September 20

The Logan Philadelphia

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Uncertainty is a constant across all industries. Rapid advancements in the digital age — robotics, augmented reality, Internet of Intelligent Things, cognitive computing — further exacerbate that uncertainty. Getting a handle on the advancements that are disrupting the world’s value chains is no longer enough. Inadequate systems, processes and resources can no longer keep up. Dealing with uncertainty in the digital age requires a reinvention of business practices and clarity of vision. It's not just about having the knowledge, but also about utilizing it to benefit your operations and bottom line.

Quintiq World Tour Philadelphia will bring together decision-makers, captains of industry and visionaries who have implemented solutions in their businesses to address new benefits that were difficult to realize before. Through a series of powerful and in-depth presentations and customer success stories, they will share how you can optimize your value chain and transform your operations.

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Exclusive insights

Exclusive presentations and roundtable discussions will be chaired by industry experts. Every session will dive deep into the most compelling industrial challenges of our time. Find out how they’re being overcome from those who have successfully solved them.

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Network and connect

Gain access to an exclusive community working together to transform the world's value chains. Network, collaborate and exchange insights in a highly productive environment.

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See the future in action

Discover what the Quintiq solution is capable of through showcases modeled after real-world scenarios. Quintiq experts will also be on hand to provide advice on your planning challenges.



    Opening remarks
    Ronald Thorburn, Quintiq


    Keynote: Reinvent your value chain
    Rob van Egmond, Quintiq


    Supply chains for the real-time economy
    Michael Hugos


    Morning break


    Change management in a digital world
    Jason Searcy and Mike Landry, Barkawi


    Networking lunch

    Manufacturing session

    Logistics session

    Workforce session


    Manufacturing session

    The Smithfield story: Enabling transparency in the meat supply chain
    Brian Gordon, Smithfield Foods

    Logistics session

    How Hupac’s SPEAK project is reinventing intermodal
    Aldo Puglisi, Hupac

    Workforce session

    Enabling rapid response to emerging needs in crew management
    Christi Lane, DXC


    Manufacturing session

    Factory traffic management at Boeing
    Mark Vanhorne, Boeing

    Logistics session

    The art and science of last-mile optimization
    Amit Sethi, Capgemini

    Workforce session

    The manpower puzzle: How Quintiq helped solve Southwest Airlines’ planning challenges
    Bryan Sharkey, Southwest Airlines


    Manufacturing session

    Enabling digital continuity in the manufacturing supply chain
    Walt Bednarz, Quintiq

    Logistics session

    Sustainable logistics planning: How Quintiq is enabling greener supply chains
    Robert Oliver, Quintiq

    Workforce session

    Quintiq distribution planning for KLM catering services
    Willem Verbakel, KLM Catering Services


    Afternoon break


    3DEXPERIENCity: Data science applied to urban planning
    Jeff Hamilton, Dassault Systèmes GEOVIA


    Creating value for the connected industry
    Saravana Sastha K, ITC Infotech


    Closing remarks
    Jeroen Hanekamp, Quintiq


    Reception & networking session


    Rob van Egmond
    Chief Executive Officer

    Being a technologist with a brain for business, Rob van Egmond has held top leadership roles since joining the company in 2002. He is currently leading the charge in pushing the boundaries of supply chain analytics, optimization and the cognitive supply chain. Rob holds a master's degree in operations research from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    Michael Hugos
    Best-selling author, speaker,
    co-founder of SCM Globe

    Michael Hugos has authored eight books including the popular Essentials of Supply Chain Management. He has mentored managers and development teams in Microsoft, Starbucks Coffee, Aramark Healthcare and U.S. Navy Medical Logistics Command. Michael contributes to publications such as Forbes, Computerworld and CIO.

    Mark Vanhorne
    Associate Technical Fellow

    Mark Van Horne has worked on every commercial airplane program, from the 707 to the 787. He leads the Second Century Enterprise Systems project for the company. Mark has also worked in engineering and management positions at Boeing’s Washington facilities, while providing technical consulting services at the Boeing facilities in South Carolina.

    Bryan Sharkey
    Director – Portfolio, Planning & Analytics
    Southwest Airlines

    Bryan Sharkey oversees the headcount planning functions of over 21,000 employees with an annual budget of over US$1.7 billion. He is also responsible for the airline's project portfolio for ground operations with a capital expenditure of over US$100 million. Prior to this, Bryan held roles in airline management across multiple airports.

