North American Food Manufacturing Summit

The North American Food Manufacturing Summit is a premier gathering of industry leaders, food manufacturing executives, and experts dedicated to exploring innovative strategies, emerging trends, and best practices in the dynamic world of food manufacturing management.

October 7 - October 9, 2024

The Westin Chicago North Shore | Chicago, IL

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NAFMS gathers Chief Manufacturing Officers, Chief Operations Officers, Chief Transformation Officers, Chief Supply Chain Officers, Chief Procurement Officers, and EVPs, SVPs, VPs, and Directors of Manufacturing, Operations, Engineering and Supply Chain to share insights, foster innovation, and build invaluable connections. Dive into a thoughtfully curated environment that brings together thought leaders, allowing you to explore new ideas and engage in meaningful discussions. Join the conversation at NAFMS and be part of a community dedicated to pushing the limits of food manufacturing success. 

Featured Speakers This Year

Year after year, we bring to the stage today's thought leaders and innovators

Alexandre Eboli

Alexandre “Ale” Eboli is Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Conagra Brands. He has end-to-end supply chain responsibilities for the company, overseeing the manufacturing, procurement, environment, health and safety, plant quality, logistics, and transportation and warehousing teams.

Ale joined Conagra Brands with 25 years of experience of global end-to-end supply chain leadership within the consumer packaged goods industry and has held a variety of roles in finance, planning, distribution, logistics and manufacturing. Prior to Conagra, Ale served as the Head of Supply Chain, North America for The Unilever Group, where he was responsible for overseeing manufacturing facilities and co-manufacturers producing personal care, food and ice cream products as well as the related planning, procurement, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, quality, manufacturing excellence and customer service functions.

Ale earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Engineering from São Paulo University. Ale serves on the board for Ardent Mills.

Alexandre Eboli

EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer

Conagra Brands

Elito Siqueira

Elito Siqueira is the Chief Supply Chain & Distribution Co. Officer, North America for Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Elito has been with the Anheuser-Busch InBev for more than 20 years across many different global zones and has supported High-End and Global Brands expansion through International Logistics.

Elito Siqueira

Chief Supply Chain & Distribution Co. Officer, North America

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Josh Chou

Josh Chou is an accomplished executive known for his strategic leadership and innovative approach to supply chain management. As the Chief Supply Chain Officer at McCormick, a global leader in flavor, he plays a pivotal role in driving operational excellence and ensuring seamless end-to-end supply chain processes. With over two decades of experience in the consumer goods industry, Josh has a proven track record of optimizing supply chain operations, driving efficiency, and delivering sustainable growth. He brings a wealth of expertise in supply chain strategy, logistics, procurement, and operations management to his role at McCormick. Prior to joining McCormick, Josh held various senior leadership positions at leading multinational corporations, where he led transformative initiatives and drove significant improvements in supply chain performance. His strategic vision, coupled with his ability to execute complex initiatives, has earned him recognition as a top industry leader. Josh is passionate about leveraging technology and data analytics to drive continuous improvement and enhance agility within the supply chain. He is committed to fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation, empowering teams to embrace change and drive impactful results. Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from a prestigious institution and has completed executive education programs in leadership and strategy. He is also actively involved in industry associations and initiatives aimed at advancing supply chain best practices and sustainability efforts. As Chief Supply Chain Officer at McCormick, Josh is dedicated to delivering exceptional value to customers, driving operational excellence, and positioning the company for long-term success in a rapidly evolving marketplace. His strategic leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence continue to propel McCormick as a global leader in flavor innovation and supply chain efficiency.

Josh Chou

Chief Supply Chain Officer

McCormick & Company

Sarvi Bajwa

Sarvi Bajwa is the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for Danone, North America. Danone is a multi national food products corporation based in Paris, with well known brands in our markets such as Danon, Oikos, Activia, Danimals, Silk, and International Delight.

Prior to Danone, Sarvi was with Coca Cola North America as a Vice President of Supply Chain, responsible for operations in US and Canada for Juice, Dairy, Hydration, and Food Service. During his time with Coca Cola, Sarvi was also a champion of gender diversity initiatives in supply chain, becoming the founder and sponsor of “WE RISE” (Women Elevated Results in Success for Everyone).

Before Coca Cola, Sarvi held various manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics assignments with consumer products companies such as Procter and Gamble, Avon, and Alberto Culver, in Texas, Maryland, and Delaware. Through out his career, he built a reputation of turning around underperforming operations into high performing organizations by building strong teams, developing future leaders, creating a culture of winning, and chalking out strategies that provided competitive advantage to the organization and the enterprise.

Sarvi has Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Houston, and an MBA in Marketing from Loyola University in Maryland. He has also completed a Supply Chain management and leadership certification from the Georgia Tech.

