Programme 2017

27 - 29 November, 2017; Berlin, Germany

08:30 - 11:30

BMW Plant Berlin – Factory Tour

During the exclusive guided tour, three groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.

Please note: There were only 75 places on this factory tour and they were allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The tour is now Sold Out. Please enquire to be put on the waiting list.

Bayer LEAN Factory Berlin – Tour

The tour of the Bayer LEAN Factory will be for an exclusive group of 25 people. It will showcase the process of tablet production, from weighing to pressing the tablets and all steps in between. It will take place in a large room and will be presenting small equipment in laboratory size. 

The key focus will be on the lean principles and on operational excellence methods and tools. On the tour, the participants can have a look at the training facility. The group will gain an understanding of the training concepts and how these were realised it at Bayer.

13:00 - 13:35 - Keynote

Optimisation Strategies

Building a Hybrid Supply Chain Ecosystem to Enable Growth in New and Volatile Markets

Dr. Stefan Kluge, Senior Director Strategy & Program Management, Foundry & OSAT Management, Intel Corporation

  • Ubiquitous computing and communications command a diverse portfolio of electronic components enabling an inspiring user experience
  • The art is to connect the analogue environment in a transparent way to the compute power, thus triggering valuable real world actions, relieving and buffering us from the underlying technical complexity
  • While, for instance, the “Internet of Things” has begun to deliver results, its implementation is not yet standardized
  • The verticals are nascent, volatile in terms of differentiation possibilities, underlying technology needs and customer demand
  • Smart and decisive partnering with Foundries and Outsourced Assembly and Test (OSAT) suppliers enables off-the-shelf technology and offers access to flexible capacity to alleviate steep product ramps and development support
  • Companies gain time-to-market benefits and flexible revenue support, thus minimizing their financial risk in new and/or volatile product markets
  • This capability nicely complements established core businesses running their high-volume, in-house manufacturing

13:35 - 14:10 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Creating a Supply Chain Partner Ecosystem: How to Leverage the Big Data Generated to Enable an Agile and Adaptive Supply Chain

Edwin de Boer, Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations, Cisco

  • How to create an ecosystem of supply chain partners and suppliers through data links
  • Connecting all supply chain partners to create a “single source of truth” of information
  • Enabling everyone to look at the same data information in a cloud structure to allow you to quickly drive corrective actions
  • Factories of the future – connecting machine and production equipment to the network to leverage the big data
  • Using adaptive technology to modify test scripts based on the learnings from big data that comes through the sensors in manufacturing

14:15 - 14:45 - Case Studies


The Collaborative Supply Chain: How to Achieve True End-to-End Integration

Iveta Kozlickova, Independent Management Consultant,

  • How to build collaborative relationships in your supply chain
  • How to align data to enable results which matter
  • What horizontal cooperation means
  • How to involve customers and suppliers in a vertical collaboration
  • How to grow a strong continual improvement culture along end-to-end supply chains

Supply Chain Integration

Utilising the Supply Chain as an Integrating Function From a Strategic to an Operational Level

Declan Supple, Global Head of Supply Chain, AB Enzymes

  • What is the role of supply chain in bringing everything together to be relevant to the business as a whole?
  • Understanding the full level of interdependency that exists across the full end-to-end value chain
  • With more data than ever before, how do we build all that in to smart management?
  • Filtering through a mass of information and being smart about what we use it for where there is no capacity to analyse everything


15:45 - 16:20 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How to Integrate Volatile/Non-Transparent Emerging Markets into Powerful S&OP and IBP

Rolando Casanova, Managing Director, Internel

  • Why classical S&OP fails in emerging and/or distributor markets
  • Strategies for successful emerging market integration with existing S&OP and IBP process
  • Before & after – incorporating distributors/third parties into a powerful S&OP
  • Introduction steps, challenges and measurable benefits within 12—24 months

16:20 - 16:55 - Keynote

Optimisation Strategies

Managing Outsourced Supply Chains – Network Orchestration, IT Solutions & Governance

Alexander Bahr, Director Supply Chain Information and Integration, McDonald’s Corporation

  • Having clear documented values of the supply chain – what relationships, sharing and long-term success looks like for all parties
  • How to build and orchestrate a network
  • Data, IT and governance challenges in a completely outsourced environment
  • Ensure everyone in an outsourced environment understands standards and solution frameworks

16:55 - 17:30 - Keynote

Optimisation Strategies

Developing Customer Centric Supply Chain – Why Supply Chain Needs to Pivot Now?

