Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics
Sears Canada Inc.
Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Rubik is the head of supply chain and procurement operations at Western Digital, a leading developer, manufacturer and provider of storage solutions. His responsibilities include strategic planning, executions, materials management, logistics, fulfilment, direct and indirect procurement as well as OEM management. The Western Digital supply chain and procurement organization has been at the forefront of supporting the growth of the company through multiple acquisitions and transformations. Areas of passion include increasing relevancy of supply chain within a business, and development of robust risk management.
Prior to joining Western Digital, Rubik held executive leadership positions at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) which is now part of Western Digital, and IBM in supply chain operations and product development. At HGST he led the design and deployment of procurement organizational structure including governance, eProcurement, processes and systems which led to an award in business model mastery from Managing Automation Magazine. At IBM, beside Procurement responsivities, Rubik held exceedingly growing roles in product development such as IBM personal computer systems, and digital signal processing subsystems. He has successfully driven transformation and value creation from several M&As and has broad experience in design and management of OEM/ODM models. Rubik holds a bachelor and master of science degree in engineering and has held various advisory roles including advisory board member at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, Personal Computing Industry Center.
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Systems Operations
Karl Braitberg is Senior Vice President of Oracle's Worldwide Operations. Karl joined Oracle in 2016 and is responsible for the end to end supply chain operations for the company. Prior to Oracle, Karl spent ten years at Cisco in a variety of executive level supply chain and operational roles spanning Customer Service, Planning, Customer fulfillment, Supply chain transformation, Strategic sourcing/direct procurement, and Cloud infrastructure operations.
Karl is recognized as one of the industry’s most successful and well-respected operational leaders. He is passionate about finding new and innovative ways to increase organizational and supply chain performance. In addition, Karl is known for; valuing open communication, business transparency, employee empowerment, strong leadership, and his ability to grow and retain top talent.
Karl was named by Supply Chain Executive Magazine to the “Pros to Know” list and has been cited in numerous publications, including Supply Chain Management Review, ComputerWorld, and InfoWorld.
Karl has also held executive positions at Palm Inc., Converge, and LSI Logic. Karl holds a Master of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University.
Chief Executive Officer
Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company’s chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015.
Executive Vice President, Converged Infrastructure
David Donatelli is an executive vice president reporting to Mark Hurd.
Most recently, Donatelli served as executive vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Group at Hewlett-Packard. In that role, he led the group responsible for the enterprise hardware business, which includes storage, server, networking, and converged infrastructure solutions.
Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Donatelli spent 22 years at EMC Corporation; his last role there was as president of the EMC Storage Division. In that position, he oversaw the development of EMC’s storage platforms, as well as EMC’s Information Management Software and Infrastructure Software product offerings.
Donatelli is a graduate of Boston College and received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Supply Chain Thought Leader
John Gattorna, stands at the forefront of supply chain ‘thought leadership’ in the world today, and his work has influenced many of today’s leading multi-national corporations. He has made it his passion in life to stay at the cutting edge of supply chain design, and his last three books are testament to that, the most recent being Dynamic Supply Chains; how to design, build and manage people-centric value networks, 3rd edn., FT Prentice Hall, Harlow, 2015.
His advanced methodologies offer a way of dealing with the ‘new normal’ operating environment, characterized by volatility, and yet more volatility, with no respite in sight. John’s work has taken on a ‘whole-of-enterprise’ feel and scope, because he steadfastly believes that you can only transform enterprise supply chains if you transform the entire enterprise, hence his multi-disciplinary approach to supply chain design, from ‘outside-in’, using ‘design thinking’ principles.
John is Executive Chairman of Gattorna Alignment, a Sydney-based Firm specialising in supply chain ‘thought leadership’, and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School, Sydney, Australia. His personal website is: www.johngattorna.com
Founder of SingularityU Netherlands
Yuri van Geest is a passionate professional, author, international keynote speaker and entrepreneur on exponential emerging technologies. He has a strong background in corporates, agencies, central government, startups, and his own innovation company Trend8.
