2016 Monsanto International Business Conference

Thursday, December 1, 2016Add This Event to My Calendar
7:30 a.m. / Registration is now open!

Join us on December 1, 2016 for our annual Monsanto International Business Conference. This program includes a networking breakfast, morning program, networking break, keynote lunch speaker, parking, and conference materials. 

Conference Speakers

Morning Program


Adam Decaire is the Managing Director of Network Planning for Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest airline in terms of domestic customers boarded. His primary responsibilities include all network aspects from the development of capacity through schedule creation, publication, and execution. Mr. Decaire specializes in innovative solutions addressing complex industry challenges and has led the way on several of the company’s change initiatives designed to generate revenue, reduce costs, and maximize aircraft productivity.  He began his career at Southwest Airlines in 1996 as a Ramp Agent in Cleveland, Ohio. He spent over four years in various operational roles before transitioning over to the Schedule Planning Department.  An Ohio native, Mr. Decaire graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Aviation Management.


Yasushi Takahashi became President and CEO of Mitsui USA April 1, 2016.  He will concurrently serve as Senior Executive Managing Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Americas Business Unit of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui USA’s parent company in Tokyo.  After joining Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 1981, he built his career principally in the company’s mineral and metal resources businesses, which involves global trade and investment activities.  Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Takahashi was based in Melbourne, Australia, where he was Chairman & CEO of Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd. and Chairman, Mitsui & Co. (N.Z.), Ltd.  Mr. Takahashi has previously served in a number of overseas posts: Mitsui & Co. UK,  Plc. (1987-1988); Mitsui USA New York Office as Asst. General Manager of the Mitsui USA Ferrous Raw Materials Dept. (1993-98), and later SVP & General Manager Ferrous Raw Metals and Non-ferrous Metals Division (2006-2007). From 2008-2010, he was Chief Administrative Officer of the Mitsui Americas Business Unit. Mr. Takahashi is a graduate of Keio University (B.A. Law) and completed the Program for Global Leadership at Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA,  in 2000.


Joseph Taylor serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s North American branding, marketing, sales, manufacturing, service, and R&D operations. He is also Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation, which is based in Osaka, Japan. A 33-year Panasonic veteran, he has held a number of executive positions within the company andrepresents Panasonic on numerous boards and educational initiatives, such as the Board of Trustees at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Member of the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers, and Chairman of the Board for the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Company. He earned his undergraduate degree from LaSalle College (Philadelphia, PA) and holds a doctorate in engineering honoris causa from New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Masuo Yoshimatsu is President & CEO of NIDEC Americas Holding Corporation. He is also First Senior Vice President, NIDEC Corporation; Executive General Manager, Global PMI Promotion Division, Nidec Corporation; and Chairman of the Board, Nidec Europe B.V.   Prior to joining NIDEC Corporation in 2008, he was with Boehringer-Ingelheim Group, Japan, SS Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Japan, and Sun Microsystems Japan. Prior to that, he was with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation as a Finance Executive, during which he served overseas: in the U.K. for five years, Singapore for two years, and the U.S. for four years.   Included among his awards is selection as the best CFO in the Electronics/Components sector in All-Japan Executive Team ranking by Institutional Investor Magazine for four consecutive years—2013 up to 2016.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Macro Economics from Keio University in Japan and a MS in Management from Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.


Lunch Program


Arnold Donald is President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia serving 10 million guests annually. His professional career prior to Carnival has included the role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies; President and Chief Executive Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; Chairman of Merisant Company that produces the leading global low-calorie sweetener brands, Equal® and Canderel®; and Corporate Senior Vice-President at Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Other roles within Monsanto included President of the Consumer and Nutrition sector and President of the $4 billion plus agricultural sector, resulting in recognition by the agricultural industry as the 1996 Agri-Marketer of the Year. In November 1998, Mr. Donald was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the President’s Export Council (PEC) for international trade, and reappointed by President Bush in February 2003. He serves on a number of boards and is involved in local, national, and international organizations, both professional and civic. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.



Registration Information

Tickets are $150 each and include a networking breakfast with exhibitors, a morning break, lunch, and parking. Receive a discount with 8 tickets for $1,000 – you will be seated at your named table at the lunch. 

Reservations by Mail

Please contact the Boeing Institute of International Business for directions on making reservations without using the online system.    

Deadline and Refunds

This event fills to capacity. We will take reservations until space is no longer available.  Cancellations must be received by Friday, November 25, at 5 p.m. to be eligible for refund. If you make a reservation after that date, it is not refundable.

Conference Sponsorships

We are still accepting requests to become a sponsor of the 2016 Monsanto International Business Conference.  Each level receives eight event tickets and a named table at the luncheon. For information on added benefits at each level, call 314-977-3630 or email schneikl@slu.edu