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Best Practices for Chemicals

Best Practices for Chemicals is the only chemicals conference where business, functional and technology professionals unite to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best-in-class strategies to improve on overall business performance. Designed for all industry segments and functions, Best Practices for Chemicals brings together senior leadership, decision-makers, business process owners, analysts, support teams, solutions providers and more to one location for an interactive experience rather than a sit-and-listen conference. A collaboration between Eventful Conferences, ASUG and SAP, the conference is unique in its key focus on SAP solutions for the chemical industry. Keep up-to-date on conference content and updates by following @BP4Chemicals.

 

 

Keynote Speakers

 
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    Bradley Crocker

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Americas Styrenics LLC
     
    Spinning Up Spin-Offs for Success

    Mergers and spin-offs have become commonplace in the chemical manufacturing sector in an effort to create streamlined entities that are laser focused on meeting dynamic business challenges while delivering enhanced financial returns for both the “spinner” (AKA the parent company) and the new entities that are “spun” out.  While the financial benefits of these structural changes are historically quite significant,...

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    Keith Sturgill

    Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eastman Chemical Company
     
    The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself: Embracing Change & Seizing the Opportunity of the Digital Transformation

    The chemical industry is advancing at light speed and it takes a near demi-god to keep up with it! Change isn’t always easy, and without very strategic plans, clear communication, a transparent roadmap and the cultural support of all employees from the shop floor to the top floor, most change will be destined to fail. Join renowned Chief Information Officer,...

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    Joe Burton

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Whil.
     
    How Mindfulness Helps Address Disruption, Stress & Safety

    Mindfulness and situational awareness training have taken off globally, and for good reason. Disruption, mergers, and transformation are the new norm: your industry, Chemicals, is seeing a shakeup, including unprecedented acquisition and new competition emerging. In addition, across all industries, injury rates (and costs) are on the rise, with 91% of all workplace accidents occurring due to human error. Thousands...

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    Thorsten Wenzel

    Vice President & Global Head Chemicals, SAP
     
    Digital Transformation in a Changing Ecosystem

    The chemical industry landscape of today is vastly different than a mere decade ago. New leaders from China and other emerging countries are poised to take over the top spot in an industry that has been historically dominated by Europe and the United States. The industry lines have blurred as traditional chemical companies get closer and closer to the end...

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    Mark Vollrath

    Worldwide Director - Colgate-Palmolive Company Supply Chain (Retired) & SAP Independent Executive Advisory Council Member, Colgate-Palmolive Company Supply Chain & SAP
     
    Integrated Business Planning – The Next Frontier

    The next frontier for business planning is Integrated Business Planning (IBP), a common platform and process that integrates multiple corporate functions with supply chain planning execution. SAP has been co-developing and piloting this advanced in-memory technology platform for the last several years with major consumer goods companies that provide integrated planning analytics, simulations and alert capability in a common business...

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The Expert Exchange

In an age where face-to-face collaboration is becoming all the rarer – and as such, even more valuable – it can sometimes be tough to get the answers you need. Conference sessions and workshops delivered by your peers offer tremendous value, but in those all too common head-scratching instances, you can’t beat a one-on-one conversation with a leader in the field that’s got you stumped.

 
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Who Attends

Best Practices for Chemicals is geared toward chemicals leaders, managers, directors and other professionals involved with the decision-making process. Attendees have responsibility and influence in every sector of the chemical industry including those who are leveraging their company’s SAP investments and other technologies across the entire IT infrastructure.

 
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    "This was truly a great event. Eventful Conferences did an outstanding job with leadership and organization."

    Laura Tibodeau - Americas Styrenics
     
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    "The conference was extremely informative, provided access to collaborate with thought leaders in the industry, and helped organizations plan their strategy on how to leverage SAP's suite of products."

    Brian Everett - Industry Solution Principal, Itelligence
     
 
 

