March 19 - 21, 2019
Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA
Leader, Global Healthcare
Chris Holt is currently the leader of Global Healthcare for Amazon Business.
Amazon Business is a marketplace that combines the selection, convenience and value customers have come to know and love from Amazon, with new features and unique benefits tailored to businesses. Launched in April 2015, Amazon Business generated more than a billion dollars in sales its first year. Now, Amazon Business is innovating how healthcare organizations source and purchase products to improve supply chain efficiency, simplify contract administration, and make comparison shopping easy. Healthcare organizations have access to hundreds of millions of products – everything from IT and medical equipment to janitorial/sanitation and food service supplies.
Chris Holt brings more than 25 years of global healthcare supply chain innovation to the Amazon team. He began his career in supply chain strategy consulting with Ernst & Young. He then joined UPS where he helped establish the company’s Healthcare vertical. Chris has extensive international experience in healthcare having led the China business for Cardinal Health and subsequently serving as CEO of Chinese medical product supplier Tiger Medical. Most recently, he led Business Ventures for Vizient, the US' largest healthcare group purchasing organization, where he oversaw $10 billion of non-profit hospital spend.
Chris and his wife and their three children reside in Seattle, WA.
SVP, Enterprise Shared Services & Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer (Interim)
Laurel Junk, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Shared Services and Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer (Interim), Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Health Plan (Kaiser Permanente)
Laurel is charged with improving the performance of existing national shared services and identifying innovative shared services opportunities, with the goal of advancing affordability for Kaiser Permanente’s members, while delivering value back to customers and patients. She also has accountability for a diverse group of shared services providing critical capabilities and services across the care continuum. Laurel is a founding member of the Heathcare Transformation Group (HTG) a care provider coalition engaged in positive change throughout the industry. She lives in California and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Institute of Technology and an MBA from Duke University
VP Supply Chain/Support Services, Supply Chain Organization
John is a healthcare supply chain professional with over 25 years of experience including various management roles with both provider and supplier organizations. His resume includes time spent with INOVA Health System, Cardinal Health, Bon Secours Health System, MedStar Health, and since October 2017 as the Vice President Supply Chain and Support Services for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT.
John has a proven record of providing vision and leadership for enterprise wide supply chain solutions. He continually challenges the status quo and seeks industry leading methods to ensure the highest quality materials and services are obtained at the lowest cost. John strives to establish standards of excellence through process redesign, to develop systems and metrics to measure financial and operational performance, and to foster strategic internal and external alliances. He values stakeholder input and collaborates with supply chain leaders to achieve exceptional employee engagement resulting in world class interactions for clinical staff, physicians and business partners. John was a participant in AHRMM’s inaugural Healthcare Supply Chain Institute program, has served on several industry advisory boards and is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech University where he earned his bachelor’s degree with Summa Cum Laude honors and his Master’s degree in Business Administration.
VP, Supply Chain
Marc Rottink was appointed VP Supply Chain of the Restorative Therapies Group within Medtronic in May 2017.
In this role, Marc oversees the Supply Chain that feeds Medtronic customer and patients across the globe with focus on S&OP, Planning and Field Inventory Management, in areas of Spine, Pain and Brain Therapies. Marc brings more than 20 years of skills, knowledge, and experience that will fortify and meliorate RTG Supply Chain. Marc is focused on cultural transformation, data analytics, and overall supply chain planning optimization.
Marc has a degree in HR and Business, as well as a Masters in Logistics. Marc started as a Human Resources Manager for DHL in 1997. His Supply Chain career started in 2000 with Xerox Corporation. He worked in several areas within the Supply Chain both in Service- and Finished Goods Logistics. He has gained experience within the areas of Procurement, Warehousing & Distribution, Sales & Operations Planning and Manufacturing. Marc has also worked in several European countries and now in the United States.
Marc currently resides in Memphis, TN with his wife and three children.
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Kevin Thompson is the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. He is responsible for supply chain management, including contracting, procurement, distribution, and administrative services. In his previous role, Kevin served as the Chief Financial Officer at Sharp Metropolitan Medical Center for sixteen years.
VP, Supply Chain Services
Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady Health Systems
Worldwide VP & GM
Rob Sobie is the Worldwide Vice President & GM of the Becton Dickinson (BD) Pyxis Supply Solutions division in San Diego, CA. Rob has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare supply chain management.
Those who know Rob recognize that he is a technology zealot with a passion for improving healthcare through product and process improvements. Considered an industry leader in our space, Rob has spent his career in healthcare distribution, informatics and automation. Rob is here to share his powerful message of how healthcare change, not just reform, is the only way to preserve our future and the futures of the generations to come.
