In addition, the leadership function will become more strategic. According to the supply chain executives who were interviewed for the study, most are overseeing traditional functions like distribution and logistics (77 percent), demand/supply planning (72 percent), and sourcing and procurement (63 percent). But some are rising to the level of a chief supply chain officer, taking a place in the C-Suite and orchestrating strategy through execution in the complexities of today's global supply chains in an ever-increasingly volatile marketplace.
IBM said the evolving role of the chief supply chain executive will also become "chief collaborator," bringing together stakeholders (even those outside the extended supply chain, like regulators, financial organizations and governments) and facilitating joint planning and risk mitigation. Negotiation and stakeholder management skills will be components of the future supply chain expertise.