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LLamaCon’s Main Stage Speaker Lineup

By LLamasoft Editorial Team  April 8, 2019

LLamasoft’s annual user conference, LLamaCon, is packed with learnings from some of the top supply chain professionals. There is more to come with our main stage lineup but get a sneak peek in this blog!

Razat Gaurav, LLamasoft’s CEO, brings more than two decades of experience in the supply chain planning and execution space to LLamaCon. Throughout his career, Razat has played a critical role in the digital transformations of some of the world’s biggest brands and his work has influenced the flow of billions of dollars’ worth of goods. With proven leadership in scaling and growing enterprise software businesses on a global basis, Razat most recently served as JDA Software’s Executive Vice President, General Manager and Chief Revenue Officer and previously held leadership roles at i2 Technologies and Ernst & Young (EY). A trusted expert on supply chain trends, he has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes and The Hill, among other top media. Razat has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Toby Brzoznowski is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of LLamasoft. Over the last decade, he has helped bring supply chain design into the corporate mainstream as a key business process and competitive weapon and has positioned LLamasoft as the leading global supply chain design technology provider. Toby is a frequent presenter and panelist at supply chain and logistics leadership forums has been named a ‘Pro to Know’ and has authored dozens of articles on the growing importance of supply chain design as a key competitive weapon.


Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a philosopher, scholar of randomness, essayist, a risk-management expert, and former trader. He is known for a multidisciplinary approach to the role of the high impact rare event. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, the revelatory book that explains everything we know about what we don’t know.  In it, he defines a “black swan” as a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: it is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable than it was. He concludes that black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.  He offers surprisingly simple tricks for dealing with black swans and benefiting from them and changing the way we look at the world. His books have more than a million copies in print. His work has been translated into 27 languages.


Reuben Slone is executive vice president of supply chain for Advance Auto Parts, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to joining the Advance Auto Parts management team, Slone served on the board of directors of Advance Auto Parts from March of 2016 to October 2019. As head of supply chain, Slone is also responsible for transportation, distribution center operations, indirect procurement, employee health and safety, risk, compliance, and sustainability for the company. Slone previously worked at Walgreens, where he served as senior vice president of supply chain. In his seven years with Walgreens, he was responsible for inventory management and replenishment, imports, transportation, distribution center operations and logistics for the company. Slone also oversaw the enterprise-wide SAP program as well as the Rite-Aid supply chain integration. Prior to joining Walgreens, Slone held various executive positions with OfficeMax, Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS and Ernst & Young. Slone has authored two articles published by Harvard Business Review: “Leading a Supply Chain Turnaround” in October 2004 and “Are You the Weakest Link in your Supply Chain?” in September 2007. In May 2010, Harvard Business Press published Slone’s first book: “The New Supply Chain Agenda.” Slone is a NACD Board Fellow. He is also a member and past chairman of the board of directors of Aspire of Illinois, a non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1984.


Sam Israelit is a partner in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office. He is the co-founder of Bain’s Information Technology practice and a leader in the firm’s Supply Chain Management practice.  He has more than 22 years of management consulting experience, advising business leaders on their biggest opportunities and challenges. Sam has worked extensively with clients in the areas of manufacturing, supply chain, procurement and IT to help them transform their extended supply chains to achieve world-class performance. He has significant experience helping them address challenges in inventory management, manufacturing efficiency, logistics and distribution, forecasting and planning, network optimization, strategic sourcing, order management and service parts.


Peter Grimvall is an experienced supply chain manager in automotive aftermarket and furniture production/retail from well-known companies like Volvo Group, IKEA and Tetra Laval, both in Europe and Asia. He has worked on assignments which have involved the need to set up and develop regional supply chain organizations in Asia. He is now based in Europe focusing on global purchasing and logistics. Areas of specialty include automotive, aftermarket, distribution, furniture, logistics, purchasing, retail, service, start-ups, supply chain management, transport, VMI, warehousing, and procurement.


Nestor Felpi has over 25 years of experience within Supply Chain, Logistics, Purchasing, and Industrial Manufacturing throughout the world. He is a native from Argentina, as well as a permanent resident of Brazil and Spanish Citizen. Nestor has worked with companies such as Natura, Philips, Avon, Clorox, and Procter & Gamble.


Larry Wyche is a senior military executive with 30 plus years of corporate-level leadership experience. He provides vision, developing strategy and directing the performance of national and global scale manufacturing, maintenance management, logistics, transportation, and distribution organizations. Culminating in appointment as Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, a position nearly identical in function to that of a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in a private sector corporation.

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