Foresight’s Editorial team and Advisory Board make it possible for us to bring our readers the very best combination of research from top academics and insights drawn from earned experience from business forecasters in the field. They’re an impressive group — read on to meet them!
Foresight Editorial Team
Len Tashman, Editor
Dr. Len Tashman is an internationally recognized teacher, author, editor, and consultant, with more than 30 years of experience in business forecasting. Len is the founding and continuing editor of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, now in its 10th year of publication. He serves on the board of directors of the International Institute of Forecasters and is organizer and chair of the Forecasting in Practice Track at the annual International Symposium on Forecasting. Len is a professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Vermont and director of the Center for Business Forecasting.
Stephan Kolassa, Associate Editor
Stephan Kolassa is a data science expert at SAP AG in Switzerland. He is responsible for the statistical and time series analysis aspects in developing software for automatic and robust causal forecasting of daily SKU/store level data in the retail sector. He is also involved in research for downstream forecast-based processes, such as price optimization, assortment planning, and replenishment. Stephan is also a member of Foresight’s Advisory Board, and serves on the board of directors of the International Institute of Forecasters. In his spare time, he does inferential statistics in biological and clinical psychology.
Chris Gray, Associate Editor
Chris Gray is the president of Gray Research, one of the founders of Partners For Excellence, and one of the founders of Worldwide Excellence Partners (WWXP). During his consulting career, he has also been associated with both R. D. Garwood, Inc. and The Oliver Wight Companies. Chris has authored or co-authored 6 books, as well as dozens of published software evaluations, and articles on ERP, enterprise software, and computers in manufacturing. He conducts seminars and workshops as well as provides consulting to teams implementing S&OP, resource planning, and lean execution methods. His international consulting practice includes a number of Class A companies. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington and Jefferson College and a master’s degree in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Roy Batchelor, Financial Forecasting Column Editor
Roy Batchelor is a professor of banking and finance at the Cass Business School, City University of London. His chess prowess once earned him a reputation as a Scotland international chess player, but he is now regularly defeated by his smartphone.
Mike Gilliland, Forecasting Practice Column Editor
Michael Gilliland has over 15 years of forecasting experience in the food, apparel, and consumer electronics industries and is currently Marketing Manager for SAS forecasting software. In addition to serving as a Forecasting Practice column editor, Mike is a member of Foresight’s Advisory Board. He is also the author of “The Business Forecasting Deal” and co-editor of the forthcoming “Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions.” Mike has published articles in Supply Chain Management Review, Journal of Business Forecasting, Analytics, Supply Chain Forecasting Digest, APICS Magazine, Swiss Analytics Magazine, and Foresight. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Michigan State University, and master’s degrees in philosophy and mathematical sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Follow his blog, The Business Forecasting Deal.
Paul Goodwin, Hot New Research Column Editor
Paul Goodwin is a professor emeritus of management science at the University of Bath. He has a Ph.D. from Lancaster University, and his research is concerned with methods for incorporating management judgment into forecasts to improve accuracy. He has provided forecasting advice to many organizations and in 2013, he was elected as an honorary fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters. Until 2015, he was an editor of the International Journal of Forecasting.
Andreas Graefe, Prediction Markets Column Editor
Andreas is an LMU research fellow associated with the Department of Communication Science and Media Research at the Ludwig-Maximilian University LMU Munich and Foresight editor for Prediction Markets.
John Mello, S&OP Column Editor
John E. Mello (Ph.D., Tennessee) is a professor of supply chain management and a director for the Center for Supply Chain Management at Arkansas State University. Prior to entering academia, he spent 28 years in the consumer-packaged-goods industry in various supply chain management positions. His research has been published in Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Transportation Journal, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Transportation Research Part E, Journal of Business Forecasting, and Foresight, where he serves as S&OP editor. John is also a co-author with Shane Hunt of the textbook “Marketing” (McGraw-Hill, 2014).
