Sustainability in the COVID-19 Era: Logistics and Supply Chain Management

CSB Webinar

June 17, 2020 12:00-1:00 PM ET

The rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world has brought the depth of our interconnectedness into sharp relief. No large company can operate in isolation; getting products and services to customers requires navigating a complex web of parts and raw material suppliers, manufacturers, transportation networks, and energy procurement challenges. Breaks in any link of the chain can cause disruption all along the way and have serious consequences for people's lives.

The ability to adapt supply chains and resolve emerging logistical issues while limiting (or eliminating) negative impacts on society, the environment, and the long-term financial health of the company is a critical component of building a more sustainable business. But, what has this looked like in practice? How are companies adapting their supply chain and operations to respond to the challenges introduced by COVID-19? What lessons can be learned from these adjustments as we look towards building a more sustainable world post-pandemic?

This webinar consisted of a one-hour moderated discussion with leaders in the transportation, building and surface coverings manufacturing, and energy industries:

  • Geoffrey Muessig, PITT OHIO
  • Dhruv Raina, Tarkett
  • William Sapon, Peoples

Panelists

Geoffrey Muessig
Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer
PITT OHIO

Geoffrey Muessig has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. He started his career with PITT OHIO in 1988 as a sales representative. Today he serves as the organization’s Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President. Geoff is responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing efforts of PITT OHIO, a $505 million dollar transportation solutions provider that is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. He has successfully brought many new PITT OHIO service offerings to market including: FastTrack, an award-winning, expedited Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) guaranteed shipping service; Heat Track, a guaranteed temperature controlled LTL shipping service, and The Reliance Network (TRNet) which is a nationwide LTL network that spans North America. Geoff has received an MA degree from the University of Chicago as well as an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. He has resided with his wife in Pittsburgh, PA since 1995.
 

Dhruv Raina
Product Stewardship Director
Tarkett

Dhruv is passionate about responsible business growth; leading change by connecting purpose to profit. At Tarkett, Dhruv develops strategic and tactical programs that identify risk and growth opportunities using competitive, legislative and scientific trends with current focus being on circular products and business models. Prior to joining Tarkett, Dhruv led the sustainability efforts for Owens Corning where he was instrumental in aligning sustainability efforts to the growth of the business. He was also responsible to set in place a Net Positive roadmap for the company. Dhruv was a management consultant and has experience working across geographies for United Nations & Fortune 100 businesses. Dhruv earned his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Mumbai, his Master’s in Environmental Engineering from University of Texas at El Paso, and his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
 

William A. Sapon
Sr. Clean Energy & Transportation Advisor
Peoples

William Sapon has dedicated his career in the energy sector to ensuring our U.S. energy delivery systems are reliable, resilient, secure and sustainable through efforts to modernize and strengthen our energy grids. Currently, William serves as Sr. Clean Energy & Transportation Advisor at Peoples Natural Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Pennsylvania, specializing in grid-edge innovation and net zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) solutions.
 
Prior to Peoples Natural Gas, William earned his MBA with a concentration in Strategy and Operations from the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business. During his MBA program, he worked with the Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation International, and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) on topics ranging from applications of distributed energy resources (DERs) in commercial buildings to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies.
 
William has nearly 10 years’ experience in the energy sector. He previously served as Project Manager at OSCOMP Holdings’ energy storage and transportation practice, where his leadership was a key component to innovation efforts and to business development initiatives for new products. William holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. William is an influential sustainability advocate and steward of the environment. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, the designated regional organization for all U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program initiatives. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Alumni Association for the University of Pittsburgh.