Supply Chain Dive is pleased to present our five industry influencers for 2017.
Check out their answers to our first question: What drives supply chain innovation?
Abe EshkenaziCEO, APICS
Abe Eshkenazi is the CEO of APICS, the association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. Prior to joining APICS, Eshkenazi was the managing director for the Operations Consulting Group of American Express Tax and Business Services.
In addition to his CPA, Eshkenazi holds a master of business administration in management from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management; a master of business administration in finance from DePaul University; and a bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Eshkenazi is also an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE), and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
Cathy Morrow RobersonFounder and Head Analyst, Logistics Trends & Insights
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Logistics Trends & Insights LLC provides customized logistics research and consulting services utilizing a global network of trusted and experienced analysts. Services include white papers, reports, surveys, case studies and more.
Founder and Head Analyst, Cathy Morrow Roberson, has over 15 years of experience in the logistics market including ten years with UPS Supply Chain and several years with specialized consulting firms.
Jon SlangerupPresident and CEO, American Global Logistics
Jon joined American Global Logistics as chairman in April 2017 and was appointed Executive Chairman and chief executive officer in July 2017. He has 36 years of executive leadership experience, including the past 22 years as a corporate director, president or CEO of both public and private companies that range from the Port of Long Beach to a billion-dollar subsidiary of FedEx Corporation.
With domain expertise in multi-modal logistics, enterprise software and environmental technologies, Jon has built businesses throughout North America, Europe and Asia, serving customers in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining AGL, Jon was chairman and CEO of Mxi Technologies, a leading aviation maintenance management enterprise software company, until its sale in 2017.
Previously, Jon was CEO of the Port of Long Beach, a primary U.S. gateway moving $200 billion a year in trans-Pacific trade. As CEO, he delivered record levels of cargo volume and revenue growth and successfully managed a $4 billion capital infrastructure expansion program. Jon’s career began in military and commercial aviation, leading to a distinguished 20-year career with FedEx, where he advanced to become President of FedEx Canada. During his seven-year tenure in Toronto, he increased annual sales from $50 million to $1 billion, establishing FedEx as Canada’s leading international express logistics enterprise.
Jon also serves as a trustee of his alma mater, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and holds a bachelor of science in aeronautics and a master of science degree in business administration.
Karin BursaExecutive Vice President, Logility
Ms. Bursa has more than 25 years of experience in the development, support and marketing of software solutions to accelerate and streamline enterprise-wide operations including supply chain management, retail planning, manufacturing, financial, field service, and asset management. Ms. Bursa speaks frequently at industry conferences and has been at the forefront of innovative demand-driven supply chain, manufacturing, and B2B collaboration initiatives and is an influential member of key industry organizations including VICS, CSCMP and APICS.
Tania SearyFounding Chairman, Procurious
Entrepreneur. CEO. Mother. Marketer. Wife. Philanthropist. Public Speaker. There are many words to describe Tania, but one that comes up over and over is networker.
In 2016, Tania was recognized by IBM as a #NewWaytoEngage Futurist and named “Influencer of the Year” by Supply Chain Dive. She hosts regular procurement webinars, and presents at high-profile events around the world.
A true procurement entrepreneur, Tania is the Founding Chairman of Procurious, The Faculty and The Source. Throughout her career, Tania has been wholly committed to raising the profile of the procurement profession and connecting its leaders.
Procurious is the world’s first online community dedicated to procurement and supply chain professionals, which now has 60,000+ followers and members in 140 countries. Providing news, networking, elearning and powering procurement world-firsts, including Big Ideas Summit and Career Boot Camp, Procurious is the global knowledge hub for a new generation of professionals.
Established sixteen years ago, The Faculty has instigated a number of "firsts" for the procurement profession in Australia, including the development of a Procurement Executive Program through Melbourne Business School, the establishment of a Procurement Roundtable which includes many of Australia's leading organisations, creation of an annual Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Forum and attracting leading global procurement thought leaders to teach in Australia.
Ten years ago, Tania founded The Source, a specialist recruitment firm for the procurement profession.
Tania’s fascination and commitment to procurement development started around twenty years ago in the United States. After finishing her MBA at Pennsylvania State University, Tania became one of Alcoa’s first global commodity managers.