Fotios Petropoulos, Forecasting Support Systems Column Editor
Fotios is an associate professor at the School of Management, University of Bath. Previously he served as an assistant professor at the Cardiff Business School of Cardiff University, senior research associate at the Lancaster University Centre for Forecasting (2012-2014) and research associate and unit coordinator of the Forecasting & Strategy Unit of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) from 2003 to 2012. His research program has addressed behavioral aspects of forecasting and forecast process improvement in business and supply chain. He has provided knowledge transfer and consultancy in retail, supply chain, spare parts, utilities, and software development. Fotios is the Forecasting Support Systems editor of Foresight and associate editor of International Journal of Forecasting. Lastly, he is a co-founder of the Forecasting Society, which promotes and disseminates judgmental forecasting research and its applications.
Ira Sohn, Strategic Forecasting Column Editor
Ira Sohn has been a professor of economics and finance at Montclair State University in New Jersey since 1984. Before that, he worked closely with Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief on long-term global projections of energy, metals, and agricultural commodities. Over the last decade, in addition to serving as editor of Longe Range Forecasting for Foresight, he assessed these forecasts — made 30 years ago — in light of the economic, financial, technological, and demographic changes witnessed in the global economy.
Aris Syntetos, Supply Chain Forecasting Column Editor
Aris Syntetos is a professor of Operational Research and Operations Management at Cardiff University and Supply Chain Forecasting editor for Foresight. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Inventories Research (ISIR) and on the board of directors of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), publisher of Foresight. Aris has advised many businesses on supply chain forecasting and inventory management.
Foresight Advisory Board
Carolyn Allmon, Crystal Farms Dairy
Carolyn Allmon is a Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF) with extensive experience creating, leading, and improving demand and revenue forecasting modeling and processes in both public and private organizations. The State of Minnesota, Tennant Company, ConAgra Foods, Zimmer Spine, and Det-tronics and Michael Foods are among her past employers. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Augsburg College and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Hawaii. Her writing appears in a number of forecasting-related publications including the International Journal of Forecasting, Foresight, and Business Economics.
Ellen Bonnell, Head of Global Statistical Forecasting, Hilti
Ellen Bonnell is responsible for the forecasts that support sales and operations planning in every region on the planet. Ellen leads a team that provides not just sales forecasts for supply chain, but also analytics and insights for the demand chain. Ellen’s unique approach to forecasting is a combination of time series models, multivariate insights, marketing intelligence, an understanding that every business is unique and the practicalities of working with data that is never perfect. She is well known for her approach to measuring forecast quality as well as her ability to deliver highly accurate, small frequency forecasts for time periods less than a day. Ellen is the author of one of the most widely praised articles in Foresight, “How to Get Good Forecasts from Bad Data” [Issue 7, Summer 2007]. Ellen completed her Bachelor of Science in business economics at Indiana University and Master of Science in supply chain management at the University College Dublin, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. Ellen is currently based in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Henry (Hank) Canitz, Director, Product Marketing and Business Development, Logility Inc.
Henry Canitz is the director of Product Marketing and Business Development for Logility Inc., a leading provider of supply chain planning and optimization solutions. Henry has 25+ years of experience building high-performance supply chains, including evaluating, implementing, and using supply chain technology as a practitioner at leading companies. He also has extensive experience in developing and marketing business solutions with leading enterprise software providers. Henry has an undergraduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a graduate degree in supply chain management from Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, APICS CPIM and CSCP certifications, and a lean/6-sigma black belt certification. Henry is an active contributor to supply chain periodicals, including recent blogs and articles in Foresight, APICS Magazine, CSCMP Supply Chain Quarterly, CIO Applications Magazine, Consumer Goods Technology, Food Logistics Magazine, IBF Journal of Business Forecasting, Inbound Logistics, Supply Chain Digest, Supply Chain Management Review, Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine, and Supply Chain Brain. Henry is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including the Foresight Practitioners Conference, CSCMP Edge Conference, IBF Conferences, APICS Annual Conference, and others. Henry is a member of the CSCMP Edge Conference Planning Committee.
