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Addressing the Top 4 COO Challenges for 2024
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Addressing the Top 4 COO Challenges for 2024

Chris Poole serves as the Director of Client Development for PSbyM. Chris has a 25 year track record of engaging global clients in supporting the delivery of tailored, high-quality excellence programs with special focus on supply chain excellence, operational excellence and safety excellence delivering sustainable transformational results. He’s an expert in all aspects of policy deployment, leadership development, organizational alignment, cultural excellence and focused problem-solving methodologies.

Shawn Smith serves as the Business Leader for the North American Region. Shawn has 20 years of experience in fast paced cost-conscious manufacturing environments. After leading operations for multiple years Shawn joined Performance Solutions by Milliken traveling the globe delivering performance results at more than 30 clients. He is an expert in management systems, leadership development, coaching, and problem solving.

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Modern Manufacturing – A New Standard for People and Processes
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Modern Manufacturing – A New Standard for People and Processes

Sam Castro joined SAP in July 2005 with the acquisition of a small company called Lighthammer. At that time he was responsible for implementation consulting, field enablement, custom development, and training for the core products (Illuminator, Xacute, UDS, CMS).  Sam is now part of the SAP LoB Manufacturing Product Marketing group, which is directly responsible for strategy and direction of our Manufacturing portfolio or products.

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Use AI to Give Junior Operators The Performance of Experienced Staff
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Use AI to Give Junior Operators The Performance of Experienced Staff

Willem Sundblad is the co-founder and CEO of Oden Technologies, a company empowering operators by providing real-time, AI-driven prescriptive process setting recommendations and predictive quality directly to the front line. In his spare time, he is a contributing writer to Forbes.com and takes every chance he gets to enjoy the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Chris Rodgers is the Director of TPM for INX International Ink Co. INX with parent company, SAKATA INX Corp., is the third largest ink manufacturer in the world. From the beginning of his career with INX in 1994 to 2005, Chris worked in research and technical services. In 2005, Chris was asked to take on a newly created role in TPM. Since taking on this role, Chris has assisted with or led projects across INX operations to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

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Process Intelligence (PQ): The Key to Building High Functioning Leaders
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Process Intelligence (PQ): The Key to Building High Functioning Leaders

Shane A. Yount is a nationally recognized thought leader, author, and President of Competitive Solutions, Inc., an international Business Transformation consulting firm which pioneered the acclaimed organizational development system known as Process Based Leadership® – A business transformation methodology designed to create a sustainable culture of clarity, connectivity, and consistency through the use of Non-Negotiable Business Processes.

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Now, Next and Beyond: Exploring the Future of Operational Excellence
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Now, Next and Beyond: Exploring the Future of Operational Excellence

Craig currently serves as a Principal at EY, leading the global Manufacturing Transformation solution. He has 24 years of experience across operations, engineering, continuous improvement, and digital transformation from a combination of industry, including 16 years at Procter and Gamble and other consulting roles. Craig enables clients across sectors to successfully transform through the adoption of technology and new ways of working by empowering the workforce on the journey to zero loss. As the leader of the EY and P&G alliance he leads a team focused on innovating methods and tools to create more effective, efficient, and sustainable transformations.

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Transforming Manufacturing Reliability: Accelerating Time-to-Value Through an AI-Driven RCM Solution for Optimal Efficiency and Streamlined Operations
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Transforming Manufacturing Reliability: Accelerating Time-to-Value Through an AI-Driven RCM Solution for Optimal Efficiency and Streamlined Operations

Michael has spent his career aligning solutions to customer’s business goals, analyzing business practices, leading workshops, developing business cases, operating models, and road maps to determine solutions for intricate business problems, and motivating my team to deliver the desired solution. He brings great expertise in the field of maintenance, reliability, facilities, and capital management with a point focus on developing and or optimizing Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Integrated Work Managements (IWMS), Cloud, Mobile, Internet of Things (IOT), AI/ML Solutions.

Dr. Dhaval Patel is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) at IBM Research, where he has been driving innovation in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) since 2016. With a PhD in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore, Dr. Patel is a renowned expert in applying AI and ML technologies to solve complex industrial challenges.

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Modern Data Architecture: The 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Game Changer for Mid-Sized Manufacturers
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Modern Data Architecture: The 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Game Changer for Mid-Sized Manufacturers

Lee has 25+ years of experience across manufacturing (Boeing/Corning), software technology (GE VERNOVA), and consulting (EY) that enables him to craft digital strategies that optimize manufacturing operations. As trusted advisor for manufacturing transformation, Lee works with clients to develop strategic roadmaps, navigate technology selection, and ensure financial viability for their smart factory initiatives.

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Standard Work and Order Exceptions​
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Standard Work and Order Exceptions​

John Dougherty has been working with companies in the Industrial Manufacturing, High Tech, Aero Space and Defense, Retail, Wholesale Distribution, and Consumer Packaged Goods industries for the past 24 years with both Symix Software, Oracle, and NetSuite.  John is currently Head of Manufacturing for the Americas with ServiceNow. ​

A big part of his role is meeting with companies who are either on or just starting their digital transformation journey in manufacturing and supply chain. John has an experienced and a proven track record of helping companies become more efficient, reduce costs and improve quality. He lives in Pittsburgh PA when not traveling for ServiceNow.

