In our fifth annual Pros to Know issue, Supply & Demand Chain Executive once again offers our readers a veritable Who's Who of leading executives across a variety of industries and from among the many functional departments that make up an enterprise's supply and demand chain. Some of the names on this year's listing are no doubt well-known, whether from their presentations at industry conferences or from the acclaim that their successes have received in the broader business community. In other cases, it will be our pleasure to introduce our readers to executives equally deserving of note for their accomplishments in the field.
This year we continue our year-old tradition of singling out one executive as our Practitioner of the Year. For 2005, Patricia J. Moser, vice president and chief procurement officer with Rogers Communications, is our top practitioner because of her efforts in promoting the strategic role of procurement and the supply chain within the enterprise, and her commitment to applying technology as an enabling tool to lift the supply chain out of the tactical and transform the function into a value-adding organization in today's dynamic corporation.
As always, it was no easy task this year to whittle the scores of Pros to Know nominations that we received down to this year's list. Our selection committee, comprised of the magazine's editorial staff, with assistance from our editorial advisory board, judged each candidate based on the criteria set forth in the submission forms, including personal efforts at enabling the supply chain or educating colleagues, recognition from the broader supply chain community, and general philosophy regarding the application of technology to enable supply chain processes.
What is the common quality that unites all of this year's Pros to Know? Leadership — whether they are spearheading supply chain transformation initiatives to give their own enterprises a competitive edge, working with other organizations to introduce critical process changes or deploy new technologies, or driving advances in the hardware and software that are enabling new efficiencies in the supply and demand chain. Most important, Pros to Know lead by example, offering other supply and demand chain professionals a rich perspective and progressive attitude toward new and emerging technologies. We are certain that they will continue to lead the industry to new heights in the year ahead.
2005 Practitioner of the Year
Patricia J. Moser, Vice President & CPO, Rogers Communications Inc. In an interview last year with Supply & Demand Chain Executive ("Selling Transformation," June/July 2004), Patricia Moser offered what seemed, at the time, like a bold prediction: "Instead of having chief financial officers or chief information officers or the top marketing people ending up being the CEOs of organizations, you're going to start seeing chief procurement officers moving into those roles." Less than a year later, Moser turns out to have been all too prescient, as Japanese automaker Toyota announced in early February that its top purchasing executive, Katsuaki Watanabe, would take over as the company's president after having racked up a record of achieving $9.45 billion in cost savings over three years.
While clairvoyance would be a handy attribute for any purchasing executive, in this case Moser's prescience more likely stems from her own view of how procurement and supply chain management have evolved in recent years. "When I got into the supply chain profession way too long ago, it just wasn't the sexy place to be," she explains. "But I was drawn by the fact that when you're in operations, materials management and supply chain, you inherently have to understand the organization as a whole. Supply chain requires an understanding of the markets and marketing, of finance, of negotiating. It is a full-scope profession. That's why now you have business schools actually teaching supply chain, as opposed to ignoring it." And why more and more enterprises, Moser believes, will turn to their top supply chain executives to take over the helm as presidents and CEOs.