Pivoting Strategies In a Turbulent Environment

December 10, 2020
11:30 AM EST - 1:00 PM EST

Webinar

All companies globally had to adapt in executing different strategies in 2020 due to government legislation, trade wars, resource allocation, capacity constraints, and many more challenges. Two strategies which companies had to make uncomfortable pivots were in Supply Chain and Procurement. We will be having a panelist discussion with Supply Chain & Procurement leadership to give an overview of their individual and teams’ experience in 2020 and leading in 2021. Each panelist comes from a unique industry and are looking forward to sharing lessons learned and outlook for the future.   

 Pallabee Bara - Vice President of Procurement

Pallabee Bera is the Vice President of Procurement for Acosta Sales & Marketing, a Sales and Marketing powerhouse driving greater sales and market share for manufacturers and retailers around the world. In her current role, Pallabee is leading the transformation of Procurement Strategy & Operations across North America, delivering millions of dollars in bottom line savings. She has built a high-performance team focused on Direct and Indirect spend category management and stakeholder engagement.

With 14 years of experience specializing in procurement strategy, Pallabee has built the Procurement & Operations function in multiple service-based agencies, including start-ups, medium-sized and privately owned companies. She is an active member in the community of Procurement professionals, including ISM Dallas, with speaking engagements at Procurecon and Consero Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Forums. She is a Scotwork certified negotiator and negotiations trainer.

 Daniel Stoller - Director of Supply Chain Innovation

Daniel is currently Nike’s Director of Supply Chain Innovation (SCI) for Asia Pacific & Latin America (APLA) where he is responsible for leading an international team that creates and deploys 3-5 year strategic plans, maintains an annual $25M portfolio of initiatives and is currently leading the growth of Nike APLA’s Direct Ship (direct shipments from factory to wholesale customer) program to relieve warehousing capacity and lower logistics costs.  During the COVID-19 marketplace slow down, Daniel was tasked with implementing process and structure to streamline data-driven decision making, in an effort to deploy and operationalize offsite storage warehousing for more than 20M units of incremental capacity across 13 countries.

Prior to this role, Daniel graduated from Nike’s Global Leadership Development Program (GLDP) where spent 2 years across 4 rotations accelerating his leadership skillsets while taking on various projects within Global Marketplace Operations, North America Sales & Operations Planning, Greater China Demand Planning and Nike’s Manufacturing Revolution team.

Prior to GLDP Daniel spent 3 years developing and deploying the Global Operations strategy as a member of the Global Supply Chain Innovation team.  During this time he played a key role in activating Nike’s acquisition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) license working across digital, warehousing and manufacturing to add flexibility and innovation while scaling the business.

Daniel has been a member of the Nike family since he joined in 2009 as an undergraduate intern.  Aside from the roles mentioned above, Daniel has also held positions in Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing and Nike Technology.  In 2012 Daniel was awarded a Nike Maxim for the creation of Nike Inc’s Interactive Sourcing & Manufacturing Map, facilitating Nike’s external factory and source-base disclosure effort.

Originally from Detroit and a graduate of Michigan State University, Daniel is a fan of all 4 Detroit based professional sports teams and the Spartans.  Much of his leisure activities involve trying new local restaurants, traveling internationally or a combination of the two.

 Carrie UHL - ChIEf Procurement Officer

Carrie Uhl joined GE Healthcare in 2019 as Chief Procurement Officer, where she is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for the global sourcing process, ensuring consistent and effective approaches to supplier selection, strategic category management, total cost of ownership improvement, and supply chain risk mitigation.

Prior to joining GE Healthcare, Carrie was the VP of Procurement, Americas at Magna International, a global leader in mobility technology.  She also held purchasing positions at both Lear Corporation and Guardian Industries.

Carrie earned a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. She is on the advisory board for Wayne State University’s global supply chain program and serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan. 

In 2015, she was named by Automotive News as one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American auto industry and was included in its 2016 class of Rising Stars for automakers and suppliers.