Confirmed Speakers for 2024

Prashant Swadia (1)

Prashant Swadia

Director of Global Logistics Purchasing

General Motors

Since summer 2023, Prashant Swadia has been responsible for global logistics purchasing across operations at GM. He has worked more than 25 years at the carmaker in procurement across a wide range of commodities and services, including in India and Asia Pacific in programme planning, interiors and exterior purchasing, and indirect purchasing in areas including logistics, customs and back-office operations. Prashant Swadia has been based in the Detroit area since 2016 in global purchasing roles that include supplier relations, training and compliance, chassis and body structures. From late 2020, he led strategy and governance across the purchasing organisation, which included oversight of systems, data analytics, training and compliance, as well as supply chain resiliency strategies. He was also responsible for developing socially responsible supply chain and ethical sourcing programmes.

Lisa Kline

Lisa Kline

Vice-President of Vehicle Planning and Logistics

Subaru of America

Within her role, Lisa Kline directs Subaru vehicle sales operations and leads the management of all Subaru and distributor port operations, including Subaru yard operations and all inland vehicle and parts logistics. She was appointed to the role in April 2023, having previously worked for the carmaker in a range of zone management roles for more than seven years, most recently in the Orlando, Florida zone, where she oversaw operations performance for 35 Subaru dealers. Prior to that she held management roles at Lexus and Toyota.
Lisa Kline’s focus is to lead the OEM’s logistics team to more success through a balanced logistics and distribution network design, as she recently told Automotive Logistics. She wants to further improve the company’s sustainability and diversity while ensuring stability and maintaining long-standing partnerships with logistics providers and improving working conditions for drivers.

Paul Roosen, Ford

Paul Roosen

Vehicle Logistics Planning Manager, North American Vehicle Logistics

Ford Motor Company

Paul currently serves as Ford’s North American Vehicle Logistics Planning Manager, overseeing planning activities that include the network design, distribution strategy for upcoming new model launches, freight payment, and facilities. He has worked within Ford’s Finished Vehicle Logistics team for over 10 years and prior to starting his current position in 2022, he has held number of different roles including Network Planning & Strategy, New Model Planning, Global Ocean Logistics, Homologation, and Security & Theft Prevention. He has served on AIAG’s Finished Vehicle Logistics Advisory Group since 2017. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and a Masters in Finance from Wayne State University’s Mike Illitch School of Business.
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Steven Jernigan

Senior Director Supply Chain Management

Nissan North America

Steven Jernigan is Senior Director Supply Chain, a position to which he was appointed in April 2021. Steven joined Nissan in 2010 in the Purchasing Service and Support area as Regional Supplier Performance Manager of Supply Chain Services. In 2014 Steven took over as Director of Purchasing with various responsibilities over the last six years in Service and Support as well as Bought out Parts. Most recently, we was previously Director for Finished Vehicle Logistics responsible for Finished Vehicles, Exports and SCM Strategy. Prior to joining Nissan Steven worked for Dell Inc and Fedex Ground with various increasing levels of responsibilities within Manufacturing, Materials, Six Sigma, Project management, Inventory Control, Supply Chain Management and Procurement. Steven holds degrees in Business Administration from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and a Masters of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Anu Goel

Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Services

Volkswagen Group of America

Anu and the parts logistics team are responsible for the total supply chain management of service parts for Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), including product definition, cataloging, procurement, materials management, quality, dealer support, warehousing and transportation. Along with the vehicle logistics team, he is also responsible for activities (including port operations) supporting the distribution of finished vehicles in the US. Prior to working with Volkswagen, Anu spent over three years with Case New Holland (Fiat Group), most recently as as Vice-President, North and South American Parts Operations; and 23 years with Ford, where he served most recently as Director, Global Parts Supply and Logistics.

