If you are an industry expert with years of experience and would welcome the opportunity to strengthen your reputation as a thought leader, we would love to hear from you.

Our Speaker Faculty is constantly evolving, for consideration or to nominate an industry leader, please call us at 416-829-6500 or email us at info@executiveplatforms.com.

Please check back as our speaker faculty is frequently updated.



2018 Speakers

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Alicia Boler Davis
Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations at General Motors
Alicia Boler Davis was named executive vice president, General Motors Global Manufacturing in June, 2016. Her responsibilities include manufacturing engineering and labor relations. She is a member of the GM Senior Leadership Team and the GM […]
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Dunc Lowe
Senior Vice President Supply Chain at PepsiCo
Dunc Lowe started in mid 2007 as the UK supply strategy director, focusssing on radically changing the Walkers business approach to managing customer service and customer engagement. Dunc was appointed senior supply chain director in 2009 […]
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Paul Keel
SVP, Supply Chain at 3M
Paul Keel became 3M’s Senior Vice President of Supply Chain in November of 2014. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of 3M UK & Ireland, President of 3M Critical & Chronic Care, and President of […]
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Brian Rauch
SVP Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Management at Deere & Company
Brian Rauch is Senior Vice President, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Management for John Deere’s Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, a position he’s held since March 2013. He is responsible for all manufacturing, engineering, supply management, quality, […]
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Stephanie Pullings Hart
Vice President Manufacturing at Nestlé
Stephanie Pullings Hart is the Vice President of Manufacturing – Ice Cream, Nestlé US.  From January 2013 till March 2016, Stephanie was the Executive Director Technical & Production, Nestlé Australia Ltd.  She was responsible for safety, […]
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Thomas Carrubba
Vice President, F-35 Production Operations at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Thomas J. Carrubba is the Vice President of F-35 Production Operations for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. He has oversight of the function production operations for the F-35 Lightning II program in Fort Worth, TX and Marietta, […]
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Bart Talloen
Vice President Product Supply at Johnson & Johnson
As an executive supply chain leader for more than 25 years, Bart has a proven track record of success across several key SC functions such as Planning, Engineering, Technology Transfers, Project Management, Continuous Improvement, Mfg Operations, […]
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Aaron Styles
VP Operational Excellence at Thyssenkrupp Elevator Manufacturing
Aaron Styles is a manufacturing leader with over 20 years of experience leading the pursuit of operational excellence.  His career has included roles in industrial engineering, operations engineering, manufacturing operations, ERP implementation, supply chain, Lean consulting, […]
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Jerry Smith
VP Technical & Engineering Services at Robert Bosch LLC
Jerry Smith was named vice president of Technical and Engineering Services for Robert Bosch LLC in November 2015. Prior to this position, Smith worked in a variety of positions in engineering, product development and manufacturing since […]
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Peter Evans
Director of Global Lean and Continuous Improvement at LEGO
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Liesbeth Geels
VP Manufacturing at Starbucks
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2017 Speakers

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Reginaldo Ecclissato
EVP SC North America and LatAm: Chairman UASSC AG at Unilever
Reginaldo Ecclissato is the Executive Vice President of Unilever’s Americas Supply Chain. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the end-to-end supply chain across North and Latin America. Unilever makes and sells products under more than […]
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Alistair Hirst
SVP Global Supply Chain at Kellogg Company
Alistair Hirst has been Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Kellogg Company, since 2012. He is also a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team. Mr. Hirst joined Kellogg Company in 1984 as a Food Technologist […]
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Pietro Di Pilato
Senior Vice President, North America Manufacturing and Distillation at Diageo
In his current role as Senior Vice President, North America Manufacturing and Distillation, Pietro oversees Diageo’s distillation, maturing spirit and bottling operations across the US and Canada. In addition, he will lead the engineering function and […]
