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Webinar: Transforming Manufacturing: IndustryWeek/PwC Webinar Series

An IndustryWeek-hosted webinar series, in partnership with PwC

Date: This webinar is now available On-Demand.
Duration: 1 hour
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October 13: Growth Strategies
Sponsored by Epicor

Today's industrial manufacturing CEOs face a global business environment that's becoming increasingly complicated to read and adapt to. According to PwC's 19th Annual Global CEO Survey, over the past decade, industrial manufacturing companies' exposure to economies around the world has increased. This year, industrial manufacturing CEOs are more uncertain about the future of the global economy -- just 24% think global growth will improve over the next 12 months compared to 34% last year, and 23% think it will worsen, versus 18% last year.

These views put additional pressure on senior operations executives to make more significant contributions to their company’s growth. The days when an operation team’s primary responsibility was to run a cost-efficient plant are coming to an end. Executives must increasingly find new approaches and designs that will bolster the top and bottom lines.

Although there are many areas that operations teams can explore for improving performance, several merit special attention. Broadly, they fall into the categories of rethinking the manufacturing footprint, implementing new enabling technology, and configuring the supply chain in a tax-aware way.

Join PwC’s John Ranke and Michael Kinder to discuss these strategies for manufacturers to boost top-line growth.



October 13: Growth Strategies

Mike Kinder
PwC's Strategy& Consulting Practice

Michael Kinder is a Director with PwC's Strategy& Consulting Practice and brings more than 11 years of manufacturing, supply chain, and operations strategy experience across the industrial, energy, and aerospace sectors. Prior to joining PwC, he held various management positions across manufacturing, materials, and global sourcing at General Electric in the Consumer & Industrial and Energy businesses.

Kinder consults in all areas of manufacturing and supply chain and has led multiple engagements focused on manufacturing footprint restructuring, operational transformation, and acquisition integration. He recently managed multiple phases of a European manufacturing footprint restructuring initiative for a multi-billion dollar global industrial manufacturing company and led footprint restructuring planning for global flow control company. These engagements included Greenfield and Brownfield site selection elements across Eastern Europe and North America.

Kinder earned his Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with distinction, concentrating in strategic management, econometrics, and finance. In addition to his MBA, he has a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering and Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

John Ranke
International Tax Partner
PwC’s Global Value Chain Transformation Team

John Ranke is an international tax partner and a member of PwC’s Global Value Chain Transformation team. He has 32 years of experience and has held a variety of positions within the US International Tax Services (ITS) practice, including the National Practice leader, leader of the US Value Chain Transformation practice, and leader and co-founder of the Vision practice dedicated to delivering effective tax-rate reduction to complex multinational companies. He specializes in leading large-scale strategic tax optimization engagements for multinational companies that are designed to deliver long-term tax efficiency through the implementation of business alignment, foreign tax reduction, and cash redeployment structures.

Ranke has worked with sophisticated multinational clients in various industries including high technology, consumer products, industrial products, automotive, pharmaceutical, health products, and services.

Ranke has a JD from Wayne State University and a BBA from the University of Michigan. He is a CPA licensed in Illinois and Michigan. He is an attorney in the state of Michigan, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Michigan Institute of CPAs, American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, and International Fiscal Association.

On Demand Sessions

Originally aired March 31: Reimagining industrial manufacturing operations: Insights from the 2015 PwC Global Operations Survey.
Sponsored by Stratus

Industrial manufacturing companies are adapting to an increasingly volatile and disrupted world. That's causing a shift in focus. Competitive advantage is no longer solely about what companies do, it's about how they do it, using core capabilities.

Originally aired May 12: Digital Transformation
Sponsored by Epicor

Manufacturing has been on a constant evolution since the Industrial Age. Today, digital technologies are creating new ways for manufacturers to deliver value. Whether you refer to this as Next Manufacturing or Industry 4.0, the possibilities are endless.

The evolution of technology is fueling the increased digital interactions between Consumers and Enterprises through multiple channels of engagement thereby raising the level of expectations of the Consumer. These enhanced expectations of the digital consumer are challenging enterprises to extend into increasingly complex ecosystems.