Yuri is co-author of the bestselling book called Exponential Organizations with Salim Ismail, Mike Malone and Peter Diamandis. The book is about the fundamentally new ways startups and corporates are organized internally and externally to deal with disruption, exponential technologies and accelerated change. This the first book by Singularity University Press globally.
Yuri is the Dutch Ambassador of Singularity University, Managing Director of the Singularity University Summit Europe and a triple alumnus of the Singularity University, Exponential Medicine and Exponential Finance. He was co-founder/lead organizer of successful corporate hackathons and non-profit events & communities like Quantified Self Europe and Amsterdam, Mobile Monday Amsterdam, Lean Startup NL and TEDxAmsterdam. Yuri was a key member of the Topteam Creative Industry within the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation in the central Dutch government which focused on driving innovation at the ecosystem level.
Yuri speaks at large conferences for Presidents, CEOs or C-Suites (CIOs, CMOs, and CHROs) and Boards about how to execute successful corporate transformation in a time of fast-paced change. He also offers workshops (mentor/host), and training on the implementation of methodologies, practices and tools to help your organization to become an Exponential Organization.
Yuri is also passionate about Liberal arts, Ethics, Values, and Socratic Design Workshops (a new emerging field he's very exciting about).
CIO Supply Chain
GE Global Operations
As the CIO Supply Chain, Debi partners with GE Global Operations and each GE business to enable technology standards across all of Supply Chain including: Sourcing, Procurement, AP, AR, Logistics and Customs. Bringing these processes/teams together will facilitate a cohesive technology strategy across Global Ops Supply Chain as well as provide a single point of contact across all Supply Chain domains.
Debi brings over 24 years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility at GE, including 15 years with GE Aviation and nearly 10 years at GE Appliances. Most recently, Debi was the CIO – Military Systems Operation for GE Aviation. Prior to that she was the CIO for two Aviation divisions: Avionics & Digital Systems and Business & General Aviation-Integrated Systems. She held IT leadership roles in Services, Supply Chain and as a Client CIO in Engineering. Before joining GE Aviation, Debi held numerous IT roles at GE Appliances (e-Business, Customer Service, Engineering & Manufacturing) and the GE Audit Staff.
Debi is a certified Black Belt and a graduate of both the Experienced Information Management Program and the Digital Technology Leadership Program. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Science and Data Processing from the University of Louisville. In her spare time Debi enjoys reading, family time and Cub Scouting. Debi and her husband, Ted, have 3 children: Theo (10), Gabe (8) and Sophia (6). She and her family reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Senior Vice President, Applications Development
Rick Jewell is senior vice president of Oracle Applications development. Jewell has been with Oracle since 1989 and has overall responsibility for Oracle's supply chain management applications. In addition, his responsibilities include Oracle's recent acquisitions in supply chain, specifically the transportation management, demand planning, advanced planning and scheduling, and product lifecycle management products.
Prior to Oracle, Jewell spent nine years with a large global systems integrator and he also served as CIO for a Bay Area-based medical-device manufacturing company. Jewell is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a BA in economics and an MS in industrial engineering.
Senior Vice President, North America ERP, EPM & SCM Applications Enterprise Business
Senior Vice President, North America ERP, EPM & SCM Applications Enterprise Business
Rod Johnson is Senior Vice President of Oracle’s North America ERP, EPM & SCM Applications Enterprise Business, which includes sales strategy and global sales support. Mr. Johnson is focused on driving growth and customer success of our Software-as-a-Service businesses by making it easier to evaluate, buy, and adopt the application portfolio. His team is responsible for Cloud Sales efforts of our Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Performance Management and Supply Chain Management product portfolios.
During his 8-year tenure at Oracle, Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in building Oracle’s Industry Solution and Key Account strategy. Mr. Johnson was responsible for the development and go-to-market execution of Oracle’s Industry Solutions, which are end to end offerings targeted at our customers’ most critical business challenges and opportunities.
