Managing Disruptions and Uncertainty
in your Supply Chain


The UTi Client Event Budapest 2011 featured world-class presenters who shared innovative approaches and best practices to Managing Disruptions and Uncertainty in your Supply Chain. They also interacted with attendees in a variety of workshops, group discussions, interactive activities and one-on-one opportunities.

Mr. Karlheinz Dietz – Director Logistics Automotive, Consumer & Supplier Logistics Continental

Since 2008, Karlheinz Dietz, Director Logistics Automotive, has had a worldwide responsibility for the strategic interfaces to the business partners of Continental Automotive. He leads logistics improvement projects with their partners and develops tools and processes to increase the supply chain performance and transparency.

Prior to that Karlheinz Dietz spent 8 years in Automotive logistics in production plants and central function and 13 years in several purchasing positions in the semiconductor industry.

During the last 10 years he was involved in the Odette projects to Supply Chain Monitoring and Demand Capacity Planning and in European projects in the environment of the 5-day-car initiative.

Dr. John R. Macdonald – Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management Michigan State University

John Macdonald, Ph.D. Logistics and Transportation, B.S. Transportation and Logistics, and B.S. MIS, currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. His primary research interests include disruptions in the supply chain and behavioral operations, with minor areas including supply chain strategy, issues in transportation, and strategies for 3PLs.

Beyond award recognition for excellence in teaching, Dr. Macdonald has also published work in the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and Transportation Journal as well as academic case studies through the CSCMP. He is well-known for his active role and contribution to the CSCMP, Decision Sciences Institute, and the Behavioral Operations division of INFORMS.

Mr. Roger I. MacFarlane – Non-Executive Chairman, UTi Worldwide

Roger I. MacFarlane, one of the founders of UTi, currently serves as a Non-Executive Chairman of UTi Worldwide and has nearly four decades of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He served as the company's CEO from May 2000, shortly after he helped spearhead UTi's initial public offering on the NASDAQ National Market, until January 2009.

Mr. MacFarlane has previously held various executive positions including Joint Chief Executive for BAX Global, CEO for WTC International N.V., and Co-Founder of Rand Freight in South Africa. He earned his B.A. and L.L.B. from the University of Cape Town.

Mr. Gene Ochi – Executive Vice President, Client Growth UTi Worldwide

Gene Ochi, Executive Vice President of Client Growth for UTi Worldwide, is a founding member of the company's shareholder management team. He has served in various roles of increasing responsibility, including Chief Marketing Office, Global Leader of Client Solutions Development for global and strategic clients, and Regional Vice President, Western USA, of Union-Transport Corporation, a UTi subsidiary. He has been instrumental in the development and branding of the company's long-term vision of becoming a leading provider of true, globally integrated logistics services.

Before joining UTi, Mr. Ochi was Senior Vice President of Marketing at BAX Global. He also served in various executive capacities for Flying Tigers, a cargo airline, and as the Vice President of Marketing for WTC Air Freight. Gene received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Marc Van der Veen Global Manager of Strategic Change for Supply Chain, Dow Corning Corporation

Since May 2009, Marc Van der Veen has served as the Global manager of Strategic Change for Supply Chain in Dow Corning Corporation based in Belgium. Prior to that, Marc Van der Veen was the Manager of Logistics for Dow Corning Europe and was responsible for Logistics in Europe, Middle East, and Russia.

Marc joined Dow Corning in 1985 and has been working for the company for 24 years. He setup Dow Corning China’s logistics infrastructure and capabilities. He has held various manufacturing, engineering, logistics and planning positions at the company’s plants in Shanghai in China, Barry in Wales and Seneffe in Belgium. During that time, he developed expertise in applying strategic analysis and economic evaluation to supply chain engineering and re-engineering.

Mr. Hans van Grieken – Vice President, Business Innovation Capgemini

Hans van Grieken is Vice President Business Innovation at Capgemini and part of the company’s international innovation network. His regularly speaks at national and international conferences on the subject of IT-driven innovation. Hans van Grieken is frequently consulted for his ideas around transferring Global Innovation Best Practices from one sector to the other. He is also currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Priva Holding, world market leader in computerized management of greenhouses.

Mr. van Grieken’s academic affiliation includes Adjunct Professor at Tias Nimbas International Business School, Senior Lecturer at Nyenrode Business University, and Visiting Lecturer at Delft University of Technology and the Dutch School for Police Leadership.

Professor Alan Waller, OBE – Vice President, Supply Chain Innovation Solving Efeso

Alan G Waller currently serves as Vice President for Supply Chain Innovation at the International Consultancy Solving Efeso. He is also Visiting Professor in International Supply Chain Management at Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, International President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Chairman of the European Logistics Users Providers and Enablers Group (ELUPEG), and President of Leaders in Supply Chain UK and of Leaders in Supply Chain Benelux. He has recently been awarded the Individual Contribution Award at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

Mr. Waller has over 35 years of experience in management consultancy in the area of logistics and supply chain management over a wide range of industries across Europe, North America, and the Middle and Far East. His work focuses on supply chain strategic development and implementation.

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