Plenary Speakers

Monday, April 15 – 8-9am

Opening Plenary Panel

How Data Science is Revolutionizing the Future

As we embrace Industry 4.0 with the fusion of new products, markets, customers and technology, the common phrase “we are data rich but information poor” seems to take a significant meaning. As traditional structured data move to unstructured and big data, it is becoming a requirement for companies to quickly form “data into information into insight.” The advent of data science has accelerated this movement and is paving the way for a future rich with data-based insight for making value-add decisions.

This panel of experts will share the evolution of data science, its applications across various facets of the industry and government, how academia is creating the talent needed for the future, and what’s ahead.

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Noha Tohamy

Moderated by:

Noha Tohamy

Distinguished Vice President of Research at Gartner, Inc.

Noha Tohamy is a Distinguished Vice President of Research at Gartner, Inc. In her 25-year career, she has been a strong advocate for the use of advanced analytics to improve supply chain performance. She has advised hundreds of manufacturers and retailers on their strategy, talent and technology requirements for analytics success. Before joining Gartner, she was a Vice President at AMR Research, and Principal at Forrester Research. Previously, she held various senior technology and consulting positions at companies including The Sabre Group and i2. She holds a B.S., with high honors, in Mathematics from Emory University and an M.S. in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a frequent speaker at CSCMP, APICS and INFORMS.

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Nada Sanders

Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Northeastern University
  • Dr. Sanders is an internationally recognized thought leader and expert in forecasting, predictive analytics, risk management and supply chain management. Her expertise is identifying best practices in forecasting, developing a corporate technology strategy, digital transformation, and creating a resilient supply chain. Throughout her career Dr. Sanders has successfully held a range of leadership roles in both academic and professional organizations, has served on numerous executive boards, and is a frequently called upon keynote speaker.

    She is author of the books Humachine (Routledge, forthcoming), Supply Chain Analytics (Prospect Press), Big Data Driven Supply Chain Management (Pearson), Foundations of Sustainable Business (Wiley), Forecasting Fundamentals (BEP) as well as Supply Chain Management: A Global Perspective in its 2nd edition (Wiley), and Operations Management, in its 7th edition. She was ranked in the top 8 percent of individuals in the field of operations management from a pool of 738 by a study of research productivity in U.S. business schools. She is President-Elect of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and is a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), and the Production Operations Management Society (POMS). She was co-founder and Associate Editor of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.

    Dr. Sanders is the Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Previously she served as the Iacocca Chair at Lehigh University and as the West Chair and Professor of Supply Chain Management the M.J. Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, where she was also Research Director of the Supply and Value Chain Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management and Logistics, and an MBA, from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

    She has provided training and consulting to a range of Fortune 500 companies, including IDG, Nike, AT&T, CIBA Corning, Mattel, Schottenstein Corp., Cognitive TPG, MTC Corp., Dell, and many others, and is a frequent expert witness having worked with firms such as Jones Day; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease; and others. Most notably she served for Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP providing expert testimony and deposition in the Mattel vs. MGA case regarding forecasting process, information technology use and impact of data presentation on decision making.

    She has experience collaborating with industry and NGO leaders creating teams of both faculty and practitioners to jointly address research questions. As Research Director of the Supply and Value Chain Center (SVCC) at TCU, she was instrumental in developing a programmatic research agenda that unified business challenges of SVCC members with faculty research interests. Recently she was asked to serve on the SCLA (Supply Chain Leaders in Action) Executive Committee, a by invitation only group of Fortune 1000 companies, charged with addressing pressing issues facing supply chain and logistics executives. Dr. Sanders has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the Carl Beidelman Research Award (2012) at Lehigh University, a university award given for highest quality research and was named the MBA Professor of the Year (2012).

    Dr. Sanders has authored over one hundred scholarly works and has served on the editorial boards of prominent journals in her field, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Business Logistics, and International Institute of Forecasting.  Her paper titled “How to Use Big Data to Drive Your Supply Chain,” (California Management Review, 58, 3, 2016, 26-48) was the top most downloaded paper for 2017 and listed as a “must read.”

    In 2008 she was invited to serve as a participant at The Gordon Cook Conversations at Windsor Castle, UK. This retreat brought together a small diverse group of international leaders identified to have ‘star quality’ in order to develop strategies to impact society in the coming decade.

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Viju Menon

Group President, Global Quality and Operations
  • In his role as Group President, Global Quality and Operations at Stryker, Mr. Menon is responsible for leading regulatory and quality, global supply, manufacturing and direct procurement, and supply chain operations including logistics and integrated business planning.  Viju earned dual graduate degrees (MBA and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Leaders for Global Operations Program.  He also earned a graduate degree (M.S.E. in Computer Science Engineering) from the University of Michigan.   Prior to joining Stryker, Viju Menon held various senior supply chain leadership roles and served as the Chief Supply Chain Officer and Senior Vice President at Verizon.  Before his work at Verizon, he held key leadership roles at Intel Corporation in technology and manufacturing.
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U.S. Marine Corps Panelist


Tuesday, April 16 – 8-9am

Plenary Speaker

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Morgan Vawter

Morgan Vawter

Chief Analytics Director at Catepillar

Morgan Vawter is the Chief Analytics Director at Caterpillar. She, and her global analytics team, are responsible for setting the strategy and creating value from analytics solutions for Caterpillar’s customers, 170+ dealers, and business units.

Before joining Caterpillar, Morgan held a number of top data analytics positions at leading firms, including Accenture Interactive, where she led the Data Management Practice. She’s consulted for more than 40 Fortune 500 companies on analytics, and taught Business Analytics Management at Columbia University.