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Author: Alcott Global

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My job is to connect you with global experts, thought leaders and executives in all things supply chain. I will do my best to pick their brain on Supply Chain and Logistics leading edge technologies, leadership stories and personal success habits.Stay tuned for more episodes here: I am most active on LinkedIn so please do connect with me here:
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Pilar Madrigal is the Head of Investment Advisory, at the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE). She joined CINDE in 1998 and during her 20-year career at CINDE, she has been instrumental in leading the organization's international promotion efforts. In her current role, she is responsible for developing strategies, activities and programs to promote foreign direct investment into Costa Rica as well as overseeing the long-term growth of the companies already established in the country.Prior to joining CINDE, Pilar was appointed as Third Secretary to the United Nations, It was during that period that Costa Rica held both the Presidency of the Group of the 77 (G-77) and of the United Nations Security Council.Pilar studied marketing at the Universidad Internacional de las Américas.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Restoring activities and trends in manufacturing and supply chainsTalent and how to develop the right skills to cater to the companies needsSustainability and how Costa Rica is 99% operating on renewable energy (key point for companies investing)Trade dynamics across USA, Europe. LATAM and AsiaFollow us on:Instagram:
Across his long career, he worked for many years for Panalpina, where he served as CEO for 8 years. Subsequently, he served across a few executive roles in CEVA Logistics, and then as global COO of DKSH. Currently, he is the COO of Lonhro, as well as sits on the boards of Scan Global Logistics, Bertschi AG, e2log, and Global Airlift Solutions.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Will A.P. Moller - Maersk and CMA CGM succeed in the one-stop-shop strategy?Why we live on credit after the lengthy COVID19 situation and impact on staff moraleKey mistake most companies make: forget to ask the customer what they want!What makes a great leader? (Bruno answer may surprise you)Digital freight forwarders vs traditional - is it either or/and andMergers and Acquisitions - where will this lead in the next years?Follow us on:Instagram:
 Andreu Marco, Global Supply Chain Executive and Former Global SVP SCM for Burberry. Andreu was one of the pioneers of implementing omnichannel strategies and helped Burberry become the leading luxury brand in omnichannel sales. He has had a long career having also worked for Inditex, one other of the industry giants  Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Why the key to any transformation is change management and how Burberry did it to break siloes more than 100 years oldRemember, it is always about the CUSTOMER first – the role of supply chain is to minimize friction from the product reaching the customerHow to use technology to assist the changeWhy Inditex years were key for Andreu Marco journeyRole of 3PLs and why without a “marriage” approach any relationship will failEducation in supply chain and what is currently missingSustainability in packaging and last mileFollow us on:Instagram:
Hussein is a Public and Private sector leader with more than 20 years of experience in the service and logistics industry. In his experience includes UPS where he served as the Managing Director for the Middle East. Prior to joining UPS, Hussein served as a full-time Advisor to the Federal Government at the UAE's Prime Minister's Office, and before that he used to Lead Aramex International in the Gulf region, where he spent almost 17 years of his career.Currently, Hussein is the CEO of Fetchr. Fetchr is an international express, mail delivery, and logistics services company. It helps local merchants and global brands build, launch, and grow profitable eCommerce businesses with an easy-to-use proprietary shipping and logistics solution.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Changing roles across private, government, and startupsThe future of e-commerce, returns, and how to balance sustainabilityWhy he is active on social media and the impact it has on his company and his personal connectionsHow to get unintended celebrity status using LinkedInFollow us on:Instagram:
In this episode, we have Sune Stilling and Peter Hove Hildebrandt as our guests.Sune Stilling is the Co-founder of Project Aviato, an independent investment fund to support companies with ideas in transport and logistics. Prior to joining Project Aviato, Sune led Maersk's investment arm Maersk Growth since 2017 and reporting directly to the Group CEO Søren Skou. Maersk is one of the world’s leading transport and logistics companies. Also, the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world, controlling ~ 20% of seaborne consumer goods — from apparel through autos. Peter Hove Hildebrandt is the Co-founder of Project Aviato, an independent investment fund to support companies with ideas in transport and logistics. Prior to Project Aviato, he joined Maersk in 2005, and in 2020 he became the Head of Transportation. Peter is responsible for leading and driving the digital transformation of the Maersk Ocean & Logistics business. Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How to spot a million-dollar startupThe key skills that most start-up founders miss (SALES, FINANCIALS, SALES!)How not to screw up investmentsWhere the supply chain and logistics industry is heading in next yearsWhy Rune Sørensen is the best asset any company could hope forHow they filter good startups to invest inFollow us on:Instagram:
