CommerceNet Taps Intellidex CEO

Narry Singh to lead Evolving Supply Chain Initiative

Cupertino, CA  November 20, 2001  Nonprofit e-commerce consortium CommerceNet has enlisted a member of its board of directors to head its Evolving Supply Chain (ESC) Initiative.

Singh, who is currently chairman and CEO of management consultant group Intellidex, will be responsible for the initial blueprint and strategic direction for CommerceNet's ESC initiative through the end of the year.

Under Singh's guidance, ESC's charge is to identify relevant supply chain issues, pinpoint risk management demands and industry standards, explore supply chain opportunities in specific vertical markets and engage the support of key industry leaders. CommerceNet said in a statement that it tapped Singh in part because his supply chain experience will help him win critical industry support for ESC.

"I am delighted to have been invited to lead this effort on behalf of CommerceNet," said Singh. "With ESC, we are on the cusp of holistically defining collaboration in converging supply-and-demand networks, from a process, technology, organizational and risk management viewpoint."

CommerceNet formed the ESC Initiative to enable industry-specific solutions for current supply/demand balancing challenges exacerbated by trends such as shortened product lifecycles, increased outsourcing, demand and supply uncertainties and margin pressures.

"The pervasive use of Internet technologies for effective supply chain management is still a promise that is largely unexplored," said Ash Vasudevan, vice president of strategic initiatives at CommerceNet. "This initiative will pose some hard questions and mobilize the community to seek solutions to current problems."

To meet its goal of transforming next-generation supply chains and helping to solve these problems, the ESC Initiative is to bring together key ESC stakeholders to examine and outline standard supply chain elements and to evaluate the key concepts of effective collaboration, integration of supply and demand, organization and interoperability.