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What happens when your team of seasoned commodities experts collaborates with the leading minds in prescriptive analytics? Suddenly, commodities-driven industries can achieve new heights of accuracy about future pricing and demand. They can enjoy the same profit margin gains the airline and retail industries have enjoyed for years.

We’re changing how companies do business in commodities-based industries.

We’re out to bring new prosperity and stability to commodities-driven industries on a global level. We’re out to strengthen our customers’ buying and purchasing power in these industries. We’re empowering them to become active price setters instead of passive price takers. We’re helping them reduce their dependence on expensive consultants and academics.

We live to give our customers an edge.

Companies that rely on static spreadsheets or one-time consulting projects are falling behind while those taking advantage of real-time prescriptive analytics are surging ahead. Rules of thumb, libraries of static spreadsheets, and lack of visibility into demand no longer cut it in today's volatile, competitive market. DecisionNext is being embraced by tomorrow’s commodities industries leaders.

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  • Mike Neal Co-Founder and CEO

    Mike Neal is a serial entrepreneur who has focused throughout his career on applying mathematical models to important businesses decisions. Holding 15 patents in related fields, Mike has founded multiple SaaS companies that have delivered highly focused analytics to business users. In 1999 he cofounded DemandTec (formerly NasdaqDMAN, now part of IBM). DemandTec is the largest provider of Consumer Demand Management (CDM) software for retail price and promotion optimization globally. In 2004 he cofounded SignalDemand, which applies mathematical models to commodity price forecasting in the food industry. SignalDemand was acquired by Pros Holding in Houston in 2012. Mike also serves on several early stage company boards and is an amateur ultra-marathoner. He holds an MBA from the J.B. Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA in economics and statistics from the University of Florida.

  • Bob Pierce, PhD Co-Founder and EVP Science & Development

    Bob’s work has brought advanced mathematical analysis to entirely new markets and industries, improving the way companies engage in strategic decision making. Prior to DecisionNext, Bob was Chief Scientist at SignalDemand, Inc., where he guided the science behind SignalDemand’s solutions for manufacturers. Bob has held senior research and development roles at Khimetrics (now SAP) and ConceptLabs, as well as academic posts with the National Academy of Sciences, Penn State University, and UC Berkeley. His work spans a range of industries including commodities and manufacturing and he’s made contributions to the fields of econometrics, oceanography, mathematics, and nonlinear dynamics. He holds numerous patents and is the author of several peer reviewed papers. Bob holds a PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley.

  • Graeme Stanway Co-Founder and EVP Strategy Delivery

    Based in Perth, Western Australia, Graeme has an extensive track record of creating innovative strategic transformation in businesses and has been awarded the Curtin Medal for Innovation from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK. He has overseen a number of strategic transformations in resource-driven industries and developed strategies for major engineering and services companies as well as policy groups, universities, and industry bodies. Graeme holds a PhD from Imperial College London, an MBA from Monash University, and a First Class Honours Degree in engineering from the University of Adelaide.

  • Chris Taylor SVP Australasia

    Through his work as VCI, Chris has worked as lead strategic consultant for large-cap mining and oil and gas companies including BHP Billiton, Woodside Energy, AngloGold Ashanti, Cliffs Natural Resources, and Peabody Energy. Prior to VCI, Chris spent four years as a management consultant for KPMG’s London-based M&A team where he worked on a variety of commercial due diligence and strategy engagements. Chris completed a first class Honours Degree in finance at the University of Auckland and has a Bachelor of Commerce in economics from the University of Canterbury. Chris is based in DecisionNext’s Brisbane, Australia office.

     

  • Christophe Heurtevent SVP EMEA

    An accomplished senior business leader with a unique double expertise in IT and retail, Christophe has held executive roles at IBM and and Microsoft and has worked extensively with large retail companies such as IECI and Galeries Lafayette. Most recently Christophe served as SVP of the EMEA division for TraceOne, a collaboration platform for private label products. Christophe is a regular keynote speaker at business events and serves on several technology startup boards. In 2006, he published a book, Inventing the Store of Tomorrow Today, which was acknowledged by the industry as breakthrough thinking in retail.


