More than 40 local supply chain professionals gathered at the River’s Club in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 for a presentation on Leadership in the Supply Chain put on by the Schneider Downs’ Business Advisors on developing a successful supply chain management program.
Rich McKenna, a Manager in Schneider Downs’ Business Advisory Group, presented an outline of the fundamentals of the supply chain. Rich reviewed the basic elements of effective supply chain management. He also discussed the various stages of supply chain evolution that every organization goes through to develop a formal supply chain management strategy. Important supply chain ideals such as customer requirements, demand management, the use of technology, and information sharing were also discussed.
The keynote speaker was retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General William “Gus” Pagonis. Lt. General Pagonis served in the U.S. Army for 29 years and was the single point of contact for logistics for the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Gus was responsible for the largest logistical movement of military forces and supplies since World War II. Following his departure from the military, Gus served as the Head of Supply Chain Operations for Sears, Roebuck and Co. Gus is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board for GENCO Supply Chain Solutions.
Gus explored and highlighted the personal characteristics needed in order to be a successful leader of an organization’s supply chain. Gus mixed a variety of stories and techniques from both the military and private sector designed to elevate the overall effectiveness of the supply chain. He presented a variety of evaluation tools that he used to measure and control his supply chain and stressed the need for frequent and useful communication between all stakeholders in the chain.
Gus evaluated the difference between a manager and a leader. He also stressed the importance of understanding the entire supply chain and the challenges associated with educating an entire organization in supply chain management.
If you would like additional materials or information on this event, or if you would like to hear about any of the supply chain management services offered by the Business Advisory Services group, please contact Joel Rosenthal at (412) 697-5387 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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