Keynote Speakers

You don’t want to miss this year’s FOCUS General Session speakers! There will be something for everyone as they discuss innovative new technologies, customer-focused business strategies, the supply chain of the future, servant leadership and building deep, thoughtful connections within our communities. Don’t forget to check out our Breakout Sessions, where you can discover more success stories from JDA customers.


Girish Rishi
Girish Rishi
Girish Rishi, Chief Executive Officer, JDA Software
Integrity and hard work are at the center of the growth mindset and values-driven culture Girish Rishi has instilled in JDA Software since becoming Chief Executive Officer in February 2017. He is passionate about delivering customer value, establishing a customer-first approach and driving a product pivot toward edge technologies that enable JDA to innovate and deliver solutions that transform its customers’ supply chains.

Desikan Madhavanur
Desikan Madhavanur
Desikan Madhavanur, Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, JDA Software
As JDA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Desikan Madhavanur leads a team of engineers and product managers passionate about leveraging new innovative technologies to create an optimal customer experience. His team is investing in and developing JDA’s current market-leading planning, execution and retail solutions to harness the collective power of cloud, IoT, analytics and big data to bring new solutions to market that deliver real-time, actionable insights and customer value.

Dr. Michael Feindt
Dr. Michael Feindt
Dr. Michael Feindt, Founder, Blue Yonder, Blue Yonder, a JDA company
Prof. Dr. Michael Feindt is the brain behind Blue Yonder, a JDA Software company and the market leaders in AI in retail. Blue Yonder is powered by Michael’s NeuroBayes algorithm, developed during his many years of scientific research at CERN, which enables retailers to automate complex decisions across the entire value chain. With AI embedded into their supply chain and merchandising processes, retailers can respond quicker to changing market conditions and customer dynamics, boosting revenues and increasing margins.

Erik Weihenmayer
Erik Weihenmayer
Erik Weihenmayer, World-Class Blind Adventurer
Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. Despite losing his vision at age 14, he is an accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker who never allows blindness interfere with his passion for pursuing an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Erik brings audiences a powerful message about harnessing the power of adversity as fuel for greatness, emphasizing the importance of building a strong “Rope Team” and illuminating how to develop a “No Barriers Mindset.” Erik’s talks resonate with diverse audiences from graduating college students to large sales teams to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Erik’s speaking career has taken him around the globe from the 2005 APEC Summit in Chile to the 2009 Presidential Inaugural celebration in Washington, DC. Erik speaks to major companies in London, Dublin, Moscow, Berlin, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Abu Dhabi, as well as across the United States. Previously, he shared speaking platforms with luminaries such as Secretary Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, and Prime Minister Tony Blair.




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