P&G legend Dr. Nabil Sakkab to provide keynote for Logistics Summit

[Sept. 18, 2012]

INDIANAPOLIS – The 10th annual Indiana Logistics Summit will feature a keynote address by Procter & Gamble innovator, Dr. Nabil Sakkab, and more than 20 top logistics executives. The state’s premier freight logistics conference will kick off the evening of Oct. 16 with a reception hosted by Gov. Mitch Daniels, followed by a full line-up of speaker presentations on Oct. 17 at the Indiana Convention Center.

“We are privileged to have Dr. Sakkab share his thoughts on the importance of innovation and logistics to this region’s global competitiveness,” said Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper. “This year’s Summit has a tremendous group of speakers which should provide a thought-provoking dialog among industry experts on innovative supply chains, business opportunities, infrastructure needs, policy changes, workforce development, and the impacts of these topics on future freight mobility.”

The Summit is hosted by the Ports of Indiana, Purdue University and Conexus Indiana, with help from major sponsors such as the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Consolidated Grain & Barge, the Indiana Department of Transportation, Ice Miller, Harrison College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and many other logistics-focused organizations. This annual event was created to bring together logistics leaders to discuss key issues with partners from manufacturing, academia, government and all transportation modes.

Keynote speaker Dr. Nabil Sakkab is a thought leader and worldwide speaker in the “Open Innovation” movement, an author of several innovation management publications and a co-inventor on 27 patents. During his keynote address, he will be discussing the use of innovation in driving business success and customer satisfaction.

During the past eight years, Gov. Daniels has emphasized the need for government to build a better sandbox for developing business, attracting investments and creating jobs in the region. As the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana has experienced significant economic development by providing the right type of sandbox for logistics-related growth in all types of industry sectors.

The 2012 Summit will showcase some of Indiana’s top companies and provide an inside look at their innovative supply chains. The event will begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 17 at the Indiana Convention Center, with presentations continuing until 4 p.m. Registration for the conference and reception is available at www.indianalogistics.com.

About the Keynote Speaker – Dr. Nabil Sakkab serves on numerous corporate boards and as an advisor to many CEOs for fostering innovation, developing innovation strategies and organizing fast, global execution through collaboration to drive success. Before retiring after 33 years with Procter & Gamble, he served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Research and Development, a member of the company’s Leadership Council and the Board of Directors Innovation Committee, and he completed several assignments in Mexico, Cincinnati, Brussels and Kobe, Japan for a variety of business units, including Health Care and Household Products. Dr. Sakkab has a doctorate in Chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

About Summit Registration – Registration for the Indiana Logistics Summit includes admission to all presentations, the continental breakfast, keynote luncheon, networking receptions, exhibition area and the Oct. 16 evening reception (Space is limited for the private reception – advance registration and additional RSVP required). Visit www.indianalogistics.com for information and to register online. Various levels of sponsorships are still available and can include group registrations as well as exhibit space in the conference tradeshow booth area.

Sponsorship Contact:
Gloria Novotney – (317) 840-7847 gnovotney@portsofindiana.com

Event Contact:
Rich Allen (317) 232-9204 rallen@portsofindiana.com

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