Speakers for LQ's January 13, 2011 Executive Exchange
Jim Butts, Senior Vice President, Transportation, of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., has been with the company since 1978, and joined the company's executive team in 2002. Jim is responsible for the relationships with several key customers in the retail, consumer products, paper, manufacturing and agriculture industries, aiding them in logistics and supply chain systems design, including the use of third party logistics services in supply chain planning and execution. He is also responsible for C.H. Robinson’s transportation corporate sales and marketing activities.
David J. Closs, Ph.D., LQ Executive Editor. Dr. Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of the Eli Broad College of Business, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain management, Michigan State university. He has consulted with more than 100 of the world’s Fortune 500 corporations regarding logistics strategies and systems. He is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Thomas Goldsby, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Kentucky. He has held previous faculty appointments at The Ohio State University and Iowa State University. Dr. Goldsby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University. Prior to entering academe, Dr. Goldsby was a Logistics Analyst for the Valvoline Company. He previously worked for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and as a research fellow at the University of Kentucky Transportation Research Center. He has also served as a consultant to manufacturers, retailers, and logistics service providers. Dr. Goldsby’s research interests focus on logistics customer service and supply chain integration. He also has interest in the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies. He has published several articles in academic and professional journals and serves as a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars, and professional meetings. He is co-author of Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success (J. Ross Publishing, 2005). Dr. Goldsby has twice received the Accenture Award for best paper published each year in the International Journal of Logistics Management (1998 and 2002) and has received recognitions for excellence in teaching at Iowa State University and The Ohio State University.
Peter Hall, Vice President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada (EDC). Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. He has over 20 years of experience in domestic and international economic analysis and forecasting. Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing economic and political risk analysis at EDC and the company's information centre. In addition to advising senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences across the country, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on recent economic developments and implications for the outlook.
Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. He also served on the economic forecasting staff of a major Canadian utility. Mr. Hall has served as a member of roundtables on the economies of the Eurozone and the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Hall is immediate past president of the Ottawa Economics Association, a 300-member local association of professional economists, and has served on the board of the Canadian Association for Business Economics. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from Carleton University and the University of Toronto.
EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,300 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and is a recognized leader in financial reporting, economic analysis and has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for nine consecutive years.
Bill Horrocks, Vice President, Enterprise Supply Chain & Logistics, Rogers Communications Inc. As the Vice President of Enterprise Supply Chain & Logistics Management for Rogers Cable, Wireless & Rogers Retail, have accountability for fulfillment, warehousing, transportation, inventory management, purchasing (Cable/Retail), reverse logistics, refurbishment, ESCL Care and equipment repair services. More than 35 years experience in supply chain, information technology, procurement, as well as systems design and development in both the logistics and technical services environments. Prior to joining Rogers, was Vice President of Global Solutions Design and Implementation with a leading Global Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) headquartered in Miami, Florida. Professional Logistician (P.log), Aerospace Engineer, Electronics Engineer.
C. John Langley Jr., Ph.D., has joined the Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty as Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Development for the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR). A Penn State alumnus with three degrees from the university, Langley returns to his alma mater from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served on the Georgia Tech faculty since 2001, including most recently as The Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) Professor of Supply Chain Management. He also served as director of supply chain executive programs, faculty director of the Supply Chain Executive Forum, and taught in the Executive Masters in International Logistics and Supply Chain M.S. program. Langley will support Smeal's supply chain efforts in similar ways. He will lead supply chain classes at various levels and teach courses in Smeal's online Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management Program. Langley will also serve as a member of CSCR's senior leadership team with responsibility for developing new opportunities for the center related to education programs, research projects and corporate sponsors. Langley has been involved in supply chain management and business logistics for more than 35 years. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Langley was on the faculty at the University of Tennessee for 28 years, most recently as the John H. "Red" Dove Distinguished Professor of Logistics. Additionally, he co-founded the Center for Logistics Research, Supply Chain Forum, and Office of Corporate Partnerships at the University of Tennessee. Langley is the co-author of three books on logistics and supply chain management. He has written numerous articles, technical reports, and presentations in these areas and has addressed countless conferences, forums, universities, groups, and industries.
Clifford F. Lynch, C.F. Lynch & Associates. Mr. Lynch has broad experience in supply chain management, having served as Vice President – Logistics for Quaker Oats, President of Trammell Crow Distribution Corporation, and for the last fourteen years, Principal of C. F. Lynch & Associates, a supply chain management advisory firm. He is a past recipient of the CSCMP Distinguished Service Award, past president of CSCMP, and a member of a number of other organization and advisory boards. He is the author of several books and hundreds of articles on the subject of logistics and supply chain management.
