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Gemma Kabut, Senior Vice President of Engineering & Activation, leads all aspects of new automation and robotics capabilities, including design, development, activation and ongoing assets management.
Before Target, Gemma held various leadership roles at Walmart and most recently was Vice President of Global Business Services. She has significant leadership experience across the retail industry, including HR, finance, innovation, strategy and logistics. An expert in process management, Gemma is adept at applying advanced technical solutions to retail operations while building a culture of problem solving. She holds a degree in politics and sociology from the University of Wales, Swansea.
Outside of work, Gemma enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.
Omar Zayat is a Head of Industry for Facebook‘s eCommerce vertical, a vertical he has focused on for nearly 5 years. He leads a team that manages some of the largest, most strategic eCommerce marketing partnerships at Facebook. Omar has been with Facebook for over 6 ½ years, and during this time he has overseen account teams and worked directly with the largest advertisers across eCommerce, Gaming, Entertainment, and Digital Disruptors.
Omar’s previous experience includes 2 years in strategy and sales at Yahoo and over 4 years in a finance sector. Omar has an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BA in economics from Ohio University.
Maithili Shenoy is the Vice President of Global Marketplace Operations for Nike. In this role, she has global leadership for Nike’s Direct to Consumer Supply Chain and Customer Operations organization with ~1000 employees world-wide focused on enabling a frictionless omni channel service experience to Nike’s consumers and customers. A 15-year Nike veteran, Maithili began her Nike career in 2003 leading the company’s Global Supply Chain Strategy. Since then, she has had a number of interesting roles across Nike’s Operations, including kick-starting Nike’s Replenishment business model, establishing the Sales and Operations Planning process for Nike’s Emerging Markets Geography to heading up Demand Planning & Inventory Management. Prior to Nike, Maithili was a management consultant for Accenture and Deloitte where she provided strategy, supply chain and retail consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. She holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering – Operations Research from Columbia University, along with a minor in Japanese. Her Masters Degree is in International Business from Sophia University in Tokyo.
Jeremy Witte is the Vice President of Returns, Damages, and Recommerce for Best Buy. He is responsible for leading the strategy, financial performance, operations, and risk management of the multi-billion dollar portfolio of non-new inventory within the Recommerce and Reverse Supply Chain for Best Buy.
Prior to Best Buy, he was the Chief Operating Officer of GENCO Marketplace. He has held operational leadership positions with Amazon and Walmart since leaving the Army in 2008. Jeremy began his career as an Officer in the United States Army serving in Light Cavalry and Infantry organizations with two deployments to Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for service in combat.
Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen is the Chief Scientist for supply chain management at JD.com Silicon Valley R&D Center. He is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. He is also an honorary professor at Tsinghua University and a Center Director at the Tsinghua-Berkeley Institute at Shenzhen. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has been active in the following research areas: integrated supply chain design and management, design and analysis of optimization algorithms, energy systems, and transportation system planning and optimization. Dr. Shen has published more than 100 papers in top supply chain management and operations research journals, and is currently on the editorial/advisory board for several leading journals, including Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management. Dr. Shen received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2003.
As GM of Global Supply Chain for Microsoft, Dave manages the order to cash cycle, Channel Operations Planning and Distribution & Logistics for all Microsoft physical products worldwide including Xbox, Surface, Accessories and Surface Hub. He also manages all aspects of Channel Management, Software Manufacturing, and numerous other functions as the customer facing part of the Manufacturing and Supply Chain organization. Dave and his team are responsible for all products in all channels including Retail, Commercial, Operator, and Direct to Consumer through Microsoft Online and Brick and Mortar stores.
Dave joined Microsoft in 1999 working through various roles in Supply Chain and product release. Prior to Microsoft, Dave held roles with Andersen Consulting and Coca-Cola and worked as a Project Engineer on the new Hong Kong Airport. Dave holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering and is a C.Eng (Chartered Engineer) with the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology – Manufacturing Division).
In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family, and never-ending physical therapy.
Demian leads the Transportation Team for Google Express, where he is responsible for strategy setting, day-to-day operations, network design and the roadmapping and deployment of new products. With Almost 20 years in the transportation field, Demian has held leadership roles in the industrial and retail space. He specialized in operations strategy, with focus in process improvement, systems deployment, and vendor management. He holds a Masters in Transportation degree from MIT and has lectured in various graduate schools in Argentina.
