2008 Top 25 Supply Chain Executives

The Global Supply Chain Review is proud to present and honor the recipients of the 2008 Top 25 Supply Chain Executives Award. This award is presented to selected leaders who have made exceptional contributions to the Supply Chain Management industry and to Supply Chain Management within their respective organizations. The Top 25 recipients were selected by the Global Supply Chain Leaders Group (GSCLG) based on member recommendations and by the GSCLG Board of Directors.

We are honored to present the 2008 Top 25 Supply Chain Executive Award winners, below, and invite you to enjoy their individual biographies.
Hugh Aitken
Vice President of Worldwide
Customer Fulfillment
Sun Microsystems

Hugh Aitken is the Vice President of Worldwide Customer Fulfillment. He has worked in high technology since 1980 covering many aspects of the business. In October 2001, Hugh was appointed VP of Worldwide Customer Fulfillment as part of the Worldwide Operations re-organization where he was tasked with leading implementation of a new corporate supply chain architecture code named CFIT (Customer Fulfillment In Transit). The program, implemented in 2004, was ground breaking and industry leading and already on target for projected ROI's of $35-50M over three years.

Hugh was awarded the Commander of The British Empire (CBE) in June of 2005, in appreciation of his services towards The Scottish Technology Industry and his leadership in events which have generated over £1.5 million in donations for children's charities.
Eng. Rodrigo Sagredo Arias
SOF-HAR Consultoria &
Engenharia, Brazil
Since 1995, Rodrigo Sagredo Arias has dedicated himself to his company, SOF - HAR Consultoria & Engenharia. His company provides consult and coordination to companies regarding required engineering procedures for import into Brazil. Prior to starting his own company, Rodrigo worked for IBM in Brazil from 1979 to 1994 in engineering and development of new products. Before joining IBM, he worked in Chile for engineering and information companies Cibercom and ESI.

Rodrigo holds a Civil Industry Engineering degree from the Catholic University of Chile. He represented the Brazilian Technical Standards Associates, CB-3. IEC/TC-74, in its international meeting to approve the first release of the IEC- 950 Standard in 1989. In 1988, Rodrigo was part of the Organization of the International Seminar of Product Safety in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Alan Bishop
Global Logistics Director
After twenty-three years managing various aspects of European supply chain operations for Raychem and Tyco in the United Kingdom, Alan relocated to California and joined SanDisk. SanDisk owns and manages its vertically integrated supply chain from start to finish. As market leader in flash memory, SanDisk is challenged by supply routinely moving between constrained to excess and responds quickly to changing conditions through short-cycle time operations. Initially, Alan focused on developing fulfillment operations in China and Taiwan, supplying SanDisk's OEM customers. A few years later he became part of a team that established supply chain fulfillment operations for the rapidly growing retail business. In the last four years Alan has developed and directed the world-wide logistics team. During this period, he has introduced responsive logistics processes that strike a balance between low cost, short-cycle and delivery reliability.

During his career in the United Kingdom, Alan held a variety of roles including the management of supply chain functions in support of utility, defense, telecommunication, commercial and medical markets. Alan holds a Masters degree in Systems Engineering from Warwick University in the United Kingdom. Alan applies the system engineering disciplines in the development of supply chain processes.
Gregg Brandyberry
Vice President Procurement,
Global Systems and Operations
Gregg Brandyberry is responsible for the development and implementation of web enabled decision support systems, electronic sourcing and eProcurement. He oversees Supplier Diversity, Procurement Compliance and the electronic bidding and negotiation of over $4.0 Billion in spend through a best practice sourcing organization called Global eSourcing. In 2003, under Gregg's leadership, GlaxoSmithKline was awarded the prestigious Charter Institute of Procurement and Supply award for “Best Use of Technology by a Procurement Organization”. In 2005, AT Kearney identified GlaxoSmithKline as having deployed a global best practice portfolio of electronic procurement tools (2005 Assessment for Excellence in Procurement).

