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Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Engineering
Sean leads the design, development and implementation of engineering processes and technology solutions at FedEx Freight. He leads a team responsible for designing and developing the business processes, planning tools, and operations technology for over 40,000 FedEx team members. Sean has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry, having joined the company in 1986 as a package handler. Prior to his current position, he was the Vice President of Global Planning and Engineering at FedEx Express.
Driving Innovation – In this session, Sean will discuss how to drive innovation by leveraging decision automation. He will cover how FedEx Freight utilizes design thinking to balance user needs with what is technologically possible and what is profitable to deliver sustained customer value and market opportunities. He will also discuss key trends affecting business and go through several examples of how FedEx Freight has used decision automation to deliver innovations.
Russell John Allgor
Chief Scientist, World-Wide Operations and Logistics
Since 2000, Russell has led a team of mathematical modeling experts in Amazon’s Global Fulfillment Systems and Worldwide Logistics group, which uses modeling, simulation, and optimization methods to improve the efficiency of Amazon’s operations. They focus on problems including network design and facility location, inventory planning, order assignment, equipment and process designs. He received a PhD in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Transportation Challenges in a Rapidly Growing and Highly Seasonal Business – Amazon’s retail growth drives the need for fulfillment and transportation capacity to support a seasonal peak that requires more capacity every year. Amazon evolves its network of fulfillment and transportation infrastructure to position inventory and to leverage and augment the capacity provided by commercial transportation carriers to enable rapid customer deliveries to customers. Designing and operating this transportation network drives a plethora of modeling and optimization challenges.
Vice President, Network Planning
Chuck is responsible for the planning and development of American’s worldwide route network, including scheduling 6,700 daily flights throughout Asia, Europe, North America and South America, as well as the development of the company’s long-term network strategy. Chuck previously held various managing director positions within American, most recently as Managing Director, Network Planning – Schedules. His team also coordinated network strategy under American’s trans-Atlantic joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia.
New Generation Network Planning Systems for Airlines – The Network Planning (NP) department at American Airlines is developing new generation systems (such as demand forecasting systems) that use the latest technological advances from operations research and computer science. These systems will support business users better and will also be easy to use. These systems will put data and analysis in the hands of network planners so that they can run various studies quickly and create greater business value. This talk will give an overview of these initiatives as well as other network planning initiatives pursued by other airlines.
Author, Advisor, Strategist and Thought Leader
John is an international keynote speaker and management consultant who has written five books on business and life success. He is recognized as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America and one of the Top 500 Leadership Development Experts in the World. John has presented workshops, speeches, and executive coaching to hundreds of organizations worldwide. He is also a guest lecturer at several universities including Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania; he is also a special instructor for the Entrepreneurial Master’s Program at MIT.
The Future of Business – During this information-intensive keynote, John Spence will share insights into the eight major trends impacting every business over the next 10 years, how to lead effectively through those changes, how to attract and retain top talent, and the core business strategies required for long-term success.
Dr. Ulrich Koegler
Ulrich is a Vice President with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) in Dubai and Düsseldorf. He primarily supports clients in the surface transport, rail, postal/logistics, aviation and maritime industries and in the infrastructure sector. Ulrich holds a PhD in physics from the University of Düsseldorf and a diploma in physics from University of Göttingen.
With 15+ years of experience, Sam is responsible for flight profitability results and schedule publications for United Airlines. He has worked in multiple areas of United, and at Neat Group (now part of Orbitz). Sam holds an MBA from Embry-Riddle University and an engineering degree from Southampton University (England).
Dr. Barry Smith
Barry specializes in air transportation scheduling, pricing and revenue management and holds patents in reservation system design, scheduling, pricing, operations and online retailing. He is an AGIFORS Fellow and has served as AGIFORS President, as well as the chair of the Scheduling and Strategic Planning and Pricing and Revenue Management study groups.
Thomas “T.J.” O’Connor
T.J. is the President of Reddaway Freight, a YRC Worldwide subsidiary with next-day and two-day delivery services for LTL shipments in the western United States and Canada, including Alaska and Hawaii. A tenured member of the YRC Worldwide team, he joined Roadway in 1982 and has served in a variety of management positions.
Rodney is a Partner and the head of Oliver Wyman’s Global Rail Practice. He is an international expert in transportation operations planning, infrastructure design and maintenance, strategy development, and performance management, notably for the rail freight industry. He earned his MS in logistics and supply chain management from Cranfield University in the U.K.
