2012 Conference Presenters

Bob Masching

Vice President, Supply Chain

ConAgra Foods


Fueling Growth through a Demand-driven, Agile Supply Chain

The ambition in ConAgra Food’s ‘Recipe for Growth’ is to be one of the fastest growing food companies. To achieve this ambition requires ConAgra’s supply chain to live up to its mission  –  fueling growth through a competitively advantaged supply chain.   This session will focus on how ConAgra Foods has focused on building several core capabilities  that have resulted in a more demand-driven, agile and responsive supply chain. You will hear about several case studies where these capabilities are driving significant business results in support of the ‘Recipe for Growth.’



As vice president, Supply Chain and Program Management, for ConAgra Foods, Bob leads a team of 500 Supply Chain professionals. He holds responsibilities for Enterprise Procurement, Logistics, Supply Chain Planning, Customer Supply Chain and Program Management for ConAgra Foods’ $8.5 billion Consumer Foods business.


Prior to joining ConAgra Foods in 2003, Bob spent 14 years at Quaker Oats and PepsiCo in a variety of Supply Chain roles.    


Jim Gumpert

Director: Global Supply Chain Transformation

Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a DuPont company)


Supply Chain Agility – A Seed Industry Perspective

This presentation will cover the challenges of the seed industry

supply chain and the need for true agility to balance ever changing customer demand and product supply signals while meeting business objectives



Jim Gumpert is the Global Supply Chain Transformation Director for Pioneer Hi-Bred International.  He has been in this newly created role since 2010. Prior to that, Jim was the North American Supply Chain Director for Pioneer.  Jim has been with Pioneer for his entire 31 year professional career serving in a variety of increasingly responsible roles in Supply Chain Management and Operations, Sales and Marketing Management and Business Management. Jim holds  a B.S. degree in Agronomy (1981) from the Iowa State University and is a Graduate of Purdue University’s Center for Agricultural Business Executive Education program (1993).


Mike McBreen

Senior Vice President of Product Development & Global Sourcing

Collective Brands, Inc.


Supply Chain Agility in the Post-Globalization World

As global markets move towards pricing parity, and transportation costs continue to rise, organizations that can adapt with a high degree of supply chain agility will have a significant competitive advantage. Innovations in process, technology, organizational development, along with an underlying culture that aggressively embraces change, define the essential elements of success in creating an agile supply chain. 



Mike McBreen is strategic leader with a record of articulating a clear vision for achieving competitive advantage and growth through supply chain optimization, sourcing and manufacturing excellence, information technology innovations, and corporate social responsibility. Mike is currently Senior Vice President of Product Development & Global Sourcing for Collective Brands, comprised of Payless ShoeSource and Stride-Rite, Sperry and Saucony stores and brands. Previously, he was Head of the Global Operations Group at Wolverine World Wide, Inc. from 2008 – 2011, a $1.4B operating company with 12 major brands. During a time of material and labor cost inflation and significant shifts in currency exchange rates, WWW improved Gross Margin by 1.6% and decreased operating expenses over three years from $112 million to $85 million, contributing significantly to increases in annual earnings per share.


From 2007-2008, Mike was Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics, at Furniture Brands International, a $2 billion home furnishings company with a portfolio of ten brands.  From 2000-2007, Mike was Nike’s Director, Global Apparel Operations (2004-2007); Director, Global Apparel Operations & Corporate Responsibility (2002 – 2004); and, Director, Global Supply Chain Operations (2000 – 2002). Earlier in his career Mike was at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he was a Principal Consultant and later Director of PWC’s Supply Chain Center of Excellence, experience that included engagements at Nike, South African Breweries, IBM, and Anheuser-Busch to support the transformation of global organizations, improve supply chain operations, and align people, process, tools, and culture into clear, concise strategies.  Mike is a graduate of Iowa State University.