Should more technology companies follow suit and place supply chain expertise on the executive board? Michael Koploy, ERP Analyst at SCM Software Advice argues that the current state of the global economy and the importance of supply chains to successful tech companies means more executive positions should be filled with supply chain graduates.
Unfortunately, a supply chain talent crisis is holding back the industry from being able to place more graduates on the executive board. Ken Cottrill discusses the lack of high-level supply chain talent in his whitepaper Are You Prepared for the Supply Chain Talent Crisis? If and when talent catches up, Koploy believes that individuals with the following characteristics will be the most capable of C-level ascension:
- Global supply chain management experience
- Experience managing a team that adheres to just-in-time, lean and Kanban fundamentals
- Supply chain management (SCM) software experience using solutions equipped with business intelligence (BI) and forecasting/planning functionality
- Ability to organize and execute both operational and strategic supply chain initiatives and improvements.