Kinaxis EVP Honored by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as Influential Industry Professional

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John Sicard selected as "Pro to Know" for advancing recognition of supply chain as strategic function within enterprise.

Kinaxis™ Inc., the leading provider of an on-demand Response Management service for visibility and coordination to drive rapid response to constant change across global supply networks, is pleased to announce that Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine has selected John Sicard, executive vice president, development and service operations, as an honoree for its seventh annual Pros to Know listing.

The Pros to Know feature, published in the February/March issue, highlights the men and women who are driving the transformation initiatives and achieving the successes that are helping supply chain earn recognition as a true strategic partner to the business. The Provider Pros to Know listing in particular recognizes individuals from a software firm or service provider, consultancy, or analyst or research firm who have made significant contributions to elevating the status of supply chain.

"This recognition is richly deserved," said Douglas Colbeth, CEO of Kinaxis. "With John's deep understanding and fervent passion, there is no better champion for advocating technology's role in enabling the transformation and evolution of supply chain management as a critical function of a company's overall success."

Sicard was selected as part of an elite group of candidates who have shown themselves to be thought leaders in their respective supply chain segments. He has helped advance the supply chain industry by serving as an expert source to journalists, industry analysts and most importantly, to manufacturers and brand owners with regards to the emerging and critical role of Response Management in today's complex and volatile manufacturing environment.

Sicard has been instrumental in establishing Kinaxis as a top performer in the industry, and led the redesign of its Response Management software solution, RapidResponse™, to offer it as on-demand, web-based service, thus better serving the urgent needs evolving out of the prolific trend of manufacturing outsourcing, whereby brand owners and their contract manufacturing partners must be empowered with multi-enterprise visibility and collaborative decision support to respond to constant change across an extended supply chain.

Sicard educates companies on the impact of Response Management to their top and bottom line, evangelizing the competency as a strategic competitive advantage. His deep exposure to software technology coupled with his hands on application with large manufacturers allows a unique practitioner's perspective on how manufacturers can maintain control over a distributed supply chain. As a result, companies using RapidResponse have witnessed outstanding results, including: reduction in quote times, lower excess & obsolete inventory, increased turns, lead time reduction, and better overall forecasts.

The full 2007 Pros to Know listing is available on the Supply & Demand Chain Executive website at

About Kinaxis

Kinaxis delivers an on-demand Response Management service for visibility and coordination to drive rapid response to constant change across global supply networks, resulting in breakthroughs in customer service and operating performance. Kinaxis RapidResponse combines multi-enterprise visibility, collaborative "what-if" analysis and rapid decision support to empower front-line staff at brand owners and manufacturers to take quick and effective action when faced with constant changes in demand, supply and product. Global leaders such as Casio, Honeywell, Jabil, Raytheon, Solectron and Benchmark Electronics use Kinaxis RapidResponse to empower their supply networks with superior responsiveness and gain competitive advantage. For more information, visit the Kinaxis web site at or the company's blog at


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