Supply chain is experiencing a period of turbulence and change the likes of which it has not seen in at least a generation. Those who have the greatest insight into this situation are the management consultants, technology providers and business analysts who are most closely connected to it. Here, we pick 10 supply chain figures whose views on the subject carry real weight.
10. Laura CecereFounder, Supply Chain Insights
Supply Chain Insights was founded in February 2012 by Cecere. Research is at the center of what Insights does, with its offerings including speaking, advisory services, community enablement and training. “We want to be the first place supply chain leaders to turn to help their supply chain teams get better,” she says. She is also co-author of the book, Bricks Matter: The Role of Supply Chains in Building Market-Driven Differentiation.
9. Michael CorboChief Supply Chain Officer, Colgate Palmolive
Corbo is an experienced Chief Supply Chain Officer (SCCO) with a comprehensive history in the consumer goods industry. He has spent his entire career with Colgate, working across a variety of different positions. He is skilled in negotiation, operations management, supply chain optimization, consumer products and demand planning. Corbo is currently leading Colgate Palmolive’s transformation to a digital supply chain.
8. Dr. Dirk HolbachCSCO, Laundry & Home Care, Henkel
Havard-educated Holbach is responsible for Laundry Home and Care’s end-to-end supply chain, with its business unit counting for US $ 6.9mn in sales. Holbach has six regional hubs, 33 factories and 47 warehouses within his remit. He has worked at Henkel over the past 26 years in a variety of roles, beginning as a Junior Manager of Corporate Purchasing. During his career, Holbach’s focus has been on supply chain strategy, organizational development, network optimization, continuous improvement and post-merger integrations.
7. Dr. Yossi SheffiDirector, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Dr Sheffi is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Resilient Enterprise, Urban Transportation Networks, Logistics Clusters, and The Power of Resilience. He has founded or co-founded five successful companies: LogiCorp; PTCG; e-Chemicals; Logistics.com; and Syncra Systems.
6. Ivanka JanssenChief Supply Chain Officer, Philips
Janssen is an experienced supply chain leader with 21 years’ international management experience in operations, manufacturing, supply chain, route to market, logistics, customer service and procurement. She is focused on creating a competitive edge. Prior to her role at Philips, Janssen served as VP Supply Chain, Europe, Eastern Europe and Sub Saharan Africa at PepsiCo. “The more you can reflect society in your work environment, the closer you are to where consumers and customers are,” she says of the diversity in the workplace.
5. John KernSVP, Supply Chain Operations, Cisco
Kern leads a diverse global team, who are responsible for manufacturing, new product introduction, product lifecycle management, sourcing and supplier management, planning, logistics and product quality. He has led efforts to digitize Cisco’s supply chain, as well as evolving Cisco’s growth in software and cloud-delivered solutions. Kern is leading the company’s circular economy effort and is serving as the executive country sponsor for India and Brazil.
4. Martin BarkmanSenior Vice President, Global Head of Solution Management, Digital Supply Chain at SAP
As a chemical engineering undergraduate at Cornell University, Barkman took classes with Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer, writer and broadcaster, Carl Sagan. He joined SAP in 2013 when it was bought by partner company SmartOps, of which he was CEO. Since then, he has occupied various roles in supply chain management at SAP – first driving growth and introducing a new planning solution and, most recently, being responsible for solution management for its vast digital supply chain portfolio. “The technologies that are helping drive us towards sustainability are the same ones that enable consumers to behave in ways that aren’t so sustainable,” Barkman has observed.
3. Knut AlickePartner & Head Of Supply Chain Europe, McKinsey
Alicke advises companies on supply chain management and digital supply chain transformations. He also leads the McKinsey Supply Chain Executive Academy, which helps build client capabilities. He is a professor at the University of Karlsruhe, where he teaches supply chain management. “Most supply chain execs say they need to improve by increasing supply chain visibility,” Alicke has said.
2. Marc EngelCSCO, Unilever
Having worked at Unilever for over 20 years, Engel has extensive experience in supply chain operations, covering procurement, logistics, finance and strategy development. Prior to being appointed Chief Supply Chain Officer, Engel had an executive leadership role in Unilever’s East Africa business, where he was responsible for laying the foundations for accelerated growth. He has an MSc in applied physics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.