Details of Logistics Ireland 2010 Announced

(25 Jan 2010)


NITL, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Ireland, is delighted to announce details of the programme for Logistics Ireland 2010. Now in its twelfth year, Ireland’s premier SCM and logistics event promises to be the best yet with speakers from a range of backgrounds and with a wealth of leading edge knowledge. The event, on October 19th, will again take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry. The conference theme is Dynamic Supply Chain Management and Logistics leading the Recovery and confirmed keynote speakers include Dr. John Gattorna, Jim Shuman, Marcel Kars, Joe Reynolds and Prof. John Mangan.

Over the last 25 years, John Gattorna has earned an international reputation in the SCM field. He is a renowned lecturer and task force leader, and has a strong conceptual capacity, combined with a pragmatic approach to solving complex business problems. Despite a demanding work schedule in industry and commerce John has been, and still is, a prolific writer, having published 10 books and numerous articles in his areas of interest. His most recent book, Dynamic Supply Chain Alignment - A New Business Model for Peak Performance in Enterprise Supply Chains Across All Geographies, was published by Gower in June 2009.  See for more information about John’s pioneering work.  

Jim Shuman is Senior Vice President of Materials Management at Genzyme Corporation, one of the world's leading biotechnology companies, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1981, the company has grown from a small start-up to a diversified enterprise with more than 12,000 employees in locations spanning the globe and 2008 revenues of $4.6 billion. In 2007, Genzyme was chosen to receive the National Medal of Technology, the highest honour awarded by the President of the United States for technological innovation.  Since its establishment in 2001, Genzyme Ireland – based in Waterford – has expanded rapidly and continues to ramp up its manufacturing output, increasing employment and investing in site infrastructure. See for more information about the company’s global operations.

Marcel Kars is Vice President 3i Competence Centres at Zetes. Zetes Industries is a leading pan-European company in the value-added solutions and services industry for automatic identification of goods and people (‘Goods ID’ and ‘People ID’). Established in 1984 with headquarters in Belgium, the company has grown both organically and through acquisitions, and today has subsidiaries in 13 countries including Ireland. The Company currently has around 800 employees and generated revenues of €178 million in 2008. The Zetes 3i Competence Centres mainly look for ways of improving the performance of the logistical chain through innovative solutions integrating different types of technologies. Zetes customers are in retail, manufacturing, transport and logistics, government, banking and insurance, utilities and healthcare. For more information about Zetes Ireland visit

Joe Reynolds is Chairman of Reynolds Tankers Group. Reynolds Group ( traces its history back to 1928 when it was in the road materials business. Joe’s extensive experience in the transportation business with the publicly-quoted CRH Group led him to identify a need to provide a specialised transport and distribution service for the oil industry in Ireland. The family-owned business has its headquarters in Dublin and has a strong Reynolds family involvement in day-to-day management. Reynolds Logistics – and the Reynolds Group of companies – has enjoyed outstanding and consistent growth since its formation. Today, it is universally recognised as the leader in its field and its sphere of operations has since expanded to the UK and Europe. Reynolds Logistics was awarded second place and the silver medal in the European Transport Company of the Year 2009 and was recently named Irish Haulier of the Year 2010 at the third annual Fleet Transport Awards. The company has been under the direction of the now Chairman, Joe Reynolds, since 1979.

John Mangan is Professor of Marine Transport and Logistics at Newcastle University, UK. He joined Newcastle from the University of Hull in September 2008 where he held the Peter Thompson Chair in Logistics. Prior to this he held academic posts at University College Dublin and at The Irish Management Institute / Trinity College Dublin. A native of Ireland, John held a number of roles prior to embarking upon an academic career: he worked as a freight clerk with Aer Lingus, as an analyst with the Irish Airports Authority, as a graduate trainee in the Irish Civil Service (in both the Marine and Finance departments), and as company secretary of a seaweed harvesting company. His specialist expertise is in global logistics (international trade, international transport, and global logistics and supply chain strategies) and marine transport (port governance and management, port-centric logistics, and port route choice). John also has a keen interest in management and skills development in logistics and transport, and in research philosophy and methodology.

In addition to the keynote speeches, Logistics Ireland 2010 will incorporate an Expert Panel Q&A session and provide unrivalled networking opportunities for sponsors and delegates. For further information about the event contact the Event Manager, Pamela O’Brien at NITL

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