Mike Albert is CEO and co-founder of DrayNow, which seamlessly connects intermodal freight and carriers in a freight-matching marketplace. After raising $6.5 million in both a pre-series and Series A, DrayNow operates in 70 percent of intermodal markets across the United States. Albert founded Draynow with Brad Frith and Craig Probe in 2016, after founding TransNoble, a Philadelphia-based drayage carrier in 2014. DrayNow launched in 2017. Previously, Albert worked across the logistics industry, starting as a dispatcher at Penske and eventually running the company’s global automotive division as vice president. From there, he joined RoadLink Transportation as senior vice president and then moved to Kane is Able as senior vice president of operations. Albert has a bachelor’s in operations management from Susquehanna University and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt from General Electric. He speaks regularly to industry groups and publications as an expert on the intermodal and drayage industry.
Thomas Bagge is CEO and statutory director of Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a neutral non-profit organization founded by MSC, A.P. Moller-Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and ONE. As chief operating officer, Bagge leads the effort to achieve DCSA’s mission of becoming the de facto technology standards body in container shipping. Prior to joining DCSA, Bagge was involved in a number of transformation activities covering technology, process, and people at Maersk. Most recently, he held the position as adviser to the chief information officer on strategy and digital transformation. With two decades of experience in transportation and logistics, Bagge has an in-depth understanding of customers and industry drivers as well as the challenges of digitizing the container shipping industry. He has an Executive MBA and an applied finance degree from Copenhagen Business School. He also holds a number of board positions in organizations aside from DCSA.
CEO and Statutory Director
Digital Container Shipping Association
Sarah Barnes-Humphrey is a logistician turned supply chain marketer, passionate about bringing stories to life in an industry that has traditionally been about stats and numbers. As the host of the popular Let’s Talk Supply Chain Podcast (LTSC) blog and The Trade Squad on YouTube, Barnes-Humphrey helps tell the stories and bring awareness to brands and hot topics in the industry, which includes her infamous Women in Supply Chain series. Recently named Top 100 most influential women leaders in Supply Chain (global) and Top 100 most influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain, Barnes-Humphrey has spent the past 20 years in logistics and supply chain learning everything she can, and recently ventured off on her own to grow the LTSC brand including a new YouTube Channel called “The SC, supply chain tv” where you can learn from real people talking about real supply chain topics. Barnes-Humphrey is also the co-founder and CEO of Shipz Inc., a new technology platform encompassing all of her experience and knowledge in supply chain bringing innovative, collaborative ideas together on own platform for the supply chain industry.
Host of "Let’s Talk Supply Chain" and CEO of Shipz
Patrik Berglund is the CEO and co-founder of Oslo-based Xeneta, the leading price comparison platform for containerized freight transforming the shipping and logistics industry with data analytics. Berglund, a logistics- and tech-enthusiast, possesses a true passion for modernizing business processes related to logistics procurement and the supply chain. He has in-depth logistics and transportation experience from several years at Kuehne + Nagel in various roles and also as co-founder of Nordilog, a logistics consultancy firm. Since co-founding Xeneta in 2012, Berglund has grown the company to be the top worldwide source comparing shipping rates against the market average, market highs and lows, ultimately transforming companies’ logistics procurement with actionable data intelligence. Berglund was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Lloyd's List Next Generation in Shipping award.
Jenna is co-founder & CEO of Shipamax, a company that turns supply chain documents into data via API. Brown started her career at RWE Supply and Trading, experiencing the complex processes involved in shipping commodities. Thereafter, she entered into the start-up world as an early employee of two of London's fastest growing startups, Adzuna and GoCardless. She co-founded Shipamax in 2016 to provide logistics companies with a plug & play solution to cut time spent on low-value tasks, allowing them to spearhead digital transformations.
Co-Founder & CEO
Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor, and associate editor. Based in Washington, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" program, and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Flexport CTO James Chen oversees the platform and technology tools used by over 10,000 clients and suppliers to move, finance, and make better decisions about their freight. Before that, Chen was director of both Amazon Shipping and Amazon Global Logistics and a chief technology officer twice before at Jenzabar (CampusCraze) and Rakuten (Freecause). At Flexport, Chen is responsible for driving Flexport's product vision and technology strategy. He holds a B.S. in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chief Technology Officer
Tony Chen has been moving freight from Asia to North America for more than 20 years. He is president of TSJ Logistics, a small non-vessel-operating ocean carrier and customs house broker based in Los Angeles.
