Director, Global Strategic Sourcing,
United Technologies Corporation
Group Vice President, Supply Chain,
Parker Hannifin Corporation
Representative from an A&D Company
To be announced
Moderator: Erik Choy
Vice President, D.A. Davidson & Co.
Do relationships in the supply chain matter anymore?
Aerospace and defense companies are under constant pressure to deliver quality products on-time and continuously reduce costs. As a result, the entire A&D supply chain, both inside and outside the organization, has become more integrated than ever. This experienced panel will highlight the current issues and strategies across the supply chain from the presenters' perspectives.
After the initial panel presentations there will be extensive opportunity for Q&A.
Mike Pollack joined UTC Operations in September 2013 as Director, Global Strategic Sourcing and Account Executive.
Prior to joining UTC, Mike served five years as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Ducommun Inc., a supplier to the global aerospace industry producing subassemblies, subsystems and proprietary products for the commercial, military and space market segments, headquartered in Carson, CA. Before that role, he served four years as Vice President, Sales & Marketing and Programs, Ducommun AeroStructures, headquartered in Gardena, CA.
Mike's career has progressed through 30 years of broad and diverse experience in roles of increasing responsibility growing sales, market share, and profits for technical and industrial products in the aerospace, automotive, general industrial and construction markets. Prior to his positions at Ducommun, Mike served five years as the Global Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Pilkington Aerospace. His earlier experience came from various Sales, Marketing and Business Development roles within Pilkington's Libbey Owens Ford division, The General Electric Co. (GE), and Owens-Corning Fiberglas.
Mike holds an MBA with an emphasis on Management, and a master's degree in Organizational Behavior from Illinois Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois, in addition to a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Frank Thompson is the group vice president of supply chain management for Parker Aerospace. Named to the position in June 2007, Thompson is responsible for developing and implementing group-wide plans and strategies for material planning and scheduling, strategic procurement, and logistics processes.
Joining the company in 1998, Thompson has held positions in supply chain at Parker's Air & Fuel Division. Most recently, Thompson served as supply chain director for the division.
Prior to coming to Parker, Thompson held such roles as materials director and purchasing manager at Interstate Electronics Corporation and the former Hughes Aircraft Company.
Thompson earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from California State University, Long Beach, and a master of business administration degree from Pepperdine University, Irvine, California, campus. He is also a graduate of Parker's Taking Charge of Change program and Leading, Managing Change at Parker.
Thompson serves as a member of the Aerospace Industries Association Supplier Management Council's executive committee and is a past president of the Supplier Excellence Alliance.
Erik Choy is a Vice President in Davidson's Aerospace, Defense & Government Services practice. Erik has extensive investment banking experience on a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate divestitures, strategic advisory, private placements and public offerings. Prior to joining Davidson, Erik was a Vice President at McGladrey Capital Markets, where he advised both privately-held and public companies in the AD&G as well as Test and Measurement sectors. Before McGladrey, Erik worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in its Global Industrials group. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the New York University Stern School of Business.