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.

Geoffrey (Geoff) Bennett is the president and co-founder of the Kelron Logistics family of companies, one of Canada’s largest third-party transportation logistics companies, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. Prior to founding Kelron, Mr. Bennett held senior level positions in various major Canadian companies, including director of operations positions at Gelco Same Day (now Dynamex Express) and Sketchley Cleaners.

Rick Blasgen is President and CEO of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). He held VP supply-chain positions at Nabisco and Kraft before joining ConAgra Foods in 2003 as senior VP, integrated logistics. A member of CLM’s Executive Committee and past president of WERC, Blasgen chaired the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee and is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee.

Patrick Bohan holds the Professional Designation in Logistics from the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, and is Chairman of the Board of the CITT. After working with J.D. Irving Ltd., Mr. Bohan became manager, business development for the Halifax Port Authority, retaining and expanding the port’s breakbulk, container and other cargo activity. He also teaches at Dalhousie University’s business school, and is an executive member of the Halifax Shipping Association.

Ron Carter is Director of Logistics for Clearwater Seafoods, Canada’s largest vertically integrated fishing company. A former Executive Officer in Britain’s Department of Trade and Industry and member of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Transportation Policy Committee, Mr. Carter has chaired the CITT’s Toronto Council and National Board of Directors, and is currently Chair of the CITT Halifax Council. He was named CITA’s Supply Chain Executive of the Year in 2006.

John Chipperfield recently retired after 40 years in the transportation field. He devoted the last 12 years of his career to Bellville Rodair International, the freight forwarding company he co-founded in 1996; it now employs over 200 people with 21 offices in 13 countries. In retirement, John enjoys sports, model railroading and spending time with his two-year-old granddaughter.

David J. Closs, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, 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 Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Patrick Cullen has more than 40 years’ experience in the logistics profession, serving with such companies as Canadian Pacific, Kellogg, Johnston Terminals Ltd. and Locher Evers International. A past elected Chair and Honorary President of the CITT, Cullen was the association’s paid executive from 1992 to November 1999.  He is currently Global Chairman of Bellville Rodair International.

Bruce Danielson, Executive communications Manager, UPS, is responsible for developing strategic messages and event opportunities for UPS senior executives that support UPS’s growth, brand/reputation, thought leadership, employee relations and policy goals. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a degree in Public Relations, he has spent his 26-year career in the field of corporate communications, specializing in executive communications.

Jim Davidson, CEO, Wheels Group, began his career at Ford in 1963, before joining TNT in 1983, where he held management roles in operations, staff, administration and general management in several divisions, as well as representing North America at TNT’s European-based board meetings. He has served on the Canadian General Motors Supplier Council’s executive, and is Executive VP of the ATA Council of Logistics.

David Faoro is Supply Chain Director for The International Group, Inc., a $400-million manufacturer of waxes and wax-based industrial products. Over the past 20 years, he has worked in all aspects of supply chain management. A past president of the Toronto chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Mr. Faoro is a member of the Advisory Board of Logistics Quarterly.

Thomas J. Goldsby, PhD, University of Kentucky, has served as a logistics analyst and researcher in the corporate and public sectors and has published articles in several academic and professional journals. He currently serves as a member of the Council of Logistics Management (now CSCMP), the American Society of Transportation and Logistics and the Warehousing Education and Research Council.

Douglas J. Harrison, MBA, CMA, C.I.T.T., ICD.D, is President of Calyx Transportation Group Inc., a holding company that owns six of Canada’s leading transportation and logistics companies. Doug was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Leaders Under the Age of 40, and is a regular guest lecturer at Queen’s University. Doug is currently a member of the Board of Stephenson’s Rental Services and also sits on its audit committee, and is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Board of Directors.

Enno Jakobson is Executive Vice President for the Challenger Group of companies.  He has been active in the transportation industry over the past 30 years with an extensive leadership involvement in Intelligent Vehicles and Highway Systems ( I.V.H.S.), Customs modernization, Road Safety programs, Alternative Fuels, Fatigue Management strategies, and numerous other collaborative transportation initiatives throughout North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Derek J. Leathers, Senior Executive VP and CEO of Werner Enterprises and President of Werner Global Logistics, has nearly 20 years’ experience in international logistics, including major involvement in the NAFTA process. Previously Vice-President of Schneider National’s Mexico operation, he recently helped guide Werner’s expansion into Asia.

John Langley Jr., PhD, MBA, 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 a recipient of numerous distinguished service awards. He serves on the boards of UTi Worldwide, Averitt Express and Forward Air Corporation.

Diane Mollenkopf, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before pursuing an academic career, Dr. Mollenkopf worked as a logistics and product manager for several international organizations, managing U.S. inventories and coordinating production/shipping from European factories, as well as managing transportation and delivery activities, both internationally and domestically. She is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

Jeff Moore, BBA, PLog, is Managing Director of Lakeside Logistics Inc., headquartered in Oakville, Ont. In partnership with Chris Magill, Moore founded Lakeside Logistics in 1986. In 1999, Moore and Magill repositioned Lakeside from the transaction-based freight business to long-term relationship supply chain management accounts. He is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

As Director of Sustainability, Susan Moore drives Lakeside’s environmental initiatives. Within one year of lauching the Vision Green program in November 2007, Moore and her team delivered a 50-percent reduction in the company’s carbon emissions. By speaking at industry events on Lakeside’s success, she is challenging others to make the same commitment to the environment.

Chris Norek, PhD, has 15 years of experience in supply chain and logistics-related consulting for companies such as Computer Sciences Corporation and Accenture. He spent three years as a professor of logistics and transportation, and has worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Apple Computer and Office Depot as well as independent consulting for amazon.com, Aramark Uniform Services, The Sports Authority and Accenture/Andersen Consulting.

Michael Regan is CEO and Chairman of the Board, TranzAct Technologies, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1984, which provides logistics decision support technology and expertise that enables companies to lower their transportation costs and generate significant savings through sound logistics solutions. Mike serves as chair of both the American Society of Transportation and Logistics and the Advocacy Committee for NASSTRAC, and on the boards of numerous industry groups.

Nicholas Seiersen, BSc (Hons.), MBA, PLog, LQ Executive Editor, is the Canadian Service Line lead for operations cost management at KPMG. He specializes in supply chain consulting, with particular attention to strategic sourcing and supply chain planning and operations. Mr. Seiersen teaches executive development courses at top universities in Europe and North America. He is the past president of the Toronto Roundtable of the Council of Logistics Management (now CSCMP).

Ellen Voie is pPresident, 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.

Michael Watson is a Manager of the LogicTools Suite of supply chain applications at ILOG and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University.  He has been in the supply chain field for over 10 years and has worked on many supply-chain planning projects for different industries both domestic and global.

Charles L. “Shorty” Whittington is President of Grammer Industries Inc., Grammer, Ind., which provides transportation services for industrial, agricultural and retail suppliers.

Walter Zinn, PhD, is a professor at Ohio State University. His interests are the impact of customer service policies and the effects of inventory centralization and sales forecasting on safety stocks, logistics partnerships and consumer reactions to stockouts. An innovation award winner, Professor Zinn is a member of the editorial review board of two logistics journals.


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