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Leila Aridi Afas

Director, International Public Policy

Toyota Motor North America


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Develops and executes strategies to advance Toyota’s global business goals. Coordinates cross-functional teams to gather intelligence, devise trade strategies and advocate policy positions. Advise senior executives on geopolitical trends, market developments and risk mitigation measures. Appointed by President Obama to support the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years following the 2008 financial crisis. Previously managed multi-million-dollar portfolio of grant funding for infrastructure projects in the Middle East and Africa. Career spans finance, management consulting, public affairs and infrastructure development in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Master’s in economics from Columbia University.


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Greg Henninger

Director, Global Logistics

Lucid Motors


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An experienced supply chain leader, currently leading electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors’ global logistics team as Director, Global Logistics. Greg is highly successful at building high performance teams and leading sophisticated manufacturing and service. Prior to Lucid, he has led and developed supply chains at several high profile automotive and non-automotive organisations including Vantec Hitachi Transport Systems, Stonecrop Technologies, Panalpina and Tesla Motors where he was Director of Global Logistics and Containerisation between 2010 and 2012.


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Brandon Mason

Lead Analyst, Global Market Intelligence

Eaton


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Brandon Mason is the lead analyst for the Global Market Intelligence group at power management provider Eaton, overseeing a team of industry experts that closely monitor automotive developments and technology-driven trends. Prior to Eaton, he spent nearly 15 years at PwC in a variety of roles, including leading its US mobility division and as chief of staff for its global automotive practice. He is the author of several thought leadership pieces on smart cities and the automotive value chain, and a frequent speaker and contributor high profile event and media outlets.


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Greg Toornman

Vice President, Global Materials, Logistics, and Demand Planning

AGCO Corporation


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Greg is the Global Vice-President of Materials, Logistics, and Demand Planning at AGCO Corporation, a global manufacturer of farm equipment with revenues of over $9.0 billion (2019) He is responsible for AGCO´s global materials and logistics management across 41 assembly and manufacturing sites and leads the transformation of AGCO’s global materials, logistics and demand planning functions into an integrated and innovative global organization. Greg assumed his current role in 2012 after three successful transformational assignments within AGCO´s Global Purchasing organization in Brazil, Switzerland and the United States. Prior to joining AGCO in 2004, Greg held senior supply chain and operational roles with CIENA Corporation, PACCAR, Peregrine Nippondenso Corporation.


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Colin Dhillon

Chief Technical Officer

Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association


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Colin leads connected and autonomous vehicle technology projects and provides support to both the Canadian automotive industry and government on matters of cybersecurity, mobility, SMART infrastructure and Industry 4.0.With over 20 years’ experience in the automotive sector, and multiple patents in his name, Colin has been a visionary in establishing and implementing new ideas to support innovative design. He held a variety of senior roles at global tier suppliers including in advanced manufacturing, marketing and communication, design, corporate social responsibility, and leading the global advanced product development team.


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Eva Ames

Director of Logistics

Mahindra Automotive North America


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Eva graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has been with Mahindra Automotive North America since 2015. Prior to joining Mahindra, Eva worked at Honda R&D, Tesla Motors, and the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


Adam

Adam Pieniazek

Senior Manager Logistics North America

Magna Powertrain


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Adam is responsible for the development and implementation of state-of-the-art logistics processes and activities across Magna Powertrain in North America, including optimizing material and information flows for products and components across the logistics network. He first joined Magna 15 years ago and has held a number of positions including Production Planner, Supervisor, Cycle Count Coordinator, SAP Warehouse/Shipping Lead, and Production Control Supervisor – Raw & Purchase Parts. Adam joined the MPT Corporate Purchasing Team in 2012 as Supply Chain Manager for US and Mexico plants. Most recently, he is the Logistics Manager – North America; US, Canada & Mexico. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the State University of New York – Oswego.


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Flavio Volpe

President

Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association


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Flavio Volpe is a champion of Canada's globally relevant automotive sector and is dedicated to the growth of Canada's automotive innovation, the development of new markets and the leveraging of its international leadership. Representing the interests of suppliers at home and abroad, he proudly leads the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) - Canada's national association representing OEM producers of parts, equipment, tools, supplies and services for the worldwide automotive industry. Working closely with officials in all three countries during the NAFTA renegotiations, he led the industry’s effort to secure an unprecedented increase in regional value content for automotive suppliers in the new USMCA.


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Susanne Lehmann

Director Production North American Region

Volkswagen de México


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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.


Lars

Lars Bäumann

Executive Advisor

Volkswagen Group


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Lars Bäumann plays a lead role in defining and shaping digital strategies for corporate IT processes across global Volkswagen passenger car operations. He has held a variety of roles across the carmaker in areas including IT contracting, production control and container management, and later as director of production and logistics IT worldwide. Besides his corporate responsibilities, Lars is a long-time member of Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL), the German Logistics Association, where he has helped oversee scientific logistics projects and was recently appointed as its representative for Mexico.