Nick Chubb is a leading independent voice on the future of shipping and trade. Chubb founded Thetius in 2019 to serve as a source of intelligence, analysis, and research on emerging technologies within the supply chain, helping industry leaders to understand and prepare for the future. Thetius research has been used to shape government policy, inform the investment strategies of major technology businesses, and help NGOs to increase their impact on the world. Chubb started his career as a navigator on commercial ships before moving into maritime technology. He has since held senior commercial positions in a number of organizations, overseeing the launch of new digital products and services including port call optimization startup Intelligent Cargo Systems and UK seafarer education charity Marine Society.
Founder and CEO
Julian Counihan is the founder of Schematic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund with a focus on industrial technology (supply chain, manufacturing, transportation). Counihan started a career in technology as a software developer at Fortna where he worked on warehouse control & automation systems. After a period in technology investment banking, he began investing in the industrial and supply chain sectors. Counihan holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BsC in systems engineering from The University of Virginia.
Nathan Dey is the chief executive officer of Navegate, a full-service freight forwarder, customs broker, and supply chain management software platform. Since joining Navegate in 2018, Dey has led the team’s effort to democratize supply chain technology and allow emerging and mid-sized companies the ability to build their own best in class supply chain. Prior to joining Navegate, he worked in investment banking and corporate finance for over a decade, including stops at Banc of America Securities, Republic Partners, and Daimler Chrysler. Dey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Youredi CEO & co-founder Jaakko Elovaara drives the company’s strategy execution. Elovaara has two decades experience in the software business industry and business process automation in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to Youredi, Elovaara worked in global sales and management positions at IBM, Microsoft, Basware, and Fujitsu. Elovaara holds a Master of Science in economics and business administration from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.
CEO & Co-Founder
A technology executive with deep expertise in the travel & transportation industries, Marvin Erdly leads TradeLens for IBM, a platform jointly developed with Maersk to apply blockchain to the world’s global supply chains. TradeLens (www.tradelens.com) is an open and neutral industry platform that will promote faster, more efficient, and secure global trade. Prior to joining TradeLens, Erdley led the distribution sector and the travel and transportation industry for IBM Global Business Services in the Middle East and Africa. He was responsible for a portfolio of airline, seaport, airport, transportation, and consumer clients, with a strong focus on digital reinvention, AI, blockchain, and IoT. As a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and an executive in IBM, he advised executives and delivered transformative projects across a variety of technology and business operations domains. Erdly graduated from the John Hopkins University with a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
Head of TradeLens
Todd Ericksrud is the President & CEO of MatchBack Systems, the leading software-as-a-service company with an innovative solution to plan, optimize, and automate street-turns on a neutral, collaborative platform. The company’s unique optimization technology empowers supply chain participants to manage the complex process of street-turns across the globe in a systematic and scalable way to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and eliminate emissions. Ericksrud, a 2017 Supply Chain Pro to Know, has 30 years of transportation and logistics industry experience across multiple modes and verticals. He holds a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He is the founder of the New York Mills (Minn.) Civic Excellence Award and has held several board roles including Georgia Tech Executive Masters in International Logistics (EMIL) advisor, the Brown County (Wis.) United Way, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin.
