Top supply chain practitioners nominated for award

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Three of the UK’s leading supply chain practitioners have been shortlisted for the Individual Contribution Award in the 2009 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

They are: Peter Surtees, European supply chain director – consumer products,  Kimberly-Clark ; Chris Tyas, supply chain and business services director, Nestlé UK; and John Sexton, head of supply, quality and delivery at British Energy.

The Nominees:

European Supply Chain Director – Consumer Products, Kimberly-Clark
Peter Surtees has played a key role in developing Europe’s first successful collaborative distribution operations between Kimberly-Clark and Unilever in Holland, which won the Logimatch award for innovation, and for Kimberly-Clark’s more recent collaborative ventures with Kellogg’s in the UK and France.
Peter is a passionate supporter of collaboration as a sustainable supply chain solution and is a director of ELUPEG, a not for profit organisation, established to promote collaborative initiatives that improve European Logistics.
Peter joined Kimberly-Clark in 1994, following 15 years working in the 3PL industry. In his role as european supply chain director – consumer products Peter is responsible for physical logistics, sales and operations planning and customer services in Western & Central Europe. The logistics challenge for Kimberly-Clark, best known for brands like Andrex, Kleenex And Huggies, is to deliver world class on-shelf availability for high cube, low value products at an acceptable cost.

Supply Chain and Business Services Director, Nestlé UK
Chris Tyas has played a leading role in encouraging and developing collaboration in the industry. He has for the past three years been the co chair of ECR (UK) having previously led the On Shelf Availability Work Group. He is also the Vice Chairman of GS1 UK responsible for promoting and developing the use of data standards across the industry.
Chris has a wide ranging background in the food industry within Nestlé and Masterfoods covering supply chain, manufacturing and human resources both within the UK and continental Europe.
In his period with Nestlé he has pioneered many leading edge developments with retailers particularly on improving on-shelf availability and efficient replenishment. People development within the supply chain is a particular passion for Chris, a number of his team are now heading the supply chain operations of Nestlé around the world including the Nordic countries and Canada. More recently he and his team have become renowned for broader sustainability initiatives especially in sustainable distribution and reducing packaging.

Head of Supply, Quality and Delivery at British Energy
John Sexton is responsible for the supply chain for major critical projects with severe business impact at British Energy. One significant achievement is the Boiler Closure Unit Project, which was successfully delivered as the largest project in size, complexity and financial impact in the history of British Energy.
He has 25 years supply chain experience in the automotive, aerospace and utility sector with Honda, British Aerospace, GKN and British Energy.
In May 2004, he joined British Energy as the head of supply chain and put supply chain on the business map. The strategy and delivery approach resulted in: a category management approach to sourcing; an organisation able to adapt and respond to the strategic and operational needs of the business, significant bottom line and working capital benefits.

The winner of the Individual Contribution Award will be announced at The European Supply Chain Excellence Awards on Thursday 12th November 2009 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.  As always, the event promises to be the must attend event of the year, so make sure you book your table in plenty of time so as not to miss out.

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