The impact of the pandemic on supply chains

A panel of supply chain experts discuss the current situation and explore how supply chains have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. They will share lessons learned and discuss the strategies that have worked and haven’t worked since the beginning of the global crisis. The discussion will conclude with a look to the future – what will change and what will stay the same?

Supply Chain

In this session

As the current global pandemic upsets and interrupts the world economy, businesses across the globe face unprecedented supply chain disruptions. With supply chain shortages, border closures, and large-scale layoffs, how can organizations weather the storm and future-proof their business for potential future waves?

On Thursday, June 25, The Ivey Academy will host a complimentary livestream in partnership with the CVCA to address these concerns. We’ll be joined by a panel of supply chain experts in Deishin Lee, Professor, Ivey Business School; Mario Gross, Chief Procurement Officer, LafargeHolcim; and Marcus Larsson, Partner, Isaac Operations. Together we will examine the current situation and explore how supply chains have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The panel will share lessons learned and discuss the strategies that have worked and haven’t worked since the beginning of the global crisis. The discussion will conclude with a look to the future – what will change and what will stay the same?

Industry Guests

Deishin Lee

Associate Professor, Ivey Business School

Deishin Lee

Deishin Lee is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management and Sustainability groups at Ivey. She uses an operational lens to study sustainability problems, focusing on how resources can be utilized more effectively, thereby avoiding waste. She studies field-based problems in a number of different industries including food, energy, high tech, and industrial manufacturing. Deishin also has a stream of research on the management of information and technology in a network environment.

Prior to joining Ivey, Deishin was on the faculty at Harvard Business School and Boston College. Before her doctoral studies, she worked in the telecommunications industry in the area of manufacturing and product development.

Mario Gross

Chief Procurement Officer, LafargeHolcim

Mario Gross

Mario Gross is Chief Procurement Officer at LafargeHolcim, a global leader in building materials and solutions. He has more than 20 years of global experience in the construction material business, holding senior roles across Germany, China, Thailand and Switzerland.

Gross started his career with Sika in 2002 and was Asia Pacific head of procurement from 2007 to 2011 in Suzhou, China. In 2011, he was appointed managing director of Sika in Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, before assuming the role as Head of Global Procurement, Quality & Sustainability. Following a stint as Lafarge Malaysia’s CEO, Gross was appointed LafargeHolcim’s CPO in January of 2020.

Marcus Larsson

Partner, isaac

Marcus Larsson

Marcus Larsson is a partner at isaac, a firm specializing in hands-on, front-line operational and financial performance improvement by working closely with companies to improve their operations and supply chain. As head of the private equity sector, Marcus brings a wealth of experience working with private equity houses of all sizes. He is known for delivering fast, innovative results for a diverse range of portfolio companies, from consumer goods and manufacturing to service based businesses. Since joining isaac in 2008, Marcus’s ability to drive bottom-line profit gains, and shareholder value through operational improvements has made him a sought-after resource.

Marcus holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he is also a guest lecturer. He is a member of several industry associations including Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) and Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).