Automotive Manufacturing Solutions

Brad Ross
Executive in charge of Order to Delivery
Brad Ross began his career at General Motors 1979 in the Production Control department progressing through Production Control & Logistics, Purchasing and Manufacturing and Planning.  In August 1998, Ross was appointed director, Project Global 21.  In May 2000, he was appointed to his current position. He now has responsibility for GM’s Global Order to Delivery (OTD), which GM is pursuing as part of its global strategy to transform itself into a market-driven business.

Brian Hancock
General Manager
Brian Hancocks career at Schneider Logistics has spanned many senior roles ranging from finance to operations. Brian's previous experience includes significant roles with Tredegar and Honeywell. Active in church and youth prgrammes, he holds a BS in Accounting from BYU, an MBA from Virginia Coomonwealth, is a CPA and speaks Portuguese.

Charles Eisele
Senior Vice President Strategic Planning
Charley joined Union Pacific Railroad in 1978.  He is responsible for Strategic Planning and Business Development at Union Pacific Corporation and all of its subsidiary companies.  He also serves on the Boards of Directors for three of Union Pacific's technology companies.  Prior to Charley's current position he spent two years as Vice President - Human Resources and three years as Vice President - Supply.

Christopher Donnelly
Logistics Manager, Forward Model Planning, N. America
Christopher Donnelly, CPIM, is Logistics Manager, Forward Model Planning, North American Material Logistics at The Ford Motor Company.  He has held this position since 1999.  His responsibilities include budget setting for North American future product programs and strategic development of the inbound logistics networks. Donnelly joined Ford Motor Company in 1995 in the Logistics Cost Department and has held positions in Finance and Lean implementation within Ford until 1999.

David Hodgson
VP Worldwide Supply Operations
David Hodgson became Vice President of Worldwide Supply Operations in 2001, responsible for Worldwide Chrysler Group, Logistics, Production Programming and Scheduling, Advanced Material Handling Engineering and Planning, Plant Production and Material Control Operations, Supplier Delivery Performance, and International Supply and Customs. Prior to this he was responsible for  establishing a world-wide supply and logistics strategy for optimizing total Supply Chain Management for all Business Units at DaimlerChrysler AG.

Dave Otey, Jr
Director Material Planning and Logistics
David Otey is the Director of Supply Chain Planning for Mark IV Automotive. Dave has served for over thirty years in manufacturing, distribution and logistics. In his current role, he oversees the logistics systems of more than eight facilities under the Platform and Engine Divisions within North American. He is well versed in Lean Principles and provides an intricate role in the implementation of the Mark IV Automotive Production System (M.A.P.S.).

Doug Witt
President & CEO
Doug joined the FedEx organization in April 2000, as Vice President and General Manager of FedEx eLogistics, a newly created e-commerce operating unit offering complete end-to-end e-logistics services. Prior to joining FedEx, Doug served as Vice President of Product, Marketing and Sales for Newark Electronics.  In addition, he served that company as General Manager of Electronic Commerce. 

Frederick Toney
Director, North American Parts Supply & Logistics
Frederiek Toney is Director, North American Parts Supply & Logistics (Ford Customer Service Division) for Ford Motor Company.  Mr. Toney has been with Ford since 2000, during which time he has helped guide Ford to BIC performance for service parts delivery. Frederiek began his career in 1977 as a supervisor for Caterpillar, Inc., and eventually become manager of their Indianapolis CLS Distribution Center.  He then joined American Honda Motor Company in 1995 as Senior Manager, Parts Distribution until being named Assistant Vice President, Procurement and Logistics.

Gene Tyndall
Board of Director
Gene Tyndall has recently accepted a position on the G-Log board of directors bringing a wealth of experience built in a career that has spanned three decades. Tyndall is a former executive vice president of Ryder System and co-director of the Center for Advanced Supply Chain Management at the University of Miami.  Prior to Ryder, Tyndall was a senior partner at Ernst & Young Consulting.

George Wilkinson
Director of Global Logistics
George Wilkinson is the Director of Global Logistics Strategic Planning and Implementation for General Motors Order-to-Delivery organisation. He began his career in 1984 and over the years has held various leadership positions in Manufacturing, Production Control, Marketing and Purchasing. Wilkinson holds a Bachelors degree in  Business Management from Southern University and a Masters in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.

Glenn Uminger
Assistant General Manager, Business Management & Logistics, Production Control
Glenn Uminger is Assistant General Manager of Production Control at Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America. Mr. Uminger is now responsible for operations and continued development of Toyota’s logistics network, in North America. Previously, Mr. Uminger worked at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, as manager of the Toyota Production System Office, Manager of Logistics, and Manager of Management Accounting. He joined Toyota in 1987 as part of the start up
Grant Belanger

Executive Director MP&L
In July 2003 Grant became Executive Director, Material Planning and Logistics (MP&L) at Ford Motor Company and has global responsibility for MP&L.  Grant joined Ford in 1985 in the Ford College Graduate Program in Purchasing/Supply staff. Grant held various Purchasing Analysts positions with commodity responsibilities and had his first management position in 1990. After working in Ford South America Grant returned to the United States as the Director, MP&L The Americas.  In 2002 Grant was appointed to the position of Director, MP&L North American Operations. 