Simon Clarke, Group Director, Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales & Services
Simon Clarke has spent the last 20 years developing and improving forecast practices within The Coca-Cola System. He has been responsible for developing volume and revenue forecasts for consumption in supply chain, finance, revenue management, and sales processes. He led the centralization of the forecasting group into a single Center of Excellence, standardizing processes and tools. Additionally, he has led both the vertical integration of related businesses and also their subsequent divestiture. Simon is a graduate of Durham University, UK.
Stefan de Kok, Technical Director, ToolsGroup
Stefan de Kok is Technical Director at ToolsGroup, responsible for due diligence, technical consulting, assessments,
and proofs-of-concept. He is co-founder of Wahupa, which develops an SCM application for medium-sized manufacturers in food, beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech, apparel, and textile industries. Stefan has 20 years of experience in supply-chain forecasting, planning, and scheduling.
Robert Fildes, Lancaster Centre for Forecasting
Robert Fildes is a distinguished professor of management science in the School of Management at Lancaster University and the director of the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting. He has a mathematics degree from Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of California in statistics. His initial academic appointment was to the Manchester Business School where he rose to the position of faculty dean. In 1990 he joined Lancaster University Department of Management Science, which in an earlier guise, was the professional home of Gwilym Jenkins. There he set up the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting, which focuses on researching business forecasting problems.
Alec Finney, Managing Director, Pharma Forecast Insight
Alec Finney has many years of experience in research, logistics, business development, and forecasting – latterly as Strategic Forecasting Manager with AstraZeneca. He then became a principal at Rivershill Consultancy – providing forecasting and planning audits to the pharma business. In April 2015, he launched Pharma Forecast Insight, which – uniquely – brings together numerical output and contextual narrative to help investment decision making in the pharma space. In addition to his position on the Foresight Advisory Board, Alec regularly speaks at and chairs forecasting conferences in both Europe and the USA. In his spare time, he collects Art Deco antiques and follows the Liverpool FC with passion.
Ram Ganeshan, Professor of Business, College of William & Mary
Ram Ganeshan holds the D. Hillsdon Ryan Professorship of Business at the College of William & Mary. Ram’s research and consulting interests are in the areas of supply chain management, data analytics, and logistics strategy, primarily in the chemical, hi-tech, and retail industries. He is a regular contributor to academic and trade journals and is the co-editor of two books: “Quantitative Models for Supply Chain Management” and “New Directions in Supply Chain Management: Technology, Strategy, and Implementation.” In 2001, the Production & Operations Management Society (POMS) awarded him the prestigious Wickham Skinner Award for Early Career Accomplishments for his research on how supply chains can be efficiently managed. In addition to his academic appointment, Ram is active in several corporate advisory boards, helping these companies embrace the latest developments in supply chain management and digital strategies.
Allan Gray, Partner and Co-Founder, End-to-End Analytics
Allan Gray is a partner and co-founder at End-to-End Analytics, an analytics consulting firm based in Palo Alto, CA, where he leads the retail and consumer practice and consults on forecasting issues across industries. Some particular interests include SKU-Store level forecasting for retailers, forecasting the impact of promotions, and deploying causal forecasting models at scale in large organizations. Prior to End-to-End, Allan was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and a senior financial analyst at Procter & Gamble. He holds an MEng in Engineering, Economics & Management from Oxford University, an MBA from Stanford University, and he did graduate work as a Kennedy Scholar at MIT.
James Hoover, Managing Director, Analytics, Accenture
Jim Hoover spent 25 years in the Navy, 14 of those years as an operations researcher in the Navy’s and DoD’s supply chains. In addition to serving in ships, submarines and with naval aviation activities, he held supply chain operations research positions at the Naval Inventory Control Point, Navy Headquarters, Defense Logistics Agency and Naval Supply System Headquarters. In the last 8 years, Jim has been working for Accenture, focusing on improved inventory management and forecasting practices, as well as leading its Analytics Consulting Practice, supporting the federal government. He has also written about the use of automatic forecasting software in Scott Armstrong’s book “Principles of Forecasting.” He is currently working on his Doctorate of Business Administration at the University of Florida and is expected to graduate in August 2017.
