2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know

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


Dana Mathes, Corporate Director, Environmental, Health, & Safety Operations, Dow Chemical. In overseeing Dow's complex worldwide logistics network as Global Supply Chain Director of Logistics Operations at Dow, Mathes helped shape and implement the chemical company's Supply Chain Sustainability Strategy. His leadership has successfully improved the safety, security and resiliency of Dow's global supply chain. He moved into his new position as Corporate Director, EH&S Operations in July 2007. Lawrence Cresci has been named as his successor. ["Disaster-proofing the Supply Chain," April/May, 2007, www.sdcexec.com/9477.]

Barbara Myers, Manager of Central Processing, Greif, Inc. Myers is helping to transform and automate A/P at the company by automating invoicing processes through a global B2B e-invoicing network that connects Greif to its supply base. ["A/P Becomes Strategic," June/July 2007, www.sdcexec.com/9695.]

Janan Johnson, Director of Procurement for Corporate Services, GlaxoSmithKline. Johnson has headed up a project to drive greater end user adoption and bottom line savings in the area of travel and entertainment spending at the pharmaceutical giant. ["All Aboard for Savings," August/September 2007, www.sdcexec.com/9833.]

Kai Abelkis, Environmental Coordinator, Boulder Community Hospital. Heading a program to find ways to "reduce, reuse and recycle" goods and materials procurement by the hospital's employees, Abelkis' efforts have helped meet "green" goals and reduced the facility's environmental impact, but also driven bottom-line cost savings. ["Building the Green Supply Chain," October/November 2007, www.sdcexec.com/10015.]

Robert Engle, Vice President of Supply Chain, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. When a fresh foods health scare hit the headlines in 2006, Engle acted quickly to ensure that Dole's supply chain was safe and secure. Dole subsequently was named "Shipper of the Year" by NASSTRAC, the National Shipper's Strategic Transportation Council. ["Dole Recognized for Cutting-edge Supply Chain Visibility," December 2007/January 2008, www.sdcexec.com/10117.]

Kimball International's Sourcing Team: Jane Vogler, John Barwe, Glynn Staten, Bob Price, Ben Russell, Myron Lampert, Rob Young, Stan Schneider, Werner Bender, Larry Quade and Lara Dickerson. In the 21st century supply chain, training and skills development will provide a competitive edge when it comes to generating ideas and innovations. When Director of Global Supply Chain Management Bob Price began leading the transformation of sourcing at the Office Furniture Group of Kimball International two years ago, he quickly put into place five initiatives, including supplier relationship management, category management planning, commodity councils, strategic sourcing and globalization target setting, and, importantly, training and skills development. By Price's reckoning, the five initiatives that sourcing undertook have allowed it to increase the team's net impact on Kimball's bottom line (commodity increases-decreases less savings) from $200,000 in 2005 to more than $2.2 million in 2006, all with very little investment and no increase in staff. Saving projects implemented in 2006 accounted for $8.6 million, versus $5 million for the previous year. And the team generated creative cost reduction ideas valued at $4.4 million last year. ["Building a Strategic Supply Management Team," August/September 2007, www.sdcexec.com/9832.]

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Mike Anguiano and Rajesh Voddiraju, co-CEOs, CVM Solutions (www.cvmsolutions.com), are big proponents of supplier diversity, having helped to open doors to it for over half of the Fortune 500. They use CVM's supplier database to help clients understand their suppliers and spend, reduce spend, increase/protect revenue and manage risk in their supply chains. And they assert that companies can efficiently manage their supplier diversity programs and supply chain solutions in order to save money, adhere to governmental regulations and advocate diverse supplier utilization.

Jay Baitler, the executive vice president, Staples Contract Division, Staples, Inc. (www.staples.com) is no stranger to innovation and leadership. Under his guidance, Staples is currently helping clients adopt "green procurement" best practices through the introduction of the office product industry's first online catalog for contract customers, as well as providing eco-friendly office products and environment reporting to heighten awareness of the benefits of such purchases.

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