This program kicks off with a look at how aerospace supply chains are entering an era of OEM-supplier relations characterized by an increase in OEM vertical integration. This session presents the perspectives of supply chain insiders articulating different strategies that suppliers can use to sustain the new era of OEM vertical integration.

Moderator: Ken Herbert, Managing Director | Canaccord Genuity

Ken Herbert headshotMr. Ken Herbert is a Managing Director and Senior Aerospace & Defense analyst with Canaccord Genuity. His focus is on the commercial aerospace sector, and he publishes the highly regarded quarterly Global Commercial Aerospace MRO Survey. Prior to Canaccord, he was the senior A&D analyst at Imperial Capital and Wedbush Securities. He was voted Best on the Street for stock picking in the annual Wall Street Journal survey in 2010. He ran the A&D consulting practice at Frost & Sullivan from 2003-2009 and was an associate to the No.1-ranked machinery analyst at Salomon Smith Barney from 2000-2003. Mr. Herbert received his MBA from the University of Michigan.

Panel Member: Yannick Assouad, CEO Latecoère

Groupe Latecoere, resultats semestrielsYannick Assouad is Chief Executive Officer of the Latécoère Group since 2016. Prior to her current role, she was CEO of the Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Branch since May 2015, and member of the Group Executive Board since November 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, Yannick developed the Aircraft Systems Branch as its CEO. Prior to this position, Yannick reorganized the support and services of Zodiac Aerospace Companies into one dedicated segment, Zodiac Services. She started in Zodiac Aerospace as Executive VP of Aircraft Systems Service Division. Before joining Zodiac Aerospace Group in 2003, Yannick Assouad was successively VP Engineering of SECAN and President and CEO of SECAN and LMB, two subsidiaries of Honeywell Aerospace. Yannick graduated from INSA Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences) and received her PhD in Aerospace Engineering at IIT. She was distinguished with the Legion of Honor in July 2015 and the French National Merit in 2007.

Panel Member: Nicolas Bonleux, Managing Director & Chief Commercial Officer │ Liebherr Aerospace & Transportation

Nicolas Bonleux_idformatNicolas Bonleux has been the Managing Director and Chief Sales Officer of Liebherr Aerospace & Transportation since 2013. Nicolas leads all the aeronautic and transportation activities within the Liebherr Group, including landing gear, flight control and actuation, gears and gearboxes, air management, and electronics. His division of +5,000 employees achieved €1.36 billion in turnover last year. Nicolas Bonleux has contributed to Liebherr’s operations since 1997 when he first joined the company as a Business Development Manager based in Toulouse. From 2005 to 2008, Nicolas Bonleux was the Managing Director of ELEB in Brazil, a joint venture between Embraer and Liebherr. Nicolas graduated in Corporate Finance from the prestigious Paris Business School HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) in 1993.

Panel Member : Jason Childs, Platform President | Esterline


OEM 2030

Discussions shift to address the future of aerospace manufacturing markets. Topics include product development strategies and supply chain management under the increasing globalization of Airbus and Boeing, and the position of the duopoly facing China’s advancing aerospace industry.

Moderator:  Ronald Epstein, Senior Equity Analyst | Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ronald Epstein HeadshotRonald J. Epstein joined Merrill Lynch in 2001 as an industry analyst in the Aerospace and Defense sector. He is currently a Managing Director at the firm and is the senior Aerospace and Defense Analyst for the Americas. He actively covers companies in the United States, Canada and Brazil. In 2012, he was ranked as the number 1 analyst covering the sector by the Greenwich Associates’ U.S. Equity Survey. In 2008 through 2011 he placed among the top three analysts covering the sector as selected by Greenwich. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he was a research scientist working in the Applied Aerodynamics Technology Group at the Boeing Phantom Works. He completed his MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a BA with highest honors from Skidmore College.

Panel Member: Bob Lange, Senior Vice President, Head of Market and Product Strategy|Airbus

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Bob Lange was appointed Senior Vice President, Head of Market and Product Strategy, by Airbus in 2013. Bob’s team is responsible for market forecasting, developing product strategy for new aircraft, and derivatives of existing programs and for long-term concepts impacting the orientation of Airbus Research and Technology activities. He began his career as a Future Projects engineer in the military transport segment after completing an apprenticeship and an honours degree in Engineering at Bath University. In his 27 years at Airbus, his responsibilities have alternated between marketing Airbus and its products towards the outside world and acting as the Voice of the Customer internally in the field of product development.

Bob held marketing account responsibilities in North America and Asia followed by Product Marketing responsibility for A330/A340 and A3XX (A380), He subsequently led the New Product Communications team before moving to Product Strategy where he worked on the launch of the A350 XWB. His exposure to long-range markets stimulated a particular focus on aircraft interiors and cabin product development. Bob led the Interiors Marketing team before being appointed Head of Marketing at Airbus in 2011. Bob is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is married with two adult sons and enjoys rugby, football, golf and music.

Panel Member : To Be Confirmed | Boeing



Emerging technologies bring new markets, rewards and challenges. In this session, experts analyze the state of readiness of the aerospace supply chain to adapt to the latest developments and innovations of the transportation revolution.