Prior to joining Becton Dickinson, Rob served as the Executive Vice President of Healthcare Solutions for InterMetro, an Emerson Electric company leading the company’s Sales, global Marketing efforts and automation strategies. He has served in leadership roles at Pyxis, Cardinal Health and CareFusion. Rob is known in the industry as a proven visionary leader with demonstrated innovative ideas, which he attributes to his firsthand experience, blue collar upbringing and daily input from his wife, a tenured trauma nurse.
Rob received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and his Master’s from the School of Hard Knocks.
Vice President, Enterprise Hospital Customers
Johnson & Johnson
As Senior Director, Supply Chain customer solutions, Ruben is responsible for development and deployment of Supply Chain Customer Solutions to improve the customer experience with the top tier Medical Devices hospital customers in the United States (top 260 customers).
Ruben was recently the Enterprise customer team leader for top IDNs in New York and New Jersey supporting strategic account management, innovative contracting and unique solutions. He also held the position of Chief Procurement Officer, Medical Devices and Diagnostics, and Johnson & Johnson’s Supplier Diversity leader, Ruben is responsible for enabling value creation, innovation, risk mitigation and supplier diversity across a $15 Billion spend base across Johnson & Johnson.
Ruben originally joined Johnson & Johnson in 1984 as an engineering intern. Throughout his distinguished 30+ year career, he has rotated 15 times across eight different J&J affiliates spanning all three company sectors -- Consumer, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device and Diagnostics. During this span, he’s held numerous leadership positions in Procurement, Manufacturing, Planning, Distribution, Transportation, Finance, Customer Marketing and Logistics, Customer account Team leader and Sales management.
In 2008, Ruben assumed responsibility for the Johnson & Johnson Supplier Diversity program. Ruben brought his knowledge of the business and customers to drive increased executive sponsorship, awareness and accountability to the program. He reached out to partners in marketing, affinity groups and to customers to demonstrate the value and criticality of including diverse suppliers in our supply chain.
Under his leadership, Johnson & Johnson’s spend with diverse (minority and women owned) businesses grew over 20% in 2 years and in 2010 the Company’s spend passed the billion dollar mark for the first time ever. Johnson & Johnson is now formally applying to become the first and only health care company to become a member of the Billion Dollar Round Table, a prestigious group of only 17 corporations that spend over one billion dollars annually with diverse suppliers.
Among other many accomplishments, Ruben is a past recipient of numerous supplier diversity awards from recognized institutions such as the Long Island Hispanic Chamber, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives.
Ruben earned his MBA from Fuqua’s Executive MBA program in 1994 and his BA in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986. He also holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing from the Kettering Institute in Michigan.
He was born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in Miami, Florida.
Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Transformation
Tammy Nelson joined Medtronic in 2008. She has over 20+ years of Supply Chain experience. Currently, Tammy is Leading the Global Supply Chain Transformation is a company-wide effort to make it easier for customers to do business with Medtronic, and to simplify how employees get work done. We are building an organization to drive an integrated supply chain, and improve efficiency, effectiveness, agility and speed.
Over the ten years at Medtronic, Nelson has demonstrated her extensive passion, innovation, and leadership capabilities as Medtronic’s Director for Global Supply Chain, Trade Compliance, Transportation and Logistics. Nelson has developed a new team within Global Supply Chain focused on continuous improvement. She has proven significant success in leading teams to drive risk assessments and gap analysis while creating a strategic direction for Global Trade Compliance. Nelson also executed on key Transportation and Logistics projects that include Global Distribution Network Analysis and Distribution Implementation.
Before joining Medtronic, Nelson held various leadership positions within FedEx over eleven years which included Global Sales and FedEx Solutions. In Global Sales, she provided strategic planning, account management and supply chain leadership. In FedEx Solutions role, she was a logistics and business consultant where she designed and executed supply chain solutions to clients.
Nelson brings twenty years of experience and holds a BA and MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
VP, Supply Chain
Steve Huckabaa joined Vidant Health in September 2018 as System Vice President for Supply Chain Management. Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,542-bed health system that annually serves a region of more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. Vidant Health is a not-for-profit system comprised of more than 12,000 team members, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 535 providers in more than 95 practice sites. Vidant Medical Center, with roughly 1,000 licensed beds, is the third largest Level 1 Trauma Center in the nation and serves as the flagship teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, training over 300 medical students, 400 residents and fellows, more than 1,000 nursing students and many more students for service in other health fields.
During his 25+ years in the healthcare industry Steve has held various executive positions on the provider side, trade association, consultant, and group purchasing. Besides supply chain experience primarily on the provider side he also has experience in corporate development & innovation, closed-door pharmacy, retail pharmacy, durable medical equipment ownership, and medical research (neuroscience, pharmaceutical, and medical device). He furthermore has consultant experience in pharmacy wholesaler, closed-door pharmacy, regional medical distribution, and state-run diversity programs.
