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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.


Major John E. Bell is an assistant professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and a fifteen year veteran of the United States Air Force. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Air Force Academy (1990), a Master of Science Degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology (1998) and Ph.D. in management from Auburn University (2003). Major Bell has been an aircraft and munitions maintenance officer in operational assignments throughout Europe and the U.S. and served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. additionally, Major Bell is a former winner of the National Defense Industrial Association's Louis Polk Award for defense related research, and a winner of the Leo Marquez Award as the outstanding maintenance manager of the year for United States Air Forces Europe. In his current position Major Bell teaches logistics management, operations management and supply chain management courses to graduate students at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His research interests include vehicle routing, hazardous material transportation, metaheuristic search methods, location analysis, and maintenance management. Major Bell has published his research in Computers & Operations Research, advanced engineering Informatics, The Air Force Journal of Logistics, and National Defense, in addition to several national and international Conferences.

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 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.

Victor Deyglio, is the president and CEO of the Canadian Professional logistics Institute. Some of Mr. Deyglio's roles and responsibilities at the Institute include strategic leadership, program and project development and management, research design, training and organizational management. He is the former Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Canadian Institute of traffic and transportation, and the former General Editor of Canadian transportation Law Reporter. Mr. Deyglio has taught at numerous universities and colleges in Canada. He has two Ph.Ds.

Sue Gadsby, C.P.P. C.P.M., is Director, Procurement, Apotex Inc., a global organization, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company, employing over 4,000 in Canada. Ms. Gadsby has more than 20 years experience in supply and logistics management and more than 10 years experience in travel management in various manufacturing and distribution environments. In her current position, she is director, Procurement at Apotex Inc. She specializes in re-engineering purchasing functions into a strategic resource within organizations. Prior to joining Apotex, she had similar responsibilities for Bayer Inc., where she reshaped the organization, along with the purchasing practices and supplier relationships. Ms. Gadsby has been on global teams to develop and implement best practices in the area of procurement, has been an active member on various industry advisory boards, spotlighted in leading purchasing, legal and travel management publications, and lecturers in public forums in the area of procurement, bid law, and travel management. She currently is on the board of the Senior purchasing Executive Roundtable (SPERT), and a new member of LQ's advisory board.

Thomas J. Goldsby, Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Professor Goldsby's areas of research include logistics strategy and supply chain integration. He has served as a logistics analyst and researcher in the corporate and public sectors and has received awards for his teaching and research. He has published articles in several academic and professional journals including the Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Logistics Management, international Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Management science, Supply Chain Management Review and Journal of Operations Management. He currently serves as a member of the Council of Logistics Management; american Society of Transportation and logistics; and the Warehousing Education and research Council.

Adrian Gonzalez is Director, Logistics Executive Council, ARC Advisory Group. Mr. Gonalez is part of the Supply Chain & Logistics consulting team at ARC. Over the past six years, he has authored several strategy reports on various supply chain topics, and managed consulting projects for Global-1000 clients. He is the director of ARC's Logistics Executive Council (LEC), a user member-driven service that serves as a medium for collaboration, benchmarking, and best practice research for logistics and supply chain executives from manufacturing, retail, food & beverage, CPG and 3PL companies. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences. Prior to ARC, he held various leadership positions at Motorola, Clare, and Polaroid.

Robert C. Johnson is President and CEO of Purolator Courier Ltd. Mr. Johnson has led Purolator to complete its most successful period, continuously improving operating profits, streamlining processes and improving operational efficiencies through major investments in technologies. Mr. Johnson has been the Chair of the Supply Chain Committee for the Canadian e-Business Initiative. In this new role, Mr. Johnson helped to identify and measure how Canada maximizes the opportunity for small and medium-size businesses to participate and prosper in the new economy. He also focuses on advancing the role e-business plays in raising productivity levels, creating jobs and advancing the competitive position of Canadian firms in the global marketplace. Before joining Purolator, Mr. Johnson spent six years with TNT Post Group in Europe. Most recently, he was Managing Director, TNT Benelux, responsible for all TNT Express activities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Prior to his employment at TNT, Mr. Johnson was a valued member of the executive team at Canada Post Corporation for 12 years and held progressive positions including Senior Vice President in charge of the marketing, sales and customer service functions. Mr. Johnson holds a degree in Economics from the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba and attended the Queens University Executive Program.

Edward Jordan is Vice President of compliance at TNT Freight management. TNT Freight Management, with operations originating from Wilson logistics Group, is part of TNT N.V., a global leader in logistics, mail and express. TNT Freight Management provides air-, seafreight and logistics services within an international network of 130 offices in 28 countries.

Vikas Krishna, Manager and Architect, has been with IBM Research since 1997. Mr. Krishna graduated from Syracuse university with a Masters degree in computer engineering.

Major Kirk A. Patterson is an assistant professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and a fifteen-year veteran of the United States Air Force. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Auburn University (1985), a Master of Science Degree in Physiology from Auburn university (1987), a Master of Science Degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology (1997) and a Ph.D. in Logistics Management from the university of Maryland (2002). Major Patterson has had numerous operational assignments throughout the world and served in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. In his current position, Major Patterson teaches graduate level courses in logistics management, transportation and research methods. His research interests include innovation diffusion, customer relationship management, and hazardous material transportation. Major Patterson has published in Transportation Journal, transportation Research Part E, and Air Force Journal of Logistics.

Scott W. Pollyea, Program Manager Strategy and Business Transformation, has been an IBM employee since 1999. Mr. Pollyea graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management with an MBA and obtained his B.S. in manufacturing Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University.

Peruvemba S. Ravi, Ph.D., is a member of the Supply Chain Management faculty group in the Laurier School of Business and Economics. He holds a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in calcutta, an M.S. in Operations Research from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and an MSBA and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His research interests lie in the areas of scheduling, supply chain management, and the marketing-manufacturing interface. He won the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award in 2001, an award that is given to only one faculty member each year at WLU and has been awarded to a total of only 87 researchers in Canada since its inception in 1995. He also holds a research grant from the Natural Sciences and engineering Research Council of Canada. His work has appeared in the journals IIE transactions and Logistics Quarterly and in various conference proceedings.

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.

Savitha Srinivasan, Senior Manager, Solutions Innovation, has been with IBM Research since 1991. Ms. Srinivasan graduated from Pace University in NY with a Masters in Computer Science.