January Professional Development Meeting

January 09, 2018
5:45 PM - 8:30 PM

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4727 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Starting a New Role & Managing the Change


Daniel P. Key - Senior Vice-President of Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain at Axalta Coating Systems.

Starting a New Role & Managing the Change

In today’s dynamic business environment of internal reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and career moves, many professionals find themselves in situations where they are frequently starting in a new role.  Dan Key, SVP Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain for Axalta will lead a discussion on effectively managing the change for both professional and management roles.

Topics include:

  • What it means?
  • Where are the potholes?
  • What have I learned?
  • How do I manage change when I change roles?
  • How do I manage change when one of my direct reports change roles?


5:45 - 6:30  Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15  Dinner
7:15 - 8:30  Announcements and Speaker

Speaker Biography:
Dan Key is an accomplished senior executive with a 29-year track record in leading operations, supply chain, distribution, procurement, product management, and general management of global businesses. He is an expert in transforming, acquiring, growing, divesting, and repositioning assets throughout the world within both public and privately owned companies. Known for his approachable and inclusive style of leadership, he excels in rallying cross-functional teams around a unified vision.

Over the course of this career, he has repeatedly contributed to EBITDA growth year-after-year through rigorous cost control and throughput improvements, leveraging deep experience in leading end-to-end supply chain and operations across 31 countries.

Dan is currently the Senior Vice-President of Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain at Axalta Coating Systems. Axalta is a $4B+ paint and coating company serving the transportation and industrial component markets. He manages 52 global sites with over 7,000 employees in 19 countries with an annual COGS spend of over $2B.

Before joining Axalta, Dan was Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Sigma-Aldrich, where he led the charge in building a world-class global operation and supply chain function across 53 global locations supporting over 300,000 products to over 1 million customers. Prior to Sigma-Aldrich, Dan was Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain at UOP, a Honeywell Company serving the oil and natural gas industry with 14 global locations.

Dan’s career started in shift operations, engineering, and corporate functions. Initially joining Westinghouse Savannah River Corporation (formerly DuPont Savannah River Site) and then later joining Morton International. At Morton, he continued to take on progressive roles in production, materials management and plant engineering. After Morton, he became the Plant Manager for Northstar Print Group, an employee-owned company that printed and manufactured labels for glass and plastic bottles. Dan then held progressive global roles at Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (formerly a business unit from Eastman Chemical) managing 22 global locations with 1,500 employees.

Dan holds an M.B.A. from Clemson University and a B.S.M.E. from the University of Illinois. He is married and has three daughters.

Registration Deadline:
5PM the day before the meeting  (see refund policy)


$35.00 Registration - Brandywine Valley Chapter Members (Login Required)

$35.00 Registration - APICS member but NOT a member of Brandywine Valley Chapter (no login)

$0.00 Student Registration

$40.00 Registration - Non-member of APICS (if applicable, apply Coupon Code at checkout)