Global marketing, IT and supply chain conference completes 2013 speaker line-up

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The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has announced the complete line-up of speakers presenting at the Operational Excellence Conference. 

Held at the Novotel West London from 6-8 November 2013, the global event brings together experts from three key workstreams – marketing, IT and supply chain – to discuss the future of the industry and to share best practices and experiences.

The  line-up of speakers includes heavyweights from the world of retail and manufacturing, and from the service and education sectors. This includes:

  • Dick Boer, president & CEO of Royal Ahold and Co-Chair of the CGF;
  • Stefano Zenezini, vice president product supply, Procter & Gamble;
  • Terry Murphy, director of national distribution centre operations, John Lewis Partnership;
  • Cenk Gurol, chief SCM oOfficer, Aeon;
  • Stephen Taylor, European vice president of Brand at Samsung Electronics;
  • Truls Fjeldsatd, market and analytics director, NorgesGruppen ASA;
  • Fiona Lambert, George and GM softlines brand director, Asda;
  • Carl Graziani, senior vice president, supply chain, Safeway;
  • Kjell Nordström, associate professor at the Stockholm School of Economics Institute of International Business;
  • Sean Gourley, physicist, political advisor, TED fellow and founder & CTO of Quid;
  • Danny Perekalsky, chief marketing officer of DIXY; and
  • Anne Bordier, director of academy at IGD

August Harder, chief information officer, Coop, Switzerland and co-chair of the CGF’s IT committee, said: “We’re delighted with the line-up of speakers that has been put together. There’s a great mix of industry experts and thought leaders, and the marketing, IT and supply chain programmes are packed with interesting topics and real-life case studies. The team behind the event is confident that this will be the biggest and best yet.”

The Operational Excellence Conference is an annual event organised by the CGF. Designed by members of the CGF specifically for their industry peers, the event is a global forum for top-level executives from the consumer goods industry.

John Phillips, senior vice president, customer supply chain & go-to-market, PepsiCo global operations and co-chair of the CGF’s supply chain committee, said: “With a fine balance between shared plenary sessions, individual streams for marketing, IT and supply chain, working sessions and store tours, this hands-on event has everything consumer goods executives need, providing both retailers and manufacturers with excellent opportunities to meet with each other, debate and find better ways of working together.”

Additionally, with the three streams working alongside each other, delegates can customise which stream they attend and when. If a delegate is interested in focusing on the supply chain programmes, but wants to catch a specific IT or marketing presentation, no problem. Delegates are encouraged to create their own conference and be where they want to be when they want to be there.