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2014 APICS Supply Chain Council Board of Directors

The 2014 APICS Supply Chain Council Board of Directors are committed volunteers and forward-looking leaders who work to connect practitioners, academics, researchers, and consultants in meaningful ways.

The APICS Supply Chain Council 2014 board officers and members are:

   Hans Ehm
Infineon Technologies AG
Hans Ehm is the Principal of Supply Chain of Infineon Technologies AG. He holds a degree in physics and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In his 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, he was granted managing and consulting positions at Wafer Fabrication, at Assembly & Test, and for global supply chains. Ehm is engaged in operation processes and research activities on sustainable supply chain. He is Board member of camLine Holding AG. He is chairman of the European leadership team of the Supply Chain Council. Ehm teaches Supply Chain Management at universities and initiates innovative academic curriculums.

   Antonio Galvao, CSCP
Antonio Galvao has more than 23 years of experience encompassing planning, logistics, sourcing, engineering, manufacturing, product portfolio management, marketing operations and a proven track record of managerial success in generating multimillion dollar cost savings and a double-digit percentage improvements in both customer service levels and productivity. Global experience - lived and worked in Brazil, England, United States, Switzerland and Netherlands leading Local, Regional and Global teams. Antonio has a degree in Production Engineering and MBA from UFRJ in Brazil. He has also been the author of the “Working Green” department of APICS magazine since July 2008 and has presented in several conferences and seminars across the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been serving in the APICS Supply Chain Council Board since 2014.

  Karl Klaesius, CPIM
KS&E Enterprises
Karl Klaesius is the president of the APICS Supply Chain Council. He worked in nuclear power production for more than 25 years. He is the owner of KS&E Enterprises, an operations management education and training consultancy. His career has included responsibility for instrumentation maintenance to working in supply chain management. He currently provides project and strategic management consultation to several organizations. He has been an active APICS member for more than twenty years, serving as a local Chapter President, Director of Leadership for the former APICS Region 7 (southwestern United States), and on the APICS Board of Directors as Secretary Treasurer, Chair-Elect, and 2010 Chair. Karl holds the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation.  His varied speaking experience includes multiple professional development conferences and meetings including at the APICS annual conference. At the same time he also teaches APICS instructional classes and workshops.

  Lars Magnusson
Ericsson AB
Lars Magnusson is a supply process development expert with more than 20 years international experience in Supply Chain Management. He has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Lund University. He is currently responsible for SCM methodology development and strategy for the outbound supply chains at Ericsson AB, Stockholm, Sweden. He has experience in a wide range of design subjects in the supply area, from production system design, automatic ID systems, design of global distribution systems and supply related IT development. Lars has been active in the development of the Supply Chain Council frameworks of SCOR, DCOR, PLCOR and xCOR. He is past vice chairman of the Technical Development Steering Committee. He has also been active in the international business-to-business and barcode standardization work of EDIFICE and RosettaNet for Telecommunications.

  W. Rocky Newman, PhD
Miami University
Rocky Newman has been a professor of supply chain management at Miami University since 1987. Newman teaches in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, and manufacturing strategy. His work has been published in many journals including the International Journal of Production Research, the Production and Inventory Management Journal, American Journal of Business, and more. He is on the editorial board of several academic journals and has served as the editor in chief of the American Journal of Business. He has authored several popular textbooks in the field of supply chain management. He coordinates the Farmer School of Business’ highly ranked Supply Chain Management Program at Miami University. Newman graduated from Bowling Green State University with a master’s in business administration and received his Ph.D. from University of Iowa.

  Paul Pittman, Ph.D., CFPIM, CSCP, Jonah
Indiana University Southeast
Paul Pittman is a Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management at Indiana University Southeast where his interactive and practical teaching style has earned him numerous teaching honors including Indiana University’s System-wide Distinguished Teaching Award.  As a Partner of The LAMP Group, Paul has over 20 years of international consulting experience assisting organizations in learning and applying systemic thinking, executive leadership & decision-making, Lean and continuous improvement, and project management.   His diverse consulting clients include a variety of manufacturing and service organizations such as healthcare, building products, insurance and financial, energy production and distribution, and engineering design/build.  Paul’s past service to APICS also includes Chair of the SMR examination committee and a member of several other CPIM certification committees, along with serving on various board positions in his local chapter.  Paul is a frequent speaker at the APICS International Conferences and for professional chapter meetings around the globe.  He is also the author of numerous articles and several management education books.

