Manufacturing Enterprise Communications Announces Additional Manufacturing Leadership Council Members

Manufacturing Enterprise Communications Announces Additional Manufacturing Leadership Council Members

NEW YORK, April 25, 2011 - Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, the leading information resource for manufacturing executives, announces additional Manufacturing Leadership Council members on

"We are delighted to welcome executives from Johnson & Johnson, The Boeing Co., Purolator, Ingersoll Rand, Raytheon, the Automation Federation, Covidien, Global Leadership Associates, Owens-Illinois, and Campbell Soup Co. to the Manufacturing Leadership Council," said Heather Holst-Knudsen, President of Manufacturing Enterprise Communications. "To date, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council include global leaders in manufacturing, and these new members joined a group of future thinkers with companies such as Nestlé, Ferrari, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Dow Chemicals, Roche, Colgate-Palmolive, L'Oréal, and DuPont being represented by their senior executives."

The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s newest members include:

  • Joe Gieda, Global Process Architect, Johnson & Johnson
  • Tim Murnin, Director of Supply Chain, The Boeing Co.
  • John Costanzo, President and CEO, Purolator International
  • Tracy Vance, Director of Information Technology, Ingersoll Rand
  • Manny Gamez, Automation Innovation Manager, Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Dean Ford, Chair, Automation Federation/ISA
  • Jack Ryan, Director of Engineering, Covidien
  • James O'Boyle, Team Leader of Tooling/Molding, Covidien
  • Brian McAlice, Team Leader of Process and Automation, Covidien
  • Marie Gervais, Director, Global Leadership Associates (Canada)
  • Richard Crawford, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Owens-Illinois
  • Eric Fidoten, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations, Campbell Soup Co.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council is an invitation-only membership organization engaged in peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, with a focus on creating a better future for manufacturing.
"I utilize the Manufacturing Leadership Council to interface with leaders outside my own company who have common goals, objectives, and issues. It allows for a strong opportunity to openly benchmark and understand how others are driving their continuous improvement and change management," says Morris Lenczicki, vice president at L'Oreal USA.
The Manufacturing Leadership Council includes representatives from the world’s most influential companies. Manufacturing Leadership Council members from these organizations include executive management from corporate, finance, production, and technology divisions. These leaders encompass a broad range of manufacturing sectors, including:

  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • High Tech
  • Semiconductor/Electronics
  • Energy
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemicals
  •  Pulp & Paper
  • Industrial Heavy Equipment
  • Oil & Gas
  • Metals, fabrication and assembly

Manufacturing Leadership Council members will meet at the 2011 Manufacturing Leadership Summit, May 9-11 in Palm Beach, FL.

"Manufacturing Enterprise Communications is dedicated to the idea that manufacturing will have a better future through discussion, debate, and content that is generated by the community, moderated by editors, and enabled by social media," Holst-Knudsen concluded.

To learn more about the Manufacturing Leadership Council and its associated benefits, please visit

For media inquiries or more information on how to become a member of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, please contact Rana Simunovich, Community Liaison and Coordinator, at +1 212-613-3419 or

About Manufacturing Enterprise Communications
Manufacturing Enterprise Communications produces industry-specific information for global manufacturing markets, providing critical content to innovative and forward-thinking manufacturers - companies that use enterprise systems, information, and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications powers the Managing Automation Magazine and Website,, Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, and the PM100 Awards program.