About the Authors

Robert A. Rudzki is President of Greybeard Advisors LLC, a firm that assists enterprises improve their financial performance. He is also a director of a privacy and security software company, and is an Advisory Board member of several companies. Previously, Bob was Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Bayer Corp., where he led a nationally recognized transformation effort. Prior to that he was an executive of Bethlehem Steel Corp., which he led to recognition from Purchasing magazine as a Best Places to Work, and a top-quartile ranking in a best practices survey of 160 global corporations.  In the course of his career, he has held various executive management positions, which included finance, accounting, procurement and logistics, business development and P & L responsibility. Bob can be reached at: [email protected]

Douglas A. Smock is Editorial Director of GlobalCPO.com, an online source of procurement analysis and best-in-class practices. Previously, Doug was Editor-in-Chief of Purchasing Magazine. During his tenure at Purchasing, the Magazine received five national awards for editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Press Editors. No other publication in this field had ever won even one of these awards. During his career, he also served as chief editor of Plastics World, Associate Publisher of Modern Mold and Tooling at McGraw-Hill, and staff writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He founded and produced the Urethanes Report and High-Tech Molding newsletters and has won or supervised staffs that earned three Jesse Neal awards – one of the most prized awards in the industry that recognizes editorial excellence in independent business publications. Doug can be reached at: [email protected] or [email protected]

Mike Katzorke is Vice President Supply Chain Management with Smiths Aerospace. Prior to joining Smiths in December 2003, he was with Cessna Aircraft Co. as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, which he led to a Medal of Professional Excellence award from Purchasing magazine in 2003. His career also includes Sperry, Motorola, Honeywell and AlliedSignal. Mike has participated and led in the application of the Malcolm Baldrige, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma tools in integrated improvement processes at three Fortune 100 companies. He designed and initiated the rollout of supply chain management at AlliedSignal as Corporate Director of Materials, and at Cessna. Mike can be reached at: [email protected] or [email protected]

Shelley Stewart, Jr. is Vice President of Supply Chain at Tyco, where he is responsible for $19 billion in spend and leads cross-divisional sourcing teams. He is also responsible for promoting best practices across the company’s supply chain organization, through the use of technology such as e-sourcing tools. Prior to joining Tyco, Shelley was Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Invensys plc, headquartered in London. In this position, he provided leadership for the strategic sourcing of $4.6 billion as well as having overall responsibility for lean operational excellence. Before Invensys, Shelley was Vice President of Supply Chain Management with the Raytheon Co., joining them after 18 years with United Technologies Corporation, where he held numerous senior level supply chain and operational positions. Shelley can be reached at: [email protected] or [email protected]

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