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Paul Nurse

CEO

ProAct International


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Paul Nurse’s responsibilities at ProAct International, which is a software solutions company working predominantly in the finished vehicle logistics market, include product strategy and product evolution at both plant-to-dealer and yard management level, with a particular focus on product innovation and differentiation.


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Katharina Burlage

Product Management

INFORM


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Toyota

Rick Wishon

Planning and Communications Manager

Toyota Logistics Services


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August Drake

Director of Application Engineering

Seegrid


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August Drake leads a team of Application Engineers — and is closely involved in strategizing, designing, and implementing automation solutions across Seegrid's customer base. August and her team combine industrial, manufacturing, and engineering backgrounds with extensive experience, working with some of the world’s largest leading brands. Prior to joining Seegrid, August was with GENCO (now FedEx Supply Chain), where she was responsible for designing warehouse layouts and processes for key logistics and e-commerce customers.


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Rocky Luna

Vice President, Jack Cooper Mexico

Jack Cooper Transport


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Rocky has served as the Vice President of Mexico for Jack Cooper Mexico (JCM) since November 2020. In this role, he has responsibility for all Commercial and Operational Functions for JCM. JCM performs vehicle loading, unloading, inspections and accessorization at operations in Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Hermosillo, Monterrey, Puebla and Veracruz. JCM works directly with major OEMs and railroads in Mexico. Rocky is responsible for operating in an efficient and safe manner while also growing JCM revenue base commercially. Rocky has been with JCM in other Mexico capacities since 2014 and prior to that was with WWL Logistics for seven years. He was responsible for Subaru’s Lafayette, IN processing operations and then moved into a role managing WWL’s $ 400 million North American transportation spend across ocean, rail and truck.


Brian Hook

Brian Hook

Vice President Sales, Marketing, Products

ICL Systems


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Brian began his current role at ICL as VP, Sales, Marketing, and Products in October, 2020. His responsibilities in this position include the planning and execution of ICL's global sales, marketing, and product development initiatives. Prior to his current role, Brian served as ICL's VP, Operations, where his responsibilities included managing ICL's customer support teams, as well as the project and technical teams. Brian played a key role in implementing ICL's logistics management software solutions for all customers and integrating their logistics service providers. He has more than 20 years of Finished Vehicle Logistics experience, all with ICL.


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Curtis Rhoades

EVP Network Planning

Jack Cooper Transport


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Curtis is Executive Vice President of Jack Cooper’s Network Planning Department. In this role, his responsibilities include driver routing and capacity planning, filling empty miles with non-contractual moves, and implementing technology to improve operational performance. Before joining Jack Cooper in 2011, he previously oversaw Freightliner’s outbound logistics at Auto Truck Transport. He has been in logistics on both the OEM side (Daimler trucks), and the carrier side as well as Industrial Engineering and Technology roles. Curtis holds Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.


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David Paquin

Director – Industrial Segments

Locus Robotics


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Dave Paquin is a seasoned supply chain professional with over a decade of experience in eCommerce, distribution, and manufacturing. Dave developed a deep understanding of the logistics landscape after holding critical roles within operations, engineering, customer solutions, and machine design for some of the world's leading industrial manufacturers and suppliers. Before joining Locus, headed up National Accounts at Packsize, a supplier of automated on-demand packaging solutions, working with enterprise clients including Walmart, Staples, and Office Depot. As Director or Industrial Segments at Locus Robotics, Dave advises manufacturers, B2B distributors, and automotive organizations on how robotics can best solve today's most aggressive warehouse challenges.


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Daniel Harrison

Automotive Analyst

Ultima Media Business Intelligence


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Daniel has over 10 years of experience in business intelligence and now leads the new business intelligence unit at Ultima Media producing reports, analysis, forecasts and market commentary on a wide range of industry issues. Daniel began his career in automotive research as an Equity Research Analyst at Lehman Brothers researching automotive emission reducing technologies by quantifying and predicting the financial impact that European Commission CO2 targets would have upon the major European automotive groups BMW, Daimler, Fiat, PSA and VW Group. Previously, Daniel worked for business intelligence specialist Visiongain as the Head of Reports, leading the automotive market intelligence reports on a wide range of CASE technologies.


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Sharon Gray

Commerical Director

CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions


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Amlan Bose

VP - Global Business Applications & Digital Transformation, Lead Logistics

DSV


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Jethro Felton

VP, Sales and Business Development

Cognosos


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Jethro Felton leads sales and business development at Cognosos, Inc, a leading provider of real-time asset intelligence. With more than 40 years of experience in software and technology, Jethro has led the development of strategic partnerships across companies of all sizes, and has a history of driving growth and building accomplished sales teams. In his role at Cognosos, Jethro oversees global sales strategy and business development, with a focus on presence-to-market expansion and customer success.


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Charles Franklin

Senior National Manager, Sales

Glovis America


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Charles Franklin is responsible for the strategic growth and synergies in Glovis America’s vehicle logistics network and inland vehicle distribution services, including delivery of Hyundai Motor brands Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, as well as additional OEM and distribution partners. Charles has worked in automotive purchasing and logistics for 20 years, including 18 years with American Honda, where he was most recently responsible for export logistics from across North America. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Pepperdine University.


