Upcoming Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council 2015 Speaker Bios

Western Digital


Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Western Digital. Mr. Babakanian is Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Western Digital Corporation (WD), a leading developer and manufacturer of hard disk drives and storage products. His responsibilities include global supply chain planning, materials management, direct and in-direct procurement, OEM, ODM supply chain design and management, logistics, and fulfillment.

Prior to joining WD, Mr. Babakanian held executive leadership positions at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), and International Business Machines (IBM) in supply chain, operations and development. He has lead the design and deployment of procurement organizational model including governance, and eProcurement processes which led to an award in business model mastery from Managing Automation Magazine. In addition to supply chain and procurement, he has held exceedingly growing responsibilities in product development such as IBM personal computer systems, and digital signal processors. His 30 years of experience include multiple M&A’s, and establishing successful global OEM/ODM engagement with multinational companies. Mr. Babakanian holds a bachelors and masters degree in engineering and is an advisory board member at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, Personal Computing Industry Center.

Juniper Networks


Global Operational Excellence Executive, Juniper Networks. Joe is a senior operations executive whose career spans from small startup companies to large multi-nationals like GE, Bell and Howell, Lucent and now Juniper Networks. He has served in a variety of cross-functional assignments that include Sales, Marketing, and Services before transitioning to supply chain leadership roles including Chief Procurement office at Lucent Technologies and Vice President, Global Supply Chain at an emerging smart-grid company focused on energy management. Through these roles, he has grown to appreciate the power of engaging talented people, delivering results that matter, and doing all of this in a manner that improves the world around us. At Juniper, he brings these passions to the areas of risk & compliance management, sustainable supply chains, corporate social responsibility, and most recently, defining and guiding operational excellence efforts within the worldwide operations team.

End-to-End Analytics


Managing Director, End-to-End Analytics. Colin Kessinger has a extended track-record as a supply chain innovator and counselor to senior procurement, manufacturing, and marketing executives. Over his career his work has focused on applying quantitative techniques to risk management, supply chain flexibility, capacity planning, trade promotion management, and strategic contract design.

Colin has consulted extensively in the capital equipment, high technology, electronics, telecommunications, office equipment, baked goods and automotive sectors. He also co-founded Vivecon Corporation to commercialize a risk-management framework for managing demand and supply uncertainty. This framework was an outgrowth of his research as an Assistant Professor of Operations at the University of Michigan, where he focused on supply chain flexibility and contract design. As a result of this work, he holds several patents in the area of supply chain risk Management.

Colin holds B.Sc. and M.Eng. degrees in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University. Colin also currently serves as a lecturer of Operations Management at Stanford University.

Gary Lynch of The Risk Project


Founder and CEO, The Risk Project. Gary Lynch is founder and CEO of The Risk Project, LLC, a global risk advisory and research firm. Previously, Mr. Lynch was global leader of Marsh Risk Consulting’s Risk Intelligence Strategies and Resiliency Solutions practice from 2004 to 2013. Under his direction, Marsh earned distinction as “World’s Best Supply Chain Risk Consulting Provider” by Global Finance magazine and “Top 25 Information Manager” by Information Management magazine. Appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness in 2012, he works with 35 other members to advise the Secretary of Commerce and President.

Before joining Marsh, Mr. Lynch served as management consultant and partner at both Booz Allen Hamilton and Ernst & Young. During the course of his career, he also was global research director and market analyst with Gartner Group, and he was chief information security officer and business continuity executive at Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) and The Prudential. He also has been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities, including NYU’s Stern School of Management, MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, and Wharton’s Center for Risk Management and Decision Processes. Mr. Lynch earned a B.S. degree in Finance from New York Institute of Technology and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation.



Director of Supply Chain, Amgen. Rod MacLea has been with Amgen since 2007 in a Corporate Supply Chain role overseeing raw materials for manufacturing facilities across the enterprise. He is a member of Amgen’s Raw Materials and Device organization overseeing primary containers. He is the Network Lead for the Materials Management Global Network and is a senior member of the Raw Material Risk Mitigation team.

Prior to joining Amgen, Mr. MacLea worked as a supply chain professional in the telecommunications and high-technology electronics industry for over 20 years and held leadership positions in information systems and technology. Mr. MacLea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from California Lutheran University.



Deputy Director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Jim Rice joined CTL in 1995 and was appointed as the Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics in 2007. Jim’s research is focused on supply chain resilience, security, and innovation. His work on resilience continues via the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence called the National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR). In this research, Jim is leading efforts to develop principles and frameworks for creating resilient maritime transportation systems, specifically resilient ports. Recently, Jim has started a study on Supply Chain Innovation.

In 2013 Jim was selected as one of DC Velocity’s 2013 Rainmakers.

Prior to joining MIT, Jim managed manufacturing and distribution operations at Procter & Gamble, and served as a sales and market manager at General Electric Company. Jim earned his MBA in Operations and Finance from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.



Chief Enterprise Strategist, Salesforce.com. Bruce Richardson is the Chief Enterprise Strategist on the Market Strategy team at Salesforce.com. He brings with him nearly 35 years of experience in the technology field. In this role, he is responsible for expanding the company’s reach into new opportunities, including the supply chain. Bruce joined Salesforce in October 2011.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Bruce was the Chief Strategy officer at Infor, a $2B software company best known for its acquisitions in the enterprise applications market.

Bruce’s link to Salesforce began during his tenure as Chief Research officer at AMR Research. During his 20-year career there, he initiated and led the firm’s coverage of ERP, supply chain management, e-commerce, cloud computing, visual applications, and the “future of work.” Over that period, the company grew from a three-person startup to become the leader in research and analysis of enterprise applications and supply chain management. AMR was acquired by Gartner in December 2009.

Bruce graduated from Boston College. He is a member of the BC Technology Council.



CTO and Co-Founder, Resilinc. Sumit Vakil has almost 20 years of experience bringing innovative technologies to market. He has served in Product Management and engineering roles at successful startups such as Airespace, InternetDevices and VPNet, in addition to his product leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Brocade, Cisco, and 3Com. Prior to his role at Resilinc, he was the Director of Product Management at Brocade.

Mr. Vakil is the holder of several patents and has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Mr. Vakil was appointed a Senior Research Fellow to the Supply Chain Management Center in the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Lee Wolfe of NetApp


SCM Programs Lead, NetApp. Lee leads the supply chain transformation group for NetApp. This includes: supplier performance, supply chain risk management (SCRM), social & environmental responsibility including Conflict Minerals (SER) and strategy development. His team’s efforts in conflict minerals and risk have been recognized as industry leading by organizations such as ISM, IPC, and Gartner. Lee has held positions in strategic sourcing, operations management, and sales; all in the high-tech sector for the past 13 years. Academically, his focus was in supply chain management and entrepreneurship. Lee completed his MBA at Syracuse University Whitman School of Management and his Bachelor’s degree from University of California Berkeley.