Executive Transitions

Supply chain pros on the move at Federal-Mogul, Boeing and Wal-Mart; a passing at Diebold

Mesa, AZ — May 1, 2003 — The past week has seen supply chain executive movement at auto industry supplier Federal-Mogul, aerospace giant Boeing and retailer Wal-Mart, even as an airplane crash over the weekend took the life of an executive at manufacturer Diebold.

At Southfield, Mich.-based Federal-Mogul Corp., Ramzi Hermiz, vice president for global supply chain announced the appointment of Dawn New-Echlin to the position of supplier diversity manager.

Federal-Mogul is a supplier of automotive components and subsystems serving the world's original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket. At the company, New-Echlin will be responsible for developing and implementing a company-wide supplier diversity program. She is charged with identifying minority suppliers with whom Federal-Mogul can develop long-term supplier partnerships, and she is to work with the internal supply chain and sales organizations, as well as with external customers.

New-Echlin joined Federal-Mogul from Kenny Industrial Services, where she held the dual role of business development manager and supplier diversity coordinator. She has been involved with the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, including serving in leadership roles on Project One, a business initiative that brings together members from several corporations and minority business enterprises on a monthly basis to discuss business opportunities, joint ventures and training opportunities.

"Supplier diversity is an important element of our new business strategy," Hermiz said. "Having Dawn's experience will enhance our ability to attract minority supplier partners and demonstrates our commitment to meeting our customers' objectives."

Federal-Mogul recently formed its first strategic alliance with a minority-owned supplier, Paper Plas, a Detroit-based paper packaging and conversion services company. The alliance, announced April 2, will provide replacement engine gasket kits, focusing its marketing efforts on vehicle and equipment manufacturers that offer replacement parts in the United States.

Meanwhile, Chicago-based Boeing has announced the retirement of Robert Ingersoll and the appointment of Timothy Malishenko as corporate vice president of contracts and pricing.

Ingersoll, a 36-year Boeing veteran, had since 1999 been responsible for policy, guidance and oversight of contracting processes across the $54 billion aerospace company and has overseen company compliance in contracts and pricing and export/import matters.

Malishenko, who will replace Ingersoll, has been serving as vice president of contracts and pricing for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, where he has overseen contracts, pricing and export management for operations, policy, processes and ongoing evaluations of business transactions and program performance.

Malishenko joined Boeing in February 2001, after serving 31 years in the U.S. Air Force. At the time of his retirement, he was director of the Defense Contract Management Agency in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for contracting. In these positions, he served in a range of defense acquisition programs, including contract management, space, aeronautical, international and electronic systems.

At the Department of Defense (DoD), Malishenko was a leader in the development and deployment of standard business systems, and he led the DoD effort that developed the end-to-end procurement process model and numerous common process initiatives.

Malishenko is a fellow of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and serves on its board of advisors.

Elsewhere, Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores announced a realignment of responsibilities among several of its senior executives, including the promotion of Tom Coughlin to the position of executive vice president and vice chairman.

In this new role, Coughlin will continue to be responsible for the U.S. retail operations of Wal-Mart stores and also assumes responsibility for key support functions such as logistics, real estate development and global procurement.

He also assumes responsibility for the company's online operation, Walmart.com. Coughlin will continue to report to Lee Scott, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores.

Coughlin joined Wal-Mart in 1978. During his 25-year career with the company, he has served in leadership positions in loss prevention and human resources.

Finally, the supply chain community was saddened this week to learn that Wesley Vance, chief operating officer of manufacturer Diebold Inc., died over the weekend when the private plane he was piloting crashed southeast of Columbus, Ohio.

Vance joined North Canton, Ohio-based Diebold in October 2000 as president of the company's North America business unit and was named COO for Diebold in 2001. He was responsible for managing the company's global operations including research, development, manufacturing, purchasing, human resources, sales and service.

"Since joining Diebold less than three years ago, Wes has had a profound impact, spearheading extensive cultural and operational changes throughout the company," said Walden O'Dell, chairman, president and CEO of Diebold. "All who knew and worked with Wes were impressed by his dedication, positive outlook, and his warm and friendly manner. He will be greatly missed."

O'Dell is assuming the company's day-to-day, operational responsibilities until a successor is named.

A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Vance, 45, is survived by his wife and five children.