Mr. Neil Ackerman is the Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Enterprise Plan and Innovation, for Johnson and Johnson across all segments including Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Consumer Products. He is responsible for accelerating supply chain innovation and enablement of advanced planning processes and technologies worldwide. His team is critical in bringing value based prototyping to life within Johnson and Johnson and beyond.
Prior to this role, Neil held various positions at Amazon.com, including Strategy Head for Fulfillment By Amazon and the General Manager and Inventor of the Amazon Small and Light global program. Most recently, he was the Global Director of Integrated Supply Chain, eCommerce strategy and technology innovation at Mondelez International, one of the world’s largest snack companies with brands such as Oreo, Milka, Cadbury’s and Nabisco. In this role, Neil was recognized in various global publications for inventing and launching a Direct To Consumer Supply Chain Model for many snack brands including Oreo and Cadbury. He is an expert on eCommerce and supply chain innovations and is published, given multiple keynotes globally for his work on the eCommerce Flywheel and its impact on supply chain for a long term competitive advantage.
Neil holds 10 US patents and has been quoted, interviewed and written about in WSJ, Bloomberg, Inc., Forbes, Business Week, CNBC and numerous highly selective international publications. Neil is a winner of numerous leadership awards including the prestigious Amazon.com “Just Do It” Award and was a Distinguished Visitor for the US Navy in 2016. Currently, Neil sits on the local Board of Directors for After School All Stars, a charity providing After School services to 75,000 children across the USA and is an active Board Advisor for multiple start-ups globally including Flexe, the “airbnb of warehousing.” He is a graduate of University of Richmond, UVA and MIT, and he holds a PMP, MBA and MS. An active contributor to numerous academic networks at MIT and UVA, Neil lives in the United States with his wife, 3 children and a goofy dog.
Anisa Kumar is a global operations analytics and strategy expert with over 15 years of retail industry experience. At Levi Strauss & Co., Anisa is the Vice President and General Manager of the LS&Co eCommerce and Omnichannel businesses in the Americas, and in this capacity she has end to end P&L responsibility with a focus on leading site merchandising, marketing, operations, analytics, omnichannel, strategy and innovation. Previously, Anisa held leadership roles at Walmart, Mervyn’s, and Target. She is a recognized leader on global omnichannel initiatives, including new market entry.
Jason is Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy and Optimization for fashion retailer Nordstrom. He is responsible for designing and defining the future of supply chain and operations to enable Nordstrom’s 4-box (Full-Price Online and Store; Off-Price Online and Store) Omni-channel strategy, and to drive continuous optimization of supply chain across planning, delivery and service. Prior to Nordstrom, he was a senior leader at Nike, leading Global Operations Strategy and Innovation, and served as Global GM of Responsive Business, where he launched Nike’s fast-fashion business model. He spent nearly 10 years in strategy, operations and M&A at The Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte Consulting. He is on the board of DSCO, a marketplace dropship integrator, and has previously served on the boards of LLamasoft and apparel start-up Ministry of Supply, as well as on advisory boards of both the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration MBA program and MIT Sloan Leaders in Global Operations (LGO) program.
Chris designs, builds, and runs Wayfair’s custom and emerging supply chain solutions, including: the Wayfair Delivery Network (asset-based large parcel supply chain), North America Transportation and network operations, Canada Supply Chain, and Emerging Category Supply Chain solutions. Previously, Chris was a Principal at Bain and Company. Prior to Bain, Chris was a top outside sales rep for a copier and printer distributor and worked at General Electric. Chris holds an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Maia Benson is the Global Commercial Head of Shipping & Fulfillment at Shopify. In her role, she leads the commercial team focused on simplifying shipping and fulfillment for Shopify’s growing base of 600K+ entrepreneurs – via embedded product partnerships, product marketing/growth, strategy and operations. She has spent over 10 years building and commercializing award-winning products and experiences for the SMB/SME market
Maia has led businesses from inception across the chasm to revenue and profit growth in the SaaS and ecommerce spaces. She has successfully built net-new digital businesses for both Enterprises and VC-backed companies.
She is the founder of the Digital Marketing course at Cornell University’s Business School and is an active supporter and consultant to NYC tech entrepreneurs.
Vince Atkin is the Vice President of Transportation at Overstock.com, where he oversees the teams responsible for all transportation procurement, operations, as well as the product development and engineering teams responsible for delivery messaging and customer facing options for delivery.