Ben is the Managing Director of Operations Research at FedEx Freight and is based in Harrison, Arkansas. With a background in mathematics, Ben has served in a variety of leadership roles in field operations, operations planning and engineering, and IT during his 25 years at FedEx Freight.
Graham is the Head of Technology (WAIO) for BHP Billiton Iron Ore, one of the world’s top producers of iron ore and other major commodities. In his 25-year tenure with the company, he has led projects in the simplification of information systems and data reporting, organizational design and values, and iron ore exploration.
Anthony leads a team responsible for daily operations and planning at Southwest Airlines in the western United States. He joined Southwest in 2007 and previously led teams in finance and network planning. He holds a master’s degree in economics and an MBA from West Virginia University, and a bachelor’s degree in aviation from Purdue University.
Kirk is the Executive General Manager for GE Transportation’s Global Services and Solutions. He has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience within the transportation software industry, including operations, product management, sales, marketing and implementation.
ROBERT J. GUTMAN
Robert is the AVP of Operations Research Modeling & Analytics at CSX Transportation. Bob has 30+ years of experience with CSX Transportation and the railroad industry. During that time he has held a wide range of leadership positions in Finance, Sales & Marketing, and Operations. He currently works in Service Design and has responsibility for all Operations Research and Network Modeling activities. He has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Loyola College.
HARBRINDER S. BAJWA
Harbrinder is the Director of the Railway Board at the Ministry of Railways in India. With over 20 years of experience, he is responsible for all freight transportation within Indian Railways. Harbrinder has a focus on positioning of rolling stock across the company, as well as finding IT based solutions for optimizing train operations.
Vijay is the Vice President of Freight Systems & Signalling at Ansaldo STS and is responsible for managing Ansaldo’s freight system and signalling portfolio as well as engineering operations and commissionings. With more than 27 years of experience in design, installation and testing of train control signalling system, Vijay is a chartered engineer qualified signalling expert.
CARL VAN DYKE
Carl is the Managing Partner at TransNetOpt and provides consulting services, with a primary focus on railways, in the areas of transportation network optimization, transportation planning and network management software. For over 30 years, Carl has focused on transportation network optimization and the application of computers to transportation engineering and operations issues.
Steven is Managing Director of Transportation at FedEx Freight based in Harrison, Arkansas. Steve began his career with FedEx 24 years ago as a dock worker while obtaining his degree from the University of Arkansas. Since that time he has served in numerous operational management positions. He is currently responsible for daily linehaul operations, management of backhaul capacity and administration functions.
Rob is Vice President of Linehaul at Saia LTL Freight. Rob joined Saia in 2008, and has served as the company’s Vice President of Linehaul since 2013. He has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. Under his leadership, Saia is consistently achieving new records for both load average and on-time service. Rob is responsible for network planning and system optimization functions.
Peter Thomas is the Chief Commercial Officer for GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business. Peter and his team are charged with developing a winning commercial strategy and driving customer focused, outcome oriented, commercialization efforts for GE Transportation’s RailConnect360 suite of software & analytics solutions. He has over 20 years of experience providing leadership in the rail technology and industrial automation industries.
Adam is the Managing Director of Network and Commercial Planning for Southwest Airlines; his primary responsibilities include all network aspects from the development of capacity through schedule creation, publication and execution. Adam began his career at Southwest Airlines in 1996 and spent over four years in various operational roles before transitioning over to the Network Planning Department.
Developing Industry-Leading Capabilities in Network Planning at Southwest Airlines – Deciding to build a new schedule optimization tool was easy for Southwest Airlines. With an innovative, best-in-class partner like Optym® in the co pilot seat we certainly haven’t been disappointed! But without simultaneous changes to people and processes, our work could be wasted. Join me to discuss how our work with Optym®, together with harnessing our culture, is transforming our airline.
Bob is the Director of Schedules at Frontier Airlines and has nearly 30 years of experience. He started at American Airlines, where he designed the San Jose and Miami hub schedules. Later, while at Sabre Airline Solutions, Bob led planning, scheduling and optimization projects for client airlines in Brazil, Spain and Japan. He received his Master of Science in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.
Improving Airline Operational Efficiency – Estimating block times In markets with no history explores a traditional approach, why it didn’t work, and how a process has evolved that uses trajectory information to better estimate (and fine tune) block times. This new approach provides operational feedback to internal and external groups that can help improve operational efficiency.
