Owen Keates, Industry Executive Manufacturing Practice, Hitachi Vantara
Owen is an Industry Advisor for Hitachi Vantara’s Manufacturing Practice. He started his career as a chemical engineer in the pulp and paper and industrial chemicals industries with various production and project management roles. Having commissioned new factories he learnt the critical importance of supply chains to manufacturing, which led to career in supply chain management consulting becoming a global trainer for the Supply Chain Council and later Chairman of the Supply Chain Council in Australia and New Zealand. He has led global Manufacturing 4.0 transformation programs for leading manufacturing businesses and also ran a plastics company with multi operations in Australia and New Zealand. He is also Supply Chain Visionary for Hitachi Vantara providing guidance on Supply Chain Solutions and is currently completing part time PhD studies in Process Intelligence.