Moderator: Jon Ostrower, Editor-in-chief | The Air Current

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network’s global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and a half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor’s degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

Panel Member: Devin Liddell, Principal Futurist | Teague

Devin_Teague_Headshot_004Devin is a futurist who works collaboratively with clients such as Boeing, Intel, JW Marriott, Nike, Starbucks, and Toyota to design preferred futures in aviation, automotive, smart cities, personal mobility, space travel, and more. Devin also leads TEAGUE”s future-focused conceptual projects. Most recently, these have included: Poppi, a vision for an airline of the future, and Hannah, a proposal for the future of autonomous school transportation. With nearly two decades of experience in strategy and design, Devin has worked in the aerospace, education, software/technology, food and beverage, and retail industries; some of his past clients include Amazon, GE, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and Viacom. He’s a frequent contributor to Fast Company, a board member at Aerial Futures, and teaches regularly at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.

Panel Member: Karl Berg, Director of Flight Sciences |  Zunum Aero

karl-berg-headshot-e1541100652629.jpgKarl Berg joined Zunum Aero as the Director of Flight Sciences in May of 2019.  Karl spent the previous 9 years at Honda Aircraft Company helping develop, test, certify and bring to market Honda’s first airplane, the HondaJet.  He has over 23 years of experience in the aviation/space industry working at Boeing (formerly Rockwell Space Systems and McDonnell Douglas), Alenia Aerospazio, Bombardier, Toyota, Eclipse and Honda.  Karl received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a Flight Analyst FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER).  His foundation started in aircraft performance and has grown to include technical and leadership roles in Flight Sciences, Engine Performance, Icing, and Flight Test.

Panel Member: Gary Weissel, Managing Director | Tronos Aviation Consulting



Get a first-hand examination of the stability of the long- term trading relationships between European and American companies. Insiders will discuss their projections of what types of strategic investments will be most effective.

Moderator: George Ferguson, Senior Aerospace Defense & Airline Analyst | Bloomberg 

George is a Senior Aerospace, Defense, Airline Analyst and Energy Team Leader at Bloomberg Intelligence, Bloomberg’s research group. He is experienced in portfolio management, equity and debt analysis. George served as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer (S2) with a tour of Iraq in 2003. His education includes a B.A. in Economics from Penn State University, an MBA with a finance concentration from Rutgers Graduate School of Management. George is CFA Charterholder and a Private Pilot.

Panel Member:  Robin Twyman, Consul for Business and Government Affairs | United Kingdom Office in Seattle

robin-twyman-picture-e1540501943333.jpgRobin Twyman took up his assignment as Consul (Business & Government Affairs) at the UK Government Office in Seattle in January 2013.   His job is to support trade, investment, science and innovation between the UK and Washington State.   Robin has been in the United States since 2009, serving as First Secretary (Trade Policy, Business Affairs & Agriculture) at the British Embassy in Washington DC before coming to Seattle. Robin was born in Canterbury, UK, and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1987.   His diplomatic career has seen him serve overseas tours in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  His assignments have covered a range of foreign policy, security policy, communications and commercial diplomacy duties.

Panel Member: Brandon Lee, Consul General of Canada in Seattle (Invited)



The program concludes with an analysis of Industry 4.0, what it is and where it’s going. Discussions will address what the entrance of Industry 4.0 means for OEM suppliers, from tier levels 1 to 4. Panelists explore the impact of smart manufacturing and other forces transforming their businesses.

Moderator: Torsten Welte,Global Vice President and Head of Industrial Business Unit for Aerospace & Defense │ SAP

Torsten Welte HeadshotTorsten Welte, Global Vice President and Head of Aerospace & Defense (A&D) at SAP, has over 25 years of experience in consulting, sales, IT and program management. Under Torsten’s leadership, the A&D Team is to deliver industry solutions that help A&D customers innovate and grow their businesses, operate safely and develop their people. Torsten joined SAP Americas in 2004 and has held several key leadership roles within the North American Aerospace & Defense segment. Prior to Torsten’s tenure with SAP, he spent 12 years with Deloitte Consulting, managing several large SAP implementations as well as strategy engagements across different manufacturing industries.

Panel Member: Mike Stoecker, Connected Solutions Manager | Genesis Systems Group 

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Mike Stoecker is the Connected Solutions Manager for Genesis Systems, an IPG Photonics Company, where Mike manages solutions that provide Genesis with its clients remote support and machine intelligence solutions utilizing IoT and Industry 4.0 technologies. Mike has worked at Genesis Systems for 23 years with a variety of roles related to industrial robotic automation, such as Application & Controls Engineering, Project & Product Management, and Research & Development. In 2010, Mike pioneered the launch of Genesis’ first IoT solution, Genesis Intelligence Center, which provides its clients real time machine intelligence via mobile devices, desktops, and digital signage.


Panel Member: Cédric Eloy, Head of Innovation StrategyArmstrong by Daher

Panel Member: PACCAR (Invited)