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2014 APICS Board of Directors

APICS is pleased to present the 2014 APICS Board of Directors. These dedicated volunteers bring diverse points of view to the leadership body, and these varied perspectives will drive the strategic direction of APICS in the coming year.

The 2014 APICS Chair, Jason Wheeler, CPIM, CSCP, and the members of the board look forward to a year of advancing supply chain excellence. 

2015 Board Announcements

  Jason Wheeler, CPIM, CSCP
Roche Diagnostics
APICS Board of Directors, Chair
Jason Wheeler has been employed by Roche Diagnostics since 2004, and currently serves as a Process Improvement Engineer. His role has expanded to include leadership roles on several cross functional teams at Roche. He previously worked for Red Gold for nine years and served in various roles including production supervisor, inventory analyst, and master planner. Wheeler has been an active member of APICS since late 2002. He has served on the Board of Directors for the past three years. Additionally, he served on the Great Lakes District Staff, the 2007 Chapter Development Committee, and the 2009 and 2010 Conference Committees, along with various roles at the local chapter including president. He also participated in the 2007 APICS Future Leaders Summit in Chicago.

  Alan Dunn, CPIM
GDI Consulting
APICS Board of Directors, Chair-Elect
Alan Dunn serves as president of GDI Consulting and Training Company and is the founding sponsor of the Manufacturing Executive Institute. Prior to founding GDI, Dunn was vice president of Gemini Management Consulting and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to his 30 years of technical and management consulting experience, Dunn has extensive experience manufacturing environments and has participated in more than 200 manufacturing and distribution consulting projects inside more than 150 companies.  Dunn has served as president of the APICS Orange County Chapter, Chairman of the 1989 APICS International Conference and Expo and as a member of the APICS Education Strategy Committee and APICS Body of Knowledge Committee.

  William Bickert
NAVSUP Global Logistics
APICS Board of Directors Treasurer
Bill Bickert serves as Vice Commander, NAVSUP Global Logistics Support - a Senior Executive Service position in the U.S. Navy. In this role he is responsible for fulfillment of supplies and services globally for all Navy operational units. He has extensive experience in both commercial and military supply chain management. He is a retired US Navy Supply Corps Captain with 24 years of active service. As a corporate supply chain executive, he served as Director of Material Planning and Procurement for COMPAQ Computer Corporation and Vice President/Division Manager at CACI - responsible for field service support of Navy and Marine Corps activities in the Pacific.

  Bintong Chen
University of Delaware
Bintong Chen is associate dean for research and professor of business administration at Lerner College for Business and Economics, University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. in operations management/research from the Wharton School, M.S. in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and B.S. degrees in ship-building and naval architecture as well as electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

He has taught operations management/research related classes at undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels. His research interests include optimization techniques and applied business modeling. He published in many high quality academic journals and his research work has been widely cited. He received several teaching, research, and faculty excellence awards at both college and university levels. He is currently a senior editor for Production and Operations Management. He has supervised and worked on consulting projects for JPMorgan Chase, Delaware Department of Transportation, Nordstrom, Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, Key Bank, Northwest Dairy Farm, Burlington Northern Rail and AT&T.

  David J. Closs, PhD
Michigan State University
David Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of Business Administration and Chairperson of the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. Closs has been extensively involved in the development and application of computer models and information systems for logistics operations and planning. Closs’s primary research interests include supply chain strategy, information systems, security, and planning techniques. Closs has authored and co-authored numerous articles and made presentations regarding world-class logistics, supply chain capabilities, and logistics information systems applications. He is an active member in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and The Supply Chain Council and is on the Board of Directors of the Supply Chain Council. Closs is the executive editor of Logistics Quarterly.

  Keith Connolly
AT&T
Keith Connolly is Vice President–Consumer & Corporate Supply Chain for AT&T. Responsible for sourcing, inventory planning, forward/reverse logistics, and quality control for Consumer products such as mobile devices, tablets, wearables, home automation equipment and set top boxes. Leads strategic sourcing for commodities such as contact centers, professional services, office products & real estate. In charge of Corporate Travel and Supply Chain systems. Connolly holds an MBA from San Jose State University, a master’s degree in science in telecommunications management from Golden Gate University, and a bachelor’s degree in purchasing/materials management from Arizona State University. Connolly is a member of the University of Texas–Dallas Supply Chain Management Industry Advisory Board and a board member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council. 

