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Shekar Natarajan is the Chief Supply Chain Officer for American Eagle Outfitters and has been with the company for quite a few years. He has done pretty much all the different scopes and roles within supply chain with a great impact. He's had a long-standing career within supply chain. He has worked for several very large FMCG companies earlier in his career, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and AB InBev. He also made significant things within very large retailers such as Walmart and Target.Now he's driving some extremely interesting projects within the American Eagle Outfitters supply chain, including the acquisition that they've made to Quiet Logistics and AirTerra. They are creating a sharing platform where logistics and supply chains can be looked across different retailers and different brands. Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Why Shekar's career was a series of accidentsHow did Shekar convince AEO’s CEO of significant acquisitions within the supply chain and logistics sectorBuilding the Shopify of Logistics and how will it workWhy should brands and retailers collaborate on supply chainDogged persistence and the keys to successFollow us on:Instagram:
Benoit Dauchin has 20+ years of experience in leading operations globally, within consumer products and retail. Benoit is an Omnichannel pioneer, brand development passionate, and profitable growth committed. He has forged a track record in orchestrating fast pace & high impact business transformations. Servicing companies and PE funds, both in growth enabling and turnaround contexts.  Benoit is based in Switzerland and operates globally.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:What it takes to be a unique leaderHow to motivate teams and keeping the organization in times of disruptionMajor learnings and challenges through COVIDSecret sauce of transformationBenoit’s professional idol or inspirationFollow us on:Instagram:
Christophe Mugnier-Pollet is the VP Global Supply Chain Management at Vestas based in Denmark.Christophe has a professional longtime experience within the supply chain. Previously, he also worked for ABB and Schneider Electric. Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Cristophe’s journey to getting into supply chainDifferences in IBP in an FMCG environment vs a Vestas environmentBest practices, key lessons and learnings from Cristophe’s past experiencesCollaboration and building partnerships with suppliersChanges on how Vestas works with investors in times of disruptionHighest demand skills in the futureFollow us on:Instagram:
Massimo Andolina is the SVP Operations at Philip Morris International (PMI) since 2018. He joined the company in 2008 as Director Operations Planning and served in various VP roles thereafter, including VP PMI Business Transformation. Prior to joining PMI, Massimo held a variety of international positions in strategic marketing and general management for Tetra Pak and in operations for R.J. Reynolds. PMI is a leading international tobacco company working to deliver a smoke-free future and evolving its portfolio for the long-term to include products outside of the tobacco and nicotine sector. Since 2008, PMI has invested more than USD 9 billion to develop, scientifically substantiate and commercialize innovative smoke-free products for adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, with the goal of completely ending the sale of cigarettes.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Inflection points in Massimo’s careerPMI’s transformation from a tobacco to an electronics companyFrom a manufacturing-centric to a customer-centric supply chainWhat worked and what didn't in the transformation process Why the ability to learn and unlearn is key to PMI’s transformationLeap frogging supply chain and change managementFollow us on:Instagram:
Radu Palamariu recently spoke with the master students at Zaragoza Logistics Center on the topic of changing careers of functions, hard and soft skills to have as a supply chain professional, and establishing connections and having the right mentor in the company.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Insights on transitioning from one country or industry to anotherNetwork, Network, NetworkRule of 3 follow upsSkills supply chain professionals should haveRecruitment and hiring process in Europe versus Asia How to get great mentorsFollow us on:Instagram:
Steven Merkt is the President, Transportation Solutions of TE Connectivity.As leader of the Transportation Solutions segment – one of the world’s largest suppliers of connectivity and sensor solutions to the automotive and commercial vehicle marketplaces – Steven is responsible for all aspects of sales, development, and operations for the segment worldwide.Steven joined TE in 1989 and has held leadership positions in general management, operations, engineering, marketing, supply chain, and new product launches. He was appointed to his current position in August 2012, after serving as President of TE’s Automotive business.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Steven’s journey with TE Connectivity - from being an engineer to executive management rolesThe 4 phases of the Electric Vehicle market Preparing EV Supply Chains for the BoomGlobal OEMs building their EV InfrastructuresHow important is proximity to clients to TE ConnectivityBeing bold and putting customers firstFollow us on:Instagram:
Magne Setnes is currently the Chief Supply Chain Officer at HEINEKEN. Magne joined HEINEKEN in 2000 and has held a number of senior international leadership roles across Supply Chain, Commerce and General Management in The Netherlands, United States, and Austria. Between 2002 and 2011 he held various roles in Supply Chain and Commerce, including HEINEKEN Export, Planning Manager HEINEKEN Netherlands Supply, Director Supply Chain HEINEKEN USA, Director Control HEINEKEN Global Supply Chain, and Supply Chain Director Brau Union Austria. He was appointed Sr. Director HEINEKEN Global Commerce Innovations in 2014, and Managing Director of Brau Union Austria in 2018.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Magne's career - from AI to SCMOpen platform IoT and how HEINEKEN uses it in their Supply Chain3D printing for spare partsNavigating commodity price hikesHow to create a learning organizationWhy it is key to keep SCM simple for the executive managementFollow us on:Instagram:
