PAresh Kalwani & Erik Nistad

Mondelez INternational

A Simple Start to Smart Manufacturing


Paresh Kalwani, Global Manufacturing Solutions & Strategy Lead, Mondelez International

Paresh is currently an Associate Director of Information Technology and Solutions (ITS) leading Global Manufacturing Solutions and Strategy at Mondelez International. Paresh is an Information Systems professional with 25 years of systems development, delivery, and management experiences across Manufacturing, Research & Development, Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance, Engineering, and Enterprise Architecture. Currently, Paresh is the Global Manufacturing Strategy and Solutions Lead at Mondelēz International where he is responsible for SAP (MM/IM/QM/MFE/PM) and Non-SAP information solutions for 140 manufacturing sites globally. Prior roles include leading Enterprise Architecture, leading Global SAP Finance systems (Record to Report), leading Global Procurement Sourcing systems, Engineering project management, and other leadership roles delivering business transformation. Paresh has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Manufacturing from Brooklyn Polytechnic University.

Erik Nistad, Director ITS, Global Mfg./ RDQ COE Lead, Mondelez International

Erik is currently the Director of Enterprise Business Services, Integrated Supply Chain Standards and Solutions group at Mondelēz International. Erik is an Information Systems professional with 30+ years of systems development, support and management experiences across Manufacturing, Product Development and Retail. Working with global and regional teams, his key remit is to define and deliver standard processes and tools across Mondelēz International’s global supply chain. Prior roles include Director of IS Service Delivery MTI, supporting and splitting Kraft’s global manufacturing systems operations. He was the IS Lead at Kraft Foods for the North American SAP implementation across 54 manufacturing facilities.


There is much “hype” today about Smart Mfg., Industrie 4.0, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the list goes on. While there is a lot of potential and definitely significant opportunity for today’s manufacturers to take advantage of today’s burgeoning technology landscape, where to start can sometimes be quite overwhelming.

At Mondelēz International over the last 2 years, we have taken what we are calling a “Simple start to Smart Manufacturing”. Our approach has been built around first being extremely clear regarding our business objectives for manufacturing and linkage with the corporation’s strategy. Then we looked at how the evolving technology landscape could support these objectives. While the manufacturing strategies we applied are really no different than those from the last few decades (TPM, TQM, SPC, Lean, 6-Sigma, etc.), we have begun to apply newer technologies in conjunction with these strategies. Results we are seeing are speed of deployment, faster adoption / time to value, and increased employee engagement.

Attendees of this session will be able to walk away with ideas toward a practical approach to “start simple” on the journey of Smart Manufacturing.


  • Prerequisites to think about as you plan the start of the journey
  • Ensuring clear linkage with manufacturing and corporate objectives
  • The role of people in “Smart Manufacturing” plant
  • Start small while determining what newer technologies can do for your journey
  • Tracking results