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Scott Cornell

Chief Operating Officer

Glovis America


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Scott is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Glovis America Inc., responsible for all aspects of Glovis Operations including Finished Vehicle Logistics, Non - Core Business Units, Strategy and Business Development. Cornell has over 30 years of logistics experience which includes responsibility for global divisions while domiciled in both Europe and the US. Cornell started his career as a Merchant Marine officer after receiving his degree in Transportation from SUNY Maritime College. He rose to the rank of master for unlimited tonnage vessels. During that time, he also served in the US Naval Reserve. His first shore side employment was with Hoegh Autoliners. Cornell then led the commercial activities of Liberty Maritime Corporation and then at Hyundai Glovis, where he establish the US Ocean commercial activities. He was appointed to Chief Operating Officer at Glovis America Inc. in June, 2019.


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Patrick McGinn

Business Development Manager

Glovis America


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Patrick Foran

Director of Operations

Glovis America


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Dennis Manns

Senior Automotive Advisor

North Motor LLC


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As a consultant, Dennis is the senior automotive advisor to InStarAGF, based in Toronto, Canada – a private equity group highly active in the acquisition of segment-leading corporations. He is also a board director for AMPORTS, in Jacksonville, Florida – an automotive port services provider that was recently acquired by InStarAGF. Dennis has an extensive background in the automotive and logistics industries that includes a period as Chief Commercial Officer for Road & Rail Services and a 31-year career at American Honda in sales and operations roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in Ohio.


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Achim Glass

SVP, Global Head of Automotive and New Mobility Vertical

Kuehne+Nagel


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Achim is a passionate business developer and has been working for Kuehne + Nagel for 20 years in various positions and locations. A professional freight forwarder with particular expertise in sea freight and air freight he has been directing the company’s global automotive business since 2015 with particular expertise in inbound logistics, aftermarket services and logistics of lithium batteries. Achim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management studies from Oxford Brookes University in England as well as an Executive MBA in logistics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He is based at Corporate Head Office in Switzerland.


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Sanjiv Takyar

Head of Innovation, Solutioning and Strategic Marketing

CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions


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Sanjiv Takyar is the Head of Innovation, Solutioning and Strategic Marketing at CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions, a global pooling business and subsidiary of Brambles. In this role Sanjiv is responsible for creating best in class innovative supply chain solutions with current areas of focus that include supply chain visibility, packaging for EV components and sustainability. Sanjiv has been with the business for over 13 years and has a background in Product Development and Engineering in a variety of manufacturing industries including Automotive and consumer electronics.


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Albert Zapanta

President and CEO

United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce


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Before joining the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Albert held a variety of senior public and private sector roles including at ARCO. He has been a member of the Department of State′s Advisory Committee on International Trade, a delegate to the US-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity, and Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. His military service, during which he rose to the rank of Major General, saw him receive a Silver Star, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and thirty other awards. A graduate of Harvard School of Business and the University of Southern California with a BA, MA and PhD, he currently serves on the boards of various non-profit organisations.


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Alex Katsouris

Automotive & Electronics Director

Europarnters


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Since November 2019, Michael Maass has been responsible for helping customers find environmentally friendly means of transport to actively reduce their carbon footprint, based on commercially viable solutions. He started his career in 1985 with the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, where he worked for several years on the pricing and market side including two years as a Sales Manager in Long Beach, California. Michael joined Kuehne + Nagel in 2006 as Seafreight Trade Manager for the Europe and Asia Pacific region, in which his work included establishing close contact with several major shipping lines to negotiate respective terms and conditions for Kuehne + Nagel customers.


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Michael Maass

Vice President Sustainability Solutions

Kuehne+Nagel


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Since November 2019, Michael Maass has been responsible for helping customers find environmentally friendly means of transport to actively reduce their carbon footprint, based on commercially viable solutions. He started his career in 1985 with the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, where he worked for several years on the pricing and market side including two years as a Sales Manager in Long Beach, California. Michael joined Kuehne + Nagel in 2006 as Seafreight Trade Manager for the Europe and Asia Pacific region, in which his work included establishing close contact with several major shipping lines to negotiate respective terms and conditions for Kuehne + Nagel customers.


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Howard Chang

Senior Manager, North American Vehicle Logistics and Port Operations

Porsche Cars North America


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Sharon Choi

Sr. Manager, Parts Distribution

Glovis America


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Harry Chase

Director Advance Materials

GE Appliances


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Harry leads the application of advanced technology in materials flows and logistics processes at GE Appliances, including autonomous mobile robots. He has worked in various supply chain roles across manufacturing, appliance and automotive sectors in the past, including a period as Vice-President of Logistics for a Japanese company, where he successfully launched a 3PL and took revenue to $20m in three years. He also provided strategic materials leadership at Whirlpool with responsibility for implementing mixed-model production, enhanced manufacturing execution systems and a new returnable container process. Harry has supported the launch of major automotive plants in Brazil for Ford and in the US for Hyundai, in addition to designing the material flow process for the GM Delta Township Plant.


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Gabriel Guzman

Sales Manager

GEFCO


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