Prior to Oracle, Mr. Johnson spent 8 years at Gartner Group where he held several key research leadership roles in ERP, E-Commerce and Customer Relationship Management practices. In the role, he was a noted thought leader, consulted with hundreds of Global 2000 clients and regularly spoke at key industry events.
Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer
As Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer, Laurel leads the Buy to Pay process at Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she oversees sourcing, procurement, supplier relationship management, supplier diversity, supply chain sustainability, purchasing, supply chain management, logistics/warehousing, accounts payable, payroll, and travel and expenses for this integrated health care organization. Laurel joined KP in 2009 as Vice President, Supply Chain.
She supports Kaiser Permanente’s mission of providing high-quality, affordable care to its 10+ million member through its procurement and purchasing practices. In 2014, Kaiser Permanente became the first healthcare provider/health plan to join the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR), which recognizes Fortune 500 companies committed to spending at least $1B with small and minority-owned businesses. Laurel is a founding member and initial chair of the Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG), a voluntary supply chain coalition that includes Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Health, and Sisters of Mercy. This healthcare provider coalition is actively engaging in the support of positive change throughout the healthcare industry. Laurel was also named “2011 Contract Professional of the Year” by the Journal of Healthcare Contracting. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Laurel headed supply chain organizations for companies such as Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, and IVAC Medical Systems.
Laurel lives in Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Institute of Technology and an MBA from Duke University.
Vice President Global Management Consulting
Mo Khurana leads Inspirage's global Management Consulting practice. Mo has over 20 years supply chain and commercial experience and is an active supply chain thought leader.
Before joining Inspirage, Mo held various senior leadership supply chain roles in industry across retail, distribution and manufacturing in Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies. Over the years, Mo has undertaken large complex global business transformations in industry, such as the deployment of Integrated Business Planning and implementation of Oracle value chain applications, on a global scale. At Inspirage, Mo continues to help our clients with similar transformational challenges and opportunities with our Management Consulting practice that specializes in: Benchmarking, Business Process Management, Organizational Change Management, Strategic Advisory Services and Business Process Services (BPO/BPaaS).
Mo has a masters degree in Supply Chain & Logistics from Cranfield University (UK) and a bachelors degree in Business Management from Leeds University (UK). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).
Vice President, Global Sourcing and Engineering Operations
T.S. Khurana is Vice President of global sourcing and operations engineering at Facebook. His team manages the complete ecosystem of source through delivery functions spanning compute, storage, network, data center infrastructure and the Connectivity Lab. During his 5 year tenure at Facebook, T.S. led the company’s transition from mainstream data center equipment channels to custom designed and manufactured infrastructure.
Prior to Facebook, T.S. worked at Cisco for 12 years, where he held several domestic and international leadership positions in operations. T.S. began his career at KLA-Tencor where over the course of 12 years he held a number of roles in manufacturing, engineering and international sales management.
T.S. attended the United States Air Force Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Supply Chain Engineer
Emre Kuscu is a Supply Chain Engineer at Transit Wireless, an industry leader in cellular, Wi-Fi and fiber network infrastructure design and development. Emre is responsible for analyzing and implementing tactical strategies for NYCT Capital Improvement Projects. Emre holds a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and an MBA with a concentration in International Business Management from Goldey-Beacom College.
Global Head, Supply Chain Consulting Practice
Tata Consultancy Services
Matt Lekstutis leads global teams that imagine, implement and optimize supply chains and bring new innovations to TCS clients. For over 25 years Matthew has been combining his experience as a leading supply chain consultant and senior industry executive to guide clients to realize competitive advantage through supply chain transformation. Matt’s prior experience includes senior leadership roles at A.T. Kearney, General Dynamics, PwC, and ZIN Technologies. Matt holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Webb Institute.
