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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.

Victor Deyglio is the president and CEO of The 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 (CITT), 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.

Benjamin Gordon is the founder and Managing Director of BG Strategic Advisors, whose clients include a range of leading companies from Wall Street, venture capital organizations and the supply chain industry. Mr. Gordon is responsible for leading key client engagements and setting the direction of the firm. Prior to founding BG Strategic Advisors, he founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Mr. Gordon raised $28 million from blue-chip investor, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BancBoston Ventures, CNF, and ionian. He generated 3PLex feature stories in the New York Times, Business Week, ABC, Journal of Commerce, Lehrer News Hour, and other media. 3PLex has since been sold to Maersk. Mr. Gordon is the founder and chairman of GesherCity, which has boosted young adult volunteerism in the greater Boston area. Mr. Gordon received a Masters in business administration from Harvard business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.

Renate Jalbert is the Managing director, Customs Regulatory Affairs of FedEx Express Canada. Ms. Jalbert is FedEx Canada's premiere authority in customs regulatory affairs, bringing to the role several years experience in leading FedEx customs strategy development in Canada as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During her career, she has had responsibility for the carrier and warehouse customs compliance and customs brokerage operations for FedEx, and represents the company on national policy committees. As a recognized expert in the increasingly complex field of customs and cross border security, Ms. Jalbert is an opinion leader, speaker and media interviewee on the subject of trade regulations and the impact to Canadian business. She is an active contributor in industry forums and holds memberships in organizations including the International Air Transportation association (IATA), Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, Importers & exporters Association, Association of International Customs & Border Agencies, Customs Trade Consultative Committee and the American Trucking Association.

Robert Martichenko is President of LeanCor LLC. Headquartered in Florence, Kentucky, LeanCor delivers dedicated third party logistics services and training and education 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 co-authored the book "Lean Sigma Logistics", published by J.Ross Publishing. 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.

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc.(Hons.), M.B.A., P.Log, LQ Executive Editor, 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 is the Canadian Service Line lead for Operations Cost Management at KPMG. 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.

Bob Stoffel is the Senior Vice president for the Supply Chain Group, UPS. Mr. Stoffel directs the non-package companies of UPS. These include UPS Supply Chain Solutions, the logistics and global freight subsidiary; UPS Capital corporation, the company's financial arm; UPS Consulting, and UPS Mail Innovations - all of which were created to help customers synchronize the three flows of global commerce. Stoffel also is a member of the UPS Management Committee, which oversees the day-to-day management of the company. Mr. Stoffel joined UPS in 1975 as a part-time loader while earning a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Illinois, Chicago. During his UPS career, Mr. Stoffel has held a number of senior management positions. He has served as both operations manager and industrial engineering manager in five different UPS operating districts and regions. Mr. Stoffel also has worked in UPS's corporate research and development and marketing functions, where he was responsible for a new product development and a major UPS acquisition. He previously held the positions of vice president of UPS's Quality function and UPS transportation process manager. He also served as senior vice president and COO of the UPS logistics Group's Service Parts Logistics, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of world-class service parts and reverse logistics solutions. Prior to his current position, Mr. Stoffel was president of UPS Supply Chain Solutions, the largest of the four business units that comprise the Supply Chain Group. He oversaw the integration of 16 acquired companies that were added in recent years to UPS Supply Chain Solutions and then led the unit to profitability.