Before they became consultants and software company executives, many Provider Pros started by working in the trenches, learning their supply chain craft and honing their supply management skills as executives at leading companies. These Pros know firsthand the challenges facing today's supply chain leaders, and today their experience helps their customers understand how to raise the profile of Supply Chain within the enterprise. Supply & Demand Chain Executive recognizes the following 2007 "Former Practitioner" Pros to Know for their contributions to transforming the image of Supply Chain in the corporate environment.
Dave Gleditsch, chief technology officer for Pelion Systems (www.pelionsystems.com), a provider of lean flow automation software for manufacturers, cut his teeth on Lean while he was corporate vice president of manufacturing technology at American Standard. His teams led flow manufacturing implementations at 85 plants around the world, and he also headed the company's Six Sigma rollout enterprise-wide, delivering better customer service and faster time-to-market — and elevating Supply Chain to be a strategic function within the company.
Mary Beth Green, director of account management with advanced sourcing technology provider CombineNet (www.combinenet.com), pioneered e-sourcing initiatives while working with a large pharmaceutical, chemical and healthcare company as a strategy consultant for new technology, as well as managing the implementation of an ERP system that laid the foundation for enterprise-wide visibility into the supply chain. Her efforts have been instrumental in proving the importance of advanced technologies within the strategic functions of supply chains.
Richard McCluney, vice president of account operations at E2open (www.e2open.com), which provides software infrastructure services for business partner integration in the electronics industry, brings 20 years of operations and supply chain management experience to his job, including seven years at Solectron in senior materials and supply chain management positions with the global contract manufacturer. Today he leverages that experience to educate the broader executive community on transforming and simplifying their global supply chains.
Robert A. Rudzki, president and CEO of supply management consultancy Greybeard Advisors (www.greybeardadvisors.com), exemplified the role and impact that the chief supply officer can have in improving corporate performance while holding top-level Procurement positions at Bayer Corp. and Bethlehem Steel Corp. A frequent public speaker, evangelizing the importance of Supply Chain and how to achieve its potential in both top-line and bottom-line improvements, Rudzki most recently authored "Beat the Odds: Avoid Corporate Death and Build a Resilient Enterprise" — which Lee Iacocca has called "the playbook every manager should read to be sure of winning beyond the next few quarters" — and co-authored J. Ross Publishing's new book "On-demand Supply Management."
Jim Schoessling, vice president of supply chain services with on-demand supply chain management solutions provider Click Commerce (www.clickcommerce.com), spent seven years within Lucent's Supply Chain Networks division, where he learned how an effective supply chain can be used as a competitive weapon and leveraged by sales teams, rather than being looked upon as "just the cost of doing business." Schoessling led the implementation of a global visibility and warehouse management platform that enabled Lucent to more effectively manage its expanding outsourced network of suppliers, as well as cut operating costs, reduce expedited shipments and achieve a 49 percent reduction in overall logistics cycle time.
Jeffrey Wincel, principal partner with lean supply chain management specialist LSC Consulting Group (www.lscconsultinggroup.com) got firsthand experience managing supply operations for Donnelly Corporation and TRW-Vehicle Safety Systems, among other companies, before moving on to the consulting side. His book Lean Supply Chain Management: A Handbook for Strategic Procurement is considered a groundbreaking work in bringing together lean manufacturing methodologies and supply chain management.