Bob Shecterle, Vice President of Enterprise Supplier Relationship Management Strategy, PeopleSoft Inc.
Frequent speaker on supply chain management topics, promoting the value of supplier relationship management to the market at large.
Jai Shekhawat, CEO and Co-founder, Fieldglass Inc.
Evangelizes the use of technology to help companies improve the process for procuring and managing services, such as contract labor.
Sanjiv Sidhu, Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO, i2 Technologies
Pioneer in applying information resources to make better supply and demand chain decisions.
Tracy Stephens, President and CEO, Resources Connection -- Supply Chain Management Practice
Created the Houston Area Supply Chain Leaders Forum for executive level supply chain management professionals.
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Rajiv Uppal, President, CEO and Founder, NextLinx Corp.
Helped develop automated export compliance system, an online database of U.S. export/import and international trade regulations and global trade software.
Charlie Villasenor, President and CEO, TransProcure Corp.
Pioneer in introducing e-procurement to Asia, and recognized as the purchasing practitioner of the year in the Philippines.
Paul Vragel, President, 4aBetterBusiness Inc.
Strong advocate for the application of process-based management to improve enterprise results and competitive advantage.
Jeffrey Wincel, Principal, LSC Consulting Group
Author of "Lean Supply Chain Management: A Strategic Procurement Handbook" (Productvitiy Press), linking "lean manufacturing" techniques with supply chain management.
Supply Chain Up-and-comers:
The Pros to Know are seasoned veterans with years of experience and thought leadership tucked neatly into their belts as they stand on the frontlines of the corporate, academic and public-sector worlds. However, no one starts at the top, and the two practitioners cited below stood out among the nominations that we received for what they have achieved in their relatively short careers. Supply & Demand Chain Executive will continue to follow and report on the rise of these and other "leaders to be."
Romain Coirault, U.S. Supply Chain Analyst, Great Brands of Europe
Coirault is a 2001 Georgia Tech graduate, and he is currently responsible for Great Brand's West Coast import operations, including supplier management and network analysis. As a key member of the food conglomerate's U.S. Freight Costs Reduction Team, Coriault says he has enabled the company to reduce ongoing analyst labor costs by over $10,000 per year.
Alexander Trifunac, Supply Chain Analyst, Great Brands of Europe
With two years of experience in domestic and international supply chain forecasting, Trifunac is responsible for developing a production planning tool for Great Brand's complex international supply chain that is expected to reduce inventory costs by $5 million during 2004.
Editor's Note: If you know of a Pros to Know candidate, we encourage you to nominate them for 2005 by e-mailing Andrew Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, at email@example.com.