Jeffrey Hunt, SHEA Business Solutions
Jeffrey Hunt is the chair of the Foresight Advisory Board. Jeff has been solving supply, demand, and financial problems over the past 25 years. His practical experience was gained as an entrepreneur who acquired a highly seasonal consumer manufacturing business and tripled revenues through statistical forecasting of existing and new sales while driving down costs and cash requirements with inventory and production optimization. Jeff now provides solutions to his clients in manufacturing and distribution primarily focusing on aerospace, automotive, industrial supplies, consumer supplies, and food processing. His company, SHEA Business Solutions, also provides analytics, financial forecasting, and planning services. Jeff obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Jamilya Kasymova, Manager of Strategic Projects & Forecasting of Global Reservation Sales and Customer Care, Marriott International
Jamilya Kasymova is the manager of Strategic Projects & Forecasting of Global Reservation Sales and Customer Care at Marriott International. She holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Novosibirsk State University, Russia and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She seems to enjoy weather extremes, first from the bitter cold of Siberia to the sweltering days in Uzbekistan, and now the extremes of Omaha – bitter winters, hot and humid summers, and tireless winds.
Nina Malone, Director of Business Analysis and Strategy, Virginia Port Authority
Nina Malone leads the financial planning and analysis function at the Virginia Port Authority. She is responsible for developing analytical models and business forecasts to support financial, commercial, and operational decisions and drive long-term planning for growth at The Port of Virginia. Nina collaborates with leaders across divisions to understand drivers behind financial performance and develop recommendations in support of organizational goals and strategies. She holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and a BA in Business from Virginia Wesleyan College. Nina serves as treasurer on the board of the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Industry Roundtable.
Joseph McConnell, Founder and CEO, McConnell Chase Software Works
Joseph McConnell is founder and CEO of McConnell Chase Software Works, which supplies software solutions in demand management and executive sales and operations planning. McConnell is a frequent expert panelist at the Forecasting Summits. His colleagues have applauded his exceptional taste in Australian Shiraz.
Steve Morlidge, Satori Partners
Steve Morlidge has 30 years of practical experience in designing and running performance management systems as a finance professional at Unilever and is the author of “Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting.” His book is aimed at a general business audience, but he has also contributed articles to Foresight on forecastability, FVA, and other technical subjects. Steve is the creator of ForecastQT, a forecasting performance management application in the cloud, which exploits the insights and innovations described in his articles.
David Orrell, Principal, Systems Forecasting
David Orrell is an applied mathematician and writer of books on science and economics. He studied mathematics at the University of Alberta and obtained his D.Phil. from Oxford University. He is principal at Systems Forecasting, which specializes in applying mathematical models to a variety of forecasting problems, and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the computational biology company Physiomics. He has written several books, including “The Future of Everything: The Science of Prediction,” and “Truth or Beauty: Science and the Quest for Order.” He also frequently writes articles and speaks about forecasting.
John (Jack) Pope, President, Investment Economics
Jack Pope is president of Investment Economics, a developer of decision-oriented investment systems and data analytics. He is also an adjunct professor of Computer Science in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, where he teaches a variety of programming courses and leads the MnSCU Data Analytics Network. Long ago, Jack was a fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.
Christian Schäfer, Professor of Quantitative Management, DHBW Mannheim
Before switching back to academia, Christian Schäfer held several strategic positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Christian holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz/Germany. Recently he published an article in the International Journal of Market Research on this topic: applying the bass model to pharmaceuticals in emerging markets. In 2013 in Foresight, he published an article on another pharma topic: how to separate risk from uncertainty within strategic forecasting. Christian runs co-operative projects and seminars on strategic pharmaceutical forecasting topics.
