Speakers

The 2018 Supply Chain Conference is unlike conferences you've attended in years past. This year's conference includes multiple opportunities for growth and learning as well as time with many unique leaders who have so much to share. There will be a plethora of truly different industry enriching moments throughout this conference. Don't miss this once and a lifetime opportunity.

Lucelena Angarita

Lucy Angarita is an Industrial Engineer and Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, with over 16 years’ experience in Program Management, IT, and process improvement.  She is currently leading the adoption of GS1 US Foodservice Standards for the SUBWAY® system, which includes product data synchronization, item and location identification, as well as enhanced traceability.  She participates in various Foodservice US GS1 Workgroups to collaborate and promote trading partner alignment.  Previously, Lucy served as Manager of Global Training Projects at Burger King Corporation.

 

Bob Black

Former Group President Kimberly-Clark and Annie's Inc., Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group

Following an extensive global career as a top corporate P&L executive, Mr. Black currently serves on a number of boards as well as a Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group and multiple private equity firms. Past and current board directorships include Argotec LLC, Annie's, Inc., Sammons Enterprises, North American Technologies Group, Modernform PLC and numerous global joint ventures and non-profit boards.
 
Mr. Black advises Boston Consulting Group and their global clients on digital commerce, strategy, globalization, innovation and accelerating growth, as well as, leadership development, capability building, organization and business transformation.  He co-led BCG's ground breaking collaboration with Google, IRI and BCG Digital Ventures on the future of Digital Commerce and Omni-Channel retailing for the Grocery Manufacturers Association and its members – and speaks extensively on digital commerce including recently on NPR's "On-Point."   
 
He formerly served as Group President, reporting to the Board Chairman, for Kimberly-Clark Corporation's $8 billion international consumer and professional businesses, with over 30,000 employees across 130 countries.  Brands include Huggies, Scott, Kleenex, Cottonelle, Poise, Kotex, Depend, KC Professional and KC Healthcare.
 
Mr. Black initially joined K-C as its first Chief Strategy Officer working closely with the Board of Directors to revise the company's overall strategy. Featured in Harvard Business Review’s article “The Chief Strategy Officer” (Oct 2007), he also was responsible for M&A, outsourcing, the Enterprise Growth Incubator and served as Chief Innovation Officer.
 
His earlier career includes Chief Operating Officer of Sammons Enterprises (a conglomerate of financial consumer and service based businesses), President International at Steelcase, Inc., McKinsey & Company, Baxter Healthcare and Hard Manufacturing.
 
Mr. Black earned his BS in Management at University of Buffalo and MBA at Harvard Business School.  He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

Joe Bobko

Vice President of Transportation, Boxed

Joseph Bobko is the VP of Transportation at Boxed, where he leads the company's inbound and outbound transportation activities, responsible for continuous service improvement and cost reduction.  Joe’s career in Transportation and Logistics began at UPS, where he served in various roles in Operations, Finance and Accounting, and Customer Systems.  Recruited away from UPS, he joined CD&L, a national courier company, where he grew revenues, and drastically reduced operating expenses in the northeastern US.  In 2000, he moved from the carrier’s side of the table to the shipper’s side, and filled key roles with WW Grainger (Northeast Transportation Manager), AmerisourceBergen (Corporate Director of Transportation), and ToysRUs (Director of Ecommerce Transportation).  Joe has a BS in Public Accounting, has two children, and resides in Metuchen, New Jersey.

Roberto Carli

Co-Founder & Head of Analytics, Alloy.ai

Bryan Cohn

Vice President of Operations, Seal the Seasons

Reid Durst

President & Chief Operating Officer, FHI

Pam Erb

Vice President, Supply Chain, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Pam Erb is Vice President of Supply Chain for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. headquartered in Rochester, New York.  Pam graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications and Journalism.  Pam obtained her MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon School of Business.

Pam began her career at Wegmans in 1987, working Store Operations and then transitioning to Human Resources and spent six years in a variety of HR roles.  In 1998 Pam began her time in Distribution with a role in DC Operations and has since had experiences in Network Planning, Transportation and now Supply Chain.  

Richard Ginther

Senior Category Manager, Kum & Go

Ginger Hardage

Former Senior Vice President of Culture, Southwest Airlines

Ginger Hardage recently retired as Senior Vice President of Culture and Communications at Southwest Airlines after an illustrious 25 years, where she served as a member of the CEO's executive leadership team. At Southwest, Ginger led a team of 150 people responsible for building and sustaining the organization's legendary culture and communications enterprise. In addition to leading Southwest's "Best Place to Work" initiatives, Hardage led the airline's culture and communications evolution, expanding the communication functions to include more robust internal communications capabilities and a more focused corporate philanthropy program. She also led the airline's Culture Committee, employee recognition and engagement, and all companywide celebrations. In 2017, Ginger launched Unstoppable Cultures, a brand designed to help organizations create and sustain cultures of enduring greatness.

Joseph Hunt

Managing Partner, Hunt Executive Search Inc.

Joe Hunt is the Managing Partner of Hunt Executive Search. For more than 20 years, Joe and his team have advised many of the best in class Global Consumer Goods companies in Succession Planning & Development and conducted hundreds of Supply Chain functional Executive Searches ranging from Chief Supply Officers to key VP and Director level positions in supply chain logistics, manufacturing and procurement.

Joe is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association's Advisory Council and is an Advisor to many of the Consumer Packaged Goods manufacturing and retail companies C-Suite and Board of Directors on leadership and human capital strategy.