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Closing the Gap: How Digital Maturity Impacts Adoption
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Closing the Gap: How Digital Maturity Impacts Adoption

Geoffrey Jackson has over 30 years of industrial experience starting as a process engineer, working up to plant manager, and on to corporate Engineering and OT management roles. He has worked in multiple industries including aerospace and building materials and has extensive knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma tools as well as how these work in the Industry 4.0 space. Most recently, he led the digital transformation effort from concept to operationalization for a large, multi-facility company.

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Overcome Uncertain Times: Digitally Enabled Transformation to Drive Business and Workforce Success
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Overcome Uncertain Times: Digitally Enabled Transformation to Drive Business and Workforce Success

James Newman is the Head of Product and Portfolio Marketing at Augury. He has 20+ years of experience across engineering, manufacturing, and technology adoption, James brings a customer-focused outlook to understanding how technology impacts organizational outcomes.

Srinivasan Prabhushankar also known as Shankar is the CTO of Mechanical Recycling of PET for Indorama Ventures, a Thailand based Global Chemical Company. Shankar has 40 years of industry experience which includes various functional areas viz. Manufacturing, R&D, Technical Services, Project Management etc.

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Enabling Smart Operations for Manufacturing
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Enabling Smart Operations for Manufacturing

Mr. Creel is a leader within the Accenture Oracle Supply Chain Practice. He is a recognized subject matter expert for supply chain management business process and system design and frequently presents at industry and analyst events on subjects such as cloud supply chain systems. Mr.Creel was a co-founder and President of Inspirage, a leading supply chain consultancy that was acquired by Accenture. Prior to founding Inspirage, Kevin previously worked in supply chain product design for Oracle and has 20 years of manufacturing systems experience in high tech and semiconductor industries.

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Digitization Today — A Conversation with Jon Sobel of Sight Machine
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Digitization Today — A Conversation with Jon Sobel of Sight Machine

At the 2024 edition of the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit series we sat down with Jon Sobel, the CEO and cofounder of Sight Machine, to talk what digital transformation really means to manufacturers today. For years we have been having conversations about the power of data, what it can mean to get it from the plant floor in real time, how to analyze and understand it, and the impact those insights can have throughout a manufacturing organization. Very little of this is a new idea anymore, but so much work still needs to be done to realize the full potential of Industry 4.0. Where are we today? What are we good at, and what are we still struggling to accomplish? What comes next, and what are we doing to actually get there? In this conversation we talk about Digitization in the here and now with real insights into what manufacturers are doing, what they are trying, the questions they should be asking, and the things they are learning about to move their projects and their companies forward. Give it a listen!

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Connected Supply Chain Planning for Manufacturers — A Conversation with Bob Honer of Anaplan

At the 2024 edition of the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit series we sat down with Bob Honer, Anaplan’s Senior Director of Supply Chain Practice, to talk about connected supply chain planning and what it means for manufacturers. Today’s business landscape is one of frequent disruption and changing customer expectations. Demand planning has never been more complicated, and fulfilling the S&OE requirements of shifting demand with an evolving footprint across a logistical network undergoing sometimes dramatic transformation is a challenge that can only be addressed by having everyone in the value chain sharing the same information and making decisions with the whole picture in mind. What does that look like for manufacturers? What does it allow them to do that they cannot do any other way? How does it allow the strategic and tactical level to align and coordinate? What is involved in moving to a connected supply chain model? For all these questions and more, give this episode a listen!

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Geopolitical Issues Facing Manufacturers Today — A Conversation with René Buck
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Geopolitical Issues Facing Manufacturers Today — A Conversation with René Buck

At the 2024 edition of the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit series we sat down with René Buck, the CEO of BCI Global, to talk about geopolitical issues facing manufacturers today. While supply chain disruption and global footprint optimization are hot topics that every company is looking to address, this discussion goes further to expand on major issues and trends that are shaping the way businesses are operating around the globe, and what different governments are doing to guide the conversation and incentivize manufacturers to prepare for a future that is going to be shaped as much by politics as by economic considerations. In this wide-ranging and far-sighted conversation, we explore the past, present, and likely future of business strategy with insights and in-depth knowledge from the leader of one of the world’s top boutique consulting firms on these issues. Give this episode a listen!

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Putting the Power of AI in the Hands of Frontline Workers — A Conversation with Willem Sundblad of Oden Technologies
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Putting the Power of AI in the Hands of Frontline Workers — A Conversation with Willem Sundblad of Oden Technologies

Willem Sundblad is the co-founder and CEO of Oden Technologies, a company empowering operators by providing real-time, AI-driven prescriptive process setting recommendations and predictive quality directly to the front line. In his spare time, he is a contributing writer to Forbes.com and takes every chance he gets to enjoy the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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