join us for LQs may 1, 2008 Symposium
LQ is developing a fall Executive Exchange Program in consultation with its Executive Editors and its Advisory Board. Following the completion of the fall program, LQ will be featuring the biographical notes on each of the speakers. If you are interested in presenting at the fall symposium, please contact LQ's Editor and Publisher, Fred Moody.

Speakers May 1, 2008 (Confirmed and invited)

Richard Armstrong, Chairman, Armstrong & Associates, is a third-party logistics expert who specializes in supply chain evaluation and outsourcing. Dick is the co-editor and publisher of Who's Who In Logistics? He has over 20 years experience as a consultant, educator and motor carrier executive.

Dick is licensed to practice before FMCSA and FMC. His publications cover the globalization of logistics, supply chain management, transportation operating efficiency and DOT regulations.

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Fred Berkheimer is Vice President, Logistics Unilever USA, an $8bn division of Unilever, maker of such well-known products as Dove, Suave, all, Snuggle, Degree, Axe, Q-tips, Vaseline, Lipton, Skippy, Knorr, Hellmann’s, Ragu and Slimfast.  He is a member of the Unilever Supply Chain Leadership Team with operational responsibility for warehousing, transportation, customer service, customer credit, and accounts receivable for USA and export markets.

Fred joined Unilever in 1980 with responsibility for engineering solutions to advance the manufacturing and packaging processes. Fred held progressive manufacturing operation roles with a track record of heightened supply chain effectiveness and efficiency.  During his tenure as Plant Manager in Raeford, NC he led the factory transformation toward an automated, world-class operation.  Prior to his current role in logistics, Fred was Director of Manufacturing with responsibility for six of the ten Home and Personal Care USA factory operations where he led the integration of three previous heritage companies toward common Supply Chain systems and culture.

Fred received his Bachelor’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.  Fred works out of the Englewood Cliffs, NJ office and resides in Westwood, NJ with his wife, Kathy.  Their married children reside in Charlotte, NC and Richmond, VA.

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Jean Bigaouette is General Manager, Procurement, Bell Canada. During his 14 years at Bell Canada Jean has held various senior level positions that encompass a wide array of disciplines and responsibilities, includeing: Sales of major accounts, Internal Auditing and Security and Financial Fraud Investigations, Domestic & International Treasury, Risk & Insurance, Outsourcing Management and Procurement.

Jean completed his undergraduate studies in Economics in 1994 and his Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Engineering and Finance in 2000.

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Jim Butts, 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.

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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).

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Lieutenant-Colonel John Conrad has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario. He was commissioned as a Naval Officer (MARS) in 1987.

After retraining as an army combat logistics officer he has served in virtually every command billet possible in 1 Service Battalion in Western Canada from platoon commander to Commanding Officer in 2005-2006. Over half of his career has been spent with the Army of the West in 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. Subsequent postings have included a year on Atlantic Area Staff in Halifax, a year at Army Doctrine in Kingston as well as the G4 (Principle Staff officer for Logistics) for HQ Land Forces Central Area in Toronto. He has served in late 2006 to May 2007 as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, and is currently serving on the faculty of the Canadian forces College in Toronto, Ontario.

Lieutenant Colonel Conrad has previous operational experience in Cambodia (Mar to Nov 1993) with UNTAC and North West Bosnia (Mar to Sep 2000) with SFOR. Most recently he has completed a tour as the Commanding Officer of the National Support Element, the logistics battalion responsible for sustaining the Canadian Task Force in Southern Afghanistan from February to August 2006 Operation Archer/US Operation Enduring Freedom). He is married to Martha Rutherford Conrad and has four children Aidan (12), Morgan (9), Harriet (7) and Grace (5).

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Jim Davidson, Jim Davidson, CEO, Wheels Group, began his career in logistics at The Ford Motor Company in 1963 working in all aspects of logistics for 17 years.

Mr. Davidson joined TNT in 1983 and held various management roles, including roles in operations, staff, administration and general management for a number of different divisions. He also served as the TNT board member representing North America at their European-based board meetings.

He has served on the executive of the Canadian General Motors Supplier council as well as Executive Vice President of the ATA council of Logistics located in Alexandria, VA.

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Claude Germain is a successful entrepreneur and executive in the field of logistics and logistics technology, Claude Germain joined Schenker as EVP and COO, accountable for the Canadian P&L, in 2005. Schenker is one of the largest logistics service providers in Canada, with sales approaching $500MM. Prior to Schenker, Claude was CEO and Founder of Cube Route in 2003. Cube Route is an on demand software firm specializing in last mile logistics and was named on of the Top 25 start-ups in Canada in 2004. It has over 35 clients across North America, and has raised close to $15MM in equity financing.

As the former Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Grocery Gateway Inc; President of the operating division for PEP International Logistics; and a management consultant, specializing in distribution, for The Boston Consulting Group, Claude has extensive experience in building successful logistics organizations. In 2002, Claude and the management team at Grocery Gateway received the Top Logistics Company in Canada award. Claude holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Physics from Queen's University.