  Sonia Daviaud
Decision Value
Sonia Daviaud serves as founder and managing director of Decision Value – a supply chain optimization consulting firm, and has more than 15 years of professional consulting experience. Prior founding Decision Value, Daviaud acted as senior executive in large consulting companies Accenture and BearingPoint. Her professional experience includes a wide range of consulting assignments covering internal and external supply chain strategies, collaborative and advanced planning solutions selection, demand and supply management processes efficiency studies, supply chain operation improvement programs, inventory reduction methods, logistics network strategies and outsourcing studies, and lean production systems design and implementation.

  Erica Dickson, CPIM, CSCP
Intel
Erica Dickson has more than 12 years of experience in operations management. She has worked in various roles as a planner, program manager, developer, and lean leadership champion. Dickson has a background in high tech supply chains and mid-size teams. Currently she serves as the supply line planning manager at Intel, where she manages eight diverse direct reports for global reverse logistics. As an APICS Past President and APICS District Director of Information Technology, Dickson has extensive experience creating annual budgets and actuals tracking systems for responsible financial management.

  Steve Georgevitch
Boeing
Steve Georgevitch leads the Supply Chain Design organization within Boeing’s Global Services & Support Supply Chain Management Capability Center. In this role, Mr. Georgevitch leads in the design, development and sustainment of integrated supply chain management solutions in support of Boeing’s global military customers. 

Prior to his current role, Mr.Georgevitch supported the establishment and integration of a Logistics Command & Control Technology business practice, where he played a key role in several strategic business acquisitions necessary to serve this market. With more than twenty-five years of aerospace operations and supply chain management experience, Mr. Georgevitch has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Defense in the areas of Automated Identification Technology and Total Life Cycle Support, including industry leadership roles in the support of DoD policies in Radio Frequency Identification and Unique Item Identification. In addition, Georgevitch has extensive experience in enterprise business solutions, including the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning and Enterprise Asset Management systems.  Mr. Georgevitch has led supply chain execution organizations in both aircraft production and component parts manufacturing.

Georgevitch is a graduate of St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Contract Management.  He is the Chairman of St. Louis University’s Center for Supply Chain Management Studies and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for St. Louis University’s School for Professional Studies. He is Vice Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Center of Excellence for Logistics and Distribution (CELDi), and recently served on the Board of Directors of the Supply Chain Council as the immediate past-chair.

  W. Brad Householder
PwC
Brad Householder is a partner in PRTM’s Supply Chain Practice. In his fifteen years with PRTM, Householder has been a leader in developing and implementing innovative supply chain strategies and solutions across a wide range of industries and organizations, including high tech, building materials, chemicals, petroleum, and the US Army. Householder was a key contributor to PRTM’s critically acclaimed book, Strategic Supply Chain Management: The 5 Disciplines for Top Performance. He is a member of the Supply Chain Council Board of Directors and North American Leadership Team and a graduate of MIT with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in management and mechanical engineering and is an MIT fellow in the Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) Program.

  Vadim Kapustin
Walmart
Vadim Kapustin serves as senior director of strategy and enablement and Walmart. He has professional experience as director of international strategy for Walmart, and as a principal at A.T. Kearney. He has helped dozens of Fortune 500 and international clients in the areas of supply chain strategy and operational improvements, including manufacturing strategy and cost reduction, warehousing and distribution, strategic sourcing, business turnarounds, and new market entry strategies. Lately he has been focusing on strategy and enablement of Walmart global price leadership and customer insights. Vadim cofounded and managed Ramita and Naytov in Uzbekistan, and founded the nonprofit Russian Digital Alliance in the US.

  Jerry Kilty, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP
Quality Management Solutions
Jerry Kilty has more than 45 years of industry experience and is the current president and founder of Quality Management Solutions (QMS), where he is responsible for both the financial and physical elements of inventory. His experience includes being owner and manager of QMS for 20 years, working at Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 25 years, and 4 years of production line experience in GM factories. Kilty loves to teach and he spent 18 years as an APICS instructor. He holds a master instructor designation for APICS CPIM, CSCP, and Lean.

  Bhaskar Majee, CSCP
General Electric Company
Bhaskar Majee heads the global fulfillment (supply chain) team for GE lighting. In his current role, he is responsible for developing the strategy and building the organizational capability of new Supply Chain operations models related to LED lighting solutions.  Majee is an operation leader with 15 years of global experience in solving complex cross functional problems. His experience has spanned across multiple areas of operations from end to end supply chain transformation, manufacturing strategy, warehousing and distribution, sourcing strategy, integrated business planning, and system implementations. Majee was also an adjunct faculty at John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He has also served on various APICS committees.

