DES PLAINES, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 2016 Thinkers & Movers Award, recognizing individuals whose innovative leadership has impacted supply chain thinking and practices, will be presented on September 26 to three outstanding professionals. Dr. David Closs, John H. McConnell Chaired Professor, Business Administration, Department of Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University; Dr. Robert C. Lieb, Professor, Supply Chain Management, Northeastern University; and, Linda Wood, Vice President, Operations Services, R.J. Reynolds, will be honored at a special event in conjunction with the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) September 25-28 in Orlando.
The industry-wide Thinkers & Movers Award was established in 2009 by DSC Logistics, one of the nation’s leading supply chain management companies. “Our profession is undergoing a dramatic transformation that began more than a decade ago,” said Ann Drake, Chairman & CEO of DSC Logistics. “Exceptional individuals such as Dr. Closs, Dr. Lieb and Linda Wood have significantly influenced the advancement of the field of supply chain management as a critical business strategy.”
“The leadership of Dr. Closs has been integral in the development of one of the top supply chain programs in the world at Michigan State,” Drake said. “Through his research and publications, his work has provided insights that have shaped businesses and practices across our field. He sees the value of working across functional areas and companies to optimize the total supply chain, in a world where the pace of change is ever increasing.”
Drake praised the research of Dr. Lieb, with its future-focused and visionary themes. “His innovative research on third party logistics has provided valuable insights to our field. And his achievements in designing and implementing the first transportation and logistics program - both undergraduate and graduate levels - at Northeastern University are notable.”
“Linda Wood never fails to inspire, to educate and to elevate,” said Drake. “In every role she’s held, we’ve seen her commitment to developing people in her own organizations and in others. She has mentored so many, and fostered career paths made possible by her vision and support. Her commitment to the advancement of women’s leadership in the supply chain field has accelerated progress and thinking.”
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. Previous recipients are Ralph Drayer, Dr. Nancy Nix, Daan Delen, Nicholas LaHowchic, Don, Ed and John Bowersox, David Simchi-Levi, Stephan Haeckel, Debbie Lentz, Rick Blasgen, Rick Sather, the J.M. Smucker Supply Chain Team, Mike Duffy and Kathy Wengel.
About DSC Logistics
DSC Logistics is a leader in transforming logistics and supply chain management into a critical business strategy based on collaborative partnerships, innovative thinking and high-performance operations. DSC achieves the business goals of Fortune 500 and other dynamic companies by designing, integrating, managing and adapting customized supply chain solutions. As a Lead Logistics Partner (LLP) and third-party logistics (3PL) provider, DSC delivers value by reducing total system costs, optimizing business processes, facilitating growth and change, and maximizing the potential of the supply chain. In today’s environment, filled with rapid and unpredictable change, DSC helps customers achieve their goals by being ready for anything! For more information: www.dsclogistics.com.