Prior to entering the healthcare industry Steve spent 20 years in the United States Air Force. His first six years were spent in weapons security and security clearance and his last fourteen years as a U.S. Federal Contracting Officer in the United States and Europe. He has expertise in Congressional Inquiries and claim or termination action before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and U.S. Court of Claims.
Steve and Sheree have been married 43 years. He holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies with a minor in business management.
Vice President, ERP/Supply Chain Operations
Bon Secours Health System
David McCombs is Vice President of Enterprise Resource Planning/ Supply Chain Operations for the Bon Secours Health System, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system operating 19 hospitals and integrated community health programs in the Mid-Atlantic. McCombs was named to this position in 2002 following five years as a Hospital CEO in the System. McCombs is responsible for directing the Bon Secours Supply Chain operations and leading system-wide standardization and cost savings initiatives for Supplies, purchased services and capital. A 38-year veteran of health care operations, McCombs has served as administrator and chief operating officer for several not-for profit hospital Systems in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic regions, including a 150 bed rural facility, a 300 bed community hospital and a 550-bed community teaching hospital. McCombs received a bachelor of science degree from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and a master's degree in hospital health services administration from Duke University.
Director, Supply Chain Logistics/Supply Chain Distribution
Alan McQueen is the Director of Supply Chain Logistics and Distribution at BJC Healthcare. Previously, he served as Chief, Air Force Services Enlisted Assignments.
VP, Integrated Supply Chain
Outset Medical, Inc.
Kulwant Sandhu currently serves as the VP of Integrated Supply Chain at Outset Medical. In her previous role, she served as Director of Supply Chain at Abbott. Kulwant is a results oriented supply chain leader with expertise in end-to-end domestic and international Supply Chain Systems that create a Competitive Advantage, reduce costs and complexity, grow Sales and increase Customer Service to World Class Levels with better strategic direction across transportation, distribution, warehousing, inventory, procurement, Customer Service and sales and operations planning. Adept at achieving solid business outcomes through collaborative leadership, strategy and analytics, and complex problem solving. An information technology savvy leader who builds trusted partnerships enterprise-wide and with customers, suppliers, and stakeholders. Recognized successes in multi-cultural relationships across Europe, Asia, and Latin America and within multi-site manufacturing and distribution. Lead large teams globally in manufacturing operations.
Head of Supply Chain
Chris McCall is the Head of SCM for Global NAT and Americas Immunohematology Products since joining the Novartis Diagnostics business unit in 2012. He has responsibility for global inventory management, distribution and logistics. He has managed through the acquisition by and transition into Grifols, has overseen the complete rearchitecting of cold packaging solutions and driven a 37% reduction in cost to deliver products across to customers, and managed over the expansion of volumes in Asia and the introduction of new products into to the Grifols product suite. Prior to his current role, Chris had roles as Head of Supply Chain at Thoratec (now part of St. Jude Medical) and at Insound Medical, which made groundbreaking technologies in the hearing aids. These followed roles in supply chain and manufacturing at Intel Corporation and management consulting at PRTM (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Tony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Vice Chair, Supply Chain
Dave Marcelletti has more than 20 years of Healthcare Supply Chain experience. As Vice Chair of Supply Chain Operational Excellence, Dave has oversight for enterprise-wide SCM operations for Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Health System. The Mayo Clinic Supply Chain acquires more than $4 billion in supplies, purchased services, and capital medical equipment annually. Mayo Clinic is an owner, member and service provider of CAPTIS (formerly known as the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center).
Consisting of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Mayo inspires hope and contributes to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research. The Mayo Supply Chain Operations supports and manages supplies and services for more than 22 acute care hospitals and 130 practice sites. In 2017, Mayo Clinic Supply Chain Management was ranked #2 by Gartner for having one of the top performing supply chains in the Healthcare sector (2015 – First healthcare provider to be ranked #1; recognized since 2009 and placed in the Top 5 each year since 2011). Mayo’s performance was compared to manufacturers, distributors, pharmaceutical companies, and other healthcare providers. This was the first year a healthcare provider has claimed the top position in Gartner’s annual ranking.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Marcelletti served as Director of Supply Chain for Medline Industries, Inc. Medline is the nation’s largest privately held medical supply manufacturer and distributor based in Chicago Illinois. As Director of Supply chain, for more than 12 years (21 year career at Medline) Dave’s leadership helped Medline grow from a $1.0 billion dollar national organization to a $9 billion global organization with purchases totaling more than $60 million/week (2015). Earlier in his Medline career, Dave played a key role in the IT organization bringing leadership and subject matter expertise to the manufacturing, distribution and analytic SAP systems across the enterprise.
