2013 Conference Presenters

Beth Ford

Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain & Operations Officer

Land O Lakes


Megatrends in Supply Chain – The Food Production and Water Scarcity Challenge 

This discussion will focus specifically on the food production productivity imperative, water shortages and implications of water stress for supply chains and food production.  Challenges with supply chain inefficiency and thus food loss in emerging markets,  geopolitical implications of the lack of food security and current responses to these challenges by major corporations will also be discussed.



Ford joined Land O’Lakes in January 2012 as Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain & Operations Officer. During her 25-year career, Ford has held leadership positions in multiple industries, including flavor and fragrances (chemicals), consumer package goods, publishing, and oil and gas. Most recently, Ford was the Executive Vice President, Head of Supply Chain, at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). Prior to IFF, she held a progression of supply chain and operations management roles with Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company, Hachette Book Group and Scholastic, Inc.


A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Ford holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School with an emphasis in Finance, and a B.B.A. from Iowa State University in Management.  She sits on Boards at both universities.

Matt Kenney

Senior Director Global Sterilization and Microbiology – CRDM



Leveraging Collaboration to Achieve Desired Results

Collaboration is a critical ingredient to identifying, executing and achieving your business and personal goals.  This session will focus on reviewing several specific collaboration efforts at Medtronic, Inc. and the role it played in achieving desired business results.   



Matt Kenney is the Sr. Director CRDM Global Sterilization and Microbiology for Medtronic, Inc. a $16B Global Medical Device company based in the twin cities.  He moved into this newly created role two years ago to leverage his leadership to develop an integrated strategy to improve performance,  gain alignment across businesses and establish future direction.  


Prior to this role he spent over 23 years in supply chain operations, including 11 years with Quaker Oats in a variety of SC management roles; 2 years with Maplehurst Bakeries as VP Logistics and the past 12 years with Medtronic as Sr. Director North America Distribution; Sr. Director Global ERP Order to Cash; Sr. Director CRDM Supply Chain Product Launch and his most recent role. His experience has required extensive collaboration across internal businesses and with external suppliers/customers to ensure business needs were being identified and met.      


Kenney has a B.A. in Transportation and Logistics from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago with an emphasis in Finance.

Kim Pastega

Vice President/General Manager



Developing Collaborative Supply Chains

The Boeing company is the largest exporter by value in the US with headquarters in Chicago and operations in 50 states and 70 countries. Our global supply chain includes 22,000 suppliers and partners worldwide. Boeing Commercial as one of the major business units of Boeing, designs, integrates, and supports manufactures airplanes that are some of the most technically advanced and integrated systems in the world. Having a streamlined, efficient supply chain is critical to our success and future.


During this session we will discuss how we partner and collaborate throughout our supply chain to innovate, develop, produce and support the world’s leading commercial airplanes.  



As vice president and deputy general manager of the 787 program, Kim Pastega is focused on stabilizing the 787 design and the global production system to allow the accomplishment of productivity and profitability goals. She is charged with ensuring the 787 deploys lean principles across the extended global supply chain, improves efficiency, and drives greater profitability.


Prior to her current role, Pastega served in the position of vice president and general manager of the 767 program with responsibility for all aspects of the business including overall operational, engineering and financial performance. Earlier she was director of Boeing 777 Manufacturing and led the 777 Freighter program as the deputy program manager and engineering leader, with responsibility for the successful development and entry into service of the 777 Freighter.


Pastega holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University and is a member of the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Council.