Data analytics as a framework for supply chain innovation

Recorded On: 03/22/2017

Your supply chain is critical to sound corporate financial performance. Optimize it with integrated planning and your business wins. This webcast will share how to use data analytics and business intelligence to understand causality and maximize benefits, based on feedback from manufacturing executives.



Jeff French

National Manufacturing Practice Leader, Grant Thornton

Jeff French is the national leader of the manufacturing practice and national managing partner of the Consumer and Industrial Products practice. He has more than 25 years of public accounting experience. French's business experience includes acting as the lead service partner for numerous clients, as well as serving as the primary business adviser to CEOs and boards of directors. He has worked with a broad range of public and private clients, from startups to large corporations. He has advised clients on audit and financial reporting, acquisition strategies, due diligence and integrations, public offerings, and international statutory audits.

Ward Melhuish

Advisory Principal and National Advisory Lead Consumer and Industrial Products Industry Practice, Grant Thornton

Ward Melhuish is a principal with Grant Thornton and leads the Performance Transformation service line for the Public Sector practice. He has over 25 years of government and industry consulting experience and specializes in cost and performance management services, including strategy development, operational deployment, process improvement, organizational change, human capital management, value-based assessment, performance measurement, cost assessment and analytics. Melhuish has worked with clients across several industry sectors, including agencies within the Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury and Transportation, as well as independent agencies and corporations such as the United States Postal Service and Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.

Lester McHargue

Director, Data Analytics, Grant Thornton

Lester McHargue is a season professional with over 30 years of experience in Manufacturing. This experience includes the automation of manufacturing processes, through advanced analytics to drive increased efficiency, and quality at an enterprise level. Additionally, Lester has led national teams in the Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing, and Automotive and Aerospace manufacturing sectors. 

Chad Moutray

Chief Economist, NAM

Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he serves as the NAM's economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. He frequently comments on current economic conditions for manufacturers through professional presentations and media interviews. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business and Fox News, among other news outlets.

Prior to joining the NAM, Mr. Moutray was the chief economist and director of economic research for the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2002 to 2010. In that role, he was responsible for researching the importance of entrepreneurship to the U.S. economy and highlighting various issues of importance to small business owners, policymakers and academics. In addition to discussing economic and policy trends, his personal research focused on the importance of educational attainment to both self-employment and economic growth.

Prior to working at the SBA, Mr. Moutray was the dean of the School of Business Administration at Robert Morris College in Chicago, Ill. (now Robert Morris University of Illinois). Under his leadership, the business school had rapid growth, both adding new programs and new campuses. He began the development of an M.B.A. program that began accepting students after his departure and created a business institute for students to work with local businesses on classroom projects and internships.

Mr. Moutray is a former board member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He is also the former president and chairman of the National Economists Club, the local NABE chapter for Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Eastern Illinois University. He is a Certified Business Economist™, where he was part of the initial graduating class in 2015.

In 2014, he received the Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award from Eastern Illinois University, and in 2015, he accepted the Alumnus Achievement Award from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., where he earned his associate's degree in business administration.


03/22/2017 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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