Mr. Marcelletti began his career in Chicago with Accenture as an application systems programming/technology consultant for Distribution and Manufacturing. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business in 1988 from the Indiana University School of Business and received his Masters of Business Administration in 1991 from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Director - Business Integrity & Continuity, Supply Chain Management
Erich Heneke is currently Director of Business Integrity and Continuity in Mayo Clinic’s Supply Chain Management (SCM). His financial emphasis is in Enterprise & Supplier Risk Management, Audit/Controls and Financial Planning & Analysis. Erich has worked in Mayo SCM for 11 years, focusing his efforts on sound SCM controls, fraud prevention/detection, accuracy of balance sheet accounting and other controls related work, including Mayo’s voluntary Sox compliance.
During his time at Mayo, Erich and his team have completed several projects addressing proper controls with Supply Chain, including: development of an award-winning credit card risk scoring platform, completion of a segregation of duties project mapping employees’ accesses across multiple applications, detection of several types of overpayments to vendors – including detection, collection and prevention of future leakage, automated management of pharmaceutical pricing and several other initiatives.
Senior Director, Global Supply Chain
Currently the Director of Global Supply Chain at Stryker Neurovascular, Ivan is leading the organization through supply chain transformation, where they implemented a comprehensive IBP process with a fully integrated Product Lifecycle Management process. Prior to Stryker, Ivan held leadership positions in St. Jude Medical and Abbott Vascular, where he led major initiatives as the leader of Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain, Operations and Planning. Ivan also held leadership position at Biosense Webster (a Johnson & Johnson Company) in Planning, Materials and Supply Chain Strategy. Prior to Biosense Webster, Ivan was a Supply Chain Management Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, implementing several Advanced Planning Systems solutions. Ivan has an MBA from UCLA Anderson, a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
Corporate Director, Supply Chain Services
FMOL Health System
Amy Webb is the Corporate Director of Supply Chain at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. She is responsible for Logistics One, self-distribution organization, as well as clinical contracting of surgical and clinical commodities. Amy has twenty five years of supply chain leadership experience in healthcare. Prior to her current role, she led Purchasing, Hospital Logistics Supply Chain, Process Improvement, and MMIS teams. Additionally, she led multiple supply chain system implementations and successfully centralized supply chain as a shared service.
Director, Outreach & Partnerships
Texas Christian University
M. Dave Malenfant is currently Executive Vice President of Industry Liaison and Talent Development for the BSMA (Biotech Supply Management Alliance). He also serves as Director and oversees the Advisory Board for the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Texas Christian University. Dave is responsible for driving Industry relations in the Biotech, Biopharma Supply Chain for the BSMA. Prior to this appointment, Dave served on the Advisory Board for the BSMA from its inception. With a passion for talent development and career planning, Dave has helped both the BSMA and the Center for Supply Chain Innovation drive Young Professional career development and mentoring programs for students. Prior to joining the BSMA and TCU, Dave spent over 30 years in a variety of industry roles. As an entrepreneur, Dave was Co-founder and President of Signature Consultants, Inc., (1973) a business, finance, and economic consulting firm that he ultimately sold in 1993. He created and operated a variety of other businesses that are still profitable in Canada today. In 1993, Dave joined Alcon Laboratories where he steadily advanced through leadership roles such as Purchasing Manager, Materials Operation Manager, and Global Supply Chain Director before becoming the Vice President of Global Supply Chain in 2005. In this role, Dave provided strategic direction for the company’s Global Supply Chain initiatives and created global centers of excellence for Purchasing, Distribution, Transportation, Customer Service, Sales and Operations Management, Data Management, Graphic Design and Artwork Development, and Product Launches. Dave retired from Alcon in 2014. Dave is recognized for the creative development of standardized systems and business processes, and for developing enabling technology throughout the entire supply chain. During his career, Dave has implemented over 30 different computer systems – WMS, ERP, Finite Scheduling, Product Launch, and Order Entry, among others. Dave is past Chairman of the Supply Chain Council and past member of the Executive Committee of NASSTRAC Given his vast knowledge of the end-to-end, integrated supply chain, Dave is a frequent speaker on Global Supply Chain Trends. He has consistently demonstrated his passion for Supply Chain management, developing talent, and the need to advance Supply Chain theory and innovation throughout a variety of industries.
VP, Supply Chain Planning & Inventory Control
KCI An Acelity Company
Strategic, process driven supply chain executive with broad expertise in supply chain, manufacturing, sourcing, process improvement and employee engagement. Extensive background in highly regulated environments including medical devices and aerospace. More than fifteen years of management experience combined with up-to-the-minute expertise in Supply Chain Transformation and Lean methodologies. Proven track record leading cross-functional teams to mission success.
B. Braun Medical
SR HR, Business Partner, Supply Chain
Mary Rindo is currently the Senior HR executive for the GE Healthcare Global Supply Chain Function. Mary returned to GE’s Healthcare division from GE’s Oil & Gas business, where she held roles as Senior HR executive for the global Engineering function, and then added Supply Chain and Information Technologies to her remit. Mary started with the Healthcare division, where she held roles as Senior HR executive for the Medical Diagnostics business based in London, UK and the Life Care Solutions business based in Madison, WI. Mary brings 20+ years of HR experience to this role, and has deep experience with leadership development, coaching for change, culture integrations, and organizational functionality and design. Prior to joining GE in 2003, she held various HR and business leadership roles in financial services, as well HR leadership in a successful start-up company.
