The Food Safety Revolution: Differentiating Through the Power of Industry 4.0

Delivering food safety and quality has always been paramount, and it’s becoming ever more complicated as producers work to...

Keynote: Food Safety Begins and Ends with People

Making the case that food safety is everyone’s responsibility from sourcing right through to the consumer Setting the tone...

Regulator Keynote: Meeting USDA Regulatory Requirements in Your Operation’s Processes

How should you prepare and respond to Food Safety Assessments and Notices of Intended Enforcement? Understanding what USDA inspections...

Push Button Manufacturing: The Future of Making Things

The nature of work is changing How can we remove the constraints on design that traditional manufacturing processes impose?...

Regulator Keynote: Progress, Updates, and What Comes Next

FSMA continues to change the way the food industry works. How are things progressing, and where do we still...
The Food Safety Revolution: Differentiating Through the Power of Industry 4.0
Keynote: Food Safety Begins and Ends with People
Regulator Keynote: Meeting USDA Regulatory Requirements in Your Operation’s Processes
Push Button Manufacturing: The Future of Making Things
Regulator Keynote: Progress, Updates, and What Comes Next
The Food Safety Revolution: Differentiating Through the Power of Industry 4.0

The Food Safety Revolution: Differentiating Through the Power of Industry 4.0

Delivering food safety and quality has always been paramount, and it’s becoming ever more complicated as producers work to meet consumer demands for exotic ingredients, complex flavor profiles and fewer additives.

On top of seeking new, exciting products, today’s consumers are keenly interested in how their foods are produced and sourced, making expectations for traceability and transparency more prevalent than ever.

Gone are the days when manual logbooks could do the job. New demands call for a new approach, and there’s simply no way to move forward and without embracing new technology.

In this interview, we will explore how cutting-edge technologies, like artificial intelligence, smart machines and robots, can help your brand differentiate with next-generation products that deliver on consumer demands for flavor, quality and transparency.

Pedro Gonçalves
VP of Marketing, Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada
Tetra Pak Inc.

Pedro tracks category, packaging and industry trends for dairy, dairy alternatives, juice, nutritionals and food. He also develops growth strategies and implements strategic marketing plans to achieve growth goals. Pedro has 18 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, working in many different areas including sales, innovation and marketing for both equipment and packaging. He has been with Tetra Pak since 2000 and most recently served as Marketing, Category and Portfolio Director in the Processing Systems Division for Tetra Pak North, Central and South America. Pedro received his MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas and a bachelor’s degree from Universidade Paulista, both in Brazil.


Keynote: Food Safety Begins and Ends with People

Keynote: Food Safety Begins and Ends with People

  • Making the case that food safety is everyone’s responsibility from sourcing right through to the consumer
  • Setting the tone using a top-down approach to generate grassroots support to build a culture of excellence
  • Talking about how individuals and teams all contribute to a shared story of success
  • Building food safety systems that are sustainable, self-improving, and focused on high performance outcomes
  • Illustrating that exceeding customer expectations can be the engine that drives positive change throughout an organization

Steven Graham
VP Food Safety & Quality

Steven Graham was appointed Vice President, Food Safety and Quality – Starbucks in November 2015.

Steve is responsible for leading the development of comprehensive food safety and quality strategies in support of the Starbucks business growth plans. His portfolio covers all products manufactured within the US and sourced from overseas for the Americas, including coffee roasting plant quality and all food and beverage ingredient suppliers. Steve also leads quality related to packaging, merchandise and furniture for all stores,

Prior to joining Starbucks, Steve worked at Campbell Soup Co in various roles throughout the global organization. After assignments at their World Headquarters and Campbell Canada, he and his family moved to Sydney, Australia where he was Vice President R&D/Quality for Asia Pacific. Immediately prior to Starbucks he led R&D and Quality for Pepperidge Farm based in Connecticut.

Steve’s proven strategic leadership and superior collaboration skills has enabled greater integration across a broad range of teams – driving superior results. His commitment to excellence is reflected in his focus to develop robust teams and valued individuals, resulting in strong employee engagement.

He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph Ontario Canada.


The Art of Indirect Procurement

The Art of Indirect Procurement

Logistics and procurement should be team players that recognize each discipline’s qualities and contributions.

During the 2017 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit, Executive Platforms was proud to partner with SupplyChainBrain to conduct a number of onsite interviews between our speaker faculty and SupplyChainBrain’s Editor-in-Chief Russell Goodman.

