Back to the Future: Achieving Big Goals Begins with the Fundamentals

After his workshop presentation with Snyder’s-Lance, the EP Team had an opportunity to talk with Dan Spatz one-on-one about some of the trends he is hearing about in the supply chain world. We asked him what supply chain executives should be thinking about today to get ready for the next five or ten years. While Dan heard a number of great achievements and lofty ambitions from the speakers at the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit series, he said the foundation for those successes were laid years ago. Today’s supply chain executives need to identify what they want to achieve and recognize where they are on their journey. Do they have the fundamental building blocks in place to succeed?

Dan Spatz is an Oliver Wight principal with diverse experience in demand, supply, and service functions in both commercial and non-commercial organizations. After serving with Catholic Relief Services and at the U.S. Embassy in Guinea, Dan began a business career with the Mars Corporation. During 19 years with Mars in Russia and the US, he worked in Logistics, Procurement, Supply Planning, Marketing, and Finance. He also led two Integrated Business Planning programs and co-founded the Global S&OP+ Community in Mars. While in Russia, Dan coached three graduate management associates to achieve executive-level roles. Most recently, as Director of Integrated Business Management with The Nutro Company, Dan reignited a Sales and Operations Planning program with Portfolio Management, Demand Management, Supply Chain Management, and Financial Reconciliation.