BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2012) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the presenter lineup for its 2012 Supply Chain Management (SCM) Summit being held April 4 - 5 at the Swissotel in Chicago. The theme of the event is "A View from Above: Transformational Initiatives for The Chief Supply Chain Officer".

The Aberdeen Supply Chain Management Summit will address the needs of the rapidly increasing number of C-level executives who view their supply chain capabilities as both a competitive advantage and market differentiator. Sessions will provide insights into how to transform the chief supply chain officer role from tactical to strategic to address the challenges, and capitalize on the opportunities, presented by the constantly changing, and often unpredictable, global marketplace.

"For today's supply chain executive, it's no longer enough to simply control costs," according to Bryan Ball, Vice President and Principal Analyst for the Aberdeen Supply Chain Management research practice. "Now more than ever before, supply chain strategy and execution has more influence on the success -- or failure -- of critical business initiatives. As a result, the chief supply chain officer has moved from behind-the-scenes to the forefront of corporate management, and with this change comes the demand for new skills and insights."

Featured presenters at the Aberdeen Supply Chain Management Summit include:

  • Tom Balzer, Head of Supply Chain Center NAFTA, Bayer Material Science LLC
  • Nick Delany, President, Vtech Communication Inc.
  • Bill Keller, President of Global Operations, Active Tools International Ltd.
  • Gerald LaGrange, Director Supply Chain, Supplier Collaboration Systems, Celestica
  • Ian Mallison, Executive Director, GL Mature Market Operations, Lenovo US
  • Jill Marcotte, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Dealer Tire LLC
  • Kristi Montgomery, Vice President, Information Technology, Kenco Management Services, LLC
  • Brad Mueller, Vice President Supply Chain, Briggs Healthcare
  • Masao Nishi, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, SYSCO
  • Seema Phull, Vice President of Materials Management Strategy and Integration, Honeywell
  • Drew Schramm, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Management, Herman Miller
  • Lalit Wadhwa, Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations, Avnet

For additional information on featured SCM Summit presenters and speaker announcements, please visit the SCM Summit 2012 Speakers page.

To learn more about the upcoming SCM Summit, please visit the SCM Summit 2012 Overview page.

Complimentary VIP passes are available for qualified supply chain management executives. To apply for a pass, please visit our Summit Registration page.

SCM Summit 2012 Summit Sponsors and Partners include: LeanLogistics, SmartOps, GT Nexus, Oracle, SupplyChainBrain and APICS: The Association for Operations Management.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy McLellan, Summits Sales Manager, at 617-854-5268 or

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company
Aberdeen provides fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having queried more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen for insights that drive decisions.

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