Review the 2013 Europe Conference Attendee Demographics
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport
CSCMP Europe Conference: how to save €1.43 billion!
This year’s CSCMP Europe Conference in Amsterdam gave attendees plenty to take away, as some of the world’s largest and most experienced brand owners shared their supply chain strategies for today’s brutal business climate. The conference was attended by supply chain executives from 24 countries covering nearly every continent; 63% of attendees were board-level executives, with the largest attendance from major manufacturers and academia.
Unilever’s Pier Luigi Sigismundi keynoted the event, and relayed how his company’s supply chain function had created significant revenue growth, improved margin and cash flows, and satisfied its demanding sustainability goals. Its focus on service and quality had reduced consumer complaints, improved on-shelf availability, and saved a staggering €1.43 billion.
Lively discussion forums on the first day of the conference covered such topics as the risks of outsourcing supply chain management to third parties, and the mounting problems associated with “big data:” the capture, storage, search, sharing, transfer and analysis of the increasingly vast amounts of data now being collected by major businesses, which render many current IT systems inadequate.
In the closing address, Kirstin Reblin, lean company program manager for Siemens AG, provided a roadmap for the “Lean Journey,” and stressed that supply chain managers must develop their own commitment to, and understanding of, the necessity to become lean.
“This was one of the liveliest and most informative conferences we have ever held in Europe,” said Rick Blasgen, president and chief executive officer of CSCMP. “It was a unique opportunity to hear the issues, challenges, innovation and success in supply chains of the world’s biggest brands. Early feedback from those who attended suggests a widespread feeling that the event was a very worthwhile investment. We are really looking forward to the next Europe Conference, in 2014.”
Pier Luigi Sigismondi joined Unilever and its Executive Board (UEx) in September 2009. As chief supply chain officer, he heads a global operation consisting of 270 factories delivering €23bn of cost of goods sold. He is accountable for Unilever’s end-to-end value chain and tasked with creating the best supply chain in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) industry.
He began his career with Booz Allen & Hamilton as an industrial engineer, working in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and appliances, among others, heading several multi-national assignments in the US and Europe. He joined global management consultancy A.T. Kearney in 1997 and became vice president of operations in Italy. In 2002, he joined Nestlé SA as vice president of corporate operations strategies based in Switzerland. He moved to Nestlé Mexico in 2005 as vice president of supply chain and research and development (R&D).
Kirstin Reblin is the lean company program manager in corporate technology for Siemens. Prior to joining Siemens in 2010, she worked for Bosch where her roles included logistics senior manager, controlling manager, and project manager at Bosch-Joint Ventures in China. She started at Bosch in 1998 in the trainee leadership program after completing her industrial engineering studies at the universities of Karlsruhe and California.
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