Tariq Farooq is the Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain at Sanofi, leading the operations globally for a diverse 35 billion USD pharma and biotech business. Previously, he spent 19 years at P&G in various roles and business units and worked for seven years at Danone as VP Global Manufacturing and EMEA Operations. Tariq has experience across all facets of Operations and Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Procurement and Engineering. And has done significant transformation projects at regional and global scale.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Why Tariq switched industries from FMCG to healthcare (and also main differences between them)How online healthcare and changing the rules of the gameOmnichannel developments at Sanofi and what needed to changeHow Tariq's team centralized their planning: the good as well as the badFuture SCM skills neededFollow us on:Instagram:
Mike Corbo became Chief Supply Chain Officer in 2011, the culmination of a lifelong Colgate career building our best-in-class capabilities across the globe. Previously he served from 2005 to 2011 as Vice President, Global Oral Care Supply Chain. Mike joined Colgate after graduating from Lafayette College in 1982 and worked in myriad roles across the U.S. In 1995, Mike moved to the Philippines as Director of Manufacturing Operations before becoming General Manager, Portfolio Simplification, Asia Pacific, in Malaysia. Mike has transformed our Supply Chain into an externally recognized global leader in productivity, resilience and sustainability.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Mike’s 40 years career with Colgate (and 18 different roles)What are some focus areas in the supply chain (and the "factory in a box" concept his team has come up with)How to collaborate more for Sustainable SCMTrue Zero to Waste initiative by Colgate-PalmolivePeople and building teamsSecret sauce of long term career successFollow us on:Instagram:
Ivanka Janssen is the Chief Supply Chain Officer of Philips. Ivanka is one of the most prominent supply chain executives in our network. She has had a long career across different facets of the supply chain in several companies across the fast-moving consumer goods industries and for the last three years, she has been leading the supply chain function for Philips.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How Ivanka started her career in supply chain by working 4 shifts and how her father told her decades ago the future is in SCMPhilips’s shift to using AI and ML in planning and forecasting processes – and lessons learnedFive-pillar program of boosting S&OP processes – I learn, I adopt, I play, I ensure, and I enrichEfforts and initiatives that organizations can do to a more diverse work environmentFollow us on:Instagram:
In this episode, we had Anna Lo and Jon Hong from SoftBank Vision Fund as our guests. Both of them have overseen investments in the logistics and transportation space from SoftBank.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:What does Softbank look for in companies (and will they ever invest in an asset-heavy company like a shipping line?!)Why investing is even more binding than a marriageWhat are the trends in Logistics TechnologyKey criteria for selecting the right investmentsSustainable InvestingFollow us on:Instagram:
Xiuling Guo is the Managing Director Asia for the edible oil business of Cargill. Xiuling has held a multitude of other roles around strategy, sourcing, S&OP, and lean manufacturing. And before Cargill, she was a Supply Chain Director with Yum! Brands Group in China.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How to make the switch from supply chain to full PnLWhat are key areas of focus as a leader (E2E supply chain matters!)Why Xiuling thinks planning is key as a function (even if accurate forecasting is impossible)Understanding the WHY is much more important than the WHAT or the HOWBest career advice and inflection pointsFollow us on:Instagram:
Francesca Gamboni is the SVP Global Supply Chain at Stellantis. She brings more than 25 years of management responsibility in supply chain management. Across diverse industries such as Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, Pulp & Paper, Aerospace, Aluminium and Cosmetic industry sectors. Stellantis N.V. is a Dutch-domiciled multinational automotive manufacturing corporation, formed in 2021 on the basis of a 50-50 cross-border merger between the Italian-American conglomerate Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French PSA Group. As of May 2021, Stellantis is the sixth-largest automaker worldwide with 300,000 employees, a presence in more than 130 countries with manufacturing facilities in 30 countries.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How Francesca worked across 6 different industriesTips and tricks to make the transitions successfulThe current chip crisis in automotive and need for ecosystem collaborationHow Stellantis implemented their S&OP processA case study in track and trace and reduce lost (stolen) containers by 50%Follow us on:Instagram:
Radu Palamariu was interviewed by Tyler Kern on Cargomatic’s Podcast, Careers on the Move. On the topic of hiring top-level executives, working in the supply chain, and how COVID-19 disruption affected the supply chain.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Radu’s career path and how it is to be in the executive search businessWhat motivates people to get into supply chainHow did the COVID-19 pandemic affect people’s awareness of the supply chainThe most rewarding thing with working in the supply chain and advice to people starting their career in the industryWhy it is important to have an agile culture in an organizationFollow us on:Instagram:
