APICS FLWC Chapter Meeting
November 11th 2003
"Changes in Supply Chain - Over Time"
5:30 Social; 6:30 Dinner; 7:30 Meeting/Presentation 

Karen Alber, VP PepsiCo Integration Management Office who has recently been
named "One of the Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the Consumer
Products industry" will share her real world experience of the changes in
Quaker's supply chain over time::what they did, how and what results they
achieved..... A don't miss opportunity-Karen not only has a wealth of
experience but is also a speaker in high demand due to her energetic style
and passion for the topic.
She will be sharing her experiences on the Topic: Making 1 + 1=3; Leveraging
Cross-Company Relationships.  Collaboration is a great buzz word and sounds
fancy, however, it requires a significant amount of time and commitment to
execute successfully and achieve desired results. It is easier said than
done! Quaker Foods & Beverages, has been moving through the evolution
process of updating business processes and implementing supporting systems
to enable collaboration. Upon the merger with PepsiCo, the value of
utilizing information to improve supply chain performance and work together
across companies became more evident than ever.  
This is a don't miss opportunity!!!


Karen L. Alber, CFPIM, is Vice President, PepsiCo Integration Management Office. Prior to the merger with PepsiCo, Karen held positions of increasing responsibility with Quaker Oats in Plant Operations, Production Planning, Purchasing, Supply Chain Implementation, Internal Consulting, and Enterprise Systems. Karens areas of expertise include supply chain strategy, enterprise solutions, change management, performance measurement, process improvement, and supply chain synchronization.

Karen is a nationally recognized speaker at conferences, workshops and industry functions and is often cited in trade publications. She is an active member of APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management. Karen is the Chairman of the 2003 APICS International Conference. She has conducted research in a practitioner/academic partnership on Supply Chain Management for the APICS E & R Foundation Research Paper Series under the title: "Supply Chain Management: Balancing The Supply Chain with Customer Demand". She is also published in such publications as Consumer Goods Manufacturer, APICS Performance Advantage and the Production and Inventory Management Journal.

Karen was recently portrayed on the cover of Consumer Goods Technology magazine in June 2002 as one of "The 25 Most Influential Executives" in the industry by Consumer Goods Technology magazine.

Karen Alber has a bachelors degree in Operations Management from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Loyola University.