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Gustavo Lopez Ghory
Vice President Product Supply Global Manufacturing (Retired) at Procter & Gamble
Gustavo Lopez Ghory joined Procter & Gamble in 1981 as an MSG/PSF Team Manager at the CCS Plant in Venezuela. Over the last 35 years he has held roles of increasing responsibility within Procter & Gamble […]
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Walter Charles
Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen
Walter Charles is the Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen. Walter is a sought after speaker at national and international Supply Chain and Procurement Conferences, a visionary Supply Chain leader, an impactful results deliverer and an inspiring […]
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Ken Snyder
Executive Director at The Shingo Institute
Ken Snyder, the executive dean and chief administrative officer of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, recently joined the Shingo Institute as the executive director. Mr. Snyder has served as a member of the Shingo […]
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Mark Dickson
General Manager, John Deere Dubuque Works at Deere & Company
Mark A. Dickson is General Manager of the John Deere Dubuque Works John Deere’s Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, a position he’s held since April 2015.  He is responsible for providing leadership for the Dubuque operations […]
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Daryl Taylor
Vice President and General Manager-Final Assembly Line, USA at Airbus
Daryl Taylor is Airbus’s Vice President and General Manager-Final Assembly Line, USA. In this position, he is responsible for all A320 Family Final Assembly activities in Airbus’ Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility. Taylor joined Airbus in August […]
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Eric Branyan
Vice President, F-35 Supply Chain Management at Lockheed Martin
Eric R. Branyan is the Vice President, F-35 Supply Chain Management, overseeing the complex international network of suppliers that provide critical hardware for the F-35 program. He was most recently Vice President, F-35 Aircraft Production Business […]
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Anthony Hoskins
Director of Manufacturing, ATO at Ford Motor Company
Anthony Hoskins is the North American Director of Manufacturing of Transmission Operations, transitioning from the Director of Manufacturing for the Michigan, Chicago and Oakville Assembly Plants at the end of the 2015 calendar year.  As the […]
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Carolin Seward
Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group and Director of Global Supply Management at Intel Corporation
Carolin Seward is vice president in the Technology and Manufacturing Group and director of Global Supply Management at Intel Corporation. In this role, she manages Intel’s global capital expenditures and materials sourcing for assembly and packaging […]
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Mike Dundas
SVP, Global Manufacturing & Operations Engineering at Dell Computer
In his role as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations Engineering, Mike is responsible for Dell’s global manufacturing, quality, production planning and global operations engineering & technology teams.  This includes manufacturing across 14 different Dell […]
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Tana Utley
Vice President at Caterpillar Inc.
Tana L. Utley is a Caterpillar Inc. Vice President with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division at Caterpillar Inc. Through this global organization, Caterpillar provides the most comprehensive lineup of diesel and gas large (greater […]
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Steve Landry
VP of Operations at The J.M. Smucker Company
Steve Landry has 15 years with The J. M. Smucker Company. Currently the Vice President, Operations – Coffee, his prior work experience with Smucker includes Vice President, Consumer Operations, Vice President, Oils & Baking Operations, Director of […]
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Bart Alfons Talloen
VP Product Supply Strategy & Deployment, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain at Johnson & Johnson
As an executive supply chain leader for more than 25 years, Bart has a proven track record of success across several key SC functions such as Planning, Engineering, Technology Transfers, Project Management, Continuous Improvement, Mfg Operations, […]
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Rob Hogan
Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at Newport News Shipbuilding
Rob Hogan is vice president of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2015, he is responsible for manufacturing supporting all shipbuilding programs, […]
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Joshua Freeman
