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2012 Spring Conference - Speakers

Industry Speakers

Gary Bear

Procurement Manager, Caterpillar

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Gary Bear is currently the Procurement Manager for Caterpillar's Lafayette, Indiana Large Engine facility. Gary is responsible for leading procurement activities for the Production, Reman and Prove Design teams. This includes building relationships with the supply base, engineering and operations and ensuring maximum efficiency in all areas.

Gary has a BS degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters from Purdue. Gary has experience in many areas including Quality, Purchasing, Six Sigma, Lean, Design to Order and Supply Chain. Gary is also a part time lecturer in the School of Industrial Technology at Purdue.

John Gerrard

Division Manager, Talent Acquisition, ArcelorMittal

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John Gerrard is the Division Manager of Talent Acquisition for ArcelorMittal, the largest steel company in the United States and the world. He is responsible for employment and college relations initiatives for ArcelorMittal operations in the United States including; Policy development, the company’s entry level “Associate” programs, intern/cooperative education programs, scholarship programs, domestic and international relocation and related immigration work. He also designed and manages the company’s Campus Partnership Program. The program involves 11 major universities, including Purdue, and has a 2012 budget in excess of $1.3 million dollars.

John has held numerous leadership positions in Human Resource profession and community associations including: President of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, President of the Midwest Cooperative Education Association, Member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers Board of Presidents. He currently serves of four university advisory boards, at Purdue University, Indiana University, Michigan Tech and Michigan State University. He has served as President of the Calumet Area Personnel Association, President of the Communicators of Northwest Indiana and Member of the Board and Vice President, Finance for the Lake Area United Way.

John and his wife Barb live in Schererville, Indiana. They have three sons.


Chris Gordon

Lead Parter - Supply Chain Management, Wipro Technologies

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Chris Gordon heads up the Supply Chain practice for Wipro Consulting Services North America and is the firm’s global network lead for Supply Chain Management. He leads the team in providing evidence-based supply chain strategy to help clients improve performance.

He specializes in supply chain segmentation and physical distribution and has built a career successfully driving analytical supply chain initiatives to maximize customer revenue while retaining precious resources. Chris has 20 years experience working with manufacturers and consumer organizations and has in recent years held leadership positions at Atos, KPMG Consulting, and CSC. He has an MS in logistics and supply chain management from Cranfield University’s School of Management in the UK.

David Holt

Vice President of Operations and Business Development, Conexus Indiana

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In his role with Conexus, Holt drives the logistics agenda and developed, recruited and led the formation of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council Executive Committee, a forum of prominent logistics executives, throughout the state of Indiana. Under his guidance and leadership, Holt developed Phase I: A Plan for Indiana’s Logistics Future, ensuring that those things necessary for Indiana’s transportation network are in place to enhance the environment for companies to grow their business, create a more attractive business environment to locate in Indiana, and create high paying jobs for Hoosiers.

Holt formerly served as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Vice-President of Health Policy and Federal Relations, acting as an integral part of that organization’s governmental relations team at the federal and levels. Holt’s professional career has also included service in Washington DC as Chief of Staff in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education and a Senior Legislative Aide to a U.S. Representative on Capitol Hill.

Holt was awarded his Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in 1993 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.

Holt is active in the community and serves on various boards including the Greater Indianapolis Foreign Trade Zone Board 72; I-67 Coalition; Indiana Public Charter Schools Association; Hoosiers for Economic Growth; and School Choice Indiana. He is also a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg.

Holt and his wife Theresa have two children: Eli and Addie.


Sean Maroney

Vice-President, Field Operations, Coca-Cola Refreshments

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Sean Maroney currently serves as Vice-President, Field Operations for Coca-Cola Refreshments in the Great Lakes Region. In this role, Sean is responsible for supply chain operations across 10 warehouses and distribution centers with over 500 employees in his organization.

Sean has been employed by Coca-Cola since August 2007. He has held a variety of roles in logistics and operations management. From July 2010 – January 2011, Sean served on the North America Business Integration Team developing the organizational design and business processes for CCR in preparation for the October 2010 merger of Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Enterprises. In North America, 92,000 people are employed by the Coca-Cola system.

