Honoring Supply Chain Leaders Who Meet Challenges, Manage Risk and Deliver Results to the Bottom Line

Supply & Demand Chain Executive 12th Annual Pros to Know Awards recognizes leading executives


We all know that the past few years have taken their toll on every element of the public and private sectors including, of course, supply chain. While still bouncing back from the economic meltdown, we were faced in 2011 with natural and manmade turbulence seemingly without end—tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, nuclear accidents and war.

Through all the turbulence and volatility, supply chain professionals have applied their knowledge, experience and out-of-the-box thinking to keep products moving and the bottom line growing. Companies recognized the value of both practitioners and providers to strengthen the chain.

With the 2012 edition of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Pros to Know (our 12th annual), we recognize a select group of supply chain executives who demonstrated leadership during troubled times by managing risk in the supply chain, providing competitive advantage and delivering value to the bottom line.

The listing includes the 2012 Provider Pros to Know—individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community prepare to meet industry challenges. These Provider Pros to Know offer thought leadership that is shaping the supply chain industry and advancing supply chain as a respected discipline.

2012 Practitioner Pros to Know

Lee Dame, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, CooperVision

According to Lee Dame the “holy grail” of supply chain is the ability to reduce inventory while significantly improving service levels. To achieve this he set strict goals and set his team up for success through the right training and use of advanced systems and tools. This process allowed the supply chain team to achieve impressive results and gain credibility from other departments across the organization.

The Team at Fortna Inc.

Mike Dunn, Group Vice President

Steve Johnson, Director

Brent Tymensky, Vice President

All aspects of the supply chain must fully understand the broader company strategy. They must look at the total cost or service level of the supply chain and recognize that efficiencies gained in the distribution centers could negatively impact the cost at the end users and ultimately the entire supply chain. In addition, the state of the current economy continues to challenge companies as they look to invest capital in their businesses. Fortna addresses such industry problems by providing their expertise in supply chain strategy and systems, distribution center operations and materials handling. Dunn works with several companies to help them understand the best opportunities to invest which will produce positive business impacts and allow them to continue to grow and take market share in this economy. Johnson helps companies re-evaluate their support chain to improve cross-functionality, grow market share and support customer requirements. In one case, he helped one retailer re-evaluate their supply chain to improve SKU availability at their stores, enable daily delivery of small orders if required but yet support a traditional retail shipment. Tymensky works with several major multi-channel retailers to upgrade their distribution centers to meet increased demands and improve their service levels.

Cynthia Dautrich, Global Procurement Officer, Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Dautrich is re-defining the role of procurement as a key contributor to sustainable value creation—not only to the bottom-line, but to the top-line. To achieve this vision, she called upon and empowered her team of more than 600 professionals around the world to bring new, innovative ideas and solutions that support the growth of the business while meeting customer and consumer needs.

Daron Whisman, CPSM, Director of Financial Services, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

The impact of new healthcare reform provisions have pressured hospitals to seek innovative and creative ways to meet the challenges of providing high-quality care. Whisman is one of the forerunners of P2P implementation in the healthcare industry. He collaborates with operators, clinicians and other c-suite stakeholders to help them better understand that working capital is critical for executive attention.

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