2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know

Honoring supply chain leaders building their companies' 21st century supply chains


Ryder Daniels, president and chief solutions officer, JVKellyGroup, Inc. (www.jvkg.com), has transformed the way companies leverage complex data to make timely decisions in areas such as supplier performance management, risk, spend analysis, business process management and marketing intelligence. He has helped design a flexible dashboard solution in which clients can readily change what metrics they're monitoring, while maintaining their original metrics in the background; the benefits have been measurable.

Aatish Dedhia, founder and CEO, Zycus Inc. (www.zycus.com), believes that companies must work to unlock the savings hidden in their e-business content. Dedhia has helped revolutionize the spend management space through the application of artificial intelligence for the automatic classification of spend data. He believes that technology solutions must be innovative but also easy to use to help organizations ensure faster savings and maximum ROI.

David Diamond, CEO, RockBlocks Group, Inc. (www.rockblocks.com), sees the 21st century supply chain as the bridge between business leaders and the supplier community. Diamond believes that modern technology should be agile and nimble enough to adapt to dynamic market conditions and business rules, while still advancing social responsibility. He has used his industry knowledge to create tools that help retailers realize new revenue streams, such as private label collections, and eliminate slow, costly and outdated supply processes.

Charles Dominick, SPSM, president of Next Level Purchasing, Inc., (www.nextlevelpurchasing.com), developed the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification Program, which has helped supply chain professionals throughout the world learn the techniques necessary to deliver measurable results to their employers as well as how to communicate those results within their organizations. Graduates of the SPSM Certification Program report an increased ability to reduce costs, improve operations and manage risk.

Nancy A. DuFresne, client executive, DSSI, LLC (www.directsourcing.com), applies industry knowledge gained through 20 years of experience in the purchasing management field, including a stint with General Motors and 14 years with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), to her work helping companies such as Federal-Mogul, Inc. (FMI) tackle indirect procurement outsourcing programs.

Michele J. Flynn, president, Expense Management Solutions, Inc. (www.expensemanagement.com), believes there is such a tremendous need for technology to support supply chain management that she actually started another company, Hiperos, to meet the need. She has also developed a comprehensive software platform that enables clients to track and manage compliance, supplier performance, and all other aspects of relationship governance, including market intelligence and demand management. Flynn also facilitates symposia for corporate executives to help them understand the importance of relationship management.

Sam Gadodia, chief financial officer and executive vice president, Global eProcure (www.globaleprocure.com), believes the 21st century supply chain should be driven by the use of the right blend of people, process and technology to make the supply-chain flexible and transparent. With the emergence of the SaaS technology model, he says, organizations can implement flexible technology on a modular basis at a fraction of the cost of an enterprise-based software solution. Putting his convictions into practice, Gadodia is using SaaS based Spend Management tools to help clients, including a global Fortune 500 company, drive efficiency through their sourcing supply chain across Europe and North America.

Jim Garcia, chief technology officer, Enporion (www.enporion.com), says that leading-edge corporations are beginning to focus on the potential benefits of integrating the financial supply chain with its physical supply chain counterpart. Garcia and his team have engaged with the corporate treasurer of a Fortune 500 customer to integrate these processes, ensuring the agreement of an entire commerce transaction from requisition to invoice to settlement. In addition, Garcia's work extends to and incorporates all sources and demands of cash such that the end result is an integrated view of a corporation's cash position.

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