Ronald D. Southard, president and CEO of Intesource (www.intesource.com), a provider of sourcing solutions for the retail/grocery market, has promoted the role of Supply Chain and the sourcing process in the retail industry, lobbying executives at industry leaders to drive awareness, urgency and action in the largest area affecting profitability: cost of goods and services.
Jim Wetekamp, vice president of consulting and solution strategy at supply management solution provider Verticalnet (www.verticalnet.com), has led educational efforts on global sourcing, supply risk management and supplier performance management, hosting seminars to promote best practices in these areas and helping Supply Management organizations benchmark themselves against their industry peers.
George Abernathy, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at lead logistics provider Transplace (www.transplace.com), believes that although Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation have too long been "mushrooms" in organizations, ignored and kept in the dark, strategically supply chain issues can now impact corporate direction as much as any other function. With technology now providing value where manual processes previously ruled the day, Supply Chain needs a seat at the table to ensure that the necessary enabling projects are funded to provide for continuous improvements.
Subhash Chowdary, CEO of Aankhen Inc. (www.aankhen.com), provider of a global procurement and logistics cost management software platform, brings to the table firsthand experience managing manufacturing operations at large multinational enterprises. At Apple Computer he coauthored key technologies that enable the smooth operation of supply chains, and today he is promoting "Supply Chain 2.0," a transformation of the supply chain driven by what he has dubbed "Shouldbe Cost" for the management of financial supply chains and "one truth" visibility for the supply chain.
Gary Girotti, vice president with the Transportation Practice at supply chain consultancy Chainalytics (www.chainalytics.com), has been a pioneer in logistics, developing innovative approaches that have been instrumental in educating senior management on the importance of a coordinated and optimized supply chain. His focus on logistics best practices and benchmarks has helped Transportation move from a cost center to a strategic imperative.
Rene' Jones, founder of Total Logistics Solutions (www.logisticsociety.com), a supply chain consulting company focused on the warehouse, has extended his efforts to promote the value of supply chain management beyond the C-level suite and into the community, creating educational programs for high school students in addition to his Web seminars and podcasts that highlight the impact that the supply chain has on all our lives on a daily basis. The author of the seminal book This Place Sucks! What Your Warehouse Employees Think about Your Company and How to Change Their Perception!, Jones is a high school basketball official who uses his knowledge and cool head to calm players and CEO's alike.
Gerald McNerney, senior director, transportation, distribution and logistics solutions at Motorola — through its acquisition of Symbol Technologies (www.symbol.com) — is a frequent speaker at industry trade conferences, user group meetings and executive conferences, highlighting Supply Chain's critical role in allowing enterprises to conduct their business in a profitable manner while ensuring that customer service expectations are met.
Mark Millar wears two hats as honorary chairman of the China Supply Chain Council (www.supplychain.cn ) and also as director of strategic business development at UPS Supply Chain Solutions (www.ups-scs.com), based at the Asia-Pacific regional headquarters in Hong Kong. He has continuously promoted the strategic importance and relevance of Supply Chain within the enterprise and throughout industry, trade and commerce at the more than 50 international industry conferences that he has chaired or attended as a speaker.
Dr. Nissim Ozer, chief technology officer at RF Code (www.rfcode.com), a developer of real-time location and sensor solutions, has done much to promote the value that Supply Chain can bring to the table through the deployment of hybrid real-time location systems that incorporate a variety of different technologies, including active and passive radio frequency identification (RFID), remote sensors, mesh networks and a broad variety of auto-identification devices.