Ula Iriarte

Senior Customer Supply Chain Leader, The Procter & Gamble Company

Ursula (Ula) Iriarte is a Senior Customer Supply Chain Manager at Procter & Gamble. With 25 years at P&G, Ula has held positions in several key areas of the Supply Chain ranging from Inventory Management, Warehousing and Distribution, Procurement and Import/ Exports, Distributor Management across the Caribbean and Latin America, Category Planning, Market Logistics and Capability Management among many others. For the last 10 years, Ula has been focusing on collaborating and synchronizing the customer/retailer and P&G Supply Chains to enable synergies, eliminate cost/waste and flow product to shelf fast, efficiently and focusing on enabling on shelf availability.

Ula Iriarte is a Global P&G Master in Customer Logistics and has Certifications in Logistics from Ohio State, Lean Six Sigma from Purdue and Project Management from Boston University.

Katy Jones

Chief Marketing Officer, FoodLogiQ

Elfrun von Koeller

Principal and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Elfrun von Koeller is a Principal in the New York office of BCG. She joined BCG in 2007 in Hamburg,
Germany and transferred to New York in 2011. She is a core member of BCG's Consumer, Operations and
Corporate Development practices and an expert on Supply Chain strategy for CPG companies.

Recent relevant assignments include:
2013 and 2015 DSD / Supply Chain benchmarking in cooperation with the GMA, which resulted in the publication of three reports
New US go-to-market strategy for a global food & beverage company (DSD and warehouse-delivered)
North America innovation roadmap for global food & beverage company
2013 DSD / Supply Chain benchmarking in cooperation with the GMA
47 participating companies, interviews with 65+ Supply Chain leaders
Report "2012 GMA Supply Chain Benchmarking – Breaking the Tradeoffs Among Cost, Inventory and Service"
Presenter 2013 TPA Supply Chain Conference on recent industry trends and best practices
Redesign of headquarter Supply Chain function for global confectionary company
Global hair care growth strategy for North American consumer company ($1B+ global opportunity)
New Europe strategy including marketing approach for global confectionary company

Elfrun has an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MSc in Economics from WHU in Germany. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

Sajal Kohli

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Sajal Kohli is a Senior Partner in the Chicago Office of McKinsey and Company, Inc. Sajal leads the Retail practice in the Americas guiding digital, omnichannel and operational transformation for retailers globally. He serves clients across hypermarket, grocery, restaurant, department store, specialty apparel, beauty, luxury, home fashions, and specialty hardlines formats.

Diana Medina

Director, e-Commerce Product Development and Marketing, Inmar

Diana Medina is Director of eCommerce Product Development at Inmar, where she leads the development of solutions to help retailers compete in the digital retail environment. Previously, Diana was Director of eCommerce Merchandising at Lowes Foods. She held various positions with the regional grocer, solidifying experience in eCommerce, digital marketing, CRM and media. During her time at Lowes, she was a key player in the rebranding that generated double-digit store growth, and she helped implement innovative eCommerce strategies that generated over 35 percent channel growth. Diana holds an MBA from Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Communication. 

Lisa Melson

Director, Customer Supply Chain Integration, PepsiCo

Bill Morrisroe

EVP Sales & Marketing, Cold Carriers

Melanie Nuce

Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, GS1 US

Brian Olney

Senior Director Logistics, Wegman's Food Markets Inc

Hector Orozco

President and CEO, Syncontext

Steve Pinder

Managing Director, Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy

Partner, Kurt Salmon

Steve Pinder is a Managing Director in the Retail and Consumer Group with Kurt Salmon, a part of Accenture Strategy.  Steve has 15 years of experience leading major transformational programs for North American and Global clients across multiple retail sectors.  Steve leads Kurt Salmon's Grocery and General Merchandise practice, and in the market he is frequently cited on critical topics and emerging trends in strategic growth, consumer strategies, digital transformation, and E2E supply chain transformation.

Ryan Richard

Senior Director Retail Grocery Industry Engagement, GS1 US

Gary Ritzmann

Project Manager, Rochester Drug Cooperative

Rob Small

Senior Director, Supply Chain Analytics, Inmar, Inc.

Doug Stryker

Reverse Logistics Manager, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Keith Swiednicki

President & CEO, Keith Swiednicki International Inc.

Keith Swiednicki is the President & CEO of KSi - (Keith Swiednicki International Inc.) With over 30 years of professional experience, Keith has successfully managed, completed and delivered over 500 supply chain projects. His highly specialized and extensive experience in grocery operations have contributed to his reputation today as a respected and trusted logistics and supply chain consultant well known to the industry. A frequent industry speaker he has authored and published articles and white papers on a broad range of topics on Supply Chain and Logistics.

Sebastian Valencia

Partner, Clarkston Consulting

Gerarda Van Kirk

Global Lead, Accenture Products Talent & Organization

Gerarda Van Kirk leads Accenture’s talent and organizational team for consumer goods and services in North America. Van Kirk joined Accenture in 1990 and has focused primarily on complex global business transformation efforts with a number of Accenture’s largest clients in the resources, products and electronics industries. She has significant experience in managing complex change programs for large global companies, IT transformations and post-merger integrations. She holds a bachelor of arts and education degree in foreign languages from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a master’s degree in marketing and organizational behavior from the University of Houston in Texas.

David Vartanian

Senior Director of Category Management, Small Format, Anheuser-Busch

Steve Walsh

SVP Operations and Logistics, Jewelry Television