Anita Arts, Managing Director Global Supply Chain, Liberty Global

  • How the landscape has changed for Supply Chain?
  • What does customer centricity mean?
  • How can Supply chain make an impact?
  • What are some of the challenges?
  • How to make the transformation journey

08:40 - 09:15 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How HP Are Utilising Innovative Technologies to Make the Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage

Phil Boyd, Director of Operations, HP

In this keynote address, Phil Boyd will explore the new technologies driving innovation in the supply chain, as seen through the holistic view HP have taken of positioning the supply chain to help high-volume businesses succeed.

  • The subscription economy is transforming multiple industries
  • Customer Expectations are changing
  • Learning organisations that are eager to discover and embrace innovation will own the future…
  • Digital business is more about inventing new business models than it is digitising yesterday’s processes

09:55 - 10:25 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Making Sense of Big Data – Practical Ways to Unlock the Potential of Your Supply Chain

Carl B Welker, Professor, The IIW Institute of Information Management and Technology

  • How to manage, implement and utilise data effectively
  • Digesting ever increasing demand information
  • Key data points to be capturing
  • Cloud-based solutions that are opening the door for advanced big data uses
  • Combining big data with advanced analytics models

Optimisation Strategies

Developing a Digital Product Integrity Programme to Drive Reassurance in the Supply Chain

Mike Platt, Supply Chain Standard Director, Marine Stewardship Council

Britta Gallus, SCM Programs & Risk Assessment CoC, METRO


  • MSC’s innovative product integrity chain of custody pilot programme
  • Moving to a digital-based programme to enhance the integrity of the system and reduce the audit burden
  • Tracing product through the supply chain using batch indicators
  • METRO’s experience in the pilot and how they share the origin information to consumers through a digital app

11:25 - 11:55 - Keynote

Security & Quality

Demand-Shaping: CPFR is Gone, Welcome FCR

Gabriel Mesas Patón, Director Supply Chain Management, LG Electronics

  • Classic approaches for supply processes are no longer valid for new products life-cycle
  • CPFR is no longer applicable as clients / manufacturers cannot make commitment about a forecast for 1 year later for a product that does not exist yet
  • Omni-channel supply chains are not suitable for collaborative planning
  • Our solution for this uncertain environment: FCR - Forecast, Check, React (Instantly & Globally)

12:00 - 12:30 - Solution Spotlights

Optimisation Strategies

Achieve a Stronger and More Efficient Supply Chain with Six Theta®

Stig Jessen, Senior Partner, Valcon

Thomas J. Howard, Professor, Technical University of Denmark

The proprietary Six Theta methodology enables a more efficient supply chain through predictable engineering with right first time and shorter time to market due to fewer design iterations and reduced return flow. Six Theta allows for objective measures of design quality. The unique combination of quantifiable design measures with proven E2E process optimisations will enable your organisation to achieve powerful improvements of your supply chain. Valcon’s Six Theta design methodology has been tested on more than 500 different products, multiple supply chains and has proven applicable across industries, products and components.

In short, Six Theta provides three main benefits:

  1. Next-level of reducing costs in supply chain
  2. Stronger innovation process
  3. Significantly reduced complexity throughout supply chain”

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How IoT Provides End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility with Quantifiable Benefits: The Case of a Multinational Manufacturer

Stefan Reidy, CEO & Founder, Arviem AG

  • IoT enabled Supply Chain Visibility: The holy grail of supply chain managers
  • Real-time supply chain visibility in action: Hands-on experience and learnings from the case of a multinational manufacturer
  • Demonstration of opportunities created by in-transit visibility for supply chain optimization

12:35 - 13:05 - Case Studies


Trust Versus Data: How do you Build Collaborative Relationships in your Value Chain using Integrated Business Planning?

Manish Shakalya, Head of Integrated Business Planning - Chocolates AMEA, Mondelez

How do you cement an effective relationship with your suppliers and customers as well as within the organization using Integrated Business Planning ? By building trust. And how do you drive the consistency between the data and the behavior that is at the core of trust? By exchanging data. In this session, discover how:

  • Data and trust interact in the vertical collaborative network with external stakeholders.
  • “New” Senior Leadership behaviors are imperative for the trust to work within the organization. “New age” Process Leaders are required to drivee this change.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Importancy Of Demand Planning – Boost Your Forecast Accuracy

Roland Seckler, Vice President Global Supply Chain Operations, Ypsomed AG

  • Implementing forecasting software with distribution and production input
  • Evaluating the right software – considerations for SMEs
  • Making the case to the stakeholders to secure buy-in
  • Rolling the programme out to your subsidiaries

13:05 - 14:05

14:05 - 14:35 - Case Studies

Optimisation Strategies

Solutions for Supply Chain Execution in a Growing Business

Thierry Gaudet, Vice President Supply Chain & Logistics, Michelin

  • Customer centricity in a holistic approach & new business model creation with Supply Chain as a key success factor : the vision
  • Business process engineering translating the business model into facts : the conception
  • Daily execution supported by an effective integrated ERP : be lean
  • Empowering the people : autonomy to attend to the special cases

Optimisation Strategies

Building a Sustainable Logistics Network as a Route to Financial Gain

Gökhan Çakmak, Global Logistics Director, Oriflame Cosmetics

  • Moving beyond the PR value – How can a greener supply chain network really deliver savings?
  • Communicating changes to your customer – Set yourself apart from the competition
  • Avoiding bad press while not getting trapped by “Greenwashing”
  • Case Study Example: How Oriflame Cosmetics achieved more while using less?

14:40 - 15:10 - Case Studies

Supply Chain Integration

How to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain

Mirela Scarlatescu, Group Supply Chain Director, Policolor

  • Technologies to transform supply chains to consumer-centric demand chains
  • Small-batch production and delivery
  • SKU segmentation and optimization as a means to customer centricity
  • Understand your customers’ needs through improved predictive analytics


From S&OP to IBP – Integrating Business Partners Into Your S&OP Processes

Rolf Neise, Associate Professor, International School of Management

  • How is real partnership defined?
  • Manage outsourcing contracts and processes effectively
  • Incorporate outsourced processes into IBP efficiently to boost productivity
  • Involve outsourcing partners in your S&OP processes at the correct level

16:10 - 16:45 - Keynote

Security & Quality

Removing Uncertainty and Improving Efficiency Through Automation

Daniele Fregnan, Global Senior Logistics VP, Benetton Group

  • How Benetton transitioned from a wholesale business model to a more retail orientated model
  • Connecting all supply chain partners to create a “single source of truth” of information
  • Enabling everyone to look at the same data information in a cloud structure to allow you to quickly drive corrective actions
  • Factories of the future – connecting machine and production equipment to the network to leverage the big data
  • Using adaptive technology to modify test scripts based on the learnings from big data that comes through the sensors in manufacturing

16:45 - 17:30 - Panel Discussion

Optimisation Strategies

Digitalisation of the Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage: Are you Missing Out on Value Creation and Cost Reduction?

Anke Goebel de Mendez, Director State of Iowa European Office, IOWA Economic Development Authority

Jonathan Gorst, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

Didier Dayen, Senior Director Global Advanced Planning & Center of Expertise, Merck Group

Gökhan Çakmak, Global Logistics Director, Oriflame Cosmetics


In this engaging panel discussion, hear how a range of leading companies are re-inventing their supply chains to put digitisation at the heart of their processes. Allowing previously unimaginable flexibility and responsiveness, a truly digital supply chain that utilises big data, real-time analytics, predictive modelling and the internet of things has the potential to drive genuine organisational value and competitive advantage.

  • How digitalization can improve internal business processes – bringing marketing, procurement and financing closer together
  • Difference between digitally-enhanced and digitally-based supply chains
  • Deliver customization to create a competitive advantage

19:00 - 22:30 - Awards Dinner

4th Annual Awards Dinner 2017

Berliner Fernsehturm

Attendees will enjoy a unique panorama and unforgettable view of the entire city from the top of the iconic TV Tower in Berlin, with the revolving restaurant 207m above the city, and taking one hour to revolve a full 360°. The Berliner Fernsehturm is the tallest structure in Germany and one of the largest buildings in Europe

The following winners will be presented with awards at the dinner:

  • European Manufacturing Leadership Award 2017 Paul McKinlay, Vice President, Head of Broughton Plant, Airbus
  • European Manufacturing Rising Star Award 2017 Luca Cesarini, World Class Manufacturing Manager, Maserati
  • European Supply Chain Leadership Award 2017 Marion Matthewman, Head of Global Logistics, Syngenta


Delegates are able to purchase tickets for the Awards Dinner on a first-come, first-served basis.

09:00 - 09:35 - Keynote

Supply Chain Integration

How to Develop Engaged and Technically Proficient Supply Chain Professionals with a Strong Digital Learning Culture

Brigitte Peltier, Vice President, Global Supply Chain Academy, Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric’s award-winning Global Supply Chain Academy programmes were developed to support a global transformation and educate the entire organization on cross-functional supply chain expertise and leading supply chain capabilities. The Tailored Supply Chain initiative reduced customer dissatisfaction on deliveries by 27 percent and also improved the amount of industrial productivity by generating a €340 million contribution per year on average to the company’s performance.

