September 19

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Master complexity in the digital age

Start your path to greater growth and profitability at Quintiq World Tour Philadelphia. Whether you’re in manufacturing, logistics or workforce management, you’ll come away with the actionable insights to help your company master complexity and thrive in today’s fast-changing marketplace.

We have an exciting line-up of experts and industry leaders this year that includes Futurist, Trends and Innovation Expert Jim Carroll, Quintiq CEO Rob van Egmond, and many more. They’ll be sharing their perspectives on a wide range of topics, particularly on the ways to build resilience in your supply chain.

There’s no better place to meet other leading operations professionals, get answers to your most pressing planning challenges, and hear how other organizations are taking the next step towards revolutionizing their planning and scheduling.

Keynote speaker

Jim Carroll

Global futurist, trends and innovation expert


  • 08:00
    Registration and breakfast

  • 09:00

  • 09:05
    Mastering complexity: Planning and optimization in the digital age
    Rob van Egmond
    CEO of Quintiq
  • 10:00
    Accelerating the business in an era of fast change
    Jim Carroll
    Global futurist, trends and innovation expert
  • 11:00
    Morning break

  • 11:15
    The thinking supply chain
    Simon Ellis
    Program Vice President, Supply Chain Strategies
  • 12:15
    Networking lunch

  • 13:15
    • Workforce Track

      Designing for workforce flexibility and longevity with Quintiq
      Dr. Brian Blodgett
      - American Public University System
    • Logistics Track

      Unlearning logistics management
      Adrian Gonzalez
      - Adelante SCM, Talking Logistics
    • Manufacturing Track

      Integrated business execution: Cultivating a competitive advantage
      Hank Ackerman
      - Venetia Partners
  • 14:00
    • Workforce Track

      Optimized crew planning for improved employee experience, lower costs and higher compliance
      Cesar Caldera
      - Royal Caribbean Cruises
    • Logistics Track

      YRC Freight and the path to optimization
      Chad Clark - YRC Freight
    • Manufacturing Track

      Improved protein scheduling efficiency through optimization
      Jim Sehi - JBS USA
  • 14:45
    • Workforce Track

      Big profits, bold moves: How U.S. airlines are adapting and thriving
      Ben Kraszyk, Glenn Woythaler
      - Seabury Consulting
    • Logistics Track

      Port shipping logistics in iron ore mining
      Anne Marie Rushworth, Michel Plourde
      - ArcelorMittal Mines Canada
    • Manufacturing Track

      Food production spotlights: The supply chain planning journey
      Natalia Perez - Herbalife
      Nigel Batchem - Amy's Kitchen
  • 15:30
    Coffee break

  • 16:00
    Supply chain planning at the World Food Programme
    Koen Peters
    Project Coordinator
    World Food Programme
  • 16:45
    Closing remarks
    David Kenneson
    Chief Revenue Officer of Quintiq
  • 17:00
    Networking reception


