Director, Lean & Operational Excellence, Customer & Logistics Services
Johnson & Johnson
Senior Director, Digital Strategy & Innovation, Supply Chain
Johnson & Johnson
Sasha Pailet Koff currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation for Johnson & Johnson’s Supply Chain.
Her role plays a critical function in helping to transform J&J’s Supply Chain into the best supply chain in the world. She is responsible for fostering innovative incubator environments where small groups can focus on advanced capabilities, evaluate and prioritize these opportunities and accelerate strategic outcomes.
Sasha joined J&J in 2002 and has held roles of increasing responsibility with Johnson & Johnson HealthCare Systems, Cordis and MD&D Global Services leading efforts related to Commercial Contracting, Acquisition and Divestiture Efforts, Business Information, Commercial Operations and most recently in Quality Systems.
Prior to joining J&J, Sasha held roles with Rohm and Haas in Marketing and Accenture in Process and Strategy Consulting. Sasha has a proven track record in people development and currently serves as the J&J’s Women’s Leadership Council’s Bridgewater Chapter Chair.
Sasha earned her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University, her MBA from Columbia University and is a CPA, CGMA and PMP. Originally from New Orleans, LA, Sasha, her husband and their two children now reside in Livingston, NJ.
Co-Founder, Network for Value Chain Excellence
W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University
Vice President, Enterprise Hospital Customers
Johnson & Johnson
As Senior Director, Supply Chain customer solutions, Ruben is responsible for development and deployment of Supply Chain Customer Solutions to improve the customer experience with the top tier Medical Devices hospital customers in the United States (top 260 customers).
Ruben was recently the Enterprise customer team leader for top IDNs in New York and New Jersey supporting strategic account management, innovative contracting and unique solutions. He also held the position of Chief Procurement Officer, Medical Devices and Diagnostics, and Johnson & Johnson’s Supplier Diversity leader, Ruben is responsible for enabling value creation, innovation, risk mitigation and supplier diversity across a $15 Billion spend base across Johnson & Johnson.
Ruben originally joined Johnson & Johnson in 1984 as an engineering intern. Throughout his distinguished 30+ year career, he has rotated 15 times across eight different J&J affiliates spanning all three company sectors -- Consumer, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device and Diagnostics. During this span, he’s held numerous leadership positions in Procurement, Manufacturing, Planning, Distribution, Transportation, Finance, Customer Marketing and Logistics, Customer account Team leader and Sales management.
In 2008, Ruben assumed responsibility for the Johnson & Johnson Supplier Diversity program. Ruben brought his knowledge of the business and customers to drive increased executive sponsorship, awareness and accountability to the program. He reached out to partners in marketing, affinity groups and to customers to demonstrate the value and criticality of including diverse suppliers in our supply chain.
Under his leadership, Johnson & Johnson’s spend with diverse (minority and women owned) businesses grew over 20% in 2 years and in 2010 the Company’s spend passed the billion dollar mark for the first time ever. Johnson & Johnson is now formally applying to become the first and only health care company to become a member of the Billion Dollar Round Table, a prestigious group of only 17 corporations that spend over one billion dollars annually with diverse suppliers.
Among other many accomplishments, Ruben is a past recipient of numerous supplier diversity awards from recognized institutions such as the Long Island Hispanic Chamber, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives.
Ruben earned his MBA from Fuqua’s Executive MBA program in 1994 and his BA in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986. He also holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing from the Kettering Institute in Michigan.
He was born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in Miami, Florida.
Senior Manager, Supply Chain Planning
Grifols Diagnostics Solutions
Irene Zhou is a Senior Manager, Supply Chain Planning, at Grifols Diagnostics Solutions based in Emeryville, CA. Irene has over 24 years of experience in planning, forecasting and S&OP management. Prior to joining Grifols (formerly Novartis and Chiron) 15 years ago in the US, Irene worked at DuPont China for over 9 years as a Supply Chain Manager. Her responsibilities included: leading the planning, forecasting and customer service teams to support business and customer growth in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
During Irene’s 15 years at Grifols, she has led the planning team and S&OP process, and been the key Supply Chain lead on the successful launch of multiple global products.
