Keynote Speakers

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Additional Speakers

Chris Adderton

Vice President, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Mr. Adderton brings more than 25 years of experience in consumer packaged goods with accomplishments in organizational development, change management, technology implementation, sales and operations planning and trade promotions management. Mr. Adderton led a successful sales and marketing agency, held sales and operational leadership positions in at ConAgra Foods and the led the US Client Service organization for the Nielsen Co. Recently, Mr. Adderton has been involved in senior executive and development roles with a number of fast growing companies.

Lucelena Angarita

Director, Supply Chain Traceability, IPC/Subway

Lucelena Angarita is the Director of Supply Chain Traceability for IPC, SUBWAY’s Purchasing Cooperative. She has over 18 years’ experience in Program Management, IT, and process improvement.  For more than 5 years, she has been leading the adoption of GS1 US Foodservice Standards for the SUBWAY® system.


Todd Bargman

Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Todd Bargman is a Principal with PwC and leads the US Consumer Markets Operations team. Todd specializes in supply chain, strategic sourcing and retail operations across the consumer products, restaurant, food and beverage sectors.

Tejas Bhatt

Senior Director, Food Safety Innovations, Food Safety & Health, Walmart

As Senior Director of Food Safety Innovations, Tejas Bhatt is responsible for the Blockchain initiative as well as other advancements in food safety for the world's largest food retailer, Wal-Mart. He is also responsible for food safety innovations across Wal-Mart’s stores, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Clubs and their food supply webs.  Accelerating the development, adoption and implementation of enhanced food safety innovations such as blockchain with Associates, food suppliers, industry partners, technology service providers and regulatory agencies also come under his purview.

Bob Black

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

Mr. Black currently serves on a number of boards as well as a Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group and multiple private equity firms. 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. 

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.

Louise Briguglio

Vice President of Product, Alloy

Laurie Brown

Senior Finance Director, Global Integrated Business Planning, General Mills, Inc.

Laurie Brown is a Senior Finance Director at General Mills with responsibility for Global Integrated Business Planning governance and advancement. Her experience encompasses roles in Business Operations, M&A, Financial Planning & Analysis and Controls and includes extensive cross-functional business partnership within Consumer Services, Trade Marketing, Sales and Supply Chain.

Candi Castleberry-Singleton

Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity, Twitter

A visionary, change-agent, Candi Castleberry Singleton is the Vice President of Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity (ICD) at Twitter, where she leads the new #GrowTogether strategy focused on ICD internally and on the platform. She is also the founder of the award-winning Dignity & Respect Campaign, which has helped organizations create environments of dignity and respect.

Bryan Cohn

Vice President of Operations, Seal the Seasons

Bryan Cohn, Vice President of Operations, joined Seal the Seasons with more than ten years of experience in large scale food-services and operations management. Since joining Seal the Seasons Bryan has been instrumental in the development of critical infrastructure such as farmer supply chain, food safety & traceability standards.

Linda Coleman

NA Head of Category Management, Mondelēz International

Ann-Marie Daugherty

Vice President, Logistics, Giant Eagle, Inc.

Ann-Marie Daugherty joined Giant Eagle, Inc., based in Pittsburgh, PA., in 2011. After holding several leadership roles in Distribution and Logistics with Target, The Home Depot, and now Giant Eagle, she is currently the Sr. Director of Transportation. Daugherty led a company-wide reclamation project with a financial accounting component to promote consistent operating procedures, improve shrink, and create supply chain transparency.

Oscar De La Rosa

Senior Transportation Manager, Driscoll’s

He has been working in the food industry for more than 13 years and has experience in transporting ingredients and fresh food through air, ocean, rail and land. He currently holds the position of Transportation Manager for Driscoll's in Mexico and is responsible for all transportation in and out of Mexico and all customs and border crossing operations.

Reid Durst

President & Chief Operating Officer, FHI

Reid Durst is an operations executive with more than 27 years of experience and a unique background that combines several disciplines, including technology and operations management. Prior to joining FHI, Reid held executive and managerial level positions with Koch Industries, Disney and Williams Sonoma. 

Dan Eckert

Category Management Leader, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Pam Erb

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

Pam Erb is Vice President of Supply Chain for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. 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.