Hermann Krog,
Executive Director Logistics,
Hermann Krog began his career at the Volkswagen group in 1980 as an analyst, progressing through materials management, logistics planning and material procurement roles before becoming executive director of group logistics for VW in 1991. He has been in his current role since 2001.

James Butcher
Graduate of the USMMA, Kings Point (1970), Jim sailed as Third Mate with the USMSTS before joining the Luckenbach Steamship Company as Assistant Operations Manager. HUAL opened its US division in 1973, and Mr Butcher joined as a founding member. In 1977 he became Vice President, in 1993 Executive Vice President and in 1999 President. HUAL today has 46 employees in New York, Baltimore, Jacksonville and Chicago.

James Wiggins
Senior Vice President Automotive
James P. Wiggins is responsible for translating the G-Log technology to business value in pre and post sales projects. He has been directly involved witrh transportation and Logistics Supply Chain sofware product management, design, development, implementation and integration projects for the past fifteen years. Prior to founding G-Log Mr Wiggins was Vice President of Product Management for The Descartes Systems Group.

Jim Para
IT Director
Jim has 33 years of Information Technology experience. Jim spent 12 years with Leaseway Transportation (now Penske Logistics), the last three years as Vice President of Information Technology.  Jim also spent four years as VP of Information Technology at Caliber Logistics, now FedEx Supply Chain Services where his IT organization support numerous 3PL technology implementations for Fortune 500 company’s such as Dell, HP, GM, Chrysler, and others. During Jim’s tenure at VectorSCM he has introduced a number of new technology initiatives including network design tools, global visibility, data warehouse and supply chain analytics. 

John Merry
John Merry joined the group in 1979,  became Managing Director of Walon UK in 1991, led the management buy out in 1996 and became Chief Executive  at the time of the flotation in 1997. He became Deputy Chair in 2002 and subsequently became Executive Chairman in May 2003. John is also President of GAL (Global Automotive Logistics).

John Williford
John Williford is the President and CEO of Menlo Worldwide.  He also holds the title of CEO of Menlo Forwarding, which is part of the Menlo Worldwide Group on integrated business solution providers, and is a Senior Vice President of CNF, Inc. From 1992-2001, Mr Williford served as President and CEO of Menlo Logistics, with overall resposnibility  for the day to day management and long-term strategic planning for the company.

Joe Hinrichs,
Director Manufacturing & Vehicle Operations 
Joseph Hinrichs is executive director, Material Planning and Logistics, Ford Motor Company.  In this capacity, he is responsible for material planning, production control, scheduling, inventory management, logistics and total material flow at all of Ford's manufacturing facilities worldwide.He was appointed to this position in April 2002.

Joe Bennett
Director Supply Chain
Joe Bennett is a Materials Manager with L&L Products. He has been involved in the Logistics industry since 1986 when he became a Supply Corp Officer for the United States Navy. Upon graduation from Naval Postgraduate School he went to work for Visteon Automotive Systems where he worked in transportation planning, Synchronous Material Flow and Lean Production Systems. His current responsibilities encompass all aspects of Materials Management; purchasing, inventory and transportation, as well as implementation of Lean Production Systems. 

K K Chan
Senior Vice President, Americas
K K Chan is the Senior Vice President of SembCorp Logistics based in the USA.He is responsible for the activities of the Overseas Marketing Office focusing on the development of new business opportunities particularly for North American and European manufacturers and retailers with local operations in India and China. Prior to joining Sembcorp KK was the Managing Director of APL (Australia) and has held various senior positions in Steamship Carriers and Shipping Agencies in the USA, Canada and the UK. Prior to APL he held the position of President for NOL (USA) Inc and NOL (Canada) Ltd.

Keith Goldsmith
As CIO for TNT Logistics,  Keith Goldsmith directs the development, acquisition, and implementation of many of the industries leading supply chain technologies for TNT's clients. He is also responsible for the integration and implementation of TNT's proprietary supply chain event management application, Matrix Technologies, among its 11 worldwide logistics business units. Since joining the company in 1990, Mr. Goldsmith has held various roles in technology, including managing new project and system implementations, overseeing the technology proposals for new business opportunities and responsibility for the Company's growing technology infrastructure.

Mark Wheeler
General Manager, Business Development
Mark Wheeler received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Indiana Central University where he studied Dr. W. E. Deming Management Theory. His experiences include Management Training, Front Line Supervision, Facility Operations and P&L Management, Business Development, and service as Chief Operations Officer of TNT Distribution and Logistics Services a.s. Turkey.

