The supply chain has come through what has been called by many a “turbulent” year. Faced with disasters both natural and man-made, supply chain professionals have had to think on their feet, change tactics on the fly and look further down the road than ever before.
With the 2012 edition of Supply & Demand Chain Executive's Pros to Know, the magazine is recognizing many of these exceptional supply chain executives at manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises who are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies' supply chains for the significant challenges ahead. These men and women are helping the supply chain to be increasingly recognized as a strategic differentiator crucial to meeting the challenges of the “new normal.”
“Our annual list of Provider Pros to Know highlights the many thought-leaders who are helping to shape the supply chain industry and advance supply chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise,” said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for supply chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year's Provider Pros listing.”
This year’s Practitioner Pro of the Year is Ted Johnson, Chief Procurement Officer at the University of California, San Diego. By implementing an eProcurement platform, Johnson and his team were able to gain greater visibility into spending—data which previously was only visible at line-item detail to suppliers. The university quickly realized the benefits of the new purchasing system; the amount of time to process orders was dramatically reduced, with 94 percent of all purchase order transactions finalized within one business day.
In addition, the 2012 Provider Pros to Know recognizes individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who have 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 it as a respected discipline.
The men and women included in the 2012 Pros to Know exemplify the talent, knowledge, skills and effort necessary for supply chain leadership. They are an elite group leading the industry and their own enterprises into the evolving future.
SDCE is proud to list them here. For more exclusive coverage on the Practitioner Pro of the Year, other Pros to Know and some outstanding Supply Chain Teams, stay tuned for the March issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, both online and in print.