Sunday, 12 July 2020


Executive Networking


Welcome Reception

Monday, 13 July 2020

07:00 – 08:00

Networking Breakfast

08:00 – 08:30

Chairperson Welcome Address
Stan Aronow, Vice President Distinguished Advisor, Gartner

08:30 – 09:10

2020 – A Look Ahead to the Next Decade
Cedrick Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Smart Infrastructure

As we enter the next decade, our 2020 visions and roadmaps have led us here. The time has come to assess where we’ve come from, and where we need to go next in 2025 and 2030.

Join us as we hear from a global CEO on their company’s transformation to this point, and on the way they will continue to evolve their company as they roadmap the next stops on their digital journey.

09:10 – 09:50

ReThink Supply Chain – The Perpetual Presence
Greg Smith, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, Walmart

At the 2019 Leaders Forum, we asked ourselves to define supply chain’s unique value proposition. The answer, it seemed, lay in supply chain’s unique position as the central nervous system for the enterprise in its ability to sense demand and disruption within its network.

Now, in 2020, we ask ourselves what supply chain must be going forward to deliver flawless products and services to our customers, our partners, our environment, and our bottom line. The line between physical and digital used to be a blur; now there may be no line at all. What does that mean for how we operate internally, and how can we lead our companies through this transition?

Greg Smith, Walmart’s head of supply chain, will elaborate on his personal journey to ReThink Supply Chain at Walmart.

09:50 – 10:00

The Community Comes Together – Executive Huddles
Stan Aronow, Vice President Distinguished Advisor, Gartner

As a community and profession, we collectively hold the power to solve global problems through conversations at the Forum. Our Chairperson will provide context and detail for our Executive Huddle sessions to move from breakout conversations to action.

10:00 – 10:30

Morning Coffee

10:30 – 11:30

Executive Huddles

Globalism and Protectionism

This discussion will focus on how to navigate and influence global trade and tariffs

Agility to Innovation

This discussion will focus on how to instill agility and a culture of innovation within our companies and networks

Resource Innovation

This discussion will focus on how to manage resource scarcity via product and process innovation

Mankind and Machine

This discussion will focus on how to artfully introduce new-age automation and AI alongside human workers

11:45 – 12:30

Practical Application Track: Tools of the Profession

Breakout Session: Real-Time Customer Data Access

Customer and patient demographics are in a state of flux. An unprecedented aging population in some regions combined with the growth opportunity in new markets is shaping fundamentally different needs and constraints. This session will share perspectives on how real-time access to customer feedback, social media and unstructured data will make supply chain an essential partner to commercial, R&D and customer service executives in serving unmet, often unspoken, needs of products, packaging and services.

Breakout Session: Building Agile and Resilient Networks

Shifts in attitudes on globalization have shaken core principles of network design and operational efficiency. At the same time, the shift to service business models has changed how revenue growth is attained and is challenging tenants of cost and inventory management. This session will explore how to progress past static resiliency plans to institutionalizing network agility, and on how to implement technology solutions that will proactively sense political, geographical, and social risk.

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 15:40

Peer 1-2-1 Connections

Meet one-on-one in hand-selected meetings with peers

15:40 – 16:00

Afternoon Break

16:00 – 16:40

ReThink Speed: The Agile Enterprise
Mark Sutcliffe, Alliance Senior Vice President, Industrial Strategy and Supply Chain Management, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

In today’s volatile and complex world, supply chains are being challenged by unprecedented disruption from market shocks, changes in trade & tariffs, economic headwinds, advances in technology, changing customer demand and consumer patterns.  In the words of Jeff Bezos, “In today’s era of volatility… the only sustainable advantage you can have is AGILITY”.

For the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the pursuit of agility has been a strategic priority and a core supply chain capability.  In this session, hear how the company is cutting across functional silos to build true end-to-end agility up and downstream, with digitally enabled visibility accelerating the company’s ability to sense and respond in an extremely capital intensive, margin-constrained environment.

16:40 – 16:45

Day 1 Reflections and Closing
Stan Aronow, Vice President Distinguished Advisor, Gartner


Leaders Dinner

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

07:00 – 08:00

Networking Breakfast

08:10 – 08:50

ReThink the Model – Patient-Centric Operations

Dr. Steffen Lang, Global Head of Technical Operations, Novartis
Dannielle Appelhans, Global Head of Supply Chain, Novartis

08:50 – 09:30

ReThink the Business

09:30 – 10:00

Morning Coffee

10:00 – 11:30

Peer 1-2-1 Connections

Meet one-on-one in hand-selected meetings with peers

11:45 – 12:30

Practical Application Track: Tools of the Profession

Breakout Session: Sensing The Network’s Edge

Many companies are bracing for the day when they have more machines connected to the internet than employees (if it hasn’t happened already). But when the Internet of Things takes hold in your organization, how can the network’s edge be orchestrated, optimized, and – most importantly – kept secure?

Breakout Session: Data Integrity: How Do We Know What’s True?

It’s important to have easy access and full visibility into the data within and outside your organization. However, what value does this access give if the data itself isn’t correct? With many companies grappling with enterprise data assets that are riddled with inaccuracies – sometimes 50% or more – what can be done to harmonize and improve data sets to ensure decisions are being made on only what is true?

Breakout Session: Centralized vs. Decentralized: Where to Put the Data?

As more and more disparate assets get connected across the organization – which itself might be a network of acquisitions and disparate business divisions – what should be done with the data that is produced? Should data be kept at the edges for fast (if sometimes imprecise) action, or should it be centralized in data lakes for slow but consistent execution? Can today’s technology unlock the potential for a combination of both?

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 14:10

ReThink the Team – When Supply Chain and IT Collide
Stu Pann, Former Chief Supply Chain Officer, HP Inc.

As digitalization marches on within our organizations, we find ourselves still contending with uncertainties of ownership and partnership around new technology and processes. How can supply chain, IT, and product organizations come together to deliver differentiated customer experiences? Stu Pann, HP Inc.’s CSCO, will elaborate on how he has tackled this question.

14:10 – 15:00

Disruptor Lab: Ted-Style Innovation Talks

Up in Smoke - How to Reinvent an Industry

Massimo Andolina, Senior Vice President, Operations, Philip Morris International
Dr. John O’Mullane, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Philip Morris International

From Enterprise to Disruptor: Redefining Responsible

Frank Crespo, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Indigo

As we look beyond 2020 to ReThink the Business, we should also ask ourselves what lessons can be learned from disruptive startups. Though they don’t share the same scale as a large enterprise, their ability to act without the constraints of legacy can provide a roadmap into our possible future – and new opportunity.

Indigo, recently voted as the most disruptive startup in the world by CNBC, is taking a bold new approach to transparency and sustainability in its value chain, while also leveraging digital platforms to connect to customers more directly than ever before.

Hear from Frank Crespo, one of the communities Executive Advisory Board members, on his journey from Chief Procurement Officer of Caterpillar to Chief Supply Chain Officer of Indigo in disrupting the way we think of responsible business.

15:00 – 15:20

Reflections and Learnings
Dr. Hau Lee, Professor of Operations, Information & Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Join us as Dr. Hau Lee, Chairman of this community’s Executive Advisory Board, reflects on the key learnings from the Forum.

15:20 – 15:30

Chairperson Closing Remarks
Stan Aronow, Vice President Distinguished Advisor, Gartner