Prior to joining Overstock.com in 2015, Vince held various positions in transportation, distribution, and customs compliance at Newell Brands over at 19-year career, where he gained insights and expertise in supply chain including cross border logistics between the three NAFTA countries.
Vince earned at BSIT from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
An influential people leader, Alan Thomas currently serves as VP of Operations at The Nature’s Bounty Co. and is known for driving
breakthrough and sustainable results throughout large, diverse, and international organizations. Alan’s innovative mindset
focuses on continuous improvement, and he holds a proven track record to deliver business results and customer solutions. He
further holds expertise in strategic supply chain management, operation turnaround, new product development execution, cost
optimization, and financial P&L management. Operations turnaround to world class levels, margin and revenue enhancement,
multi-million dollar cost reduction, six sigma implementation are some other areas Alan specializes in. His industry experience is
varied and ranges across but is not limited to consumer products, food, pharmaceutical, oil and gas to name a few.
Andy Bowerman leads all Logistics and Operations activities for Groupon North America as Vice President of Operations since joining in 2014. Launched in 2011, Groupon Goods delivers customer online shopping needs on a wide range of general merchandise categories growing from zero to over $1B in merchandise sales in less than 5 years. Andy has led the Logistics transformation through this rapid growth period with a keen focus on developing a championship leadership team, delivering significant
P&L leverage, and designing the fulfillment network and systems of the future. His areas
of responsibility include data science, supplier relationships, dropship partner management, warehouse operations, transportation management, and reverse logistics…the full customer experience from clicking the buy button to a satisfied customer delivery and support.
Prior to leading this eCommerce transformation, Andy was part of the early growth team of Walmart.com eCommerce and spent nearly 10 years developing the online supply chain operations for the world’s largest retailer. This included both North America eCommerce leadership as well as launching Walmart China eCommerce, Brazil eCommerce, and supply chain development in various other international markets. Andy holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and spent the early parts of his career in IT Consulting and Manufacturing Engineering.
Roberto is an industrial engineer with 16 years of experience, focused on commercial, operations, logistics and consulting positions with outstanding results on implementing new projects in technology companies, e-commerce, automotive industry and consulting services. In various companies, as well as consulting companies like Accenture, his job has been focused on implementing new projects that have an impact on direct sales and their supply chain. In the last few years, he has been passionate about eCommerce. Roberto has been at Walmart for 2 years. He serves as the Walmart eCommerce Groceries Director and specializes in Online Groceries, sales and operations. Prior to Walmart, he worked at Amazon Mexico.
Joe serves as SVP of Operations at StockX. A highly accomplished senior operations executive with a consistent track record of process optimization, operational efficiency and cost reduction, Boehm has worked across multiple disciplines including supply chain, manufacturing, quality, distribution and customer service. At StockX, he oversees the company’s operations team ensuring that the authentication process is employed across all four verticals including, sneakers, streetwear, handbags and watches. Throughout his career, Boehm has consistently taken an innovative approach to programs, processes and procedures often implementing lean strategies, continuous improvement, ISO standards, safety initiatives and Six Sigma to improve quality and productivity. He holds a bachelor of business administration in transportation and logistics from Iowa State University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Lindsay Smith is Vice President of Product Operations at Glossier, where she oversees the team responsible for product development and production, including Program Management, R&D, Packaging Development, Supply Chain, Supply Planning and Quality functions. She is actively leading process and system implementation, as well as supply chain evolution to ensure Glossier is set-up for success through its rapid growth phase.
Prior to joining Glossier in 2017, Lindsay held various leadership roles at GoPro, spanning sourcing, program management and engineering, where she developed keen insights into supply chain scaling, international vendor management, process optimization and electronics development during high growth. She credits her technical aptitude and process orientation to her past life as an engineer at GE Aviation.
Lindsay earned her BSME from Duke University, her MSME from (the) Ohio State University and her MBA from Stanford University.
