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.

Wayne Usie
Wayne Usie
Wayne Usie, Senior Vice President & Chief Market Development Officer, JDA Software
Wayne Usie serves as chief market development officer at JDA.  In this role, Wayne is responsible for aligning and synchronizing end-to-end support for global sales while driving greater efficiency and growth.  Wayne is responsible for bringing together the global functions across Industry Strategy, Value Delivery, Global Alliances, Business Development, Global Sales Operations and the Global Deal Desk to drive company growth.

Prior to this role, Wayne served as senior vice president, Global Industries & Value Delivery, responsible for the global industry strategy across manufacturing, distribution, and retail, and driving JDA’s industry strategies along with building the value selling capabilities within the company.  In his 16 years at JDA, Wayne has become a trusted advisor to customers worldwide.

Previously, Wayne served as vice president of IT at Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a publicly traded mass merchant discount retailer, and prior to that, he worked in executive positions for a regional retailer and a consulting firm.

Wayne holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Johan Smits
Johan Smits
Johan Smits, Director Global Planning, HEINEKEN
Johan Smits started his career working with a Strategy and Change Management consultancy, focussed on Supply Chain transformations in FMGC. In 2000 he started to support the HEINEKEN Global Executive Team to run their Global Programme Portfolio Management organisation and Financial Management – putting Strategy into Action. 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. Johan has a strong track-record delivering sustainable operating performance improvement and organisational change, enabled by improved cross functional collaboration with Sales, Finance, Supply Chain and Procurement, empowered by advanced Technology implementations.

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