Fabrizio (Fab) Brasca is group vice president of solutions strategy for supply chain and edge at JDA Software, the leading supply chain provider powering today's digital transformation. In this customer-first role, he is responsible for building JDA's brand equity with key external stakeholders, driving solutions messaging and best practice positioning, and supporting solution strategy and innovation through field, customer, and partner engagements.
Previously, he was vice president of solution strategy, supply chain execution, responsible for developing innovative strategies across all industry verticals, strengthening executive-level relationships with JDA's key customers and prospects and advising companies on best practices to become more profitable. Brasca joined JDA as part of the i2 Technologies acquisition in January 2010 after spending more than 10 years at i2 serving in transportation-focused senior management positions. In these roles, he oversaw i2's global transportation practice including marketing, presales, roadmap development, and services functions.
He holds an honours bachelor of mathematics, with a specialization in business and information systems from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.
Schematic Ventures is a new venture capital fund with a focus on industrial technology (supply chain, manufacturing, transportation) founded by Julian Counihan. Counihan started a career in technology as a software developer at Fortna where he worked on warehouse control and automation systems. After a period in technology investment banking, he began investing in industrial hardware and supply chain sectors at a venture capital fund in New York. Counihan holds an MBA from MIT and a BsC in systems engineering from UVA.
Guy Courtin has over 20 years of experience in the technology space and specifically in supply chain. With Infor Retail, Courtin is responsible for developing and leading thought leadership in the Industry and Solution team. Prior to Infor, Guy held numerous strategic senior positions. Most recently he was a Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research covering how digital disruption was impacting supply chains. He published numerous reports and blog posts on the space, advised a wide range of clients from retailers to manufacturers, as well as speaking at numerous industry events. Prior to that role, Guy was the Vice President of Research for SCM World, where he spearheaded the coverage of supply chain service providers. He has also held senior roles at i2 Technologies, Progress Software and Forrester Research.
Angela Czajkowski is the Director of Supply Chain at Samuel Shapiro & Co, a 103-year old freight forwarder and Customs house broker based in Baltimore, Maryland. In her current capacity, Angela oversees the company's Global Logistics division as well as its e-Commerce Development team. Most recently, Angela founded and leads the company's Technology Forum, a think tank helping to drive the company's progressive technology initiatives. Angela's passion for the industry spans beyond her work life as she has served as a case competition judge and guest lecturer for local universities.
Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Brooks' career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's in journalism from Lock Haven University.
Julie Gibbs is a Director at BPE Global, a trade compliance consulting firm. Julie has been working in the trade compliance and logistics industry since 1991. Since joining BPE Global in 2007, she has had a wide variety of experience in trade compliance strategy, policy, programs, tools and related project for companies of all industries and sizes. Having worked for trade compliance software startups, she has extensive knowledge of Global Trade Management (GTM) systems and while at BPE Global, has helped clients through the entire GTM experience from the RFP process through to go-live. Julie has been a licensed customs broker with CBP since 1997, she holds an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and a B.A. in Business Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.
Matthew Harding is a Vice President of the Freight Market Intelligence Consortium (FMIC) at Chainalytics. The FMIC currently provides transportation market intelligence to over 200 shippers and 3PLs globally. The FMIC processes over $60B in annual transportation spend covering North America, South American, Europe, and Russia markets.
Matthew's prior leadership roles include VP of Consulting at a major 3PL leading all engineering and contract logistics activities. Matthew also held various roles in software and consulting services, leading projects focused on areas of transportation procurement, transportation management and supply chain systems implementation.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with honors distinction from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was awarded the MIT Supply Chain Fellowship where he earned his Masters of Engineering in Logistics from the Center of Transportation and Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alex Hoffmann is managing director and co-founder of TNX Logistics, a cloud-based software solution enabling logistics companies to optimize daily dispatching across private fleet, contracted carriers, and spot procurement. Founded in 2016, TNX Logistics focuses on giving dispatchers the right tools to improve profitability by making better decisions. Before co-founding TNX Logistics, Hoffmann worked at Credit Suisse advising global B2B businesses on financing and funding decisions.
