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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Cody Room at the Media Centre in Hall 1A
Farnborough International Airshow



The commercial aviation sector is facing a dramatic demand for manufacturing productivity and the boom in orders means that jet aircraft are among the strongest players in today’s world economy. As a result, it is critical that the commercial aviation industry advances productivity at every tier of the supply chain as any lapse in output or ability to deliver could hurt markets and the sector as a whole.

The strategies of the OEMs need to be understood at every point in the supply chain so that the correct manufacturing and support facilities can be put in place and the industry can integrate all the necessary functions for manufacturing efficiency. With industry facing the harsh reality of having to deliver a huge backlog of orders, the need for a streamlined transition from design to manufacturing and manufacturing to supply chain is imperative from the smallest operation to the primes and crucial to the success of the sector.

Aviation Week’s Farnborough Commercial Manufacturing Briefings will bring together supply chain leaders to discuss manufacturing capabilities — examining, evaluating, and where possible, putting common solutions and best practices into place.

These briefings will:

  • Examine how technological advancements can be used to improve operational and manufacturing performance
  • Look at best practices for supply chain synchronization and improved service levels
  • Investigate how supply chain slow-downs can impact the provision of finance, aircraft values, and the survival of Tier 2 and Tier 3 companies and how to avoid any missteps
  • Analyze tools and techniques to advance productivity at every tier of the value chain

The Farnborough Commercial Manufacturing Briefings is expected to attract 75-100 senior executives from major manufacturing, supply chain and logistics companies. Speakers will provide insight and expertise to further the industry and also create opportunities for continued engagement throughout the community.

Price: US $199

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This event will deliver:

  • Insight into the strategies of the key forces in the aviation manufacturing sphere
  • A forum to discuss, examine, and evaluate manufacturing capacities and capabilities
  • Exploration of common solutions and best practices to drive efficiency in the aviation supply chain
  • An opportunity to develop tools and techniques to improve productivity at every level and tier of the value chain
  • The understanding of the capabilities required to become a valued partner in an OEM supply chain
  • The opportunity to delve into the new technologies and innovations being used in aviation manufacturing to revolutionize the industry


This event is designed for those companies involved in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Service Provision
  • Finance and Leasing

And will include:

  • Manufacturing, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineers
  • Integrated Product Team Leads
  • Technical Team Leads
  • Financiers and Lessors
  • Design and Quality Engineers
  • Supply Chain Executives
  • Operations and Manufacturing Executives
  • Those who are responsible for building commercial aircraft


Last updated: July 9, 2014

8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by
Supply Dynamics

9:00 a.m.


Managing Aircraft Engines and Their Global Supply Chain

Sponsored by
the Nasmyth Group

Engine OEMs face the challenge of creating new aircraft engine designs with higher efficiency and better performance and then managing them not only during manufacture but also throughout the entire product lifecycle. Engine manufacturers must create a global supply chain with diverse vendors and partners that can meet dynamic production schedules and ensure a faster and more efficient manufacturing and assembly process, in turn compressing development cycles. In this session panelists will discuss what challenges they face in creating a nimble and flexible supply chain, what lessons they have learnt from past experiences and products and what suppliers need to bring to the supply chain process.


  • Moderator: William H. Alderman, President, Alderman & Company
  • Rick Nagel, Managing Partner, Acorn Growth Companies
  • Peter Smith, Chairman & CEO, Nasmyth Group
  • Trevor Stansbury, President & Founder, Supply Dynamics

9:45 a.m.

Session 2

Manufacturing the Future of Aircraft – Driving Efficiencies and Innovation Breakthroughs
Sponsored by

The strategies of the aircraft OEMs need to be understood at every point in the supply chain so that the correct manufacturing and support facilities can be put in place and the industry can integrate all the necessary functions for manufacturing efficiency. With industry facing the harsh reality of having to deliver a huge backlog of orders, the need for a streamlined transition from design to manufacturing and manufacturing to supply chain is imperative from the smallest operation to the primes and crucial to the success of the sector. In this session, we will look at the crucial issues that impact the manufacturing process for the aircraft OEMs, how they cope with issues that hamper productivity and how they are implementing new technologies and innovations to improve efficiency and output.

  • Moderator: Magnus Bjorendahl, VP & Global Aerospace & Defense Lead, SAP
  • Kent Fisher, VP & GM Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Kris Pinnow, VP and Chief Procurement Officer, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Jens Siebels, Senior Manager, Airbus
  • Ei Tokuda, VP Maintenance & Flight Operations Support Department, Customer Support Division, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation


10:45 a.m.

Close of Sessions


William H. Alderman, President, Alderman & Company

Mr. Alderman is the founder and President of Alderman & Company. During his 25-year career providing strategic and financial advice in the aerospace and defense industry, he has completed more than $1 billion in mergers, acquisitions, and capital raising transactions and provided management consulting advice to more than 50 companies. Mr. Alderman started his career at Bankers Trust Company and has held senior positions in investment management, strategy, and finance at General Electric, Aviation Sales Company and Fieldstone. In the past, Mr. Alderman served on the following corporate boards; the HM Bullard Company (a retail business owned by Mr. Alderman's family for 3-generations), UFC Aerospace, and Breeze Eastern Corporation. Currently, Mr. Alderman serves on the Board of DLH, a services supplier to the United States Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Mr. Alderman is a graduate of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Kenyon College.

