Tempe, AZ — April 10, 2003 — Two new supply chain appointments this week, with the latest executive movement coming at Sony Computer Entertainment America and Aurora Foods.
Foster City, Calif.-based Sony Computer Entertainment America has promoted Glenn Nash to the position of vice president for supply chain and service.
In his new position, Nash will be responsible for overseeing the company's supply chain, which includes production planning, import/export, inventory management, warehousing and domestic distribution.
Additionally, Nash will oversee the company's product service and hardware engineering functions that include consumer repair operations, returned goods processing, development tool service and hardware support.
He will spearhead a team of nine, as well as a staff of four in Sony Computer Entertainment America's newly formed service and hardware engineering department.
Nash joined Sony Computer Entertainment America in 1996 as national merchandising manager, and he was soon promoted to director of merchandising, leading a team of 145 field merchandising representatives that perform store-level sales support for the company's major national retail partners. The company credits him with being integral in preparing the company's supply chain for the launch of PlayStation 2 in 2000 and contributing to the console's sales success.
"Glenn has successfully managed the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 supply chain channel to meet business objectives while ensuring customer satisfaction," said Steve Ross, senior vice president at the company. "His long history working in the retail sector, coupled with his management experience gained while working on the PlayStation business, will be invaluable to the company as we continue to expand our position as industry leader."
Prior to joining Sony Computer Entertainment America, Nash specialized in merchandising and store-level service in mass merchant accounts for major consumer products companies, while working with Marketing Force, a marketing services company.
Meanwhile, St. Louis-based Aurora Foods has appointed Steve Smiley as vice president of purchasing. Smiley joined Aurora on March 31 and reports directly to Eric Brenk, the company's co-president and co-chief operating officer. In his new position, Smiley will manage all of Aurora's supplier relationships.
"Steve is a solid addition to our leadership team," said Dale Morrison, Aurora's chairman and CEO. "He is a proven procurement and supply chain executive who knows the consumer packaged goods industry inside and out, having spent the majority of his career at Colgate and Mars. He will play a major role in maximizing our supplier relationships and making Aurora a more productive and profitable organization."
Before working at Aurora, Smiley most recently was the director of strategic procurement for Hill's Pet Nutrition, a $1.4 billion subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive. Prior to Colgate, Smiley held senior purchasing positions for the M&M Mars and Uncle Ben's divisions of Mars, Inc.
Aurora Foods produces food brands Duncan Hines, Log Cabin, Mrs. Butterworth's, Lender's, Van de Kamp's and others.