Brad Hollister is the chief executive officer of SwanLeap, the nation's fastest growing private company. Under Hollister's leadership, SwanLeap delivered an unprecedented 75,660.8% revenue growth over the past three years catapulting the five year old software company to the number one spot on the Inc. 5000 for 2018.
A life-long entrepreneur passionate about improving the world, Hollister is the visionary behind SwanLeap's NextGen technology. With extensive experience in transportation, logistics, and supply chain Brad's leadership drives SwanLeap's knowledge and expertise - helping clients enforce best practices and improve customer experiences. Hollister is a guest lecturer for the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a sought after speaker on the topics of advancement and disruption in the transportation industry.
Hollister is a proud alumni of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC, area.
A true entrepreneur, Chris Kirchner formed his first business while attending the University of Kentucky and won an entrepreneurship award at Butler University. After his first venture, Kirchner spent several years leading marketing and sales teams in several industries prior to starting Slync.
Eric Klein is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Crux Systems, and has an extensive background in marine terminal products and technology. Crux Systems provides container visibility data, analytics, and communications tools to make the supply chain more efficient and secure. Importers, freight forwarders, and trucking companies all use the platform to track their shipments, share information, and coordinate with their supply chain partners, eliminating costly delays.
Stefan Kukman is a shipping and logistics veteran. A serial entrepreneur, the founder, and CEO of 45hC.com, a container booking platform and CargoX, the company that developed the first blockchain-based Bill of Lading — the CargoX Smart B/L™. The company laid out a roadmap to develop other products, such as the Smart L/C™, and build a logistics business ecosystem.
Inna Kuznetsova is the president and chief operating officer of INTTRA (US), a SaaS portal for ocean shipping, processing over a quarter of all containers in global trade. Prior to joining INTTRA, Kuznetsova was the chief commercial officer and member of the executive board at CEVA Logistics (NL). Before that, she spent 19 years at IBM in a variety of global roles primarily focused on fast-growth opportunities or turnarounds. In her last role at IBM, she was the global vice president of marketing and sales for IBM Systems Software.
Kuznetsova serves on board of Global Ports Investments Plc (LSE: GLPR), the leading operator of container terminals in the Russian market, and Avantida (Belgium), a privately owned company, providing in-land container management service.
She has completed her master's and Ph. D. study at the Moscow State University and later earned an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School. She is an author of two best-selling career advice books and is a frequent speaker on innovation.
Nina Luu is co-founder and chief executive officer of Shippabo. She is a serial entrepreneur committed to transforming the freight shipping industry. Before founding Shippabo in 2015, Luu built and led IGH, an importer and distributor of lifestyle products that today ships more than 1,000 SKUs globally.
While growing IGH, she experienced the frustrations of shipping first hand. Managing a supply chain efficiently and planning for the future felt nearly impossible. Chasing down final freight costs, accurate In-DC dates, and progress updates consumed way too much time. Realizing that there wasn't a single, streamlined solution that met her needs, Luu set out to develop technology that would empower IGH and other shippers.
Jett McCandless has two decades of experience working in the transportation and logistics space. After becoming principal at GlobalTranz, a company with a gross annual revenue of $500 million, he sold his stake in the company to pursue his own ventures. McCandless began building his companies, like the Inc 500 ranked advisory firm, CarrierDirect. He then founded project44 — a hypergrowth and progressive technology that has been adopted by industry-leading logistics and transportation companies—where he is currently the chief executive officer. During his 20 years in the logistics industry, McCandless has become a recognized thought leader with a track record of innovation and success. His leadership has guided multiple startups from ideation stages through expansion.
