Dr. John Gattorna, who has been instrumental in changing the perception of logistics and supply chain management from that of a tactically driven cost center to a strategic differentiator, will receive the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2018 Distinguished Service Award on Oct. 1 at CSCMP's annual EDGE conference in Nashville, the group said today.
The award, one of the supply chain management industry's highest honors, is given to an individual for significant achievements in the profession. Presented annually, the award was instituted in 1965 as a tribute to logistics pioneer John Drury Sheahan.
In a statement, Annette K. Clayton, CEO & president of Schneider Electric North America & the group's chief supply chain officer, said Gattorna has been a pioneer in how to take supply chain from a cost function to a business imperative. His body of work takes the supply chain profession from the factory and distribution center floors to the board rooms as a strategic advantage for companies." Gattorna has "taught our companies how to move from a 'one-size-fits-all' supply chain to a tailored and segmented approach that is rooted in science and the voice of the customer," Clayton said.
Gattorna is an author, academic and principal of Gattorna Alignment, a Sydney-based advisory firm. For more than three decades, he has worked with global corporations to take his model from the conceptual stage to a finer level of granularity. Along with researching, consulting and teaching, Gattorna travels extensively to share his thinking with peers and business associates.
Gattorna's contributions also extend to a lifelong support of diabetes charities, and in recent years as a business and supply chain adviser to the "Life for a Child" charity which supplies diabetes medication to children with Type 1 diabetes in developing countries.