  • Bill Rupp Advisory Panel

    Mr. Bill Rupp is an experienced food industry executive who has held  executive roles at JBS and Cargill.  Mr. Rupp served as Chief Operating Officer and then President of JBS USA Beef from 2010-2016. Prior to that, Mr. Rupp served as President of Cargill Meat Solutions from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Rupp has extensive experience with meat processing operations and has earned a reputation as an innovator for his work at Cargill and JBS. Mr. Rupp serves as a Board Member of the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters and Lose The Training Wheels, a charity dedicated to providing recreation and learning opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Mr. Rupp holds a BS in business administration from the University of South Dakota.

  • Phil Strause Advisory Panel

    Phil Strause has over 40 years of management consulting experience focused on strategy and business planning, corporate governance, financial management and operations. He was a member of the Deloitte’s Financial Services Leadership Team from 1988 through his retirement in 2006. From 1997-2003, he served as a Practice Director for Deloitte’s Financial Institutions Practice based in Hong Kong. In that capacity, Mr. Strause led Deloitte’s consulting practice to financial services firms in Japan, Greater China, Southeast Asia, Korea, Australia and South Africa, quadrupling the business and integrating the practices across the region. From 1993-1997, Mr. Strause led Deloitte’s global financial management service line which included Value Based Management, Performance Measurement, Strategic Cost Management and Activity Based Costing, Cash Flow Productivity, Shared Services and Reengineering the Finance Function. From 1983-1992, Mr. Strause was Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting’s San Francisco practice. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank on issues of corporate governance in the Chinese financial services industry and with China Investment Corporation, China’s sovereign wealth fund.

    Mr. Strause is a member of the Band of Angels, the oldest and largest angel investor group in the Silicon Valley and has invested in and served as a director or advisor for many startups. Mr. Strause is on the Endowment and Finance Committees of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and serves as Chairman of its Executive Allocation Committee. He is President of the Board of Trustees of Peninsula Temple Beth El. He serves on the Advisory Board for the San Mateo Edge. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BSEE, 1965) and the Harvard Business School (MBA, 1967).

  • Karen Riley Advisory Panel

    Karen Riley is an experienced operational executive and board director  in enterprise software, services and SaaS companies. She has led businesses in high growth, fundraising, turnaround, and acquisition situations. Karen has been an active angel investor since 2004, a partner with The Angels’ Forum since 2007, and a member of the Band of Angels since 2011. Karen serves on a number of boards/advisory boards, including DecisionNext, Panterra Networks, TalentSky, Taulia, and TranscribeMe. She has also served as a board director for Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery (acquired by Femsa), Portal Software (acquired by Oracle); and on the advisory board for Princeton Softech (acquired by IBM.) Prior to that, she was SVP of Global Services at Siebel Systems from 1999 until 2004, where she built and led the worldwide direct sales and delivery for all of Siebel’s services. Prior to Siebel, Karen had a 20 year career at IBM where she held executive positions in software product management, industry solution sales, systems integration and outsourcing services.

  • Gian Pablo Villamil Advisory Panel

    Gian Pablo Villamil makes things using technology, gaining strategic insight along the way.

    He has an undergraduate degree in computer science from Macalester College, an MBA from IESE (University of Navarre), and a Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program program at NYU.

    Gian Pablo spent 16 years consulting to the tech and telecoms industry at Accenture, Deloitte Consulting, and Cisco around the world.

    Gian Pablo has worked with leading artists for projects at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sundance Festival and the Bay Lights project in San Francisco.

    He worked on 3D printing software initiatives at Autodesk, and is now leading software development efforts at a Bay Area 3D printing design and service bureau.

    Gian Pablo has extensive hands-on experience with a number of emerging technologies, including 3D printing, embedded microcontrollers and wearable computing and immersive video.

  • Gideon Malherbe Advisory Panel

    Gideon Malherbe is a founding partner of VCI, a unique strategic consultancy focused on delivering measurable material benefits to its clients. Since starting the firm in 1996, VCI has developed an international reputation for helping top companies successfully negotiate challenges in strategic positioning, innovation, organization design, and change management. Gideon’s work spans a range of industries including natural resources, finance, publishing and the automotive sector. His specialty is applying scenario planning to help his clients leverage competencies, optimize asset utilization, and develop appropriate actionable strategies. Gideon’s specialized scenario planning process has become a benchmark for large scale strategic planning projects.

