Supply Chain Analytics


Craig Brabec

Senior Vice President, Data and Analytics
McKesson Corporation

From Medicine to Mining: Playing on the Edge of Business to Provoke Innovation with Data

This session will be an executive interview with Craig Brabec, Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) for McKesson Corporation and former CAO at Caterpillar Inc. The interview will weave together key themes that have characterized experiences in developing Supply Chain Analytics practices for the range of analytics activities that Craig has led at companies ranging from consulting to machinery, to pharmaceuticals. Craig will share his perspectives and lessons learned in creating data innovation labs, testing on the edge of the business, and framing sustainable projects to scale. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. The technical, business, and leadership topics that will be reviewed during this executive interview are for the young analyst and analytic-at-heart, the CAO and aspiring-CAO, and even the Supply Chain expert and future-expert.


Craig Brabec is the Senior Vice President, Data and Analytics at McKesson. As the enterprise champion of data analytics, Mr. Brabec provides the executive office and business units with data intelligence to enable better decision making for the enterprise.

Craig has more than 20 years of experience working in corporate strategy and data analytics as well as manufacturing, construction, IT, supply chain and management consulting. He has a proven track record of driving value creation, growth and business performance. Prior to McKesson, Craig was the Chief of Analytics for Caterpillar, including roles in strategy, IT, 6 Sigma, and supply chain. Prior to that, Craig was part of Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice where he served over 30 clients in several industries. He is accomplished at planning and leading organizational transformation efforts and has relevant experience in program management, including merger integration, divestiture and operational improvement initiatives. Craig served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

Craig serves on professional councils focused on digital strategy and data analytics. He is an advocate and mentor for the advancement of STEM programs across the globe, including USFIRST Robotics

Craig has an MBA from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer. Craig is located in Alpharetta, Georgia.


Katy Clark

Manager, Supply Chain Innovation and Technology
The Walt Disney Company

Global Supply Chain Network Optimization Opportunities Across Business Units


The Walt Disney Company continues to demonstrate its values of innovation and continuous improvement by exploring new options for the flow of merchandise product companywide to support exciting new programs and future expansion. During this session, learn how Disney leaders have partnered across business units and geographies to begin a Global Supply Chain initiative, using analytics to make decisions on new supply chain network design opportunities. The initiative is in progress; status and next steps will conclude the presentation.


Business Leader and Industrial & Systems Engineer driving improvements through analytics in Operations, Supply Chain, & IT for The Walt Disney Company, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Macy’s Technology, Floor & Décor, Coca-Cola, and Daugherty Business Solutions. Currently establishing and leading a Supply Chain Design Center of Excellence at Disney. Masters of Science in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Noha Tohamy

Vice President, Supply Chain Research

How to Succeed in the Adoption of Supply Chain Analytics

Today, supply chains contend with never-before-seen complexities ranging from high demand variability, globalization, product proliferation and shrinking product lifecycles. Manufacturers and retailers must constantly balance the trade-off between cost and service level when responding to market demand. In these complex environments, the use of analytics for fact-based decision making is a must. Yet most organizations struggle to build an analytics competency and reap the benefits. Leaders striving for successful deployment of analytics in their organization’s supply chains should come to this session to hear about the challenges facing analytics, best practices and proposed next steps to achieve broader adoption.


Ms. Tohamy is a Vice President & Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, Inc. She advises companies on crafting the strategy for building a strong supply chain analytics competency. She helps them identify the organizational structure, required talent and technology solutions for successful adoption of advanced analytics.

Ms. Tohamy’s current research focuses on the supply chain evolution to support the digital business. She works with organization on how to transform traditional supply chains to digital value networks.

Ms. Tohamy was an original author of Garner’s 5-stage Demand-driven Supply Chain maturity model.  In her 22-year career in supply chain, she has advised hundreds of companies on how to reach and sustain higher levels of supply chain performance through process redesign and technology adoption in different supply chain processes such as demand planning, sales & operations planning, inventory management and network design.

Ms. Tohamy is a frequent lecturer on innovative supply chain trends at global Gartner events, MIT Sloan School of Management, The Center for Transportation and Logistics and Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, APICS and Informs. She is an adjunct professor of operations and supply chain management.

Ms. Tohamy received her B.S., with high honors, in Mathematics from Emory University and her Masters in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technologies.


Sean Willems

Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Analytics
The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Empowering Analysts to Employ Inventory Analytics

The central idea behind inventory optimization has been well known for more than 50 years: minimize inventory requirements over the net replenishment time. However, in most corporate surveys companies admit that (1) they do not do this (2) they view inventory optimization as a priority for the future.  Willems briefly documents the common pitfalls companies encounter that cause them to abandon inventory optimization and perpetually think of it as the next big savings opportunity. The majority of the talk focuses on solving the problem: documenting how internal analytics teams can develop a two-year plan to successfully implement inventory optimization across the enterprise. Attendees will leave with a concrete understanding of where inventory theory and practice diverge, what facets of inventory theory require modification to successfully implement in practice, the skills analysts to develop to solve the right problems, and the common traps analysts need to avoid.


Sean Willems is the Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Analytics at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business. In 2000, he co-founded Optiant, a provider of multi-echelon inventory optimization tools, which was later acquired by Logility, Inc. His work with companies such as Hewlett Packard and Proctor & Gamble has led to finalist selections for the 2003 and 2010 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences as well as finalist selections in 2006, 2008 and 2012 for the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice. His work on inventory placement under non-stationary demand won the Wagner Prize in 2008. Willems is the department editor of the practice section of the journal Production and Operations Management. He received his bachelor’s degree in decision sciences from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his master’s in operations research and doctorate in operations management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.




Lakshmi Talluru
Director of Internet of Things (IoT)
Intel Corporation

Noha Tohany
Vice President, Supply Chain Research

Lalit Wadhwa
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain

Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Disrupters

Supply Chain has moved up from “Cost Centric” value chain to revenue generating competitive advantage. Given the rapid growth of innovation and new markets, the role of supply chain is transforming with the advent of emerging technologies and themes such as IOT, Digital Supply Chain, 3D Printing, Analytics, shared economy, etc. This panel is bringing the experts in these areas to address these supply chain disruptors and their impact on the entire world.