Sarvi and his wife Sonya reside in Columbia, Maryland. They have two children. Raj, who is a graduate of University of Maryland, and University of Texas, also lives in Maryland and is in the investment field for a large commercial and retail banking services company. Their daughter, Sameena is a graduate of Boston University, and is a software engineer for global event management company.

Sarvi Bajwa

SVP Manufacturing

Danone

Daniela Vonghia

Daniela leads our operations team, including all U.S. manufacturing and quality programs. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the food industry with expertise in supply chain management, engineering, manufacturing, R&D, and business operations. The majority of Daniela’s career has been spent in supply chain leadership roles with Campbell’s including Vice President Manufacturing and Vice President Americas Supply Chain Business Development roles. She most recently served as Vice President Operations with Shearer’s Foods and Vice President Manufacturing for Weston Foods, where she directed multiple manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada. She also managed delivery of safety, quality, cost, volume, and service results for all U.S. and Canadian customers. Daniela is a graduate of University of Toronto.

Daniela Vonghia

Senior Vice President Operations

Del Monte Foods

Reggie Haith

Reggie Haith is a seasoned executive with a passion for innovation and driving growth in the consumer goods industry. With a robust background in marketing and brand management, Reggie has played a pivotal role in shaping the success of PepsiCo, one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies. Throughout his career at PepsiCo, Reggie has demonstrated a knack for identifying consumer trends and translating them into impactful marketing strategies. His leadership has been instrumental in launching and revitalizing numerous iconic brands within the PepsiCo portfolio. Reggie’s dedication to fostering a culture of creativity and collaboration has earned him respect among colleagues and industry peers alike. He is known for his strategic vision, keen business acumen, and unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional results. Outside of his professional endeavors, Reggie is deeply involved in various community initiatives, reflecting his commitment to making a positive impact beyond the boardroom. As a visionary leader at the helm of PepsiCo’s marketing efforts, Reggie Haith continues to drive innovation and inspire excellence in the ever-evolving landscape of consumer goods.

Reggie Haith

VP, Manufacturing & Warehouse Operations

PepsiCo

Kristen Daihes

Kristen Daihes is the Global Vice President of Supply Chain for Mars Snacking. She joined Mars in 2021 to explore how the intersection of her prior industry experience and more recent tech start-up experiences could support the acceleration of the digital agenda within Mars. She leads an investment program to digitize and transform the supply chain, accelerating the data & analytics agenda to make it easier to work for and with Mars, while delivering value creation. What most excites Kristen is leading with problem solving and teaming across boundaries to provoke and explore new possibilities in driving quality growth enablement.

Kristen is a respected global leader who brings rich industry and start-up experience leading supply chains and creating supply chain solutions for global organizations. Prior to joining Mars, she was a Partner for Opex Analytics and supported a number of companies to reinvent their supply chains and operations with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics. She has held strategic planning, innovation, and engineering roles in Procter & Gamble and Unilever and was the Vice President of Global Supply Chain for SC Johnson.

Kristen has been recognized as a “Pro to Know” and “Top Woman in Supply Chain” from Supply & Demand Chain Executive, recognized by B2G Consulting as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain”, recognized by Supply Chain Digital as one of the “Top 100 Women in Supply Chain”, and most recently recognized by Alcott Global’s Leaders in Supply Chain Awards as #17 of top global supply chain leaders. She is a Board Member of Children’s Place Association, a Chicago Roundtable leader in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and resides in Chicago with her husband and two Skittles loving sons.

Kristen Daihes

VP of Global Supply Chain

Mars

Mike Kuntz

Mike Kuntz is a respected figure in the global food and beverage industry, known for his exemplary leadership and strategic acumen at Nestlé, one of the world’s largest and most diversified food companies. With an extensive background in operations and management, Mike has played a pivotal role in driving Nestlé’s success across various divisions and markets. His deep understanding of the industry coupled with his ability to navigate complex challenges has earned him a reputation as a results-driven executive. Throughout his tenure at Nestlé, Mike has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to innovation and sustainability, spearheading initiatives that have not only propelled business growth but also contributed to positive societal and environmental impact. As a visionary leader, Mike Kuntz has championed a culture of excellence and continuous improvement within Nestlé, inspiring teams to deliver best-in-class products and services while upholding the company’s core values. With his unwavering dedication and visionary leadership, Mike Kuntz continues to drive Nestlé forward, shaping the future of the company and leaving a lasting legacy in the global food and beverage industry.

