LQ has developed its November 12 Executive Exchange Program in consultation with its Executive Editors and its Advisory Board.

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Dan Wright is the Assistant Deputy Minister, BPS Supply Chain Secretariat in the Ontario Ministry of Finance.  Before joining government in January 2006, Dan worked in banking, communications technology, corporate finance and mining in Canada, the US and Europe.  He was Chief Financial Officer and then President of Electrohome from 1993 to 2001, and then a Principal with Dexio Group, an Ontario-based strategy & transformation consultancy.  Dan holds Master’s Degrees in Economics (University of Toronto) and Business (York University).

Invited and Confirmed Speakers Include:

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

John Langley Jr., Ph.D., M.B.A., Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Supply Chain Executive programs, Georgia Institute of Technology, is a former president of the Council of Logistics Management and has received numerous distinguished service awards. He serves on the boards of UTi Worldwide, Averitt Express and Forward Air Corporation.

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.

Susan Promane has over 15 years of supply chain experience with a variety of companies including ICI Canada, CN Rail, Tibbett & Britten North America and Skulogix. Currently she is the Director of Supply Chain for Whirlpool Canada. She has an MBA and a BA (Honors) in Business and Economics from York University.

Nikhil Sathe is educated in American CPA and an MBA from Queens School of Business in Canada and has more than 20 years of international experience in P & L management and Finance. Nikhil has more than 12 years of increasing responsibility and expertise in financial and risk management in transportation, freight forwarding and logistics industry in South Africa and North America. Currently CFO of Kelron Logistics, a fast paced and high growth potential 3PL adjudged by Inbound Logistics amongst the top 100 3PL's in North America. This year Nikhil has contributed as a panelist in the TLC Conference in Orlando and 5th Eyefortransport 3PL Summit in Atlanta and as a speaker in SCL (Supply Chain and Logistics Canada) on Risk Management and Carrier Compliance.

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

Guy Toksoy is Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) for Ryder Canada. He is responsible for directing the development and operations of world-class logistics solutions for Ryder’s global and domestic customers. Prior to joining Ryder, Guy held progressively senior positions at APL logistics including Head of Logistics operations with responsibility for the operational and sales activities of all Canadian services. His career also includes progressive senior management positions at Cebra Inc. and GATX Logistics, as well as several entrepreneurial companies. Guy has a B.Sc. in Mechanical engineering from Middle East Tech University, a M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Miami University.