Robert A. Rudzki, president, Greybeard Advisors LLC (www.greybeardadvisors.com), says it is imperative for Supply Chain to be recognized as a strategic function because it can be the difference between near-term success and failure of an enterprise. He has provided leadership during his corporate career, exemplifying the role and impact that the chief supply officer and his/her organization can have in enhancing corporate performance; sharing best practices with other CPOs through peer meetings, conference presentations, and private conversations and mentoring; and evangelizing about the importance of supply chain and how to achieve its potential in both top-line and bottom-line improvements.
Patricia Moser-Stern, president, i3 Advantage Inc. (www.i3advantage.com), realized years ago that in the 21st century Supply Chain would be the linchpin in the corporate machinery. From customer need to the fulfillment of that need – that is what Supply Chain is today. Besides helping clients transform their individual supply chains, Moser-Stern is a tireless advocate of Supply Chain, speaking at many conferences, writing for magazines and now teaching workshops for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada in Leadership and Professionalism, and soon a workshop in Communications and Relationships.
Tim Cummins, CEO, leads IACCM, the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (www.iaccm.com), a non-profit that works with corporations, public and academic bodies to provide thought-leadership and understanding of "best practice" contracting and relationship standards, bringing cross-industry, multi-country experience to the role, having worked as a top negotiator and business development executive. His writing is extensively published and he acts in an advisory capacity to senior corporate management and bodies that include the United Nations and government departments in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan.