IBM Workshop

Advancing from adversity: re-imagining the Supply Chain for future resiliency

If necessity is the mother of all invention, there is no doubt that we have been very inventive with our supply chains over the last few months. Organisations dependent on their supply chains have had to adjust quickly, act flexibly, increase visibility and innovate at pace. While unprecedented and incredibly dangerous, the crisis will certainly not be the last challenge we will face, and it can’t be the end of our thinking. The pandemic creates a rare and important opportunity to scrutinise supply chain visibility, vulnerability and risk; what we have learned will be vital to re-imagining the supply chain for the future.

Join us to hear how organisations are learning from the current crisis and are building resiliency into their supply chains to withstand future events. Learn how business leaders can use AI and other emerging technologies – including automation, blockchain and IoT – to create intelligent supply chains and achieve new levels of responsiveness. Identify what steps can be taken today – even in the midst of a real-life global supply chain stress test.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday 9th June

Timings: 11:00-11:45

Speakers include:

Matthias Graefe

Director of Global Supply Chain Transformation

Matthias Graefe is the Transformation Executive responsible to lead IBM’s global supply chain into the cognitive Era. His passion is to augment IBM’s supply chain professionals through data and technologies such as Analytics, AI, IoT and Blockchain. Matthias runs a global team of supply chain subject matter experts, agile scrum masters, data scientists and AI developers.

Prior to his transformation role Matthias gained execution experience in multiple supply chain operational leadership roles in Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe rotating through supply chain domains including engineering, manufacturing, procurement, supply demand planning as well as customer fulfillment.

Matthias has more than 23 years of experience in supply chain management, he is a certified Consulting Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) and a recognized speaker at Supply Chain Summits. Matthias obtained a Master in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Tom Woodham

Partner, CPR Supply Chain & Procurement Leader 

Tom is a highly experienced Management Consultant with a strong track record of delivering complex programs, including leading the MCA (Management Consultancy Association) Project of the Year in 2018. He leads the Supply Chain Consulting team in the UK and his projects have a Supply Chain focus, delivering both tangible cost savings and lasting operational performance improvement. More recently these have harnessed the power of AI, analytics, automation and blockchain for cognitive transformation. Tom will share his experiences of bringing together organisation, processes, people and technology to drive change in complex organisations. 

Julian Burnett

Vice President, UK&I – Global Markets, Distribution Sector Leader

Julian is a digital, technology and business transformation leader ranked in the CIO Top 40 in 2018 and has executive and C-level experience across retail, consumer products and supply chain industries. As VP, Global Markets -Distribution, he leads IBM’s business in the UK covering these market sectors.  

Julian has held CTO, CIO and Supply Chain leadership positions at Sainsbury’s, John Lewis and House of Fraser, where in each he designed and led large scale digital and technology enabled business transformation initiatives. Julian sits on the GS1 Apparel Board, is an Advisor to Retail Week Tech, an international conference on digitally enabled commerce, and advises and campaigns with Business Disability International upon the role of technology in enhancing the opportunities and experiences of disabled customers and colleagues in the workplace.  

Before holding senior roles in industry, Julian held consultancy leadership roles at both Cap Gemini and CSC where he focused on Business Transformation, Digital & Technology Strategy and Enterprise Architecture. He is a trained coach and facilitator, with experience of coaching and mentoring senior business, technology and digital executives. He is a regular industry speaker and also guest lectures onOxford Brookes University Executive MBA course, where he is also collaborating on a research based book project.

Steve Woollvin, Freelance

Digital Transformation Director, Strategist and Architect

Steven is an accomplished senior IT leader with more than 18 years of experience within major UK and International organisations, including recent roles at Marks and Spencer and Dixons Carphone Group.  He also has experience in the Hospitality, Insurance and Telecoms industries.  Steven is expert at designing, implementing and energising high-performing teams who consistently deliver mission-critical technology solutions, through both strategy realisation and operational excellence.  His unique and distinct approach to building and architecting a transformation involves working in a highly creative, visual and engaging way.  

Steven is comfortable working across highly complex business domains and within a variety of business contexts, from large scale FTSE 100/250, through Enterprise B2B, to software start-ups.  His technology skills cover Digital Platforms, ERP, Supply Chain and Cloud Infrastructure.  


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