Tempe, AZ March 17, 2003 Supply chain executives continue to ascend the ranks at their respective organizations. The latest moves include appointments at Motorola, General Mills, Ryder System and the state of Pennsylvania.
Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola has named Senior Vice President Theresa Metty to be its chief procurement officer. Metty previously was director of worldwide supply chain operations for the Personal Communications Sector (PCS) at Motorola.
At PCS, Motorola said that Metty led the supply chain organization to a $1.3 billion reduction in net inventory and a $2.6 billion reduction in product cost. She was promoted from corporate vice president to senior vice president in May 2002.
Metty is now responsible for all of Motorola's purchases, ranging from components and materials to travel and consulting services. She will work with the businesses to ensure the company's procurement strategies and sourcing decisions are tightly aligned and that Motorola is achieving maximum value on its purchases worldwide. In her new position, Metty will report to Mike Zafirovski, Motorola's president and chief operating officer.
With Metty's appointment, all in-business purchasing directors now report both to their respective businesses and to Motorola's new chief procurement officer. The global non-production procurement organization now reports to Metty, too.
Metty joined Motorola in November 2000 from IBM, where she was vice president of global procurement. Prior to joining IBM, Metty spent more than 20 years at the Associated Spring Division of Barnes Group, where she held a variety of procurement and operations management positions, including division manager of their Asheville, N.C., manufacturing facility, and director of worldwide procurement and materials management.
Metty serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
Tom Lynch, president and CEO of PCS, is to name a successor to Metty in the near future. In the interim, Lynch will serve as the acting head of PCS' worldwide supply chain management.
For more about Theresa Metty and her initiatives that transformed Motorola PCS' supply chain, be sure to check out the upcoming April/May issue of iSource Business magazine.
Minneapolis-based General Mills has named Randy Darcy to be senior vice president and chief technical officer. In this new capacity, Darcy's responsibilities will expand to include research and development (R&D) and quality and regulatory operations (Q&RO), in addition to his overall responsibility for companywide supply chain operations.
"We are an 'innovation business,' and Randy's track record of encouraging and delivering breakthrough innovation is well known, both inside and outside of General Mills," said Sanger, in making the announcement. "Randy's promotion reflects the importance of R&D and Q&RO to corporate performance, as well as the outstanding leadership Randy has demonstrated in every endeavor at General Mills. He is the right leader at the right time for this important responsibility."
Darcy joined General Mills in 1987 as director of cereal manufacturing in the Package Foods Operations Division. He was elected a senior vice president of General Mills and named to head supply chain operations in 1994. General Mills says that under Darcy's leadership, the supply chain has contributed strongly to the company's overall performance.
Miami-based Ryder System has appointed Robert D. Fatovic to the position of senior vice president of U.S. logistics operations for high-tech and consumer industries (HCI).
In this position, Fatovic will be responsible for the direction and management of U.S. logistics operations serving Ryder customers in the high-tech, telecommunications, electronics, telecom and consumer packaged goods industries. He will report to Ryder Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain Solutions Anthony G. Tegnelia.
Ryder said in a statement that Fatovic's latest appointment follows a two-year assignment leading the company's continuous improvement program (CIP) for the supply chain solutions business segment, as well as serving as vice president and deputy general counsel for Ryder's legal department. The CIP uses in-depth business and engineering analysis to identify key areas for process improvement and efficiencies within existing accounts in order to create value for Ryder clients.
Fatovic joined Ryder in 1994 as assistant division counsel and held various positions of increasing responsibility in the legal department. Prior to joining Ryder, he was an associate attorney at Hannoch Weisman, PC, a new Jersey-based law firm, supporting litigation and environmental law practices.
In Harrisburg, Pa., Donald T. Cunningham, secretary of the Department of General Services, named David P. Yarkin to be deputy secretary for procurement.
In this role, Yarkin will oversee the commonwealth's $4.7 billion in annual spending, its fleet of 17,000 vehicles, federal and state surplus programs, as well as recycling programs for state agencies.
In announcing the appointment, Secretary Cunningham said: "The governor has charged us with saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars while improving the level of customer service we provide to the agencies. David's role in this challenge will be critical. From implementing strategic sourcing to right-sizing the commonwealth's fleet of vehicles, I am confident David and his team will contribute badly needed savings in these trying economic times."
Yarkin joined the department after serving as director of strategic planning at the New York City Department of Education. In this role, he was the project manager of Children First, the school system's structural transformation program.
Prior to joining the Department of Education, Yarkin served in the International Management Development Program at media giant Bertelsmann. At Bertelsmann, he ran the Bookspan Reading Groups project, a direct and virtual marketing effort to sell books to members of reading discussion groups.
Yarkin worked for Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell for six years before leaving for the private sector, first as mayoral press secretary, then as senior advisor to Rendell when he served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and finally as his spokesman in the first year of Rendell's successful gubernatorial campaign. He entered city government in Philadelphia after two years on President Clinton's reelection campaign.