crisis management and critical infrastructure protection.    

Mr. Flynn joined the federal government after 24 years with the NYC Police Department. On September 11, 2001, he responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center where he oversaw the collection and custody of recovered evidence and property, the biometric identification of recovered victims and the deployment of emergency response equipment.  

 

Mr. Flynn is also a retired Captain with over 35 years of active and reserve service in the United States Navy, with deployments to the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and the Philippines.   

Dan Glei

Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing, K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.

Dan Glei joined the Food City team in 2014, serving as Vice President of Center Store.  Prior to that time, Glei served in a number of capacities for Ahold USA/Giant Food Stores, including Senior Vice President Merchandising, Senior Vice President Brand & Format Development and Senior Vice President E-commerce.   
 
In 2015, Glei was promoted to his current position of Executive Vice President of Merchandising/Marketing, where he oversees merchandising, marketing and procurement operations for the company’s 132-store supermarket chain, including the management of field supervision, merchandising support and leading the collaboration with consumer product goods partners.   

 

Kevin Holt

CEO, Ahold Delhaize USA

Kevin Holt is Chief Executive Officer of Ahold Delhaize USA and a member of the management board of Ahold Delhaize. A 30-year veteran of the grocery retail industry, Holt led the integration of Ahold and Delhaize’s U.S. companies following the merger of Ahold and Delhaize and successfully implemented Ahold Delhaize USA’s customer-centric model.  
 
Prior to his current role, Holt served as Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA, where he played a key role in the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, which has been recognized as one of the industry’s most successful M&A transactions to date.  
 
Prior to that, Holt was Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize America, parent company of Food Lion and Hannaford  
 
Earlier, Holt served in executive leadership positions for SuperValu and Meijer, leading these companies through successful M&A activity and delivering technology and innovation to enhance consumer experience. Before entering grocery, Holt spent nearly a decade in the technology sector with NCR delivering solutions to large, complex organizations. 
 
He serves on the FMI Board of Directors and chairs the FMI Foundation. 

 

Sajal Kohli

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Sajal leads McKinsey & Company’s Retail Practice in the Americas that extends from Canada to Chile. He also serves clients across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

In his 22+ years of management consulting, Sajal has counseled Fortune 100 global retail and packaged goods clients as they set growth strategies and face the challenges of the changing global landscape. He serves clients across hypermarket, grocery, restaurant, department store, specialty apparel, beauty, luxury, home fashions, and specialty hardlines formats. He has led comprehensive commercial transformations for top retailers and packaged goods companies encompassing digital transformation rooted in the consumer decision journey, omnichannel marketing effectiveness, personalization, global sourcing and category strategy, technology-enabled pricing, promotions and assortment architecture, and merchandising capability building. Sajal also works with his clients on operational transformations to improve the performance of their omnichannel store operations and their global supply chains 

Before joining McKinsey, Sajal was an executive in Asia and Europe, including at Mexx International, a European maker of branded apparel based in the Netherlands, and at Hindustan Lever, a subsidiary of Unilever in India. A prolifically published executive and thought leader, Sajal recently contributed to the McKinsey Global Institute report, “Growth and Renewal in the United States” and is leading McKinsey’s “Reformation of Retail” proprietary perspectives. He was a co-author of McKinsey’s seminal work on “How Half the World Shops”, that examined the similarities and differences across consumer demographics and behaviors across the BRIC countries. 

Ugur Koyluoglu

Partner and Vice Chairman, Financial Services (USA), Oliver Wyman

Ugur Koyluoglu is a Partner with Oliver Wyman, based in New York. He is currently Vice Chairman for Financial Services Americas, leading content development. Prior to this role, Ugur led Americas Finance & Risk, Public Policy, and Corporate & Institutional Banking practices, and continues to steer the firm’s high-impact, corporate finance and risk management projects for financial institutions across the globe. Ugur has a PhD in Engineering from Princeton University, taught applied mathematics and engineering at Princeton and Turkey’s Koc University before coming to Oliver Wyman.

Tim Massa

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, The Kroger Co.

As the senior vice president and chief people officer of  The Kroger Co., Tim leads all areas of HR and Labor Relations  
 
Tim joined Kroger in 2010 as vice president of Talent Development. He was promoted to group vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations in 2014 and was appointed as Chief People Officer in 2015. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2018. Prior to joining the company, he served in several HR leadership positions over 21 years at Procter & Gamble. Tim has an extensive global HR generalist background in leadership development, performance management, strategy development and employee communications and engagement. 