Will Esclusa

IBM Watson Customer Engagement, Executive Strategist, IBM

Will Esclusa is the Client Strategy Executive, Watson Customer Engagement from IBM. Will offers a 15-year history of success spearheading strategic planning in both marketing and enterprise roles in retail. By applying strong business acumen, out-of-the-box ideation for complex situations, and strong leadership talents, Will is very comfortable creating the ‘art of the possible’.

Randy Evins

Senior Principal, SAP Industry Advisor: Food, Drug and Convenience

As Senior Principal, Randy Evins leads business development and thought leadership activities for SAP America’s Food and Drug Retail vertical. Randy has more the 30 years of experience in the retail food and drug specializing in business process improvement in all areas of the store and specializes in fresh products business process.

Rob Ferguson

Senior Vice President Supply Chain, The J.M. Smucker Company

Rob Ferguson was named Senior Vice President, Supply Chain in 2016. In this role, Rob is responsible for procurement, contract manufacturing, fruit operations, customer logistics, planning, and transportation and warehousing teams

Richard Ginther

Senior Category Manager, Kum & Go

For more than 37 years, Richard has specialized in retail management with 13 of those years being convenience store experience. At Kum & Go, Richard oversees several categories including beer, wine, spirits, general merchandise, health & beauty, ice, and grocery. He also determines the strategy for the all those categories by collaborating with several vender partners to ensure Kum & Go customers have with the ideal experience.

Grant Goodale

Co-founder and CTO, Convoy

Luke Gowdy

General Manager. C.H. Robinson

Since 2014, Luke Gowdy has been the General Manager of the West Region for C.H. Robinson’s produce division. In his current role, Luke oversees the operations of an office network that touches every major growing region in the United States and encompasses multiple modes of transportation, including international transportation and customs brokerage. 

Norm Haberl

Vice President, Operations, Peapod, Inc. (Ahold USA)

Nearly 28 years of supermarket distribution across multiple Ahold USA banners, including dry and perishables general merchandise, health and beauty care, pharmacy, transportation, supply chain systems, and now food retail e-Commerce. Currently responsible for operations at Peapod, Ahold USA's e-Commerce company, including customer order fulfillment.

Kyle Hachey

Senior Solutions Consultant, TIBCO Spotfire

Kyle Hachey is a Senior Solutions Consultant with TIBCO Software for the last 5 years.  He has worked in the Data Analytics space for almost 20 years helping companies turn data into meaningful insights and actions with a variety of tools and solutions. His current focus area is on Manufacturing, Transportation/Logistics and CPG industries.

Michael Hane

Senior Director, Chainalytics LLC

Michael Hane is a Senior Director at Chainalytics LLC. Mike has over 20 years of supply chain consulting experience across many industries including; Food & Beverage, CPG, Retail, Utilities, Chemicals, and Waste Management. Mike is responsible for business development, marketing, and alliances.

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. 

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 Hurley

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Giant Eagle, Inc.

Joe Hurley serves as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain at Giant Eagle, Inc., one of the nation’s largest multi-format food, fuel, convenience and pharmacy retailers with 32,000 Team Members and approximately $9.5B in annual sales. In his current role, Joe is responsible for leading and managing the Supply Chain. 

Ula Iriarte

Senior Customer Supply Chain Manager, The Procter & Gamble Company

Ursula (Ula) Iriarte is a Senior Customer Supply Chain Manager at Procter & Gamble. 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.

Katy Jones

Chief Marketing Officer, FoodLogiQ

As Chief Marketing Officer at FoodLogiQ, Katy Jones has a strong focus on generating revenue through successful marketing across the entire company, leading a metrics-driven marketing strategy covering SEO, digital, content, lead generation, product marketing, advertising and public relations.

Kris Kersey

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

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. 

Ted Lechner

Senior Reverse Logistics Leader, H-E-B

Ashley MacLearn

Director of Replenishment, Ahold-Delhaize USA

Ashley MacLearn is currently the Director of Replenishment for Retail Business Services LLC. She is responsible for inbound warehouse replenishment, supporting the Ahold Delhaize USA, Inc. Brands (Food Lion, Giant Foods, Giant Martin's, Hannaford, and Stop & Shop.) 

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.

Lisa Melson

Director, Customer Supply Chain Integration, PepsiCo

Lisa Melson has been in her current role of Director, Customer Supply Chain Integration for PepsiCo Chicago for 10 years. Lisa leads the Customer Supply Chain Integration effort for multiple PepsiCo customers. She and her team are responsible for successful execution of order processing and delivery, CPFR Replenishment analysis, Customer Supply Chain Integration, as well as process improvement and productivity initiatives, for all PepsiCo Warehouse Delivered brands and products.

Sean Monahan

Partner, A.T. Kearney

A Partner in A.T. Kearney’s Operations practice, Sean has over 30 years of industry and management consulting experience conducting and managing assignments across the full spectrum of Supply Chain processes (Plan, Source, Make, and Deliver) from the tactical to the strategic.

Bill Morrisroe

EVP Sales & Marketing, Cold Carriers

William Morrisroe is the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Cold Carriers, a Refrigerated Truckload provider based in Lakeland, FL. Morrisroe's responsibilities include leading the Enterprise Customer Initiative, to develop additional capacity across all Cold Carriers acqiusitions, for our core customers.

Henry Myint

North American Technical Leader, Watson Customer Engagement, IBM

As a Watson Customer Engagement Technical Leader, Henry works with teams across the WCE portfolio to develop and support IBM’s vision of an end-to-end cognitive customer engagement landscape, and helps to deliver that strategy and journey to IBM’s customers.

Holly Nowicki

Manager, Customer Supply Chain Initiatives, The J.M. Smucker Company

Melanie Nuce

Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, GS1 US

As Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Melanie Nuce leads a team that investigates new technologies, partnerships and business opportunities to increase the relevance and reach of GS1 Standards. Drawing on her extensive background in retail technology, Ms. Nuce oversees the exploration of collaboration opportunities to help businesses leverage emerging technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and machine learning. 

Hector Orozco

President and CEO, Syncontext

Philip Palin

Expert in Supply Chain Resilience and Catastrophe Preparedness

Vishal Patell

Vice President, Retail Solutions, CHEP

Vishal Patell joined CHEP in 2004 and currently leads the retail supply chain solutions team at CHEP USA, which is focused on creating value for our retail customers. He and his team are focused on collaborating with retailers, CPG companies and other industry partners to deliver value added and innovative supply chain solutions and services aimed at reducing end-to-end supply chain costs.

Steve Pinder

Managing Director, Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy

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, Industry Development Retail Grocery, GS1 US

Ryan Richard is currently the Senior Director, Industry Development, Retail Grocery at GS1 US. He is responsible for driving the adoption and voluntary usage of GS1 Standards and GS1 US offerings within the retail grocery channel, managing all business development initiatives and customer relationships.

Saif Sabti

Director of Sales and Operations, SSI Schaefer

With close to twenty years of international experience in automation and manufacturing, Saif has fast-tracked his career by enabling solutions for clients with complex applications. With a knack for helping Fortune 500 companies realize the benefits of cutting-edge logistics concepts, Saif has been called on to help spread industry best-practices while enabling lean principle technologies.

Sebastian Saunders

Project Manager, KSi, Inc.

Rob Small

Senior Director, Supply Chain Performance Analytics, Inmar

Rob Small, Senior Director of Supply Chain Performance Analytics, has 28 years of supply chain and logistics experience. Rob’s teams focus on supply chain analysis/optimization, unsaleables policy development, and supply chain waste reduction solutions for a large portfolio of retail and manufacturer clients around the world.

Alex Sosnov

COO, Tiesta Tea

Alex Sosnov is the Chief Operating Officer of Tiesta Tea, a loose leaf tea company based in Chicago with the mission of making loose leaf tea accessible, understandable, and affordable. As a part of the founding team of Tiesta Tea, Sosnov has been instrumental in the company’s growth. Beginning with the company’s first packing and distribution center out of his college apartment, to scaling Tiesta Tea’s distribution to its current 24,000 square foot warehouse in the Chicago suburbs today, Sosnov has seen it all and had to fix it all. 