President & CEO
Michael Farlekas joined E2open as chief operating officer in 2015. He is responsible for leading the company’s overall operations, with direct oversight of sales, marketing, professional services, research and development, and strategy. Farlekas brings to E2open more than 20 years of sales, marketing, and leadership experience in supply chain management and enterprise software. Prior to joining E2open, Farlekas was vice president and general manager at Roadnet Technologies (now Omnitracs), the leading provider of last-mile routing and mobility solutions to Fortune 50 clients. Previously, Farlekas spent 11 years at RedPrairie (now JDA Software) in roles that included senior vice president and general manager of the industrial business unit and vice president of industrial sales. He also has held senior leadership roles at GATX Terminal Corp (now Kinder Morgan) and CSX Transportation. Farlekas holds an MBA with a concentration in international business from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hilary Garner is the sitting president of Garner Enterprises. Her 12 years of experience includes handling high-value proteins and time-sensitive perishable goods across multiple platforms in the multimodal shipping labyrinth. Garner Enterprises is a family-owned, third-party freight forwarding and transportation logistics business based in Toronto, Ontario. Garner has held this position since 2015 and is integral to the company’s successes. Her skills as an innovative leader and team player continue to earn the company a solid reputation in the perishable commodities industry. She has a master’s in peace and conflict negotiations from the University of Sydney, Australia, and worked on a two-year contract in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Garner connects sustainability with clean tech; she was awarded a USPTO patent in 2018 for innovative solutions in warehousing and transportation. Her start-up is part of the Waterloo’s COMMUNITECH and Silicon Valley’s Plug And Play accelerators.
Brian Glick, chief executive officer of of Chain.io, has made a career of simplifying complex supply chain and trade compliance IT challenges. Whether analyzing complex coding issues or rationalizing the compliance impacts of a vendor direct drop ship program, Glick brings a rare combination of executive perspective and deep technical knowledge to today’s supply chain challenges. From the web-based visibility platforms of the early days to today’s cloud revolution, Glick has been an active leader in each phase of the connected supply chain evolution. With a focus on retail and apparel supply chains, Glick has brought his expertise to bear as an IT leader both within logistics service providers and through independent software companies.
Wiebe Helder is founder and chief executive officer of Cargobase, a B2B platform to simplify on-demand freight. Wiebe brings more than a decade of rich executive experience in logistics, having sat on all sides of the logistics transaction table. Armed with a thorough understanding of what shippers and freight forwarders require, and a resolve to simplify it, in 2014, Wiebe formed and led the development of a solution to help shippers and logistics service providers connect and transact, easily and efficiently. The result is a groundbreaking SaaS solution welcomed by Fortune 500 companies in helping them manage their on-demand freight. Today, Cargobase helps bridge the tech gap between shippers and forwarders across 41 countries, and Wiebe applies himself to motivate his team to find innovative solutions to day-to-day logistics challenges.
Founder and CEO
Nadia Hewett is project lead of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology at the World Economic Forum. In this role, she leads and facilitates several industry-wide blockchain consortia efforts (from responsible and sustainable sourcing in mining and metals all the way through to blockchain in food). Another project focuses on creating a decision-making toolkit for promoting interoperable, responsible, and inclusive deployment of blockchains for supply chains. Bringing transparency and efficiency to complex supply chains is one of the most promising use cases for blockchain technology, but many deployments are fragmented and siloed. With the Forum, Hewitt’s mission is to maximize the benefits of science and technology for society through a global hub of expertise, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration, and her projects convene broad multi-stakeholder communities and experts to ensure best practices are embedded in blockchain deployments. She also has an extensive background in supply chain and logistics, having worked with Maersk on major supply chain initiatives across Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Africa.
Project Lead, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology
World Economic Forum LLC
Markus Johannsen, senior vice president of global seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel (AG & Co) KG, has global responsibility for the operation of the Seafreight business unit. Johannsen has over 20 years of international transportation and logistics experience. He was appointed to his current position in January 2019 and spent that year driving the new organizational, much more customer-centric set-up, as well as utilizing technology to realize efficiency gains across the business. In 2020, he is focused on implementing the new structure and rolling out the export functionality of KN’s new TMS SALog. Prior to his current role, Johannsen was senior vice president of Seafreight, North Asia Pacific region, from 2014 to 2018. He has a well-balanced perspective on the Asia Pacific, in particular China, having worked and lived in Shanghai since 2008 in various Seafreight management positions.
Senior Vice President, Global Seafreight
Kuehne + Nagel
Eric Johnson is the JOC’s senior editor of technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology’s impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. He has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC, area.
Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
As co-founder, president, and CEO, Ken Kellaway is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, strategy, growth, and development of RoadOne IntermodaLogistics. Kellaway leads the company’s pointed commercial efforts and heads their ongoing acquisition engine. Prior to RoadOne, Kellaway was one of the founders of RoadLink, the largest provider of intermodal trucking and workforce solutions in the US from 2000–2012, serving in multiple roles from chief commercial office to president during his tenure. He also founded and created the vision for E*Fill America Inc., a leader in the national warehousing, distribution, and e-commerce fulfillment business. In 1988, Kellaway founded Kellaway Intermodal and Distribution Systems Inc., growing the business from a standalone warehousing company to New England’s premier intermodal transportation and terminal services operation, offering “Single Source Logistics Solutions” to both international shipping companies and importer-exporters. It was selected as an INC. 500 company two years in a row. A true entrepreneur, Kellaway has also founded and launched multiple other companies in the consumer goods space, food services, and logistics venues. Prior to founding Kellaway Intermodal and Distribution Systems, Kellaway held management positions at Ryder Truck Leasing. He received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and MBA from Babson Business School.
President and CEO
Christopher S. Kirchner is co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Slync.io, an award-winning intelligent global supply chain and multi-enterprise logistics automation platform. Kirchner is the visionary behind Slync.io. As a serial entrepreneur, he is always looking for opportunities to innovate and better the world around him. Kirchner was awarded the “Top Dawg” entrepreneurship award at Butler University and formed his first business while attending the University of Kentucky. While operating his first company, he spent time as an “entrepreneur in residence” at a world-renown advertising agency developing a new business model in the entertainment industry. From there, he spent several years leading and building world-class marketing and sales teams across several industries. Prior to co-founding Slync.io, Kirchner was senior vice president of marketing and sales and a board member at a leading label converter that supplied to a wide array of industries and Fortune 500 companies. Kirchner is a distinguished member of the Forbes Communication Council, SAP.io Foundry, Plug and Play Japan, and Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Startup Network.
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Jett McCandless, founder and CEO of project44, has two decades of experience working in the transportation and logistics space. After becoming principal at GlobalTranz, a company with a gross annual revenue of $500 million, McCandless sold his stake in the company to pursue his own ventures. He began building companies like the Inc. 5000 ranked advisory firm, CarrierDirect. Next, he founded project44, the world’s leading advanced visibility platform for shippers and third-party logistics firms. During his twenty years in the logistics industry, McCandless has become a recognized thought leader with a track record of innovation and success. His leadership has guided multiple startups from ideation stages through expansion.
Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and General Partner
Matt Motsick is chief executive officer of RPA Labs, a full-service robotics process automation (RPA) solution for the logistics industry. Motsick has been on almost every side of logistics, including trucking, warehousing, third party logistics, transportation management, and international forwarding. In 2007, however, he decided to start a software company that digitized ocean carrier contracts and kept surcharges up to date. Motsick became co-founder and CEO of Catapult International, one of the first logistics software companies developed as a software-as-a-service, web-based system. Motsick and his team built the company from three employees to over 150 employees within eight years; then, Catapult was acquired. In 2019, Motsick co-founded RPA Labs. Using software bots to automate processes, RPA Labs can convert document data into systems seamlessly. Its email response bot can read emails from customers and automatically respond based on their inquiry, such as "Can I get a shipping quote?" and "Where's my shipment?".
Anshu Prasad is the co-founder and CEO of Leaf Logistics, a data and analytics platform helping to bring cost and service predictability to the transportation industry. With funding from Playground, Floodgate, and other leading institutional VCs, and support from advisors with deep domain expertise, Leaf is poised to transform how B2B logistics are bought and sold. Prior to founding Leaf (fka LogisticsExchange), Prasad built and led A.T. Kearney's global analytics practice, working with clients to utilize technology and data to empower business transformation. He also helped start and grow analytics businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia, working at the intersection of supply chain and technology. Prasad graduated from Cornell University with a degree in biochemistry and from Oxford University with an MBA.
Cathy Roberson, an analyst with deep experience across the transportation and logistics business, is the founder of Logistics Trends & Insights, which provides strategic supply chain research and analysis. Previously she worked for a logistics research firm, an internet consultancy, and UPS Supply Chain Solutions. Her experience spans projects that cover product development, market analysis, customer service, M&A due diligence, and freight forwarding operations. She also has in depth knowledge of the global freight forwarding, logistics, technology, and e-commerce markets.
