Where Are You Taking Your Supply-Chain Strategy?

The 2004 Supply Chain Executive Retreat will be at the Royal Palms Hotel and Casitas, Phoenix, Arizona USA, on 25-27 February 2004. This retreat offers an opportunity for executives to share their experiences, challenges, and successes. Speakers participating to date include The Honorable Diane Morales, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics & Materiel Readiness), United States Department of Defense; David A. Perdue, Chairman and CEO, Dollar General Corporation; Mike Degen, CEO, Nortech Systems; and C. John Langley Jr., Ph.D., M.B.A., Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Supply Chain Executive Programs, Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Honorable Diane K. Morales was confirmed as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness (DUSD(L&MR)) on July 12, 2001. In this position she is responsible for policy and oversight of the military departments' logistics activities. As the DUSD (L&MR), she serves as one of two senior Deputy Under Secretaries to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, overseeing policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) in the specific functional areas of material management, maintenance, supply chain integration, transportation, logistics, electronic commerce, installations and environment. Her numerous areas of responsibility include reconfiguring the current logistics operational system to support a new defense strategy and force structure, depot maintenance and base closure issues.

Prior to her appointment by President Bush, Ms. Morales was president of DMS, Inc., a management consulting services firm focused primarily on public and commercial logistics operations and systems planning.

From 1990 to 1993, Ms. Morales served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics, and coordinated a comprehensive restructuring of defense logistics operations to improve performance and reduce business costs by $70 billion over seven years. Logistics reengineering initiatives included integrating logistics policy, regulations, procedures and introducing commercial business practices. Ms. Morales served in this capacity during Operation Desert Storm and played a substantial role in addressing airlift and sealift requirements.

Roundtable Discussions – These facilitated discussions will offer opportunity for attendees to discuss and debate these important issues amongst themselves in smaller groups. The program allows everyone to attend all three discussion topics. Major results of these facilitated considerations will be recorded during the sessions and provided to all attendees during the wrap up at the end of the program. Topics and Facilitators include:

SCM Critical Business Issues

Facilitator: Brian Eck, Program Director, SC Business Design, IBM Corporation.

SCM Practices and Strategies

Facilitator: Steve Miller, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Parks and Resorts, The Walt Disney Company

SCM Key Performance Indicators

Facilitator: Joseph Francis, Senior Director, IT Business Process Management, Hewlett Packard

The benefits and future expectations of supply chain management are focus for this executive retreat. The program includes presentations from internationally known and respected individuals on subjects of interest to senior supply-chain executives. Networking opportunities and a variety of social events are planned and included in the registration fee.

A great benefit also for this program is that each vendor registrant may invite one practitioner to attend free of additional registration costs. The registration form includes a vendor pricing section to register guest practitioners at no additional cost. If you have questions regarding this benefit, please contact the Council office.

For the complete program and to register on line, please visit http://www.supply-chain.org/SER/2004/SER04 program.htm Contact the Council for more information at +1 412 781 4101, fax: +1 412 781 2871, or email info@supply-chain.org

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