PwC is helping the enterprises transform into an ‘extensible’ enterprise and enable these new digital channels of interaction across the Customer, Employee, Supplier and Distributor ecosystems. Through this webcast, attendees will gain an insight and deeper dive into:

  • The common needs shared by many Industrial Products companies such as, replacement of legacy information systems and related processes with next generation web applications commonly grouped and referred to as “Web 2.0” technologies
  • How these technologies can be applied individually or collectively to address customer, supplier and internal purposes
  • How greater personalization and interaction with customers and trading partners improves performance across all key metrics, including revenue, cost, satisfaction, business intelligence and loyalty

Originally aired September 1: Talent and Workforce Transformation
Sponsored by Kronos Incorporated

The art of talent management is focused on attracting and retaining the best people. It looks at whether a business has the right people to deliver, both in terms of quality as well as quantity. It looks at the key talent pool and determines which skills exist internally and what other skills are needed, now and in the future. This is by no means a simple task.

Companies know they must meet certain basic requirements in terms of pay, benefits, job security, and advancement opportunities. But, increasingly, this is not enough. Management needs to ensure that employees, especially top talent, are engaged and motivated to perform at a high level and that they have the tools they need to be successful. Management also needs to address the changing expectations of employees, particularly those in the millennial generation that are starting to enter the workforce. The industry needs to develop a value proposition for employees as compelling as the one it provides for customers.

Please join Rob Ginzel, Director -- PwC Advisory People and Organization; and John Karren, Principal -- PwC Advisory People and Organization, as they discuss the current trends and challenges on talent and workforce transformation in the manufacturing industry today.

On Demand Presenters

Originally aired March 31: Reimagining industrial manufacturing operations: Insights from the 2015 PwC Global Operations Survey.

Patricia Riedl

Patricia Riedl is a Principal at PwC's Strategy& in the Retail and Consumer practice, with a functional focus on operations strategy. She works with consumer goods manufacturers and their retail partners across a broad set of operations strategy topics, including multi-channel supply chain strategy, inventory planning & management, merchandising & buying capabilities, integrated business planning, and operating model design.

Eric Dustman

Eric Dustman is a Principal with Strategy&, PwC's strategy consulting business, and with PwC US. Based in Chicago, he is aligned with the Operations and Engineered Products and Services (EPS) practices. He has more than 20 years of professional experience, ten of which is in consulting with Strategy&. His operations experience has focused on issues related to manufacturing, sourcing, and supply chain. His clients are primarily in EPS, including automotive, industrial, and technology firms.

Dustman has led multiple operations initiatives, including competitive manufacturing assessments, integrations and divestitures, service delivery model development and optimization, strategic sourcing, supply chain optimization, working capital management, and purchase-to-pay optimization.

Originally aired May 12: Digital Transformation

Steve Pillsbury
PwC's Advisory Practice

Steve Pillsbury is a principal in PwC’s Advisory practice and is based out of Chicago. His clients primarily reside in the Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing and Aerospace industries. Pillsbury serves as the Operations Practice Leader on the Industrial Products team. In this role, he has developed and deployed several new capabilities in areas ranging from global sourcing and supply chain management, manufacturing strategy, footprint/distribution network optimization, site transition and start-up, materials and inventory management and value chain restructuring. He has experience consulting on supply chain and manufacturing operations, business strategy and acquisition integration.

Kumar Krishnamurthy
PwC's Technology Practice

Kumar Krishnamurthy is a principal in PwC's technology strategy practice with significant experience in helping Industrial Product clients improve operations using information technology. He has also lead the technology strategy team for the Industrial Products (IP) practice in North America.

Krishnamurthy's focus includes improving operational effectiveness, standing up large scale technology programs including defining the value case and planning benefit realization agenda.

His recent experience includes:

  • Managing efforts to define the supply chain technology strategy for a global manufacturer
  • Led the process assessment, high-level design and technology planning for procure to pay function of a global company with over $75B in annual spend
  • Helped a leading global client define a technology backbone strategy to support multiple process improvement efforts within the organization
  • Led efforts to digitize sales operations processes across the value chain for a large distributor
  • Developed the IT strategy and planning investment requirements for an auto company’s successful launch and joint venture into China
  • Implemented manufacturing processes improvements using technology backbone to drive significant savings from operations through working capital reductions

Originally aired September 1: Talent and Workforce Transformation

John Karren
PwC Advisory People and Organization

John Karren is a Principal in PwC Advisory’s People and Organization. He has over 20 years of experience leading large global HR transformation programs that impact structure and people within the industrial manufacturing sector. His transformational experience focuses on organization design, process improvement, change management and communications, training, talent development, performance and workforce management, and leadership development.

Rob Ginzel
PwC Advisory People and Organization

Rob Ginzel is a Director in PwC Advisory’s People and Organization. He has over 13 years of experience working with clients in organization assessment and design, human resource management, talent development, change management, communication and human capital planning during divestitures and restructuring. Ginzel brings experience both as an internal HR practitioner as well as an organizational and talent management consultant specializing within the manufacturing sector.

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