2011 Pros to Know

Honoring leaders turning their supply chains into strategic differentiators in the 'New Normal'


Mariano Legaz, Vice President, Supply Chain Services — Verizon
Mariano Legaz, working closely with the President of Verizon Services Operations, leads one of the most impactful cost reduction programs in the company. His strategy has been to collaborate with suppliers in the execution of strategic sourcing initiatives, work closely with stakeholders to achieve early buy-in to supply chain programs, and to continuously seek alignment with broader business objectives.

Michael Lennon, Senior Director of Infrastructure, Pepsi Beverage Co.
Lennon identified three areas to be addressed at Pepsi: Service, Operational Excellence and Growth. A new program called DSD Transformation transforms the current warehousing and distribution model by investing in highly automated work centers and moving 75-85 percent of the delivery-vehicle load building upstream from the satellite warehouses and DCs back to centralized automated work centers.

John McCain, Program Manager, Charge Card Service Center Program Office, United States Department of Agriculture
McCain oversaw a collaborative effort between USDA and U.S. Bank to develop a series of custom program management reports aimed at reducing fraud, increasing rebates and ensuring greater compliance. Rebates increased by six figures in the first year of implementation, and check fees dropped by a similar amount.

Brian McCarthy, Vice President of Operations, Nature's Best
McCarthy and his team led a supply chain transformation by implementing Manhattan Associates solutions. After making the transition to a new facility and implementing process training, Nature's Best saw a 75 percent reduction in product handling by staff, 66 percent labor reduction, a 114 percent increase in productivity, and an 11 percent increase in on-time deliveries.

Tom Paolucci, Director of Distribution, Smart & Final Stores, LLC
Paolucci challenges members of his team to be in a "comfortably uncomfortable" state, which implies that they are appropriately challenged and constantly growing. A key focus in the Smart and Final DC is associate engagement — striving to help each and every member of the DC team know that he/she is truly valued, that his/her contribution is truly valued, and that he/she feels part of something larger than themselves.

Harvinder Sembhi, Chief Procurement Officer, Celestica
Sembhi believes that being able to tailor unique supply chain solutions for distinctive customer requirements is what sets Celestica apart from its competition. He focuses on developing supplier partnerships that enable Celestica to deliver the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCOO™) to its customers and enabling a supply chain that drives speed, flexibility and responsiveness.

Robin Simons, Senior Director, Indirect Procurement, Loblaw
Simons led the implementation of Iasta's SmartSource SRM to assist Loblaw with e-auctions. Loblaw has embraced the new visibility the tool has enabled, particularly into the details of current contracts and contracts that should be established.

Mike Sparks, Director of Supply Chain Systems, Urban Outfitters
Mike Sparks is responsible for ensuring the overall success of Urban Outfitter's supply chain during a strong period of growth. Under Sparks' leadership, Urban Outfitters went live with Manhattan Associates' software and has seen a 35 percent reduction in total labor, an 80 percent reduction in manifesting and invoicing processes, a 66 percent reduction in turn time through receiving — from three days to less than 24 hours — to a 60 percent rise in putaway efficiency.

Ben Stewart, Enterprise Applications Manager, Inteva Products, Inc.
When Inteva was launched in 2008, one of its most pressing challenges was developing processes and systems to manage a supplier network of approximately 2,500 companies. Inteva implemented a Web-based Supplier Quality Management (SQM) system. Stewart's team then fully integrated that SQM portal into the company's SaaS ERP system at 14 locations in just 12 months. Integrated with the Web-based supplier portal, Inteva and its suppliers can now track quality and delivery through the supply chain, globally.

David Thurston, Associate Vice President for Financial Operations, Emory University
In the past four years, David Thurston has elevated the role of procurement to a higher level of visibility and impact at Emory University. The organization moved from an environment with little control over procurement transactions to a dramatic procurement transformation through his leadership in strategic sourcing and e-procurement initiatives.

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