Vice-President, Quality & Process Excellence at HID Global
Joshua Freeman is the Vice President and Quality and Process Excellence at HID Global.  One of his priorities is the development, deployment and integration of Sales and Operational Planning aimed at improving overall enterprise performance.  Josh […]
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Jim Haney
Business Manufacturing and Technology Director Performance Plastics at The Dow Chemical Company
Jim Haney is the Global Business Manufacturing Technology Director for the Performance Plastics Portfolio that includes the Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Elastomers, Electrical & Telecommunications assets and Performance Plastics External Manufacturing. Jim is responsible for 132 […]
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Lane Ballard
Vice President of Materials & Manufacturing Technology at The Boeing Company
Lane Ballard is vice president of Materials & Manufacturing Technology and leads the Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) Research Center in South Carolina. Materials & Manufacturing Technology is part of BR&T, Boeing’s advanced central research and […]
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Jorge Perez
GE Aviation Supply Chain Growth Playbook Leader at GE Aviation
Jorge joined GE in 2001 and is a graduate of the Operations Management Leadership program. He has amassed broad experience across Aviation including Engine Assembly, Overhaul, Systems and Component Manufacturing. Roles ranged from front line leader, […]
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Susan Freije
VP Quality Assurance at Benjamin Moore
Susan Freije is Vice President of Quality Assurance at Benjamin Moore & Co., a unit of Berkshire Hathaway, and North America’s most respected architectural paint company.   As part of the Senior Management team, Susan is responsible […]
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Antonio Rodriguez
Director of Process Excellence at Seneca Foods
Joined Seneca in 2012 responsible for leading Lean Transformation deployment with responsibility to develop, implement, and integration of a Process Excellence program across Seneca’s unique business platforms and cultures.  Experienced Kaizen Sensei to mentor teams in […]
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Mark Brajer
VP Operations at Epicure
Mark Brajer is currently Epicure’s Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain. Before this position he was a director of supply chain at Unilever and a director of operations and supply chain at Alberto Culver. Mark holds […]
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Ebly Sanchez
Director Volvo Production System - Region Americas at Volvo Trucks North America
Ebly Sanchez has worked in the Volvo Group  since 2008 both in Sweden and in USA mainly in the area of Continuous improvement. Before 2008, he worked for the Ford Motor Company for almost 20 years in several areas of […]
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Jeff Klabunde
Executive Director of Manufacturing Excellence at Adient
Jeff Klabunde is the Executive Director of Manufacturing Excellence for Adient, the recently spun off automotive seating business of Johnson Controls. He has been with the company for 23 years and served in a variety of […]
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Paul Walker
Director of Manufacturing & Tooling at Otterbox Products
Paul Walker is the Director Manufacturing and Tooling at Otter Products in Fort Collins Colorado. In this role, Paul has the responsibility for supplying the manufacturing and tooling deliverables to support the product development needs for […]
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John Sekowski
Vice President Danaher Business System at Danaher
John Sekowski is celebrating his twentieth year in Danaher. For the last thirteen years, he has led the Danaher Business System (DBS) Office, which is the Corporate Team responsible for deploying and evolving the Danaher Business […]
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Henning Bruns
GM Daimler North America at Daimler
Henning O. Bruns grew up in North-West Germany. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Wilhelmshaven University. He later earned Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. […]
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Matt Swain
Global Director, Lean Enterprise at Littelfuse
Matt Swain’s career has spanned more than two decades, during which he has accumulated impressive credentials in corporate leadership and lean implementation. His current role is Global Director of Enterprise Lean Six Sigma with Littelfuse, the […]
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Mark Sroka
Corporate Lean Leader at Littelfuse
Mark Sroka serves as a Corporate Lean Leader for Littelfuse, Inc., coaching and mentoring associates at seven manufacturing sites across Mexico and Europe.  He currently manages the development of the Littelfuse Operating System, an internal program […]
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Michael Brice
VP Offset Operations at INX International Ink Co.
