DES PLAINES, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 2015 Thinkers & Movers Award, an industry-wide award recognizing individuals whose innovative leadership has impacted supply chain thinking and practices, will be presented on September 28 to two outstanding professionals. Mike Duffy, President, Medical Products, Cardinal Health, and Kathy Wengel, Vice President, Supply Chain (Chief Supply Chain Officer), Johnson & Johnson, will be honored at a special event in conjunction with the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) September 27-28 in San Diego.
The Thinkers & Movers Award was established in 2009 by DSC Logistics, one of the nation's leading supply chain management companies.
According to Ann Drake, Chairman & CEO of DSC Logistics, "Our profession is undergoing a dramatic transformation that began more than a decade ago. It is through the exceptional leadership of individuals such as Kathy and Mike that the supply chain is increasingly recognized as a key strategic component of success in health care and other areas."
Mike Duffy brought extensive experience to his present role at Cardinal, providing leadership in both supply chain areas such as distribution, transportation and inventory management, as well as in manufacturing and sourcing. Previously, he served as President of Cardinal’s Medical Supply Chain, leading the Hospital Supply, Lab/Scientific Products and Ambulatory Care businesses, and prior to that, he was Vice President, Global Value Chain at The Gillette Company.
"Mike Duffy is a major proponent of collaboration in the supply chain, as well as the importance of supply chain leaders being involved in a company's overall strategic decision-making," said Drake. "His call for companies to harness the potential of the supply chain by working closely with partners to achieve alignment and transparency has influenced professionals throughout the industry.”
“Mike also has taken a strong stand on the value of a more diverse supply chain leadership team,” Drake continued. “He’s spearheading and supporting efforts to eliminate gender bias and improve the ways diverse teams interact and perform.”
Kathy Wengel has advanced through a broad range of roles at Johnson & Johnson since she joined the company in 1988. She has held globally diverse quality, operations, technical and business leadership roles and lived in several regions of the world throughout her career. In her current position, she oversees all five segments of the Johnson & Johnson supply chain, chairs the JJSC Leadership Team, and serves on the Johnson & Johnson Management Committee.
Drake described Wengel as both "a role model and a source of inspiration for the profession’s future leaders,” commending the courage and commitment to excellence she has demonstrated in taking on and succeeding at challenging and varied supply chain roles, both in the U.S. and internationally. In 2014, Wengel was one of two inaugural honorees of the AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award, presented to extraordinary women supply chain leaders by AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education).
Since 2009, the Thinkers & Movers Award has been presented to outstanding practitioners, leaders and educators who have led the field in thinking and practices that have moved the supply chain field forward in significant ways.
2014 – Rick Sather, Vice President – Supply Chain and Operations, Jack Link's; The J.M. Smucker Supply Chain Team: Denny Armstrong, Senior Vice President of Logistics and Operations Support at The J. M. Smucker Company; Rob Fox, Vice President, Customer Logistics & Trade Compliance for The J.M. Smucker Company; Jody Starcher, Director of Corporate Warehousing and Customer Initiatives for The J.M. Smucker Company.
2013 – Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals); and Debbie Lentz, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Toys”R”Us, Inc.
2012 - Stephan Haeckel, business consultant and executive educator/coach who pioneered the sense-and-respond managerial principles of adaptive enterprise design, and David Simchi-Levi, Professor of Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author, entrepreneur, and consultant in the field of operations strategy.
2011 – Dr. Donald Bowersox (in memorium), longtime Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University and well-known author, speaker, and industry leader; Ed Bowersox, former Senior Global Director – Logistics & Supply Chain for Kimberly-Clark Professional; and John Bowersox, Director, Operations at Ann Sacks Tile & Stone.
2010 - Daan Delen, President and CEO of Reynolds American, Inc., and Nicholas LaHowchic, author and former President of Limited Logistics Services (for Limited Brands) and Becton Dickinson Supply Chain Services.
2009 - Ralph Drayer, former Chief Logistics officer of Procter & Gamble, and Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME; formerly Executive Director of the EMBA program and Professor, supply chain practice in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.