Magnus Bjorendahl, VP & Global Aerospace & Defense Lead, SAP

Magnus Bjorendahl is vice president and global head of Aerospace & Defense at SAP. For this industry, Magnus leads the company’s solution and GTM strategy, working in tandem with global sales and development leaders. To ensure close alignment with customers, Magnus leads the SAP A&D Executive Advisory Council, consisting on executives from SAP’s 25 most strategic A&D customers. Magnus also serves as the executive sponsor for several key customers.

Magnus became the A&D industry leader in 2010 after 9 years of developing and managing parts of SAP’s A&D portfolio. During this time, Magnus made major contributions in areas such as: MRO, Supply Chain and GRC. Magnus also grew the partner ecosystem around SAP’s A&D solution, creating several strategic partnerships and filling key white spaces.

Before joining SAP, Magnus spent 5 years as a consultant in the IT industry.

Anthony Kent Fisher, VP & General Manager Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Kent Fisher is the vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Supplier Management organization. Named to this position in September 2011, Fisher has responsibility for the overall strategy, contracting, daily management and development of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes supply chain, which supports the manufacture and aftermarket support of all Boeing commercial airplanes.

Fisher has held a variety of posts in his more than 18 years with Boeing, through which he has progressively deepened his understanding of commercial aviation. Prior to joining BCA Supplier Management, Fisher held positions in Supply Chain Strategy, New Airplane Business Development, Market Analysis, Air Traffic Management, and Sales.

Before joining Boeing, Fisher held various positions at Price Waterhouse in its litigation and bankruptcy consulting group in Los Angeles and Seattle. Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Pomona College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California – Los Angeles.

Rick Nagel, Managing Partner, Acorn Growth Companies

Mr. Nagel is a managing partner and owner of Oklahoma City based Acorn Growth Companies, an Aerospace & Defense private equity investment and buyout group. He directs the latter-stage initiatives of Acorn, concentrating on the firm’s acquisition, merger, and portfolio operating activities. His day to day responsibilities include oversight of businesses focused on aircraft modification and overhaul, intelligence surveillance & reconnaissance services, manufacturing, engineering services, applied sciences, and aircraft leasing.

Mr. Nagel holds a B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma's College of Engineering in Environmental Science.

Mr. Nagel is a seven-time "Metro 50" winner with four different companies, two of which are currently operated by Acorn. He is also a recipient of the Journal Records’ Achiever’s Under 40 Award.

Mr. Nagel has served on numerous local, state, and national boards. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Aerospace Association, the US Air Force Association, OKC Rotary, and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is currently on the board and has served as president of the Oklahoma County Boys and Girls Clubs, is the acting President of the Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs for the State of Oklahoma, and currently serves on the National Government Relations Committee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Additionally, Nagel serves as campaign treasurer for Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK).

He, his wife, Kandi, and three children reside in Norman, Oklahoma.

Kris Pinnow, VP and Chief Procurement Officer, Bombardier Aerospace

Kristopher Pinnow is the Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Bombardier Aerospace where he leads a global team responsible for strategic procurement of all aerospace products and services. The role includes developing strong partnerships with suppliers and working in a cooperative manner to meet cost, delivery and quality targets. Mr. Pinnow joined Bombardier in 2008 and prior to his current appointment, held the role of Vice President, Supply Chain, Commercial Aircraft and Mechanical & Electrical Systems. In this previous role, he was responsible for the supply chain for all Bombardier Commercial Aircraft programs in addition to mechanical and electrical systems across all Bombardier aircraft. Mr. Pinnow also developed the supply chain organization in China in support to Bombardier Aerospace’s global sourcing initiatives.

Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Pinnow worked for Ford Motor Company for ten years. He held a number of senior management positions in purchasing, which included international assignments in Germany, Thailand and China. His last role at Ford was as the Director of Greater China Purchasing, located in Nanjing, China, where he was responsible for Ford's China Sourcing Office, which exported over $2 billion of parts annually to Ford’s global operations and included the management of the purchasing relationships with Ford's joint ventures in China.

Mr. Pinnow worked for Armco Inc., a specialty steel producer, before joining Ford Motor Company. He received his Undergraduate and Masters Degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Pinnow is an avid private pilot and is a Board Member of the Montreal chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He also coaches youth soccer in his community.

Jens Siebels, Senior Manager, Airbus

Holder of a mechanical engineering Master degree from TU Braunschweig in Germany. Jens Siebels leads the Manufacturing Strategy for the 11 plants of aero structure production for all Programs at Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer.

Jens has acquired extensive experience over his 17 year career in the Airbus Group in the fields of Engineering, production and program management.
In his current position, he is responsible for ensuring the development of the plants in their core activities in line with R&T needs and the investments budgets. Furthermore he is leading the Make or Buy process for aero structure work packages and projects the strategic Make to Buy transfer of the plants.

Peter Smith, Chairman & CEO, Nasmyth Group

Trained as a physicist at the University of Sheffield, Peter has been closely involved in precision engineering and electronics design and manufacturing throughout his career. Working in engineering, sales, business development and senior management roles in a range of global industries, including Aerospace, Defense, Radio Communications and Medical, he has applied his entrepreneurial skills for the last 15 years through management buy-ins, the establishment of start-up businesses and ultimately the establishment of Nasmyth Group. He was voted Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Midlands final of the renowned EY Engineering Awards in 2013 and has been a member of the Boards of public and private companies both in the UK and internationally.

Trevor Stansbury, Founder & President, Supply Dynamics

Trevor Stansbury is the Founder and President of Supply Dynamics. He has been a pioneer in the area of ‘Extended Enterprise’ Collaboration and the design, development and deployment of related multi-enterprise, web-based solutions. At Supply Dynamics, he has helped leading aerospace, medical, energy, automotive and industrial companies obtain real-time visibility and control over the materials that go into their outsourced parts. Prior to launching Supply Dynamics, Mr. Stansbury held a number of operating executive roles including Director of International Programs & Risk/Revenue Sharing Programs at Honeywell International (formerly Allied Signal) and President of a trading company established by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems (now Boeing Helicopter) specializing in the fulfillment of global reciprocal-trade obligations. In 2009, he was selected as the “Thunderbird Alumnus Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Walker Institute of Entrepreneurship, Thunderbird School of Global Management. He received a B.A. with High Honors in International Relations and Economics from Lynchburg College in Virginia and earned an International MBA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

Ei Tokuda, VP Maintenance & Flight Operations Support Department, Customer Support Division, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

Ei Tokuda is Vice President, Maintenance & Flight Operations Support Department, Customer Support Division of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. He is responsible for all of customer support, including maintenance and flight operations. Before assuming this position in June 2012, he was named Director, Customer Support of the MRJ, from 2008, when Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation was established.

He started his professional career in 1983 when he joined Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), one of the leading industrial manufacturers in Japan. He has 31 years of a wide-ranging experiences and expertise in aircraft-related businesses, ranging from overall project management to mechanical design, as well as support businesses for commercial and government customers.

He graduated from Cornell University with Bachelor’s degree of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in 1982 and with Master’s degree of Engineering in 1983.



The Farnborough Commercial Manufacturing Briefings will take place in the Cody Room at the Media Centre in Hall 1A.

For more details on the Farnborough International Airshow please visit www.farnborough.com.


Registration fee is USD$199 per person – register here.

Please note this registration fee does not include access to the Farnborough International Airshow – register separately for the airshow here.


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Travel by Rail:

Farnborough Airshow is within easy reach of four stations – Farnborough Main, Farnborough North, North Camp and Aldershot.  A free shuttle bus service will run from Farnborough Main, Aldershot and North Camp stations to the show site.

Farnborough Main is approximately 25 minute walking time from the Farnborough Airshow.   Pedestrian entrance is via Gate B.

For rail travel enquiries, train times and fares please call the National Rail Enquiries Line on +44 (0)8457 484 950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

Travel By Road

By Go Ahead London Coach Service

Travel direct from central London with Go-Ahead London coaches.  Buses run every 30 minutes between 0715 and 0915 hrs on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July 2014.  The journey time is expected to be around 2 hours.  With fast and convenient pick ups at St Pancras International and Euston stations for those travelling by Eurostar and from the North of the UK and from Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate and Cromwell Road.

Buses return from the Farnborough Airshow to central London at regular intervals until 1900 hours.

For further details and to book travel tickets visit www.goaheadlondon.com or call +44 (0) 208 545 6110.

By Car

Should you decide to travel by car, the Farnborough Airshow is located on the A325, accessible from the M3 and A31. During the period of the show there will be special routes in the immediate vicinity of Farnborough which will be clearly sign posted. Please follow signs to the general car park. Parking is free and the general car parks are serviced by free shuttle buses into the show.

For SatNav directions please use the postcode GU14 6AZ which will take you to the Queen’s Roundabout. From here follow signs to the general car park.

If you have purchased reserved parking, please follow AA road signs to the car park specified on your parking label.
Visitors driving from London should allow at least two hours’ journey time.

Travel from London Airports

To travel to the Farnborough Airshow from Gatwick Airport, take the First Great Western rail service to North Camp station.  The train journey is approximately 50 minutes.  Free shuttle buses will run from North Camp station into the show ground.

Go Ahead London will be running an express coach service from Heathrow Airport to travel directly to the show site.  Full details and details of how to book this service can be found at www.goaheadlondon.com or by calling +44 (0) 208 545 6110


Details on accommodation from Farnborough website