Gregg has worked with GlaxoSmithKline since 1993 (starting with SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories). Prior to this, Gregg worked in the automotive, electronics and textiles industries in a variety of roles including quality, materials management, procurement and operations. He actively supports the advancement of the Procurement function, by his participation as a trustee for The Center of Strategic Sourcing Leadership, and as member of Procurement Magazine's Editorial Advisory Board. Gregg holds a deep commitment to Supplier Diversity and participates on the International Advisory Board of The National Minority Supplier Development Council and as a board member of the PA, NJ, DE Minority Supplier Development Council.
John Brooks
Director of Distribution &
John Brooks is a logistics professional with over twenty-five years experience in managing distribution centers and transportation operations for major US and internationally based companies. John joined Philips in 2000 and in his current position as Director of Distribution & Transportation with the Forwarding and Distribution organization, assists all Philips business units with US domestic transportation and outsourced logistics operations needs (3PL). John is a member of CSCMP and a graduate of Georgia Southern University.
Jeff Chiu
Director of Compliance
Recently honored as one of the top "2008 Pros to Know" by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine, Jeff Chiu has over eleven years of experience in import operations and compliance. Jeff is Director of Compliance at Global4PL, a supply chain management consulting company that assists clients to reduce costs and achieve their full operational potential. As a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, Jeff Chiu's experience has emphasized internal Customs audits, commodity classification, tariff engineering, trade programs, and training. Considered an expert in Customs topics, Jeff Chiu is a sought-after lecturer who has also lead Customs operations for Fortune 100 companies. He has managed in-house Customs brokerage departments for one of the largest importers in California, renegotiated contracts that have lead to multi-million dollar savings, and conducted extensive broad ranged Customs training for merchants, vendors, and buying agents.
Shawn Curran
VP North American Transportation
Gap Inc.
Shawn Curran has over twenty years of progressive experience in the Logistics industry. His previous roles have included Industrial Engineering, Distribution Center Operations, Brand Management and Transportation. As Vice President of North American Transportation for Gap Inc., Shawn oversees an operation that manages more than 400,000 deliveries to over 3,000 store locations every year. The company's NA Transportation operation includes distribution campus transportation management, load control center operations, third-party pool operations, transportation procurement and customer service.

heir three kids live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shawn served as past president of the Tri-State Chapter of the Materials Handling Management Society and was also a founding member and vice chair of the Northern Kentucky Business Leadership Network from 2004-2005. He holds an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He, his wife Amy, and their three kids live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sandy Emerson
Manager Supply Chain, InterMarket
Business Group
Nestle Purina PetCare
Sandy Emerson, in her current role, works to streamline operational elements of exporting Pet products to Nestle affiliates across sixty-five countries by leveraging her root cause problem solving approach coupled with process reengineering. Most recently she has led InterMarket design for the Nestle/SAP Globe system implementation for NPP. Sandy previously worked as Senior Manager of Operations for the Walt Disney Company managing product planning and distribution.
Scott Figura
Vice President, Supply Chain,
National Fulfillment Organization
Coca-Cola Enterprises
Scott Figura, a member of GMA, DSD Subcommittee and CSCMP, Atlanta Chapter, is responsible for National Product Availability, Centralized Club Store Channel Order management and the execution of all non direct store delivery activity. Scott was instrumental in the development of CCE's Customer Supply Chain department.

Scott joined CCE in 1995 as a part of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York, where he was a plant manager in the New England and New York areas. He held several production, quality, warehouse and transportation roles including Regional Vice President of Operations for the Northeast. He later served as North American Director of Remanufacturing for Sales and Marketing Equipment, then went on to work on the company's global SAP ERP project as the Director of Supply Chain Process Development with implementations in Europe. Scott started his career as an officer in the United States Navy as an Engineering and Operations officer, and received his Bachelors Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida.
Tony Fitzpatrick
Vice President, Supply Chain and
Process Re-engineering EMEA
Baxter Healthcare
Tony Fitzpatrick, of Baxter Healthcare since 1999, oversees Supply Chain functions and processes with their European Program Office. As Vice President he is also responsible for Technical Services operations, Business Process Improvement and large systems re-engineering initiatives.

