BP CIO elected to Manufacturing Leadership’s board
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The Manufacturing Leadership Council, a global business network for senior industrial executives, has elected Dana S. Deasy, group CIO and group VP of information technology and services at BP, to the board of governors.
In a unanimous vote, the board of governors, which steers the Manufacturing Leadership Council and its global community of more than 5,300 industry executives, approved Deasy’s nomination earlier this month. With his appointment, the board’s ranks expand to 17 members, who hail from organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin, Dell, Cisco Systems, UCLA, MIT, L’Oreal, the University of Cambridge and GlaxoSmithKline.
"The world around us is moving rapidly in terms of new technology and trends," said Deasy. "It is critical for executives to work together and create a way forward that embraces the changing world. I believe the leadership board is key in enabling this for the manufacturing industry and I am honored to become a member of the Manufacturing Leadership board."
Deasy is responsible for all global IT, indirect procurement and group real estate strategies and key capabilities that support BP’s multiple business operations — including refining, marketing, exploration, production and commodity trading. He led a major transformation project across BP’s entire IT organization to help maximize the company’s competitive edge in the energy industry and increase the value IT provides to its businesses. Prior to BP, Deasy held senior roles delivering large scale IT strategies and projects in General Motors, Tyco International, Siemens and Rockwell Space Systems Division in support of its Space Shuttle program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree from National University.
"We are delighted to welcome Dana Deasy to the board of governors," said Global VP and editorial director David R. Brousell of the Manufacturing Leadership community. "Dana’s long and distinguished career at the forefront of IT leadership for major manufacturing enterprises, combined with his extensive global energy sector insights, is a great asset to the board in its continued research and exploration of the critical issues facing the industry."
The Manufacturing Leadership Council is a member-driven global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry. The council produces an extensive portfolio of leadership networking, information and professional development products, programs and services, including the Manufacturing Leadership Website, an online global business network with more than 5,300 members; the Manufacturing Leadership Council, an invitation-only executive organization of more than 100 members; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit; the Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards celebrating industry achievement; and the Manufacturing Leadership Journal.
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Leno to headline global supplier conference
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for factories, warehouses and distribution centers, announced that Jay Leno will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Material Handling & Logistics Conference in Park City, Utah, Sept. 8 to 11.
The 2013 conference theme is Get Smart: Boost Your Supply Chain iQ and according to organizers it will educate attendees on the makings of a world-class 2025 supply chain. The three-day conference offers extensive learning opportunities categorized into six tracks: leadership, talent, experience, solutions, innovation and lifecycle.
Leno will speak Monday, Sept. 9. He has performed hundreds of comedy shows in the past 20 years, and has hosted the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for 15. Leno authored two New York Times bestselling children’s books and has published two compilation books.
“As logistics professionals, we spend time working on high level analytical solutions for our own businesses and our customers,” said John Baysore, president and CEO, Dematic North America. “We’re thrilled to have Jay Leno on board with this year’s conference. As one of America’s most beloved comedians, he will help us all relax, take a step back and remind us of the golden rule of business — do something you love and success will follow.”
The 2013 conference’s mission is to educate participants on how to benchmark their own supply chain goals, quantify gaps and help them build their own actionable 100-day plan to start closing the gaps to supply chain greatness. Programming promises to enlighten attendees on the many solutions tailored toward solving supply chain challenges including multichannel distribution, SKU proliferation, labor utilization and space utilization.
Dematic has a global knowledge network of more than 4,000 skilled logistics professionals and generates a global business volume of approximately $1.3 billion.
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A Fashion First
When The Mall at Bay Plaza opens to the public in 2014, adjacent to the highly successful outdoor Bay Plaza Shopping Center, it will be heralded as the first enclosed fashion mall in the New York City area in nearly 40 years.
That’s big news. Particularly at a time when new development has taken a back seat to redevelopment of existing assets.
The owner of the Northeast Bronx 1.3-million-sq.-ft., 25-year-old Bay Plaza Shopping Center, Prestige Properties, isn’t cutting any corners on the $300+-million development project that will add a 780,000-sq.-ft., first-class, enclosed retail mall along with an 1,800-car parking garage. In fact, the New York-based company is pulling out all the stops, injecting luxury after luxury into the prized property.
“Our vision has been to design and build the highest-quality enclosed fashion mall that sets the standard for the industry, and certainly for the New York City area,” said Sam Shalem, chairman and CEO, Prestige Properties.
To do that, Shalem and his team sourced a world-class architect – Altoon Partners out of Los Angeles – and charged them with creating an iconic property comprised of timeless, classic and elegant elements and materials.
“We spared no expense,” said Shalem. “We are building something that we – and the community – will be proud of.” The trade area will be substantial, as consumers from the surrounding area – counties of The Bronx, Westchester and Manhattan – are projected to shop the state-of-the-art destination ideally situated at the crossroads of The Bronx and Westchester – specifically, on a corner parcel at the intersection of the Hutchinson River Parkway and Interstate 95 where a combined 250,000 cars pass a day.
Not surprisingly, the retail response has been huge. Macy’s will build a three-story, 160,000-sq.-ft. store – its first ground-up project in New York in 15 years – and join the existing J.C. Penney as a mall anchor. Current tenants of the existing Bay Plaza Shopping Center – some of the national chains’ highest-performing stores on a per-sq.-ft. basis – are expected to further ramp up results in the new iteration.
New retailers will join the property as well. “We’re bringing in major name brand and designer stores, ranging from fashion, accessories and home furnishings to restaurants, a health club, entertainment and a host of desirable amenities,” said Jerry Welkis, who along with Allen Cooperman of Welco Realty Inc., are leading leasing efforts on behalf of Prestige. “Leasing has been progressing exceptionally well.”
Given that the existing outdoor shopping center has been a retail mainstay for 25 years, it is expected that the new high-end enclosed sister property, new amenities, new anchor and new experience will serve only to energize the shopping environment and spur sales at the entire project.
“Retailers are buzzing about The Mall at Bay Plaza,” said Welkis. “And Prestige is giving them something worth talking about. In my opinion, this is THE project for 2014, bar none.”
For leasing information, contact Welco Realty Inc., 914-576-7500:
I have been keeping up with this project since I live near by. I'm so happy that they are finally building a mall in the Bronx that is indoors. I always visit malls in other states, such as Florida, and envy how the malls there look. I can't wait to see what stores will occupy this mall. I hope they get some restaurants that are fairly new to the city. A cheesecake factory or Grand Luxe Cafe. Dare I say a Chick-Fil-A. Maybe a PF. Changs. I'm truly looking forward to this.