Panel will evaluate and select outstanding Manufacturing 4.0 projects and individuals across industries to be recognized at Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards has proudly appointed seven executives from leading manufacturing organizations to the 15-person judging panel for the 2018 awards. Judges who have agreed to participate have demonstrated a strong commitment to continued innovation, dialog and advancement in manufacturing.

Judges will review submissions for the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards in December, followed by the announcement of the winners in February, 2018.

The official judging panel for 2018 is as follows:


  • David Mongrue
    Vice President, Operations
    The Dow Chemical Company
  • Michele D’Alessandro
    VP and CIO
    Merck and Company
  • Craig Bandes
    Pixelligent, Inc.
  • Praveen Jonnala
    VP, Global Business Solutions Development
  • Detlef Zuehlke
    CEO (retired)
    Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V.
  • Allison Grealis
    Founder and President
    Women in Manufacturing
  • Caralynn Nowinski Collens
    UI Labs


  • David R. Brousell
    Global Vice President, Research, and Editorial Director
    Manufacturing Leadership Council
  • Ron Castro
    Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain Execution
  • John Gagel  
    Corporate Manager, Sustainability
    Lexmark International
  • Jeff Gallinat 
    Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing Operations
    Cisco Systems
  •  Brad Heath
    VirTex Enterprises
  • Michael Packer
    Director, Advanced Manufacturing Programs
    Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
  • Val Zanchuk
    Graphicast Inc.
  • Dennis Hoeg
    Vice President, Global Engineering, Manufacturing and Sourcing
    Nexteer Automotive

The nomination period for the Manufacturing Leadership Awards will remain open until December 15, 2017. Winners will be honored on stage at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala on June 13, 2018.

For more about the awards and a list of the nomination categories, go to.

About the Manufacturing Leadership Awards

Now in its 14th year, the ML Awards program honors large and small companies and individual leaders shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are accepted from manufacturing companies from across the globe. The program also honors partners that have assisted ML Award winning manufacturers in achieving transformational breakthroughs. To learn more visit:

About the Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council, Frost & Sullivan, is the world’s first member-driven, global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry. The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s mission is to help senior executives define and shape a better future for themselves, their organizations, and the industry at large by focusing on the intersection of critical business and technology issues that will drive growth today and in the future. The Council offers an extensive portfolio of leadership networking, research, thought leadership content, and professional development products, programs, and services — including the Manufacturing Leadership Council Website, an online global business network with over 7,000 members around the world; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit; the Manufacturing Leadership Awards, celebrating industry achievement; and the thought-leading Manufacturing Leadership Journal. For more information, please visit

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Manufacturing Leadership Council

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