Mike Kuntz

Senior Vice President of Manufacturing

Nestlé

Tanya Peterson

Tanya Peterson is an accomplished executive with a proven track record in driving operational excellence and fostering strategic partnerships in the consumer goods industry. As the Vice President of External Manufacturing at Mondelez International, she plays a pivotal role in overseeing the company’s external manufacturing operations worldwide. With over two decades of experience in supply chain management, Tanya has honed her expertise in optimizing manufacturing processes, ensuring product quality, and maximizing efficiency across diverse production networks. Her commitment to innovation and continuous improvement has led to significant cost savings and enhanced productivity within Mondelez’s external manufacturing ecosystem. Tanya is recognized for her strong leadership skills and ability to build collaborative relationships with external partners, suppliers, and internal stakeholders. Under her guidance, Mondelez has strengthened its global manufacturing capabilities, enabling the company to meet evolving consumer demands while maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety. Prior to joining Mondelez, Tanya held various leadership positions in supply chain management at leading multinational corporations, where she spearheaded initiatives to streamline operations and drive business growth. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from a prestigious institution and continues to stay abreast of emerging trends and best practices in manufacturing and supply chain management. As Vice President of External Manufacturing at Mondelez, Tanya Peterson continues to leverage her expertise and vision to drive sustainable growth and innovation, further solidifying Mondelez’s position as a global leader in the consumer goods sector.

Tanya Peterson

VP External Manufacturing

Mondelēz

Michael Wrobel

Mike is currently in the role of Vice President of Supply Chain, Snacks Operating Unit. In this role, Mike is responsible for leading strategies & developing plans in conjunction with Operating Unit & SC Pillar partners to deliver volume, sales, and profit targets. Having started his career as the Flavors & Seasonings Buyer in 2002, Mike has held an assortment of Sourcing roles that extend across ingredients, packaging, dairy, and numerous stops in commodities risk management. During his career, Mike has also spent time in North America Manufacturing (New Albany, Indiana), within the External Supply Chain, and worked internationally in Switzerland for nearly three years at the inception of the Global Sourcing Center.

Mike holds an undergraduate degree in business from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Kelly live in Edina, MN with their two children: Taylor (7) and Hudson (4). In his free time, Mike enjoys outdoor sports, gaming, grilling for family & friends, and lots of time with his littles at the neighborhood park!

Michael Wrobel

VP Supply Chain, Snacks

General Mills

Douglas Guilherme

Douglas Guilherme is the Supply Chain Vice-President for US & Canada for The Hershey Company. Douglas leads Supply Chain driving best practices and building winning organizations to accelerate Leading Snacking Powerhouse vision. Douglas leads a diverse team in the business of supply. Every individual in his team strives to provide a demonstrable and sustainable competitive advantage.

Douglas serves as Member of Board of Directors for Goodwill – Easter Seals Minnesota and devote passion and dedication to develop underrepresented individuals.

Prior to this role, Douglas has led large Supply Chain corporations for 29 years in companies such as Procter & Gamble for 14 years and Ecolab for 4 years where he served as Global Senior Vice-President for Supply Chain.

Douglas earned his bachelor’s degree on pharmacy and biochemistry, followed by 2 post graduations titles on Operations and Administration and followed by Master’s on Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Later Douglas studied Machine Learning, and Exponential Technologies from Singularity University and Technology Acceleration Program from Wharton.

He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Renata and children, Luisa and Vinicius.

Douglas Guilherme

VP Supply Chain US & Canada

The Hershey Company

Bill Durbin

Bill Durbin is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience in supply chain management, logistics, and planning. Currently serving as the North American Head of Logistics and Planning at The Kraft Heinz Company, Bill is responsible for overseeing and optimizing the intricate network that ensures timely and efficient delivery of products to customers across the continent. With a strong background in operations management, Bill has consistently demonstrated his ability to streamline processes, reduce costs, and enhance operational efficiency. His strategic leadership has been instrumental in driving innovation and implementing best practices within the logistics and planning functions, resulting in significant improvements in service levels and customer satisfaction. Prior to joining The Kraft Heinz Company, Bill held various senior roles in leading multinational corporations, where he honed his expertise in supply chain optimization and strategic planning. His diverse industry experience spans consumer goods, retail, and manufacturing sectors, providing him with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities inherent in modern supply chain management. Throughout his career, Bill has been recognized for his exceptional leadership skills and his relentless commitment to delivering results. He is known for his collaborative approach, fostering cross-functional partnerships to align logistics and planning strategies with broader business objectives. His keen analytical mind, coupled with a passion for continuous improvement, has earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor and a catalyst for organizational excellence. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from a prestigious institution and has participated in executive education programs to further enhance his skills and knowledge. Outside of his professional pursuits, he is actively involved in industry associations and community initiatives, demonstrating his commitment to making a positive impact beyond the boardroom. As the North American Head of Logistics and Planning at The Kraft Heinz Company, Bill Durbin continues to drive innovation and excellence, ensuring the company remains at the forefront of supply chain management in the ever-evolving consumer goods landscape.

Bill Durbin

Vice President Logistics

The Kraft Heinz Company

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