Dan Spatz

Principal, Oliver Wight Americas

Dan Spatz is an Oliver Wight principal with diverse experience in demand, supply, and service functions in both commercial and non-commercial organizations. In Logistics and Supply Planning, Dan’s teams developed and managed an inbound pipeline spanning 227 suppliers and resulting in the delivery of 112,000 tons of 270 finished goods items to customers. In Marketing, his teams grew the Sugar Confectionery business 4.5 times in four years, moving from #7 to #3 in market share. 

Greg Spira

NA Head of Forecasting, Mondelēz International

Doug Stryker

Supply Chain Reverse Logistics Manager, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Doug Stryker is currently the Supply Chain Manager for Reverse Logistics for Wegmans Food Markets. He also oversees several 3rd party partner relationships and assists with store openings and growth.

Keith Swiednicki

President & CEO, Keith Swiednicki International Inc.

Keith Swiednicki is the President & CEO of KSi - (Keith Swiednicki International Inc.) As a trusted global supply chain consultant well known to the grocery industry for over 35 years, Keith has successfully provided innovative and actionable supply chain optimization solutions on over 500 multi-dimensional projects.

Paul Thompson

Domestic Logistics Director, Inbound Logistics, Meijer, Inc.

Paul Thompson Directs multi channel corporate logistics services across all businesses in a cost-effective and service-sensitive manner. Executes cost control strategies across the corporation, including retail margins and operational P&L’s. Develops transportation strategies that includes multimode solutions for the organization and with partners. Leads team responsible for sourcing and negotiating domestic service providers across all modes: Small parcel, LTL, Truckload, intermodal and unloading services.

Sebastian Valencia

Partner, Clarkston Consulting

Sebastian Valencia is a partner with Clarkston Consulting. He is responsible for advising senior executives from international organizations through strategic, supply chain, and systems transformations. His focus areas include demand and supply integration, innovation, operational excellence, organizational effectiveness, and technology enablement. Sebastian has worked with clients in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. 

Gerarda Van Kirk

Managing Director, Management Consulting Talent and Organization, Accenture

Gerarda Van Kirk is the global lead for Accenture’s Talent & Organization (T&O) team for the Products Industry. In this role, Gerarda leads all our work with Products clients as it relates to new Workforce Models and Ways of Working, enabling Employee Experiences through new HR and driving successful Transformational Change Programs. 

Gerarda is a recognized expert on future workforce models and new ways of working to enable business agendas. She is a frequent speaker at Industry conferences as well as author of new emerging points of view in pivoting to future workforce models: "Build, Buy, Borrow and Bot". 

Gerarda has worked with Accenture in the Talent and Change Adoption space for over 29 years. Day to day, she works with large global organizations on designing the right transformation roadmap to design future workforces, pivot teams to new ways of working and drive business adoption of modern workforce models. 

Josh Vliem

Director of Merchandise Services, Product Flow and Financial Planning, Meijer, Inc.

Elfrun von Koeller

Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Elfrun von Koeller is a Partner in the New York office of BCG. She has broad experience on topics such as growth strategy, net revenue management, innovation, transformation, complexity reduction, consumer research, and go-to-market strategy including direct store delivery (DSD). 

Janet Wall

Senior Offering Manager, IBM

Janet Wall is a Senior Offering Manager from IBM. As an offering manager, she has been involved in all aspects of bringing a product to market, release prioritization and planning, business requirements, and scenario development and design reviews. From an outbound perspective, actively participated in go to market plans that include developing and conducting IBM enablement sessions, facilitating beta programs, assisting in developing and updating marketing messaging.

Brad Waller

Senior Director of Operations, Jewelry Television

Brad Waller joined Jewelry Television in August of 2001 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Operations and Product Owner for the software engineering team responsible for supporting operations and technology initiatives. Brad is a key figure in the development of the WMS application and processes for JTV

Caroline Wanga

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources, Target Corporation

Caroline A. Wanga is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at the Target Corporation. She leads Target's strategic intent to champion an inclusive society with accountability for inclusive guest experiences, a diverse and inclusive work environment, and societal impact. As a cultural catalyst, she fuels Target’s business objectives through the company’s first-ever performance based D&I goals.