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    ​Eric Francucci
    Carlisle & Company, Inc.


    Eric Francucci manages the execution of Carlisle’s Operations Excellence portfolio. As part of his role, he has been based in Europe on a multi-year engagement supporting the improvement of three 3PL-run motor vehicle facilities. Eric has completed multiple other Carlisle engagements including an inventory strategy project for a European auto parts manufacturer. Eric holds a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University.

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    Amy Marzonie
    Director of Operational Excellence
    Carlisle & Company, Inc.


    Amy Marzonie is Director of Operations Excellence at Carlisle Company, focusing on the optimization of global supply chain operations through network design, inventory management, and warehouse layout and processes. Previously, Amy held leadership positions at General Motors in Global ...

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    Joseph Comartin
    Consul General of Canada
    Government of Canada


    Joe Comartin was appointed as Canada’s Consul General to Detroit in autumn of 2018, and is responsible for the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. His career spans the private and public sectors, and most recently academia. Mr. Comartin began his career as a civil ...

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    James Buckingham
    Director Customs & Logistics
    Nikola Motor Company


    James Buckingham has over 25 years of experience in logistics and international trade. He joined hydrogen fuel cell truck manufacturer and electric vehicle start-up Nikola Motor Corporation in March 2019. Prior to this, he spent over 13 years leading Volvo group’s Customs and Trade function in North America. James started his career at Yusen Global Logistics as an export clerk, working his way up to Assistant Branch Manager. He then spent time as both Import Manager and Customs Compliance Manager for retailer, Dollar Tree Stores. James is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker.

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    Industry suffers blow with loss of Michael Druml, head of Magna Europe supply chain and purchasing


    Michael Druml, an influential supply chain management executive who played a major role in the logistics, supply chain and purchasing operations for divisions of Daimler and later Magna, died suddenly this week. He was 59 years old.

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    Michael Pipia
    Global Logistics Manager
    Guardian Glass


    Mike has 40 years plus of international logistics experience. His career started with FedNav Ltd, an international ocean carrier based in Montreal CA., in port and vessel operations, sales and marketing in the US. Spending 19 years at General Motors Corp., he managed both import/export of built-up ...

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    Greg Slawson
    VP Global Vertical Lead - Automotive
    DSV Air & Sea Inc.


    Greg brings nearly 30 years of senior automotive experience at OEM, tier one and logistics service provider level. He has also worked as a supply chain consultant for a big four consultancy and as CEO of a clean technology company. Greg’s deep and broad experience of ...

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    Gala Dinner

    Hosted by Ryder. Join your fellow delegates on board the spectacular Detroit Princess experiencing the iconic views of Detroit, whilst exchanging views and contact details with some of the most senior executives in the North American automotive logistics sector.

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    Shifting sands of time: The changing nature of Saudi Arabia’s automotive industry


    Changes to social and economic conditions, including the recent removal of a ban on female drivers, could give a welcome boost to the automotive industry in Saudi Arabia.

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    DB Schenker explores use of exoskeletons for logistics


    The company has been trialling the exoskeletons – structures worn on the body to electro-mechanically assist movement – at several logistics locations in Germany to help warehouse personnel during physically demanding tasks.

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    In an age of disruptive change for the automotive industry, digital manufacturing technology is coming to the rescue


    Demands from buyers for the latest vehicle technology and custom options are having a significant impact on automotive manufacturers and their partners. 

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    Jeffrey Richards
    JSR Supply Chain Solutions


    Jeffrey Richards has spent his career in the automotive industry with General Motors, Delphi, and Aptiv. After receiving his Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, he spent the first part of his career in Engineering before focusing on Supply Chain. Since 2000, he has been responsible for Supply Chain Operations and had various Sr. Executive roles in Logistics, Production Control (Materials Management) and Supplier Quality. He has also spent 3 years located in Shanghai, China, responsible for Asia Pacific Logistics for Delphi. Jeff has led all elements of Supply Chain Operations and has had responsibility for more than $1B in inventory, $700M in logistics, and Supplier Quality for more than 7B parts received per month. Jeff left Aptiv and formed JSR Supply Chain Solutions LLC, a Supply Chain Management Consulting company, in April 2019. He is now focused on applying his leadership experience and knowledge to other companies and industries.

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    Collaboration and communication needed for finished vehicle logistics


    A vehicle distribution network is only as good as the lines of communication between the OEM and its logistics partners, and given the pressures the industry is currently under – ageing infrastructure, sub-optimised networks and uncertainty over trade – better communication and closer collaboration are more important than ever.

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    IENA 2019 Photo gallery

    The gallery below is just a small selection of photos from across the three days of this year’s conference. For a more comprehensive gallery, please visit our Facebook page . Photos 2019 ...

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    Oleg Gusikhin
    IoT and Analytics Innovation Technical Leader
    Ford Motor Company


    Dr. Oleg Gusikhin is Technical Leader in IoT and Analytics Innovations in the Ford Global Data, Insight and Analytics Organization (GDI A). Before joining GDI A in January 2018, he led the Advanced Connected Services and Mobility Applications department at Ford Research Advanced Engineering. He ...

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    Can Central Asia be transformed into an automotive hub?


    Two of the largest former soviet republics, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, have set their sights on growing an automotive sector as they industrialise and modernise their economies. These Cental Asian nations are now focusing on strengthening their supply bases to boost local production.

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    FVL Import Export: Sizing up growth opportunities in a changing market


    US ports and logistics providers are being challenged by a consumer shift towards bigger vehicles, while OEMs are operating under the shadow of global trade wars. Speakers at the 2019 FVL Import Export in Baltimore discussed the obstacles and the opportunities

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    Nitin Sethi
    Director - IT - Business Engagement & Transformation
    Visteon Corporation


    Nitin Sethi has successfully led digital transformations and end-to-end technology strategies across a diverse range of companies. He joined Visteon in March 2018 after holding various positions at larger consultancies and IT firms, where he helped deliver enterprise wide initiatives. He is specialized in agile and lean ...