Founder and Head Analyst
Logistics Trends & Insights
Audrey Ross, logistics and customs specialist for Orchard Custom Beauty, is a self-described #TradeGeek experienced in global shipping, supply chain operations, customs compliance, free trade agreements, and international tax. In her current role, she is an in-house expert tasked with managing the logistics and cross-border compliance of Orchard Custom Beauty’s global supply chain. Ross has been recognized as a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP® | FIBP®) by the Forum for International Trade Training. She is a board member of the Fashion Group International (Toronto Chapter) and the International Board for the Organization of Women in International Trade, and she has been a Girl Guides of Canada leader for more than 10 years. Ross is a regular panelist on the “The SC” YouTube channel’s new show, “The Trade Squad,” where she discusses the hot topics in global supply chain.
Logistics and Customs Specialist
Orchard Custom Beauty
Santosh Sankar is a founding partner at Dynamo, a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based early stage fund that invests in extraordinary founding teams building startups in supply chain and mobility. Prior to Dynamo, Sankar worked in investment banking and built two bootstrapped businesses prior to turning 21; he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in 2017. Sankar is a graduate of Penn State University.
Hans Schäfer is managing director of global markets/global sales for Hapag-Lloyd, a position he has held since 2014. Schäfer joined Hapag-Lloyd in 1994. After completing a trainee program, the Hamburg native worked in the sales department of Hapag-Lloyd in Milan, Italy from 1997 to 1998. He then acquired a master’s degree in business administration. From 2000 to 2003, he was employed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers before returning to Hapag-Lloyd in global account development. From 2005 until 2008, Schäfer served as director of sales in Vietnam and then in trade management Far East in Singapore until 2010. From 2010 until his current appointment, he was responsible for region Europe as senior director of sales and customer service.
Managing Director, Global Markets/Global Sales
The Plight of the Small Forwarder Martyn Verhaegen Founder and CEO QwykWelc Martyn is the founder and CEO of Qwyk, a company aimed at building a more integrated world through smarter and more digital logistics. Martyn started his career in 2006 at DSV Air & Sea and worked from 2007 until 2016 at ECU Worldwide, a leading global consolidator, in roles ranging from operations to IT, and corporate account Sales. Having been involved as a product owner in the redesign and development of ECU's internal and externally facing operational systems he has had a front-row seat to the challenges companies face in moving to a more digital business model. Since starting Qwyk in 2017, Martyn has been focused on providing scalable and easily adaptable solutions to support freight forwarders and NVOCC's in transitioning their business processes to the more digital models they themselves and their customers are looking to adopt.
Founder and CEO
Lidia Yan is co-founder and CEO of NEXT Trucking, where she oversees the company’s vision and growth strategies. With a background in logistics and e-commerce in the US and China, Yan recognized a market need for a simpler, technology-enabled marketplace to match freight with capacity. In 2015, she founded NEXT as the first trucker-centric app and marketplace. Since then, she has led the company to five-times revenue growth, more than 150 employees, 16,000-plus carriers, and $125 million in funding. NEXT was recognized as one of Forbes’ 2019 Next BIllion-Dollar Startups, and Yan has been a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was awarded a Stevie Award for Startup of the Year.
Mike Zayonc is responsible for founding Plug and Play's global supply chain and logistics vertical. The program is based in Silicon Valley, Northwest Arkansas, Hamburg, and Shanghai and is in partnership with over 50 industry-leading corporate partners like Walmart, TJX, Tyson Foods, JB Hunt, Shell, DHL, FedEx, Japan Post, Yamato, Panasonic, Union Pacific Railroad, CMA CGM, Kansas City Southern Railroad, Ryder, Prologis, BNSF Railway, ArcelorMittal, ExxonMobil, United States Postal Service, ArcelorMittal, Geodis, and the Canadian National Railway. This program is responsible for accelerating and investing in startups in the areas of analytics, AI, machine learning, augmented reality, smart warehousing, blockchain for supply chain, customer support solutions, inventory management, IoT sensors, drones, last mile delivery, disruption of the freight brokerage model, end-to-end supply chain optimization, autonomous driving, predictive analytics for demand planning, and transportation management systems. Plug and Play is a seed investor in companies like Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, Rappi, and over 1000 startups across all verticals.
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