Director, Supply Chain Services
Karl Wright is the Director of Supply Chain Services for Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics, Salem Oregon. He has over 28 years of healthcare supply chain experience and specializes in Kaizen Lean methodology, contracting, inventory management and healthcare logistics. Karl joined Salem Health in 2013 and previously worked as a Materials Director for Community Health Systems, and also as a Multi-hospital Materials Operations Manager at Intermountain Healthcare. Karl was an early developer of Value Analysis principles and methodology during the 1990’s, some of which was published in Materials Management in Healthcare magazine.
Karl concurrently served 33 years in the US Army and Army National Guard, deploying and serving around the world in combat and humanitarian missions in support of US domestic and foreign policy initiatives and the needs of local populations.
He is a graduate from the University of Utah with a BS degree in economics, an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, and a Masters of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Director, Sales Logistics
Clarice Nist has 18 years experience working in the medical device industry. During her time at Zimmer Biomet she has held leadership positions in Sourcing, IT, Distribution and Sales Logistics. She managed multiple IT system projects including an SAP implementation in Australia/New Zealand, an inventory tracking system for the US field, and a system integration during the Zimmer and Biomet merger. She also lead multiple distribution warehouse transfers and a managed 3 warehouses in North America with a staff of 300+ team members. Currently she is part of the Sales Logistic leadership team and manages a portfolio of projects related to system and process changes.
Clarice holds a Bachelors Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. In addition she holds professional certifications as a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Director Global JJOS Deployment Leader
Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems
Rick Desmarais has been a strong Lean Thinking advocate during his 25 years of Supply Chain experience. Rick started his J&J career as a Manufacturing manager that opened a new plant in Switzerland. He was also the pilot operating company to distribute products from J&J’s new European DC in Belgium. After returning to the US, he managed multiple Distribution Centers for the Global Orthopedics franchise. Most recently, Rick has assumed a leadership role in the new Lean Center of Excellence for J&J. Rick is a certified 6 Sigma Green Belt and Lean Black Belt and has recently achieved Master Black Belt certification.
Director, US Distribution Programs, Global Supply Chain
Proven business leader with demonstrated results in supply chain innovation, network optimization, solution delivery and strategic selling. Comprehensive background in strategy, marketing, supply chain and commercial management. Unique combination of experience in the B2C, consulting, and B2B space. Broad healthcare experience across manufacturing and distribution encompassing pharmaceutical, med-surg supply, and medical device industries. Provides vision, education and focus to teams in order to resolve complex business problems and capture rewarding opportunities. Leads across internal functions and external trading partners to build innovative end-to-end solutions.
In his current role as Director, US Distribution Programs, Global Supply Chain at GE Healthcare, Mike prescribes and delivers the optimal and most cost-effective distribution strategy for GE product lines to IDN health systems with keen focus on the rapidly evolving US healthcare marketplace. He works directly with customer/Health System Supply Chain leadership to understand their needs, frame joint innovations, and collaboratively manage implementation.
Director, Internal Supply Planning
Aaron Castillo is the Director of Internal Supply Planning at Penumbra, Inc., a global healthcare company focused on innovative therapies.
Since joining Penumbra in 2008, Aaron has gained a thorough understanding of manufacturing, operations and supply chain and his proven track record has given him increased responsibility over the years. Aaron is currently responsible for supplying Penumbra products to customers around the world.
Aaron lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two kids. He has a B.S. in Industrial & System Engineering from Texas A&M University and is APICS CPIM certified.
Head of Supply Chain – Americas
Tony Manganaro is the Americas Head of Supply Chain for bioMerieux. He is responsible for all planning, forecasting and logistics activities North and South America. Mr Manganaro has been a catalyst for investment in supply chain capabilities and part of a leadership team working to re-engineer the global supply chain to become a customer focused, cross-functional and integrated organization.
Prior to his current role, Tony held leadership positions in Supply Chain and Finance in both the US and in France. In Supply Chain he globally lead strategies and procedures for forecasting, inventory management, planning (S&OP) and replenishment in subsidiaries. His teams were able to achieve a 80% reduction of products on backorder from non-technical issues. In Finance, he was the controller of a major manufacturing site which included the US headquarters.
