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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.

David J. Closs, Ph.D, 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 the Council of the Supply Chain management professionals.

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, staff, 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 of the Canadian General Motors Supplier council as well as Executive Vice President of the ATA Council of Logistics located in Alexandria, Va.

Donavon Favre is an Assistant professor of Supply Chain Management in the College of Management at North Carolina State University. Prior to that, he was a managing partner of Accenture's Global Sourcing and procurement consulting practice where he consulted to companies including Pepsi, Corning, ExxonMobil, Scholastic, and Deutsche Bank.. Mr. Favre serves on the advisory board for Emptoris (eSourcing software company). He also worked for Westinghouse prior to his consulting career. Mr. Favre has a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an M.A. in Operations Management from The Ohio State University.

Dan French is a graduate student in the MBA Program at the Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. Prior to returning to business school, Mr. French was a Manager with Accenture.

Benjamin Gordon is Managing director of BG Strategic Advisors, a Boston-based consulting firm providing supply chain companies with CEO-level advisory services in the areas of strategy, technology and finance. Mr. Gordon is responsible for leading key client engagements and setting the direction of the firm. Prior to BG Strategic Advisors, he founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Mr. Gordon received a Masters in Business administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.

Robert Martichenko is President of LeanCor LLC. Headquartered in Florence, Kentucky, LeanCor delivers logistics and supply chain management services to companies embracing Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. 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 MBA in Finance from Baker College. Mr. Martichenko is involved with the Council of Supply Chain Management professionals (CSCMP), the Lean Enterprise Institute, the Supply Chain Consortium at Saint Louis University, and LQ Magazine.

Dr. John T. (Tom) Mentzer, Ph.D., is the Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business Policy in the Department of Marketing, Logistics and Transportation at the University of tennessee. He has written more than 160 papers and articles, and five books. His research has focused on the contribution of marketing and logistics to customer satisfaction and strategic advantage; the application of computer decision models to marketing, logistics, and forecasting; and the management of the sales forecasting function. He serves on the editorial review boards of five journals and as occasional reviewer for six others. He presently serves on the Executive Committee and is Immediate Past President of the Council of Logistics Management. He was formerly President of the Academy of Marketing Science and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science. He has served as a consultant for over seventy corporations and government agencies, is on the boards of directors of several corporations, and previously worked for General Motors Corporation.

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, transportation operations, returns management and supply chain 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,, 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., P.Log. LQ Executive Editor: Mr. Seiersen is a Senior Manager with KPMG, based in Toronto, Ontario. He specializes in Supply Chain consulting, with particular attention to Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Planning & Operations. 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 written for 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, (now CSCMP), Vice President of the French Logistics association (ASLOG), and a member of the European Logistics Association business Management committee.

Yossi Sheffi, Ph.D., is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management, which are the subjects he researches and teaches at MIT, both at the MIT School of Engineering and at the Sloan School of Management. He is the author of dozens of scientific publications and two books: a textbook on transportation networks optimization and the recently published The Resilient Enterprise: overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage (MIT Press, October 2005). Under his leadership, the Center launched many new educational, research, and industry/government outreach programs, leading to substantial growth. He is the director of MIT's Master of Engineering in Logistics degree which he founded and launched in 1998. In 2003 he launched the MIT-Zaragoza program, building a new logistics university in Spain based on a unique international academia, government and industry partnership. Outside the university Professor Sheffi has consulted with numerous government agencies as well as leading manufacturing, retail and transportation enterprises all over the world. He is also an active entrepreneur, having founded five successful companies, and a sought-after speaker in corporate and professional events. Dr. Sheffi was recognized in numerous ways in academic and industry forums and was on the cover of Purchasing Magazine and transportation and distribution Magazine. In 1997 he won the Distinguished Service Award given by the Council of Supply Chain management Professionals. In 2002/03 he was on sabbatical in the Judge Institute of management in Cambridge University, UK. He is also a life fellow of Cambridge university's Clare Hall College. He obtained his B.Sc. from the Technion in Israel in 1975, his S.M. from MIT in 1977, and Ph.D. from MIT in 1978. He now resides in Boston, massachusetts.

Theodore P. Stank, Ph.D., is the John H. Dove Distinguished Professor of Logistics and Head, Department of Marketing and Logistics at The University of Tennessee. Prior to arriving at UT, he taught at Michigan State University, Iowa State University, and the University of Texas at El Paso. He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Distribution from The University of Georgia, an M.A. in Business administration from Webster University, and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Stank's business background includes sales and marketing experience as an employee of Abbott Laboratories Diagnostic division. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy prior to his industry and academic experience. He has also performed consulting and executive education services for numerous manufacturing and logistics firms. He is an active member of the Council of Logistics Management. His research interests focus on the strategic implications and performance benefits associated with integrated logistics and supply chain management concepts, specifically related to logistics integration, communications and information exchange, outsourcing, and operational flexibility/responsiveness. He is a co-author of 21st Century Logistics: Making Supply Chain Integration a Reality, has published over 55 articles in academic and professional journals, and has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching.