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P&G innovator to keynote Indiana Logistics Summit

Monday, September 24, 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 lineup of speaker presentations on Oct. 17 at the Indiana Convention Center.

"We are privileged to have Gov. Daniels and Dr. Sakkab share their thoughts on the importance of innovation and logistics to this region's global competitiveness," Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper said. "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 Corp., the Indiana Department of Transportation, Ice Miller, Harrison College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and many other logistics-focused organizations.

The annual event was created to bring together logistics leaders to discuss key issues with partners from manufacturing, academia, government and all transportation modes.

The 2012 Summit will showcase some of Indiana's top companies and provide an inside look at their innovative supply chains.

Attendees must register for the Summit in advance and are required to provide a separate RSVP for the Governor's reception Oct. 16 as space is limited. The summit will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Indiana Convention Center with presentations continuing until 3:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker Sakkab is a worldwide speaker in the Open Innovation movement, an author of several innovation management publications and a co-inventor on 27 patents. He will be discussing the use of innovation in driving business success and customer satisfaction. 

Sakkab serves on numerous corporate boards and as an adviser to many CEOs for fostering innovation and developing innovation strategies.

Before retiring after 33 years with Procter & Gamble, he served as the senior vice president of Corporate Research and Development and completed several assignments in Mexico, Cincinnati, Brussels and Kobe, Japan, for a variety of business units, including health care and household products.

Registration includes admission to all presentations, continental breakfast, keynote luncheon, networking receptions and the Oct. 16 evening reception. Registration for the conference and reception is available at www.indianalogistics.com.

There is a $50 discount for early bird registration, which has been extended until Sept. 25. Regular registration is $200 per person.

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