Benjamin Gordon is the founder and Managing Partner of Cambridge Capital, a West Palm Beach-based investor in leading transportation, logistics, and supply chain technology companies.At Cambridge Capital, Benjamin seeks to invest in high-growth companies in supply chain. Examples include Grand Junction (sold to Target), XPO, Bringg, and others. Cambridge adds value through operating expertise, M&A, and CEO relationships in supply chain.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Benjamin journey in logistics, how he pitched his grandfather, and why he was rejectedHis first start-up and most expensive mistakesThe 4 things he looks at to evaluate startupsHow to spot a good deal in investment bankingHow will the 3PL industry look like in 10 yearsFollow us on:Instagram:
Colin co-authored the book, "Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon," which is a first-person account of how Amazon created and implemented the principles and processes that have made it successful. He takes you in the room and shows how these principles and practices were used to create four key Amazon business: Kindle, Amazon Prime, Prime Video, and Amazon Web Services. We provide practical steps for applying them in your own organization, large or small. He also is the co-founder of Working Backwards where he helps companies learn how to work backward.Prior roles include 12 years at Amazon, with roles from Vice President at Amazon, two years as Technical Advisor to Jeff Bezos, COO at IMDb, and COO at Singapore-based RedMart.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How did the 14 leadership principles of Amazon come aboutAmazon’s hiring process - bar raiser processThe organization that moves faster will innovate more - Single-threaded leadership principle The best way to fail at inventing something is to make it someone's part-time jobHandling customer experience and fulfillment - Amazon’s backward processFollow us on:Instagram:
Alcott Global hosted a webinar entitled, "Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in APAC." Von Vanmolkot, Daniel Chee Chung Wong, Michael Culme-Seymour, and Lim Ching Kiat joined us as panelists.Some of the main topics discussed in the webinar:How are the key supply chain players preparing for the vaccine distributionBiggest challenges aheadWhat are the biggest unknowns so far and how can we mitigate themHow will the APAC region solve the distribution challengesPanelist: Von Vanmolkot - EVP Distribution and Client Services, Zuellig Pharma​Daniel Chee Chung Wong - Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Engineering, SATSMichael Culme-Seymour - Advisor, World Health Organization Lim Ching Kiat - Managing Director, Air Hub Development Changi Airport GroupDiscover more details here.Follow us on:Instagram:
Essa Al-Saleh joined Volta Trucks as the Chairman of the Board in October 2020. Volta Trucks is an electric vehicle manufacturer. Volta has set out to create an all-electric truck specifically to be used in and around cities and urban areas.In addition to Volta Trucks, Essa is the CEO of Agitero AG, an advisory and investment business based in Switzerland.  Prior to this, Essa was the President and CEO of Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), based in Baar, Switzerland.  He had been with Agility since 1998 and assumed the CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics in 2007. During his time at Agility, Essa led the transformation of Agility GIL from a 300 person operation in one country into one of the top ten global logistics businesses, with over $4 billion in revenues operating in over 100 countries with more than 18,000 people.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:From being an engineer to a CEOGrowing Agility from 400 people to a global company and 18000 staffLearning from mistakes and being curiousBooks that influenced Essa’s careerFinding the balance between strategy and executionTrends in automation and upskilling peopleFollow us on:Instagram:
Bonnie Fetch is currently the Vice President Supply Chain at Cummins Inc. Cummins Inc. is a corporation of complementary business units that design, engineer, manufacture, distribute, and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions, and electrical power generation systems. Bonnie is in-charge in leading the Global Supply Chain for Cummins’ distribution business segment and leading company-wide Supply Chain transformation for Cummins with the responsibility to implement Supply Chain Services operations globally and significantly improving the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chain processes.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Bonnie’s journey from running her own business to becoming HR head and then transitioning as running the PnL of a 400 million businessHow Bonnie learned about engines and transmission gear from her dadImportance of Data Analytics to gain insights to predict and forecastAutomation, Robotics, and Scalability during the pandemicKey reasons to maneuver a different career pathHow to encourage more diversity and why Bonnie wrote a book on thisFollow us on:Instagram:
Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water, and has since expanded outside of the beverage industry with the recent launch of hint sunscreen. She is also the author of “Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters”, which is part autobiography, a part business memoir about her journey building hint into a successful company.Kara has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. Also, the Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:From chasing Steve Jobs for a job to running a 1 billion business and then to setting up Hint Starting a new company whilst being pregnantChallenges in launching a new category in the market – unsweetened flavored water, and being a mission-based companyListening to people say you can’t and quitting vs throwing the gas and keep goingThe biggest message from the book Undaunted, “do it or don’t do it, it is up to you”Getting past doubts and worriesFollow us on:Instagram:
 For over 20 years, Pier-Luigi Sigismondi has worked at the intersection of purpose-led brands and value creation for the business. He is a strong believer in the proactive role companies can play against climate change, social equality, and inclusion when doing business.As President of Dole Worldwide Packaged Foods, a 169 year-old-brand, he is leading a profound transformation, with a vision to make it an iconic Nutrition and Wellness company. One that is driven by purpose, globally.Prior to Dole, Pier-Luigi was the President of Unilever for South East Asia and Australasia. He joined Unilever and its Executive Board in 2009. Before joining Unilever, Pier-Luigi was Vice President of Corporate Operations Strategies at Nestle’ SA (CH) and VP Operations and R&D Nestle’ Mexico.He has served as Non-Executive Director of Rexel SA Supervisory Board and was a Board Member of Ben & Jerry’s, one of the brightest purpose-led brands.In August 2020, Pier Luigi was appointed non-Executive Chairman of Sustenir, a vertical farming start-up based in Singapore committed to delivering triple-bottom-line value to Temasek and other future strategic investors committed to the urban farming industry. Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How Pier Luigi made the switch from being Unilever Chief Supply Chain officer to a CEO roleThe importance of purpose beyond buzz wordsHow COVID-19 affected sustainability within different companiesDriving and selling sustainabilityCarbon emission in transportation and manufacturingDeveloping CEOs from supply chainShaping cultures in different organizationsFollow us on:Instagram:
Francisco Betti joined the World Economic Forum in May 2015. He is an international development professional and is currently leading the platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production, which was launched by the Forum at its Annual Meeting 2017, upon request of world-leading governments and companies. The platform is helping global leaders anticipate how advanced manufacturing technologies are transforming factories, business models and partnerships, and to understand the implications for the economy, society, and environment in order to shape a more inclusive future.The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan, or national interests.Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Francisco worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers SA in Geneva, Switzerland, primarily running management consulting projects for international organizations.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Changes the pandemic has created across supply chains and manufacturing across the world.  Geopolitical dimension of the global economy and innovation's  massive acceleration.Next levels of transformation across different companies to fill in the gap that emerged on the supply side.Transformation of operations and business modelsFuture of manufacturing and operations in terms of of artificial intelligence, robotics, analytics Resilience as a major competitive advantageAutomation and augmentation as a major investment to adapt to the new normalReadiness for adapting to changethings that companies can practically do to constantly upgrade Future of manufacturing and production in terms of  different talents from across multiple industry Follow us on:Instagram:
Daniel Stanton, most fondly known to most of us as Mr. Supply Chain, is the best selling author of Supply Chain Management for Dummies.He has worked with Caterpillar, the U.S. Navy, APICS (now ASCM), MHI. Daniel has also been a professor at Bradley University, Jack Welch Management Institute, and National American University and is currently a LinkedIn Learning Instructor of over 10 LinkedIn Courses. He is recognized as a "Pro to Know" for Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine, and a Supply Chain Futurist for IBM Sterling Supply Chain. Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Growth of LinkedIn Learning during this pandemicHow LinkedIn Learning is developing courses regarding supply chain operationsHow important storytelling is for professionals and executivesThe progress on the COVID vaccine by PfizerSupply Chain Certifications through online classesPromoting supply diversity and sustainabilityBuilding relationshipsFollow us on:Instagram:
