Speakers and Panelists

  • Rob D’Avanzo, Senior Partner, Accenture
  • Ken Colbert, Vice-President of Logistics, Church & Dwight
  • Steve Dodson, Vice-President of Logistics, Vanguard Direct
  • Joonhwan (Jay) Lee, Global Manager of Contribution Account Management, Bloomberg L.P.
  • Roddy Martin, Senior Partner, Accenture
  • Bob Murray, Chairman, REM Associates
  • Jay Nearnberg, Director of Global Supply Planning Center of Excellence, Novartis Consumer Healthcare
  • Mark Schwartz, Global Data Product Manager for Supply Chain and ESG Products, Bloomberg L.P.
  • Larry Smith, Vice-President of Global Supply Chain, Becton Dickinson and Company
  • Atul Tandon, Vice-President of Global Supply Chain, Bristol-Meyers Squibb
  • Rich Ullrich, Senior Vice-President of Procurement, L’Oreal

Rob D’Avanzo is a Senior Partner with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 280,000 people. Rob has a B.S. degree in Supply Chain Management from Syracuse University. He started his career in the air freight industry, moved into manufacturing and logistics at Ocean Spray Cranberries, and then entered consulting in 1990. Rob has held several leadership roles within Accenture including practice lead for Supply Chain Planning and research lead for High Performance in Supply Chain Management. Rob is co-author of a book entitled Supply Chain Directions for a New North America. Rob currently leads a portfolio of clients spanning the Communications, Media and Technology industries. Rob is past-president of the Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board and member of the Whitman Advisory Board, both at Syracuse University. He is on the board of the Graduate Student Management Consulting Club at Princeton University. Rob is president of the board of the Family Resource Network and is chairman of the board of the American Boychoir. Rob is also a founding investor and board member of Tigerlabs, a start-up company accelerator based in Princeton, NJ.

Ken Colbert is the Vice President, Global Logistics at Church & Dwight, a position he has held since 1999. In this role, Ken is responsible for leading Logistics globally which encompasses order entry, production planning, inventory deployment, transportation and warehouse strategy in support of the company’s tactical and strategic objectives. Ken began his career in manufacturing management for The Coca-Cola Company. Ken holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance.

Steve Dodson is the Vice President of Logistics for Vanguard Direct, a New York based marketing and communications company which has delivered innovative solutions to leaders in business, government and healthcare for over three decades. Steve currently leads the distribution center located in Maplewood, New Jersey. Steve has 30 years operations management experience, 21 of which are in fulfillment and distribution. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/Political Science from Towson University.

Joonhwan (Jay) Lee has 13 years of experience working with Bloomberg LP, a financial data and analytics provider. Jay participated in launching the Supply Chain analytics in Bloomberg in 2010. Currently, Jay is the Global head of Contribution Account Management responsible for acquiring/implementing the third party data into Bloomberg as well as maintaining relationships with the data contributors.

Roddy Martin brings more than 35 years of practical and leadership experience in engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, technology, transformation change leadership and strategy consulting. He works closely with senior global leaders and executives from multiple industry verticals and has detailed experience in the transformation of healthcare and consumer products value chains from point of sale to the supply network. At AMR Research, Roddy was instrumental in bringing and translating Demand-driven Value Network research and best practices to the industry. Roddy has advised and coached leaders as a trusted advisor on business strategy, transformation and technology best practices and works closely with Consumer Products, High Tech and Chemical industries formulating thought leading perspectives on market driven transformation and change leadership. He is internationally recognized as a thought leader and regularly presents at high profile global speaking events. Roddy was recognized as a Research Fellow at Gartner/AMR Research and acknowledged for his transformation leadership role at SAB Miller.

