October 5-7, 2021 | Hybrid

Live Attendance in Detroit & Virtual Attendance Globally



Automotive Logistics Global is bringing the industry back together to thrive as never before

As the North American and global vehicle markets recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, automotive manufacturers are facing huge supply chain disruption, inventory and cost pressures. At the same time, they must adapt to fast-changing technology, regulatory and consumer changes – notably by ramping up electric vehicle output, digitalising processes and meeting emission and sustainability targets.

At the heart of these challenges and transformation is effective logistics and supply chain management. That is why new and established OEMs – from Tesla to GM, Rivian to Ford, Lucid to Stellantis – are putting supply chain resiliency, manufacturing flexibility and logistics optimisation at the centre of strategic recovery and transformation plans.

Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Global Live 2021 is the industry’s premier gathering and hub for the latest automotive logistics developments. We are planning a physical conference in Detroit, with an inclusive virtual format that makes remote attendance possible for those who need it.

Health and safety is our top priority which is why we are committed to ensuring the correct procedures and measures are in line with CDC guidelines.

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Styles, Chris (600 x 400)

Chris Styles

Vice-president Supply Chain Management, North America



Chris is responsible for finished vehicle logistics, inbound production parts logistics, service parts transportation, supplier packaging engineering and logistics strategy for Nissan North America, Inc., which includes Canada, the US and Mexico. Previously, he worked as Director of Logistics in Canada and the US in Nissan's Supply Chain Management organization as Director of Procurement for Nissan's operations in Mexico, he also served as Director of Procurement of Logistics and Aftersales / Accessories in the region of the Americas. Prior to joining Nissan, Chris held logistics management positions in auto parts sales and third party auto logistics companies in both the US and Mexico.


Amy Paulsen

Vice-president Logistics



Amy joined electric vehicle start-up Rivian in May 2018, after previous tenures at Tesla and Byton. Her role there encompasses global logistics operations, trade compliance and development of transportation and trade IT architecture. Amy, who has studied maritime and international law as well as business administration in the US, Austria and Denmark, is an expert in logistics operations and sourcing, developing high-performing logistics organisations and consulting on logistics and supply chain issues in the electric vehicle space. She is a member of Women in International Trade (Orange County, California) and the Florida Bar Association (inactive status).


Susanne Lehmann

Director Production, North America Region

Volkswagen de Mexico


Since March 2019, Susanne Lehmann has been responsible for steering vehicle and component production for the Volkswagen brand across North America, including optimising synergies in processes, planning, production and digitlisation. She has been with Volkswagen for more than 20 years, and started her career in logistics planning at Volkswagen de México, before leading logistics planning at Shanghai Volkswagen and later key roles at Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden and ramping up VW’s US plant in Chattanooga. She has also led pre-series and technical change management at VW Commercial Vehicles, and was responsable for the definition and alignment of product concepts across VW Group Production for all brands from 2016-2019.

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Mike Schober

Vice-president, Parts Supply Chain Operations

Toyota Motor North America


In his current role, Mike is responsible for Toyota’s North American service parts and accessories distribution center operations, serving Toyota and Lexus dealers nationally as well as global affiliates in more than 40 countries. With more than 20 years of operations management experience, he has helped to position Toyota’s service parts supply chain as a driver of customer retention and competitive advantage. Leveraging his experience in various production management roles, Mike continually strives to bring Toyota’s lean manufacturing methods to warehousing. Mike completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA and holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.


Miguel Tavera

Director, Global Inbound Logistics & Containers Design

General Motors


Miguel has 25 years of experience in logistics, supply chain and manufacturing, working for 3PL companies as well as shippers. Started his career with 11 years at Proctor & Gamble, he spent the next seven years with 3PLs in regional roles including business development and operations. He also worked for Kraft (now Mondelez), where he led a regional logistics and customer service function. Before joining GM, Miguel was a vice president at CEVA Logistics. Miguel is from Mexico and has worked in the US, Canada and Chile. He holds a BSc in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, an MBA and several executive certificates.


Faith Wandrie

Vice President Global Supply Chain

American Axle & Manufacturing Inc


With over 30 years of broad experience in the tier one automotive environment, Faith has a proven track record as a versatile professional and has mainly concentrated on supply chain transformation over the last 10 years. She has a solid history of leveraging organisational improvement through design and implementation of global supply chain strategies to reduce costs and improve cash flow. She is an empowered, dynamic leader who is skilled in identifying and implementing effective solutions. Faith is known for overcoming challenges, building an agile framework and delivering sustainable results.

Explore our 2021 tracks: Accelerating Together


Freight Network Management

In an era of record-high rates, continuous disruption and limited capacity, freight management has become more demanding than ever. OEMs, tier suppliers and 3PLs are using technology and collaborating more to optimise networks across transport modes to mitigate volatility and build more resilient logistics and production systems. Solutions to streamline freight consolidation, reduce lead times, improve capacity utilisation, reduce emissions and control costs will be crucial for success both in the aftermath of the pandemic and in the long term.

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Electric Vehicle & Battery Supply Chains

As EV sales accelerate, both existing and start-up automakers are racing to forge partnerships and adapt supply chains to the complex requirements of manufacturing and transporting lithium-ion batteries and componenets, as well as managing heavier weights and new dimensions for finished electric vehicles. Supply chain stakeholders need to keep pace with the changes and developments of EV and battery technology, packaging and transport standards, along with infrastructure requirements and investments.

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Digitalisation & Logistics IT

Manufacturers and providers are increasingly digitalising automotive logistics, putting data at the heart of connected factories and supply chain ecosystems. Asset tracking systems allow for real-time visibility, while technologies such as AI and digital twins are shifting decision making from reactive to predictive. It will be essential to select the right partners and invest in the right technology, as well as to integrate new tools into a myriad of platforms and legacy systems.

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Sustainable Supply Chains

Governments and OEMs are putting in place roadmaps for zero-emission mobility, however, now is also the time to take action on shaping net carbon zero supply chains and logistics. Manufacturers and service providers must work together both on low-hanging fruit, such as agreeing standards for measuring emissions and reducing empty miles, as well as investing in areas of long-term gain, such as sustainable materials, greener transport technology, alternative fuels and closed-loop recycling. That will be the only way to achieve ambitious but necessary environmental targets.

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Packaging & Material Flow

With multiple touchpoints throughout the supply chain, using the most optimal packaging and material handling solutions can significantly reduce waste, cost and emissions, whilst improving cycle times in plants and warehouses. Packaging engineering and returnable container management are at the heart of efficient supply chains. Advances in logistics automation, including AGVs, cobots, picking systems and autonomous transport equipment, can minimise down-time, reduce errors and mitigate labour shortages.

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Strategic Supply Chain Management

Extremes in material shortages, freight rates, production disruption and low vehicle inventory levels are forcing supply chain leaders to challenge existing strategies and supply chain models. More stakeholders appreciate the value of accurate and updated forecasting, tier-N visibility and integrated sales and operations planning across manufacturing, logistics, purchasing and sales. Strategic supply chain management is increasingly at the intersection of all these departments, with responsibility for the systems, processes and data analysis to synchronise operations.

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