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May 14, 2009 LQ Symposium


LQ is in the process of developing its November 5 2009 Symposium Program in consultation with its Advisory Board

Invited and Confirmed Speakers for May 14th, 2009, The Country Club

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.

Jill Broschard ~ The Hershey Company

Jill Broschard is currently leading the implementation of Integrated Business Management at The Hershey Company. She is working cross-functionally with Innovation, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Finance and Human Resources to build a sustainable business system to deploy Hershey’s business strategy. With revenues of more than $5 billion, The Hershey Company offers such iconic brands as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Kit Kat, Twizzlers and Ice Breakers.

Broschard joined The Hershey Company in 1988 as an Industrial Engineer. She has held a variety of leadership positions in plant and corporate engineering, manufacturing, logistics and supply planning. In her most recent position, Operations Business Director, Broschard was responsible for supply chain initiatives for Hershey’s North American Commercial Group with a focus on driving strategic sourcing solutions, margin enhancements and capital planning.

Broschard holds a master’s degree in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University. She was inducted into West Virginia University’s Alumni Academy for her strong commitment to her profession and her alma mater.

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).

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).

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.

Claude Germain, EVP and COO, Schenker of Canada. A successful entrepreneur and executive in the field of logistics and logistics technology, Claude 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.

Lucas Kuehner, Managing Director, Panalpina USA, is a seasoned industry leader with extensive knowledge of supply chain management concepts worldwide. Educated in Switzerland and the U.K., he has held a variety of executive positions within the Panalpina organization since 2000.

Derek J. Leathers, Chief Operating Officer of Werner Enterprises 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’.

David Mills is Associate Director, Global Business Planning, Procter and Gamble. He is responsible for Supply Network Redesign for 2015 and Business Planning Renewal for 2015 and beyond. Mr. Mills¹ market experiences encompass North America (Canada, USA, Mexico), Europe (Western and Central), Asia (China, India, Malaysia, Thailand), Latin America (Brazil, Chile). His directorships (Past and Present) include:
Director, Confederation of Paper Industries, UK, Chair of Environment Committee; Director and Vice Chair, Association of Manufacturers of Soft Tissue Paper in the UK (AMSTP); Director, Trafford Park Business Forum, Trafford Park, Manchester. He is a Guest Lecturer at Notre Dame and Georgia South Western MBA Programs. Mr. Mills has a Bachelor of Applied Science, System Design Engineering,1978, University of Waterloo.

Jeff Moore, BBA, PLog, is Managing Director of Lakeside Logistics Inc., headquartered in Oakville, Ont. In partnership with Chris Magill, Moore founded Lakeside Logistics in 1986. In 1999, Moore and Magill repositioned Lakeside from the transaction-based freight business to long-term relationship supply chain management accounts. He is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Nikhil Sathe, is the CFO of 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 Shippers’ 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 received Indian CA qualification in 1986, American CPA in 2002 and prestigious 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 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, is a Senior Manager with KPMG in Toronto. 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

Reuben Slone, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, OfficeMax. joined OfficeMax in November 2004 as executive vice president, supply chain. He is responsible for inventory management, supply chain operations, real estate, store development, facilities, and indirect procurement for the company. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Mr. Slone held various executive positions with Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS, and Ernst & Young. Harvard Business Review published two of his articles: Leading a Supply Chain Turnaround in October 2004 and Are You the Weakest Link in your Supply Chain. Mr. Slone is co-authoring a book based on the latter article entitled Driving Value through the Supply Chain: Shaping the Agenda to be published by Harvard Business School Press. Mr. Slone received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984 where he graduated cum laude.

Kate Vitasek is a thought leader in the area of Supply Chain Management.  Kate’s approaches and insights have been widely published; she has authored over 75 articles which have appeared in publications such as Journal of Business Logistics, Supply Chain Management Review, Inside Supply Management, Aviation Week, Distribution Business Management Journal, The Manufacturer, and APICS Performance Advantage.    Ms. Vitasek currently hosts an “Expert Insight” blog on performance management for Supply Chain Digest and has authored/contributed to four books, including authoring the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals best selling “Supply Chain Process Standards”
Kate has been recognized for her leadership in the profession.  Most recently she was selected as a “Woman on the Move in Trade and Transportation” by the Journal of Commerce and was also recognized as a “Rainmaker” in by DC Velocity Magazine for her efforts in helping to build the logistics and supply chain profession.  She is a sought after speaker at industry groups and universities on the topic of Supply Chain Performance Management.   Kate has also served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals as well as on the Supply Chain Council’s Deliver Committee.

Ms. Vitasek is the lead researcher and faculty for the University of Tennessee’s Performance-Based Outsourcing efforts.   She teaches Executive Development courses and is one of the university’s lean implementation coaches as part of the University’s Center for Executive Education.  She also teaches MBA classes on performance management and lean supply chains for Wright State University, and seminars for the Warehouse Education Research Council and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Kate is also the Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Visions, a small consulting practice that was recognized in 2007 by ARC Advisory Group as a “Top 10 Supply Chain Management Boutique Consulting Firm”.     As a consultant, Ms. Vitasek brings a unique blend of consulting, practitioner and general management experience to the firms she works with.  This blend of skills ensures that solutions are both practical and cost effective.    Supply Chain Visions philosophy is to “teach a company to fish” rather than bring in herds of consultants costing thousands of dollars that generally wind up as “Vinyl Binder” studies.    

Kate has worked for P&G, Kroger, Accenture’s Logistics Strategy Practice, Microsoft and Modus Media International, a global 3PL.  As a practitioner, Kate has served in marketing, operations, and general management roles - including Director of Marketing, Director of Supply Chain, Vice President of Operations Services, and Vice President and General Manager for Global Accounts. 

Ms. Vitasek graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with an MBA in logistics.   She also holds a B.S in Marketing as the Top Graduate for the College of Business.

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