Oct. 19 - Supply Chain Symposium: 'The Art of the Possible'
Pfahl Hall, Fisher College of Business | 8:30am-noon

Featured keynote: Jake Barr
CEO, Blue World Supply Chain Consulting
Ret. executive, Procter & Gamble Co.

tom feeney safeliteMarket volatility and the increasing speed of change have created a “new normal” for supply chain management, challenging traditional approaches to critical processes such as sales and operations planning. Has your organization’s approach to S&OP adapted to the new realities of demand-driven supply chain management?

Jake Barr (pictured, right), a more than 30-year veteran of Procter & Gamble who played a key role in the design of the company’s demand-driven supply chain, draws from his years of experience in global markets in his featured keynote at COE’s Oct. 19 Supply Chain Symposium. Barr, now CEO of BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, contends that a bold approach to process redesign can help redefine the planning scheme for S&OP and ultimately transform the supply chain — by using what he calls “the art of the possible.”

Keeping with the morning’s forward-looking theme, the symposium continues with two follow-on presentations:

• Fisher College of Business Profs. Andrea Prud’homme and John Gray will present new research findings that address a hot topic in the field: How much, and how, are innovations such as robotic process automation and blockchain being used in supply chain management?

• Ernst & Young Principal Mark Voytek closes out the morning with insights from his work in the field on what it takes to successfully implement emerging technologies.

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  • Agenda

    Location: 140 Pfahl Hall, 280 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH 43210

    8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Arrival / networking breakfast
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 'The Art of the Possible - Driving Business and S&OP Breakthrough via Planning Transformation' | Jake Barr, ret. executive, Procter & Gamble; CEO, BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting
    10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
    10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Emerging Technologies: New Research Findings | Fisher Profs. John Gray and Andrea Prud'homme
    11:15 a.m. - noon Emerging Technologies: Implementation Challenges | Mark Voytek, Principal, Ernst & Young


  • Speaker bios

    Jake Barr 

    jake barrFollowing a 33-year career with Procter & Gamble, Jake now serves as CEO for BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies (Cargill, Caterpillar, Dow, 3M, Merck, Monsanto, Newell Brands, Nestle, Pepsico and Sanofi among others), while also engaged in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    At P&G, he led the design and delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation creating control towers which now manage P&G’s daily business. He is recognized as the architect for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy – referenced as a “Consumer Driven Supply Chain” transformation. Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America and North America.

    He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain 2020 Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods “League of Leaders“; and a recipient of the 2015 - 2018 Supply Chain “Pro’s to Know” Award.

    John Gray

    John GrayJohn Gray is an associate professor of operations. He joined Fisher after receiving his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked for eight years in operations management at Procter & Gamble, receiving an MBA from Wake Forest University’s evening program during that time. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Dartmouth College and its Thayer School of Engineering.

    Dr. Gray teaches Data Analysis (at the Ph.D., Executive, and MBA levels) and an elective he created called Global Sourcing (at the Ph.D., Executive, MBA, and undergraduate levels). The students awarded him “Outstanding Full-time MBA Core Faculty” for Data Analysis in 2015 and "Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor" for Global Sourcing in 2010. A student project from Global Sourcing led to a co-authored case (Scotts Miracle-Gro: The Spreader Sourcing Decision) that has been widely adopted.

    Dr. Gray’s research has been published in top multi-disciplinary management journals, including Decision Sciences, Management Science and Organization Science; and top operations and supply chain journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Production and Operations Management. His research has received several awards. In 2018, one of his papers was awarded the Jack Meredith Best Paper award as the best paper published in the Journal of Operations Management during the calendar year 2017. In 2013, another paper on global food supply chains received the Emerald Citations of Excellence award, recognizing its impact. Two of his papers were awarded the OM Division's Chan Hahn best paper award at the Academy of Management conference (2012 and 2014). Within Fisher, he was named to the inaugural class of Dean’s Faculty Fellows, a distinction he held from 2014-2017. Among current projects, he is a member of a team developing pharmaceutical quality scorecards for the FDA as part of a major grant subaward received in December 2017.

    In addition to service to his department and the university, he serves as a department editor for the Journal of Operations Management’s Strategy and Organization Department and a senior editor for Production and Operations Management’s Industry Studies and Public Policy Department (for which he was awarded Outstanding Senior Editor in 2017). Among his service to professional societies, he completed in August 2018 a five-year leadership role for the Academy of Management’s OSCM Division. For this service, in August 2018 he received the division's Distinguished Service award.

    Andrea Prud'homme

    Andrea M. Prud’homme is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Management Sciences and associate director in the Center for Operational Excellence. She joined Fisher in 2007 after serving as a teaching and research assistant at Michigan State University and an adjunct faculty member at Colorado State University.

