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Supply Chain Summit Speaker Gary Lynch: ‘Standards are Just the Starting Point’

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There are three camps for dealing with risk, and AIAG members and colleagues will take a deeper dive into them during a special session at the annual Supply Chain Summit, scheduled for June 20, 2017 at Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia, Michigan, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Gary Lynch is founder of the Risk Project, a global risk advisory and research firm that uses performance-based approaches to identify, assess, and manage risk exposures. Author of two books on risk management, Lynch will draw from real-life case studies to help attendees explore the best strategies for risk management and identify expected outcomes during the 11 a.m. session, “Risk: Compliance, Ops Effectiveness, or Competitive Strategy?” Terry Onica, director of automotive at QAD, will be presenting with Lynch.

“We have to change the mindset of risk management. If you ask people, ‘Why do we have brakes on cars?’ most people would probably answer, to slow the car down. For business, the answer is ‘So we can go faster,’” Lynch says. “We don’t manage risk by itself; it’s part of the process. Effective risk management can make us go faster by creating competitive advantages.” 

Lynch says attendees will gain a better understanding of why they engage in risk management, which strategy is best to achieve expected outcomes, and will learn from several practical examples of how organizations achieved something greater than just compliance.

“The evolution of standards must change the thinking to go beyond just checking the box,” Lynch says. “Standards are the starting point. If you comply with just that, you’re not doing enough.”

The theme of this year’s summit is “Understanding Complexity in Today’s Supply Chain.” Additional presentations will focus on updates and solutions applicable to privacy, data security, risk management and requirements, and other topics specific to optimizing the supply chain. To conclude the event, a senior-level keynote speaker will be followed by a reception offering another opportunity to network. The current speaker line-up also includes:

  • Kevin Roberts, senior automotive analyst for PwC – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Albert Zapanta, president and CEO, U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • Terry Onica, director, automotive, QAD
  • Christopher Perry, director of field operations, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  • Tyese Doby, global supply chain risk management supervisor, General Motors Company
  • Gladyne Wiley Lynch, supplier performance specialist, Ford Motor Company
  • Lang Ware, director of supply chain products and services, AIAG
  • David Hamill, partner, Arent Fox LLP
  • Birgit Matthiesen, director of Canada-U.S. Cross Border Business Affairs, Arent Fox LLP
  • Eric Osen, senior manager - LTL and contracting, Ryder Transportation Management
  • Jason Shaw, senior manager for logistics procurement, Ryder Logistics & Transportation
  • David Chang, IT director, General Motors Company
  • Michele A. Brown, senior manager, General Motors Company
  • Matthew Schie, privacy office lead, FCA US LLC
  • Thomas Crawford, regional data chief, Honda North America, Inc.
  • Martin Colbeck, director of sales Midwest & Eastern Region, Auto Warehousing Co.

AIAG members and their colleagues are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

For more information, visit www.aiag.org or email events@aiag.org.