At the IBF, we realize that executives are faced with unprecedented pressures to react quickly and maintain a healthy company track record, despite rising costs, shrinking margins, and lack of loyalty from customers. With a proliferation of new products in the marketplace, shorter product life-cycles, the difficulties in succeeding has become even greater. For many product launches, companies have only one shot to get it right because of their shrinking life spans. The need for speed and accuracy is forcing us to look for new ways to make the right decisions, develop more efficient and responsive supply chains, and manage risk and volatility. As a result, companies are searching for the demand signals that can provide a clearer picture on how the business is doing at a given point in time.

Questions arise, do we have the right people to capture and analyze the signals? What signals are available that should be considered? What technology solutions and customizations are needed to be successful? What talent development programs are needed to produce the right people for these roles? What organizational structures and career tracks are needed to retain such talent? And what process advancements and collaborative activities, both inside and outside the organization, are needed to help us to become market leaders for today and tomorrow? And of course, where do you begin?

Well, it begins by stepping outside your organization and learning from other leadership teams that have led their companies to success. You will find these teams at IBF’s upcoming “Leadership Business Planning & Forecasting Forum,” taking place in Orlando, Florida USA on October 22, 2012. This premier executive forum is geared towards professionals like yourself, engaged in higher levels of responsibilities and those that work with them.

Executive Discussion Streams Include:

✲ How to leverage Integrated Demand Signals and Systems
✲ What kind of Talent Management and Organizational Design do we need today
✲ The future advances in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

Distinguished Panelists:

  • Michael Wachtel, Vice President Demand Planning, L’OREAL
  • John Gallucci, Senior Director of Planning, PINNACLE FOODS
  • Cliff Engle, Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain, FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
  • Mark Kremblewski, Global Business Process Expert – Demand Planning, PROCTER & GAMBLE
  • Grant Hoffman, CPF, Sr. Director of Global Planning & Operations, MOTOROLA MOBILITY/ GOOGLE
  • Rick Davis, Vice President Business Planning, KELLOGG’S
  • Jonathon Karelse, VP – Strategic Planning and Corporate Development,WHOLESALE TIRE DISTRIBUTORS
  • Michael Vincitorio, Senior Director Demand Management / S&OP, OFFICE DEPOT
  • Rizwan Asim, Director of Supply Chain. MCDONALDS
  • Mike Pechtel, Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations, WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
  • Patrick Bower, Sr. Director, Corporate Planning & Customer Service, COMBE INCORPORATED
  • Rafal Porzucek, Global Process Leader for Demand Planning, PROCTER & GAMBLE
  • Trevor Miles, Vice President, Thought Leader, KINAXIS
  • Lora Cecere, Founder, SUPPLY CHAIN INSIGHTS
  • Larry Lapide, Researcher, MIT

Of course, there will be the right balance of learning, networking, and fun. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with key executives at our evening BBQ dinner. A lesson or contact that you pick up during a face to face conversation may prove invaluable in the future, along with the solutions discussed during the informative sessions.

We invite you to attend and boost your organizations success by attending the IBF’s Leadership Forum — the only program of its kind with a diverse group of demand planning, forecasting, and supply chain leaders in attendance.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Kind Regards,
Anish Jain
Managing Director
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning – IBF

Save by bringing groups! Additionally, have your team attend our “Supply Chain Planning & Forecasting: Best Practices Conference” taking place the day after the Leadership Forum, October 23-24, 2012. Details can be found here: