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Wednesday, June 17

10:15am EDT

Session 1 - Ensuring Product Safety in the age of COVID 19 (Sponsored by Covington & Burling LLP)
Ongoing product manufacturing/challenges of adapting product lines to meet changing demand/supply chain issues/meeting  product safety regulations and requirements (globally)/ timely testing of products being sold

Moderator & Speaker
avatar for Boaz Green

Boaz Green

Counsel, Keller and Heckman LLP
Boaz Green practices in the areas of product safety and consumer protection, assisting on regulatory compliance, enforcement and policy questions. In his product safety practice, Mr. Green counsels clients on risk management and product safety strategies, responses to allegations... Read More →

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Susan Kirsch

Director, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, RILA
Susan Kirsch leads RILA’s Consumer Products and Environmental Compliance Committees and supports RILA’s advocacy and engagement with stakeholders and regulators at the federal and state levels. Prior to joining RILA in early 2020, she served as a Government Affairs advisor at... Read More →
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Marc Shelley

Global Director of Litigation, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Marc Shelley is the Global Director of Litigation & Risk Management at AB InBev, based in New York City. He oversees all aspects of litigation management for the global parent company, including product liability, employment and intellectual property. Before moving in-house, Marc... Read More →
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Michael Lynch

Managing Consultant, Intertek Assurance
Michael Lynch is a seasoned medical device product development professional with over 30 years in the field. His experience spans a diverse range of products from high volume disposable drug delivery systems to orthopedic implants as well as electromechanical capital equipment. Michael... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:10am EDT
Virtual Meeting

11:15am EDT

Session 2 - Reporting Product Hazards Globally: International Perspectives
Product regulators around the world are showing increased interest in product safety reporting together with appetite for enforcement when those reporting obligations are not met. Against that backdrop, international manufacturers, distributors and importers of consumer products find themselves navigating what can seem to be a evermore complicated and fast moving set of global reporting obligations, striving to meet global regulators’ expectations in these areas.  Join us to explore different perspectives on the subject of reporting from both international regulators and industry representatives, including what regulators are expecting of businesses, the roles regulators play, how we are seeing regulators work together and share information internationally and how the unique challenges of COVID-19 may or may not impacted what we are seeing.

Moderator & Speaker
avatar for Claire Temple

Claire Temple

Special Counsel, Cooley LLP
Claire Temple is a Special Counsel in our product compliance and liability team. She specialises in advising clients on regulatory risk, compliance and litigation issues. She helps clients who deal with products and consumers. Claire works with them to help bring both digital and... Read More →

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Vanja Lane

Senior Counsel, Midea
Vanja Lane is Senior Counsel with Midea, a Global Fortune 500 corporation in the Home Appliance and Robotics industry. As an attorney Vanja has developed extensive experience serving as counsel to leading consumer goods corporations. Vanja has enjoyed a long standing membership with... Read More →
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Pinuccia Contino

Head of Unit, “Product Safety and Rapid Alert System”, European Commission
Pinuccia Contino is the Head of Product Safety and Rapid Alert System in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission (DG JUST). In this capacity, among other things, she is working on emerging issues such as connected devices and cybersecurity, on... Read More →
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Leah Wade Ippolito

Attorney/Supervisor, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Leah is in her ninth year at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, serving as a Supervisory Attorney in the Office of Compliance’s newly created Enforcement and Litigation Division. In this role, Leah supervises attorneys and compliance officers as they investigate consumer products... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2020 11:15am - 12:10pm EDT
Virtual Meeting

12:30pm EDT

Session 3 - Product Safety: A Shared Responsibility
Deep dive into what each other responsibilities are during the crisis.  How do you maintain a consistent product safety scheme when other priorities keep coming to the forefront?