Raul Gamboa, BMW

Raúl Gamboa

Head of Logistics, Production Control and Production Systems

BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosí

Raúl Gamboa is responsible for all logistics processes for BMW’s production at its plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, as well as vehicle logistics distribution from the plant and across Mexico, including port, export and import processes. He took on the role at the start of 2024, becoming the first Mexican to hold the top logistics position for BMW in Mexico. Gamboa and his team play a key role in the expansion of production and BMW volumes and trade for Mexico, including developing partnerships and implementing processes and tools to improve visibility and increase flexibility across operations. He has been with BMW since 2009, initially in global sourcing roles for commodities before taking on logistics planning roles for the plant. Since production started at plant, he has held manager roles in logistics facilities, transport, material and delivery assurance. Raúl Gamboa worked previously in engineering and supplier readiness roles for Volkswagen de Mexico and automotive suppliers. He is also a lecturer in engineering at the Monterrey Institute of Technology at its campus in San Luís Potosí.

Jeremy Johnson, Nissan

Jeremy Johnson

Senior Manager, Purchasing Logistics

Nissan North America

In his role in purchasing logistics, Jeremy Johnson is responsible for overseeing commercial activities for all production parts and finished vehicle distribution in the US, Canada, and Mexico for Nissan. He was appointed to this position in April 2023, and has been with Nissan since 2014 in a variety of purchasing roles across logistics and manufacturing. Most recently, he was senior manager of purchasing vendor tooling in the US for Nissan, where he was responsible for vendor tooling audit, tooling refurbishment, and budget forecasting and reporting. In 2018, Jeremy Johnson was appointed purchasing manager of finished vehicle logistics for North America, and prior to that served as a buyer on the Logistics Purchasing team. He holds a bachelor's degree from Maryville College and a Master of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

Christine Casey, Calsta

Christine Casey

Deputy Secretary, Freight Policy

California State Transportation Agency

Christine Casey was appointed Deputy Secretary, Freight Policy in February 2024, a new role focused on freight and goods movement, port issues, CalSTA’s Port and Freight Infrastructure Program, hydrogen, and off-shore wind. Casey previously served as a committee consultant with California’s Assembly Transportation Committee, where her portfolio included air quality and climate change issues, mobile source programs, zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure, freight and goods movement, and sustainable communities strategies. She has also held leadership roles in non-profit and government organisations, including the California Council on Science and Technology and the Department of Finance, where she developed and administered budgets for departments in the California Environmental Protection Agency and served as the lead fiscal and policy analyst for the state's Cap and Trade Program. She began her career in policy as a CCST Science Fellow with a placement in the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. Christine Casey earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York, Brockport and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biology from the University of Rochester. She completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.

Shane Stierley, Navistar

Shane Stierley

Senior Supply Chain Manager, Finished Vehicle Group

Navistar International

Since February 2022, Shane Stierley has been responsible for all areas of finished vehicle logistics management at commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar, including optimising the distribution network for efficiency and changing requirements in logistics. He has more than 12 years’ experience in material, aftermarket and outbound logistics and supply chain management, including operations management, supply chain engineering and material flow at Navistar, as well as in materials management, inventory and logistics across at automotive manufacturers including Tenneco, Spartan Motors and The Shyft Group. Shane Stierley spent more than eight years in the US Army at the 303rd Military Police Company, including as squad and team leader. He has a bachelor’s in supply chain management from Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Ron Stach

Senior Director Global Service

Lucid Motors

Since 2023, Ron Stach has led global service and aftersales at EV maker Lucid Motors, including responsibility for PDI and vehicle quality from factory to dealer delivery, and collaboration across logistics teams, logistics providers and port facilities to deliver electric vehicles. Ron Stach is an accomplished automotive executive with nearly 30 years’ experience in sales planning, network strategy, product development, regional operations, aftersales and retail. He has held senior roles in sales and service operations across Mazda, Volkswagen Group, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi and at VinFast, where he led service operations and network strategy.

Alex McMall, Ford

Alex McMall

Team Lead, Vehicle Logistics Business Solutions

Ford Motor Company

Since March 2023, Alex McMall has been responsible for implementing technology solutions across Ford’s vehicle logistics operations, including improving vehicle visibility, providing dynamic and accurate ETAs to customers, and exploring new and emerging solutions across operations and the delivery experience. He leads a team that interfaces across operations, IT and logistics providers. Alex McMall has nearly 15 years’ experience across logistics and logistics technology roles, including in transport operations, warehousing and for more than a decade in vehicle logistics at both General Motors and Ford. He has played key roles in network optimisation, yard management, order-to-delivery systems, improving ETA and more. He is a member of the Supply Chain Steering Committee at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). He has a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.