Vice President, SCM Cloud Product Marketing
Roderick (Roddy) Martin joined Oracle in June 2016 as the vice president of SCM Cloud product marketing. Martin leads the supply chain management cloud go-to-market plan development, supply chain thought leadership, and message and content creation. He works closely with sales, product strategy, and partners to drive market adoption.
Martin brings more than 35 years of supply chain thought leadership experience to Oracle. His vast operations and leadership experience in engineering, manufacturing, and end-to-end supply chain transformation is ideally suited to evangelize Oracle’s market-leading supply chain cloud solutions. Working across product development, corporate marketing, sales, channels, and user communities, Martin leads the team to create consistent and compelling messaging around Oracle's market-driven, end-to-end supply chain cloud solutions.
Senior Director, Supply Chain Systems
Chris leads the Supply Chain Systems group at NCR Corporation, a leader in omnichannel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business.
Chris is based in Columbus, GA at NCR’s US manufacturing campus and is accountable for NCR’s internal supply chain systems. Chris manages the global systems strategy and support for order scheduling, procurement, manufacturing operations, supply chain planning and PLM. To support NCR’s Vision 2020 Chris is focused on NCR’s ERP enterprise coverage strategy, solutions life cycle management and the ERP cloud roadmap. Chris has held multiple management positions within NCR over that past 18 years focused on ERP deployments, cloud deployments and supply chain innovation to support order fulfillment and manufacturing operations.
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations
Cindy Reese is Senior Vice President, of Operations. With over 30 years experience in the High Technology sector, she is currently responsible for transitioning our supply chain applications to Oracle’s public cloud reporting directly to the CEO. Prior to this position Cindy was responsible for the end to end hardware supply chain operation, supply chain strategy and transformation reporting to the CEO. Ms. Reese joined Oracle in 2010 when the company acquired Sun Microsystems. Ms. Reese was with Sun for more than 12 years, where she held numerous leadership roles, including Senior Vice President for Systems Operations, Vice President for Storage Operations, Vice President for Scalable Systems Manufacturing Operations, Vice President for High End Operations, and Executive Lead for the StorageTek Integration. Prior to Sun, Ms. Reese was Vice President, Worldwide Materials Management at Silicon Graphics.
Major League Baseball All-Star
Baseball’s “Iron Man,” Cal Ripken, Jr. broke several professional baseball records during his 21 seasons, but none is as sacred as his consecutive-games-played record. Shattering Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,131 games by more than 500, Ripken displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans, transformed him into a national icon — and some argue, even saved baseball at its darkest moment.
Founded in 2001, Ripken Baseball aims to inspire athletes through remarkable experiences. Ripken Baseball currently owns multiple Minor League Baseball teams and hosts numerous youth tournaments, camps and clinics at The Ripken Experience baseball complexes in Aberdeen, Maryland and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
In 2011, Ripken was named as a special envoy for the U.S. State Department, promoting teamwork and cross-cultural communication to Japan. Working with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to fulfill her mission of diplomacy and unity through sports, Ripken has among his responsibilities visiting tsunami- and earthquake-ravaged towns and running baseball camps.
Ripken is the author of numerous books on sports and parenting, and he is currently writing a children book series with ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd. Ripken’s autobiography The Only Way I Know is a New York Times bestseller.
An inspirational speaker, Cal Ripken, Jr. is the personification of leadership, commitment, and excellence. In a warm and witty presentation filled with stories from his illustrious career, he shows how these keys to success apply to the business world as well as to the baseball field. From his own philanthropy with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and his dedication to helping children around the country through the Boys & Girls Clubs and the charity NikeGo, Ripken showcases how individuals can give back and create new opportunities for others. One of the most popular athletes of his generation, Cal Ripken, Jr.’s example inspires audience members of all ages to achieve their own brand of success.
Worldwide Vice President – Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
Johnson & Johnson
Joe Sendra is responsible for manufacturing engineering across the Consumer, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Sectors of Johnson & Johnson, a position he has held since January of 2015. Throughout his career he has a significant record of accomplishment in the commercialization of medical products, improving processes, and achieving superior business results. Joe has held direct responsibility in the areas of quality assurance, supply chain, distribution, manufacturing engineering, sustaining engineering, plant construction, business improvement, R&D, and production management. He is a Six-Sigma Black Belt and is lean manufacturing certified.
