The Virtual Summit Series will feature Harvard faculty, subject matter experts, and current chief financial officers and chief supply chain officers. Participants will take a leadership view and address how this crisis can become a catalyst to bolstering newfound strengths and fixing gaps that have been identified in finance and supply chain operations. In particular, the Virtual Summit Series will address these critical challenges and opportunities from lenses including:
Together, attendees of the Virtual Summit will explore strategies to optimize current operations, manage evolving risks, and deliver public value.
In recent years, the fundamentals of the fast-moving consumer business have already dramatically changed, moving toward greater customization, on-demand products, and brands with purpose. COVID-19 has become an accelerator for these macro trends, further altering how people shop, consume media, and pay for things. In addition, it has dramatically disrupted supply chains around the world. With this dramatic shift, how are the most innovative companies building resilience into their operations and driving massive transformation to prepare for a future that is still under development? In this session, Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Unilever, will discuss his leadership experience guiding the company’s operations and supply chain through the COVID-19 crisis. He will highlight strategies his team has used to remain resilient and agile during this crisis, ranging from identifying alternative data that can shed light on how the pandemic is impacting different components of supply chains, to technologies such as crawlers and artificial intelligence that can offer insights on potential risks and shortages, to approaches to keep employees safe and support critical partners. He will also talk about Unilever’s framework for identifying opportunities for innovation and sustainable growth in the midst of turbulence. In particular, he will describe how the pandemic has strengthened their resolve to develop a purpose-driven, future-fit supply chain. Mr. Engel will describe Unilever’s continued efforts to develop a multi-stakeholder model – caring for employees, customers, suppliers, partners, society, the planet, and shareholders – and to decrease the company’s environmental footprint and increase their social handprint.
In these turbulent times, massive changes in consumer behaviors and global markets are upending past business models. With this rapid and extensive change, surviving and thriving will require addressing short-term operational and financial challenges, identifying innovations and new business models that can shape the future, and building agility for an uncertain future.
In this session, Don Allan, Chief Financial Officer at Stanley Black & Decker, will key describe key steps the company is taking to respond to this turbulence, including decisions and investment around human capital, operations and supply chains, and an innovation ecosystem. Don will also talk about the leadership challenges and opportunities involved in weathering the current crisis and positioning for future value.
The Virtual Summit is an invitation-only program designed to develop the next generation of chief financial officers, and chief supply chain officers. Participants in the program are chief financial officers, chief supply chain officers, and/or a senior-level team member designated by the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, or chief supply chain officer of their respective firms.
Participation is limited to chief financial officers, chief supply chain officers, and/or their designee. All other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition or fee to participate in these virtual sessions.
Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.