  • Lionel Louw Advisory Panel

    Known for his ability to create the optimum interface between people and organisations, Lionel is a business-focused psychologist and a partner at Virtual Consulting. He has international experience in visioning, strategic positioning and large-scale change processes. As an in-house manager to industry with both Rössing Uranium and CRA, he has been involved in a variety of challenging organisational projects in Namibia, South Africa, the U.K., Australia, and the United States. Lionel has gained particular recognition in the areas of work redesign, organisational change, and management development.  He has participated in leading strategy and visioning workshops for large shared services business ventures and has served on large scale organisational change projects within the mining industry.

  • Mark Baum Advisory Panel

    Recognized as being among the world’s foremost strategic experts in the food, beverage, consumer products and retail industries, Mark is SVP and Chief Collaboration Officer of Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Baum’s career in the food, beverage, and CPG industry spans more than 25 years. He served as the president and CEO of the Association of Sales and Marketing Companies (ASMC) as well as executive vice president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). Later, he was a partner and managing director of the CPG and Retail Practice at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants. Most recently, Baum was the managing partner of MARCAT Group LLC, a leading consulting firm specializing in business, market and customer development.

  • Will Malaney Advisory Panel

    Will Malaney is a highly experienced independent iron ore consultant with over 35 years’ experience in the mining and steel industries. Malaney’s experience includes roles with British Steel (now part of the Tata Steel Group) as well as Rio Tinto where he oversaw a period of rapid growth as sales and marketing general manager then later spearheaded the company’s presence in Asia. Malaney has held numerous senior executive positions including chairman of Bao-HI (a joint venture between China’s leading steel producer Shanghai Bao Steel and Hamersley Iron), member of the Channar Joint Venture (China’s first major overseas investment in iron ore mining), and board member of the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

  • Paul Weinstein Advisory Panel

    Paul Weinstein is a founding General Partner at Azure Capital Partners.  Prior to founding Azure, Paul was a managing director with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, PaineWebber and Kidder Peabody. Paul represents Azure Capital on the Boards of Fonality, K2 Software, Virtual Instrument, Switchfly and Unitas Global.  He is a graduate of Babson College.


  • Mike Neal Co-Founder and CEO

    Mike Neal is a serial entrepreneur who has focused throughout his career on applying mathematical models to important businesses decisions. Holding 15 patents in related fields, Mike has founded multiple SaaS companies that have delivered highly focused analytics to business users. In 1999 he cofounded DemandTec (formerly NasdaqDMAN, now part of IBM). DemandTec is the largest provider of Consumer Demand Management (CDM) software for retail price and promotion optimization globally. In 2004 he cofounded SignalDemand, which applies mathematical models to commodity price forecasting in the food industry. SignalDemand was acquired by Pros Holding in Houston in 2012. Mike also serves on several early stage company boards and is an amateur ultra-marathoner. He holds an MBA from the J.B. Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA in economics and statistics from the University of Florida.

  • Bob Pierce, PhD Co-Founder and EVP Science & Development

    Bob’s work has brought advanced mathematical analysis to entirely new markets and industries, improving the way companies engage in strategic decision making. Prior to DecisionNext, Bob was Chief Scientist at SignalDemand, Inc., where he guided the science behind SignalDemand’s solutions for manufacturers. Bob has held senior research and development roles at Khimetrics (now SAP) and ConceptLabs, as well as academic posts with the National Academy of Sciences, Penn State University, and UC Berkeley. His work spans a range of industries including commodities and manufacturing and he’s made contributions to the fields of econometrics, oceanography, mathematics, and nonlinear dynamics. He holds numerous patents and is the author of several peer reviewed papers. Bob holds a PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley.

  • Graeme Stanway Co-Founder and EVP Strategy Delivery

    Based in Perth, Western Australia, Graeme has an extensive track record of creating innovative strategic transformation in businesses and has been awarded the Curtin Medal for Innovation from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK. He has overseen a number of strategic transformations in resource-driven industries and developed strategies for major engineering and services companies as well as policy groups, universities, and industry bodies. Graeme holds a PhD from Imperial College London, an MBA from Monash University, and a First Class Honours Degree in engineering from the University of Adelaide.

  • Hau Lee, PhD Board of Directors

    Hau L. Lee is the Thomas Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His areas of specialization include supply chain management, information technology, global logistics system design, inventory planning, and manufacturing strategy. He is the founding and current co-director of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum — a consortium of industry leaders and academics dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of global supply chain management. Hau Lee also serves as the faculty director of the Stanford Institute for Innovations in Developing Economies.


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