Andrew McLoone is a director of operations at BDP International, one of the leading privately held freight logistics/transportation management firms based in the United States. He currently serves as the global account executive for key relationships between BDP and a few of its top chemical customers. He has been focused on supporting BDP's strategy for innovation accelerators such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, and, of course blockchain. McLoone has been with BDP for over 16 years and is based in Philadelphia.
John Monarch is the CEO and co-founder of ShipChain, a blockchain startup focused on revolutionizing the freight and logistics industry. He is a serial entrepreneur with multiple previous ventures, with a background in physics and computer science from Clemson University. Monarch's experience in logistics and fulfillment has helped numerous startups and e-commerce businesses grow effectively, manage their supply chain, and cut costs. He first became interested in blockchain technology when he realized how much it could impact the industry that he was already so deeply rooted in. He took that vision and brought it to life via ShipChain. Monach hopes that blockchain will serve as a catalyst for the shipping and logistics industry as a whole to finally move past some inefficient and outdated technologies and reduce the cost and burden of participating in high-tech systems as a whole.
Jack Oney is CEO of Oney Consulting, a boutique firm specializing in strategy, transformation, innovation, and commercial negotiations, primarily in the industries of global logistics, IT technology, and CPG. Prior to consulting, Oney spent 27 years with Procter & Gamble in a variety of global roles, including transformation of their ocean freight and domestic trucking sourcing. He led a global team and a spend over $1.2 billion dollars.
Previously, Oney managed key strategic accounts with many of Procter & Gamble's IT and outsourcing partners, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Accenture, Ernst Young, and Infosys. Before this, he spent eight years as a patent attorney within P&G's legal division and seven years as a mechanical engineer working in a variety of manufacturing sites and technical centers.
"Big & Bold". That mantra guides my passion in helping companies and startups to transform and accelerate their success.
Anshu Prasad is the chief executive officer of LogisticsExchange (LE), a data and analytics platform helping to bring cost and service predictability to the transportation industry. Prior to founding LE, Prasad built and led A.T. Kearney's global analytics practice, working with clients to utilize technology and data to empower business transformation. He also helped start and grow analytics businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia, working at the intersection of logistics and technology.
As chief technology officer of SEKO Logistics, Mike Powell has oversight and leadership of all matters relating to its technology strategy, products, solutions, and operations as well as the development of the next generation of the award-winning MySEKO platform.
He was previously co-founder and CEO of Supply Vision Inc., a cloud-based logistics software provider used by global and domestic third-party logistics providers, trucking companies, and brokers. In 2014, Powell joined RIM Logistics as vice president of technology solutions, where he was responsible for crafting and executing the company's corporate technology strategy and streamlining its operations to increase productivity.
Brian Reed has 18 years as a business and information technology (IT) chameleon in supply chain around the globe. He started in supply chain working with clients to create value through IT applications and has implemented business and IT solutions in supply chain in most industries in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In addition, Reed has led enterprise architecture and business-model design programs for freight and shipper organizations globally developing innovative solutions using modern concepts such as 4PLs.
Reed served as the vice president of transportation and customer service at the nation's largest bottled water manufacturer, Niagara Bottling. There, he managed more than 180 resources developing innovative solutions to manage cost and deliver outstanding service for the company's largest spend category. Now at Laguna Consulting, Reed is delivering advisory services to diverse companies including those that are developing technologies with blockchain and AI-based solutions.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Logistics Trends & Insights LLC aims to cut through the content noise and provide customized logistics research and consulting services utilizing a global network of trusted and experienced analysts. Services include white papers, reports, surveys, case studies and more.
Founder and Head Analyst, Cathy Morrow Roberson, has over 15 years of experience in the logistics market including ten years with UPS Supply Chain and several years with specialized consulting firms. Besides being quoted in numerous publications, Cathy also has published numerous articles in various business and logistics publications.
Zvi Schreiber is the CEO of Freightos, the Internet marketplace for international freight. A LogTech (logistics technology) pioneer, Freightos powers smoother global trade with the world's largest Big Data collection of freight rates and its patent pending instant global freight routing algorithm, enabling forwarders, shippers, and carriers to bring freight sales and operations online. Zvi has a PhD in Computer Science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.
