Meet the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine 2014 'Pros to Know'

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Supply & Demand Chain Executive presents its 14th annual listing of more than 200 top supply chain industry provider and practitioner professionals.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, is pleased to announce the 14th annual listing of Pros to Know in the Supply Chain industry.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive recognizes Provider Pros and Practitioner Pros (including Teams). The Provider Pros to Know is a listing of individuals from a software firm or service provider, consultancy or academia who have helped their Supply Chain clients or the Supply Chain community at large prepare to meet the significant challenges in the year ahead. This year's list includes more than 180 Provider Pros to Know.

The Practitioner Pros to Know is a listing of exceptional corporate executives at manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises who are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies' supply chains for the significant challenges in the year ahead. This year's Practitioner Pros to Know list also includes recognition of four Supply Chain teams.

"Supply Chain is increasingly recognized as a strategic differentiator for leading small, medium and large enterprises, and Supply Chain leaders have become crucial to the success of the enterprise in meeting the challenges of what truthfully has been called a turbulent economy,” said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Our Pros to Know listing highlights many of these outstanding executives and their accomplishments, and it offers a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage Supply Chain for competitive advantage.

"This honor highlights the many thought-leaders who are helping to shape the Supply Chain industry and advance Supply Chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise," Hochfelder added. "Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for Supply Chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year's Pros listing.”

Supply & Demand Chain Executive, which has created three separate sets of criteria for the Practitioner, Practitioner Team and the Provider Pros to Know, issued a call for Pros to Know nominations in Fall of 2013. Beginning in January, the magazine's editorial selection committee culled through more than 300 submissions to find the applicants that best fit the criteria. Submission information requested included:

Selection Criteria: Practitioner Pros to Know:

  •     What does the nominee believe to be the key challenges facing his/her company AND its supply chain in the year ahead?
  •     What programs or initiatives has the nominee undertaken in the supply chain to help his or her company meet the challenges described above?
  •     What is the nominee's philosophy or strategy for aligning supply chain with the company's broader corporate strategy?

Selection Criteria: Provider Pros to Know:

  •     What does the nominee believe to be the key challenges facing his/her customers/clients and their supply chains in the year ahead, and how is the nominee working with them to meet those challenges?
  •     In the nominee's opinion, how can supply chain, as a function, better align with a company's broader corporate strategy?

The complete list of winners may be found at The March issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive will feature more detail on many of these honorees, including the name of the Pro of the Year.

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