Mike Matousek

Director of the Automobile Carriers Conference

American Trucking Associations

Mike Matousek is the Director of the Automobile Carriers Conference of the American Trucking Associations, a leading advocacy organization for motor carriers engaged in the transportation of motor vehicles. In this role, Mike is responsible for providing a strong, unifying, and effective voice for motor carriers and allied partners before Congress and federal agencies.


Anthony Butler

Director of Product - Logistics


Anthony Butler is a seasoned Product Leader with extensive experience in AI/ML and IoT solutions for business problems. He has a decade-long track record of driving innovation and results in high-growth organizations. As the Director of Product at Cognosos, he plays a key role in providing Location Intelligence solutions to automotive manufacturers, facilitating asset tracking and operational optimization so that Cognosos's clients are able to do more with less and see increased efficiencies and profits. 

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Daniel Gosson

Director, Manufacturing Logistics

INFORM North America

Daniel Gosson joined INFORM in 2016 and has lead INFORM’s North American automotive logistics efforts since. With a background in automotive IT solutions, Daniel enjoys leveraging creative problem solving, optimization algorithms, and AI in order to help OEMs and 3PLs create digitalized, future proof processes.  As of 2024, Daniel will continue to drive the exponential growth within the North American Finished Vehicle Logistics (FVL) team while also overseeing the international launch of INFORM’s further Manufacturing Logistics products suite.

Christoph Seitz

Christoph Seitz

Global Vice President, Finished Vehicles

DP World Logistics

Formerly CEO and Co-owner of CFR Rinkens LLC - a California based 3PL specializing in containerised transport of new and used vehicles worldwide – Christoph now holds the position of Global Vice President, Finished Vehicles, DP World Logistics, where he leads DP World’s global Finished Vehicle vertical. In his role, Christoph is responsible for overseeing DP World’s interconnected network of Ro-Ro ports, sea vessels and freight forwarders to transport finished vehicles to markets across the globe. With 20+ years industry experience, Christoph brings a wealth of experience and expertise in delivering tailored logistics solutions that streamline automotive logistics operations. Doing so, empowers DP World to expand into new markets and elevate our service offerings, delivering value from factory floor to customer door.


Charles Franklin

Sr. National Manager - Sales

Glovis America

Charles Franklin is responsible for the strategic growth and synergies in Glovis America’s vehicle logistics network and inland vehicle distribution services. Focusing on EV and Legacy automobile manufacturers distributing finished vehicles to and from North America. Charles has worked in automotive purchasing and logistics for 20 years, including over 19 years with American Honda, where he was most recently the Manger of Export Logistics responsible for Global distribution of Honda, and Acura vehicles built in US, Canada and Mexico to over 100 destinations. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is also very committed to the community, having served and serving on a number of nonprofit boards.
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Salim Shaikh

Corporate Vice President, Industry Strategy Automotive

Blue Yonder

Salim Shaikh (CPIM, CSCP) has 25 years of experience in supply chain transformation consulting in the industrial, automotive, hi-tech spaces. He is a thought leader, speaker and author of twenty+ publications, including three books on the subject of supply chain digital transformations, and was honoured with “2016 Supply Chain Pros To Know”. Salim holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and Master of Business Administration degree from University of Texas at Dallas. 

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Neil Erinjeri

Director of Customer Success


Neil is currently a Director of Customer Success at FreightVerify. His responsibilities include new customer launch and global account management of FreightVerify’s Finished Vehicle partnerships with Ford Motor Company and Stellantis. Neil has also been a key contributor to developing FreightVerify’s best-in-class Finished Vehicle solution. Neil has been with the FreightVerify team for over 4 years and has held progressive roles within Partner/Customer Onboarding and Customer Success/Delivery. Previous to FreightVerify, Neil worked at Ryder Logistics launching new supply chain ventures with some of the world’s largest companies such as Volkswagen, Nissan, General Motors, Pepsi, Kimberly Clark, ConAgra, and Sapporo Breweries. Neil holds a degree in Economics from Wayne State University.

