Each year, it gets harder and harder to narrow down the final list of our annual “Pros to Know” awards honoree list. And this year is no exception as the editors of Supply & Demand Chain Executive whittled the final list down from nearly 400 original entries throughout the course of our 2013 awards program. One thing is clear—supply chain executives, industry decision makers and those in the trenches continue to set the pace and improve their efforts to not only better their business but improve the global supply chain flow. They understand the issues at hand, whether it’s securing component parts against counterfeit scenarios; or addressing the growing issue of supply chain risk; or perhaps even the lack of visibility that many business still have in understanding the market demand environment. Whatever the scenario, many of them are getting onboard with preventative measures to proactively address what-if scenarios before having to react to any issue that may present itself. Perhaps even more evident this year than ever before in our annual awards program is the number of female leaders who continue to take a stand in the industry in supporting their business growth and supply chain delivery. Don’t get me wrong—we’re not trying to relay the “rah, rah I am woman, hear me roar” message within our 13th annual Pros to Know awards, as it is made up of a respectable group of leading men and women in the industry. In fact, a number of female supply chain executives we spoke to exclusively this month (see p. 34) supported the notion that to be a true leader in the supply chain, it comes down to hard work; a complete understanding of the issues at hand and concern to address those issues; and perseverance—regardless of whether you’re a man or woman. On that note, this month, we pay tribute to those leaders who truly stood out from the rest and who we are proud to name our “Pros to Know” this year.—Natalia Kosk, Associate Editor, Supply & Demand Chain Executive
2013 Top Five Female Pros to Know
Mary Kleespies, Director of Supply Chain Consulting, DiCentral
With more than 30 years of experience, Kleespies is a recognized industry expert in supply chain management and B2B communications between retailers and their supply chain. Through her recently released book, “Ask Mary: Making EDI and Supplier Compliance Simple,” industry studies and Webinars, she empowered supply chain professionals to align their practices to better supply chain practices which ultimately affect the company’s broader strategy. For example, DiCentral and VCF conducted a survey to address the percentage of retailers requiring vendors to send an 855 Purchase Order (PO) acknowledgement for a PO that has been issued. Together with DiCentral’s Paul Wagner, she led a workshop at the annual Fall VCF Conference in 2012 that explored the studies’ preliminary findings and solicited feedback from participants concerning their own personal experiences. The final report and analysis will be made available in the Spring of 2013.
Anne Omrod, President and Chief Executive Officer, John Galt Solutions Inc.
As a founder of John Galt Solutions Inc., Omrod has been at the forefront of demand management for nearly two decades. She developed the groundbreaking ForecastX Wizard software for Excel, which helped more than 6,000 customers co-develop and refine their demand forecasting processes. Omrod has also been instrumental as a consultant on dozens of successful S&OP implementations, including major clients such as Dupont, Syngenta and Hasbro. Most recently, she was involved in developing John Galt’s new Scenario Analysis software, which allows companies to develop supply strategies based on the stability and predictability of their demand. This allows companies with long lead times to remain stable and responsive in the face of challenging supply issues.