Speakers and Panelists
- Joe Andraski, Founder, Collaborative Energizer LLC
- Sean Barbour, Director Supply Chain, Walgreens
- Tony Fernandez, EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Pinnacle Foods
- John Hellriegel, Vice-President Global Supply Planning, Estee Lauder
- Andy Helveston, Senior Customer Supply Chain Director, MARS Chocolate North America
- Bob Murray, Chairman, REM Associates
- Suzanne Richer, Director, Trade Advisory Practice, Amber Road
- Jack Schmidt, Life Science Industry Director, SAP
- Larry Smith, Vice-President, Global Supply Chain, Becton Dickinson & Company (BD)
- Adrianne Swerdlow, AVP Retail Supply Chain, L’Oreal
- Harry Ziff, Director Corporate Logistics, East Penn Manufacturing Company
Joe Andraski is an executive with experience leading a producer and distributor of food products, with an enviable record of developing and implementing effective technology and business practices. He is the founder of Collaborative Energizer LLC, which provides customized consulting to senior supply chain executives. Joe’s experience spans many facets of supply chain management including high-volume, multi-unit, retail and business operations. Joe has built and retained high performance teams by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals. Many of his alumni have gone on to senior executive positions. Joe is a recognized supply chain thought leader and strong proponent of academic alliances. In addition to leading the distribution operations of a major food producer and distributor, Joe has also previously held the positions of President and CEO of VICS, (Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions) and Senior Vice President of Sales OMI International. He is also currently the owner of Yellow Phoenix, a retail confectionary store in Old City, Philadelphia.
Sean Barbour is a graduate of Rider University, earning a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Business Administration/Business Economics. Sean was fortunate enough to land an internship with Walgreens the summer leading into his senior year that has led to a 13 year and counting career stretching across the US and numerous business units. During his career with Walgreens, Sean has had the opportunity to serve in leadership positions within numerous functional groups including store operations, distribution center operations, supplier collaboration, logistics, transportation optimization, imports, and customs. Recognized for his innovative thinking and strategic planning Sean has spent significant time optimizing operations, implementing industry leading systems, and developing capabilities. Julie and Sean are proud parents of two, son Devin and newly born daughter Mackenzie. Sean enjoys spending time with family and their dog Kong, water sports, working out, auto sports, and traveling.
Tony Fernandez is currently the outgoing EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Pinnacle Foods, Inc., where he had responsibility for all aspects of the end-end Supply Chain. He joined Pinnacle Foods in February, 2011. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Tony worked at Kraft Foods in 2010, after the acquisition of Cadbury, as SVP, Operations Excellence. In this role, Tony was responsible for leading Global Engineering, Safety, and Operational Excellence initiatives, including Lean/Six Sigma. He joined Cadbury in December '98 and held various leadership positions at Cadbury, including SVP, Technical & Concentrate Operations for the NA Beverages Division, SVP - Global Process Design, where he led the process design, standardization and implementation of a global SAP initiative and EVP - Shared Business Services, where he created a Global Shared Services organization and led several outsourcing initiatives across several functions. Tony also ran the Supply Chain for the America's Region, as EVP, Operations. His last role at Cadbury, prior to the acquisition by Kraft, was Global Chief Supply Chain Officer. Prior to joining Cadbury, Tony held numerous roles at Pepsi-Cola International with increasing areas of responsibilities in Engineering, Procurement, Finance, and Operations. His last role with Pepsi-Cola International was VP of Operations for Mexico/Central America, based in Mexico City. Before joining PepsiCo, Tony worked at The Canaan Group, a general management consulting firm, where he was a Senior Associate working with various Multi-National Companies to improve operating efficiency and supporting the integration of acquisitions. He began his career in Operations with Procter & Gamble, as a Production Supervisor and a Plant Manager. Tony graduated from Lafayette College in 1981 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
John Hellriegel is the Vice President of Global Supply Planning for the Estee Lauder Companies. John has been involved in supply chain planning leadership for over 25 years, driving change in demand planning, inventory optimization, capacity planning, deployment planning, and SIOP development. He has worked across industries for companies such as Honeywell, Diageo, Pepperidge Farm, Accenture, and GE. John is passionate about planning, and developing people within companies to lead change. John lives in Mendham, New Jersey with his wife and two boys.
Andy Helveston has been the Senior Customer Supply Chain Director at Mars Chocolate North America since February 2012. His organization is responsible for the deliver function within Mars Chocolate, including customer service, transportation and distribution. Prior to this role, Andy spent five years at Johnson & Johnson in leadership roles in supply chain planning and customer forecasting & replenishment. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Andy spent thirteen years with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, holding positions in multiple supply chain functions, including customer support, inventory management and transportation. He is also active in education by participating as an adjunct faculty member for several Penn State Executive Education programs. Andy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Science degree in Business Logistics from Penn State University. Andy and his wife, Lisa, have three children (Lauren, Krista and A.J.).
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 twenty five 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 consumer products, 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.