Moderator & Speaker
avatar for Travis Norton

Travis Norton

Technical Director, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc.
Travis has been with BV for more than 20 years. As the Director of Global Technical Services in the Americas region, he leads and manages a technical consultation team. Previously, he was the Director of Technical Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, he lived... Read More →

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Kami Snowbarger

Director of Product Safety and Recalls, Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc.,
Kami has been with Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc. since it began franchising in 2004. Just Between Friends (JBF) is North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event franchise with over 150 locations across thirty states. Kami stands out as... Read More →
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John Kupsch

Chief Product Compliance Officer, Party City Holdings
John Kupsch is Senior Vice President of Party City Holdings, Inc. (PCHI) and Chief Product Compliance Officer located in Elmsford, New York, and is responsible for global product safety and quality assurance. PCHI’s business includes the design, manufacturing, distribution, and... Read More →
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Brett Horn

Consumer Representative, Charlie's House
Brett is the founder and current Board Chairman of Charlie's House, a 501c-3 organization dedicated to preventing accidents and injuries to children in and around the home. Charlie's House was named in memory of Brett's son who was tragically killed in 2007 when a clothing dresser... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:25pm EDT
Virtual Meeting

1:30pm EDT

Session 4 - Development and Maintenance of an In-House Safety Program: From Sourcing to Selling to Marketplace and Post Sale Monitoring (Sponsored by Cooley, LLP)
The panel will focus on key elements in building/maintaining/rebuilding Safety Programs, from the points of view of manufacturers, retailers, and consumer advocates.  We will look at common elements of “turnaround” programs, various organizational structures, the importance of a “Culture of Safety/Compliance” 

Moderator & Speaker
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David Kosnoff

Vice President Quality Assurance, Hasbro Inc.
David Kosnoff is Vice President Quality Assurance for Hasbro, Inc. Based in Rhode Island, USA, he leads teams responsible for Reliability Engineering, Vendor Quality Management, Product Regulatory and Technical Standards, and Chemical Management. Mr. Kosnoff is a mechanical engineer... Read More →

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Don Mays

Chief Safety and Quality Officer, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Don Mays is Chief Safety and Quality Officer at Samsung Electronics America where he has oversight of enterprise quality and product safety. He works to identify and mitigate product risks to Samsung, its customers, and consumers. Most recently Don was Managing Director at Deloitte... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Shecter

Jennifer Shecter

Senior Director, Content Impact & Outreach, Consumer Reports
Jennifer is a seasoned strategist with 20+ years experience communicating complex consumer issues. Currently works in Content and helps lead outreach to manufacturers, partners, and other stakeholders to achieve marketplace change.  

Wednesday June 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Virtual Meeting

2:45pm EDT

Session 5 - The New Norm? Selling Products Online During the Time of COVID 19
With the rise of online sales of numerous types of consumer products during the time of Covid-19, this panel will explore the challenges and opportunities in delivering safe and compliant products to consumers. Topics will include supply chain challenges, testing and certification, consumer demand and expectations, as well as a discussion of compliance and enforcement issues.

Moderator & Speaker
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Dennis Blasius

President, Blasius Consulting LLC
Dennis Blasius – After 30 years with the federal government, including many years as the Director of  the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Office of Compliance and Field Operations Investigations Division, Dennis started a consultancy working with manufacturers... Read More →

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Mike Carson

Director for Global Regulatory and Policy Management, eBay
Mike Carson is the Director for Global Regulatory and Policy Management at eBay.  In this role, Mike is responsible for developing and implementing policies to effectively manage eBay’s regulatory, industry and brand risks and working with global regulators, law enforcement, NGOs... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Gillice

Michelle Gillice

Counsel, Arnold & Porter
Michelle has extensive experience as a product safety lawyer, both in private practice and for more than 9 years at CPSC. She assists companies with regulatory compliance at all stages of a product’s life cycle. Michelle represents manufacturers, distributors, importers, and retailers... Read More →
avatar for Tod Cole

Tod Cole

Vice President, Quality Assurance, Williams-Sonoma
Tod Cole is the Vice President of Corporate Quality Assurance and Product Safety for Williams-Sonoma Inc. He has 30+ years of Operations/Quality Management, Design and Marketing experience with the Toy, Juvenile and Apparel industries.  Tod currently leads the team that provides... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Weintraub

Rachel Weintraub

General Counsel, Consumer Federation of America
Rachel Weintraub is the Legislative Director and General Counsel for Consumer Federation of America (CFA). Previously, she was the Director of Product Safety. Rachel has worked with Consumer Federation of America since 2002. Her primary focus is advocacy on product safety issues... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:40pm EDT
Virtual Meeting