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Product Development and the Supply Chain
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Tuesday, March 5 - 8:15am-9:30am
Rearchitecting the Supply Chain for Speed, Quality and Cost Reduction

Kurt Doelling, VP Worldwide Operations Strategy and Priority Programs, Sun Microsystems

Mr. Doelling will provide a rare glimpse of how the leading provider of systems, software and services for network computing is rearchitecting its supply chain for dramatically improved product delivery and lower cost of doing business. He will provide a blueprint for how to progress your enterprise and supply chain management systems into e-SCM, encompassing entities both within and outside its four walls. In parallel with initiatives to cut costs and time out of the supply chain, he will touch upon the massive A&Q (Availability and Quality) efforts Sun is undertaking to truly be a mission and even life-critical supplier of systems and services. He will also share examples of real results to-date, learnings, and future implications as Sun continues this journey. This has already proven instrumental in Sun's efforts to optimize inventory levels at Sun and its suppliers during both periods of aggressive growth and demand downturn.

Kurt DoellingKurt Doelling, VP of WorldWide Operations Strategy and Priority Programs at Sun Microsystems, is responsible for setting strategy and implementing key programs for Sun's Operations.  At Sun, he is responsible for the Breakthrough Supply Chain (BTSC) initiative which includes stategic digitization and integration of Sun's supply chain in addition to implementation of leading edge planning processes.  During his 12 year career at Sun, Kurt implemented Sun's first Demand/Supply planning process and has held senior positions on both sides of this equation, first as Worldwide Revenue Manager and then as Director of Supply Planning and Management.  He has implmented build to order strategies, demand replenishment models and a number of planning systems.  Prior to joining Sun, he worked as a consultant at Arthur D. Little, Inc and at Data Resources where he helped clients develop models in areas ranging from worldwide copper pricing to metropolitan area vertical market demand models for computer equipment and communications services. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics degree from Amherst College.

Wednesday, March 6 - 8:30am-9:45am
Delphi's Lean Enterprise:
Enhancing Speed & Quality
throughout the Value Stream

Mark C. Lorenz, Vice President, Operations & Logistics, Delphi Automotive Systems

Mark Lorenz will discuss how Delphi Automotive Systems has addressed the need for increased speed and higher quality throughout the value stream. He will explain how Delphi has been able to improve its cost structure by eliminating waste not only within the four walls of its manufacturing plants, but also throughout its entire enterprise, extending its lean practices into the supply chain.

Delphi’s lean, small lot production strategy has enabled the company to focus on a fewer number of parts at a time, ensuring that its products are always of the highest possible quality, while keeping inventory to a minimum and improving cash flow. Lorenz will elaborate on the tools Delphi has utilized to implement its lean initiatives, including the Delphi Manufacturing System, manufacturing system design, value stream mapping, and other innovative measures, such as the creation of a lean logistics network.

Peterson75.jpg (4642 bytes)Mark C. Lorenz is Vice President of Delphi Automotive Systems in charge of operations and logistics and a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group. He also serves as executive champion for Delphi's producton control and logistics task team. Prior positions include Director of Materials Management for GM's North American Operations prototype shops, Executive Director of Production Control and Logistics for Delphi, Delphi VP in charge of PC&L. Lorenz holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA in industrial management from Central Michigan University.

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