Top Management Night - Digitizing the Supply Chain

June 13, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Cobblestone Creek Country Club (formerly Greenacres Country Club)
2170 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
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We are all in a race to “digitize” and sometimes in a race to use as many buzzwords as possible – predictive analytics, IoT, Industry 4.0.. and the list goes on…  We all acknowledge it is a major disruptor driven by macro changes, customer expectations, rapid rate of technology changes, and globalization. There is a fundamental shift in supply chain function – moving from a linear supply chain to a digital driven value network. This transformation is accelerated through “digitization”. Open question we are all grappling is how to drive our own digitization journeys in full gear and more importantly for what purpose? Is it going to improve our service levels, our speed of execution, our competitive cost? If we agree that those are our application objectives,  then what is slowing us down the roadblocks – the legacy systems, data graveyards, management focused on power points (qualitative decisions), and the age old change management aspects. The presentation focuses on a digital transformation that will address these questions… Why digitize? How to measure success? How to organize the transformation? What technologies to focus? How to handle the data? How to execute to deliver the promised value?


Arun Kumar Bhaskara-Baba is Global Head of Manufacturing Systems at Johnson & Johnson.  Arun and his team are responsible for the technology across 100+ manufacturing sites – across all the segments of Johnson & Johnson – Consumer, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and Consumer Medical Devices. Arun is accountable for driving the digitization of the manufacturing across J&J and advanced manufacturing applications to transform the manufacturing foot print of J&J. -defining the technology strategy and development & execution of product roadmap. In addition, his team is accountable for the products in the advanced technology such as 3-D printing, Personalized Medicine manufacturing. Key goals include driving significant improvement in the cycle time, quality and cost of the manufacturing operations.

 Arun’s previous role was Global CIO for Janssen Supply Chain – managing end to end IT capabilities. Arun joined the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in January 2007 to establish a global service capability and build a world class application design and development organization, including the SAP Competency Center.  He integrated the global delivery centers across Asia and Latin America, establishing first global IT delivery centers. He also had the role of Global head of IT Security, Quality & Compliance, and Risk Management. Before J&J Arun worked in various IT roles at Dell and Ford Motor Company. Arun started his career with Tata Consulting Services in India.

 Arun has a strong passion for people development, inclusion, and diversity.  He is the co-chair of the Global South Asian Professional Network and Association (SAPNA) Board and was the executive sponsor of the Employee Resource Group chapters.  Arun currently mentors several SAPNA team members and is proud of the diverse talent pool he has been privileged to bring into Johnson & Johnson.  Arun holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics (Communication Engineering) and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, India.  Arun holds CSCP, PMP, Executive Black Belt, Lean / Six Sigma certifications.  Arun lives in Belle Mead, New Jersey, with his physician wife and they are proud parents of two boys


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