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Patrick Bower
Patrick Bower
Combe Inc.

Sr. Director, Global Supply Chain Planning & Customer Service

Patrick Bower has a wide area of expertise, including S&OP, Demand Planning, Inventory, Network Optimization, and Production Scheduling. A recognized expert on demand planning and S&OP, and a self-professed “S&OP geek” - Patrick was previously Practice Manager of Supply Chain Planning at the consulting firm, Plan4Demand where his client list included Diageo, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Foster Farms, Cabot Industries and American Girl. Patrick’s experience encompasses tenures with Cadbury, Kraft Foods, Unisys, and Snapple. Patrick also worked for the supply chain software company - Numetrix, and was Vice President of R&D at Atrion International. He was also the recipient of IBF’s 2012 award for Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning.

Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Puma

Director of Demand & Supply Planning
Joe Eschenbrenner serves as Director of Demand Planning for Puma North America. Joe's current responsibilities are focused in multiple areas, driving "Speed to Market" and "Holistic Operational Efficiency". He manages Demand and Supply Planning, Merchandising, Operations, and Marketing and Sales. Prior to joining Puma, Joe was the Global Manager of Demand Planning for the Timken Company which serves diverse industries including Automotive, Heavy Truck, Off Highway, Rail, Wind Energy, Heavy Industries, Power Transmission, Industrial Distribution and Automotive Market. Joe holds an MBA and Master's Degree in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as well as a B.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Connecticut. Joe is a past President of the Automotive Market Research Council and has achieved IBF's Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF) designation.
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Crocs

Vice President of Global Planning
Todd has extensive experience in coordinating demand planning processes and S&OP. He was involved in Finance, Customer Service, Supply Chain, and Sales Planning. He is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) and holds a BS degree from Boston College and an MBA from University of New Hampshire with a focus in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. Todd is also a member of the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning (IBF) Board of Advisors, and has served as a keynote speaker & panelist for IBF Executive Forums and conferences. Todd has also published in the IBF's Journal of Business Forecasting.
John Gallucci
John Gallucci
Bayer Consumer Healthcare

VP, Demand Planning
John Gallucci has over 20 years of business planning leadership experience, and is currently the Vice President of Demand Planning for Bayer’s US Consumer Healthcare Division. He has authored innovative solutions in the areas of S&OP, inventory management, distribution, transportation, network optimization, and customer logistics. He has designed and implemented Executive S&OP and IBP processes in four companies, spanning the chemical, consumer goods, and food/beverage industries. John holds a B.S. with a dual major in Marketing and Business Management from Lehigh University, and has been CPIM certified since 2000. He has been a member of the IBF’s Board of Advisors since 2008, and has served as a speaker and panelist for IBF Executive Forums on the topics of S&OP Optimization, Lean Forecasting, Talent Management, Integrated Demand Signals, and New Product Forecasting. In 2014, the IBF presented John with the “Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning” award. Recipients of this award are driven by peer-nominations, on the merits of industry thought-leadership, delivering sustainable business results, innovating within the field, and expanding the industry’s body of knowledge, while raising awareness for the field.
Steven Hainey, CPF, CPSM, CPIM, MCIPS, C.P.M.
Steven Hainey, CPF, CPSM, CPIM, MCIPS, C.P.M.
Ashley Furniture

VP of Integrated Business Planning
Steven has over 20 years’ experience in global multi-site supply chain planning for Fortune 100 & 500 manufacturing companies. Steven has built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise in retail consumable goods, chemical materials and medical device products. He has also led numerous S&OP implementation and enhancement projects throughout his career. As the Director of Supply Chain for Jarden Applied Materials, he currently oversees the S&OP, production planning, procurement, warehousing and logistics for servicing big box retailers. Clients include Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot and more. In a senior supply chain role at Honeywell Fluorine Products, he was accountable for all inventory planning elements, including the business’s S&OP processes for their chemical plants, blending facilities and distribution centers across 7 countries. He led Fluorine Products to be Honeywell PMT’s first BU to achieve a corporate audit of “Green” for S&OP tools and reporting.
John Hellriegel, CPF
John Hellriegel, CPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Sr. Advisor/Facilitator
John Hellriegel is a Senior Supply Chain and Demand Planning, CPF leader with over 25 years of experience across multiple industries. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University. He has worked across industries for companies such as Estee Lauder, Honeywell, Diageo, Pepperidge Farm, Accenture, and GE. John has worked in demand planning, inventory optimization, capacity planning, deployment planning, and SIOP development. John is passionate about developing people within companies to lead change. John lives in Mendham, New Jersey with his wife and two boys.
Eric Wilson, CPF
Eric Wilson, CPF
Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

Director of Thought Leadership
Eric is a predictive analytics and business planning innovator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Thought Leadership at the IBF. Prior to this he worked as the Director of Demand Planning at Escalade Sports, Director of Demand Planning at Berry Plastics, and Director of Demand Planning & S&OP at Tempur Sealy International. In 2016, he received the Excellence in Business Forecasting & Planning award from the IBF. He is an IBF Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) with over 20 years of experience. Eric is a visionary in his field, a frequent speaker and panelist for many executive forums and professional conferences, and has written numerous articles in publications such as The Journal of Business Forecasting and APICS Magazine. He is also the author of the book Cultural Cycles.
Debbie Climer
Debbie Climer
Cummins Inc.