Tony provided leadership to the EMEA Quality organization on an interim basis and was recently responsible for EMEA activities to support the sale of Fenwal to Texas Pacific Group. He has been responsible for leadership of regional Environmental, Health and Safety organizations, and was the recipient of the CEO Leadership Award in 2003. Tony holds a Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester University, and a Masters in Numerical Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Theo Fletcher
Vice President of Import Compliance
and Supply Chain Security
IBM Corporation
Theo Fletcher is responsible globally for establishing relationships with government officials, and maintaining the internal processes necessary to ensure efficient, compliant and secure importing of IBM's goods into the onehundred and seventy countries where IBM conducts business. Theo joined IBM in 1970 with an extensive executive background in Finance & Planning and Procurement. He was Pricing Director for IBM's Services Business, where he led his team in establishing the financial structure and pricing for IBM's first outsourcing contract. He went on to be named Financial Planning Director for IBM United States. In 1994, Theo joined IBM's Global Procurement organization as Director of Financial Planning and Controller, and was later named Director of Global Sourcing in 2000. He has held other positions including Vice President of Global Procurement Operations and Vice President of Supply Chain Compliance, Security and Diversity. He was named to his current role in July 2005.

In addition to his role with IBM, Theo is an active member of several organizations including but not limited to the Executive Leadership Council, World Customs Organization, Business Alliance for Customs Modernization, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Business Consortium Fund.
Donna Freeman
Vice President of Sourcing and
ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Manufacturing, North America
Since 2000, Donna Freeman has maintained sourcing and procurement responsibilities for direct materials, indirect materials, and logistics for ThyssenKrupp. In 2005, she gained additional responsibility over Order Management and Scheduling to develop a true Supply Chain mechanism through the manufacturing facility. Prior to joining ThyssenKrupp, Donna spent over twenty years working for Vermont American Corporation & Robert Bosch GMBH. With that company, she held numerous positions, focusing on suppliers, customers, operations and quality.

With expertise in supplier strategy, negotiation, cost reduction and inventory management, Donna has a B.S. in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.
Danny Garst
Vice President of Supply Chain
Management Operations
Philips Consumer Lifestyle
North America
Danny Garst is responsible for strategy development and implementation and has operational responsibility for Supply Chain NAFTA. He is a member of the Philips CE Global Operations Council, where Supply Chain policies and Ways of Working are set and agreed upon. Prior to his current position, Danny served as Vice President of Logistics-Supply Chain and IT for Consumer Electronics. He managed transportation, warehousing, distribution and customer service for Philips Electronics, and also managed Operational Supply Chain Planning and Supply Chain process improvement. Danny successfully transitioned his division to a completely outsourced 3PL operation and the implementation of Global Planning (i2) in the Region and Juarez, Mexico.

Danny rejoined Philips in 1998 as General Manager of TV Logistics, responsible for managing supply planning and goods movement, inventory optimization and television customer service. While in this position, Danny successfully directed the implementation of SAP, which streamlined logistics, finance and all legacy systems for the North American Region. He has been a speaker at Council of Logistics Management (CLM) meetings and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Georgia Tech Executive Supply Chain Forum. Danny has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University.
Steven A. Harmon
Vice-President Transportation
Kimberly Clark
Steve Harmon is Vice-President Transportation for Kimberly Clark. He is an officer of the corporation responsible for transportation services within the company's supply chain. He has been with Kimberly Clark for 30 years and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in supply chain management at various manufacturing and corporate locations in North America and Europe.

Steve serves on the Board of Directors for the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards Association and chairs the Global Logistics Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis.
Bill Kennedy
Senior Director of Distribution
Cost Plus World Market
Bill Kennedy possesses twenty-five years of supply chain management experience, specializing in distribution center start ups and operations. He began his career with Apple Computer in Santa Clara Valley, operating their West Coast distribution center, as well as a Project Lead designing and implementing a new supply chain transaction system for Apple USA. He later went on to work for Ryder Logistics, managing numerous supply chain operations throughout the US for customers such as Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Whirlpool, Apple, and AT&T.

For the past five years, Bill has been with Cost Plus World Market, a $1 Billion specialty retail company with over three-hundred stores in thirty-four states. He recently managed a move into a new 1,023,000 sq ft facility in Stockton, CA. Bill is a native San Franciscan and holds a BS in Business Management from Santa Clara University.
Raymond Lee
Vice President of Operations and
Information Technology
Brocade Communications
Systems, Inc.
As Vice President of Operations and Information Technology, Raymond Lee is responsible for the company's global supply chain and IT operations. Supply chain operations include order fulfillment, component sourcing, manufacturing strategy, and logistics. IT operations include technology solution delivery, development, and data center operations.

