Brett L. Schmidli
Brett is currently Director of Manufacturing Strategy for Eli Lilly and Company, and has been in this role for about one year. Prior to this assignment (since 1989), he has held a variety of management positions in the process development, product development, clinical development, and manufacturing areas. Before Brett rejoined Lilly in 1989, he spent five years with Genetics Institute, a small biotechnology startup company in Boston, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Development, Engineering, and Manufacturing. And, he also worked for two years as an independent consultant to the biotech industry in the areas of process development, process design, and product commercialization. Brett worked in the engineering and manufacturing areas of Lilly from 1974 to 1982, in addition to his current time there, which began when he rejoined the company in 1989.
Brett has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman (1973) and a MBA from Indiana University (1982).
Bob has been with Caterpillar for 23 years. During that time he has had a variety of assignments in Information Services, Operations and Technical Services. Bob has a degree in Energy Resource Management from Eastern Illinois University and a masters in management from Indiana Weslyan.
Monica Booker was appointed as Plant Group Manager, Material, Planning, and Logistics on January 1, 2000. She is responsible for overseeing the material, planning, and logistics operations of six vehicle assembly plants.
Previously, Booker was the Program Timing Manager, responsible for overseeing the timing plan development of all new vehicles in North America. She held this position since August of 1998.
Booker joined Ford Motor Company in 1984, beginning her career as a manufacturing engineer at the Wixom assembly plant. From 1984 until 1994, Booker held various plant and staff engineering positions.
In 1994, Booker became the engineering supervisor for Wayne Stamping and Assembly Plant. At Wayne, Booker helped launch Kaizen and lean manufacturing principles within the stamping and body departments. From 1996 to 1998, Booker was industrial engineering supervisor for stamping and structures operations. While in this position Booker successfully obtained common global direct labor standards for Ford and Ford suppliers.
From January 1998 through August 1998, Booker held the position as business planning manager for the Timing, Release, and Material Control organization. Booker successfully eliminated this position in a company restructuring effort before becoming program timing manager in August of 1998.
Booker was born on June 9, 1962, in Hartford City, Indiana. She holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and is pursuing a master's degree in Engineering Management from the University of Michigan with expected completion in June 2002.