 

Tim Mulhere

Executive Vice President and President Global Institutional Business, Ecolab

Timothy Mulhere is executive vice president and president, Global Institutional for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. Previously, Mulhere was executive vice president and president, Regions.  In this role, he worked to ensure effective local execution of global strategies, high performance of local and regional operations, and continued alignment of the company’s global integration efforts.   
 
 
Mulhere also served as executive vice president and president of Global Water and Process Services, executive vice president and president, Global Healthcare and as senior vice president and general manager of Food & Beverage, North America.  
 
 
Prior to Ecolab, Mulhere was vice president and global business manager of Refined Products for Witco Corporation. He served on the board of directors of the National Petroleum Refiners Association and Witco BV. 
 

David Portalatin

Vice President, Food Industry Advisor, The NPD Group

David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national advisor on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in- and away-from-home.  In his role as vice president, industry advisor, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, and personal characteristics. He works closely with food manufacturers and retailers; foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators; and media outlets in providing strategic business insights into current and future eating patterns in America.

Steve Presley

Chairman and CEO, Nestle USA, Inc.

Steve Presley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé USA. 
Steve began his career with Nestlé more than 23 years ago as a controller for the beverage factory in Suffolk, Virginia. He held various roles within the Beverage Division, including Vice President of Finance and Vice President/General Manager of Premium Ready-to-Drink Beverages. During that role, Steve was responsible for achieving a 100% increase in retail sales of the ready-to-drink beverage business, starting with Nestlé Nesquik and Nestlé Coffee-mate Liquid.  
 
 
In 2009, Steve was named President of Nestlé Business Services and in 2013, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Nestlé USA. In 2016, Steve’s role was expanded to include leading Nestlé USA’s strategic transformation where he was responsible for developing, implementing and leading innovative strategies to ensure the long-term growth of the company. This work included simultaneously orchestrating the sale of NUSA’s Confections business, moving its headquarters across the country, and leading acquisitions and investments in companies like Freshly, Sweet Earth and Chameleon Cold-Brew.

Vivek Sankaran

President & CEO, Albertsons

Vivek was named Presient & CEO of Albertsons Companies, Inc. in April 2019. Vivek most recently served as CEO of PepsiCo Foods North America. Prior to that, he served as the company's president  and chief operating officer, a position he was named to in 2016.  Over the last 3 years, he has led Frito Lay to industry-leading growth by remaining focused on innovation, technology and execution. Over his ten-year career at PepsiCo, in addition to leading Frito-Lay, Vivek also served as the chief commercial officer for PepsiCo North America, Chief Customer Officer of Frito Lay, and as the Senior Vice President of Strategy for PepsiCo. 
 
Before joining PepsiCo in 2009, Vivek was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he served various Fortune 100 companies bringing a strong focus on strategy and operations. He co-led the firm’s North American purchasing and supply management practice and was on the leadership team of the North American retail practice. 

Leslie G. Sarasin

President and CEO, FMI

Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of  FMI, the food industry association, which represents more than 1,500 member companies in the United States and around the world. Under Sarasin's leadership, FMI has become a forward focused and member centered organization committed to help supermarkets excel in their role of feeding families and enriching lives. Her synergistic style and determined spirit of collaboration has infused FMI with a renewed commitment to help its members address the critical industry issues of the day - food safety and the emerging importance of health and wellness. Prior to coming to FMI, Sarasin was president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.

Hunter Williams

Partner – Retail and Consumer Goods, Oliver Wyman

Hunter is a partner in Oliver Wyman’s Retail and Consumer Goods and Pricing, Sales and Marketing practices. 
 
Before returning home to the United States, Hunter was previously based in China for nine years and speaks Mandarin fluently.  He now serves clients globally out of Oliver Wyman’s Chicago office. His experience covers a range of consumer-facing business models around the world. 

Marc Wulfraat

President and Founder, MWPVL International Inc.

Marc Wulfraat is the president and founder of MWPVL International, a global supply chain and logistics consulting firm specialized in helping with companies with supply chain strategy, facility design, and supply chain technology. 

Marc has worked with hundreds of companies in North America and the rest of the world to optimize their distribution networks, warehouse operations and overall supply chains.  He has 34 years of experience in the strategies and tactics of the most effective logistics and distribution companies.  Marc has spent most of his career working in the grocery industry and he has helped many large Grocery companies design, optimize and automate their distribution facilities.  His firm is currently involved in projects that involve in excess of $1.1 Billion of capital expenditures into infrastructure.  Lastly, Marc is currently working on three separate micro-fulfillment projects for leading grocery retailers. 

Marc has been a speaker at over 125 supply chain-industry events and has been published in over 130 magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and the Economist.