Supply Chain in Crisis: A National Initiative to Build a National Supply Chain Data Exchange


Title: Supply Chain in Crisis: A National Initiative to Build a National Supply Chain Data Exchange
Date: Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

Supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated that our supply chains are fragile and have limited agility to pivot manufacturing capacities quickly in response to changing needs. Join us for an online panel discussion, exploring a national initiative to create a National Supply Chain Data Exchange infrastructure enabling a secure, end-to-end backbone for real-time visibility of your suppliers’ operations. Featuring a digital backbone, resiliency toolkits and an operational playbook, the data exchange would allow manufacturers and their suppliers to connect digitally in real time — fostering supply chain agility and resilience.

Sponsored by CESMII-The Smart Manufacturing Institute and SME, the discussion will be followed by a Question-and-Answer session.

Industry-leading speakers will include:

  • John Church — executive vice president supply chain; chief supply chain officer, General Mills
  • Kim Riddle — vice president, supply chain innovation and governance, Procter & Gamble
  • Cornelia J. Coles — vice president of supply chain innovation orchestration and deployment, Johnson & Johnson
  • Robert Hull — acting vice president for research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Jim Wetzel — chief executive officer and cofounder, NxGen Group
  • Moderated by John Dyck — chief executive officer, CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute

There have been attempts to develop these capabilities in the past, underscoring the need for standardized common infrastructure and taxonomies, along with a holistic supply chain playbook and toolkit for visibility, resiliency, and response – enabling democratized access to these capabilities for manufacturers of ALL sizes.

SME is proud to partner with CESMII to work toward a national supply chain initiative.

John Dyck

John Dyck was appointed CEO of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) in June of 2018. John is practical visionary with a passion for innovation in the Manufacturing IT space. He’s known globally as a domain expert on both technology and business management in the nexus that often separates IT and Operations.

For the past 5 years, he has been focused on how innovations like Cloud and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) impact manufacturing and has pioneered the application of these technologies in a wide range of manufacturing operations across many industries. John was recently awarded a number of patents for the application of IIoT and analytics in manufacturing workflows and business processes.

John Church
EVP, Supply Chain and CSO
General Mills Inc.

As the chief supply chain officer at General Mills, John Church has global accountability for procurement, logistics, manufacturing, engineering, human safety, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, security and global shared services. In 32 years at General Mills, he has also served as product developer for the company’s cereal business, plant manager at the company’s largest cereal and snacks facility, vice president of engineering, and vice president of supply chain operations. Church has been in his current position since 2008. He also serves as lead director for the supervisory board of Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture with Nestle; and lead director for the supervisory board of Yoplait, S.A., a joint venture with Groupe Sodiaal.

Kim Riddle
Vice President, Supply Chain Innovation & Governance
Procter & Gamble

With over 34 years of leadership and technology innovation at P&G within global business units and corporate capabilities organizations, Kim has successfully led key corporate intrapreneurial transformations in areas such as Sustainability, Health Safety & Environment, Global Facilities & Automation, Market Operations Delivery, Supply Chain Modeling & Simulation and Digital Twins, and Capital Management. In her current leadership role, she is responsible for driving a step change in supply chain capabilities, adoption and value creation, building on Platform Life Cycle Management of product, process and equipment platforms. In leading P&G’s Supply Chain Innovation strategy for Product Supply, Kim is organizing capabilities, applications, architectures, uses cases, work flows and people to exploit Industry 4.0 and enable P&G’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain Digital Transformation.

Cornelia J. Coles
Vice President of Supply Chain Innovation Orchestration and Deployment
J&J Global Supply Chain

Cornelia J. Coles has more than 25 years of supply chain experience. Currently, she is vice president of supply chain innovation orchestration and deployment at Johnson & Johnson, where she focuses on enabling technical, customer-facing and disruptive innovations to facilitate the company’s growth and reimagine its supply chain. Coles joined Johnson & Johnson in 2017 as vice president of its operating system and product supply execution. In that role, she was responsible for the development and deployment of best-in-class proven practices, business process standards and disciplined methodology. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Coles held cross-functional executive leadership roles in the supply chain area within Fortune 500 companies such as Eaton Corp., TE Connectivity, Johnson Controls and HID Global.

Robert Hull
Acting Vice President for Research, Henry Burlage Jr. Professor of Engineering, and Director of the Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Robert Hull is the Henry Burlage professor of engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he also serves as acting vice president for research and director of the Center for Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems. Employed at RPI since 2008, Hull was previously employed for 12 years at the University of Virginia (UVA), where he was the Charles Henderson professor of engineering, director of a National Science Foundation – Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and director of UVA’s Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Engineering, Science and Technology. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in AT&T Bell Laboratories’ physics research division. Hull is a fellow of the Materials Research Society and of the American Physical Society.

Jim Wetzel
CEO and Co-Founder

Jim Wetzel is a cofounder of the NxGen Group, which helps businesses unlock value through digital transformation. One of the earliest national champions of smart manufacturing, and known as a visionary in the field, he has provided leading global brands with insights on how smart manufacturing can work for them. Prior to cofounding NxGen Group, Wetzel served as interim CEO of CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute, and as chairman of the board of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition. He spent most of his career at General Mills, from which he retired as director of engineering for global reliability. In that position, Wetzel was responsible for improving the performance of General Mills’ existing asset base in manufacturing across the globe.
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