2007 Pros to Know

Honoring supply chain leaders driving strategic transformation


Jim Parker, chief technology officer at warehouse management and fulfillment systems provider Supplier Systems Corporation (www.suppliersystems.com), cited as one of the founders of the electronic data interchange (EDI) industry in North America, promotes the vision of a rational, seamless and visible supply chain, from supplier through to end customer, with the supply chain strategically poised to manage the smooth flow of the goods — and information about the goods — that ensure the success of the broader enterprise.

Ann S. Price, president and CEO of supply chain execution software provider Motek (www.motek.com), has made it her personal mission to ensure broader recognition for the corporate heroes that are working to enable their companies warehouse and fulfillment operations. Her "new paradigm for the relationship between the organization and the employees" has been featured in the book Lean and Meaningful, A New Culture for Corporate America by Roger E. Herman and Joyce L. Gioia.

Jim Smith, president of Avnet Logistics (logistics.avnet.com), the global logistics organization of electronics distributor Avnet, led the realignment of the company's logistics organization into a centralized, single global operation, making logistics a core competency of Avnet's business to the extent that the company launched Avnet Logistics as a 3PL business unit. In a world where top executives all too often are distant from the frontline staff members that keep operations humming, Smith still personally takes customers on tours of company warehouses, and he knows almost all of his 1,600 employees by name.

Rick Tucker, vice president of product development with LeanLogistics (www.leanlogistics.com), which offers a hosted transportation management system, has spent 25 years of experience working to enable business processes, including 15 years focused on transportation, warehousing and supply chain. He has worked to help industry executives understand how they can overcome the typical challenges facing enablement projects in the transportation sector, including a reluctance to adopt new technologies, so Supply Chain can fulfill its strategic role of connecting business partners throughout the supply network.

Mark Wick, co-founder and senior vice president of engineering at Blue Agave Software (www.blueagavesoft.com), a provider of replenishment and fulfillment solutions for the consumer goods industry, believes that with the availability of point-of-sale (POS), RFID and other real-time data signals, retailers and their consumer goods suppliers have an unprecedented opportunity to unite the retail supply chain from the store all the way back to the manufacturer, elevating the profile of the supply chain within the entire organization.

Consulting/Analysis/Education

Andrew Bartolini, Vance Checketts and Vishal Patel constitute the Global Supply Management Team at industry analyst firm Aberdeen Group (www.aberdeen.com). Together they have helped bring renewed focus on elevating Procurement by providing high-level best-practices research and benchmarking, as well as planning and hosting last year's CPO Summit, which brought together procurement executives from 136 different companies across industries to share ideas about the increasingly strategic role of Procurement.

Pat Bower, Supply Chain Planning Practice manager with supply chain management consulting services firm Plan4Demand (www.plan4demand.com), is a prolific writer on demand planning issues (as well as architect of Plan4Demand's Demand Curve Analyzer and Demand Excellence model), with articles appearing in a variety of industry publications, including Supply & Demand Chain Executive (October/November 2006). As Plan4Demand CEO Lisa M. Kustra says, "Pat's articles, presentations and workshops help industry leaders not only understand and embrace complex supply chain issues but also capture strategic value for their own businesses."

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