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Reimagining Supply Chains to Navigate a Pandemic and Beyond

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Experts from Blue Yonder, Walgreens, and the University of Chicago examine how the private sector can prepare for future supply chain shocks and adjust to a rapidly changing landscape.
Speakers
Nicole DeHoratius
Andy Kettlewell
Girish Rishi
Vijay Vaitheeswaran
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About This Event

At the height of the pandemic, empty supermarket shelves and worldwide shortages of necessities made supply chains headline news. When suppliers first shut down production in Asia, even the most sophisticated and forward-looking companies worldwide felt the ripple effects. Now, as the private sector in these regions moves past the most acute phase of COVID-19, businesses are taking a hard look at supply chain resiliency, risk, and technological adaptation. How can the private sector ready itself for future supply chain shocks and adjust to a rapidly changing landscape? Top experts in the field join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to discuss lessons learned from the current crisis and what it will take to prepare for a new normal.

About the Speakers
Nicole DeHoratius
Professor of Operations Management, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Nicole DeHoratius serves as an adjunct professor of operations management at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Her research can be found in leading journals such as Harvard Business Review, Management Science, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. Since joining Chicago Booth, she has taught executives in programs and companies around the globe.
Andy Kettlewell
Vice President, Inventory & Supply Chain Analytics, Walgreens
Andy Kettlewell is the vice president of inventory management and supply chain analytics at Walgreens, leading supply chain planning coordination and execution for Walgreens end to end supply chain, and is responsible for the inventory management (forecasting, procurement, planning, and inventory flow). Kettlewell also leads master data management and supply chain analytics leveraging big data and artificial intelligence to further drive supply chain and operational results to best serve customers and patients.
Girish Rishi
CEO, Blue Yonder
Girish Rishi serves as the chief executive officer of Blue Yonder. During his leadership tenure, Blue Yonder has launched a portfolio on the cloud that utilizes machine learning and insights from the intelligent edge and enabling companies to forecast demand and supply. Rishi joined Blue Yonder in 2017 from Tyco International, where he was responsible for the firm’s global retail solutions business and North America building automation business.
Vijay Vaitheeswaran
US Business Editor, The Economist
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is the US business editor of The Economist. He joined the editorial staff in 1992 as the newspaper’s London-based Latin America writer, and opened its first regional bureau in Mexico City. As an award-winning senior correspondent, Vaitheeswaran opened the magazine’s Shanghai bureau in 2012, and was the China business editor and bureau chief until 2017. He also serves as chairman of The Economist Innovation Summit, a series of global conferences on innovation held annually in Chicago, Berlin, and Hong Kong.