Susana Elvira is the Chief Human Resources Officer of  AP Moller-Maersk. She is a great professional in the HR field and has been with Maersk for close to 20 years in many different roles across different geographies.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Driving change and why it isn't a straight line - sometimes 3 steps forward are followed by one step backwardRecruitment and how to attract the right peopleWhat keeps people at MaerskThe power of being authentic and vulnerableSusana's own story around diversity and inclusionFollow us on:Instagram:
Asger Lauritsen is a Group Executive Management, Chief Procurement Officer - Supply Chain & Manufacturing at FLSmidth, having responsibility over end to end supply chain functions.He has over 20+ years of operations, procurement, manufacturing, supply chain, innovation and project experience from large complex engineering, process and transportation companies. Having also previously held executive roles in Norden as double hatting CPO and CTO.As well as several positions in Maersk, from general manager, to heading IT, operations and in his last role, being chief procurement officer FLSmidth is one of the leading suppliers of engineering, equipment and services to the cement and mining industries globally with more than 13,000 employees. Every year, they have 750K supplier deliveries and 250K customer deliveries.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:What helped Asger navigate many different career, scopes of jobs and geographical locationsNearshoring trends around the worldReducing the no. of suppliers from 15,000 to 7,500, with 90% of the business belonging to just 1,400 suppliers. Challenges along the journey!Digitalisation, A.I. and ‘robots’. And how they are likely to replace the one system-wide systems from Oracle, SAP or similar.Sustainability and FLS target carbon neutrality by 2030 which is incredibly ambitious in that space.Follow us on:Instagram:
Tonya Jackson is senior vice president and chief product delivery officer for Lexmark International.Tonya has been with Lexmark for 36 years and in her current role, Tonya is responsible for hardware and supplies development, supply chain, manufacturing, and service delivery.From 2016 to 2020, she served as chief supply chain officer, responsible for worldwide supply chain operations and the shared services centers for Lexmark. She has been in global supply chain operations since 2013.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Tonya’s career of 36 years with one company (and what the key role that made the most difference) Chips shortages and how engineering works with supply chain to fix itHow Tonya's team designed an inhouse supplier visibility tool in record time (key is communication between teams: engineers, data scientists, planners and sales)Key career adviceFollow us on:Instagram:
Susan Johnson is the Executive Vice President of Global Connections & Supply Chain for AT&T.In this capacity, she is responsible for AT&T’s international & domestic strategy and partnership development for network connections. She also leads Supply Chain functions within AT&T Communications supporting the Entertainment Group, Business Services, and Technology and Operations. Her team manages strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier diversity, sustainability, and supply chain logistics. Jointly, her organization is responsible for a spend portfolio of over $70B that covers all of AT&T’s network and goods & services, domestically & internationally.Ms. Johnson began working for AT&T in Corporate Development and over her 20-year career has served in a variety of positions within the AT&T portfolio of companies.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Her own career and how the many jobs in banking, finance, investor relations, strategy helped her in her supply chain roleChallenges with chip shortages and how is AT&T tackling itCOVID-19 has disrupted the retail channel – how has AT&T adapted to this via direct to consumer model, self installations, etcA big challenge across the chain is a lack of trust between the different parties – what can be done to address itSupplier diversity and how to achieve itSupply chain skills of the future and best career adviceFollow us on:Instagram:
Emer has +20 years of experience in the pharma industry across manufacturing, engineering, operational excellence, and supply chain. Her experience in operational excellence saw her gain extensive experience in value stream improvement of global products, project coaching, training delivery, and support for lean transformation. Furthermore, in product portfolio management she was responsible for strategic supply chain design and identified and executed cross-functional, strategic projects.She has been with Pfizer for over 20 years in various roles. And in her current role for close to 2.5 years as Vice President Internal Medicine Global Supply Chain.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Her own career from a chemical engineer to lean and ops excellence and now to the world of supply chainExamples of how Pfizer manages their Internal Medicine division, with 400 products and 9000 unique SKUsWhat keeps Emer up at nightWhat skills are most neededBest career advice that she received (it does link to stop the overthinking)Follow us on:Instagram:
Radu Palamariu was interviewed by Boris Felgendreher on Logistics Tribe. On the topic of how to leverage social media, build your personal brand and advance your career in logistics and SCMThe Logistics Tribe is a weekly podcast about the world of global logistics and supply chain management.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How COVID-19 affected hiring and executive search in generalBringing more stories to life regarding the supply chain industry and its contributionHow to tell your story in a way that people can really understandLeveraging LinkedIn and other social media networksHow being active on social media helps in finding the right talent for a roleImportance of building relationships and talking to clientsFollow us on:Instagram:
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