Global Enterprise Director of IBP
Debbie has spent 20 years working in a variety of roles in manufacturing and quality across different business units at Cummins Inc. For the last 8 years, she has lead Integrated Business Planning across the enterprise, responsible for deployment, assessment, education and improvements across all business segments. Debbie previously led the IBP process in the Engine business segment facilitating both the MBR and IR steps of the process. Prior to Cummins, she was an officer in the US Navy. Debbie holds a degree in Business Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and an MBA from Ball State University.
Jessica Lackey
Jessica Lackey
Electrolux

Senior Director, Supply Chain Planning
Jessica Lackey serves as Senior Director, Supply Chain Planning for Electrolux Major Appliances, North America. Jessica’s current responsibilities span Demand Planning, Supply Planning/Execution, the Executive S&OP process, and overseeing a new planning system implementation. Her previous experience includes 10+ years in Planning and Operations at Nike, Inc. and McKinsey and Company. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Penn State, and a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. She is passionate about talent development within the Supply Chain space and is a Certified Professional Coach.
Jon Ostrom
Jon Ostrom
Columbia

Director of Planning Applications and Supply Chain Analytics
Tim Hotze
Tim Hotze
Target

SVP Global Network Planning and Global Intelligence
Tim Hotze is Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Global Intelligence for Target. He oversees Target’s future Supply Chain intelligence products as well as end-to-end operational functions for Network and Topology Planning, S&OP, and Guest Order and Availability Management. Before joining Target in November 2017, Tim held a number of leadership roles at Amazon covering Supply Chain Execution, Capacity Planning and Management, Inventory Placement and Labor Planning. He also spent more than a decade at Panalpina World Transport where he had responsibility for worldwide logistics and Supply Chain solutions as well as innovation management. He sat on the board of The Warehouse Education and Research Council and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning (IBF). Tim holds a joint Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Logistics and Supply Chain from the University of Technology in Darmstadt (Germany).
Anne-Laure Coussot
Anne-Laure Coussot
Mondelēz Canada

Demand Planning Director
Anne-Laure is the Demand Planning Director at Mondelēz Canada, leading the forecasting team and being a key contributor of the IBP process. She started her career at Mondelēz France where she built extensive commercial expertise from sales rep to category lead. She then moved into the Canadian business unit in 2015 and held roles in shopper marketing, category & revenue planning as well as key account management. In January 2020 she joined the supply team as the demand planning lead for all Mondelēz categories where she is currently leading the transformation of Mondelēz Canada’s Demand Planning processes, structure and systems. Prior to Mondelēz, Anne-Laure held roles at Danone and Sony. She holds a degree in marketing from Lund universitet, Sweden, and a Master’s degree in Business from NEOMA, France.
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Event Speakers
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Patrick Bower
Combe Inc.
Sr. Director, Global Supply Chain Planning & Customer Service
Joseph Eschenbrenner, ACPF
Puma
Director of Demand & Supply Planning
Todd Gallant, ACPF
Crocs
Vice President of Global Planning
Virtual Leadership Forum Schedule
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  • On-Demand Workshop
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  • Forum Day 1
    Oct 21, 2020
  • Forum Day 2
    Oct 22, 2020
IBF Members Only
Fundamentals of Demand Planning & Forecasting Workshop (Gold Package/IBF Members Only)

ROLE OF FORECASTING IN THE ORGANIZATION

  • Benefits and its impact on supply chain, management decisions, financial plans
  • Responsibilities/Accountability
  • Consensus development and management support
  • Relationship to other decision and planning processes
  • Cross-function participation and involvement

DATA MANAGEMENT AND DATA CLEANING

  • Data identification and definition
  • Structure of time series data
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Identifying and adjusting for anomalies

FORECAST ERROR MEASUREMENT

  • Importance of error measurement and analysis
  • Sources and remediation of error
  • Interpretation and application of error metrics
  • Mean Absolute % Error (MAPE)
  • Weighted Mean Absolute % Error (WMAPE)
  • Error analysis and cost of error

HOW TO FORECAST WITH TIMES SERIES MODELS – THE MOST WIDELY USED METHOD OF FORECASTING

  • Importance of pattern identification
  • Time series model development
  • When to use time series models
  • Advantages and disadvantages of time series
  • Event adjustments and when to use
  • Underlying assumptions
  • Widely used time series methods – averages, naïve model, exponential smoothing, decomposition, trend, seasonal, and other time series methods

REGRESSION ANALYTICS – FORECASTING AND EVALUATING CAUSES OF VARIATION IN DEMAND

  • An Overview of Regression Analysis
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Application in estimating effects of promotions, pricing, advertising, and other program actions

NEW PRODUCT FORECASTING – FORECASTING OVER LONGER TIME PERIODS WITH GREATER UNKNOWNS

  • Challenges of New Product Forecasting
  • Product lifecycle structure and estimation
  • Qualitative forecasting methods
  • Overview of Quantitative and Qualitative forecasting methods
  • Expected error and accuracy
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S&OP & FORECASTING
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PRESENTATION SLIDES
IBF MEMBERSHIP
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JOURNAL OF BUSINESS FORECASTING (JBF)
LATEST ISSUE
COST OF FORECAST ERROR TEMPLATE
BUILD BUSINESS CASE FOR FORECASTING RESOURCES
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