Executive Director Business Systems
Allan Rae has worked in the automotive industry for 34 years, including over 20 years with Chrysler and Daimler Chrysler in various senior-level executive positions. He is currently the Executive Director of Business Systems for American Axle & Manufacturing, reporting to David C. Dauch, President & Chief Operating Officer.
During his career, Allan has lead in both Manufacturing and Corporate Quality Offi ce positions, interacting with Sales & Marketing, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Manufacturing Plants around the world in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Brazil and Poland. He has delivered training for over 40,000 executives, managers and employees at all levels and has worked with major unions worldwide.
Ernest “Chip” Blatchley, III, Ph.D.,
Professor Civil Engineering
Ernest (Chip) R. Blatchley III, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE is a Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and the Division of Environmental & Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. He conducts research in the area of physico/chemical processes of environmental engineering, with particular emphasis on water treatment processes. Within the last 3-4 years, the issue of water supply in developing countries has become a focal point for the Blatchley group.
Paul M. Karon
The Entrada Group
Paul is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in manufacturing in Mexico both as an owner and management executive in the maquila industry. Before founding the Entrada Group in 2002, he was the US shareholder and CEO of one of the largest shelter companies in the country. In 2003, Entrada forged a strategic relationship with Gilbarco-Veeder-Root, a Danaher company and has continued to experience steady growth.
Jan C. Fransoo
Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands Operations Management and Logistics in the School of Industrial Engineering. Jan holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management & Logistics from Eindhoven University of Technology. He serves as Research Director of the European Supply Chain Forum, a collaborative effort with about 25 large multinational companies, and is part of the leadership team of the Operations Management research group OPAC in his university, which counts about 50 researchers. He is also currently Vice-President of Dinalog (Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics), a national center of excellence in the area of supply chain management.
VP Global Supply Chain
Julie is a native of Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Purdue University with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering in 1987.
After graduating from GE’s Manufacturing Management Program in 1989, she held various operational roles within GE in Cincinnati, OH; Durham, NC; and Hooksett, NH. During this time, Julie completed an MS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati as part of GE Aircraft Engines Advanced Course in Manufacturing and later received her MBA from Boston University. Julie has held roles from Master Black Belt for GE Business Practices and Processes to Plant Manager for the Albuquerque, NM manufacturing facility and was named Global Sourcing Leader for Industrial Systems. In December 2009, she joined GE Energy as VP GSC for Measurement and Control Solutions.
Professor, EBS University, Germany
Dir. of the Deutsche Bahn and Russian
Railways Center for International
Logistics and SCM
Richard Germain is currently a Professor at EBS University (Germany) and Director of the Deutsche Bahn and Russian Railways Center for International Logistics and Supply Chain Management at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. He received his Ph.D. in marketing from Michigan State University. His research has focused on the strategic, organizational, and innovation side of supply chain management.
Executive VP Purchasing & Chief
Procurement Offi cer
Gregory (Greg) L. Fredericksen was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Oshkosh Corporation on February 4, 2008. At Oshkosh he is responsible for procurement of all direct, indirect materials and capital equipment throughout the company; acquisition of all logistics services; developing and managing strategic supplier relationships; supplier development, supplier quality programs; and procurement support for new product development and acquisitions company-wide.