Panel: Improving Communication and Collaboration Up and Down the Supply Chain

This was the final panel discussion on September 13th of the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit. The discussion revolved around improving communication and collaboration up and down the supply chain. The panelists from left to right are:

Jeff Moorefield, SVP of Global Operations, Tennant Company
Jeff Moorefield is responsible for worldwide operations including supply chain, manufacturing, logistics and distribution. Since joining Tennant in 2015 Jeff is focused on eliminating waste in the process to driving speed and velocity into the overall supply chain, while understanding and improving the total customer experience. Before joining Tennant Company Mr. Moorefield spent 12 years in plant management and global operations leadership roles for several Pentair global business units including technical solutions, filtration and process, and water purification. In addition to these positions, Mr. Moorefield earned extensive experience in operational leadership roles with Emerson Electric Company from 1987 to 2001, after starting his career as a Design Engineer at Kentucky-based Smith & Proffit Machine & Engineering. He holds a degree in Industrial Technology from Western Kentucky University.

Alan Harrah, VP Global Supply Management, Pentair
Alan Harrah joined Pentair in 2008 to lead their global efforts in indirect sourcing and process excellence. Alan is now responsible for driving overall global sourcing performance and process excellence in Pentair’s 300 person supply management organization and developing and directing Direct Material and Indirect Procurement strategic sourcing initiatives for Pentair’s $2.0+ billion supply base. Alan joined Pentair from Whirlpool Corporation, where he served as the North American Sourcing Director for Indirect Procurement managing over $400M in spend across 100+ operations. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for Direct and Indirect Strategic Sourcing for Fisher Scientific Product’s global operations managing $300M in spend across nearly 40 operations. Alan started his career at General Motors Corporation where he spent 16 years in various progressive roles in procurement, supply chain, manufacturing, engineering, and business development.

Alex Blanco, EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Ecolab
Alex Blanco is Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Ecolab Inc. In this position, Blanco oversees the company’s global supply chain operations, including Ecolab’s more than 300 manufacturing plants, distribution centers and other supply chain facilities around the world. Previously, Alex worked for Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) for 30 years. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Product Supply Global Beauty Sector, responsible for strategy, planning, procurement, manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance and logistics. In previous roles, he led Supply Chain operations for other key P&G divisions and held several international assignments. Blanco has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA Twin Cities.