Confirmed Speakers 2018
SVP Global Supply Chain
Chief Supply Chain Officer
GVP, Head of Division Procurement and Logistics
Fr. Cabinet member for the U.S. Small Business Administration and Senior Fellow
Harvard Business School
VP Supply Chain Management
VP, Head of EMEA Supply Chain
Francois-Regis Le Tourneau
Corporate Supply Chain Director
SVP Global Supply Chain Planning
VP Distribution Solutions
Director of Supply Chain
Strategy and Business Manager, Operations
Arjen Van Der Woude
Strategic Sourcing Director
Global VP, Production Control & Supply Chain Management
Renault Nissan Mitsubishi
Supply Chain Sustainability
Founder and CXO
Starmind International AG
Head of Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Director
Global Supply Chain
VP, Global Head of Manufacturing and Supply
Managing Vice President
Gartner Supply Chain
Dr Dirk Holbach
Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Laundry & Home Care
Henkel Global Supply Chain
Global Supply Chain Director & CEO Vodafone Procurement
Chief Procurement Officer
Susanne Hundsbaek Pedersen
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Vice President,
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Categories & Engineering
Global Customer Fulfillment,
Director, EU Operations
Johnson & Johnson
Global Supply Chain Planning
Supply Chain Logistics
Supply Chain Strategy & Analytics
Executive Director, Enterprise Solutions
Director Supply Chain Network Solutions & Excellence, EMEA
Director, Chief of Staff,
Global Supply Chain & CPO,
Data Center Group
Head of Global Supply Chain Development
Senior IT Project Manager
Professor of Operations
and Supply Chain,
GroupUniversity of Warwick
Managing Vice President
Vice President Distinguished Analyst
Featured in the On-Site Tour of HP World Center for 3D Printing and Digital Packaging
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, 3DP & Graphics Solutions Business
Featured in the Operations Lab
Chief Economist, Head of Strategic Intelligence
Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director, Supply Chain
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Team of Tomorrow
What lies ahead for work and how will supply chain careers evolve in the next decade? Digitalization is having disruptive effects on managerial, logistics, planning, and other supply chain functions. Automation in plants, fulfillment centers, and areas like procurement, production planning, and maintenance is eliminating jobs. And yet overall hiring continues to rise and senior leaders say that finding and hiring the right talent is harder than ever.
This wave of disruption, coupled with the continually growing need for more end-to-end knowledge and greater general business skills, is shaping a clear vision for the supply chain team of tomorrow. Digital technology, while rapidly displacing human labor, is equally rapidly enhancing human brainpower. It’s both a threat to work and the very thing that can solve challenges around connecting end-to-end to bring value back to the C-suite.
A new approach to finding, developing and retaining people from a very sparse talent pool is required. This year’s Live Europe Peer Forum will concentrate on three pillars that shape the future of supply chain organizations:
Digital and the rise of artificial intelligence are seen by many as a threat to work. And yet, experience and research both say that people are the key to leveraging technology. Supply chain leaders must inspire teams grappling with change in technology and process. They must demonstrate how agility, customer centricity, and commitment to quality are fundamentally human capabilities to be enhanced with technology, not simply replaced by machines. This forum will feature the most cutting-edge practitioner approaches to building a digitally-enabled workforce and leveraging technology to shape the team of tomorrow.
The top-rated, essential skill for the supply chain executive of the future is leadership. Three of the top five skills in our annual Future of Supply Chain research are, in fact, general business leadership requirements. In addition to functional expertise, communication, analytics, finance and commercial acumen are all now essential tools for a career in Supply Chain. The community will share creative approaches to ensuring that the supply chain team of tomorrow is one that can both efficiently run operations and operate effectively in the boardroom.
Modern supply chain organizations recognize the need to build functional expertise while exposing functional leaders to the best practices of their functional leaders across the end-to-end supply chain. Some have deemed these two expertise as “masters of function” and “masters of orchestration.” This forum will feature case examples and best practices on how to institutionalize development of end-to-end knowledge at all layers of the organization, from the entry-level pipeline to the most senior executives.
Unique forum format
This Live Europe Peer Forum is a strictly closed-door, cross-industry forum. There’s no press, vendor exhibition or media allowed, so your conversations with fellow industry leaders will remain confidential and you’ll experience an environment without vendor solicitation.
Keynote sessions and panel discussions
Senior leaders share practical insights into their supply chain operations and you can question them directly to get to the heart of all the key issues.
Executive huddles and roundtables
Small, private roundtable discussions focusing on the critical issues affecting the future of the profession. As all dialogue remains strictly confidential, you can speak openly and freely without any risk of later citation.
1-2-1 peer and analyst connections
You can pre-book private face-to-face meetings with executive peers and Gartner analysts attending the forum using a private online portal running up to and during the forum. Gain real practical insights into what other companies and industries are doing to take back to your boardroom.
A host of informal and relaxed networking opportunities over the course of the forum provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy time out from the intense business discussions and reflect with peers on the key themes of the day.
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