Executive Movement

Supply chain appointments at Delphi, Hershey, J. Jill Group and Topspin

Mesa, AZ — May 16, 2003 — Supply chain executives were on the move this week. In addition to the new appointements that iSourceonline reported Thursday, changes were afoot this week at auto supplier Delphi, chocolate giant Hershey, apparel retailer J. Jill Group and switched computing company Topspin.

Global Purchasing Director for Delphi Division

Troy, Mich.-based auto industry supplier Delphi Corp. has announced the appointment of Patrick Murtagh as director of global purchasing in its Safety & Interior Systems division.

Murtagh, 49, replaces Karen McClain, who has been appointed director of global purchasing for Delphi Product & Service Solutions. In his new assignment, Murtagh reports to James Bertrand, president of Delphi Safety & Interior Systems.

Prior to this assignment, Murtagh was commodity director for metallic at Delphi Global Purchasing. He began his career in 1978 at General Motors in production control and logistics for the Cadillac Division operations in Detroit. Over the next 10 years, Murtagh held various positions in purchasing for the Cadillac and Chevrolet divisions in Detroit and Warren, Mich., before being named an advisor for Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada production systems for the GM North American Car Group in Warren in 1989.

Murtagh continued as the director of purchasing for various functions within GM, including the electric commodity for car platforms in North America from 1992 to 1996. He came to Delphi in 1999 and was named director of purchasing for electrical systems.

Reshuffling at Hershey Foods

At Hershey Foods, based in Hershey, Pa., the chocolate company has named Vice President for Global Sourcing Robert Mazzoni, Jr. to be vice president for global sourcing and treasurer as part of a reorganization of the corporation's finance function.

Mazzoni will be responsible for providing finance, accounting and business analysis support to Hershey's domestic marketing and sales operations. He will also be responsible for financial planning and analysis activities for the corporation. Garrabrant will continue to report to Frank Cerminara, a senior vice president and chief financial officer with the company.

Commenting on Mazzoni's expanded role, Cerminara said: "Bob has devoted his considerable leadership talents to the task of building world class commodities hedging and strategic sourcing capabilities at Hershey Foods. In his expanded role, he will apply his skills to the treasury function's responsibility for managing the corporation's risk in the capital markets."

Moving into the treasurer position, Mazzoni replaces R. Montgomery Garrabrant, who was named vice president of finance for marketing and sales.

Mazzoni joined Hershey in 1971 holding several financial positions in the Hershey Pasta Group. In the early 1980's, he became finance manager for Hershey Chocolate U.S.A.'s Special Markets Group. He subsequently served in a series of positions including manager for commodity administration, manager for cocoa procurement, cocoa operations director, director of commodity operations and vice president of procurement.

New Position at the J. Jill Group

At Quincy, Mass.-based J. Jill Group, a specialty retailer of women's apparel, accessories and footwear, the company has appointed Stephen Pearson to the newly established position of senior vice president of sourcing and product integrity.

In his new capacity, Pearson will be responsible for all sourcing, including quality assurance and control; testing and technical design; import management and customs compliance. He will report to Patricia Lee, president of J. Jill Merchandising.

Pearson began his career in the retail and apparel industry in 1975 and has held numerous senior level positions during his 20-plus years with The Gap Stores. From 1998 to 2000, Pearson served as vice president product integrity, where he was responsible for all stages of product development from technical design through execution, including product specification, engineering, fitting, standards, testing and quality assurance.

From 1995 to 1998, Pearson served as vice president new market development, where he established the first quality and sourcing infrastructure in Mexico and developed office models and defined strategy for opening offices in Turkey and India. Prior to that, Pearson held the position of vice president sourcing and production for Banana Republic from 1990 to 1995, where his responsibilities included all divisional product placement and execution through a corporate global sourcing infrastructure.

Pearson most recently served as executive vice president business/product development of Freeborders, a supply chain consulting services and software company.

"The J. Jill brand has a significant future ahead, and I look forward to implementing the appropriate sourcing strategies and systems to maximize this potential," said Pearson in a company statement.

Topsin Names VP

Finally, Mountain View, Calif.-based Topspin Communications, a specialist in switched computing, has appointed Gary Mueller to its executive staff in the role of vice president of manufacturing operations and quality.

An industry veteran, Mueller brings to Topspin more than 25 years of operations, supply chain, contract manufacturing, procurement and information technology management leadership.

Prior to joining Topspin, Mueller led the Knowledge Works operations consulting firm, aiding startups in building effective operations capabilities. Before that he built the operations organization for Troika Networks and managed business operations for Qualcomm. Mueller's background also includes key business operations, supply chain management, quality and IT roles for Toshiba's Computer Systems Division, Rockwell/Conexant Systems, ITT, Digital Equipment Corp., Motorola and Atari.

"With the addition of Gary, Topspin gains world-class manufacturing expertise essential to the support of our major OEM, channel partner and end-user customers," said Krish Ramakrishnan, CEO of Topspin. "His worldwide operational experience with large manufacturing companies and his track record of turning small companies into scalable and efficient operations is extremely valuable as we continue to win contracts around the globe."