Speakers
Edward Gribbin
Sr. Advisor
Alvanon
Edward A. Gribbin is Senior Advisor to Alvanon, Inc., a fashion innovations company shaping the future of fit in the global fashion industry. Ed is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on apparel sizing and fit and serves numerous global organizations dedicated to the success of the retail, apparel and textile sectors.

Ed joined Alvanon in 2006 to launch its strategic consulting practice. Prior to Alvanon, Ed served as President of Intellifit Corporation, where he co-invented the revolutionary Intellifit Body Scanner. As Senior Vice President at Angelica Corporation, Ed managed sales, marketing, design and production for one of the largest corporate-wear companies in the United States.
Ed serves on the Board of Directors of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the International Apparel Federation (IAF), and the Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA). He is also a member of Fashion Group International, the International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives, the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, ASTM International and the Fashion & Apparel Studies Advisory Council of the University of Delaware.

Ed is a regular opinion contributor to leading industry publications, including Apparel Magazine, Sourcing Journal, just-style.com, The Robin Report, and Fashion United. He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, the Melbourne Age, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show Australia, National Public Radio, BBC One and BBC Radio 4.
Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Joseph’s University, was a four-time member of the US National Rowing team and a World Championship medalist; he lives in Merion Station, PA with his wife Georgianne when he is not on a plane, train or boat.

Praveen Kishorepuria
Managing Director
Kurt Salmon
Praveen has 20 years of consulting and industry experience with a focus on Business Transformation, Cost Take Out, Synergy Excellence, Profitable Growth and Operational Excellence. He is a visionary developer of solutions to drive profitable growth and provide broad perspective on leading and solving business transformation issues across Retail, Consumer Business and Manufacturing industries. Praveen has deep expertise in enterprise cost take out across all COGS and SG&A functions.

Masters in Business Administration, Case Western Reserve University
BS, Industrial Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering


Akshay Madane
Sr. Manager Retail Strategy
Kurt Salmon
Akshay is a Senior Manager with Accenture Strategy. He has 10+ years of consulting and industry experience with a focus on Supply Chain Transformation, Manufacturing Operations Improvement, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sourcing & Procurement. Akshay typically works in the consumer products, retail and industrial product industries. Akshay earned his MBA from Penn State University and holds a BE in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune in India.

Suuchi Ramesh
Founder & CEO
Suuchi Inc
Suuchi Ramesh is CEO and founder of Suuchi Inc. Suuchi has bootstrapped the company in less than 3 years to 120 employees and an 8-digit yearly revenue run rate. Suuchi Inc. is a technology company that designs, manufactures, and ships clothing for forward-thinking American apparel fashion brands and Fortune 1000 companies. The leadership team is made up of a brilliant mix of the best minds in technology, design, and manufacturing. They proudly make all of our products in the USA, we are proudly woman-owned & mostly women-operated. Suuchi Inc’s vertically integrated supply chain replenishes inventory in as quickly as five days. Suuchi Inc’s proprietary technology, the Suuchi Grid, connects businesses with their “smart” shop floor. Businesses, and their consumers have real time access to their supply chains, with minute to minute updates and analytics. They’re radically transforming the future of American apparel manufacturing with intelligent integration of technology, and automation. Suuchi Inc is also home to Suuchi University: training the local community in advanced manufacturing skills before and on the job. They’ve proudly awarded over 100 certifications and added as many jobs in their resident Hudson County in just the last twelve months.

Suuchi was honored as EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 New Jersey, which she credits to her dedicated team at Suuchi Inc. She has also been recognized in many media outlets including CBS, BBC, CBS, and TEDx.

Jeff Stone
Executive Vice President -- Private Brands
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Jeff's experience spans Merchandising, Planning, Sourcing, Operations and Product Development across the US, Asia and Central America.

Tony Ward
Managing Director
Kurt Salmon
Tony Ward is Partner in Kurt Salmon’s Supply Chain Group. Tony is a an experienced executive with expertise and strategic leadership in supply chain management, technology, lean & shop floor manufacturing strategies and concepts, integrated logistics, transportation, sourcing, procurement, Six Sigma, outsourcing, low cost country sourcing, and enabling technologies. Tony has extensive experience in assisting companies across multiple industry sectors in defining and structuring initiatives, evaluating business case potential, and managing the deployment of complex transformations.
Over 18 years of experience with Consumer Products, Distribution, Food Service, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Retail, and Pharmaceutical companies. Over 10 years of extensive experience in Asia, Europe, and South America.

Education
B.S. with Honors, Logistics and Transportation, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mr. Ward has spoken at CSCMP, RILA, SAP, Oracle, and many other supply chain forums. He has been featured in more than 40 articles, and is a contributing author to several books. Mr. Ward is also a member of the Executives Club of Chicago and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).