Before joining Brocade in 2001, Lee held various senior leadership positions in IT, operations, professional services delivery, and product management at companies such as Walker Digital, IT Solutions (now known as Keane), and Ingersoll-Rand.

Lee holds a BS in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin as well as an MS in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance and Operations from Indiana University.
Robin P. Moore
Vice President, Supply Chain
Planning and Analysis
Michaels Stores
Graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Robin began her career at Rockwell International in the engineering department where she received the Sustained Superior Performance Award. She later joined J.C. Penney Co, and started her career path in retail distribution. With J.C. Penney, Robin was responsible for Logistics Analysis and Initiatives created to ensure the Supply Chain was optimal. In the last ten years, Robin has been part of the Michaels Stores family. At Michaels, Robin has developed Supply Chain financial roles including budgeting, reporting, forecasting, strategic sourcing cost analyses and strategic planning. Along with peers, Robin established a ground breaking Hybrid distribution network that redefined distribution's role as the company distributor, resulting in substantial savings for the company and their vendor community.

Robin leads a team of associates that includes Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Small Parcel Management and Supply Chain Analysts that ensure POG/Merchant and Vendor support to ensure requirements are met to produce a smooth flow of product through the network. These partners support the Merchants through developing ideas for reducing costs and improving flow through the Supply Chain. Robin's organization drives improvement in cost and service throughout the Supply Chain.
Ramesh Murthy
President - Supply Chain &
Inventory Management
CVS Pharmacy
In his current role since June 2005, Ramesh Murthy is responsible for all inventory management, procurement, and replenishment of front store and pharmacy products. Additionally, he is responsible for merchandise operations, merchandising and marketing technologies, and supplier collaboration. His leadership extends to include RFID and related technologies, especially as they relate to merchandising and supply chain applications. Prior to joining CVS Pharmacy, Ramesh held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Retail Solution, Inc., responsible for day-to-day activities, as well as technology strategy, new product development, sales, marketing, and finance. He was vital to the growth of Retail Solutions from a handful of CPG clients to over one-hundred and fifty CPG and eighteen retail clients. Ramesh has held other various executive and management roles in consumer products and management consulting.

Ramesh is a member of the Board of Governors of GS1 and is active in EPC Global and GS1's global healthcare efforts. He received a B.S. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.
Mark Servidio
Vice President - Logistics &
Environmental Supply Chain
Sharp Electronics Corporation
Mark Servidio is Vice President of Logistics & Environmental Supply Chain Planning for Sharp Electronics Corporation. In his five years with Sharp he has been active in environmental issues, including speaking on environmental issues at a number of national and international venues. Sharp Electronics Corporation is a member of the US EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership Program and has won the SmartWay Excellence Award two years in a row.

Mark has twenty-five year experience in Supply Chain and holds a B.S degree in Business Administration from Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont and a MBA in Marketing from The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is married and has a darling six month old baby boy.
Tom Shrump
Senior Manager - Foodservice
Supply Chain Services
Heinz North America
Tom Shrump has over nineteen years experience at Heinz North America in Supply Chain. His previous roles included Transportation, Warehousing, Order to Cash, and Logistics Operations. In his current role as Senior Manager - Supply Chain Services, Tom is responsible for building key customer partnerships that lead to the development and execution of mutually beneficial supply chain programs.

Tom is a member of CSCMP and WERC and is currently a planning member for the 2008 IFDA Distributors Conference. He holds a BS degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He, his wife Heather, and their two kids live in North Huntingdon, PA.
David Sondergeld
Supply Chain Portfolio Exec,
Group IT Director
Safeway Inc.
A proven leader in both corporate and the entrepreneurial world, David has enjoyed and continues to enjoy a wide variety of technical, business, and industry experiences. While the majority of his career has been focused on technology and the design, support and maintenance of large scale corporate applications, he has also enjoyed career roles on the Vendor side, leading a professional services team, consulting, running his own management and software consulting company as well as running a small US based import sales and operations firm. While diverse in background David has focused the latter part of his career in strategy and planning, program execution and the life cycle maintenance of Supply Chain Systems in the Grocery, Specialty Apparel and Discount Retail Markets.

