Paul Nutten

Translating Portfolio Strategy into a Reality through PLM and PPM Alignment

Business leaders continue to struggle with visibility into their portfolio investments. With little clarity as to how the business is performing, leaders cannot make key decisions that result in added value.

The expression “do more with less” has become a requirement in the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) market and Paul Nutten discusses how this is developing at Mars Petcare.

  • How do corporations drive scale?
  • Focussing resources on fewer, yet bigger innovations
  • Translating regional, market-specific strategies into global rollouts
  • Successfully aligning people and processes to these strategies
  • What are the key changes needed to facilitate this transition and what are the challenges?
  • What is the rest of Mars trying to learn from Mars Petcare as the pioneers in this field?

Jeff Brittain

Enhancing the Knowledge and Integration of PLM and PPM

Are you a quitter? Is your PLM implementation only “half-done”? Has your company slowed down adoption of PLM? 

In this session Jeff Brittain explores the dynamics around where companies start PLM, what immediate benefits they receive, and what the next level of value is. 

Rickard Antblad

Visibility & the Single Source of Truth

Founded in 1862 in Santiago de Cuba by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, the Bacardi Company has prevailed through many hardships. The Bacardi family’s passion and perseverance helped them overcome multiple crises – earthquakes, disease, wars, prohibition – to become the global leader it is today. The world continues to change and Bacardi with it. 

A little over two years ago, Bacardi started on a new PLM journey, which drives integration of development processes and solutions, masterdata management and brand visual identity assets, so that the integrated set of solutions acts as the 'one source of truth' of all product data and provides a platform that enables sustainable competitive advantage.

This session discusses: 


  • Establishing the case for change and driving “aligned” business transformation
  • PLM – more than just “Product”
  • Unifying People, Process & Technology
  • Driving efficiency all along the Product Life Cycle from ideation to end of life
  • Integrating: Innovation, product development, brand visual identity, content management, masterdata

Vinu Gurukar

How is Sustained Executive Sponsorship of Priceless Importance to a Successful Enterprise PLM Program?

Having a vision and strategy for an enterprise PLM program is important, and ensuring all of the key stakeholders are aligned and supportive of this program is even more so. Having sustained Executive sponsorship is priceless!

Edwards Lifesciences, based in Irvine, is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring.  Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs more than 10,000 individuals worldwide.

Vinu Gurukar is the Senior Director of Enterprise PLM at Edwards Lifesciences.  As the leader of Edwards’ Global PLM Program, he is responsible for rolling out Edwards’ new product development and introduction processes and systems to enable Edwards to become the leading innovators of patient-focused medical technologies.

In this session, Vinu discusses the importance of organizational alignment, program governance and sustained executive sponsorship needed for a successful PLM Program. You will learn how Edwards prepared the organization to support a ‘Big Bang’ rollout to a 2,500 user global population, challenges with user adoption and how the program team persevered to support and engage users.

Cees Stellema

PLM in Unilever: Fast-Moving Product Lifecycle Management

Unilever is one of the world's leading fast-moving consumer goods companies, with more than 400 brands globally and over 2 billion consumers using one of their products on any given day. One of the main challenges of conducting such a vast operation is sharing data and managing information across the entire organisation, taking into account the wide network and diverse population of the group.

In terms of product data, skill and efficiency is needed to identify the success of particular brands and the risk to each should any problems occur. PLM plays a crucial role in connecting the dots across the entire organisation and ultimately improving top line profits.

Cees is joining us in Hamburg to discuss how PLM is changing at Unilever to catch up pace to digital transformation within the rest of the business. He will also provide an in-depth look into PLM and digitilisation challenges within the FMCG industry.