Seth is the Chief Digital Officer of GE Transportation and the president of GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business, which provides a connected suite of software solutions for the transportation industry. He joined GE after a career as a special forces officer in the U.S. Army. Seth is a graduate of West Point and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
GE Transportation and RailConnect360 – driving enhanced outcomes for the rail industry – Seth will focus on how software, data and analytics drive automation and enhanced outcomes in the rail industry. The rail industry is increasingly moving to integrated offerings that leverage data and analytics to optimize networks and operations and improve asset performance. This digital industrial revolution will drive unprecedented change in the way the railroads perform, compete globally, and unlock new value from data and business models.
Michele is the President of the Freight Business unit at Ansaldo STS, as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors ASTS Australia pty Ltd., and has been with the company since 2011. His extensive knowledge and experience includes restoring corporate balance through cutting costs and changing market position, automated systems and industrial processes, logistics and transport, purchasing, and security.
From Automation to Intelligent Automation – Data is being created at an accelerating rate, outstripping the ability of humans to keep up. Power tools are needed to process, understand, and effectively use ballooning volumes of information. Our experience in transportation solutions will be shared, along with the new challenges ahead – from our driverless, automated mass transit and heavy haul applications to the new frontier of intelligent decision support systems that learn and adapt.
Mark is the Acting Head of Design and Modifications (Information Systems) at BHP Billiton Iron Ore in Perth, Australia. His six-year tenure at BHP Billiton has included managing scheduling at the Integrated Remote Operations Centre (IROC), working on operational readiness for a multi-billion-dollar iron ore expansion project, and developing systems that schedule and execute the integrated mines, rail and port supply chain.
BHPB’s Journey Toward Decision Automation – Mark will provide a brief explanation of BHPB’s supply chain and critical dependencies and explain how the company’s thinking on automation evolved over time. He will also discuss BHP’s “Eco System Approach” (automation involving many technologies working in concert) using optimization, neural networks and machine learning.
Scott is the President of Holland Freight, a YRC Worldwide subsidiary, and has more than 27 years of freight transportation experience and proven expertise in service performance. His experience includes management of field and network operations, including the oversight of all terminal facilities throughout the Holland footprint.
Optimization in an LTL Environment – Scott will cover the current state of optimization in the trucking industry, static vs. dynamic planning, and the impact that optimization has on the industry.
Dr. Ron Brensinger
Ron is the Manager of Forecast Models for Network Planning at American Airlines and has over 25 years of airline planning and modeling experience. In a variety of roles in strategic and network planning, he forecast route and system profitability for Air Florida, designed the Philadelphia hub for Eastern Airlines, and created algorithms and methodologies for American to refine its Industry Forecast Model. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.
The History and Future of American Airline’s Network Forecasting Model – Ron will follow the evolution of passenger, revenue and profit forecasting systems for airlines from the late 1980s to the 4th generation model now underway. Now at the current model’s end of life, American Airlines is embarking on the Next Generation Forecasting System in collaboration with Optym that leaps forward with a new modular framework infused with intelligent automation and features required by the new generation of model users.
Dr. Robert Obee
Bob is a senior business leader and consultant with a high-impact track record in operations, IT and strategic planning and execution. He has a deep understanding of LTL (less than truckload) operations and has served in senior executive positions (CIO, CTO, SVP – Planning & Strategy) at several LTL companies including Roadway and YRC Worldwide. He received his Doctorate of Business Administration in Decision Science from Kent State University.
LTL Industry and Optimization Software: So Much Promise, So Little Delivered– In this talk, Bob will answer an important question: when the operations research (e.g., optimization) field has been so successful in many aspects of the transportation industry, why has the LTL industry had a different experience? He will share how recent developments are laying the groundwork for success, what your company can do to avoid common pitfalls, and how to prepare it to leverage upcoming capabilities.
DR. ARVIND KUMAR
Arvind is the Vice President of Research and Development at Optym®, and also the Managing Director of Optym® India. He is a seasoned expert in optimization and simulation, and has led the development of key optimization-based solutions for railroads and trucking. He also consults for Optym’s® projects in strategy, planning and analysis. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Florida.
Optimizing Pickup and Delivery Operations for LTL Carriers– Most LTL carriers do not use optimization-based software to manage their pickup and delivery operations. This talk gives a brief survey of current software solutions and explains why they are not used. The talk also gives an overview and demo of RouteMAXTM, a pickup and delivery software developed by Optym®.