John Church is currently the Executive Vice President of Supply Chain & Global Business Solutions and the Chief Supply Chain Officer at General Mills.General Mills is one of the leading American producers of packaged consumer foods, especially flour, breakfast cereals, snacks, prepared mixes, and similar products. It is also one of the largest foodservice manufacturers in the world. General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands.John has global accountability for Procurement, Logistics, Manufacturing, Engineering, Human Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability. In 2017, Church was also tasked to assume leadership and oversight of General Mills’ Global Business Solutions function, which provides business process solutions, information technology, and shared services to the Company.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:15% to 20% demand surge to the business due to COVID-19Building transparency and agilityResponding to the fast shift of the demandFood safety as the number one priority52% of greenhouse gas footprint from agricultureGeneral Mills’ innovation and sustainability initiativesCreating win-wins for allFollow us on:Instagram:
Sandra MacQuillan is the EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Mondelēz International which is one of the global FMCG players leading the future of snacking with 2019 net revenues of approximately $26 billion.Sandra leads all aspects of the organization’s global supply chain including Procurement, Manufacturing, Logistics, Engineering, Sustainability, and Safety. Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Mondelēz’s structure – engineering, sustainability, and safetyHow Mondelēz are planning to grow in terms of e-commerceSustainability initiative- reduce CO2 emission by 15% by 2019-2020 and 10% by 2025Measuring customer-centricity and communicating with other businessesHow being more local helped Mondelēz become closer to their consumersKeeping connected and being more humanFollow us on:Instagram:
Dr. Marcell Vollmer Partner and Director at BCG works as an advisor to executives on the full range of digital transformation and new business models in procurement, supply chain, and operations globally.Marcell has also previously help positions of Chief Innovation Officer for Celonis, as well as worked for many years with SAP, most notably as Chief Digital Officer and COO of SAP Ariba.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Key elements to successful career transitions: DHL to SAP to start up world to BCGImplementing risk monitoring toolsCompanies adopting sustainability pledges What keeps CPOs and Chief Supply Chain Officers awake at nightProcurement as a talent poolFollow us on:Instagram:
Susan Brennan is the Chief Operations Officer at Bloom Energy. Susan has more than 24 years of manufacturing experience, including automotive vehicle, powertrain, and components assembly, having also worked in executive roles leading manufacturing for Nissan and Ford.In addition, she has created and supported organizations that encourage young women to pursue careers in math and science as a way to support future generations of technological manufacturing in the United States.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:From working with automotive giants to stepping into the startup worldBloom’s initiatives in line with Industry 4.0How was it is being a female in an executive role in manufacturingGrooming female leadersTaking calculated risks and taking on tough responsibilitiesFollow us on:Instagram:
Shellye is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high-performance teams, and organizations. She currently serves on the boards of Verizon [NYSE:VZ], Nordstrom [NYSE: JWN], Roper Technologies [NYSE: ROP], and Okta [NASDAQ: OKTA]. She is also a strategic advisor to the Royal Bank of Canada, Capital Markets Group and Forbes Ignite.She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company that she built into a global market leader with over 1200 employees serving customers around the world. Under her leadership, MetricStream was named in the top 10 of the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50”.Shellye is a Forbes contributor and has been featured or referenced in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Financial Times. And is the author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:Shellye planned to become CEO of IBM and how this led her MetricStreamBeing a board member of multi-billion dollar listed companies - what does it entail and how to get there?How to best position yourself, get mentors and plan your career strategicallyWhy Shellye decided to write and publish her book, Unapologetically AmbitiousStories of how if you don't ask you don't getFollow us on:Instagram:
Rosemary Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, a Non-Profit collaboration with nine universities across the U.S. She is also the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consultancy. She is an Best Selling author with 5 global supply chain books including: “The Reshoring Guidebook” and “42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China” She has been a management consultant for 25 years, helping over 80 global supply chain clients. She serves on the Board of Directors of Kinetic River and the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute. And teaches Global Supply Chain Strategy at UC Berkeley.Discover more details here.Some of the highlights of the episode:How the manufacturing sector is dealing with the trade war and the pandemicHurdles of moving out of China, pandemic or notCase studies – stories of success and failure in reshoringWhy mathematics is needed in operating production linesHow politics can affect the phase of decouplingFollow us on:Instagram:
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