Michael Brice is a 31-year printing ink industry veteran.  He has served in every capacity:  lab technician, colormatching, manufacturing, inplant technician and management, sales and senior level management.  Mike became Chief Operating Officer of Superior Printing […]
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Jennifer Vicknair
North America Operational Excellence Business Leader at BASF
Jennifer Vicknair is the North America Operational Excellence Business Leader at BASF.  She is an electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, specifically in maintenance and reliability, automation, and continuous improvement.  Jennifer is […]
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Britt Autry
Vice President of Operations at Denso Corporation
Britt Autry is a Vice President of operations DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee (DMTN), an affiliate of DENSO Corporation. Marty joined DENSO in 1993 and has held various management positions in both operations and engineering. He is currently […]
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Brad Rhorer
Assistant Senior Manager of HR & Manager of Associate Development at Subaru of Indiana
Brad is the Human Resources Assistant Senior Manager at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA). He began his career with SIA nearly 25 years ago, as a Production Associate. He received his Associate’s Degree in Organizational […]
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Gregg Drake
Director of Operational Excellence at Superior Essex
Gregg is the Director of Operational Excellence for the Superior Essex Company. He has been serving in this capacity for the past 18 months developing & installing an Operating System which has included internally staffing/training an […]
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Thomas McDermott
Executive Director at DMDII
Thomas McDermott is the Executive Director of DMDII and the Chief Program Officer for UI LABS. In that role he oversees membership engagement, business development and operations.  Tom is passionate about partnering with DMDII members to […]
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Jay Ford
Director of Membership at UI LABS
Jay Ford is the Director of Membership for UI LABS, a Chicago based innovation accelerator that brings Universities, Industry, and Government together to deliver solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.  Jay is charged with recruiting the best and […]
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Shawn Otto
Regional Human Resources and Labor Relations Director at Beam Suntory
Shawn Otto is responsible for Labor Relations and Human Resources for all of Beam Suntory’s Kentucky manufacturing facilities including Clermont, Boston, Frankfort, and Loretto sites. Prior to joining Beam Suntory, Shawn worked for the Ford Motor […]
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Bruce Blackmon
Director, Enterprise Excellence and Operations at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Bruce Blackmon leads an enterprise excellence and operations organization responsible for continuous improvement activities across multiple Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems (SAS) facilities, directly impacting customer satisfaction, safety, quality, delivery, and cost; responsibilities include operational effectiveness […]
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Reginald Haith
Plant Director at McCormick & Company
Reginald Haith is the Plant Director for McCormick’s Flavor Manufacturing Center located at the Company Headquarters in Hunt Valley, MD.  In this role, he has responsibility for the plant facility that produces most of McCormick’s single […]
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Dean Kossila
Sr. Principle Business Solution Architect at Medtronic
Mr. Dean Kossila is a senior principle business solution architect for Medtronic. Dean’s primary responsibility is the strategic direction and blueprint design for supply chain and manufacturing solutions globally for Medtronic. Previously, Dean was Sr. IT manager […]
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2016 Speakers

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Robert Gorski
Former EVP Integrated Supply Chain at Kraft Foods
Bob Gorski is the former Executive Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, leading Kraft’s Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering and Customer Service and Logistics groups. Bob joined Kraft Foods Inc. on August 1, 2012 as Executive Vice President, Integrated […]
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Rich Morris
VP Assembly at BMW Manufacturing
Rich joined BMW Manufacturing in 1993 as the Assembly Quality Manager for the initial 3 series and Z3 launches. During the early years of BMW’s plant in South Carolina, he served as Production Leader responsible for […]
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Dave Cowperthwait
David Cowperthwait
VP Global Supply Chain Capability at Kellogg Company
David Cowperthwait joined Kellogg as Vice President, Global Supply Chain Capability in November 2011. He reports directly to Alistair Hirst, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain. In his role, David focuses on building global organization capability […]
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Tana Utley
Tana Utley
Vice President at Caterpillar Inc.
Tana L. Utley is a Caterpillar Inc. Vice President with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division at Caterpillar Inc. Through this global organization, Caterpillar provides the most comprehensive lineup of diesel and gas large (greater […]
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James Bonini
Vice President Toyota Production System Support Center at Toyota
James “Jamie” Bonini is vice president of TSSC at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), located near Cincinnati in Erlanger, Kentucky.  TEMA supports Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing operations in North America. TSSC is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated […]
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Rick Turvey
Executive Vice-President of Operations and Supply Chain at Sofina Foods Inc.