Patrick Manzi

Patrick Manzi

Chief Economist

National Automobile Dealers Association

Patrick Manzi is NADA’s Chief Economist. In this role, Patrick works with both NADA as well the American Truck Dealers (ATD), a division of NADA. Patrick regularly speaks to various audiences about the auto industry and is responsible for many of the association’s monthly and annual economic reports including NADA Data and ATD Data. Prior to joining NADA Patrick was a graduate research assistant at the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research where he co-authored several economic impact reports for public and private clients in West Virginia and the surrounding regions. A native West Virginian, Patrick received both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Economics from West Virginia University. Patrick currently resides in Falls Church, VA.

Amy Paulsen

Amy Paulsen


AMP Supply Chain Consulting LLC

Amy Paulsen has been solving logistical problems in the electric vehicle industry for over a decade. Her early career experience in law and law enforcement facilitates the kind of comprehensive planning and execution needed to develop new market channels and maximize revenue for new product launches. Her professional niche is designing logistics pathways and process that meet foreign and domestic regulatory requirements, while opening some of the world’s most restrictive markets innovative firms, large and small alike. A former Secret Service Special Agent and litigator, Amy has managed complex global logistics and new market entry at Caterpillar, Tesla, Rivian Automotive, and Lucid Motors. Amy holds a J.D. from Loyola in New Orleans, and an MBA from Illinois State.

Sean Baltazar

Sean Baltazar

Senior Vice President of Sales


Sean Baltazar is a seasoned logistics leader with over 15 years of experience. As RPM's Senior Vice President of Sales, he leverages his extensive sales background and market insights to drive success. Sean leads the vehicle and freight sales teams, cultivating strong relationships with sellers and gaining a deep understanding of customer needs. This customer-centric approach allows him to develop tailored services and innovative solutions that exceed client expectations. With his keen eye on industry trends, Sean guides RPM's direction, keeping the organization at the forefront of the dynamic logistics landscape. His unwavering commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has been instrumental in RPM's growth and success, making him a vital asset to the company's future endeavors.

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Bart Schuster

Senior Vice President of OEM and Government Relations


Bart Schuster serves as Autosled's Senior Vice President of OEM and Government Relations. He most recently served as Vice President of Sales for Autosled. Currently, Bart not only manages Autosled’s sales division, but also expands Autosled’s strategic OEM partnerships, along with a focused expansion of the company’s government services division. Prior to joining Autosled, Bart worked for over a decade in retail automotive with experience that includes running retail auto dealerships. He also had a successful career working for OEMs with roles in sales, market development, logistics and regional management. His tenure across both retail dealerships and manufacturers makes him uniquely qualified for this position. Bart is an ultra endurance triathlete and lives with his family in Ashburn, VA.

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Nico Peters

Head of Global Customer Experience

Höegh Autoliners

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Sarah Amico

Sarah Amico

Executive Chairperson

Jack Cooper

Sarah Amico is the Executive Chairperson of Jack Cooper Holdings Corp., North America’s largest car haul company and a WBENC-certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). She oversees the Company’s Board, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Human Capital Development. Prior to her appointment by the Board as Executive Chairperson, she served as Vice Chairman of the Board. She has been a Director since 2011 and serves on the Board's Nominating and Governance Committee. Sarah received her B.A. in Politics magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Yanni Arvis

Yanni Arvis

CEO North America

DRS Group

Yanni Arvis has been in the automotive industry for twenty years, engaging in various roles from Sales to dealership General Manager and consultant to government fleet development. He has thrived in transforming organizations, developing dealerships and groups to becoming significant market players. With six years in the Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) and catastrophe response industry, his focus has been on serving customers and employees, driving change within the company and industry.
Yanni runs operations for DRS Group in North America, providing full-service solutions for hail damage repair, reworks, and containment actions to OEMs, their insurers, and dealership groups.

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