Allison McFadden is the Director of Strategy and Business Development for IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain. Ms. McFadden is currently responsible for leading the IBM Integrated Supply Chain strategic planning mission and commercialization of IBM Supply Chain assets. Ms. McFadden’s team works with the IBM business units to drive strategic alignment and to enable revenue growth by showcasing ISC talent and assets for commercial opportunities
Prior to this role, Ms. McFadden led the IBM High Velocity Supply Chain Project Management Office, where she was responsible for the large scale transformation of fulfillment processes for IBM’s System x product line. In this role, Ms. McFadden orchestrated a major global project implementation across supply chain, marketing, sales teams, and channel partners, leading to improved on time fulfillment rates for our clients. The High Velocity project has been recognized as a finalist in both the Institute of Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Council awards for excellence in supply chain.
Ms. McFadden has over 10 years experience in leading global teams, both in a direct management capacity and in leading cross-functional project teams. She has managed employees across Asia, the Americas and Europe, and was located in Dublin, Ireland from 2007-2009 to lead the start up of high value software manufacturing in that location. After a successful launch, Ms. McFadden served as the senior leader of the IBM International Software Center in Dublin where she was responsible for the manufacturing and fulfillment of all IBM Software products for the European and Growth Market regions.
Ms. McFadden joined IBM in 1999 and has held leadership roles across the Supply Chain organization where she developed expertise in: Business Transformation, Supply Chain Strategy, Global Management and Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Customer Fulfillment Operations, Manufacturing Operations Management, Project Management, Supply / Demand Planning and S&OP, Inventory Management, Cost Management, and Industrial Engineering.
Ms. McFadden holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University
Cindy Farrer is the Vice President of Americas Operations for Allegion. In this role, she has responsibility for all the sector’s manufacturing plants and supply chain activities in North and South America, including 8 facilities and 3000 employees. She has over 25 years of experience in Plant Management, Industrial Engineering and Quality across diverse industries including Automotive, Safety and Security Electronics and Architectural Hardware. Her prior experience includes Global Quality Director roles (both at Ingersoll Rand and Delphi) and 6 years in Mexico as running Delphi’s largest automotive electronics site.
Cindy holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She also was certified as a Black Belt and Quality/Operational Excellence Leader through the American Society of Quality (ASQ) and earned a Supply Chain Certification through the University of San Francisco. She received a Women in Manufacturing STEP Award in 2013, given jointly by the Manufacturing Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, University of Phoenix, and Deloitte
Cindy is married and is the mother of 4 daughters ages 18-27. She and her family live in Carmel, Indiana.
Craig has over 30 years of experiencing in manufacturing, operations, training, and continuous improvement. He graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1983. Upon graduation, Craig embarked on a 23 year career with R.R. Donnelley, North America’s largest commercial printer. He held positions in manufacturing, customer service, and culture change. Craig’s experience at Donnelley included managing start-ups, leading acquisition integrations, implementing continuous improvement efforts, and turning around troubled operations. He held a variety of roles from Manufacturing Management Trainee to Plant Manager. He received his Executive MBA in 1991 from Baruch College in New York City.
At ConAgra Foods, an $18+ Billion global food company, Craig has been leading continuous improvement efforts via ConAgra Performance System for over 6 years. His current assignment in Lean Supply Chain involves creating an optimized run strategy to improve working capital and customer service as well as reducing other supply and material handling losses. He is also launching continuous improvement in non-manufacturing areas of the company. Craig’s organization leverages tools such as Value Stream Mapping, Warehouse Optimization, Value-Added/Non-Value Added Analysis, Run Strategy modeling, Rapid Changeover, and Non-Finished Goods Optimization to drive results across 40+ plants.
Craig also serves as ConAgra’s liaison to Purdue for their recruiting efforts for interns and full-time employees.
As a Managing Director of FedEx Customer Solutions for FedEx Services, Dave Pollard understands the critical role an optimized supply chain plays in every company’s competitive strength and long term success. His intense focus on identifying innovative, customized solutions for FedEx customers has delivered supply chain improvements that enable growth, efficiency, and sustainability in the global economy. He is responsible for leading a team of supply chain consultants charged with understanding a customer’s global business strategies and supply chain goals in order to design, develop and execute customized logistics solutions. These improvements deliver quantified business value to a customer’s bottom line through improvements to revenue, expense, and current or fixed assets.
Pollard encourages his organization to work across all aspects of a customer’s business requirements to determine how FedEx can provide unique solutions for any supply chain component. Under his leadership, FedEx Customer Solutions assesses the three flows that are essential to any component of the supply chain (physical, information, and financial) and then develops comprehensive solutions. The results range from strategy development, global supply chain optimization, mode optimization, direct distribution, network modeling, and system integration that can improve the inbound, outbound, and returns stages of distribution.
Since joining FedEx in 1999, Pollard has been a strategic contributor in the creation of the Customer Solutions team. Through the FedEx portfolio of operating companies, Pollard and his organization provide end-to-end business solutions that connect companies and their customers to over 220 economic markets throughout the world.
Pollard is an author and frequent speaker on topics including optimizing global supply chains and supply chain risk management. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Finance from Auburn University and is the past Vice Chairman of the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council.
Eric has worked at Amway for almost 3 years, first as a Sourcing Manager, Indirect Procurement and now as Manager, Indirect Procurement. In his current role, he leads the Indirect Procurement team responsible for spend in the following categories: IT, Human Resources, events, manufacturing equipment, construction, MRO, R&D and outside services. Eric has focused his efforts on building business partner relationships and leveraging global opportunities that deliver both business solutions and drive incremental value for Amway.
Prior to joining Amway, Eric held various supply chain positions at Motorola, Gordon Food Service and Ford Motor Company. He holds both a MBA in Supply Chain and Corporate Finance and a BS in Supply Chain from Michigan State University.
Joshua Merrill is currently a Global Molecule Supply Chain Manager at Dow AgroSciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical. He leads supply planning and strategy for a portfolio of active ingredients, and represents supply chain on the global business team. Prior to this role, he was a Global Supply Chain Improvement Manager, where he led supply chain strategy, design, and implementation for new product launches and network growth strategies for the North American region.
Prior to Dow AgroSciences, Merrill worked for Chiquita Brands. He managed the supply chain customer collaboration team and the logistics planning and modeling group. Merrill started his career in general management consulting, managing projects and client relationships primarily focused on food and agribusiness industries.
Merrill earned his Master of Engineering in Logistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 and received his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University with a degree in Quantitative Agricultural Economics.