Rick Turvey is Executive Vice-President of Operations and Supply Chain for Sofina Foods Inc, a Canadian food company since joining Sofina in January 2014. Prior to Sofina, Rick worked at Procter & Gamble for 31 years […]
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Amy Meyer
Vice President - Kohler Operating System at Kohler Co.
Amy Meyer (Adams) is Vice President of Kohler Operating Systems at Kohler Co, where she is responsible for company-wide supply chain and manufacturing centers of excellence. Included in the Kohler Operating System (KOS) are Safety, Quality, […]
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Kathleen Taylor
VP J&J Operating System, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain at Johnson & Johnson
Kathleen is Vice President of the J&J Operating System, Johnson & Johnson — a position she has held since 2014. She is responsible for leading the deployment of operating and improvement standards and tools for the […]
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Michael Gentile
Vice President of Operations at Snap-On Tools
Mike is currently responsible for leading Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality efforts for the Snap-on Tools Group. This includes the Snap-on hand tool plants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Elizabethton, Tennessee; Elkmont, Alabama; and our tool storage plant in […]
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Pietro D’Arpa
Corporate Manufacturing Director at Procter & Gamble
Pietro is currently responsible for manufacturing strategies and capabilities for P&G’s 135 sites globally. He has worked for P&G for 26 years in on many of P&G’s business all over the world, including laundry detergents, beauty, […]
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Chuck Statz
General Manager of International Manufacturing Operations at Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Chuck Statz is General Manager of International Manufacturing Operations for Harley-Davidson Motor Co. He’s responsible for leading the manufacturing sites in India, Brazil and Australia, which includes ensuring the sites meet performance metrics, drive a culture […]
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Marc Turco
Director, Global Manufacturing Operations at Tyco
Marc Turco is the Director Global Manufacturing Operations for Tyco Fire Protection Product Division, Water and Mechanical Segment.  He leads the product segment’s 12 manufacturing operations and oversees the performance of the entire supply chain.  Previously, […]
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Rob Hogan
Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at Newport News Shipbuilding
Rob Hogan is vice president of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2015, he is responsible for manufacturing supporting all shipbuilding programs, […]
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Zane Ferry
Director, Lean Enterprise System at Polaris Industries
Zane Ferry is responsible for developing the infrastructure and systems needed for a companywide lean operating system at Polaris. This includes assessment of the corporation’s enterprise strategy, systems, approach, and methods. Zane assess organizational structure and […]
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Dean Jablonsky
Global Director of Enterprise Excellence at Boston Scientific Corporation
Dean Jablonsky is the Global Director of Enterprise Excellence at Boston Scientific Corporation. In this role, Dean leads the Global Enterprise Excellence consulting team that is responsible to drive Value Improvement efforts across all of Boston […]
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Dave Salentine
Corporate Lean Operations Manager at 3M
Dave has 29+ years manufacturing/Supply Chain experience at 3M Company. He joined 3M as an Inventory Accountant in July of 1985. From 1990 to 2004 he transferred to three other 3M manufacturing locations (Hutchinson, MN; Nevada, […]
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Barb Callander
VP Operations Excellence & Learning at Maple Leaf Foods
As VP Operations Excellence & Learning with Maple Leaf Foods, Barb is responsible for the design and deployment of the MLF Operations Excellence System (OES) as well as execution of operations learning objectives. In prior roles […]
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Bryan Fontaine
Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Corporate Development Engineering at Bose Corporation
