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Keynote Speakers

INDUSTRIAL DAY - 27 September 2018 

Alain Leroy

Integrated Supply Chain in the Cloud

Alain Leroy, Senior Vice President Supply Chain Strategy & Transformation, Schneider-Electric

Alain Leroy has served as a SVP Global Supply Chain Transformation since 2017.

In this role, he is responsible for leading the Supply Chain strategy and the transformation globally.

Previously, he was Supply Chain SVP for the newly created Retail Business Unit.

Alain has shared his background between Lean Manufacturing, Plant Management, Supply Chain Management in different countries. He joined Schneider Electric in 1986 and served as a Lean Manufacturing Engineer before becoming Plant Manager early in his carrier in 1993.

Alain is an Engineer graduate of ENSAM, completed by leadership development with MESA Research Group, the School of Inspired Leadership and the INSEAD.

Interview with Alain Leroy: Schneider Electric's Digital Transformation Journey

Edwin de Boer

Cisco’s Supply Chain Digitized

Edwin de Boer, Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations, Cisco

Edwin de Boer has worked at Cisco Systems for more than twenty years, joining Cisco in Amsterdam just after the start-up of the European Operations Centre. He has worked in Asia and United States, including a five year international assignment at Cisco headquarters in San Jose, USA.

Edwin is currently the Senior Director of Supply Chain Operations for EMEAR global manufacturing and logistics operations. He is also Supply Chain site leader for Amsterdam, as well as Managing Director and Board member for the Cisco International BV entity.

Edwin has worked in Finance, Manufacturing Operations, Sourcing, and Planning before moving into his current role of leading the teams responsible for engineering, materials management, fulfilment, logistics and delivery of Cisco products to customers in Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Russia. He has accountability for the local Manufacturing Operations in Russia, Poland and Czech Republic, as well as the logistics sites in The Netherlands, and the importation and delivery of products from global manufacturing sites to customers in EMEAR.

Prior to joining Cisco, his previous employers include suppliers of logistic ERP packages and business consulting firms. He has a Masters degree in Business from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, with specialisation in Supply Chain Management. He has in depth knowledge of Supply Chain Management solutions in large companies, and has performed sales, consultancy and operational management roles.

 Other passions beside work are his family, but also golf and sailing if time allows. Australia has his special attention, as he grew up in Melbourne. 

John Fleming

Digital Transformation Ford’s Aluminium F150 Truck

John Fleming, Formerly Ford Motor Company

John joined Ford Motor Company as an apprentice in 1967 and retired in December 2015 as Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs.

Prior to the last assignment was appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Ford of Europe and Chairman Volvo Cars. The 48 years at Ford was spent in Manufacturing and General Management.

Since retiring in 2015, the time has been spent in the following areas:-
Board Advisor BEET Analytics Michigan.(Current)
Board member Republic Airways.(Current)
Chief Company Advisor and Leader of Lean Academy Changan Auto Chongqing China.
Chairman Manufacturing Leadership Council (Frost & Sullivan).
Chairman Fleming Peninsular Consulting.
Various Lecturing and Presentation events globally mainly on the subject of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing.

Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk speaker image

What is beyond Industry 4.0?

Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk, Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing, Signify

Trained as an Aerospace engineer, Michelle has worked in Research, R&D, Quality, Supply chain and Manufacturing in a diverse range of industries, such as automotive, food, household appliances and lighting.

Currently working at Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting), the global leading lighting company with 125 years of innovation, which pioneered the world development of electric light & LED and today a leader in the intelligent lighting systems. Michelle is the Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing. In this role, she leads the manufacturing function across over 40 factories around the world, delivering operational excellence while taking the function through its digital transformation.

Prior to Signify (Philips Lighting), Michelle held various management positions at PepsiCo, Ford Motor Company and Electrolux in Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and USA.

Michelle is a thought leader in Industry 4.0, not only from technical aspect, but also from company strategic impact, change management, competency development and social impact aspects. In recent times, Michelle is advocating diversity and inclusion in the digitalization of “everything”, where diversity needs to be reflected in the world controlled by algorithms.

Michelle now lives in The Netherlands with her husband and two children.

Interview with Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk: What is Beyond Industry 4.0? 

Chris Fielden

The importance of supply chain agility to enable business growth

Chris Fielden, Group Supply Chain Director, Innocent

Chris Fielden originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer, specialising in Mechatronics at Loughborough University. Upon graduating he started his career working for Kodak in the engineering team before transitioning to operations. During this time Chris did numerous roles underpinned by implementing lean manufacturing and 6 sigma into the culture.

Chris then moved to PepsiCo as a shift manager before very quickly taking up the role of finance manager for their logistics operations where he undertook a project to transform the UK logistics operation resulting in the commission and building of new hub warehouse around the UK. 

