TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Senior Leader Interactive Master Class2:30pm - 5:30pm
Redefining Leadership for the Digital Age
Across consumer products, today's business leaders are struggling to effectively adopt digital technologies. Isolated, incremental, and uncoordinated approaches have proven ineffective (and costly). The immense scale, unprecedented scope, and accelerated speed of digital advances calls for a new, multidisciplinary approach to digital leadership. Drawing on extensive research, Prof. Venkatraman guides participants through an authoritative framework for digital leadership that aligns internal functions and external partners and stakeholders. Participants will have the opportunity to apply these principles to their organizational environment in a facilitated interactive workshop. Don't miss this opportunity to delve into industry best practices that can make an immediate and far-reaching impact on your company.
Space is limited. Please secure your spot by confirming your interest on our registration form.
Evening Event7:00pm - 10:00pm
Join us for an Italian evening at Eataly Chicago. Network with your executive peers over fresh pizza and pasta and delicious drinks.
La Pizza La Pasta
Address: 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Networking Breakfast 7:00am - 8:15am
Welcome 8:30am - 8:45am
Opening Keynote8:45am - 9:30am
From Evolution to Revolution: Harnessing Technology for Business Reinvention
How do you transform a 175-year-old market-leading company away from its core product category? Inspired by a bold vision of a world without cigarettes, teams across Philip Morris International (PMI) are taking on this challenge as they work to transform PMI from the inside out toward a smoke-free future. Join us for an executive keynote with PMI's Chief Digital and Information Officer and former Adidas business leader, Michael Voegele, as he draws from his experience to reflect on the critical role of technology in achieving a bold corporate vision.
Chief R&D Officer Panel9:30am - 10:30am
Rethinking R&D: Navigating the New Landscape of Consumer Product Innovation
Simultaneous forces are putting unprecedented pressure on today’s consumer products R&D organizations. From lingering impacts from the pandemic, to nimble, disruptive new market entrants, to talent and sustainability challenges, it’s clear R&D needs to evolve fast. R&D leaders need a renewed approach to consumer product innovation that will drive sustained competitive advantage. Join our panel of consumer product innovation leaders as they reveal how they are reconfiguring the R&D function to reestablish its position as a central pillar of their organization's business strategy. Engage with these experts as they delve into topics like talent strategies, ways of working, the role of AI, and how innovation should involve the end-to-end value chain.
Craig Slavtcheff, Chief R&D and Innovation Officer, Campbell Soup Company
Michael Ott, Chief R&D Officer, The Clorox Company
Tara Glasgow, Senior Vice President R&D, Global Beverages, PepsiCo
Sumit Bhasin, Senior Vice President, Global R&D, Estée Lauder
Michel Oostwal, Former Senior Vice President, R&D, Petcare, Mars
Break10:30 am - 10:45am
Chief Supply Chain Officer Panel10:45am - 11:45am
Future Proofing the Supply Chain for Competitive Advantage
Delve into the complexity of modern consumer product supply chains with our esteemed panel of industry leaders. This session will explore key topics that are critical to modern supply chain management, including value chain collaboration, digital transformation, consumer-centricity, agility & resilience, and sustainability. Our panelists will share their insights and strategies on how these elements come together to create a robust, future-proof supply chain that not only meets the demands of today's dynamic business environment but also provides a competitive edge. Expect a lively discussion filled with practical tips, innovative ideas, and forward-thinking solutions that will help you transform your supply chain into a proactive, customer-focused, resilient, and sustainable powerhouse.
Networking Lunch 11:45pm - 1:00pm
Concurrent Sessions 11:00pm - 1:45pm
Across consumer products enterprises, leaders and managers face new challenges in attracting, retaining, and up-skilling employees. From the front line of the factory floor to R&D labs to quality and regulatory compliance, people are the make or break component for your organization's short and long-term business success.
Join this panel of talent leaders to learn best practices you can apply in your organization on pressing topics such as defining and amplifying employee experience, managing diverse cultural and generational norms, and successfully engaging employees in transformation efforts.
