Donald A. Hicks
Founder, President, & CEO
Donald A. Hicks is the founder, President and CEO of LLamasoft, Inc. Don is a supply chain industry visionary, specializing in strategy and technology issues and a highly sought after speaker and author. Over the last 20 years, he has personally consulted with and coached supply chain professionals at hundreds of companies around the world to optimize and improve their operations. Don has a BS in Systems Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Co-Founder, Executive Vice President
Toby is the co-founder and executive vice president of LLamasoft, leading the global sales, marketing and business development teams. Over the last decade, he has helped bring supply chain design into the corporate mainstream as a key business process and competitive weapon, and has positioned LLamasoft as the leading global supply chain design technology provider. Toby is a frequent presenter and panelist at supply chain and logistics leadership forums, has been named a ‘Pro to Know’ and has authored dozens of articles on the growing importance of supply chain design as a key competitive weapon.
Toby has over 20 years of experience in building and growing technology businesses, primarily focused on process improvement and analytics. His expertise has been used to launch new technologies into mainstream use at global Fortune 500 businesses. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
John Ames Jr.
VP of Solutions & Global Alliances
John Ames is Senior Vice President of Solutions at LLamasoft. John’s career in supply chain has spanned over 15 years and his expertise spans across numerous technologies including demand planning, inventory optimization, finite capacity scheduling, product lifecycle management, and network design. John has worked with both large and small consultancies to craft partnerships that best serve the end client to deliver best in-class solutions for strategic supply chain analysis. He received his MBA at Northwestern’s JL Kellogg graduate school of management and received his BBA in marketing at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Vice President of North American Sales
Jeff Barron is responsible for sales of LLamasoft solutions throughout North America, which includes working with buyers to understand their businesses and build long-term technology solutions. Barron has repeatedly surpassed revenue expectations and provided leadership across the sales organization at LLamasoft as well as in executive sales roles at InRule Technology, Applimation and Quest software.
Vice President of Employee Success
As Vice President of Employee Success, Patty Ferguson is responsible for guiding LLamasoft’s strategies around talent, culture, and organizational leadership. She helps design and implement programs that attract, develop, engage and maximize employee talent to meet the needs of the expanding LLamasoft community. Previous to LLamasoft, Patty served as senior vice president of human resources at Altarum. She has more than 25 years of experience in leadership and organizational development, human resource management and strategic planning. She has served on the Board of the Greater Ann Arbor Area Society for Human Resource Management and was its President in 1990 and 1991. Ms. Ferguson holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.
Dr. Nejat Karabakal
Vice President of Supply Chain Technologies
Dr. Nejat Karabakal is the Vice President of Supply Chain Technologies. His primary focus is on the development of LLamasoft’s supply chain network and inventory optimization technologies. Nejat is a published author on Supply Chain & Operations Research techniques. He has 15+ years of experience in supply chain analysis, including time with Production Modeling Corporation and IBM Consulting. Nejat holds a PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan; and a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
Vice President of Solutions Strategy
As vice president of solutions strategy, Jeff Metersky has global responsibility for designing comprehensive supply chain design solutions comprised of technology, services, support, education and training for future and existing LLamasoft customers. Throughout his career he has consulted in over 100 supply chain design and inventory optimization engagements across a variety of industries and geographies. Prior to joining LLamasoft, Jeff co-founded CHAINalytics and was part of the team that brought i2 Supply Chain Strategist to market. Jeff holds a BS degree in industrial engineering from The University of Illinois and an MBA in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University.
Vice President of Marketing
Ginger is the Vice President of Marketing, bringing more than two decades of sales and marketing experience in the Internet Technology & SaaS fields to LLamasoft. Her experiences range from creating and implementing comprehensive marketing plans and managing strategic partnerships, to selling transportation management software, advising companies on their overall IT strategy, managing account executives and creating an inbound demand generation department. She has held management positions at several companies including Lean Logistics, Business Propulsion Systems (Now BPS Revolver) of Toronto, Compuware and more. Ginger has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and currently serves as a committee member for the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association.
Chief Financial Officer
John is the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s financial planning, accounting, reporting and contract administration. Prior to joining LLamasoft, John held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Healthmedia, overseeing all of their finances. He has led various technology companies from the start-up phase through financial stability, profitability, merger and acquisition. His diverse background includes over 12 years in public accounting with the firms Coopers & Lybrand and Arthur Andersen where he gained knowledge of different business and financial models. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Donald A. Hicks
John Ames Jr.
Dr. Nejat Karabakal