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LQ's mandate to provide “Ideas for Leadership in Logistics,” is clearly evidenced this issue with articles written by professionals and logisticians from America and Canada who are leading and transforming business by creating new roadmaps and definitions for leadership in this exciting field.

Sherry Aaholm is Senior Vice President of International & Freight Solutions at FedEx Corporate Services. Ms. Aaholm is responsible for the IT development of solutions to support international business, customs clearance, LTL, supply chain, and freight forwarding for FedEx Services, FedEx Freight and FedEx Express.

She joined FedEx in 1999 as Vice President and CIO of FedEx Logistics with 13 years of experience in the logistics and transportation fields. Ms. Aaholm previously worked at GeoLogistics Americas Inc., as Vice President of Information Technology, in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that, she worked at Schneider National/Schneider Logistics, Inc. for 11 years in information technology and transportation positions, based in Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

Robert (Rob) Carter, is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at FedEx Corporation. In his role as CIO, Mr. Carter is responsible for the corporation’s key applications and technology infrastructure. FedEx applications, advanced networks and data centers provide around-the-clock and around-the-globe support for the information intensive transportation and logistics product offerings of FedEx Corporation.

Mr. Carter joined FedEx in 1993 and has more than 24 years of systems development and implementation experience utilizing a wide variety of technology. He earned his bachelor's degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of South Florida.

Mr. Carter serves as a member of the Saks, Inc. Board of Directors and the University of Florida Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also Chairman of the Capital Campaign for the University of Tennessee Eye Institute, and is a member of several civic boards, including the Memphis Riverfront Development Corporation, and The Life Blood Foundation.

FedEx Corporation, with revenue of $25 billion provides the transportation industry’s broadest range of services. Its operating subsidiaries include FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Trade.

David J. Closs, LQ Executive Editor: Dr. Closs is the John H. McConnell Chaired Professor of the Eli Broad College of Business, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain management, Michigan State University. He has consulted with more than 100 of the world's Fortune 500 corporations regarding logistics strategies and systems. He is an active member of CLM.

Jim Davidson, President, iWheels dedicated Logistics, began his career in logistics at the Ford Motor Company in 1963 working in all aspects of logistics for 17 years. Mr. Davidson joined TNT in 1983 and held various management roles including roles in operations, administration and general management for a number of different divisions. He also served as the TNT board member representing North America at their European-based board meetings. He has served on the executive council of the Canadian General Motors Supplier Council as well as Executive Vice President of the ATA Council of Logistics located in Alexandria, Va.

Craig Fuller is the Vice President and General Manager of Xpress Direct, the fastest growing division within U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc., which is the fifth-largest publicly-traded truckload carrier in North America. Mr. Fuller joined U.S. Xpress in 1996 and has served in a variety of positions and departments within U.S. Xpress, including information technology, operations and sales management. While a member of the company’s airport-to-airport ground transportation management team, Mr. Fuller identified the unique needs found within the emerging market for on-demand expedited capacity. After working with the U.S. Xpress leadership team on a business plan that is focused on providing cutting-edge solutions for on-demand capacity, Mr. Fuller has captained the development of Xpress Direct. Under Mr. Fuller’s leadership, Xpress Direct has risen in just two years of operation to rank as one of leading expedited transportation services in North America.

David Griffith is the Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management, BAX Global. Mr. Griffith holds overall responsibility of the Business development, Solution Design, and implementation processes of global supply chain solutions spanning multiple geographic regions. Over the past year and a half, he has been focused on developing strategic global relationships and enhancing the solutions capabilities through close coordination with BAX’s technology group. Mr Griffith joined the BAX Global Supply Chain Management team in 2001. Prior to BAX, Mr. Griffith served as VP of Global Operations for Speedchain, Inc. and Global Account Executive for Fritz Companies. He worked extensively in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Mexico on complete logistics and supply chain management solutions.

Kurt Kuehn is the Senior Vice president, Worldwide Sales & Marketing, UPS. Mr. Kuehn directs electronic commerce, advertising, customer relationship management, product development, customer service and sales for UPS. Mr. Kuehn began his career with UPS in 1977 as a delivery driver, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in operations, industrial engineering, finance and marketing. Prior to his current position, Mr. Kuehn served as UPS’s first vice president of investor relations after playing an instrumental role in the company’s initial public offering of stock in 1999.