Rick Johnson
Executive Director, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Systems
Rick Johnson is the Executive Director of the IT Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Business Solutions Group for the North American Automotive Systems Group of Johnson Controls.  Rick is responsible for the planning, implementation and support of applications supporting the automotive manufacturing organization.  His previous experience includes leading the development and implementation of global ERP and supply chain technology solutions in major OEM and Tier 1 automotive companies. 

Robert Barnard
Department Manager, National, Import & Domestic
Robert Barnard began his automotive career as the operations manager for a vehicle processing company in Boston, MA.  In 1985, Bob was recruited to Hyundai where he spent six years.  In 1992 Bob was hired by Wallenius Lines to start their vehicle processing division, Pacific Vehicle Processors.  He then helped launch Kia Motors America, where he was responsible for the development of their logistics network. In 1997 Bob moved back to the east coast when he was recruited by Mercedes Benz USA to revitalize their logistics operations. 

Robert Sims
Director Material Planning & Logistics Engineering
Robert is Director, Material Planning & Logistics Engineering for Ford. He has held a variety of positions in Manufacturing, Quality Control, Industrial Engineering, Sales and Marketing, System Engineering and Material Planning and Logistics areas.  His automotive career has included service with Delphi automotives, General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Company. 

Sylvia Hil
Director of Production Control & Logistics, Asia Pacific
Sylvia Hill is director of Delphi Production Control & Logistics, Asia Pacific. She first joined Delphi 1981 and she remained within the Delphi Chassis Division until 1999. In 1999, Sylvia went to Canada with General Motors as a director of the International Product Center and remained there until she accepted the appointment as a director of Delphi PC&L, Asia Pacific. Her responsibilities include developing strategic PC&L plans for the Asia Pacific region, supporting the expanding business in Asia and utilizing the region to support global opportunities.

Theodore Janeway
Senior Manager, RO/RO Division
As a teenager Ted spent 8 months at sea as a deckhand onboard the Gotaas-Larsen Tanker “Glar Solveig”. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 1979 with a BA in Geography Ted started his career as a shipbroker with Peraco Chartering Corporation, located at 17 Battery Place in Manhatten. Peraco had close ties with NYK Line and in 1987 Ted was recruited to NYK to develop their car carrier business with the Big-3 automakers in Detroit, which he has been doing ever since.

Tom Jones
Senior VP Automotive
In his present role, Tom Jones is responsible for current operations and future development of the automotive, aerospace, industrial, and transportation management business sector.  He joined Ryder in 1988 and has held a variety of leadership positions with the company.  In 1991, he moved full-time into the automotive division with responsibility for Just-In-Time operations for the Chrysler Corporation. He was a key member of the team driving the rapid development and growth of the automotive and industrial group.

Tom McKenna
Senior Vice President Logistics Engineering
Tom McKenna became Senior Vice President - Logistics Engineering in January 2003. He provides design and engineering support for new customers, as well as redesign and re-engineering support for existing operations. In 1986 McKenna joined Leaseways Logistics, which was acquired by Penske in 1996, as Project Manager of Decision Support Services. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including Director of Design and Development and Vice President of Logistics Engineering.

Tony Minyon
NAPO Logistics
Tony Minyon took his first position with Toyota Motor Sales, USA shortly after graduation and during the next 15 years he progressed from entry level to his current position where he has global responsibility for the purchasing of transportation for the NAPO division. His prior experience in several Toyota business units, including service parts & finished vehicles, has refined his expertise in JIT transportation.

Tracy Flaggs
Manager, Global Transportation Purchasing
Tracy Flaggs began her career in 1984 in logistics with Dow Chemical in Michigan. In her role as buyer, senior buyer, international purchasing manager, synchronous manager and material & logistics manager, she held various leadership positions in logistics, purchasing and operations. Currently, Tracy is the global transportation purchasing manager for Ford Motor Company.

Victor Giardini
Director, Supply Chain & Materials Management
Vic Giardini began his career at ArvinMeritor, Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) in mid-2001 as Director of Supply Chain and Materials Management.  Since the combination of  the company's two light vehicle divisions, Air and Emissions Technologies and LVS in mid-2002, he has worked on supply chain initiatives both across the newly combined LVS and within the Apertures business unit.

Wes Johnson
Director, Customer Logistics & Planning
Wes Johnson is the Director for Customer Service, Logistics, and Planning for the Robert Bosch Corporation's Charleston, South Carolina operations.  He has a staff of 88 associates responsible for planning and logistics activites supporting $1.3B in sales revenue with a supply chain reach spanning 5 continents and 18 countries.

William Kerrigan
Mr. Kerrigan has over 24 years of global experience in the transportation industry and has served in senior positions with carriers and terminal operators. Mr Kerrigan founded KGI, LLC in 2000 and provides specialized logistic services to the automobile and ro/ro industries.  KGI, LLC has completed strategic studies in the areas of marketing and sales and intermodal analysis for ocean carriers; manufacturers; port authorities; vehicle processors; and trade groups.

James Davis, President & CEO, Amports