Fauad Shariff is the Co-Founder and CEO of CoLoadX, the online marketplace dedicated exclusively to freight forwarders and NVOCC's.
Prior to launching CoLoadX Fauad spent over 16 years in the freight forwarding industry in strategic roles such as enterprise sales and strategic management. Having first hand experience in this industry allows the CoLoadX team to develop solutions that help freight forwarders grow sales, savings and profits from their ocean freight activity.
Jon Slangerup joined American Global Logistics as Chairman in April 2017 and was appointed Executive Chairman and CEO in July 2017. With domain expertise in multimodal logistics, enterprise software, and environmental technologies, Slangerup has built businesses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, serving customers in more than 100 countries. He previously was CEO of the Port of Long Beach, a primary US gateway moving $200 billion a year in trans-Pacific trade. As CEO, he delivered record levels of cargo volume and revenue growth and successfully managed a $4 billion capital infrastructure expansion program. Slangerup's career began in military and commercial aviation, leading to a distinguished 20-year career with FedEx, where he advanced to become president of FedEx Canada.
James is the CEO of Voyage Control, a technology business focused on making logistics more efficient. He has run a number of businesses as well as serving as an officer in the Australian and British Armies with tours of duty in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the US Bronze Star, the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation Outstanding Service Award and the Australian Joint Operations Command Commendation.
He has bachelor degrees in Law, International Business and Arts, a Masters in International Relations and Diploma in Export Management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and holds the Freedom of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. In 2014, he received the City of London's Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named a Rockefeller Foundation's Resilience Innovator, and won Canary Wharf's 2015 smart cities challenge.
Colin Taylor founded Cleaca Consulting to help retailers and consumer brands build innovative global supply chain capabilities to achieve new levels of business agility, digitalization and performance.
Prior to Cleaca Consulting, Colin created and led the global sourcing and import logistics consulting practice at IBM. Previously, he was senior vice president for sales and marketing at Maersk Data where he directed development of a new ocean transportation management solution. Colin initially relocated from the UK to the US with Schlumberger to help lead and grow a new IT services joint venture startup.
Colin has a bachelor's degree in Communication Engineering from University of Plymouth (UK) and completed the Program for Executive Development at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). He is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology and has represented IBM on the board of directors for VICS and at GS1 US, the supply chain standards body.
Allen Thomas is the chief strategy officer for Advent Intermodal Solutions, an industry-leading, cloud-based software and information technology solutions company that is helping transform customer operations throughout the landside container supply chain. Thomas oversees all customer facing operations and market/product strategy development for Advent as they evolve their chassis.com, eModal.com, and eModalPro.com SaaS platforms, which foster real-time, transparent data sharing, and process automation between ports, terminal operators, motor carriers, 3PLs, and BCOs. He has over 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing as well as integrated operations teams for IT and automation systems providers in the container supply chain.
Thomas provides expertise on the application of gate automation, OCR, RFID, and real-time container location systems having implemented solutions for most major container terminal operators and freight railroads. Prior to joining Advent, he served as vice president of business strategy for the marine and ports business unit of ABB Group where he was responsible for global market strategy and business development of an $800 million integrated terminal automation, electrification, and service portfolio. Thomas' career began with Deloitte & Touche, followed by stints with SeaLand Service (now Maersk Line), Nascent Technology, Crux Systems, and finally 12 years at APS Technology Group (acquired by ABB).
Matthew Tillman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Haven, Inc . Prior to launching Haven, he held Technology and Product leadership roles at several finance and advertising companies specializing in artificial intelligence. Haven was founded in 2014 to enable large shippers to automate logistics, collaborate with partners, and gain value insights into their supply chain. Haven supports customers in every trade lane out of their offices in Singapore, Switzerland and San Francisco.