Thank You to All Our 2016 Sponsors

 
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    Accenture
     
    Platinum Sponsor
     
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    HCL
     
    Gold Sponsor
     
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    Hitachi
     
    Gold Sponsor
     
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    Capgemini
     
    Gold Sponsor
     

Spinning Up Spin-Offs for Success

Mergers and spin-offs have become commonplace in the chemical manufacturing sector in an effort to create streamlined entities that are laser focused on meeting dynamic business challenges while delivering enhanced financial returns for both the “spinner” (AKA the parent company) and the new entities that are “spun” out.  While the financial benefits of these structural changes are historically quite significant, the necessary and critical re-engineering of their business processes and the implementation of new systems to complement their new corporate branding and identity can be difficult on the employees, customers and suppliers. AmSty (a joint venture of Chevron Phillips Chemical and Trinseo) has positioned itself as a leading integrated producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer by optimizing production, marketing, supply chain and information technology capabilities to excel in the marketplace.  The company culture fosters new ideas, winning attitudes and behaviors by its employees, while staying vigilant to the importance of safety and environmental stewardship across all functions.  With a disciplined and focused approach to reducing costs and building value, CEO Brad Crocker is leading AmSty’s efforts to position the company for future success. His vision includes a broad use of technology, data and analytics to fully understand and leverage real-time market dynamics while also maintaining a clear focus on operational excellence and organizational efficiency to drive growth and enterprise value. Join Brad Crocker, CEO of AmSty, as he shares his perspectives on the importance of creating a common culture, technology’s role in profit optimization rather than as a reluctant cost, and how sometimes being on the edge of a cliff helps to drive refreshing clarity and acute focus. Brad Crocker is President and Chief Executive Officer of Americas Styrenics.  He assumed this role in 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lawter, Incorporated.  Prior to his time at Lawter, he served as Vice President and General Manager for Hexion and Global Business Director for Arizona Chemical.

The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself: Embracing Change & Seizing the Opportunity of the Digital Transformation

The chemical industry is advancing at light speed and it takes a near demi-god to keep up with it! Change isn’t always easy, and without very strategic plans, clear communication, a transparent roadmap and the cultural support of all employees from the shop floor to the top floor, most change will be destined to fail. Join renowned Chief Information Officer, Keith Sturgill of Eastman Chemical, for this can’t miss kick off to Best Practices for Chemicals. Keith will share how Eastman and others are embracing technology advancements like the Internet of Things (IoT) and how they are seizing opportunities that are rapidly emerging. From developing an optimized supply chain, to enabling real-time transparency from when raws are procured, through the production process to purchase and then ultimately delivered to the customer. Hear how for the first time in the industry’s history, leaders from every function in the business can accurately and in real-time pivot to make efficiency and profitability driven decisions to propel the company. To Keith, it’s not about technology, it’s about business value - technology is just there to support!

How Mindfulness Helps Address Disruption, Stress & Safety

Mindfulness and situational awareness training have taken off globally, and for good reason. Disruption, mergers, and transformation are the new norm: your industry, Chemicals, is seeing a shakeup, including unprecedented acquisition and new competition emerging. In addition, across all industries, injury rates (and costs) are on the rise, with 91% of all workplace accidents occurring due to human error. Thousands of studies have shown the health and performance benefits of mindfulness training, including reducing the stress of ongoing disruption and reducing distraction-related injuries. In 2017, over half of the Fortune 500 will be embracing mindfulness as a competitive advantage. Companies including GE, PG&E and Ford look to it help with employee stress resiliency, performance and safety. Join Whil’s Founder and CEO, Joe Burton, to learn how to reduce employee stress, increase resiliency and improve safety, focus and performance. He’ll also share the benefits for leadership, project governance and personal development. As a conference gift, all attendees will receive free access to Whil’s digital training apps.

Digital Transformation in a Changing Ecosystem

The chemical industry landscape of today is vastly different than a mere decade ago. New leaders from China and other emerging countries are poised to take over the top spot in an industry that has been historically dominated by Europe and the United States. The industry lines have blurred as traditional chemical companies get closer and closer to the end consumer in order to become more ‘demand driven’. And yet, despite the changes, there are a few constants – a relentless focus on operational efficiency, the growing complexity of regulations and a shrinking and retiring workforce. Join SAP’s Global VP of Chemicals, Thorsten Wenzel (Ph.D.), as he shares how SAP is helping to prepare chemical manufacturers for the digital economy through digital transformation. Thorsten will showcase how companies are leveraging S/4HANA with chemical best practices and approaching business networks in an entirely new light. He will demonstrate how S/4HANA can enable the digital enterprise and drive value creation.

Integrated Business Planning – The Next Frontier

The next frontier for business planning is Integrated Business Planning (IBP), a common platform and process that integrates multiple corporate functions with supply chain planning execution. SAP has been co-developing and piloting this advanced in-memory technology platform for the last several years with major consumer goods companies that provide integrated planning analytics, simulations and alert capability in a common business context for all functions. When combined with advance supply chain capabilities such as Demand Sensing and Control Tower Visibility, the SAP IBP platform becomes a very powerful business tool that positively impacts service, inventory and growth opportunities never realized before. However, significant change management has to be implemented to address new processes and people capabilities that are enabled by the new IBP platform and technology.