2007 Pros to Know

Honoring supply chain leaders driving strategic transformation


John Reece, president and CEO of ClearOrbit (www.clearorbit.com), a provider of real-time supply chain execution solutions, has worked to increase recognition of Reverse Logistics as a strategic supply chain function within the enterprise, promoting the importance of managing returns effectively and demonstrating how companies can reduce costs and increase revenues by automating the returns process.

Extended Enterprise Gurus

In the past, many corporate leaders believed that the supply chain stopped at their factory gate or the loading dock of their stores. Today's leading C-level executives understand that they must view their suppliers as an integral part of their own "extended enterprises" if they are to survive in a "supply chain vs. supply chain" global economy. Supply & Demand Chain Executive recognizes the following 2007 Pros to Know — "Extended Enterprise Gurus" for their contribution to educating the industry on the integrated role that a strong, diverse supply chain plays in ensuring the long-term success of the enterprise.

Mike Anguiano, president data solutions for vendor management solution provider CVM Solutions (www.cvmsolutions.com), has been recognized in the industry for promoting world-class supplier diversity and supply management processes, and for spreading the word about the strategic benefits of diversifying the supply base. With the rapid rise of supplier diversity efforts in Corporate America, Anguiano's efforts are helping to highlight the importance of the supply management organization to meeting overall corporate goals.

Jim Frome, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for EDI outsourcing specialists SPS Commerce (www.spscommerce.com), promotes the need to leverage technology to enable all members of the supply chain — regardless of size, location or technical expertise — to connect with one another and securely share necessary business information, and he evangelizes the advantages of software-as-a-service to the strategic mission of the supply chain.

Mary Gallagher, vice president of global professional services with supplier management and procurement automation company SciQuest (www.sciquest.com), preaches that strong alignment is necessary between buying organizations and their suppliers to ensure that electronically enabled commerce produces the best results. e-Procurement, she believes, must be accompanied by a sound supplier strategy as part of a broader spend management strategy.

Raj Khoshoo, vice president of strategic initiatives at product lifecycle management solutions provider UGS (www.ugs.com), believes that companies are beginning to recognize the financial impact of engaging the entire supply chain as part of the product lifecycle, bringing product development, procurement and suppliers together to collaborate on design decisions. To meet this vision, Procurement must have an integral role in the product development process.

Michael Lyle, president and CEO of InfinityQS (www.infinityqs.com), a provider of statistical process control (SPC) software, evangelizes the need for Supply Chain to be recognized as a strategic function because businesses are becoming more and more reliant on their supply base to ensure product quality. He believes that companies must enable collaborative relationships with their suppliers to gain visibility into quality throughout the supply chain.

Rajan (Raj) Penkar, vice president for global solutions and implementation management at UPS Supply Chain Solutions (www.ups-scs.com), educates corporate leaders on the critical role of Supply Chain, demonstrating that it is more than a strategic function within the enterprise — it has the power to transform business by synchronizing vendors, suppliers and customers while helping companies improve operations and expand into new markets.

John R. Sharman, Jr. , president and CEO of Perfect Commerce (www.perfect.com), a provider of on-demand supplier relationship management solutions, advocates leveraging procurement best practices in combination with technical solutions to ensure that both buyers and suppliers benefit from supply management. Too much emphasis on one group and he believes the "system" will eventually fail.

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