LQ’s mandate to provide “Ideas for Leadership in Logistics” is clearly evidenced in 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.

Graham Allen is a Program Manager with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, BPS Supply Chain Secretariat. Before joining the Ministry he was Corporate Manager, Land Transportation, for Falconbridge Limited. Mr. Allen has been chair of both the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association and the Canadian Shippers Council.

Bill Best, Director of Global Logistics, Microsoft Corporation, has more than 20 years’ industry experience. He joined Microsoft in 2002 to manage XBOX logistics and is now responsible for Microsoft’s logistics strategic sourcing, worldwide reverse logistics and worldwide hardware inbound freight.

Joe Bento, President, CEVA Americas and Global Freight Management, is a 20-year veteran of the transportation and logistics industry, most recently as president of EGL Eagle Global Logistics. He is a member of the Airforwarders association, the Council of Supply Chain management Professionals and the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Rick Blasgen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management professionals (CSCMP). CSCMP was formerly known as the Council of Logistics Management (CLM). Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, customer service, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. Blasgen became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president, integrated logistics. Throughout the past 23 years, Blasgen has devoted much of his time to furthering a number of companys’ supply chain management programs and initiatives. Blasgen has been a member of CLM’s Executive Committee, and is a past president of WERC. He was also chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee and is a member of northwestern University’s transportation Center Business Advisory committee. Blasgen is a 1983 graduate of Governor’s State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.

David J. Closs, Ph.D., LQ Executive editor, is John H. McConnell Chair Professor at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. He has consulted with more than 100 Fortune 500 corporations on logistics strategies and systems and is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Ben Cubitt, Vice President, Supply Chain, Rock-Tenn Company, has more than 20 years’ supply chain and logistics experience. At Rock-Tenn, a manufacturer of packaging products, bleached and recycled paperboard and merchandising displays, he is responsible for purchasing, transportation and logistics.

JOHN M. CUTLER JR. is General counsel of both NASSTRAC and the Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference and a frequent speaker on legal issues affecting transportation and logistics. He is the author of Rules of the Game: Legal and Regulatory Issues Facing the Supply Chain Manager, published in 2006 by CSCMP, as well as other publications. Mr. Cutler, who has 30 years experience in transportation law, is a principal
with the Washington, DC, law firm McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway, PC.

Jim Davidson, CEO, Wheels Group, has worked with the Ford Motor company and with TNT in various management roles, including North American representative on the board. He has served on the executive of the Canadian General motors Supplier Council and as executive vice president of the ATA Council of Logistics, Alexandria, Virginia.

Tommy Hodges is chairman of Titan Transfer, Inc., of Shelbyville, Tennessee, and a vice-chair of the board of the American Trucking Associations in Arlington, Virginia. ATA represents more than 37,000 companies, encompassing every type of motor carrier in the United States.

John Langley Jr., Ph.D., M.B.A., professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Supply Chain Executive programs, Georgia Institute of Technology, is a former president of the Council of Logistics Management and has received numerous distinguished service awards. He serves on the boards of UTi Worldwide, Averitt Express and Forward Air Corporation.

Ron Lee, President, TransGroup worldwide Logistics, has been in freight forwarding since 1974 and opened the domestic service wing of TransGroup Worldwide Logistics in 1989. An active board member of the Air Forwarders Association for 10 years, Ron is currently its chairman.

Lloyd A. McCoomb, Ph.D., has more than 30 years’ experience in transportation management that includes the Canadian Armed Forces and Transport Canada. He has held senior positions at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson international Airport since 1994 and is now president and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Clifford F. Lynch, Executive Vice President, CTSI, has provided advisory services in logistics since 1993. A former executive of Quaker Oats and Trammell Crow Distribution, he is a certified member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics and past president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Christopher D. Norek, Ph.D., Senior Partner, Chain Connectors, Inc., has been in the logistics field for over 20 years, consulting for large firms including Lowe’s, amazon.com, Schneider National and Cingular Wireless. He also works with SMB companies, including Malt-O-Meal and Chatsworth products, and is Education Chair of NASSTRAC.

Susan Promane has over 15 years’ supply chain experience with a variety of companies, including ICI Canada, CN Rail, Tibbett & Britten North America and Skulogix. Currently she is Director of Supply Chain for Whirlpool Canada. She has a B.A. (Hons.) and M.B.A. in business and economics from York university.
Kurt Ritcey, Partner, Deloitte, is a management consultant specializing in supply chain operations for manufacturing, consumer business and energy. He has directed improvement projects including strategic sourcing, e-procurement, demand and inventory management, distribution and warehouse operations. Internationally, Mr. Ritcey has worked in Hong Kong, Germany and Mexico.

Warren Sarafinchan, Senior director, Logistics Solutions, for Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto, has extensive experience in supply chain management in the consumer packaged goods industry. He earned his CITT designation in 1995 and is in his fourth year on the national board of directors for the CITT.

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor, is a Senior Manager with KPMG in Toronto. He specializes in supply chain consulting, particularly strategic sourcing and supply chain planning and operations, and teaches executive development at universities in Europe and North America.
Dale Thomson has been the Leader of Global Transportation Management at Nortel Networks since March 2008. Prior to this position, Dale had a senior sourcing role in Nortel's Procurement group responsible for the acquisition of services. In that context Dale had primary responsibility for the sourcing of logistics services and management of logistics service providers.

Ellen Voie is President, Women in Trucking. Previously, she was Manager of Retention and Recruiting at Schneider National, North America's largest truckload carrier. She has been Director of Trucker Buddy International, has written extensively about trucking and family issues, and published a book entitled Marriage in the Long Run.

Al Zorner, Founding Partner, Chain Connectors, left Union Carbide in 1994 to become Director of Technology/CIO at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the largest casino in the western world. He then assumed the role of Technical executive/CTO for IBM’s Interactive Media Group, the corporation’s incubator and premier e-business center.

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