Greg Hamel
Executive Director, Global Business Strategy and Indirect Purchasing
Ford Motor Company

Greg presently serves as Ford Motor Company’s Executive Director of Global Business Strategy and Indirect Purchasing. In this role he leads Ford’s $24 billion acquisition of non-production goods and services as well as Ford’s procurement strategies and processes, information technology and supply chain development and sustainability.

Greg has been with Ford Motor Company since 1982. During that time he has served in a number of roles including Product and Powertrain Engineering, Program Management, Advanced Product Marketing and Global Product Strategy. Prior to his current role he was Ford’s Global Director of Material Cost, Tooling and Scale Enablement.

Greg has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He resides in the Detroit area with his wife of 33 years, Connie, and has two daughters 25 and 22 who have careers outside of Michigan.

Russell W. Goodman has worked in newspapers, newsletters and magazines, with a focus on logistics, business and trade, for nearly 30 years. He also has specialized in editing and writing for publications in world affairs, politics and legal matters. Prior to joining Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies, Goodman directed editorial coverage for two leading international commerce magazines. Goodman was managing editor of the Journal of Defense & Diplomacy, a bimonthly edited in Washington that reported on and interpreted the interplay between security and political issues. From Washington, Goodman, as editor-in-chief of Middle East Insight magazine, directed coverage of business and political affairs in that critical part of the world. He also developed and edited Eastern Europe Law Week, a newsletter that covered legal reform in post-Soviet Europe.

Regulator Keynote: Meeting USDA Regulatory Requirements in Your Operation’s Processes

Regulator Keynote: Meeting USDA Regulatory Requirements in Your Operation’s Processes

  • How should you prepare and respond to Food Safety Assessments and Notices of Intended Enforcement?
  • Understanding what USDA inspections are looking for when you conduct your own internal inspections
  • Offering key steps and best practices to improve your validation programs to align with USDA expectations
  • Illustrating what the extra mile looks like when we talk about commitment to public health, eliminating foodborne illnesses from the supply chain, and conducting effective product recalls

Carmen Rottenberg
Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Food Safety

Carmen Rottenberg was appointed Acting Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office for Food Safety in August 2017. In this position, Ms. Rottenberg oversees development, implementation and enforcement of all of FSIS’ regulations, policies and programs. This appointment follows nearly six years in leadership roles in the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS’) Office of the Administrator, including serving as the Chief of Staff, the Chief Operating Officer and, most recently, the Deputy Administrator.

In those leadership roles, Ms. Rottenberg executed a budget of over $1 billion, prioritizing resources and resolving disputes, advancing the Agency’s vision and goals, and leading innovative solutions to challenges in FSIS. She has spearheaded strategic planning at FSIS and implemented numerous initiatives to strategically move the agency forward. She implemented two major reorganizations leading to a more streamlined, efficient Agency better positioned to carry out its food safety mission. Through her leadership and oversight, an early governance process matured into an established systematic approach to agency decision-making, resulting in more deliberative, science-based decisions that consider enterprise-wide risks and benefits. Ms. Rottenberg’s vision led to the very successful i-Impact initiative which has increased the awareness of and engagement in FSIS’ public health mission by the more than 9,000 employees throughout the Agency.

Ms. Rottenberg joined FSIS as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist in 2007, and went on to become the Deputy Director of the Civil Rights Staff. Conducting training and working with FSIS employees from every program area and location while in those positions provided Ms. Rottenberg with a broad Agency perspective.

Ms. Rottenberg began her federal government career in the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of General Counsel, and prior to joining FSIS, Ms. Rottenberg was a law clerk at a small law firm in Fairfax, VA. Ms. Rottenberg holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Hope College in Holland, MI and a JD degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Push Button Manufacturing: The Future of Making Things

Push Button Manufacturing: The Future of Making Things

  • The nature of work is changing
  • How can we remove the constraints on design that traditional manufacturing processes impose?
  • What are the major catalysts for disruption that we are seeing?
  • There is a convergence of new technologies in manufacturing and our goal is to make these available to everyone
  • Our prediction: “As designed” will become “as built” with the push of a button

At the 2018 edition of the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit, Greg Fallon, Autodesk’s VP of Generative Design and Manufacturing Products, gave a breakfast briefing on Push Button Manufacturing. Afterwards he sat down for a follow up interview on this important new trend.

The full transcript of the interview is below, or you can download a PDF version.

You gave a talk today, a breakfast briefing. What was the subject of your presentation?

The briefing this morning was about our vision for Push Button Manufacturing.

Push Button Manufacturing is a simplified version of where we see manufacturing going in the future. The simplified analogy that we use —and I don’t mean this to be insulting to manufacturers because it is very simplified— but if you think back to the early days of desktop printing in the 80s and 90s the idea is that you would design a document, you would essentially write a document that you would see on your screen, and then you would go to print it and what came out on the printer was often not what you had in mind.

In a way that’s a nice metaphor or analogy for manufacturing, because it’s very hard to make what you’re manufacturing look like the design intent, and that’s the problem that we’re trying to solve.

It’s how do you automate different steps in the process so that what comes out of the manufacturing line matches what the design looks like without a lot of work going on in between.

In the past five years or so, Additive Manufacturing has grown into its own and matured. It is now being used in real world applications. How does that fit into the larger topic of Push Button Manufacturing?

It’s perfect because Additive Manufacturing gives the end user a lot of flexibility. You can customize every design and you can go from design to print much faster than traditional methods, like machining where you have to do very complex tool pathing and understanding the tools you’re working on and the tools you’re working with.

Whereas, Additive Manufacturing gives you a ton of flexibility. You can print a shoe one minute and an engine block later that day with a lot of changes.

There’s also tremendous change in the types of designs that you can print versus designs that you can say machine or cast. Printing gives you access to geometric complexity that was not available before.

An example I like to talk about is the redesign of an F1 cylinder head that we worked on with another company. To think about how Additive Manufacturing would change that cylinder head, we came up with a bunch of different design changes and manufacturing changes.
Traditionally the cylinder heads are cast and machined, so changing that to Additive Manufacturing changes that particular paradigm. Once you’re 3D printing a type of cylinder head, you don’t have to worry about all the excess material that exists in the original cylinder head, so you can use things like lattices to reduce the volume of the cylinder head.

You have a lot less excess or unused material. The whole concept of waste is very different with 3D printing. The amount of waste material might be 5% of what you would have with another method.

Once you start to do things like latticing the design, you get things like weight reduction inherently in the design. In this case, this is important to a racecar.

In addition to that, you get things like enhanced heat transfer. Because you’re using these lattices, the amount of surface area on the engine available to cool it goes up by many orders of magnitude and that allows you to get more heat out of the engine, which allows you to operate at higher temperatures and pressures, which improves the performance of the engine overall.

So, there’s this avalanche of benefits that comes out from simply changing the means of production.

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Regulator Keynote: Progress, Updates, and What Comes Next

Regulator Keynote: Progress, Updates, and What Comes Next

  • FSMA continues to change the way the food industry works. How are things progressing, and where do we still need to go?
  • How are regulators working with industry to ensure an orderly and effective rollout of new initiatives and standards?
  • Discussing metrics and timelines for how our ongoing projects and programs impact public safety
  • Updating information on new policies, priorities, and guidelines
  • Reviewing the most frequently asked questions by quality and compliance professionals

Joann Givens
Food and Feed Program Director (HAF-W)
Food and Drug Administration

Ms. Joann M. Givens serves as Office of Regulatory Affairs’ Human and Animal Food Program Director; HAF-West. In this leadership position, Joann oversees the human and animal food program work plan, accomplishments, implementation strategies of FSMA, program alignment advancement and collaborates with the Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and Center of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), ORA components and external stakeholders. Prior to serving in this position, Joann served as the Acting Regional Director of the Central Region for several years, Deputy Regional Director in the Central Region and District Director in Detroit District. Joann is a graduate of Berkeley College, Little Falls, NJ and also majored in biology at Kean University, Union, NJ. She is the recipient of numerous awards and a member of numerous professional organizations.

Building a CI Culture in LEGO

Building a CI Culture in LEGO

  • Business Services Organization – A new adventure
  • Joining the LEGO Family – onboarding and developing
  • Building our BSO Management System – Cascaded Strategy & Accountability
  • Continuously Improving – The LEGO way…

Peter Evans
LCI Director

Peter Evans was born in 1955. He joined the LEGO in February 2016

The early part of his career was in Finance in various industries, including Defence, Financial Services and Telecommunications. Peter worked for GE Capital throughout the 90’s including spells in Manchester, Brussels, Shannon (Eire) and Connecticut in various Quality Leadership roles

From 2000 to 2013 he worked in Telecoms in the UK, first with Vodafone, then Cable & Wireless, before finally leading Operational Excellence for Virgin Media.

From 2013 to 2015 Peter led Process Excellence in Northern Europe for Maersk Line, based in Copenhagen

Since February 2016 Peter has been Director of LCI (LEGO Continuous Improvement) at LEGO with specific responsibility for Business Service Operations and is actively involved in establishing a Global Business Services Organisation for Finance, HR and other services

Peter is a Six Sigma MBB, a Lean Practitioner and has a deep and lasting interest in Change Management and the psychology of Change.

Peter Lives in Newtown, Wales, UK with his wife Amanda, Dogs Harvey and Maisie and various other pets and pests.


FSMA and Beyond: Documentation and Records Management as a Food Manufacturing Best Practice

FSMA and Beyond: Documentation and Records Management as a Food Manufacturing Best Practice

  • FDA expectations for FSMA documentation compliance
  • Best practices in developing Food Safety Plans and Food Defense Plans
  • Organizing and documenting your Supply Chain Program
  • FDA records access
  • Litigation implications of documentation and documentation practices

Stuart Pape
Chair Food & Drug
Polsinelli PC

Stuart assists clients in understanding and complying with regulations imposed by the FDA, USDA and similar health and safety regulatory bodies worldwide. He serves as the chair of Polsinelli’s Food & Drug Group. Stuart regularly appears before the FDA, USDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Trade Commission, numerous other federal and state regulatory bodies, and the Congress of the United States. Previously, Stuart served in various positions in the Office of the Chief of Counsel at the FDA, including as Associate Chief Counsel for food. He also served as Executive Assistant to FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy.

Dennis Dobbels
Co-Chair Food & Ag
Polsinelli PC

Dennis Dobbels offers clients an extensive background in all aspects of products liability, toxic tort and legacy liability, tax litigation, and insurance and complex commercial litigation. Dennis serves as Chair of the firm’s national Products Liability and Toxic Tort practice, as well as Co-Chairing the Food & Agricultural Group. In state and federal courtrooms around the nation, Dennis has handled single plaintiff cases and consolidated cases involving more than 100 plaintiffs. He also serves as National Trial Counsel, assisting clients with complex litigation issues.

Kathy Hardee
Co-Chair Food & Ag
Polsinelli PC

Kathy serves as Co-Chair of Polsinelli’s Food & Agriculture Group. Ever monitoring, writing and speaking on changes in food laws, Kathy serves as a Risk Manager for clients in an attempt to reduce litigation exposure. Should the need arise, she has extensive nationwide trial experience. Kathy is certified as a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) under FSMA and is HACCP qualified. She is also a trained mediator. Kathy represents clients in the food industry, toxic and mass tort litigation, product liability issues, business disputes and transportation disputes.


Quality Culture in an Expanding Environment

Quality Culture in an Expanding Environment

  • Advancing and maturing a Quality Culture in a growing company through value and purpose
  • Keeping a consistent message and model through onboarding and transition in the total supply chain
  • Demonstrating the power of putting people first and expecting them to be extraordinary
  • Introducing practical leadership approaches that compel and empower participants to move their organization beyond the constraints of the past and go to the next level of performance
  • Illustrating the value of soft skills of change management and effective communications to your team

Cloeann Durham
VP, Quality
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated

Cloeann is currently employed by Coca Cola Consolidated in Charlotte NC as a Vice President of Quality. Cloeann holds a Bachelor degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Cloeann has over 24 years’ experience in the Beverage Industry. Her career started immediately after college in Great Britain in Quality Assurance for a major beverage manufacturer. Since that time she has worked throughout the US supporting beverage manufactures in Waste Water and Water Treatment facilities, Dairy, Concentrate and Carbonated Beverages and also working with an FDA lab as a Pathogen Specialist. Cloeann has served as a member of the IFT (International Food Technologist), GFSI (Global Food Safety Institute), the Dairy Manufacturers Council, Food Safety Board and the ISBT ( International Society of Beverage Technologies). Currently Cloeann serves as the Former President of the ISBT (International Society of Beverage Technologies) and has also been a special presenter for the ISBT general assembly technical sessions, the IFT, Food Safety Symposium, and Keynote Speaker for Food Safety Summit.

The Three Steps Manufacturers Must Take to Succeed in Industry 4.0

The Three Steps Manufacturers Must Take to Succeed in Industry 4.0

As part of the 2018 edition of the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit, Atul Mahamuni, Oracle’s VP, Internet of Things and Blockchain Cloud Applications, gave an in-depth interview on how manufacturers are embracing Industry 4.0 solutions with specific examples and lessons learned to illustrate what all successful rollouts of these new tools have in common.