Tony holds a bachelors in Finance from East Carolina University and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Bob Sheppard is the Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Tecomet, Inc. a global leader in contract manufacturing for the medical device, aerospace and defense industry, headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts. Bob has over 25 years’ experience in supply chain across several industries including medical device, biopharmaceuticals, medical equipment, as well as semiconductor capital equipment. At Tecomet, Bob is responsible for Strategic and Tactical procurement as well as Sales and Operations Planning, demand management and production planning and supports Tecomet on their Global Operations strategies. Before Joining Tecomet, Bob worked at Lake Region Medical as a Director of Operations and Director of Global Supply Chain, MKS Instruments as Director of Supply Chain, Thermo Fisher as Supply Chain Manager and Eaton Semiconductor as a master planner. Bob started his career at Tyco Electronics. Bob graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Management and Operations Technology, is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified from Villanova University and is APICS CPIM certified.
Executive Director Operations & Information Technology
Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Dan Kavanagh is an Executive Director for Omron Healthcare. Omron Healthcare is a division of Omron Corporation (a Japanese company) and is dedicated to creating a world without heart attacks or strokes. Dan has responsibility over both IT and Supply Chain Management in the Americas region. His career in SCM started 4 years ago at Omron when he was asked to assume responsibility of that department in addition to his IT responsibilities. The SCM functions he's responsible for include Demand Planning, Purchasing, Inventory Optimization, Logistics and Customer Operations. His IT career spans 24 years and includes companies such as Accenture, Hitachi Consulting, Goldmans Sachs and Uline. His focus in IT has been in the areas of BI, Analytics, EPM and ERP supporting all functional areas. Dan is currently a leader on a global team at Omron that is building a single EPM and SCM solution for all regions of the organization. Dan lives in the Chicago area with his wife and eight children where they all love to enjoy the great food, culture and entertainment of a big city.
Director, Asia and Latin America Supply Chain, Interventional Segment
Jeremy is the Director of Asia and Latin America Supply Chain for the Interventional segment of Becton Dickinson, a global healthcare industry leader focused on the treatment of disease for patients and the process of care for health care providers. Jeremy joined BD via the Bard acquisition completed in late 2017. He currently leads supply chain planning and order fulfillment for the former Bard business franchises (now BD Interventional) for high growth and mature markets across Asia and Latin America. Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare and information technology sectors. Before joining Bard, Jeremy held positions of increasing responsibility as Supply Chain Manager for the Cordis Corporation, a Johnson and Johnson Company; as Principle Consultant for Evant Inc.; and Senior Consultant for i2 Technologies and Programmer/Analyst at ALK Technologies. Jeremy is Six Sigma Black Belt certified by Johnson & Johnson; a recent graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership LDPâ Program; and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree from Princeton University.
Senior Manager, Customer Solutions
Johnson & Johnson HealthCare Systems, Inc.
Customer-Focused Supply Chain and Operations Leader who consistently increases bottom-line business value by delivering improved capabilities, partnership strategies, best practices to advance manufacturer quality, delivery and efficiency, excellence in customer satisfaction, logistics, solutions deployment and improving sales and efficiencies.
Chet develops and leads “end to end” Supply Chain strategies and performance by engaging with Hospital customers to meet their Supply Chain needs. With his extensive background at Johnson and Johnson in Product Portfolio and Project Management, Supplier and Customer Partnerships, Manufacturing and Distribution Strategy and Optimization, Customer Service and Process Excellence (Six Sigma, LEAN), he is a respected thought leader in Health Care Supply Chain.
Chet has presented several best practices at leading conferences and facilitates collaboration across various stakeholders in Medical Device Industry including Providers, Distributors, Manufacturers and adoption of new capabilities to improve Efficiency, Innovation and Service. He is a board member at the University of Dayton’s Operations Management Council. Also, volunteer member of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Advisory Council.
Director, Global Supply Chain
Expert in managing Sales and Operations Planning processes and end-to-end global supply chains in regulated industry.
Motivational leader who drives teams to deliver business strategy and objectives with efficiency and customer focus.
Results oriented and keen strategist with tangible accomplishments in business process design and implementation, change management, lean deployment, inventory management, manufacturing transfers, supplier relationships, new product introduction, service and operating margin performance improvement. Extensive knowledge in managing both outsourced suppliers and in-house manufacturing.
Wide international business experience – based in the USA with previous assignments in England (5 years) and Germany (1 year). Currently, leads multi-located teams in the US and the UK with manufacturing and supplier base in over 20 countries. Speaks English, Spanish and Bulgarian; has knowledge of German and Russian.
National Accounts, Supply Chain Customer Solutions
Johnson & Johnson
Jim is the Director, National Accounts, Supply Chain Customer Solutions, and is responsible for delivering supply chain solutions for large, national health systems.
Jim has been with J&J for 20 years and has held a number of commercial roles, most recently within Ethicon’s Strategic Account Management organization leading the Field Solutions team focused on deploying solutions to help large, strategic hospital customers achieve their Affordable Care Act Triple Aim objectives. Prior to that role, Jim held a number of US and global Marketing roles within J&J’s Ethicon franchise. He began his J&J career with Ethicon Endo-Surgery as Director, Reimbursement and Healthcare Economics.
Prior to joining J&J, Jim was an Associate Director of Corporate Accounts for Novartis Pharmaceuticals and an Account Executive with Aetna. He is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
Senior Director, Global Supply Chain
Global supply chain executive experienced in carve-outs, start-up businesses, mergers and acquisitions. Expertise in implementing supply chain strategies that improve enterprise performance through transformative change. Over fifteen years of diverse industry experience in medical device, technology and pharmaceutical industries.
Proven track record of creating scalable supply chain, logistics and operations capabilities for organizations with global reach.
Experience in optimizing organizational structure and developing global management teams by leading with empathy, fostering team member empowerment, discipline and accountability.
Experience in developing functional and cross functional processes with an enterprise-wide view that deliver business success keeping the end customer in mind.
Vice President, Manufacturing Technologies Business Line
Heraeus Medical Components
Amanda is a commercial business leader at Heraeus Medical Components, based in St. Paul, MN. Since 2018, she’s held the role of Vice President within the Manufacturing Technologies business line, responsible for the implantable housings and active device coils product segments. Amanda joined Heraeus in 2016 as the Vice President of Global Procurement. Prior to Heraeus, Amanda held various roles in strategic sourcing and supply chain management for both direct and indirect materials in the consumer goods and automotive industries. Recently, Amanda joined the Supply Chain and Operations Board of Advisors for the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Amanda is also the leading representative for Heraeus’ sponsorship of the Medical Device Supply Chain Council (“MedSC”). Amanda completed a Bachelor’s degree in international business at Eastern Michigan University and earned her MBA from Western Michigan University.
Director, Field Inventory Operations
Shawn Taylor is Director of Field Inventory Operations at MicroPort Orthopedics. Shawn and his team support both the US and Canada. Shawn is responsible for implant & instrument performance, field audits, operational efficiency, and inventory reporting for over 30 US distributors. Shawn began his career in Orthopaedics as a Marketing Intern for Smith & Nephew in 1989. He earned his Business Administration degree with a focus on Sales/Marketing from the University of Memphis.
Director, Planning and Inventory Management
Patrick Straubel is the Director of Planning and Inventory Management at Aesculap Inc. Patrick has over 25 years of experience in diverse industries including Medical Device, Consumer Products, Apparel, and Furniture Systems in a variety of different leadership roles.
At Aesculap Patrick is responsible for planning, purchasing, and deployment of field inventory in support of five different Strategic Business Areas. He is currently working on the implementation of WebOps to support the domestic loaner program and distributor and hospital consignments.
Patrick holds an MBA from Western Michigan University, a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from Aquinas College.
Vice President, Head of Dental Service Organizations for North America and APAC
Project Manager II, Global Supply Chain
Anne Leger is responsible for supporting the profitable and sustainable growth of Boston Scientific's Global Supply Chain through the management of key projects and continuous improvement. Her specific responsibilities include business analysis, strategic and operational planning, process improvement, development of new programs and lean culture transformation.
General Manager, Europe
DJ Cass is the General Manager, Europe for Insulet Corporation, the manufacturer of the Omnipod Insulin Management System. In this role, he led the company’s transition from a master distribution model to direct operations, with Insulet now providing direct sales, distribution and logistics, customer support and product services to its customers across Europe. At Insulet DJ has served as Vice President, Strategic Alliances and General Manager, Neighborhood Diabetes. Prior to joining Insulet in 2014, DJ spent over twelve years at Hologic (Cytyc) in roles of increasing responsibility including Regional Business Director and Director of Strategic Planning. DJ earned his BA in Policy Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and his MBA from Bentley University. He currently resides in London, United Kingdom with his wife and 2 daughters.
Head of Service, Sales Support, and Operations
Heraeus Medical US
Philip Donchevich is the Head of Service, Sales Support, and Operations for Heraeus Medical US. He is an unconventional leader who thinks three steps ahead and puts people first. Creating a concierge-style customer experience is just the beginning, and this attitude and awareness flow into every aspect of his role – building a team, motivating employees, engaging the commercial sales group, and ensuring customer focus. Mindfulness and continuous improvement are the lifeblood of his style, driven by a Master’s in English and a Master’s from Villanova in Lean Six Sigma and Project Management. With over 18 years in Medical Device, Phil’s influence, passion, and humor, are quickly felt across the entirety of an organization.
Phil’s approach and commitment to excellence fueled a best-in-class inventory revitalization which generated $2M in revenue and reduced scrap by $2M both in the same year. He did this by leveraging the best ideas from the team, partnered with sales and customers, and implemented a process which met their critical needs and then exceeded their expectations.