Prior to joining Coca Cola Refreshments, Sean was employed by The Clorox Company. At Clorox, Sean held a variety of roles in manufacturing and strategy including Plant Manager of the West Coast Hidden Valley Ranch manufacturing facility. Sean holds a B.S. in Engineering from The University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Operations and Strategic Management from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. Sean resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and 3 children.

Jenette Ramos

Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

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Jenette Ramos is vice president, Supply Chain Management, for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Supplier Management. In this role, Ramos leads Supplier Management commodity groups in their work with supplier partners to meet the needs and expectations of Airplane Programs, Commercial Aviation Services and development programs.

Prior to this position, Ramos was vice president, Operations Supply Chain Rate Capability for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Supplier Management. She led efforts to develop suppliers, manage the value stream system for production readiness, and integrate the business with program management functional excellence.

Before joining Supplier Management in early 2011, Ramos was the director of Business Operations for Boeing Fabrication, an organization of nearly 14,000 employees that serves as the largest internal supplier of aerospace components and assemblies to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. From 2005 to 2009, Ramos served as general manager of Boeing Portland in Gresham, Ore., leading a vertically integrated, world-class manufacturing facility charged with producing large, complex machined structures, flight control actuation systems, gear systems, and pilot controls for all Boeing Commercial Airplane programs.

Prior to her Oregon assignment, Ramos was director of Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures, a business unit specializing in industry unique airplane component manufacturing. Previous assignments include director of Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs, where she was responsible for governance and processes at multiple Boeing facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Ramos began her career in 1988 at Boeing’s Renton plant as an environmental engineer with the facilities organization.

Jenette is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She earned a master's degree in business from Seattle Pacific University and a bachelor of science degree from Washington State University.

Ramos is actively involved in the community. She is currently on The Nature Conservancy of Washington Board of Trustees, a Board member of Boeing/IAM Joint Programs, and serves as a mentor for the Executive Development Institute. She has been on the board of directors for the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and held leadership positions in the Boeing Employees Community Fund, the Boeing Management Association, United Way, and the Manufacturing 21 Initiative promoting manufacturing in the state of Oregon.

Jenette enjoys spending time with her family outdoors kayaking, sailing, paragliding, biking and skiing.


Ed Rounsaville

General Manager, GencoATC - Becton Dickinson Site Plainfield Indiana

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Ed Rounsaville has spent twenty six years in distribution and manufacturing industries. Throughout those years he has held key positions in Operations, Finance, Merger/Acquisition Teams, System Conversion Teams, and Lean Manufacturing. Throughout his career he has worked with over 10 Fortune 100 Companies in various product industries from paper products, cell phones, to medical devices.

From 1985 to 2002 Mr. Rounsaville worked in Finance Operations with multiple roles including: Cost Accountant, Purchasing Manager, Inventory Control Manager, and Controller. Key achievements include development and implementation of Inventory Roll-forward Reporting, Obsolete Inventory Management Techniques, Waste Recovery, State Grant Management, and Development and Deployment of Labor Management Systems. In 2002 Mr. Rounsaville left Finance operations and moved into direct distribution operations to support system conversions, merger & acquisitions, and lead continuous improvement initiatives.

Ed graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1985 with a BS in Accounting.

Gary Smith

Supply Chain Manager, Caterpillar

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Gary Smith is currently the Supply Chain Manager for Caterpillar’s Lafayette, Indiana Large Engine facility and is responsible for leading all supply chain activities including strategic process transformation, supply chain planning, material requirements management, inventory management, demand and orders management, supply chain performance and logistics, and ensuring linkage between process planning and execution.

Gary has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Lewis University. Gary has extensive experiences in order-to-delivery processes at various Caterpillar facilities as well as 6 Sigma and Lean continuous improvement processes and operating principles.

  University Speakers

Dr. P. Christopher Earley

Krannert Dean and James Brooke Henderson Professor of Management

P. Christopher Earley assumed the role of Dean and James Brooke Henderson Professor of Management at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management on November 1, 2011. He is the former Dean and Auran J. Fox Chair in Business at the University of Connecticut School of Business and former Dean and Cycle and Carriage Chair at the Business School, National University of Singapore. Prior to that Prof. Earley was Chair and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School. He has held academic chairs at Nanyang Business School and Indiana University.