Originally from the east coast, David now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area along with his wife Shelley and sons Owen and Kyle.
Gregory J. Stein
Director, Global Trade
Greg Stein has been designing and managing complex, global supply chains over a long, distinguished career. Experienced from every side of Supply Chain, he brings a balanced perspective to his role, and is always focused on customer success. In 2005, Greg led NetApp in building products and a supply chain operations strategy for a new SMB business unit. Recently, he has been tapped to lead and expand NetApp's Global Trade Compliance function.

Greg brought this entrepreneurial mentality to NetApp from his two years with wireless startup, IXI Mobile. As VP Operations with IXI Mobile, he leveraged his global experience from Flextronics, where he was VP of Logistics, Transportation, and Trade Compliance. Prior to joining Flextronics, Greg managed Cisco systems' Supply Chain Logistics organization during nine years of rapid growth. He is a passionate industry advocate, consults to academia, and has sat on several high-tech, consumer electronics, and wine logistics company Advisory Boards. Greg holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also attended the doctoral program in liberal arts and international trade.
Vanita Wells
Vice President of Support and
OQO, Inc.
Vanita Wells is Vice President of Support and Services at OQO, Inc., a San Francisco start-up that is the creator of the world's smallest Windows Vista® computer. Vanita directs all customer-facing operational functions at OQO from order management, logistics & distribution, reverse logistics & repair, to customer & technical support. She also oversees OQO's information technology group, supporting the information management needs of the fastgrowing organization. Vanita was a key member of the leadership team that developed OQO's virtual supply chain business model and she continues to enhance OQO's operational capabilities by implementing programs that result in increased customer satisfaction, comprehensive performance metrics, and streamlined service partnerships.

In addition to holding strategic positions in operations at Handspring, Inmac, and Apple, Vanita previously founded and led Eclipse Group, Inc., an innovative operations-focused professional services firm that served clients from start-ups to multinationals. She was named the 2006 Executive of the Year by the San Francisco chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and in 1999 she was awarded the Woman of Achievement Award by the Women's Fund. Vanita holds BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Gray Williams
Vice President - Worldwide
Supply Chain
Gray Williams is responsible for Logitech's Worldwide Supply Chain where he directs all aspects of demand management, supply planning, transportation, logistics, order fulfillment, and customer service. His organization is currently driving key improvement programs at Logitech that deliver lower total supply chain costs, optimal inventory levels, and best-in-class customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Logitech in January 2003, he was Vice President, Supply Chain Operations for the CommWorks Division of 3Com. Prior to 3Com, he held various senior operations management positions at US Robotics, AMD, NEC Electronics, Motorola, and Hewlett- Packard. He has over thirty years of experience in the electronics industry.

Gray has served the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for four years as an Examiner and Senior Examiner. He is certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) with APICS, and has also been a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) with the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Gray is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Purdue University's School of Management where he received his B.S. in Industrial Management.
Kevin Wrenn
Senior Vice President, PC
Business & Operations
Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp.
Kevin Wrenn has been with Fujitsu for nine years and was named Senior Vice President PC Business & Operations in April 2007 following reorganization designed to integrate and align the PC business to meet industry challenges head-on. Previously, Mr. Wrenn held a number of executive positions including Senior Vice President Operations & Quality. In 2000, he was named Vice President of Operations for Fujitsu PC Corporation. In his current role, Mr.Wrenn leads the mobile PC business unit and is responsible for operations that support both mobile and server product offerings.

Responsible for successfully creating Fujitsu Computer Systems supply chain strategy, Mr. Wrenn has enabled Fujitsu Computer Systems to become the most profitable Fujitsu company on the globe. The model's reduced energy and freight costs earned him industry recognition and numerous invitations to speak as a subject matter expert. As SVP of Quality, Mr. Wrenn's commitment to quality execution and ownership helped Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp. receive twelve Best Practice nominations by external auditor, BSI, in just two years. Prior to joining Fujitsu, Mr. Wrenn held operations and financial management positions in computer related industries from PCs to automatic test equipment for Compaq Computer Corporation, Microcom, Inc., and Teradyne Inc. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston.
June 2008
See the recipients of the 2009 Top 25 Supply Chain Executives Award.