    Dr. Prud’homme is responsible for teaching in the Manufacturing Industry Immersion program, the upper division core Manufacturing Planning and Control course, as well as other courses in operations management. She also serves as faculty adviser for the Buckeye Operations Management Society. She has earned the Outstanding Student Organization Award and the Career Services Award from the university and both the Undergraduate Program Services Award and Teaching Award from Fisher.

    She has been a member of APICS: The Association for Operations Management since 1987 and has earned certification as Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resources Management (CIRM). Her service to APICS includes serving for six years on the CSCP Exam Committee, and most recently on the CPIM Detailed Scheduling and Planning Exam Committee. She also is a member of the APICS Foundation’s Knowledge Delivery Committee. In addition, she has participated in several APICS student case competitions as a case expert and as the faculty adviser to student teams.

    She brings more than 15 years of corporate experience in worldwide supply chain management for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Energy Industries and Valor Electronics. Her responsibilities included managing projects for operations in Europe, Hong Kong, China and Mexico.

    Mark Voytek

    mark voytek eyMark is a Principal in EY’s PI Advisory – Supply Chain & Operations practice and the Americas leader of the Outsourcing & Automation Advisory (OAA) practice and part of EY’s GBS Global Leadership Team. His 28-year career includes leadership and advisory delivery responsibilities for Global 1000 companies. His expertise spans the sourcing lifecycle (sourcing strategy, sourcing transactions, location assessment, and Global Business Services (GBS) design and deployment, and vendor/service provider governance).

    He delivers advisory services to his clients in nearly all industries, including: Life Sciences, Healthcare; Financial Services; Insurance; Media and Entertainment; Industrial Products, Retail; CPG; Energy; Utilities; etc.  Mark has extensive experience in strategy and assessment, sourcing strategy, benchmark/market assessments, ITO and BPO transactions, development of GBS service delivery models, contracting, and governance for SG&A spend areas.

    He led the sourcing strategy team at a previous firm that developed delivery collateral and project methodology, published white papers, and presented at various global conferences. He also redeveloped and enhanced the methodology for the sourcing and procurement process as clients evaluate their options for operating models and service delivery (GBS, ITO, BPO, Shared Services, Automation/RPA, etc) options.


Oct. 24 - Lean Six Sigma Solutions Breakfast
The Blackwelll | 7:30-9am

Featured speaker: Adam Ward
Innovation consultant, Simpler (an IBM Health company)
Author, Lean Design in Healthcare

adam ward ibmThe MoreSteam.com-sponsored Lean Six Sigma Solutions breakfast series continues October 24, featuring Adam Ward. In his presentation, Adam will discuss the topic of learning from others, sharing some of the insights from his book, Lean Design in Healthcare. Adam is an innovation leader with  over 25 years of strategy and product development experience. He began his career as a design engineer at Honda R&D before becoming the Lean Product Development Strategy Leader at GE Healthcare. Now at Simpler, an IBM Health Company, Adam coaches C-Suite healthcare teams worldwide on client delivery redesign with a focus on new product development, services enhancement and organizational transformation.

This event is open to COE members and the general public.


Nov. 7- Lean Leaders Benchmarking Session
Host: NetJets (Columbus, OH)

  • Time: 9:30am - 3pm
  • Member attendance limitation: Maximum one attendee per member company (additional names may be added to a waitlist)
  • Recommended attendee(s): Operational excellence leaders who work with internal and/or external VOC to drive process improvement initiatives.

As the worldwide leader in private jet travel, NetJets clears a high bar for customer service, with 6,000+ team members around the world supporting hundreds of flights every day. Part of that journey to create exceptional travel experiences involves translating the voice of the customer into actionable insights for improvement and innovation.

At the Ohio State Center for Operational Excellence’s Nov. 7 lean leaders benchmarking session, host organization NetJets will offer a look at how it’s collecting, analyzing, and operationalizing a voice of the customer that comes from the outside and inside, where a continuous improvement journey is ongoing. The session kicks off in the morning with presentations from Jeff Byron, NetJets’ director of Market Research, and consultants from the Strategic Initiatives team. The day continues with a facilitated discussion, lunch, and — in the afternoon — a tour of NetJets’ Flight Center. At the corporate HQ in Central Ohio, where NetJets employs about 1,300, the company coordinates a complex operation that fields flight requests, schedules aircraft departures, and monitors changing weather patterns.

As capacity is limited, attendance is limited to one leader per member company; you may provide an additional attendee name for waitlist purposes. We highlight recommend you contact your company's primary COE contact to determine if another representative from your organization is already in attendance.

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