  Steven Melnyk, PhD
Michigan State University
Steve Melnyk is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management (Ph.D. – The Ivey School, University of Western Ontario, 1981) at Michigan State University. He is an active researcher with 17 co-authored books on operations and supply chain management and over 90 refereed research articles. His research interests include supply chain and design, metrics/system measurement, responsiveness supply chains, supply chain design, sustainability, and strategic supply chain management.  Dr. Melnyk sits on the editorial review board of numerous academic refereed journals. He is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally.

  Maha Muzumdar
Oracle
Maha Muzumdar is Vice President, Supply Chain at Oracle, where he helps formulate, define, and drive the market strategy and messaging for Oracle’s supply chain applications.  Previously, Muzumdar also served as VP, Industry Marketing for manufacturing industries at Oracle.  Prior to Oracle, Muzumdar held senior executive and leadership positions with leading consulting and software companies including Aspen Technology, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young Management Consulting. Muzumdar has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategy, supply chain, management consulting, re-engineering, process improvement, and SCM/ERP systems implementation. He is a board member of the Supply Chain Council and the Texas A&M Supply Chain Management and actively develops and promotes Oracle’s relationship with leading industry associations and academic institutions. A published author and a frequent speaker, Muzumdar holds an MBA and a PhD in business administration.

  Dana Riess, CPIM
AbbVie Inc.
Riess has more than 19 years financial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in international commercial and manufacturing operations.  She currently works for AbbVie Inc. as a controller, and is based in Chicago.  She has held a wide variety of financial management positions at Abbott, including nine years living overseas in Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe, where she directed international business planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, information technology, and treasury functions for numerous foreign manufacturing and commercial subsidiaries.

  John H. Sells
Lockheed Martin
John Sells has extensive experience in challenging Tier-1 program management positions from across government and industry, and  currently leads a Lockheed Martin corporate level strategic effort focused on end-to-end supply chain management, and how the role of the Supply Chain Executive is evolving in today’s economic environment.

With more than thirty years of leadership experience in strategic planning, supply chain management, government operations, and life cycle product support, John works across the global Aerospace & Defense industry in developing logistics & sustainment guidance and implementing best practices. 

John is currently serving as Chairman and Executive Director for the Supply Chain Council, the trade association that developed and endorses the Supply Chain Operations Reference-model (SCOR®). John is a certified SCOR-Professional, and is a graduate of the American River College and the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School.

  Colin Seftel, CFPIM, CSCP
PSQ
Colin Seftel has more than 38 years of industry experience and is a former director of SAPICS, an APICS Channel Partner. His experience includes more than 20 years’ experience with Petrel Engineering where he served as operations manager, quality assurance manager, materials manager, and information technology manager. Seftel has extensive experience as a consultant in the areas of MRP, scheduling, procurement and quality management, has trained more than 500 students in supply chain and operations management and is recognized as a Lead Instructor for CPIM.

  Arun Raman, CPIM
Caterpillar Inc.
Ex officio 2014 Student/Young Professional Director
Arun Raman is a supply chain performance engineer at Caterpillar Inc., where he is responsible for leading strategic sourcing projects and building a flexible and sustainable supply chain for the Track Type Tractor and Hydraulic Excavator Undercarriage product group. In 2011, Raman graduated with an MS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University. He was an APICS Student Scholar at the 2010 APICS Conference & Expo and currently serves as Director of Student Chapter Affairs for the Lincolnland APICS Chapter, where he has played a critical role in setting up and monitoring the Bradley student chapter.

 Peter Vanderminden Peter Vanderminden
Microsoft Corporation
Peter Vanderminden is the Industry Manager, Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Microsoft Corporation, where he consults to some of Microsoft's largest corporate accounts on business solutions and enterprise architecture strategies. He holds an MBA, with Distinction, from Leeds University, UK; a BS in Communications Science from RPI, Troy, NY and a post-graduate certificate in System Dynamics from MIT, Cambridge, MA.  A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, his career spans 30 years of working in supply chain management, transportation, financial services, health/life sciences and computer software industries and has worked at companies such as GE, JP Morgan Chase, UPS and Pitney Bowes/MapInfo.

  Don Weintritt
Sadara Chemical Company
Don Weintritt is the Strategic Integration Director for Sadara Chemical Company in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.  Sadara, the single largest petrochemical plant build ever executed, is a joint venture between the Dow Chemical Company and Saudi Aramco. In his role Don is leading the cross-functional integration of the Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Supply Chain, Business Planning, Information Systems, Purchasing and Procurement groups for the new company. Previously Don has held various positions in chemical and plastics process R&D, manufacturing and supply chain for Union Carbide Chemical Company, ANGUS Chemical Company, and Dow. He has been a guest lecturer for Michigan State University and is a previous member of the MSU Supply Chain Research Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and has been featured in a number of industry publications and forums.