Brion Carroll

VP Global Business Development, Retail PLM, PTC

Brion Carroll is the VP, Global Business Development in the Retail Business Unit at PTC. Brion has over 35 years of experience in the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and related industries, with the last 17 years focused in providing PLM to the Retail & Consumer market. Prior to joining PTC, Mr. Carroll was founder, CEO and President of Aptavis Technologies Corporation, the company that developed the industry leading FlexPLM product, acquired by PTC in 2005. Previously he founded and served as CEO of Life Cycle Solutions, Inc, a globally renowned PDM/PLM industry consulting firm from 1992, and held various technology roles at GTech and Computervision since 1980.

He has authored numerous articles and white papers and is an advisor to industry on technologies that improve operational efficiency, enable collaborative work environments, and provide real-time information visibility; and most recently the emerging Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology in Retail & Consumer market and the industry transforming Material Exchange.

Mr Carroll has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and an MBA with a concentration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.

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I've been leading effort in the Product Lifecycle Management space since I brought the first product to market in 1984. Now we are making waves in how our FlexPLM product connects direct to factory production using ThingWorx and Kepware. Check it out at the Retail Booth at LiveWorx.

Session Track: Retail

Thursday, June 13 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 107ABC

RE3144P - The Material Exchange: One Year On and Its Impact on the Apparel & Footwear Industry!

Until the summer of 2018, the process of finding and developing materials had remained largely unchanged, even as the world moved towards managing product lifecycle data as well as designing and developing product in a digital environment. At LiveWorx 2018, The 'Material Exchange' was launched, providing an industry-wide solution for sharing, collaborating, and developing materials (such as leather, textiles and hardware) in a completely digital marketplace. This session will discuss the profound impact the Material Exchange has had on material selection and the broader industry over the past year (since its launch), and will explore what's next for the Material Exchange.

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Session Track: Retail

Wednesday, June 12 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM 107ABC

RE3152P - Meeting The Demands of Future-focused Brands and Consumers With the 'Brand-to-Factory' or ‘B2F’ Initiative

In today's hyper-competitive retail industry, speed, innovation and data-driven insights are crucial for staying ahead of the game. Attend this session and discover how a new level of integration between brands and their strategic factories can serve to broaden the reach of PLM into the world of manufacturing to improve operational efficiencies and deliver key insights to drive better business decisions. If you’re a vertical manufacturer brand, or a brand that relies heavily on the efficiency of your partner factories to bring products to market, and would like to understand how B2F and extended PLM support ‘in factory’ is being applied, then this is a must-attend session for you!

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Session Track: Retail

Wednesday, June 12 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM 107ABC

RE3145P - Learn How PLM Delivers Value through a Connected, Digital and Sustainable Supply Chain

To meet consumer demand for the latest trends and hottest styles, brands and retailers are challenged to bring products to market at unprecedented speeds – in an era when the supply chain is becoming more global and complex than ever and where transparency is becoming essential. This session will explore the need for supply chain connectivity and will provide real-world practical use cases to demonstrate how brands and retailers can integrate PLM with other leading technologies to digitally ‘join the dots’ in the supply chain to open up new opportunities, unlock additional value, improve sustainability and reduce time to market.

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