  Shari Ruelas, CPIM, CSCP|
Chevron Products
Shari Ruelas is the value chain optimization coordinator for Chevron Products. Her team is responsible for price forecasting, demand planning, sales and operations planning, supply network optimization, and channel strategy for refined products in the US East. She has served as the APICS New Orleans APICS chapter president and is a member of the APICS Supply Chain Council board of directors.  

  Marco Ugarte, Ph.D., CPIM, CSCP, CQIA
Accountable for the comprehensive Energy & Water Stewardship Strategy of the organization serves as the main point of contact for strategic partnerships between MillerCoors and The Nature Conservancy, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, the United Nations Global Compact, and The Sustainability Consortium. Currently serving in the Board of Directors of the APICS Supply Chain Council, Dr. Ugarte is a certified supply chain instructor and speaker at forums such as The White House Council on Environmental Quality, The Association of Climate Change Officers, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum.

Formerly, Dr. Ugarte was responsible for the expansion of The Sustainability Consortium into Latin America, while conducting research in supply chain carbon footprint modeling for lean logistics and retailing systems in the consumer goods industry. As entrepreneur, has received awards from MIT, ASU, Walmart, and NASDAQ to launch technology-based innovation ventures addressing sustainability challenges.

  Christian Verstraete
Christian Verstraete is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for HP’s Cloud Strategy Team Worldwide. His responsibilities include the definition of HP’s Cloud functional and reference architectures and the coordination of cloud activities across HP. From his first HP job as a systems engineer through project, regional, district and global management, Verstraete has concentrated on developing, marketing, and advancing infrastructure services. Verstraete is a featured speaker at global cloud and supply chain events and contributes to several blogs. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and a degree in industrial management from Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven in Belgium.

  Robert Vokurka, Ph.D., CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP
Robert J. Vokurka is professor emeritus of operations management at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He has as a PhD from Texas A&M University – College Station in operations management and an MBA from Northwestern University. He worked 25 years in industry, holding positions ranging from plant manager to division controller. He was the 2008 Chair of the Board for APICS The Association for Operations Management and a past President of the APICS Supply Chain Council. Dr. Vokurka holds various APICS certifications and other certifications in accounting, purchasing, and quality. He has also served as a senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

  Michael Wasson, CPIM, CSCP
Director of DSD Planning Solutions at Coca-Cola Refreshments with a focus on strategic planning, change leadership, supply chain management, forecasting and scheduling, and continuous improvement. His previous roles at Coca-Cola include regional supply planning manager and regional distribution planning manager. Wasson's professional experience also includes roles as senior manager for DHL Express, sales center manager at Roadway Express Inc, and manager of logistics and quality at Hammacher Schlemmer. 

Wasson received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Lewis University and supply chain certification from Weber State. 

  Katie Fowler
Materials manager for the North America Pressure Pumping division of Schlumberger Limited, where she is responsible for expensed inventory. Fowler has been a materials manager for Schlumberger since 2008. Her previous roles at the company include materials manager positions with both the Global Drilling and Measurements division and the GeoMarket division. Fowler has also worked as a master scheduler and planner/buyer at Fluke Electronics and at Dell Computers, where she began her professional career.  Currently, Fowler is a member and volunteer of the Junior League of Houston. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in engineering in logistics, and received her bachelor's degree in Logistics and International Business from the University of Tennessee.

  Barbara Flynn
Indiana University
A Richard Katie M. and Myra Louise Buskirk professor of manufacturing management at Indiana University. Her professional interests include innovation management, just-in-time management, operations strategy, quality management, and world-class manufacturing. Flynn obtained her doctorate of business administration from Indiana University, her master’s degree from Marquette University, and a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College. 

She has received various accolades from Wake Forest University, Academy of Management, Decision Science Institute, and Journal of Operations Management.