The UTi Client Event Istanbul 2012 featured world-class presenters who shared innovative approaches and best practices for Supply Chain Value Co-Creation. They also interacted with attendees in a variety of workshops, group discussions, interactive activities and one-on-one opportunities.
William H. Davidson (Bill) served as a tenured Professor at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California from 1985 to 1998. One of the most widely cited international management academics, Bill is a well-known author of several acclaimed books on business management including 2020 Vision, which was selected as the Best Business Book of the year by Fortune Magazine in 1992. He is currently finishing a new book entitled Great China, with Dumas Ting. In 1984, Bill founded MESA Inc., a management consulting firm acquired by Deloitte & Touche in 1996. Bill has served on six public company boards, a number of private boards, as non-executive chairman of three companies, and was also a member of IBM's Advanced Business Institute which focused on enhancing and expanding client relationships. He has assisted a number of companies with shaping and executing their overall strategic planning processes, and is currently engaged in several such efforts. Bill continues to be active in the arena of global leadership development. His company, Management Education Services Associates, provides global leadership development services to a number of leading firms, including ExxonMobil, GDF Suez, Schneider, UTi Worldwide, Mahindra and Mahindra, Ingersoll- Rand and more. He earned an AB in economics, an MBA, and a doctorate in business administration, all from Harvard University.
David Hunt is responsible for the "End-to- End" Supply Chain for the Europe, Middle East & Africa & UK Regions including Manufacturing, Demand Planning, Supply Planning, Production, Distribution, Warehousing and Transportation and shared accountability for Customer Service, for the Estée Lauder Group of Companies. David joined Estée Lauder Companies in October 1997 as General Manager for the Whitman Plant in the UK. During his 15 years with The Estée Lauder Companies, David has been a driving force in Manufacturing and Distribution Operations. In June 2001 David was appointed to the position of Vice President, European Manufacturing Operations with responsibility for the UK, Oevel and Lachen facilities. In 2002 he relocated to the United States assuming responsibility for Global Distribution Operations. He relocated back the UK in 2006, taking the lead for Manufacturing and Distribution operations within the EMEA Region. In this role he has led the development of a Regional Supply Chain forging strong collaborative relationships with the Regional Affiliate General Managers and a willingness to form strong partnerships as they integrate and build a strong Regional Organisation. Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies David held several Senior Manufacturing and Distribution positions with Proctor & Gamble, Revlon and Gillette Corporations. David is a dynamic and visionary leader capable of achieving established company business results and objectives. His strategic perspective and motivational approach, combined with his seasoned expertise in manufacturing and distribution, continues to thrive in this fast-paced, multi-faceted function.
Gene Ochi – Executive Vice President of Client Growth for 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.
Jochen Freese – President – EMENA for UTi Worldwide
Jochen Freese was appointed President – EMENA for UTi Worldwide in October 2011. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President, EMENA where he was responsible for the Central and Southeastern Europe and Nordics sub-regions. Prior to this, Jochen was Senior Vice President – Market Verticals and Global Marketing where he had extensive responsibility for the development of all market verticals and marketing at an enterprise level. Jochen joined UTi Worldwide in July 2006 as Executive Vice President, Automotive, building and developing the company's automotive industry vertical teams. Before coming to UTi, Jochen served as Representative of the German Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, a leading German organization in applied research and innovation, in Africa and in Europe where he was involved in the management and execution of applied research and consulting projects in production concepts, logistics and strategic management, mainly in the automotive and aerospace industry. He also served as the Managing Director of the Supplier Park Development Company Pty. in Pretoria, South Africa. Jochen has held positions with the Automotive Industry Development Centre and is a member of the German Association of Engineers (VDI). He began his career in the area of productions and logistics research at the University of Braunschweig in Germany and holds an engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from there.
Martin Christopher – Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics at Cranfield School of Management and published author
Martin Christopher, Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics at Cranfield School of Management and published author, has gained international recognition for his work in the field of logistics and supply chain management. Martin Christopher co-founded the International Journal of Logistics Management and was its joint editor for 18 years. At Cranfield, Martin Christopher chairs the Advisory Board of the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, the largest activity of its type in Europe. Martin Christopher is active as an advisor to many organizations and is non-executive director of LCP Consulting a specialist consulting service in the fields of logistics and supply chain management. He is also an Emeritus Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In 1988 he was awarded the Sir Robert Lawrence Gold Medal for his contribution to logistics education, in 1997 he was given the USA Council of Logistics Management's Foundation Award and in 2005 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the USA Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. In 2007 he was appointed a Foundation Professor of the UK Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and in 2008 he was awarded the Swinbank Award for Lifetime Achievement by the same Institute. He is Visiting Professor/Guest Professor at the University of Hull, England; Instituto Empresa, Madrid; IESE, Barcelona and Macquarie University, Australia, the Kuehne Logistics University, Hamburg and Chalmers University, Gothenburg.
Rob Den Heijer – DSM Sinochem Pharmaceutical's Global Demand & Supply Chain Manager
Rob den Heijer was appointed as DSM Sinochem Pharmaceutical's Global Demand & Supply Chain Manager for Finished Dosages in May 2011. He has more then 20 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry and is responsible for the external production of antibiotics and deliveries to customers worldwide. Prior to that, he was Logistic Manager at DSM Anti Infectives for Europe and Americas. During his career, Mr. Den Heijer has proved himself an innovator in various fields: changing packaging, setting up new logistic system with various suppliers amongst others. If a job was described "impossible", he would not turn it down but fully go for it. Over the years Incoterms has become a somewhat of a hobby for him and he became an expert in giving trainings within the various Business Groups of DSM and at certain logistic partners. Another passion of his is securing of airfreight. In 2010 he became the Security Advisor for airfreight (BAL) for DSP and is in the midst of the process of getting the status of Known Shipper for the production location in The Netherlands.
Yorkshire, England. He earned a BSc (Hons) in Information Technology at DeMontford University in Leicester where he also played at a national student level in Rugby League and county level in Rugby Union. In 1988 he joined Manro Management Consultants, an Operations Management focused consultancy, and within one year he became the youngest Senior Project manager internationally in company history. In 1993 he left Manro and, with a growing passion for the new focus area of supply chain management, he co-founded The Logistics Bureau (TLB) which grew into the first specialist Supply Chain Consulting and technology company in South Africa. As Managing Director he grew the company to approximately 70 consultants, with activity across Africa as well as international involvement in Australia, the Philipines, Italy, the UK and the US. In 2000 TLB was sold to Super Group, one of Africas largest publicly traded Logistics Service Provider companies, where Rod initially continued his career and then appointed as the Strategic Marketing Director of the Supply Chain division. Rod left Super Group and began his own company, Business Modelling Associates (BMA), which commenced operations at the beginning of 2009 and now provides services in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Rod has a passion for technology enabled innovation in the Supply Chain as well as the promotion of ‘Innovation out of Africa'. He has made numerous presentations on a wide range of Supply Chain Management subject areas, both locally (SA) and internationally since 1994.