He now carries that commitment to customer into his current role, expanding the US footprint for Palacos Bone Cement, the gold-standard in orthopedic cement fixation.
A published author, a marathon-runner, a former chef, and a father, Phil trusts there is nothing that cannot be accomplished if you love enough, commit enough, and believe enough.
Manager, Global Supply Chain
Tom is responsible for supporting the profitable and sustainable growth of Boston Scientific's Global Supply Chain through the management of key projects and continuous improvement. Specific responsibilities include business analysis, strategic and operational planning, process improvement, organizational design, development of new programs, and lean culture transformation.
Medical Technology Consultant
N C Anderson Consulting, Inc
Nic is a health economist and former Director of Market Access for PolarityTE, a regenerative medicine company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previous to this appointment he was a Payer determining which medical technologies are paid for by Intermountain Healthcare and sat on Intermountain’s New Device and Technology Committee. He is also a consultant to Venture Capitalists and start-ups who are working on new life science products helping them identify what health insurance companies and hospitals want in a technology and for what they’re willing to pay. Nic is also a Strategic Advisor to four medical technology companies. He is a guest lecturer at UCSF School of Medicine, University of Utah and at conferences and symposiums where he speaks on clinical trials, HEOR, commercialization and reimbursement. In February 2017 Nic was the Expert in Residence at the Dubai 100, a digital health accelerator located in Dubai.
Director, Asset Management, Sales Logistics
Jason Webster has 21 years experience working in the medical device industry spanning Finance, Inventory Management, Customer Service, Demand Planning, & S&OP. Over the years he has had global exposure and responsibility over Canada, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and the US. Currently he is part of the Sales Logistics Leadership Team and leads the Asset Management Organization.
Jason holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Indiana University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition he holds professional certifications as a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) and Six Sigma Green Belt.
Senior Director, Global Procurement
Integra Life Sciences
Experienced Senior Director Global Procurement and Strategic Sourcing with a business & results-driven management acumen – Operationally focused leader with the creativity and foresight to execute on both business strategic and tactical objectives. Hands-on team player with proven ability to serve as an integral member of the senior management team while supporting and working closely with other functional areas of the organization. Experience spans medical device, pharma, manufacturing, service distribution and financial business environments. Strong international experience and understanding of cultural diversity as it applies to international business and industry.
Manager Global Field Operations
Manager, Production Planning
Advanced Bionics LLC
Ketaki Pathak is the Manager of Production Planning at Advanced Bionics LLC. Ketaki has over 12 years of experience in diverse industries including medical device, consumer products, clinical trials and automotive in demand and supply planning and inventory management roles.
At Advanced Bionics, Ketaki is responsible for capacity planning, production scheduling and material management for all product lines.
Vice President, Business Development, Manufacturer Services
Owens & Minor
Vice President, Business Development, Manufacturer Services since October 2014. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Martin served as Vice President, Enterprise Sales, Provider Services. Prior to that, Mr. Martin served as Regional Vice President, Provider Services, Southwest Region from 2006 to 2010.
Before joining Owens & Minor in 2006, Mr. Martin held leadership positions with McKesson and Baxter.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Since joining Terso in 2007, Joe Pleshek has overseen rapid growth for the company providing overall strategic direction and financial management for the business as well as managing day-to-day operations. He has worked closely with Terso’s clients in the Healthcare and Life Science markets to drive business value through Terso’s RAIN RFID-enabled inventory management solutions. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout as well as a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas.
Director Marketing, Healthcare Sector
Robin Hooker is responsible for developing and executing UPS’s healthcare market strategy to serve the unique logistics needs of the life science sector focusing on creating special capabilities and solutions that bring value to the healthcare supply chain.
Hooker and his team formulate logistics solutions designed to serve manufacturers, distributors, providers, labs and clinical research organizations as well as dispensers and specialty pharmacies to leverage UPS’s healthcare logistics expertise to meet regulatory, product protection, and efficiency goals. Hooker focuses on solutions that leverage UPS’s expanding logistics and distribution network, technology, inventory management and expertise in handling sensitive healthcare products while maintaining regulatory compliance.
Hooker also coordinates the high growth initiatives within the sector and guides development of special capabilities that support the unique needs of the In Vitro Diagnostic, Specimen Logistics, Bio Pharma and Implantable Device sub-sectors.
Prior to his current assignment, Hooker served as Director, of Healthcare Marketing and Director of Global Strategy, Healthcare Logistics, where he coordinated the UPS Pain in the Chain Survey which focused on the top issues, strategies and insights facing healthcare supply chain executives. In addition to being involved in producing the UPS Healthcare Forum, he also shaped UPS’s ongoing healthcare logistics strategy. Hooker held previous positions in Marketing and Finance for UPS in Dallas, Nashville, Seattle, and Sacramento where he started his career.
Hooker has been with UPS for over 29 years and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from California State University Sacramento.
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