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Joseph Gallick serves as the Senior Vice President of Sales for Penske Logistics - a position he has held since 1999. He is responsible for strategic direction and business development of a $2.8 billion international business spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Gallick joined Penske in 1988 as Area Sales Manager for the Metro New York Region of Penske Truck Leasing. In 1996 he was named Vice President of National Accounts and had responsibility for major account business development in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Penske, Gallick served as Sales Manager of the New York Region at Gelco Truck Leasing for ten years.

Joe Gallick is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and is a corporate sponsor liaison to the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration and the Penn State Center for Supply Chain Research. A graduate of Montclair State University, Gallick holds a BS degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children and reside in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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Ken Kramer is a Director in the BMO Capital Markets’ Commercial & Industrial Group, specializing in the transportation sector. Ken has focused primarily on the North American service sectors of trucking and logistics and has more than 15 years of experience arranging M&A transactions, leveraged finance transactions, asset securitizations, investment grade public debt and syndicated senior bank financings, including eight years managing a US$3 billion transportation portfolio with another financial institution’s transportation group. Ken began his career as a Certified Public Accountant doing audit and tax work with a “Big Eight” accounting firm.

Ken holds an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BBA degree in Accounting from John Carroll University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Arun Kumar, Vice President, Operations, Dell, Inc. Based in Austin, TX., in this capacity, Arun is responsible for logistics and distribution activities of finished goods, OEM, 3rd Party and service parts to the U.S. Canada, Mexico and 45 Latin American countries. In his role at Dell he impacts positive customer experience by providing best in class service delivery of 70 Million shipments annually to both enterprise and residential segments and an improved reverse logistics program to enable faster credit to customers. His supply chain process improvement effort have generated significant cost savings, reduced cycle time and improved customer delivery experience. He has over eighteen years of senior management experience in global logistics, transportation, distribution and fulfillment.

Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Kumar served as Vice President at NextLinx Corporation. In addition, Arun's career includes a14-year tenure at FedEx Express, where he served as Managing Director of the Indian sub -continent and Managing Director of Operations Support for National Hub Operations. He is a recipient of the highest leadership award, the 5 Star, at FedEx.

He received a ME degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA and a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India. As an active sportsman he represented India in international Table Tennis tournaments and was also highly ranked in the US in the 1980s. He has served as the President of the Council of Logistics Management for Central Texas and is on the board of Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce.

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Derek J. Leathers is the Senior Executive Vice President of Werner Enterprises Value Added Services and International and the President of Werner Global Logistics. Derek has worked in the international logistics industry for nearly 20 years and was an integral part of many facets of the transportation portions of the NAFTA implementation process throughout the past two decades. Mr. Leathers has served as an advisor for two US ambassadors to Mexico as well as serving on the American Trucking Association's Cross-Border Advisory Committee for North America. Mr. Leathers was one of the first foreign members of Mexico's trucking association (CANACAR) and has successfully led the launch of multiple new logistics products in low-cost countries. Prior to joining Werner in 1999, Mr. Leathers was Vice President of Schneider National's Mexico operation, and was based out of Mexico City for several years. Most recently, he helped guide Werner’s expansion into Asia.

Mr. Leathers is a native of Texas, and holds an Economics degree from Princeton University. Mr. Leathers serves as Vice President to the not-for-profit organization, ‘PlaySmart’. Mr. Leathers and his wife, Nicole, live in Omaha, NE.

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Clifford F. Lynch is Executive Vice President of CTSI. 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. 

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Nikhil Sathe is CFO of a leading Canadian 3PL, Kelron Logistics Group. Kelron Logistics is a premier level 3PL and regarded as a niche player in the North American 3PL marketplace. Prior to Kelron, Nikhil spent 6 years as Regional Controller of Fritz Starber, another freight forwarding firm, in Southern Africa.

Nikhil has more than 20 years of experience in financial and risk management, strategic planning and has contributed as an integral member of senior management teams for over a decade. Nikhil is an active participant and champion of the Government Sponsored Mentoring Partnership Program which helps new Canadians to integrate in the job market. He was educated in CPA and MBA from Queens University, and has been active in industry associations in the United States and Canada. 

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Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.B.A., P.Log,LQ Executive Editor, is a Senior Manager with KPMG, based in Toronto. He specializes in Supply Chain consulting, with particular attention to Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Planning & Operations.

Mr. Seiersen is the Canadian Service Line lead for Operations Cost Management at KPMG. Mr. Seiersen holds a B.Sc. (hons.) in Biochemistry and an M.B.A. in Industrial Management. He teaches executive development courses at top universities in Europe and North America. He has written for numerous publications in North America and Europe on ePurchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Cost-to-Serve. He is the past President of the Toronto Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management, (now CSCMP), Vice president of the French Logistics Association (ASLOG), and a member of the European Logistics Association Business management committee.

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