With a focus on digitalisation as a key priority, the challenge is to enable your staff to learn as quickly as the external world is moving. Learn how Schneider Electric is building its offering based on the analysis of competency gaps in the global supply chain organization and addresses those gaps with a comprehensive and robust curriculum, while leveraging e-learning to drive global reach and scale.

09:35 - 10:10 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

“Supporting Role of IT for Lithium Ion Batteries Transportation and SOH Monitoring”

Przemek Kasinski, Global Supply Chain & Production Director, GOVECS

  • International regulations for Lithium Ion batteries transportation
  • Information Technology as a part of transportation industry for Lithium Ion Batteries
  • IT innovations in dangerous goods freight
  • Future of IT innovation Transportation Systems

11:10 - 11:45 - Keynote

Optimisation Strategies

Which Digital Transformations will Transform the Way or Working at Merck Healthcare and Increase Agility to the Whole Supply Chain

Didier Dayen, Senior Director Global Advanced Planning & Center of Expertise, Merck Group

  • How to assess the availability of our own and competitor’s products in the trade channel landscape, predict potential future stockouts and pro-actively make your own product available
  • Analysing shipment patterns against historical data
  • Collate in-market sales data, import information and stock levels
  • Consolidate multi-dimension data and Visualize it

11:50 - 12:20 - Case Studies

Optimisation Strategies

Demand Planning: Centralized Vs Decentralized; Predictive Analysis Vs Forecast Accuracy

Davide Valentini, Supply Chain Manager, Demand Planning, Logistic and Customer Service Manager, Barilla

How can one integrate systems, understand consumers’ trends and yet be adapted to the idiosyncrasy of each specific value chain? Ideally the correct tool can control everything from customer information to customer satisfaction while helping cut costs. This case study will assess:

  • How analytics can predict customer excellence
  • Why integration is an ad hoc process
  • Challenges of unifying disparate systems
  • How historical data can support

Security & Quality

Strategies to Monitor Your Suppliers’ Short and Long Term Ability to Secure Supply

Claudio Nannetti, Sourcing Risk Management Director, Alstom

Multinational Corporations – Small Medium Enterprises: a complex key relation

  • Levers to make fluid and profitable the relationship, avoiding operational and financial risks
  • Supplier Risk Management process: global vs local governance
  • Crisis mode management: how to turn back Operations into a secured track

12:25 - 12:55 - Case Studies

Optimisation Strategies

Driving Profitability Through Supply Chain Strategy, Transforming it into a Value Generator

Angel Caja, Regional Supply Chain and Operations Manager - Western Europe, Jotun

A model for:

  • Understand customer segments and their needs. Demand pattern
  • Analyze Where we are, gap analysis, one size doesn’t fit all.
  • Align Supply Chain Strategy to Business Strategy to provide the right value. Trade-offs.
  • Execute Strategy, make your Supply Chain the competitive advantage.

Supply Chain Integration

Navigating the Intricacies of Emerging Markets

Mayank Batra, Associate Director – SCM, Russia, Dr. Reddys

  • Challenges of operating in emerging regions and bring resilience to your supply chain
  • Supply chain resilience levers
  • Emerging markets - challenges & what to do?
  • Case Discussion - Uzbek, Belarus, Ukraine
  • Serialization
  • Right partnerships

12:55 - 13:55

13:55 - 14:25 - Case Studies

Supply Chain Integration

How to Identify the Bottlenecks in Retail Returns & Streamline the Process

Jonathan Gorst, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

  • How to manage returned goods as quickly and cost effectively as possible
  • Knowing what to look for in your returns systems to identify problems
  • Omni-channel considerations
  • Typical bottlenecks and how to address them

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How Digitalization Can Reboot Your Lean Programme

Stefano Picasso, Head of Global Operations and Supply Chain Management Development, Siegwerk

  • Leverage on data to optimize internal logistics flows
  • Use Digitalization 4.0 to improved our Extended Supply Chain – Customer approach
  • Use Digitalization 4.0 to engage all employees around Continuous Improvement : many small ones or game changer.
  • Make Lean more attractive for new generation

14:30 - 15:05 - Keynote

Optimisation Strategies

Building Supply Chain Capability in a Global Dynamic Environment

Patricia Sjauw, Vice President Global Supply Chain Center of Excellence, Liberty Global

  • How is the global landscape changing?
  • How has the Supply Chain evolved?
  • How does a typical glide path look like for improving Supply Chain Capability?
  • What does the role of CoE (Centre of Excellence) play in the transformation of SC capabilities?

16:30 - 19:30

BMW Plant Berlin – Factory Tour

During the exclusive guided tour, two groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.


Please note: There were only 50 places on this factory tour and they were allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The tour is now Sold Out. Please enquire to be put on the waiting list.