2011 Pros to Know

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


John P. Willi, Director, Materials Management, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.
Because it is essential for medical professionals to have instant access to supplies, Willi and his team initiated adoption of a VMI system. Working with their most critical suppliers, they decreased inventory levels by up to 50 percent. Some suppliers were able to stabilize their inventory while experiencing a 20 percent increase in demand. The program resulted in more than $1 million in savings and significantly strengthened supplier collaboration.

Mike Williams, Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing — Energy, OfficeMax, Inc.
Williams is implementing best practice applications to help capitalize on supply market opportunities as part of OfficeMax's strategy to drive value through cost leadership, innovation and revenue realization. OfficeMax recently has undertaken a Procurement Transformation with the help of Iasta's software platforms and the Iasta Consulting Group. Using SmartAnalytics, OfficeMax completed an analysis project on $2.2 billion in spend, and almost 97 percent of OfficeMax's supplier contracts have been identified and cataloged.

Clinton Wood, Senior Level Supply Chain Manager, BP, PLC
Supply chain leaders at BP played a critical leadership role in the company's efforts following the Macondo incident. It soon became clear that the size and scope of the spill would require a new approach for the most critical and constrained resources. Wood's role was to establish and lead a supply chain organization that was responsive, flexible and adaptable. While aspects of some of these supply chains existed, they were too small. In many cases capacity had to be scaled upwards of 1,000 percent in a matter of days.

2011 PRACTITIONER PRO TO KNOW — TEAM RECIPIENTS

The Team from Volt Information Sciences, Inc.

  • Hae Sebes, Vice President, Diversity Solutions
  • Joanne Roth, Vice President of Procurement (CPO) and EPMO
  • Pat Damrow, Vice President, Quality Management

The Volt team has led the company's 12 business units to advancing supply chain diversity, cost containment and process improvements. They accomplished their task with a series of initiatives to centralize and consolidate diversity efforts, share data and resources, and support and mentor diversity partners. Using Six Sigma methodologies, they spearheaded formation of Volt's Corporate Procurement Council, which focuses on supplier relationship management, instituting enterprise-wide procurement policies and corporate oversight of supply chain spend, while achieving cost efficiencies across the enterprise. Other initiatives that impact Volt's supply chain include initiating the Quality Council, a guiding coalition of more than 20 Volt leaders from all business units to broaden cross-divisional collaboration on global quality initiatives.

More Practitioner Teams

Navistar — Ed Melching, Director, Global Logistics, Navistar; Neal Cunningham, Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Engineering, Navistar; Jeff Rivera, Account Director, Menlo Worldwide Logistics; Ben Bauman, Global Logistics Operations Manager, Navistar; Greg Steen, Strategy Manager, Navistar; Bryan McMahon, Finance Manager, Navistar; Mike Greene, Operations Director, Menlo Worldwide Logistics; and Josh Mosgrove, Finance Director, Menlo Worldwide Logistics.

Oxbo International Corporation — David Hogan, Don Britt and Karen Vasser.

Safelite Glass Corp. — Michael T. Bradsher, Director of Accounting/Manufacturing & Distribution Controller; with Kemp Edwards, DC Manager ; Bobby W. Sanders, Jr., IT Support; Andy Scott, DC Shift Manager; Robert Tyner, Inventory Control Specialist; John Moore, IT (Retired); and Randy McCombs, IT.

UGL Services — William (Bill) Portuese, Senior Director of Procurement; with George Doolin, Purchasing Systems and Category Manager; Jeff Malin, Purchasing Category Manager; Greg Zifcak, Purchasing Category Manager; and Jannat Kiyemba, Purchasing Assistant.

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2011 PROVIDER PROS TO KNOW

Gene Averill, President & CEO, Avercast, LLC — Averill has long been on the leading edge of forecasting science and practice, and he continued his commitment to innovation by launching a forecasting and demand planning system 30 years after he entered the forecasting software business.

Joey Benadretti, President, SYSPRO USA — Benadretti believes that the recession will be the catalyst for even the smallest manufacturers and distributors to abandon spreadsheet-based tools and deploy the solutions necessary for the agility to adjust more rapidly to market conditions.

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