His interests include cross-cultural and international aspects of organizations, such as the dynamics of multinational teams, negotiation and conflict, the role of face in organizations, and motivation across cultures. He is the author of 10 books and numerous articles and book chapters, and his recent publications include Cultural Intelligence: Individual Interactions Across Cultures (with Ang Soon), Multinational Work Teams: A New Perspective (with Cristina Gibson), Culture, Self-identity, and Work and The Transplanted Executive: Managing in Different Cultures (both with Miriam Erez), Face, Harmony, and Social Structure: An Analysis of Behavior in Organizations, "Collective cognition in action: Accumulation, interaction, examination and accommodation in the development and operation of group efficacy beliefs in the workplace" (with C. Gibson, Academy of Management Review), and "Creating Hybrid Team Cultures: An Empirical Test of International Team Functioning" (with E. Mosakowski, Academy of Management Journal).

He has taught executives and consulted for companies such as Nestle, Cisco Systems, Samsung, General Motors, Unilever, British Aerospace, Mercury Asset Management, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals and others in England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, People's Republic of China, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand, among others.

Dr. Manohar Kalwani

Head of the Department of Management, OneAmerica Professor of Management

Professor Kalwani is the Marketing Area Coordinator at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. His teaching interests include business marketing, global marketing management, and strategic marketing management. His current research interests are measurement and management of brand equity, the impact of order of market entry on product performance and firm survival, pharmaceutical marketing, and cross-category store brand purchasing behavior.

Among his recent publications are "Monitoring the Dynamics of Brand Equity Using Store Level Data" (with S. Sriram and S. Balachander), Journal of Marketing (April 2007); "Optimal Advertising and Promotion Budgets in Dynamic Markets with Brand Equity as a Mediating Variable" (with S. Sriram), Management Science (January 2007); "Market Pioneer and Early Follower Survival Risks: A Contingency Analysis of Really New Versus Incrementally New Product-Markets" (with S. Min and W. T. Robinson), Journal of Marketing (January 2006); "A Bayesian Multivariate Poisson Regression Model of Cross-Category Store Brand Purchasing Behavior " (with H. Wang and T. Akura), Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services (2007), and "Survival Determinants for Online Retailers" (with R. Nikolaeva, W. T. Robinson, and S. Sriram), Review of Marketing Science (forthcoming).

Professor Kalwani has been the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards including the first R. B. and Mary Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award (1991-92), and the Salgo-Noren Teacher Award in 1989-90 and 1990-91. He has consistently published papers in leading professional management journals including Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, and Journal of Marketing Research. Before joining the Purdue faculty in 1980, Professor Kalwani served on the faculty of the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He has served as a consultant for Alcoa, Eastman Kodak, Coca-Cola, Continental Can, and Lever Brothers.

Dr. J. George Shanthikumar

Richard E. Dauch Chair in Manufacturing and Operations Management

Professor Shanthikumar joined the Krannert faculty in 2009. Prior to coming to Purdue, he was a Chancellor's Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in integrated interdisciplinary decision making, model uncertainty and learning, production systems modeling and analysis, queueing theory, reliability, scheduling, semiconductor yield management, simulation stochastic processes, and sustainable supply chain management. He has written or co-written more than 250 papers on these topics. He is a co-author (with John A. Buzacott) of the book Stochastic Models of Manufacturing Systems and a co-author (with Moshe Shaked) of the books Stochastic Orders and Their Applications and Stochastic Orders.

He was a co-editor of Flexible Services & Manufacturing Journal and is (or was) a member of the editorial boards of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Operations Research, IEEE Transactions on Automation Sciences and Engineering, IIE Transactions, International Journal of Flexible Management Systems, Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems, Journal of the Production and Operations Management Society, Operations Research, Operations Research Letters, OPSEARCH, Probability in the Engineering and Information Sciences, and Queueing Systems: Theory and Applications.

Professor Shanthikumar has extensively consulted for various companies, including Applied Materials (AMAT), Bellcore, IBM, KLA-Tencor, NTT (Japan), Intel, Intermolecular, ReelSolar, Safeway, and Southern Pacific. Through KLA-Tencor, he has worked on joint development projects for Advanced Micro Devices, IBM, Intel, LSI, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and UMC.