Joe joined Johnson & Johnson in 1993 as a QA engineer with Cordis Corporation. He held positions of increasing responsibility in various functions. He has managed business units, led new product introduction programs and been responsible for developing worldwide manufacturing & network strategies. Joe led an R&D program from concept to human clinical trial as well as deployed process & design excellence programs worldwide. He has held responsibilities for manufacturing plants as well as process engineering for new product development. Prior to joining J&J Joe was a technician with Baxter healthcare for three years and owned his own technology services firm.
Senior Vice President
Logistics and Network Design, Schneider Electric
Stuart is based in Singapore with global responsibility for Logistics and Network Design. Stuart and his team are focused on transforming Schneider’s delivery platform from a “One Size Fits All” approach to a fully optimized Customer Aligned platform that is digitally capable of sensing and responding to multiple customer demands.
Working with Dr. John Gattorna, Stuart has been able to deploy Dynamic Alignment in Japan, Taiwan for DHL Express and to a Strategic Account / Global Account Management Front and Back Office Operations within the World’s Largest 3PL. More recently this learning and application has been evolving at Schneider Electric in conjunction with other Global Supply Chain domains as we seek to deliver the Perfect End-to-End Experience Globally for Schneider Electric’s Customers.
Prior to Schneider Electric, Stuart worked at DPDHL holding multiple positions over a 14 year career spanning Global, Regional, Country Operational/Commercial Roles and General Management in Asia Pacific and Europe. Prior to DPDHL, Stuart worked at TNT for 6 years based in the USA and later North Asia specializing in “Supply Chain Solutions” for North American based corporations with Asia Pacific manufacturing / sourcing operations.
A British national, Stuart is married with three children. Stuart is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and holds a Global MSc. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University’s School of Management. Stuart has also received academic recognition from ANZAM for a collaborative paper written with Dr. John Gattorna in 2006.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Peter Bolstorff is the respected author of Supply Chain Excellence: A Handbook for Dramatic Improvement Using the SCOR Model. Peter has over 25 years of experience in supply chain and operations management. He joined APICS as the Executive Director for the then newly merged APICS Supply Chain Council. Prior to joining APICS, Peter was the founding principal of SCE Limited, a consulting firm focused on providing supply chain program management and SCOR-based education to supply chain executives and their global teams. Peter also held supply chain and operations management leadership roles at Pragmatek Consulting Group, Imation, 3M, and has been a lifelong volunteer within the SCOR community.
Solution Director, Business Development, Logistics
Derron Mirtsching is the Solutions Director, Business Development, Logistics Management for Inspirage North America. In addition to that domain focus, Derron is working towards expanding our coverage model in the TOLA region, specifically aligning with the Oracle Oil and Gas team. Throughout his career, Derron has been known as a top performing supply chain solution architect and business development resource with proven abilities in Supply Chain and Oracle VCE. Derron began his career in 1991, straight out of Louisiana State University, working for Cargill, Koch Industries, Manugistics, Oracle and, finally, IBM.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Diego Pantoja-Navajas founded LogFire after spending more than a decade designing and implementing supply chain solutions for some of the world’s largest retailers, CPG manufacturers, food service companies, and third-party logistics providers. Diego graduated with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in industrial and systems engineering. Among his many awards, Diego is a four-time recipient of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Pros to Know designation.
Prior to founding Kalypso, George was a partner with Deloitte Consulting where he focused on product development and lifecycle management. He also held R&D, plant management and business management positions with BFGoodrich. George holds four U.S. patents and was named the 1994 Northeast Ohio Inventor of the Year. He is a member of The Ohio State University's Technology Review Board to promote the commercialization of emerging technologies. George holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Planning from Rice University.