Bryan Fontaine is an Executive Vice President for Bose Corporation. His responsibilities include HR, CIS, Legal, Lean Enterprise Deployment, Corporate Development Engineering, and Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain. Bryan began his career with Bose Corporation in […]
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Monica Johns
Global Quality Continuous Improvement Director at BP
Monica Johns is an expert in Design for Six Sigma having spent over 15 years as a DFSS Black Belt and Master Black belt working in R&D for several different organizations.   With a chemical engineering background, […]
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David Hart
Executive Director, Lean Six Sigma at Valspar Corporation
David is an established global leader and expert in Lean Six Sigma organizational performance improvement strategies.  His pragmatic approach to unlocking shareholder value spans a variety of industries to include engineered products and services, building materials, […]
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Don Bruce
Don Bruce
VP of North American Manufacturing at Cooper Tire
Donald “Don” Bruce is the Vice President of NATO Manufacturing for the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.  In this role he has full P&L responsibilities for Cooper’s North American Manufacturing operations in additional to Corporate Industrial […]
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Mike Sarpu
Vice President, Operations at Lockheed Martin
Michael (Mike) Sarpu is vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training (MST) Operations organization. In this role, Mr. Sarpu is responsible for MST’s supply chain, production operations, global sustainment and facilities management. He also […]
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Bart Talloen
Vice President Product Supply at Johnson & Johnson
As an executive supply chain leader for more than 25 years, Bart has a proven track record of success across several key SC functions such as Planning, Engineering, Technology Transfers, Project Management, Continuous Improvement, Mfg Operations, […]
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Heather Callahan
Manager Business Excellence at Daimler
Heather Callahan has been in the heavy duty truck industry since 2003 spending most of her career as a Sr. Environmental Engineer at Daimler Trucks North America LLC manufacturing locations in Mt. Holly and Cleveland, North […]
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Aubrey Jones
Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement Deployment at Ingredion
30 years professional experience in manufacturing and continuous improvement for manufacturing and business processes. Has served as engineering and technical leader as well as leading the continuous improvement transformation of a $6B food ingredients company. Aubrey […]
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Craig Sutton
Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation at Deere & Company
Craig Sutton is the Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation at Deere and Company.   His role is to prospect, evaluate and validate new emerging trends which will enable the competitive advantage of John Deere manufacturing units.   […]
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Jack Feng
Vice President of Operational Excellence at Commercial Vehicle Group
Dr. Jack Feng is in charge of Commercial Vehicle Group’s corporate Lean Six Sigma deployment. With a Vision that was developed in 1998, CVG, incorporated in 2000, was privately-held. Product offerings included seats, trim components, mirrors, […]
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Greer Tidwell
Director of Environmental Management at Bridgestone Americas Tire Manufacturing Group
Greer Tidwell serves as Director of Environmental Management for Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group (Bridgestone), where he leads environmental performance, compliance, and reputation progress for the company’s North and Central American tire manufacturing, testing and distribution facilities. […]
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Linnea Whisler
VP HOS & Quality – Automation and Controls Solutions at Honeywell
Linnea Whisler  joined Honeywell in 1995 and is currently the ACS HOS & Quality Vice President. In this role, she is responsible for deploying the Honeywell Operating System in 110 factories and 60 non-factory locations globally […]
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Tim Ambrey
Vice President Manufacturing, Autoliv North America at Autoliv ASP, Inc.