Suzanne Richer joined Amber Road to lead the development of a Trade Advisory Practice, when they acquired her firm, Customs & Trade Solutions Inc. A licensed customs broker and Certified Classification Specialist™ (CCLS™), Ms. Richer has extensive experience in advising corporations on Export and Import Audits, Export Controls, Focused Assessments, C-TPAT cargo security applications and validations, classification, valuation and the Importer-Self Assessment (ISA) program. Prior to joining Amber Road, she established Customs & Trade Solutions, Inc. in 1998 and led a trade advisory practice for eighteen based off years of experience gained through work in the ports of Detroit, Miami, Newark and Philadelphia. Ms. Richer has conducted Supplier/Factory Assessments and conducted training globally, including but not limited to Italy, UK, Germany, France, throughout Asia as well as South America. Her expertise in global customs programs has earned many firms the coveted Tier 3 status within the C-TPAT program. Her work in ISA has earned many of her clients the title of Trusted Partner with Customs and Border Protection.
In 2006, she was recognized by the Journal of Commerce as one of the top 20 Women in Transportation and in 2011, she was featured in the newly released book, Million Dollar Conversations, focused on women leaders within their industry. Ms. Richer is currently working towards her black belt in Six Sigma certification. Ms. Richer is a featured speaker at lectures in the U.S. and internationally on global trade, including Classification, NAFTA, Incoterms, Export Controls, Import Compliance Issues, FCPA and C-TPAT. She has conducted over 3000 hours of training, authored 12 books on international trade, and provided training for the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, Footwear Association, CSCMP New York and Paris Roundtables, Mid-West Importers Trade Association, and the Federal Maritime Commission. Ms. Richer is the President of CSCMP – NYC, and actively conducts training in the U.S. and overseas for the Global Trade Academy. Ms. Richer earned her Masters degree in Economics from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelors of Economics from the University of Michigan. She has studied language courses at the University of Strasbourg, France and Osaka, Japan. In addition to her books, her articles on international trade topics appear in the Shipping Digest, Supply Chain Management magazine and Logistics Management.
Jack Schmidt is an Industry Director focused on the Global Life Science Industry for SAP. Jack has spent over 30 years in the Life Science Industry working in the Pharmaceutical, BioTech and Medical Device Industries. He started his career at Johnson and Johnson in operations management and took on progressively more responsibility in supply chain and operations management. At SAP, Jack is responsible for Supply Chain Solution Strategy in Life Sciences. He is also responsible for working with customers on identifying emerging industry trends and guiding SAP solution investments in these innovation areas. This includes automating and extending enterprise business processes through innovative new technologies such as Predictive Analytics or In-Memory computing to put real time performance metrics in the hands of business users for actionable insight. These innovations improve performance, reduce inefficiencies and mitigate risk across the enterprise. Finally, Jack has responsibility for enabling Sales teams and Partners to communicate SAP’s Life Science Industry expertise and innovations to customers and prospective customers. Jack has a BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and completed his coursework for an MS at the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).
Larry Smith is a Supply Chain and Operations Executive with over 30 years’ experience in Clinical Diagnostics and Medical Device companies. Currently, he is Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Becton Dickinson and Company (BD), a $12 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.
Adrianne Swerdlow is the Assistant Vice President of Retail Supply Chain for the Luxe Division of L’Oreal USA. Her team’s mission is to deliver a level of exceptional service in all strategic retail channels that allows Luxe brands to drive incremental sales, optimize inventory and minimize cost by channel. Adrianne holds a BS in chemistry from Tulane University. Her leadership journey began early when she entered L’Oreal, then Cosmair, as one of the first management development program (MDP) employees. She is a YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) award recipient and has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations covering various areas of quality, production, packaging, IT, assembly and supply chain. Most recently she managed the operations and IT integration of Urban Decay into L’Oreal. In the last three years Adrianne has been leveraging her leadership and supply chain expertise using Lean and Lean Six Sigma methodologies to drive operational excellence. Where possible she is aligning flows and processes to build and make the supply chain a competitive advantage for L’Oreal Luxe. She is now expanding this work collaborating with Luxe retail partners. In 2013, she was a key note speaker at the Supply Chain Council conference in St. Louis, Missouri where she presented L’Oreal Promotions, driving a new way to work concept to counter. Adrianne has also attended the Harvard Kennedy School on the topics of women in leadership. She is married with two children and a dog and lives in Belle Mead, NJ
Harry Ziff is the Director of Corporate Logistics for East Penn, a $2.5 billion manufacturer of automotive batteries and other energy storage solutions, where he oversees finished goods planning & inventory management, distribution and transportation across four North American Distribution Centers. He has over 25 years of progressive experience in manufacturing and distribution, holding key supply chain positions at Campbell’s, CertainTeed, OfficeMax, and McMaster-Carr. Previous responsibilities include demand, supply and network planning; order-to-cash optimization; Lean/Six Sigma; new product commercialization; and talent management. Harry earned his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and his MBA from Penn State University.