Steve Robinson has been leading world-class global supply chain teams for over 30 years. He is an accomplished thought leader and practitioner of executive-level distribution intense supply chain operations that require omni-channel, last mile and logistics technology and process expertise. Most recently, Steve led Starbuck’s Global supply chain both as VP of the Center of Operations Excellence and VP of Global Logistics, He is also a former VP of Supply Chain for Walmart Stores and it’s former VP of Global Logistics as well. As a former EVP of Product Marketing software provider i2 Technologies (JDA), he helped to pioneer new technologies. As SVP of Operations for Transplace – he championed new services that combined 3pl with insourced TMS. As EVP for One Network he championed supply chain optimizations in the cloud. Currently Steve is the global head of operations for Gobble Inc. a leader in the Home Meal Prep market. He is the former CEO of Air Road Express. Steve possesses a unique 360-degree view of industry—making him one of most informed, and in-demand leaders within the global supply chain industry.
Damon Holt is a Global Supply Chain Executive with extensive experience in international procurement, supply chain, and manufacturing. Damon has his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and is married with 4 children. Working experience includes companies such as ITW, Dell, Lenovo, and Otter Products.
Dan Thomas-Grant believes that clean energy is imperative to leaving the world a better place for future generations. Dan’s enthusiasm about the quality of our products and the pride he feels for the services we provide propels him to ensure Soligent is the company our partners trust most.
Prior to Soligent, Dan, a native of Scotland, began his career by utilizing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow to create clean energy while in working at the Joint Research Center, a branch of the European Commission in Italy. He then spent much of his career at GKN, a global engineering & manufacturing group, where he supported an international supplier & customer base. Dan then moved on to lead the Integrated Business Planning and Customer Support functions at Dyno Nobel in the commercial explosives field. Wanting to get back into clean energy, Dan joined Soligent to be at the forefront of the solar industry. He enjoys the challenges and changes within the industry and is dedicated to making Soligent the strongest partner, both on the supplier and customer sides of the business. In his spare time Dan enjoys spending time with his wife & two children.
Jordan Bass is the Head of eCommerce for The Wonderful Company brands including FIJI Water, POM Wonderful, Wonderful Citrus (Halos), JUSTIN Vineyards, and Landmark Vineyards. Jordan joined The Wonderful Company in 2014, working in the Strategy Group before transitioning to eCommerce. Under his leadership, The Wonderful Company has established a thriving eCommerce presence across brands. With more than a decade of strategic experience spanning advanced technology, manufacturing, sustainability, cleantech, financial services, energy efficient product sales and operations, Jordan has a wealth of strategic and executional knowledge that has helped advance product, brand, and total company. Jordan lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog, Hamilton, who has more Instagram followers than he does.
Lisa is the VP of Operations at SHHHOWERCAP, and has worked with the company for two years. She is responsible for SHHHOWERCAP’s supply chain, inventory planning and forecasting, fulfillment and logistics, customer experience, and internal organizational operations. Prior to SHHHOWERCAP, Lisa gained robust experience in strategy, growth, and digital marketing working with brands like NBC, American Express, Google, and It Cosmetics.
Jennifer is the Head of Global Logistics at Redbubble, Inc. An expert in establishing global networks, her 20 years of international logistics experience includes freight, trade compliance, small package and postal delivery streams. After spending several years at each Williams Sonoma, Inc and RH, Jennifer established international transportation departments at Harry & David and Roost (Gate Five LLC). At Redbubble, Jennifer leads a team rapidly expanding Redbubble’s global drop ship network. When not shipping packages around the world, Jennifer enjoys playing soccer, seeing live music, and hiking in the redwoods.
Jamison invests in commence technology at Bain Capital Ventures, with a focus on supply chain technologies like FourKites, ShipBob, and Onera. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Jamison held operational roles at Bonobos, where he focused on building out the brand’s analytical capabilities across finance, retail, and marketing. Before Bonobos, Jamison was a management consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, advising clients across a wide range of digital transformation projects. He was named to Forbes “30 Under 30” Venture Capital list in 2016.
Doug brings more than 25 years of experience in technology and business. He has held roles in a variety of disciplines including Entrepreneurship (he started the first Subway sandwich franchise in Latin America-Costa Rica), Operational excellence at Sun Microsystems, Business Development at Starbucks International, E-commerce at both HTC and Mondelez, as well as overall general management. Doug has been at Johnson & Johnson for 1 year and is responsible for Advanced Planning Capabilities across all segments (Commercial, Med Devices, and Pharma)
Having been raised in Latin America, Doug has developed a strong interest in other cultures. Doug received his MBA from Thunderbird – School of Global Management and his work has extended to projects in 45 different countries around the world.