MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and fleet management solutions, announces that four of its supply chain executives are honorees of the Supply & Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) magazine’s 2021 Pros to Know awards in both the individual and team categories. The 20th annual awards program recognizes supply chain professionals whose accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage the supply chain for competitive advantage.
Pros to Know, Individual
In the individual category, SDCE names Kendra Phillips, chief technology officer and vice president of new product development at Ryder, for her role in helping to reshape the global supply chain. Phillips has been instrumental in the development, integration, and implementation of RyderShareTM, a one-of-a-kind collaborative logistics platform that eliminates silos of information and access and enables everyone involved in moving goods through supply chains – including shippers, receivers, carriers, and service providers – to work together in real time.
Pros to Know, Team
In the team category, SDCE recognizes the supply chain professionals behind RyderVentures, Ryder’s $50 million corporate venture capital fund. The team’s focus is on investing in and partnering with start-up companies that are developing new technologies and business models that are tackling disruptions in the supply chain, driven by accelerating demand for e-commerce fulfillment, asset sharing, next-generation vehicles, automation, and data analytics, among others.
The RyderVentures team members are:
- Karen Jones, chief marketing officer and head of new product development
- Kendra Phillips, chief technology officer and vice president new product development for supply chain solutions
- Bob Brunn, senior vice president of investor relations, corporate strategy, and new product strategy
- Michael Plasencia, group director for RyderVentures and new product strategy
“Ryder has a strong history in leveraging emerging technologies that help make our business and, ultimately, our customers’ businesses better and more competitive,” says Karen Jones, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of new product development at Ryder. “With RyderVentures, our goal is to identify earlier in the process those new technologies that address our customers’ pain points and work alongside the start-ups developing them to speed the solutions to market. We’re looking for innovative technologies from start-ups with strong growth potential but need the expertise of an industry leader with the depth and breadth of experience that comes with nearly 90 years in logistics.”
This year’s Pros to Know list includes individuals and teams from trucking and transportation firms, software and service providers, consultancies and academia, professional development agencies, sourcing and procurement divisions, and more – all who have helped supply chain customers and the supply chain community at large prepare to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
“While many companies have struggled to re-gain their footing as a result of COVID-19, this year’s Pros to Know winners stepped up to the plate to deliver innovative solutions and programs in a time of crisis and need. These winners collaborated, optimized, developed, educated, and played a critical role in the survival and success of their companies amid a global pandemic,” says Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics magazines. “I am honored to recognize these individuals and teams and extend my utmost gratitude to everyone in the supply chain industry for their time, efforts, and innovations to keep our nation’s supply chains afloat.”
To view the full list of 2021 Pros to Know winners, visit www.sdcexec.com.
About Ryder System, Inc.
Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R) is a leading logistics and transportation company. It provides supply chain, dedicated transportation, and fleet management solutions, including full service leasing, rental, and maintenance, used vehicle sales, professional drivers, transportation services, freight brokerage, warehousing and distribution, e-commerce fulfillment, and last mile delivery services, to some of the world’s most-recognized brands. Ryder provides services throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In addition, Ryder manages more than 250,000 commercial vehicles and operates more than 300 warehouses encompassing approximately 55 million square feet. Ryder is regularly recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, technology-driven innovations, commercial vehicle maintenance, environmentally friendly solutions, corporate social responsibility, world-class safety and security programs, military veteran recruitment initiatives, and the hiring of a diverse workforce. www.ryder.com
About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
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