General Session Speakers


Girish Rishi
Girish Rishi
Girish Rishi, Chief Executive Officer, JDA Software
Girish Rishi is Chief Executive Officer of JDA Software. Rishi joined JDA in January 2017 from Tyco International, where he was responsible for the firm’s global retail solutions business and North America building automation business, which had more than $4 billion in annual revenue. Prior to his role at Tyco, Rishi was senior vice president for the Enterprise division of Motorola Solutions where he transitioned the portfolio to new application frameworks that delivered a compelling user experience. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility in early-stage, high growth companies, including at Symbol Technologies, where he led the EMEA theater. He serves as a board member of Digi International, is a member of the board of directors at UI Labs, and the board of regents at the University of Hartford. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hartford and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mumbai.

Desikan Madhavanur
Desikan Madhavanur
Desikan Madhavanur, Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, JDA Software
Desikan Madhavanur is JDA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, responsible for the company’s product solution strategy, with a charter to invest in and develop JDA’s current market-leading solutions in the areas of planning, execution and retail while harnessing 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. Madhavanur joined JDA from CA Technologies, where he served as Senior Vice President and Business Center head for Data Center Orchestration. There he had P&L and growth responsibility for a business unit focused on driving modern application delivery, deployment, management, user adoption and profitable monetization. Prior to CA, Madhavanur served as GVP of Engineering, Emerging Technologies and GM of Products & Strategy at E2Open. He has also held leadership positions at JP Morgan and i2 Technologies, where he spent four years as the lead product manager for collaborative supply and demand planning solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Annamalai University in India, a Master’s degree in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Texas.

Johan Smits
Johan Smits
Johan Smits, Director Global Planning, HEINEKEN
S&OP to IBP in a digitized world @HEINEKEN

Moving from S&OP to IBP is fundamentally changing the way HEINEKEN plan their business and helps them to get to grips with complexity and volatility. It gives HEINEKEN a better grip on demand and supply making them more ready to respond to business challenges with scenarios and smart segmentation.  Moreover, HEINEKEN are working to achieve value rather than volume in order to boost business performance, foster entrepreneurial behaviour and to help beat the competition.

Johan Smits started his career working with a Strategy and Change Management consultancy, focussed on Supply Chain transformations in FMGC. After that he held various Senior Operational Supply Chain roles in the Dutch and International Export organisation, also managing the E2E Supply chain and Planning/S&OP. Since 2011 he has been responsible for HEINEKENs’ Global S&OP expansion and became the Senior Manager for Global Planning, part of the Global Customer Service & Logistics leadership team. Under his leadership HEINEKEN has moved up to global expansion of Integrated Business Planning, and high maturity across the globe.

Scott Penberthy
Scott Penberthy
Scott Penberthy, Director, Applied AI, Google
Driving NEW Business Value with AI
The digital revolution is moving fast – how do you best capitalize on the opportunities now? Machine learning, data science and AI are changing the game for companies and consumers. It is at the heart of the collaborative work that Google and JDA are doing to power the digital supply chain of the future and drive extraordinary business value for customers worldwide. Hear how this space is evolving and about the work Google and JDA are doing to help with the transformation your business!

Cameron Webb
Cameron Webb
Cameron Webb, General Manager Information Technology - Product and Value Chain, Woolworths Limited
Cameron is the General Manager Information Technology - Product and Value Chain, responsible for all technology activities associated within the Group, which includes iconic Australian brands such as Woolworths Supermarkets, Countdown Supermarkets (NZ), Big W, BWS and Dan Murphys. Based on revenue, Woolworths is one of the world’s largest retailers with over 3,000 stores and almost 190,000+ employees across Australia and New Zealand.

Cameron is an experienced retail technology executive with a proven background in Business transformation delivering sustainable business improvement through structured change programs both inside and outside of Woolworths. Cameron has a strong retail operations background and this coupled with his technical experience positions him well to deliver value through technology at Woolworths.
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