Ten Strategies for Successful Organizations

Ten Strategies for Successful Organizations

So-called “active” listening means seeking to understand, and it’s crucial for leaders to realize that.

During the 2017 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit, Executive Platforms was proud to partner with SupplyChainBrain to conduct a number of onsite interviews between our speaker faculty and SupplyChainBrain’s Editor-in-Chief Russell Goodman.

Mark Heinrich is the President & Chief Operating Officer of PetroGo. Prior to this position he was a General Manager at Microsoft, where he led their supply chain and Logistics effort to build Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mark was the CEO of AAMSI, an aerospace manufacturing & repair firm located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (www.aamsi.com). Additionally, he was a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal (www.alvarezandmarsal.com), a global performance improvement and turnaround firm with annual revenue of over $1 Billion. At ‘A&M’, he led the public sector business unit, supervising 40 consultants with a book of business of over $50 Million annually.

Mark Heinrich retired from the Navy in November 2013 after a naval career that spanned more than 30 years of leadership experience in operations, finance, logistics, and supply chain management. In his final assignment in the Navy, he served as the Commander (CEO equivalent) of the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and the 46th Chief of Supply Corps, where he led the Navy’s global supply chain practice.

In addition to his assignment as Commander of NAVSUP and the 46th Chief of Supply Corps, Heinrich commanded the Defense Logistics Agency’s aviation center of excellence in Richmond, Virginia, and subsequently served as the Chief Operating Officer (J-3) of the Defense Logistics Agency in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In 2008, Heinrich deployed to the Middle East as the Director of United States Central Command’s Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in Kuwait, where he applied deployment and distribution expertise to plan and execute joint & combined force military operations.

Mark Heinrich’s professional career has culminated with a focus on creating world class supply chain, manufacturing, and operational excellence. He understands the importance of a mission, a vision, and a set of guiding principles that enable people to be successful. His strengths are in strategic sourcing, supplier management, integrated logistics, controlling costs, leading large scale operational projects, managing large operating budgets, and getting the best out of people. He leads the Microsoft engagement with Dell, HPE, Quanta, Wiwynn, Foxconn, ZT, & Lenovo

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Heinrich also holds a MBA from the University of Kansas, as well as a Master of Science in Petroleum Management from KU. In 2012, he was inducted into the University of Kansas School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Hall of Fame. He also attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s Advanced Executive program.

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Panel – Strategies to Identify, Develop, and Retain the Leaders Your Organization Needs for the Future

Panel – Strategies to Identify, Develop, and Retain the Leaders Your Organization Needs for the Future


This was the final session of September 12th of the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit. The discussion revolved around strategies to identify, develop, and retain future leaders. The panelists from left to right are:

Selina Kaing, Head of Global Transportation & Supply Chain Analytics, Google

Selina Kaing leads strategy for global transportation and supply chain analytics as part of Google’s retail operations. She joined Google in 2010 as part of the supplier sourcing team handling the company’s multi-billion dollar spend base and more recently led partner development for Google’s Motorola division (now part of Lenovo) focusing on new technologies and initiatives related to mobile. Prior to Google, she worked extensively in procurement and supply chain across a variety of major companies including Gillette (now part of P&G), The Walt Disney Company, Nestlé, and Express (formerly part of Limited Brands). Selina holds a B.A. in English Literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Oxford University.

Todd Scott, Executive Director, Global Supply Chain, General Motors Company

Todd Scott was appointed GM Executive Director of Global Supply Chain in July 2015. He is responsible for all Supply Chain planning and execution of GM’s vast supply base, as well as Lean Material Strategies and Execution at all manufacturing facilities globally. Todd also represents GM’s Global Purchasing & Supply Chain on the company’s Global Manufacturing Staff. For the past 32 years, Todd has worked for GM in the US, Brazil and China. He has held numerous leadership roles in Manufacturing, Logistics, Sales and Marketing, and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. Todd holds a B.A. in Business from Michigan State University and received his MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit.

James Spaulding, Director of Indirect Purchasing, Navistar

James is an accomplished procurement executive with 20 years of cross functional experience throughout procurement, finance, and internal consulting. James is currently Director of Indirect Procurement at Navistar, a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles and engines. Mr. Spaulding has oversight on all facets of indirect procurement spend across Manufacturing, Corporate, Supply Chain and Distribution. James has been with Navistar for 8 years and previously held a number of diverse leadership assignments with Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Heath, and Emerson Electric focusing in Finance, Finance Transformation, and the Consulting space. Mr. Spaulding earned his BA in Finance from the University of Toledo, and his MBA from The Ohio State University.

Elizabeth Door, Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing, North American Region, Whirlpool Corporation

Elizabeth Door joined Whirlpool Corporation in January 2011 as the Vice President of the North American Region – Global Strategic Sourcing. She has procurement responsibility for the Whirlpool North American Region. She manages approximately $7.7 billion in annual purchase value including Direct Materials, Indirect Materials and Finished Product Sourcing for North America. Elizabeth was previously with General Motors Corporation from 1995 to 2010. Elizabeth held various positions in the Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Function at General Motors Corporation. Her last role prior to joining Whirlpool; was the Global Purchasing & Supply Chain Director for Automotive Interiors & Safety overseeing a spend of $6 billion and leading a global team in Mexico, USA, Korea, China, Latin America and Europe.

Mark Trylinski, Vice President of Logistic Services, North American Region, Sony Electronics Inc.

Mark Trylinski has more than 30 years of supply chain management experience. He is a 27 year Sony veteran and is currently Vice President of Logistics Services for Canada and the United States. Mark has leadership experience in import/export, order management, logistics service, inventory planning, demand planning, distribution operations and retail planning. He has served as Chairman of the Canadian Retail Shippers Association (CRSA) (2008- 2015) and he was a member of the Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) (2008-2015) where he advised on the development and implementation of government policies

The Transformative Leader

The Transformative Leader

Amir Ghannad is a leadership coach with 30 years of experience in leadership and organizational development. Amir’s corporate career began at Procter and Gamble, where he held a variety of positions in the US, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Amir also served as Plant Director at Sunny Delight Beverages Company before taking on leading the Global High Performance Organization initiative at Campbell Soup Company.

A registered corporate coach and an accomplished trainer of courses such as Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, The Speed of Trust, The Mind Gym, and many others, Amir has designed and delivered numerous customized sessions that have helped organizations successfully achieve results in a variety of business situations.

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