Kristy N. Waterman, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, TreeHouse Foods
Rosa Santos, VP, HR Talent Management & Organizational Development, PepsiCo
Gustavo Bastos de Souza, Global VP, Human Resources, Kraft Heinz Company
Kyle Sherlock, Director of Total Rewards, Amsted Industries
Stacia Wood, Partner, PwC
The food & beverage value chain is undergoing a digital transformation to improve resilience and agility. Leading companies are adopting digital technologies to enhance operational efficiency while ensuring robust food safety controls and improving product quality. Join our executive panel of speakers to hear how their organizations have kickstarted their transformation journey to build consumer trust through digitally enabled food safety and quality.
Arnie Sair, Head of Global Quality & Food Safety, Bunge
Deann Akins-Lewenthal, Sr. Director Global Food Safety, Mondelez
Stacey Popham, Global Vice President, Quality, Food Safety & Regulatory, Barry Callebaut
Olivier Mignot, Vice President Global Quality Management, Nestlé
Break1:45pm - 2:15pm
Concurrent Sessions 22:15pm - 3:00pm
Join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring quality leaders from leading CPG enterprises. They'll explore the most pressing topics facing CPG quality leaders today, including how they're embedding a culture of quality throughout the organization, the interplay between quality management and consumer experience management, and the development of the next generation of quality management talent. Moreover, our panelists will shed light on the transformative role of digital technology in quality management. This panel discussion will not only offer deep insights into these areas but also provide actionable insights for positioning quality's digital transformation as a key to building consumer trust and driving overall business success.
Aldo Caceres, Chief Quality Officer, Beiersdorf
Breda Quinn, Global Transformation Quality Director, Reckitt
Maryam Mellatdoust, Senior Vice President, Global Innovation and Quality, Estée Lauder
Ana Rita Rezende Debiazzi, Head of Group Quality Excellence & QMS, dsm-firmenich
This session will bring together industry regulatory leaders to explore how effective management of regulatory affairs can serve as a powerful catalyst for business expansion. Our esteemed panelists will delve into strategies for streamlining regulatory processes, ensuring compliance while fostering innovation, and leveraging regulatory affairs as a strategic tool for business growth. They will share their personal experiences and insights on transforming regulatory challenges into opportunities, thus paving the way for sustainable growth. Expect to glean valuable knowledge from direct experts for rethinking the role of regulatory affairs in your organization's growth story.
Brian Slezak, Senior Vice President Global Regulatory Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive
Lisa Pankiewicz, Vice President, Global Stewardship, The Clorox Company
Eva Hurt, Vice President Scientific & Regulatory Affairs North America, The Coca-Cola Company
Lynn Warner, Head, North America Regulatory at Givaudan
Break3:00pm - 3:15pm
Concurrent Sessions 33:15pm - 4:00pm
True market leaders in major companies today operate in high trust environments enabled and supported by strong loyal supply relationships. Such operational models acknowledge the importance of supply networks in creating robust supply chains and enable the growth of sustainable, trusted brands. In this fireside chat, quality leadership from global fast food chain giant Jollibee will dive into their strategy for forging stronger partnerships underpinned by an emphasis on food safety, compliance, and continuous improvement. Acknowledging their place as both a role model in Asia and a growing force in the quick service sector, Jollibee continues to strive for global excellence while staying true to its Asian roots and a culture of empowering its supply chain. Hear how the organization has introduced a best-in-class supplier continuous learning program to drive awareness and uptake of joint sustainability initiatives. You will leave this session with key learnings on operating with Asian suppliers and the importance of building resilient relationships in moving suppliers from being a network to being partners.
Join this panel to hear from cross functional leaders and industry experts about how companies are innovating in a digital-paced world. Expect to hear these industry veterans delve into the art and science of managing increasing consumer expectations around the pace of new product launches and real time marketing dialogues. We'll explore actionable strategies for managing the very real problem of risk, and incorporating new technologies such as AI; and discuss the basic realities of delighting a diverse global consumer base.
Closing Keynote4:00pm - 4:30pm
Navigating Disruption: A Roadmap for Managing Digital Transformation in Consumer Products
Wrap-up4:30pm - 4:45pm
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