Bob Murray is an adjunct member of the faculty here at Rider and President of REM ASSOCIATES, a consulting firm established to counsel corporate management in the area of business operations and management. Bob has more than 25 years experience in this field including product sourcing, import and customs regulations, production planning and scheduling, manufacturing, quality assurance, inventory management and control, physical distribution, warehouse operations and transportation, including private fleet. This experience encompasses all aspects of management from strategy and planning to policy, procedures and operational cost control. Bob has extensive line, staff and consulting experience within this discipline in a wide variety of industries with particular emphasis in the consumer product, including fashion, tobacco, and electronics, food, and chemical industries. Prior to directing the activities of REM ASSOCIATES, Bob was the Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Foot-Joy Inc., Division of General Mills, Principal with Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Corporate Director of Logistics for Nabisco Brands, Manager of Consulting Services for A. T. Kearney, Inc., and held various physical distribution management positions within Scott Paper Company and National Gypsum Corporation. Bob’s faculty responsibilities at Rider are part of our global supply chain management offerings.

Jay Nearnberg is currently in a Global role for Novartis Consumer Healthcare as Director, Global Supply Planning Center of Excellence, where he has guided best practices in demand planning, collaboration, CPFR, supply planning and capacity planning with markets and regions since 2011. Previously, Jay was Senior Director, Demand Planning for Pfizer Nutrition where he led the development of a Global S&OP process, as well as Consumer Healthcare (formerly Wyeth Consumer Healthcare), where he created the position in 2004. He built the Demand Planning organization, developed the Sales and Operations Planning Process and implemented SAP’s Demand Planning application in that role. Prior to joining Wyeth, Jay led the implementation of Retek Demand Planning at Toys R Us. Jay is also a veteran of Warner-Lambert Company, now part of Pfizer, Inc. His pioneering work with customer partnerships began in 1989 and continued as Director, Global Customer Replenishment with Pfizer’s Warner-Lambert Consumer Group. In 1996, Jay led Warner-Lambert’s team on the breakthrough Collaborative Forecasting and Replenishment (CFAR) initiative as part of the Retail Working Group with Wal*Mart, Manugistics, SAP and Benchmarking Partners. CPFR, as it is now known, has become the first business-tobusiness Internet standard ever developed. Born in Suffern, NY, Jay holds degrees in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA. He began his career with Colgate as an Industrial Engineer and Production Supervisor.

Mark Schwartz has 14 years of experience working with Bloomberg LP, a financial data and analytics provider. Mark has mostly been involved with new data products at Bloomberg which typically involve sourcing or creating new data sources to fuel these products. Currently, Mark is the Global Data Manager for one of Bloomberg’s newest products which focuses on sourcing Supply Chain related data for over 26,000 public companies worldwide.

Larry Smith is a Supply Chain and Operations Executive with more than 30 years experience in Clinical Diagnostics and Medical Device companies. Currently, he is Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Becton Dickinson and Company (BD), an $8.1 billion medical device, biosciences and diagnostics company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Prior to joining BD in 2001, Larry was Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management for Dade Behring, a $1.5 billion clinical diagnostics company. From 1996-1998, he was Vice President of Business Operations. Prior to joining Dade Behring, Larry held many assignments of increasing responsibility during an 18-year career at DuPont. His broad business background includes significant leadership assignments in manufacturing, business/general management, sales, marketing, product development and customer service.

Atul Tandon is currently the Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Brunswick, NJ. Atul joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in June 2012, and is responsible for the design and implementation of an integrated global supply chain strategy that is aligned with the overall Global Manufacturing Supply and BMS BioPharma Strategy. He has international experience across different industry sectors including Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals. Atul began his career with Unilever Plc and held diverse roles across multiple geographies including India, UK, Egypt, Russia, and Canada before moving on to run regional and global supply chains for Ferrero Canada Ltd; Diageo Canada; Becton Dickinson & Company, and Watson Pharmaceuticals.

Richard Ullrich is a senior Operations Executive with a demonstrated record of leadership and achievement in the Consumer Products Industry. Throughout his 30-year career with L’Oreal USA, he has held executive positions in Supply Chain, Finance, Organization Reengineering & Strategic Sourcing. He has a proven ability to develop and execute game changing strategies that improve performance and drive revenue growth expansion. Richard is currently responsible for the Indirect category of Sourcing for the Americas, and has established a unique Co-Sourcing model with IBM, that is expected to generate in excess of $100 million in savings. Prior to this role, Mr. Ullrich was Senior Vice President, Organization Reengineering at L’Oreal USA. Mr. Ullrich is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A. in Accounting from Rider University.