Based out of Ogden , Utah, Tim is responsible for driving manufacturing and logistics efficiencies throughout the 14 Autoliv plants operating in Canada, US, and Mexico. Tim has now 30 years experience working for Autoliv and […]
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Michael Begler
Director of Production Operations at Gogo Business Aviation
Michael is a motivated leader with extensive management experience in all facets of domestic and international manufacturing including small, venture capital funded, high tech start-ups (six companies to date) to large corporations with emphasis on the commercial […]
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Claudio Gelman
Director Manufacturing Partnership at New Balance
Claudio is Director of Domestic Partnerships for New Balance Athletics.  In this role Claudio is responsible for leading all aspects of the partnership including capacity planning, commercialization of new models as well as enhancing supplier’s manufacturing […]
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David Landgrave
Director of Continuous Improvement & Quality at WIKA
David started his Continuous Improvement journey in the 80’s when he went to work for Dana Corporation. In the 90’s he was able to spend time at Toyota in Japan and learned that Lean is more than tools but a […]
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John Hensley
Senior Director, Continuous Improvement at Revlon
John is the Sr. Director for Continuous Improvement at Revlon since September 2014 where he is responsible for the development and deployment of the company’s Operational Excellence initiative. John began his career with 20 years at […]
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Scott Sabatini
Director, Business Excellence 6 Sigma at Daimler
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Richard Saad
Sr. Global Director Supply & Operational Excellence at Anheuser-Busch InBev
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2015 Speakers

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Brian Rauch
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Management at John Deere
Brian Rauch is Senior Vice President, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Management for John Deere’s Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, a position he’s held since March 2013. He is responsible for all manufacturing, engineering, supply management, quality, and […]
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Jack Fish
Jack Fish
Chief Operating Officer at Husqvarna
Jack retired from General Electric in 2009 where he spent 30 years focused on business turnarounds. His first 17 years was in the GE Aviation business($30B revenue) where he established a track record of fixing operational […]
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Jim Durkin
Jim Durkin
Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain at Kraft Foods
Jim Durkin leads the Oscar Mayer Supply Chain organization, including Procurement, Manufacturing, and Product Supply.  He was appointed to this role in October 2013. Jim led the Kraft Cheese & Dairy Integrated Supply Chain organization from […]
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Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore
Vice President Lean Enterprise and Quality at Parker Hannifin
Stephen Moore is the Vice President – Lean Enterprise & Quality for Parker Hannifin.  Named to the position in June 2011, Steve is responsible for the development and implementation of lean enterprise and quality programs and […]
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Collis Heath
Senior Vice President Global Operations at Avigilon
Collis is currently working for Avigilon as Senior Vice President of Operations and has over 20 years of experience in varying operational and business roles.  Collis’ office is based in Juarez, Mexico and he is responsible for […]
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Shane Yount
Shane Yount
Principal at Competitive Solutions, Inc.
Shane A. Yount is a nationally recognized author, speaker and principal of Competitive Solutions, Inc., an international Business Transformation consulting firm which pioneered the acclaimed organizational development system known as Process Based Leadership® – A business […]
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Christopher Couch
Vice President Manufacturing at Lear Corporation
Christopher Couch has served in manufacturing operations and business leadership roles in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, both as an OEM and a supplier.  Chris joined Lear Corporation in early 2013 in the […]
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Richard Youngblood
Director of Manufacturing at Nissan Powertrain Assembly
Rick joined Nissan in 1983 as a production technician and was promoted to the management team in 1989 where he has served as Director of Base Trim & Chassis Plant, Body Assembly Plant and Stamping Plant […]
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David Hart
Executive Director, Lean Six Sigma at Valspar Corporation
David is an established global leader and expert in Lean Six Sigma organizational performance improvement strategies.  His pragmatic approach to unlocking shareholder value spans a variety of industries to include engineered products and services, building materials, […]
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Mike Abouezzi
Michael AbouEzzi
Sr. Director, LSS – Global Operations NAB at PepsiCo
**Roundtable Leader Day 1** Michael joined PepsiCo in 2012 as TPM director for the Quaker, Gatorade and Tropicana division. He has since led different aspects of the continuous improvement program for the Beverages division which includes […]
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Dean Jablonsky
Dean Jablonsky
