When we recently convened our Experts in Residence (ExR), we sought to understand the forces shaping the global supply chain of the future. Our Experts brought their diverse set of perspectives representing critical infrastructure sectors. Their thinking crystallized around six supply chain challenges they foresee for the future. Click the link below to read more about this moderated discussion.
Expert Perspectives on the Future of Supply Chains
As CEO of Toffler Associates, Maria taps into deep experience with strategy development and execution, customer experience, business performance management, acquisition integration, and organizational transformation. She is an energetic and insightful executive who brings dedication and know-how to help organizations define business strategy, lead high performing teams, grow new markets, and create measurable results.
Dave Baber is Managing Director and leads Toffler Associates DoD and Resilience practice areas. He advises executives across commercial and government sectors on strategic initiatives that build and protect an organization’s value. He previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, as a portfolio and risk management consultant. In addition to his role in Toffler Associates, he is currently in the Army National Guard with more than 20 years serving as an Engineer Officer in roles from Platoon to Division, and functional roles in Facilities Management and Information Operations. Dave is also an active member of the National Guard Bureau’s Innovation Team (NGIT) advising the Chief, National Guard and his leadership team on how to address challenges facing the National Guard. Dave earned a Bachelors of Science from Virginia Military Institute.
Jack Blackhurst, an expert in defense-sector research, previously served as the Executive Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), capping a remarkable 46 years of combined military and civilian federal service. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, from Allegheny College, and his Master of Arts, Industrial Psychology, from the Air Force Institute of Technology at St. Mary’s University.
Dr. Joseph A. (Jae) Engelbrecht, Jr., an expert in risk studies and strategy, is one Toffler Associate’s founding employees. Jae advises senior executives in business and government around the globe on strategy and change. He received a Bachelor of Arts, East Asian history and Chinese, from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
Jean Hippert is an expert in financial services, information technology, and healthcare. She led PNC Bank’s Federal Services and National Public Finance treasury management teams. Prior to joining PNC in 2007, Jean spent 10 years with Premier, Inc., a strategic alliance of not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems. Jean received her Bachelor of Arts, Political Science with a minor in Economics from Mary Washington University and has completed additional work in financial services cybersecurity, diversity and inclusion, group facilitation, and graduate work in business administration.
Bill Moore is an expert in supply chain management, chemicals, and biotech. His served as Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain for a 2B Euro specialty chemical business unit of Solvay, a Belgian chemical enterprise. Prior roles include SVP positions at Cerus Corporation, Quest Diagnostics, and the American Red Cross. Bill received his Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, from the Cooper Union and his MBA from NYU’s Stern School.
Fred Oswald, PhD
Fred Oswald, PhD, an expert in IO psychology and AI, is a professor and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice University. As an IO psychologist, his recent work addresses the scientific, ethical, and legal implications of AI-based employment tests. He received his Bachelor or Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Professor David Simpson
Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson is an expert in advanced technology policy and procurement. He is CEO of Pelorus Consulting, a private consulting practice covering the telecommunications, defense, and public safety sectors; Partner of DeepWaterPoint; and a professor at Virginia Tech. David received his Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, from the U.S. Naval Academy, and his master’s degree in Systems Technology – Space Systems Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Michael Soileau is an expert in telecommunications and entertainment. He most recently held the role of Comcast Vice President, Strategy and Planning for Xfinity Consumer Services, where he created, delivered, and executed the plan for driving deeper relevance in Xfinity customer’s homes and hearts. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin and serves on their board for the Center for Global Business where he also serves as a guest lecturer on international business.
Col. Jake Sotiriadis, PhD
Dr. Jake Sotiriadis is an expert in intelligence and geopolitical risk. He is the Director of the Center for Futures Intelligence at National Intelligence University (NIU), and previously served as the US Air Force’s senior futurist at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, where he founded the Service’s Strategic Foresight and Futures Team. He has served nearly two decades as an Air Force intelligence officer and holds a Ph.D. in political science and geopolitical futures from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Kenneth Svendsen is an expert in global hospitality, entertainment, and space. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Sparo Corporation and Star Harbor, the world’s first publicly accessible space flight training facility. He previously served as CEO of Entertainment Cruises, President of Hornblower Cruises and Events, President of Walt Disney Travel Company, and Global Head of Sales, Reservations, and Quality Assurance at Hilton Worldwide.