The full transcript of the interview is below, or you can download a PDF version.

What is the real competitive advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things for the early adaptors, the companies that are well-launched into their journey?

First of all, the benefits of Industry 4.0 are all about productivity gains, about understanding our processes, about achieving our productivity goals through the reduction of unpredictability. Reducing things like unplanned downtime and increasing continuous production.

I would also say people have been talking about Industry 4.0 for a while now, so I think your question could also be, “Why are there so few companies that have successfully done something?”

I think that speaks to a void in the market that is impacting early adaptors.

Most vendors today are offering IIoT platforms, and there is a gap between the platform and what you need to build on top of an IIoT platform before you see a solution that delivers results. Early adaptors have had to take the risk of investing in a platform and building their solutions on top of it, and that’s what the early adaptors have done that their competition has not done.

What we try to do at Oracle is reduce that risk. It shouldn’t take a lot of time and money to create a custom solution. We believe it’s our job in the vendor community to create applications and solutions that our customers can deploy very quickly so they can see the ROI very quickly.

In a lot of conversations when we talk about new tools, new processes, at the end of the day it really comes down to people. Tell us a little bit about the people part of how manufactures are moving into Industry 4.0.

You cannot talk about moving into Industry 4.0 without talking about the people involved in that journey. There are two things that happen as we bring in new tools. We have people in the workforce doing the mundane job of data collection, and we also have people spending time on mid-level data analysis and operations research. Those things do not need to be done manually in an IIoT environment anymore with the help of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and that can lead to a little bit of resistance because we are changing the way people spend their time.

With that said, that initial friction quickly disappears, because we are actually helping people do their jobs better. Taking those boring jobs out of their hands and doing those better through automation very quickly demonstrates its value to the workforce: It helps them avoid the costly, stressful breakdowns that lead to high-stress environments that are created when a machine failure takes a production line offline.

Can you give us an example of what you are talking about?

We are working with a steel manufacturer right now. Their problem is they are building large steel sheets, and they explained to us that when something goes wrong in their manufacturing process, the sheets will jam in the machinery exactly the same way pages jam inside a printer, except imagine it is happening to a very large sheet of steel, right?

It is a major breakdown of productivity for them. They have to shut the whole line down, take heavy machinery apart, get the jammed steel out, and sometimes those sheets end up as scrap. It is a real mess, and this sort of thing impacts everyone.

With Industry 4.0 solutions, we are spotting the problems in the equipment and the processes earlier and more accurately than was possible before. We are able to anticipate where and when a breakdown will happen so the steel sheets can be corrected before the unplanned downtime. It really is benefiting people in the long-term, so once you get past that initial friction, that hesitation that their job is changing, they become very happy to see how the new tools are helping them to do their jobs better.

That’s when the culture starts changing.

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Overall Food Safety Culture: People, Processes, and Technology

Overall Food Safety Culture: People, Processes, and Technology

  • What makes our Workforce Development Learning and Training Program different?
  • Refreshing existing quality and safety programs through investment in new tools and technologies
  • Cross-pollinating new ideas and innovations throughout the company and our supply chain
  • Talking about Food Safety Culture as a constant work-in-progress. How do we continue to innovate?
  • Showcasing examples of positive change using Hershey’s Malaysia facility as a case study

Hugo Andres Gutierrez
VP, Quality, Food Safety, and Regulatory Affairs
The Hershey Company

Hugo Andres Gutierrez is Vice President, Quality, Food Safety, and Regulatory Affairs for The Hershey Company. In this position, Gutierrez provides leadership to Hershey’s global food quality, food safety, and regulatory programs in addition to implementation of 6 sigma programs across the company. Recently, he has been given the challenge of building a Supply Chain Learning and Development team for the Company.

Gutierrez has 20 years of experience in leading global, virtual and multi-cultural quality, food safety and regulatory teams.

Prior to joining Hershey, Gutierrez served as Director of International Quality and Regulatory Operations (QRO) for General Mills. In this position, he was responsible for working with regional and international functional leaders to enhance food safety culture, quality systems, and food safety programs. Gutierrez also worked to strengthen the Quality organization by developing leaders that could support the technical area while connecting with the business side of the company around the world.

His career with General Mills also included positions of Director, QRO for the Yoplait Division and Technical Development Director for Latin America and South Africa.

Prior to General Mills, Gutierrez held QA-related positions with Cadbury Schweppes USA, Pfizer in Canada and Chicle Adams (Warner Lambert) in Colombia.

Gutierrez holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Javeriana University and an MBA from Icesi University, both in his native Colombia. He speaks fluent Spanish, French, English and basic Portuguese.

Gutierrez and his family reside in Palmyra, Pa.

The Myth of Out-of-the-Box Blockchain: Three Things to Know Now

The Myth of Out-of-the-Box Blockchain: Three Things to Know Now

Considering a leap to a blockchain system for food safety? We’ll cover:

  • How do blockchain systems work?
  • Will your workflow change? And if so, how?
  • Three questions you should always ask before committing to blockchain systems
  • Which complementary technologies magnify the power of blockchain systems—and which fail to fully meet food safety needs?
  • Which similar powerful technologies are available in ready-to-use format today?

Matt Smith

Matt is the founder of ICIX and is responsible for determining the company’s vision and strategy and cultivating industry relationships. Since ICIX was established in 2004, Matt has been instrumental in securing many of its flagship customers and is a recognized authority in supply chain risk management and product safety. An active event speaker, he works with industry, government and advocacy groups to determine and champion industry-wide supply chain solutions. Prior to founding ICIX, Matt managed sales and client services at Megabus, a leading Australian accounting solutions company. He is also an accomplished sailor and served as one of the world’s youngest professional mega yacht captains.

Business Bootcamp – Driving Greater Execution, Engagement, and Ultimately Earnings!

Business Bootcamp – Driving Greater Execution, Engagement, and Ultimately Earnings!

Are you ready to accurately assess your teams, your leaders, and your performance? For 25 years, Competitive Solutions, Inc. has been taking organizations through Business Bootcamp with some pretty dramatic results. Learn how to:

  • Drive Business Acumen at a tactical level
  • Move accountability from a concept to a practice and elevate expectations of engagement
  • Eliminate hours of meetings a week by recalibrating intent
  • Moving from abstract OPEX tools to business critical necessities
  • What are the eight essential elements of 21st century leaders?

Shane Yount is a nationally recognized author, speaker and principal of Competitive Solutions, Inc. Shane began his career with Perdue Farms, Inc. His “Real World” process driven approach to creating and sustaining high performance has led leaders across the country to embrace the Process Based Leadership® methodology as a core operating system in driving organizational focus, urgency, and accountability. Since 1991, he has led the offices of Competitive Solutions, Inc. to become one of the nations most recognized Business Transformation consulting firms, working first-hand with Michelin, Glaxo Smith Kline, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, the Department of Defense and many others. Shane’s approach of challenging leaders to confront what truly “powers performance” within their organizations gives leaders a unique glimpse into their personal leadership legacies.


Panel: Generating High Productivity Through Training and Total Workforce Engagement

Panel: Generating High Productivity Through Training and Total Workforce Engagement

  • What does investing in your people look like on a day-to-day ongoing basis?
  • How does the workforce contribute to steady cumulative improvements as the engine of long-term culture change and improved productivity?
  • Discussing motivational tools that solicit grassroots contributions: Competition, recognition, entertainment, and a sense of accomplishment
  • Offering examples where training, mentorship, job shadowing, and cycling through different job functions improves retention, job satisfaction, and contributes to improved performance
  • How far can a culture of continuous improvement and total workforce engagement permeate an organization?

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Digital Enterprise – Implement Now

Digital Enterprise – Implement Now

The technical prerequisites for Industry 4.0 are available. Digitalization is actively gaining competitive advantages. Now is the time to implement. Experience the Digital Transformation now taking place across various industries.

  • Siemens case study of time, cost, quality results achieved from their own digitalization journey
  • Learn the advantages of industries working together utilizing intelligent, predictive models (Digital Twins)
  • Illustrative examples presented to explain how virtual and real are being connected across the entire value chain

Michael Schroeder
Portfolio Development Executive CPG and SHF
Siemens PLM Software

Michael Schroeder is Portfolio Development Executive for Siemens Consumer Products and Retail Product Lifecycle Software. In his role for Siemens, Michael works across fast moving consumer goods companies enabling them to Think Big, Act Small and Scale Fast – utilizing modern digitalization strategy and technologies.

Michael combines a multi-disciplined background across Consumer Products, Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, Softlines, Hardlines, Footwear and Apparel. His background includes running R&D, design and engineering facilities tied to global manufacturing operations. Achieving award winning global brand strategy, product & package design. He is an innovation leader, holding multiple patents. He thrives on helping numerous large and small businesses alike to realize their full potential in synchronizing innovation with operations and delivering to plan.