    Willem Verbakel
    Fmr. Director - Operations & Supply Chain
    KLM Catering Services

    Willem Verbakel was the former director of operations and supply chain for KLM Catering Services. He has more than 25 years of industry experience in various aspects of the food industry. He is particularly focused on operations management, supply chain optimization, coaching and business process improvement.

    Brian Gordon
    Senior Director - Fresh Division
    Supply Chain, Smithfield Foods

    Brian Gordon has been with Smithfield Foods for 19 years. In that time, he has worked across various divisions in the company such as operations, sales, business management and supply chain. Brian also serves as project lead for the design, development and implementation of Quintiq at Smithfield's fresh meat division.

    Jeff Hamilton
    Director - Brand Strategy & Alliances
    Dassault Systémes GEOVIA

    Jeff Hamilton's extensive experience in GNSS positioning, wireless communications, machine control/guidance and software has resulted in acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and alliances totaling over US$1 billion. He is also a published author and inventor, with 20 issued or pending US and international technology patents.

    Saravana Sastha K.
    Vice President & Head - Supply
    Chain Line of Business, ITC Infotech

    Saravana Sastha K. has almost two decades' worth of industry experience in industries including CPG, pulp & paper, retail, cement, shipping and metals & mining. He has consulted in areas such as lean manufacturing, supply chain strategy, productivity improvement, policy design and deployment and strategic cost reduction, just to name a few.

    Amit Sethi
    Senior Manager - Logistics & Supply Chain

    Amit Sethi has over 15 years of experience leading technology-based transformations in retail, distribution, third-party logistics, manufacturing and telecommunications. He specializes in optimizing end-to-end supply chain performance through the efficient use of back-end planning technology with front-end digital and e-commerce solutions.

    Aldo Puglisi
    Digitalization & Business Process
    Reengineering, Hupac

    Aldo Puglisi is responsible for the digital transformation within Hupac. He has extensive experience in supply chain optimization, business process improvement and innovation. Aldo holds a master's degree in computer engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MBA from MIP School of Management.

    Mike Landry
    President, North America

    Mike Landry is president of Barkawi's North American practice, providing supply chain planning transformation services to clients across a number of industries. He has provided innovative consulting and software solutions for his clients For 25 years. Before Barkawi, Mike founded Servigistics, a provider of service parts planning and pricing solutions.

    Jason Searcy
    Senior Manager, North America

    Jason Searcy has extensive supply chain experience in industries including retail, pharmaceutical, media & entertainment, transportation and manufacturing. He has also consulted in areas such as supply chain planning & optimization, transportation, warehousing, procurement, demand planning & forecasting and network design.

    Christi Lane
    Offering Leader - Crew Solutions & Digital
    Business Services, DXC Technology

    Christi Lane has been with DXC since 2014. She has over 25 years of experience in the airline and airline technology industries. She is also a subject matter expert in agile methodologies. Christi works with a broad range of global and regional airline clients to help them transform and achieve business outcomes on time and within budget.

    Walt Bednarz
    Solutions Architect

    Walt Bednarz has over 20 years of experience in the engineering and manufacturing environments, including several years of manufacturing operations management and service-oriented workforce management. He works with companies to develop solutions that help them get the most out of their available resources.

    Robert Oliver
    Solutions Architect

    Robert Oliver is an IT industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in ERP, business analysis, cloud computing and enterprise architecture. His specialties include professional services, enterprise software and SaaS. Robert holds a bachelor's degree in information & computer sciences from Temple University.

    Jeroen Hanekamp
    Chief Commercial Operations
    & General Counsel, Quintiq

    Jeroen Hanekamp is responsible for legal, commercial operations, sales operations, alliances and strategic pursuits within Quintiq. He joined Quintiq in 2011 as legal counsel, managing contract negotiations, coordinating legal proceedings and solving internal legal issues in various areas. He was appointed to the Quintiq Board in January 2018.

Venue & Accommodations


The Logan Philadelphia

One Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Room blocks for guests

We regret to inform you that the deadline for our dedicated room rate at The Logan Philadelphia has now passed. However, there may still be rooms available to attendees.

Please contact The Logan Philadelphia directly at 215-963-1500 to check on room availability.

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