Chris then became the operations manager for one of the UK crisp factories and undertook a large scale terms and conditions change and significant capital investment program in the site.  Following this he moved into outsourced manufacturing trying to find asset lite solutions for PepsiCo in the UK before taking up a role looking after all the outsourced manufacturing for Tropicana in Europe.

After 9 year at PepsiCo,  Chris took up the role of head of operations at innocent before being promoted to the innocent board as supply chain director in 2017. Since joining innocent they have grown their business by over 50% and become a truly European business vs their UK origins. Here Chris looks after everything from fruit sourcing, technical and regulatory affairs, manufacturing and distribution.  Building a supply chain to deliver this level of growth and complexity at pace is a truly exciting and challenging opportunity.


Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens plc

Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive on 1 July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008, and held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton.

Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. Juergen has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering for the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Salford Manchester.

Juergen is a passionate advocate of the UK rebalancing its economy and has supported many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills. He has recently been asked by the Government department BEIS to lead a new review on Industrial Digitalisation for UK Manufacturing. Juergen also supports the modern re-industrialisation of the Northern Powerhouse and in that capacity is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP as well as the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Born 1964 in Germany with Austrian nationality, he came to the UK in 1974.

Jon-Paul Sherlock

Transforming the development, manufacture and supply of medicines

Jon-Paul Sherlock, Director Intelligent Pharmaceutical, AstraZeneca

Jon-Paul Sherlock, Director, Intelligent Pharmaceutical, leads Technology Strategy and Process Engineering for AstraZeneca Operations, with responsibility for the implementation of manufacturing technologies that improve quality and process robustness, improve supply chain agility and reduce cost. He is a chemical engineer and joined AstraZeneca after completing a PhD. Prior to this he led the development of innovative digital health solutions for emerging and established respiratory medicines. Before that he held senior roles in chemical, analytical and product development, supporting multiple therapeutic areas and all clinical phases including commercialisation. He is passionate about innovation and founded significant collaborations between industry and academia in the areas of formulation and physical processing, advanced manufacturing technologies and future pharmaceutical supply chains.

ACADEMIC RESEARCH DAY - 28 September 2018 

Sandep Kapur


Sandeep Kapur, Punjab Agricultural University

Dr Sandeep Kapur is professor of business management at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India (PAU). He has also been given the additional responsibility of Comptroller at PAU. (This is a senior management position in the university and involves financial management. Annual budget of the university at present is around Rs.5 Billion). As a professor, he has teaching, research and consultancy responsibilities in marketing and strategy areas. He underwent a series of specialized training in the area of Business Strategy at various leading business schools in India. His current research interest includes Strategic Marketing, e-marketing, development of competitiveness with the help of “Cluster Development Approach”. He established Technology Marketing and IPR cell at PAU and designed various IPR related training courses.

He has guided the research work of more than 80 MBA and one PhD student. He has about 35 research papers to his credit in journals of national and international repute.

Jan Olhager

Designing and redesigning international manufacturing networks

Jan Olhager, Lund University

Jan Olhager is Professor in Supply Chain and Operations Strategy at Lund University. He has published more than 60 papers in international scientific journals on topics ranging from international manufacturing networks and operations strategy to supply chain integration and operations planning and control, and two books on Operations Management and Manufacturing Planning and Control. He is Editor-in-Chief of Operations Management Research and Associate Editor of Decision Sciences and International Journal of Operations & Production Management. He is director of the Swedish Operations Strategy Centre, and has more than 30 years’ experience as consultant to manufacturing firms, primarily in the Nordic countries. 

Fabrizio Salvador

Work Analytics: The Human Side of Industry 4.0

Fabrizio Salvador, IE Business School

Fabrizio Salvador is Professor of Operations and Technology Management and Academic Director of Applied Research at IE Business School, IE University. He is also a founding member of the MIT Smart Customization Group. Dr. Salvador has been visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Shanghai University, as well as adjunct Faculty Research Associate at Arizona State University. He received a Ph.D in Operations Management from the University of Padova, where he also graduated in Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Salvador research interests focus on the mechanisms through which organizations recombine or reuse their resources to respond to uncertainty in their operational environments. His award-winning research accumulated over 3000 citations in Google Scholar, and has been published in the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Organization Science, Decision Sciences, MIT Sloan Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, among the others.  Dr Salvador also serves as Department Editor for the Journal of Operations Management, Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management as well as Associate Editor for the Decision Sciences Journal.

Dr. Salvador collaborated with numerous organizations towards improving operational performance through business analytics, digitalization and automation. These collaborations include AstraZeneca, DHL, Ernst&Young, IBM, John Deere, Nokia, Permasteelisa, Xerox, Tetra Pak, Unilever, CAP Gemini, Sener, PriceWaterhousCoopers, WeCare, among the others.