Irene earned the undergraduate degree from Shanghai University of Engineering Science in China, and APIC CPIM certified.
Chief Executive Officer, LifeConEx and Global Head of DHL Temperature Manag
David Bang was appointed LifeConEx CEO in 2007 after serving as a founding member and senior vice president of business development and implementation of LifeConEx when it launched as a supplier-neutral joint venture between two cargo powerhouses DHL Global Forwarding (DGF) and Lufthansa Cargo in 2005. Alongside LifeConEx’s top senior management team and board members, David led the 2011 acquisition successfully that made LifeConEx a 100 percent DHL unit.
Since his appointment as CEO, David has spearheaded LifeConEx’s remarkable financial and innovative achievements, positioning the company as a premier globally recognized provider of end-to-end temperature-sensitive logistics management solutions for medicinal products. He has developed a culture that empowers “LifeConExers” to find and apply optimal ways to connect people with life, one shipment at a time. He is dedicated to promoting innovation and high performance culture centered on continuous improvement in all facets of temperature-controlled logistics management.
Based on that foundation, in 2013, David and his team successfully launched DHL THERMONET which is now DGF’s standard temperature controlled freight product tailored to the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector while LifeConEx serves premium segment of the sector. DHL THERMONET is now offered in +90 stations worldwide.
After David finished studying Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University in Chicago Suburb, he has been with the industry nearly 20 years holding increasingly key positions in global contract acquisition, implementation, sales, finances, IT and strategy. Today, David is an active contributor in numerous trade and technical publications, and frequently speaks at various logistics and life sciences conferences worldwide advocating for reduction of risk, elevated ROI, and ultimate patient safety. In his personal life, he runs half and full marathons and has started learning Spanish. David’s interests also include leadership, innovation, social justice, history and foreign policy. Effective January 2016, David was appointed as a board member for a patient-safety & product integrity advocacy consortium called, Rx-360 (www.rx-360.com).
Vice President, Health Care Solutions
Medical Tracking Solutions
Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions
Kevin joined DSC in 2002 as Director, Strategic Partnerships. He was a vital contributor in elevating the Strategic Partnership role and strengthening DSC’s customer relationship management process. In 2009, Kevin was promoted to Senior Director, Customer Solutions. He led the development of comprehensive solutions by building a Solutions team with cross-functional competencies and an expanded knowledge base. In addition, Kevin played a key role in business development activities, bringing expertise about solutions to strategic discussions with prospective customers. Kevin was promoted to Vice President in 2011 and to his current role in 2016.
Prior to DSC, Kevin spent eight years in consulting for TZA Associates, Oracle, MarchFIRST and Deloitte, working in supply chain strategy, technology and operational design. He has a BA from the University of Illinois.
Supply Chain Healthcare Consultant
Fred Crans is a strategic business leader with extensive experience in the healthcare industry, as an executive and consultant. He has expertise in a complement of operational improvement, materials management, distribution, strategic leadership and establishment of key corporate customer relationships – namely within the national medical and healthcare industries.
Vice President, Product Strategy
Cardinal Health Inventory Management Solutions
As Vice President of Product Strategy, Carola Endicott leads a team that continuously delivers market-leading applications and services to healthcare providers and medical device manufacturers. Previously, she served as VP Services and Operations for Cardinal Inventory Management Solutions, CIMS with responsibility for the account management, implementation, field and infrastructure operations, and customer service sectors. Carola was a member of the founding senior team of WaveMark in 2004 which grew to a global enterprise solution for health care providers and medical device suppliers and was acquired by Cardinal Health in August 2013. While at WaveMark, Carola was actively engaged in all aspects of the company including selling to hospitals, product management and design, and continuous process improvement as well as operations leadership.