Jerry Shan, Chief Data Scientist, Distinguished Technologist, and Cloud and Big Data Architect, Huawei Technologies Co, Inc.
Before joining Huawei in March 2016, Jerry Shan was the chief data scientist in Hewlett-Packard’s Vertica Big Data Business, and prior to that, he was a principal scientist in HP Labs. Jerry earned a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University in 1995 and has obtained 25 granted US patents on predictive analytics, detection, data analysis, and modeling. Jerry is the leading author of past articles in Foresight on life-cycle forecasting for new products (Summer 2008) and spare-parts forecasting (Summer 2009).
Sujit Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Arkieva
Sujit Singh is the COO of Arkieva, a supply chain solutions company that creates configurable software for demand and inventory management, sales and operations planning (S&OP), supply planning and scheduling. He is responsible for managing product delivery and implementations services, customer relationships and the day-to-day operations of the corporation. His industry experience includes work in the semiconductor, chemicals, and glass (industrial and commercial) industries. Sujit is a recognized subject matter expert in both forecasting and S&OP. He received a Bachelor of Technology in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Master of Science in transportation engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Sujit is also certified in Production and Inventory Management and is a certified Supply Chain Professional by APICS, the Association for Operations Management.
Shaun Snapp, Managing Editor, Brightwork Research & Analysis
Shaun Snapp is an independent SAP researcher and the managing editor of Brightwork Research & Analysis. He is the author of four books on forecasting topics and a specialist in supply chain planning (demand, supply, and production), SAP applications, and IT project implementations. Shaun is the designer of the Brightwork Explorer, an application that uses forecast error (and other factors) to tune MRP parameters. He is also a Foresight contributor.
Eric Stellwagen, CEO and Co-founder, Business Forecast Systems, Inc.
Eric Stellwagen is the CEO and co-founder of Business Forecast Systems, Inc., a market-leading firm focused on providing software solutions and education to business forecasters. He is the co-author of the Forecast Pro software product line, which is currently in use at more than 25,000 companies worldwide. He consults widely in the area of practical business forecasting for numerous firms, including Coca-Cola, Kraft, Merck, Nabisco, Owens-Corning, and Verizon. He has presented seminars and workshops on behalf of many respected organizations including the Institute for Professional Education, the American Production and Inventory Control Society, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Tennessee, the Institute for Business Forecasting, the World Research Group, the International Institute of Research, the Electric Power Research Institute, the International Communications Forecasting Association, the Forecasting Summit, and the International Institute of Forecasters. Stellwagen received his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Oberlin College in 1984 and has spent the past 30 years working in the field of business forecasting.
Bill Tonetti, President and Co-founder, Demand Works
Bill Tonetti is president and co-founder of Demand Works, a software and services company that focuses on forecasting, demand and inventory planning, and S&OP. Tonetti has more than two decades of experience in supply-chain operations, consulting, and general management and holds an MBA from the University of Virginia.
John Unger, Demand Planning Manager, Clearwater Paper
John Unger holds a Bachelor of Science in project management from George Fox University, as well as CPIM and CSCP certifications from APICS. He has been instrumental in advancing Boise’s sales and operations planning processes, which have been recognized as an exemplary S&OP model. Over the past five years, John has led the development and implementation of Boise’s forecasting systems and processes, enabling successful collaboration and planning across three business units, improvement in forecast accuracy, and the condensing of multiple siloed business forecasts into a one-number forecast deployed for S&OP.
Larry Vanston, President, Technology Futures, Inc.
Larry Vanston is an internationally-recognized authority on technology forecasting for the communications and other high-tech industries. He’s also an expert on the impact of technology change on technology assets. He has led numerous studies for government and industry, including all of the major U.S. communications providers. Since 2005, he has directed the TFI Communications Technology and Asset Valuation Conference in Austin every January. He is the chair of the Communications Technology Forecasting Group (CTFG), which promotes the application of formal forecasting methods to support asset valuation and depreciation.