Director of Global Business Excellence and Healthcare Solutions at Boston Scientific
Director, Global Business Excellence, Boston Scientific, leads the Global Business Excellence group supporting Value Improvement efforts across all of Boston Scientific; including Operations, Global Functions, Divisions, Countries and Regions.  Dean has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering […]
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Bryan Crowell
Bryan Crowell
General Manager & Shingo Award Winning Author at JD Machine
Bryan Crowell is the General Manager for JD Machine Corp a precision machining and sheet metal fabricator.  Prior to Joining JD as the General Manager Bryan served on the Board of Directors for 6 years during […]
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Eric Pope
VP Operations at US Synthetic
Eric Pope serves as vice president of operations at US Synthetic (USS), a leading provider of diamond solutions for the energy industry. Mr. Pope joined US Synthetic in 1990 as a machine operator, with a focus […]
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Heidi Dirgins
VP Barnes Enterprise System at Barnes Group
Heidi recently joined Barnes Group Inc. this year as the Vice President of Barnes Enterprise System.  Previously worked for DRS Technologies as VP Manufacturing of multi sites and United Technologies – Hamilton Sundstrand and Pratt & […]
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Terry Bates
Operational Excellence Specialist at Barnes Group
Terry Joined Barnes Aerospace in 1984 and has held many positions in manufacturing and management.  Most recently, Terry held the position of Operations Excellence Specialist, Barnes Aerospace, Ogden Division. He played an integral role in developing […]
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Bart Talloen
Vice President Product Supply at Johnson & Johnson
As an executive supply chain leader for more than 25 years, Bart has a proven track record of success across several key SC functions such as Planning, Engineering, Technology Transfers, Project Management, Continuous Improvement, Mfg Operations, […]
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Marc Turco
Director, Global Manufacturing Operations Water & Mechanical Products at Tyco Fire Protection Products
Marc Turco is the Director, Global Manufacturing Operations Water & Mechanical Products for Tyco Fire Protection Products, a $1.5B division of Tyco, and acting Operational Excellence Leader for $11B Tyco. He leads a global team of Operational […]
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Eddie Smith
Director of Operations at Kuhn Krause
Eddie Smith is an experienced professional in the manufacturing sector. He has been a catalyst to improving the bottom line of several mid- to large-size manufacturing companies, including Michelin Tire, Titan Wheel International, AmeriForge Group, Metaldyne, […]
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Graeme Reid
Vice President Six Sigma at Maple Leaf Foods
Graeme Reid is the VP Six Sigma for Maple Leaf Foods, responsible for supporting achievement of business results across all functions and operating units.  The Six Sigma team has been an integral part of driving process […]
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Dave Salentine
Corporate Lean Operations Manager at 3M
Dave has 29+ years manufacturing/Supply Chain experience at 3M Company. He joined 3M as an Inventory Accountant in July of 1985. From 1990 to 2004 he transferred to three other 3M manufacturing locations (Hutchinson, MN; Nevada, […]
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Denise Coogan
Manager, Safety & Environmental Compliance at Subaru of Indiana Automotive
Denise has a degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the same university. She has over twenty three years of experience in […]
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Edward Tymick
Vice President, Global Operations at Coriant
Edward Tymick is the Vice President, Global Operations at Coriant (formerly Tellabs). In this role, he is responsible for the global planning, demand management, procurement, outsourced manufacturing, and logistics processes utilized to meet Coriant’s customers requirements. […]
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Kim Rutherford
Manufacturing Director at General Atomics ASI
Kim joined General Atomics in 2004 as a Director of Manufacturing at General Atomics ASI Division in Poway, CA He has over 35 years of manufacturing experience in low volume high mix aerospace environments.  He is […]
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Juan Perez
Sr. Director Integrated Lean Six Sigma at Kraft Foods
Juan is the Senior Director leading the Integrated Lean Six Sigma strategy for Kraft Foods Group. He leads the implementation of world class capability building systems across the supply chain delivering world class results while building […]
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Mitch Burke
Executive Director of PSD at Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
Mitch Burke in his position as Executive Director of Process Systems Development, Mitch is responsible for operational excellence, developing improvement strategy and building strong and effective teams. Burke joined the Bridgestone Americas family of companies in […]
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Hari Menon
Global Lean Implementation Leader at General Motors
Hari Menon is currently the Global Program Quality Manager for the launch of the Dual Clutch Transmission in GM Powertrain. He has extensive experience over the last 20 years in all aspects of Design, Engineering and […]
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Jerry Thiel
Director, Department of Metal Casting at University of Northern Iowa
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