2005 Pros to Know

Supply & Demand Chain Executive honors the practitioners and providers that have proved to be 2005's thought-leaders


Will Reilly, Solutions Executive, Ascential Software — In the 1990s helped to transform Big Blue's procurement operations from a fragmented group to a cohesive community in the largest deployment of e-procurement technology of its time.

Emily Rodriguez, Vice President, Program Management, eBoomerang Inc. — Evangelizer for improving the customer experience in the reverse logistics portion of supply chain, speaking and writing on the topic to a broad industry audience.

Tom Sanderson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Transplace — Helped create the logistics industry's first optimization-based transportation procurement system. Regular presenter at industry conferences.

Jagadish Turimella, Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Global eProcure — Early promoter of applying e-sourcing and reverse auctions for service categories.

Rajiv Uppal, President, CEO and Founder, NextLinx Corp. — Pioneer in the development of trade compliance solutions and an online database of U.S. export/import and international trade regulations to help streamline the global supply chain.

John West, Chairman, Silver Oak Solutions — Early advocate of applying private sector supply/demand chain management technologies and practices to a statewide government environment.

Jim Wilson, Vice President of Trade Management Consulting, Vastera — Early advocate of taking a global approach to the supply chain. Frequent lecturer on global trade management issues.

2005 Provider Pros — Former Practitioners

Many executives working at solution providers in the supply chain field began their careers on the other side of the equation, as practitioners working to manage the supply chains of brick and mortar companies. This year, Supply & Demand Chain Executive recognizes those Provider Pros who bring this practitioner perspective to their current work at solution providers. While there are many other “former practitioners” in the supply chain enabler community, those included on our 2005 list were selected from among individuals who submitted completed Provider Pros to Know applications and met the requirements set forth in the submissions application.

Greg Baxter, Founder and CEO, Baxter Planning Systems — Applied the concepts of classic inventory control/modeling to the service sector, creating a model in which the cost of a customer stockout is balanced against the cost of carrying inventory to help revolutionize service parts planning at Texas Instruments.

Bob Calderoni, CEO, Ariba — Early proponent of expanding e-procurement to encompass the broader concept of enterprise spend management, helping win acceptance of electronic purchasing tools among chief financial officers. Former CFO for Avery Dennison, corporate controller for Apple Computer and CFO for IBM's $8 billion Storage Systems Division.

Chuck Irwin, President, e4score.com — A thought-leader in the North American logistics marketplace, Chuck Irwin's passion is transportation collaboration between shipper and carrier, a topic on which he frequently writes and is often quoted. A veteran of Unilever, where the last position in his 22-year career with the company was Director of Transportation.

Tim McEneny, President and CEO, PurchasingNet Inc. — Credited with creating the first commercially available PC-based purchasing system in 1982, and the first ever Web-based purchasing system in 1996. As a practitioner from 1970 to 1981, implemented ERP systems at companies such as Singer, IBM and Sara Lee.

Jim Neikirk, President, Perfect Commerce — Long-time supply chain practitioner, former chief procurement officer (with Entergy), and champion for the “professionalization” of the supply chain, elevating the supply organization from a staff function to a strategic business contributor.

Terry Onica, Director, Automotive Marketing, QAD Inc. — Early pioneer in implementing electronic data interchange while a practitioner at Ford Motor Co. and Johnson Controls Inc. Co-chaired the development of the automotive industry's first standard for the interoperability of inventory visibility applications, a significant milestone on the path to connecting every tier of the supply chain.

2005 Provider Pros — On Demand Evangelizers

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