Robert Martichenko is the Vice President of Logistics Operations for Transfreight LLC, headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky. In his corporate development role, Mr. Martichenko is responsible for Business Development, Contract Operations and Product development. Mr. Martichenko is a student of Logistics, Lean and Six Sigma, has published in several industry journals and contributed the chapter on “Lean Six Sigma Logistics” in Michael George's book “Lean Six Sigma.” Mr. Martichenko holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the University of Windsor and an M.B.A. in Finance from Baker College. Transfreight is a comprehensive Contract Logistics company who specializes in Lean Six Sigma Logistics techniques.

Mark Morrison is senior Vice President of Business Development at TNT Logistics North America. TNT logistics North America is a business unit of TNT Logistics, which provides a wide range of supply chain logistics services for key market sectors. TNT Logistics employs more than 37,000 people, who are operating in 36 countries, managing over 70 million square feet of warehouse space. In 2003, TNT Logistics reported sales of 3.735 billion. TNT Logistics is a division of TPG N.V.

Christopher D. Norek, Ph.D. is a founding Senior Partner with Chain Connectors, Inc., an Atlanta-based supply chain consulting firm specializing in strategy, technology, returns management and training. He has been in the logistics field for over 15 years both in industry with Accenture, Kimberly-Clark, Apple Computer, and CSC as well as a professor at both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee. Mr. Norek has consulted for firms including SAP, amazon.com, Accenture, Office Depot, Cingular Wireless, The Sports Authority, Party City, and Aramark Uniform Services. He has been active in publishing for journals in the field and speaking for many organizations and university executive development programs including the Council of Logistics Management, NASSTRAC, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Tennessee, University of North Florida, and University of Louisville. He holds logistics degrees from Penn State, Tennessee, and Ohio State.

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.B.A., LQ Executive Editor: Nicholas Seiersen is a Senior Manager with BearingPoint, based in Toronto, Canada. He specializes in Supply Chain consulting, with particular attention to Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Planning & Operations. His preferred opportunities allow companies to increase value and/or take costs out of the total supply chain, rather than simply shift costs around. Mr. Seiersen is the Canadian lead for Supply Chain at BearingPoint. Mr. Seiersen has helped clients across the Western Hemisphere save millions. From Strategic Sourcing to warehouse layout, from network design & master scheduling to shop floor scheduling and control, Mr. Seiersen has worked with many clients in many industries improve their operations at tactical and operational levels, all the way to advising 3PL strategic forays into new businesses.

Mr. Seiersen holds a B.Sc. (hons.) in Biochemistry and an M.B.A. in Industrial Management. He teaches executive development courses at top Universities in Europe and North America. He has numerous publications in North America and Europe on ePurchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Cost-to-serve. He is the past President of the Toronto Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management, Vice President of French Logistics association ASLOG, member of European Logistics Association Business Management Committee, and serves on several global journal advisory boards in France.

Greg Slawson is Vice President of Automotive Solutions for G-Log. G-Log is a leading provider of global logistics and transportation software for enterprises and logistics service providers. The G-Log Web-native solution keeps goods in motion through the supply chain in all modes and across all geographies within a single system. Mr. Slawson brings 18 years of automotive supply chain experience to G-Log’s automotive clients, delivering reduced cycle times, inventory levels, and total transportation costs, while satisfying their customers’ demands for real-time information and on-time deliveries. Mr. Slawson has published numerous articles on supply chain logistics and regularly speaks on the subject. He holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and BS from Indiana University.

Scott R. Sykes is a Principal with SAP, and is responsible for supply chain management solutions in North America. He has worked in the logistics field for 15 years as a practitioner, consultant, and software professional. Mr. Sykes has advised clients on the selection and deployment of supply chain software solutions in North America, South America and Europe. Prior to joining SAP, he worked in Supply Chain Management roles with Accenture and Oracle Corporation. He is an active member of the Council of Logistics Management, where he is serving as the Software and Technology Track Chairman for the 2004 Annual Conference. Mr. Sykes holds an MBA in Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee.