Burton M. Goldfield, CEO of on-demand spend management solutions provider Ketera Technologies (www.ketera.com), has worked to educate the industry on the importance of supply chain efficiency and effectiveness to the bottom line, and he has focused attention on how technology can enable Supply Chain to serve a more strategic role within the enterprise.
Dr. Robert Handfield, Bank of America Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, founded and directs the Supply Chain Resource Consortium at NCSU (scrc.ncsu.edu), offering a program that brings the industry into the classroom to involve students, faculty and member companies in the process of finding solutions to real industry problems, creating more enlightened corporate professionals and shaping the next generation of supply chain leaders.
Albert Jacobs III, vice president of procurement solutions stalwart Puridiom (www.puridiom.com), brings to the table 20 years of experience educating organization on strategic ways to overcome their spend management challenges and increase savings, turning procurement into a competitive advantage. He has tirelessly advanced the cause of supply chain enablement and helped Procurement understand how technology can be leveraged to gain a more strategic position within the enterprise.
Tim McEneny, president and CEO of PurchasingNet (www.purchasingnet.com), a provider of e-payables and e-procurement solutions, is credited with pioneering electronic purchasing with the creation of the first-ever PC-based automated purchasing system (in 1981), the first-ever Windows-based software package for purchasing departments (1991) and the first-ever commercially available Web-based e-procurement software package (1997). Today, he continues to preach the value that Procurement can bring to the organization as strategic members of the management team, including through frequent speaking engagements before industry audiences.
Milap Shah, senior director with supply chain technology and consulting firm Global eProcure (www.globaleprocure.com), works to keep Supply Chain on the agenda in the boardroom, presenting on Supply Chain's strategic value before executive audiences, sharing his views at leading business schools and professional events and addressing key concerns about such topics as procurement outsourcing, low-cost country sourcing and procurement process re-engineering at the CFO and CPO level.
Jai Shekhawat, CEO and co-founder of contingent workforce management and services procurement software company Fieldglass (www.fieldglass.com), has worked to highlight the impact of globalization on the human capital supply chain, promoting a vision for progressive global workforce management. Shekhawat believes that the human capital supply chain should be recognized as a strategic function within the enterprise due to the major implications of the tightening U.S. labor market.
Steve Simko, vice president of operations at procurement services provider ICG Commerce (www.icgcommerce.com), has pioneered and promoted the concept of outsourced "buying centers" that let enterprises focus their procurement staff on higher-level, more strategic activities and achieve greater control of their tactical purchasing activities, increasing the enterprises' ability to deliver bottom-line savings.
Bilal Soylu, chief technology officer at Verian Technologies (www.verian.com), a provider of purchase-to-pay solutions, promotes the role of Supply Chain in enabling enterprises to make their "four walls" become more transparent to their suppliers, customers and trading partners — thus enabling increased velocity throughout the value chain — while maintaining insight and control of their own processes.