Prior to WaveMark, Carola served as VP of Clinical Support Services at Tufts New England Medical Center, a Tufts University teaching hospital and academic medical center. In her position as VP she was responsible for the financial and operational success of the cardiovascular and cancer areas as well as the hospital’s diagnostic services such as Clinical Laboratories and Radiology. Prior to her 13 years at Tufts, Carola was at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and at Harvard Community Health Plan.
Carola holds a Masters in Organizational Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s Degree from Middlebury College, Vermont.
Pacific Bridge Medical
Mr. Gross founded Pacific Bridge Medical in 1988 and has helped hundreds of medical companies with business development and regulatory issues in Asia. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the Asian medical markets. In 2008, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD&DI) magazine named Mr. Gross one of the top 100 executives in the medical business.
Mr. Gross is a frequent contributor of articles on Asian medical issues for Clinica (England), MD&DI (Los Angeles), and other medically oriented journals. He has been a featured speaker on the Asian medical markets at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) shows, the Medtrade Home Health Care Exhibition, the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society’s annual and regional meetings, and a variety of other medically oriented meetings and conferences.
Mr. Gross has a BA degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.
Vice President, Pharma Supply Chain
Allen brings nearly 30 years of pharma and health sciences supply chain experience to FusionOps. He joined FusionOps from Pfizer, Inc., where as VP of Network Supply Planning, he was responsible for production planning, issue identification and mitigation via S&OP processes, and global inventory. Prior to Pfizer, he was AVP of Supply Chain for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Director of Supply Chain for Baxter Bioscience, and managed a medical device joint venture in Yugoslavia. Allen received his degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland and did graduate work and research in immunology at Johns Hopkins University.
VP Healthcare Logistics
President and Chief Executive Officer
Since joining Terso in 2007, Joe Pleshek has overseen rapid growth for the company providing overall strategic direction and financial management for the business as well as managing day-to-day operations. He has worked closely with Terso’s clients in the Healthcare and Life Science markets to drive business value through Terso’s RAIN RFID-enabled inventory management solutions. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout as well as a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas.
Operating Vice President, Orthopedics
Owens & Minor
Volker Schulz comes to us today from Owens & Minor, where he manages orthopedics, the tip of the spear in O&M's overarching shift into supply chain services, and physician preference items in particular. His special focus is the design and implementation of new end-to-end business models that revolve around the point of care and require a closed loop solution that is tightly integrated with core distribution and all of the touch points in between.
Prior to O&M he spent 15 years with 3 Tier 1 multi-national 3PLs, and in each case he held responsibility for the growth, diversification and vertical integration of their U.S. healthcare logistics business. His hands-on leadership in this capacity has produced a 10-year compound annual growth rate averaging 31%.
Mr. Schulz has two graduate masters degrees and an undergraduate engineering degree from the University of Virginia. He has 3 children, devotes most of his free time these days to high school football, and is constantly chasing his next DIY home improvement challenge.
Director, Strategic Solutions
Cardinal Health Integrated Logistics Services
Since joining Cardinal Health in 2006, Thompson has developed customized supply chain solutions for Medical Distribution, Presource Products and Services and the Pharmaceutical Technologies manufacturing business. As a result, manufacturers and providers have more precise visibility over the use of products and devices.
Thompson builds on more than two decades of supply chain management experience in the automotive sector. He began his career at General Motors and Delphi Automotive Systems, assigned to one of GM's first Lean Enterprises facilities.
Thompson later worked in supply chain management and manufacturing with Lear Corporation.
Thompson is a graduate of the University of Windsor (Canada) and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
ePay Solutions Executive
Gary Beck is well-recognized in the commercial payments industry for his three decades of innovative solutions and strategic leadership in sales, business development and exceptional results, particularly in the B2B arena. He has continuously led significant endeavors at the executive level and has driven billions in new B2B volume for many high-profile organizations, including Visa, American Express, GE Capital, and Paymentech. In his current position at GHX, Mr. Beck is growing an awareness and a clientele among healthcare manufacturers and suppliers that utilize GHX’s unique new ePay capability - a complete and dynamic “Order-to-Pay” solution. He is a family man who lives in Colorado and loves everything his Rocky Mountain state has to offer.