Paul Ragan, Senior Vice President and COO, SCI Group. Paul’s background includes over 30 years of experience operating supply chain related businesses in the retailing and 3PL sectors. He puts his experience to use in the delivery of strategic, tactical and business solutions to drive profitability and service expansion. Paul is directly responsible for all of SCI’s operations focusing on ensuring a consolidated and cohesive operations team.
Prior to joining SCI in April 2005, Paul held senior executive positions at several distribution and third party logistics companies. Prior to that time Paul was president of a company providing distribution and transportation services to a Canadian specialty store retailer and was the director of distribution for Hudson’s Bay Co.
Paul holds a Business Management degree from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Supply Chain & Logistics Association and the Association for Corporate Growth.
Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Kelron Logistics, a leading North American Logistics and Supply Chain Group. Kelron Logistics is engaged in Logistics and Supply Chain Planning and Execution on behalf of its large and mid sized clients looking for optimization, Supply Chain Efficiency and cost reduction. Kelron has been consistently recognized as the leading Logistics Service Provider (LSP) by Food ShippersŐ Association, Inbound Logistics and earned Frito Lay carrier of the year awards since 2006.
Nikhil joined Kelron Logistics Group in 2000 after a successful tenure in South Africa for more than 11 years. Nikhil held progressive finance and management roles with a track record of financial stewardship and leadership in diverse industries. Nikhil embarked on his exciting voyage with Logistics and Supply Chain in 1996 with a Financial Leadership role with Fritz (now UPS) in Southern Africa. Nikhil has extensive international experience with growing responsibility and expertise in finance, management and operations. Nikhil has extensive background in Mergers and Acquisitions, corporate governance and business transformation.
Nikhil received Indian CA qualification in 1986, American CPA in 2002 and Executive MBA from Queens University in Canada in 2004. Nikhil is a member of CSCMP, a US based professional association (Council for Supply Chain and Management Professionals), SCL a Canadian Logistics Association (Supply Chain and Logistics Management Association), and FEI (Finance Executives International). Nikhil has been an active industry speaker in prestigious North American Industry Associations such as TLC (Transportation Logistics Council), SCL, Eyefortransport and Logistics Quarterly Symposiums.
Nikhil lives in Toronto with his wife Gouri. Their only son currently studies at a University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor. He specializes in supply chain consulting, particularly strategic sourcing and supply chain planning and operations, and teaches executive development at universities in Europe and North America.
Brian Smith, Director KPMG Advisory, Supply Chain Leader Ontario & Atlantic. Brian has over 28 years senior management consulting and operational management experience specializing in supply chain management, business transformation, IT transformation & management and financial operations. He has worked with over 100 clients internationally in a variety industries ranging from manufacturing and consumer products to retail and utilities.
Randy Engel, Vice President of Operations for Genco ATC Logistics & Electronics As Vice President of Operations for Genco ATC Logistics & Electronics (Genco ATCLE), Randy Engel is responsible for the largest client for Genco ATC. He oversees end-to-end supply chain activities, including outbound fulfillment, reverse logistics, test and repair and kitting & packaging services.
Engel has 15 years of experience in managing efficient supply chains, with core expertise in LEAN and process improvement, ERP implementation, materials handling automation, and project design and implementation. During his tenure with Genco ATCLE, he has successfully managed operations for Fortune 100 customers in the wireless and broadband industries.
Prior to joining Genco ATCLE, Engel was Vice President of Operations for DuraDrive Industries. Engel received a bachelor's degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University and also holds an MBA.
Mike Sprague began working with Greenbriar as an Advisory Director in 2006 and has been associated with Greenbriar since 2004. Previously, Mr. Sprague was President of the Americas division of Tibbett & Britten Group plc, a third-party logistics company, later acquired by Exel plc, supplying warehousing, distribution and supply chain management services under long-term contract to manufacturers, retailers and distributors of consumer merchandise. Under his leadership, the Americas division grew from $5 million to over $1 billion in revenues over a 12 year period. Earlier in his career, over a period of nearly 20 years, he held a number of general management and marketing positions with various divisions of Unilever N.V. in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia, working mainly with newly acquired or non-core industrial businesses to refine their strategy for growth and implement related organizational changes. Mr. Sprague earned BA and MA degrees from Oxford University, England. He is a Director of Western Peterbilt, Inc.