OUR PURPOSE

A wave of challenges — COVID-19, environmental disasters, unstable trade relations, and growing regulatory, political and social pressures — have super-charged the urgency and importance of rethinking supply chain strategy and operations.

All of this is occurring in an environment where expectations about how businesses relate to stakeholders have changed, and continue to change, in potentially radical ways.

With so much at stake, CEOs and boards must play an active role in strategy, planning, policy and oversight. To achieve this, we’re bringing together a small group of the best minds in business leadership to discuss, debate and decide on pathways forward.

CEOs AND BOARD MEMBERS, BY INVITATION ONLY

A select number of active and former CEOs and active board members will participate in the conversation on February 25, 2022, at The Ritz Carlton, Naples resort in Naples, Florida.

The founding organizers are Raj Gupta, former CEO of Rohm & Haas and current chair of Aptiv (formerly Delphi Automotive); Pat Russo, former CEO of Alcatel Lucent and current chair of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Maggie Wilderotter, the board chair at DocuSign; and Dr. Subhash Makhija, CEO and co founder of GEP.

The total number of forum participants is capped at 10-15 CEOs and board members to promote meaningful exchange, connection and deeper dialogue. To learn more about participating in this critical event, contact the forum at ceo.forum@gep.com

AGENDA

For at least a half-century, most companies evaluated supply chains’ performance exclusively by cost and efficiency. These remain important factors even now, but political, social and material forces are pushing other considerations to the fore – among them resilience, sustainability, social impact, AI ethics, diversity, compassion and responsibility.

11:45 AM WELCOME LUNCH!
12:30 PM INTRODUCTIONS AND OPENING REMARKS
Raj Gupta, Pat Russo, Maggie Wilderotter and Subhash Makhija
1:00 PM KEYNOTE AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever and co-author of Net Positive
2:00 PM FACILITATED ROUNDTABLE
Supply Chain Resilience – How current supply chain shortages are affecting businesses and possible long-term solutions
2:45 PM SHORT BREAK
3:00 PM FACILITATED ROUNDTABLE
Supply Chain Sustainability – How can we implement Net Positive ideas in our businesses? How do CEOs balance the needs of shareholders with those of society?
4:30 PM AGENDA SETTING
Open Discussion on Roundtable, Actions and Next Steps
5:15 PM RECEPTION
Cocktails and Refreshments
6:00 PM DINNER

FOUNDING MEMBERS

SPECIAL GUEST

PAUL POLMAN
BUSINESS LEADER, CAMPAIGNER AND CO-AUTHOR OF “NET POSITIVE”

Influencer, business leader, campaigner, Co-Author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take,” recently published October 2021.

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, Paul has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade.”

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel, which developed the Sustainable Development Goals and which he continues to champion, working with global organizations and across industries to advance the 2030 development agenda.

Paul’s newest book, “Net Positive,” is a call to arms to courageous business leaders, setting out how to build net positive companies, which profit by fixing the world’s problems rather than creating them. He Chairs IMAGINE, a social venture dedicated to systems change, and Saïd Business School, and he is Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact as well as a B Team Leader. Paul is Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, which he led for two years.

RAJ GUPTA
CHAIRMAN, APTIV

Raj L. Gupta has been the chairman of Aptiv PLC (formerly Delphi Automotive PLC) since March 2015. The former chairman and chief executive officer of Rohm and Haas, he has served the company in a variety of posts since 1971, including as a vice president and director for the Pacific region; a member of the Chairman's Committee, with oversight responsibility for the company's electronic materials business group; a member of the board of directors; and vice chairman and president.

Raj holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a master’s in operations research from Cornell University, and an MBA in finance from Drexel University.

He is the chairman of Avantor, a past chairman of the American Chemistry Council and the Society of Chemical Industry, America Section, and belongs to the board of DuPont. He has also served on the boards of HP, IRI, the Vanguard Group, Tyco International and Arconic (Howmet Aerospace), among other companies.

PAT RUSSO
CHAIRMAN, HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE, INC.

Pat Russo has spent her career in computing and communications technology. In addition to chairing the board of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Pat serves as Lead Director on GM and is on the boards of Merck, KKR and JUST Capital. She was heavily involved in the decisions to separate HP into HPI and HPE, and Alcoa into Alcoa, Inc. and Arconic.

Pat was the chairman and CEO of Lucent Technologies, where she led the company through a significant downturn back to profitability and growth and later helming its cross-border merger with Alcatel. She served as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent through 2008.

A senior advisor to World 50, an organization dedicated to the development of senior executives, Pat teaches Leading Through Crises and Mergers & Acquisitions at The Wharton School’s executive education program.

She was one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” and one of Time's “100 Most Influential People.” She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and a recipient of honorary doctorates from Stevens Institute of Technology and Columbia College.

MAGGIE WILDEROTTER
BOARD CHAIR, DOCUSIGN

Maggie Wilderotter, the board chair at DocuSign, has led Fortune 500 companies and start-ups as CEO and a senior executive and served on over 50 company boards, including currently at Costco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lyft and Sana Biotechnology.

A senior advisor to Accenture, Okta, the Blackstone Group, Atairos and Sixth Street Partners, Maggie served until January 2017 on a U.S. Presidential Special Commission responsible for a report to the new president about enhancing national cybersecurity.

As CEO of Frontier Communications from November 2004 to April 2015 and executive chairman until April 2016, Maggie helped Frontier became a national broadband, voice and video provider with more than $10 billion in annualized revenues.

She was a senior vice president at Microsoft, executive vice president of national operations for AT&T Wireless Services and CEO of AT&T's Aviation Communications Division.

Maggie has a bachelor's in economics from the College of the Holy Cross, an honorary doctorate of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Rochester.

DR. SUBHASH MAKHIJA
FOUNDER, CEO ROUNDTABLE ON THE NEW SUPPLY CHAIN; CEO OF GEP WORLDWIDE

Unsound procurement practices, widespread labor abuses, rampant disregard for the environment, and a landscape that increasingly values profit over all else prompted Subhash to reflect on the state of supply chains in the 21st century.

As a member of the Global AI Action Council, Subhash is already deeply involved in finding concrete ways to deliver ethical advances in AI development and its intersection with supply chains. Prioritizing sustainability, diversity and ethical development are foundational to Subhash’s 30-year career as a leader and trailblazer in supply chain and procurement.

When he founded GEP Worldwide to bring digital transformation, software innovation and unparalleled consulting expertise to procurement and supply chain, he vowed that every single engagement would be predicated on ethical practices. And with $250 billion in annual spend managed since the company’s founding 21 years ago, GEP continues to keep that promise.

OUR MISSION

The CEO Roundtable on the New Supply Chain is a forum for purpose-driven CEOs and board members at Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises to understand, explore and innovate around a growing consensus on the role of business leaders in helping build more sustainable, equitable and just societies, not incidental to, but as an essential dimension of leading successful global enterprises.

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