  • Jim Carroll
    Global futurist, trends and innovation expert
    Jim Carroll is an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He has a 20-year track record in providing direct, independent guidance to a vast, diverse global client base, combined with a previous professional financial background, including 12 years with the world’s largest professional services firm. He is recognized worldwide as a thought leader and authority on global trends, rapid business model change, business model disruption in a period of economic uncertainty, and the necessity for fast paced innovation.
  • Rob van Egmond
    Rob van Egmond is the CEO of Quintiq. Being a technologist with a brain for business, he has held top leadership roles since joining the company in 2002. As VP of EMEA, he ran some of the largest European business units in the company, and was instrumental in opening new markets and establishing bases abroad. As CTO, he led the development of next generation planning technologies while working closely with the R&D team and customers to better meet the needs of the market. Today, as CEO, Rob is leading the charge in pushing the boundaries in supply chain analytics, optimization, and the cognitive supply chain. He holds a master’s degree in operations research from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • David Kenneson
    Chief Revenue Officer
    David Kenneson is Quintiq's chief revenue officer. He ensures the strategic alignment of all global revenue-related functions, including sales, marketing and partnerships. He also holds profit and loss responsibility for the North American region, predominantly in the areas of manufacturing, workforce, and logistics. David’s extensive experience in solving supply chain puzzles for Fortune 500 companies has helped his team expand their customer portfolio to include many industry leaders such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Novelis, Air Products, and the FAA. David holds a bachelor's degree in production and operation management from the University of Scranton, and an MBA in supply chain management from Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics.
  • Adrian Gonzalez
    Adelante SCM, Talking Logistics
    Adrian Gonzalez is the founder and president of Adelante SCM, a peer-to-peer learning and networking community for supply chain and logistics executives and young professionals. He is an advisor and industry analyst with more than 18 years of research experience in transportation management, logistics outsourcing, global trade management, social media, and other supply chain and logistics topics. He is also a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and speaks frequently at industry events and conferences. Adrian is also the founder and host of Talking Logistics, a podcast series that features interviews with thought leaders in the supply chain and logistics industry. He has a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, and a graduate certificate in supply chain management from Northeastern University (where he also served as an adjunct instructor in their Executive MBA program).
  • Glenn Woythaler
    Seabury Consulting, now part of Accenture
    Managing Director
    Glenn Woythaler joined Seabury Consulting in 2013.  He has over 20 years of airline experience with leadership roles in finance, marketing and operations. He has led numerous initiatives to expand revenues while lowering the cost of sales, improve operating performance while lowering operating cost and other efficiency and productivity enhancements. Glenn received his bachelor's degree in government and geology from St. Lawrence University, and an MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
  • Ben Kraszyk
    Seabury Consulting
    Ben Kraszyk brought his expertise in airport operations labor and manpower planning to Seabury Consulting in 2015. He plays a key role in workforce strategy and analytics through engagements with global aviation and transportation clients. His efforts have been focused on supporting airline restructurings and privatizations, and in the development of general labor productivity and cost improvement initiatives. Ben holds a bachelor's degree in aviation technology and a master's degree in aviation and aerospace management, both from Purdue University.
  • Nigel Batchem
    Amy's Kitchen
    Senior Director of Planning
    Nigel Batchem is the senior director of planning at Amy’s Kitchen based in Petaluma, California. He has 20 years of experience in food industry planning and scheduling, with the last eight years leading the planning team at Amy’s Kitchen. Nigel holds a bachelor’s degree in food technology from Massey University.
  • Dr. Brian Blodgett
    American Public University System
    Associate Vice President, Scheduling
    Dr. Brian Blodgett is the associate vice president of scheduling at the American Public University System. He oversees a team that handles the online learning institution’s scheduling of over 2,000 globally located faculty members and over 1,500 courses required for online degrees and certificates taken by approximately 88,000 students. Dr. Blodgett holds a Ph.D in business administration and homeland security from Northcentral University in San Diego.
  • Jim Sehi
    IT Director
    Jim Sehi is the IT Director for JBS USA, and has over 30 years of experience in information technology. He has held various roles across a variety of industries and supply chains. Jim hold a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Colorado State University.
  • Natalia Perez
    Senior Global Manager, Planning Systems
    Natalia Perez joined Herbalife in 2014. She manages the relationship between the company's information systems resources and its various business teams, coordinating all aspects of system implementations and technical enhancement projects. She has an extensive experience of supply chains in a variety of industries such as home appliances, consumer goods and cosmetics. Natalia holds an advanced certificate in professional project management from Florida International University.
  • Michel Plourde
    ArcelorMittal Mines Canada
    Director of IT
    Michel Plourde has more than 25 years' experience in the mining industry. His background in mathematics and computer science has seen him occupy various technology-related positions such as enterprise solution architect, technology strategy lead and R&D technology senior lead. His primary focus over the past 15 years has been to apply operational research techniques to leading edge technology to maximize operations efficiency and productivity in the iron ore mining industry. Michel has extensive experience in digital and technology strategies to bring about operational efficiency improvements and cost savings. In his current position of IT and operations technology manager, he is pushing the boundaries of digital mining into all facets of the business.
  • Anne Marie Rushworth
    ArcelorMittal Mines Canada
    Director of Logistics
    Anne Marie Rushworth has been in the mining sector for over 27 years. She began her career in IT, but her background in chemistry led her to manage the company's iron ore mining laboratories. She oversaw the implementation of LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and integrated best practices in iron ore analysis, with an emphasis on quality systems. As lead logistics coordinator, she supervised the implementation of various optimization models in the company.
  • Hank Ackerman
    Venetia Partners
    Senior Executive Consultant
    Hank Ackerman is a senior executive consultant at Venetia Partners, focused on driving supply chain and operations performance improvement. He has 20 years' experience in global manufacturing, logistics, sourcing and supply chain. Hank holds a bachelor's degree from Davidson College, and an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
  • Simon Ellis
    Program Vice President, Supply Chain Strategies
    Simon Ellis currently leads the global supply chain strategies practices at IDC Manufacturing Insights. He advises clients on supply chain digital transformation, network design, supply chain planning, global sourcing, transportation and logistics. He is also an expert on the high-tech and consumer products industries. Prior to this, Simon was the supply chain strategy director for Unilever North America. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, working across all major areas of the supply chain. Simon has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, and an MBA in finance from Columbia University.
  • Cesar Caldera
    Royal Caribbean Cruises
    Global Director, HR Information Systems
    Cesar Caldera has been with Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. for 17 years and has held leadership roles in operational process improvement, IT, and Human Resource Information Systems. Most recently he has worked within the digital team, and has led projects focused on employee experience improvements, including initiatives to optimize operational and online transactional processes with technical solutions and process transformations. Cesar holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida International University.
  • Koen Peters
    World Food Programme
    Project Coordinator
    Koen Peters is a project manager in the Supply Chain Planning unit of the World Food Programme. After finishing a master’s degree in operations research at Tilburg University, he decided to apply his optimization knowledge to support humanitarian operations. For the last few years, he has been leading optimization initiatives at the World Food Programme, developing user-friendly tools to ensure that the programme can reach as many beneficiaries as possible. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in humanitarian logistics at Tilburg University.
  • Chad Clark
    YRC Freight
    Vice President, Accountability and Performance
    Chad Clark is the vice president of accountability and performance for YRC Freight, one of the largest transportation service providers in the world. He oversees the project management and the change management teams for the company. He is a 25-year transportation veteran with extensive experience in both sales and operations. Chad holds a bachelor's degree in international marketing from the University of Akron.

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The Westin Philadelphia
99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place
Pennsylvania 19103
United States


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