Supply Chain Track: Keynote Address

Speaker: Shekar Natarajan, Anheuser Busch

Supply chain is one of the biggest issues in business continuity and we’re bringing one of the biggest names in supply chain to address DRI2014 attendees! Shekar Natarajan is the North American Senior Director of Supply Chain Planning for Anheuser Busch, as well as an internationally-recognized top supply chain executive and visionary thought leader. In great demand as a speaker, and giving only two or three talks worldwide annually, Natarajan says he felt compelled to accept DRI’s invitation to speak, recognizing the connection between what he does and what all of you do.  It is his hope that he can give you real insight into vexing and complicated supply chain issues by sharing his experiences and his conclusions, which are based on both intensive study and extensive practice.  In the world of supply chain, Natarajan is the real deal, and you won’t want to miss this keynote session and the Q&A to follow!

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Shekar-NatarajanAbout the Speaker: Shekar Natarajan is the North American Senior Director of Supply Chain Planning for Anheuser Busch, as well as an internationally-recognized top supply chain executive and visionary thought leader.

In 2011, Natarajan was then named a Next-generation Thought-leader by Supply & Demand Chain Executive and again called a thought leader in 2013 by Logistics Insight Asia. In 2009, Global Supply Chain Review named Natarajan to its list of “Top 25 Supply Chain Executives”. In 2010, he was named one of the top visionaries of the year by Consumer Goods Technology and a 2009 as well as 2010 “Rainmaker” by DC Velocity. In 2010, he also received an Institute of Industrial Engineers Medallion for “outstanding contribution to the field of industrial engineering through leadership and innovation of methodology”. In addition, he was “formally recognized him for the content and insights he provided for developing and managing supply chain processes” by the government of Brazil, in response to his keynote address at the 2008 Motimat conference. In 2011, Natarajan was then named a Next-generation Thought-leader by Supply & Demand Chain Executive and again called a thought leader in 2013 by Logistics Insight Asia.

Natarajan received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad in India and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003.

Natarajan worked with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated as the senior supply chain network manager and as a corporate development specialist for Alliance Rubber Company. He then moved on to PepsiCo in 2006, where he was the Director of Supply Chain Planning. While there he was in charge of the company’s new “direct store delivery” system, a transformation for which he received the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 2010 Supply Chain Innovation award.

He next moved to Anheuser Busch to serve as the North American Senior Director of Supply Chain Planning. His approach to supply chain management has been described as, “first … have in place ‘diametrically opposite alternative’ plans … [2nd] constantly evaluate those plans, based on changing conditions and sensitive variables … [3rd] understand that the planning process is continuous in nature, with no defined end point … [4th] make sure that the right people are in the right jobs.” Supply & Demand Chain Executive also wrote of Natarajan’s ideas on supply chain management that, “To bring competitive advantage to their enterprises, supply chain executives must also look to hire, train and retain creative problem-solvers, Natarajan adds. The goal is to drive “productivity of the mind” within the supply chain organization, emphasizing systematic thinking and developing problem-solving skills.” Natarajan pointed out in the article that increasing supply chain efficiency is a method of adding coinciding value in other parts of the company as well.

In 2013 Natarajan partnered with Ron Hammond to research a series of best practices in the supply chain management industry. Based on that research they created a “supply chain maturity” model, used to identify a range of corporate behaviors, and places corporations into one of five categories: myopic, sluggish, aware, anticipative, and prescient.

Natarajan is a member of the editorial advisory board for Material Handling & Logistics, an industry member of the board for the College Industry Council of Material Handling equipment, on the board for the Material Handling Institute of America, was the co-chairman of the Institute Of High Performance Planners, is on the board of Colalife, and an advisory board member of DC Velocity, a supply chain magazine. He is also a member of the Catastrophic Disaster Recovery Plan program headed by the White House.

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