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Introducing the Supply Chain Visionaries of 2020

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By Rick Jewell, Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is witnessing first-hand the groundbreaking work our customers are doing with the help of our cloud technologies. The last six months have stretched supply chain professionals to their limit as they respond to unimaginable disruptions, but we’ve seen many of our customers rise to this challenge, adapt operations, and pivot to sustained growth.

Today, I’m honored to recognize outstanding supply chain leaders in the 2020 edition of the Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Excellence Awards.

This year’s award winners have successfully adapted their organizations’ supply chain strategies to build resilience while driving business growth—and they’ve managed to achieve this during undoubtedly the most challenging year ever for supply chain professionals.

After carefully evaluating a wide variety of remarkable nominations, I’m pleased to announce that Cohu, GE Power, Western Digital, and Precision Group UAE are the 2020 Oracle SCM Excellence Awards winners. These visionaries have embraced innovation and agility to build highly adaptable and resilient supply chains:  

  • Craig Halterman, Chief Information Officer, Cohu

Under Craig’s leadership, Cohu decided to go “all-in” on Oracle Cloud. His goal was to harmonize business processes with a focus on program governance and an emphasis on delivering business driven capabilities. Now, with Cohu’s standardized systems, a smaller, more nimble IT staff can maintain the systems while supporting the company’s growing business and future acquisitions.

  • Pravin Kamble, Senior Director of Supply Chain IT, GE Power

At GE Power, Pravin’s exemplary leadership and vision enabled his supply chain team to overcome existing challenges by creating a global process and unifying their platform at the supply chain level. They’ve built a robust supply chain that is already seeing significant improvement and will drive topline and bottom line growth and efficiency with Oracle’s cloud-based supply chain solutions.

  • Matthew Smith, Senior Director of Global Transportation and Trade Operations, Western Digital

Matthew saw the opportunity to streamline Western Digital’s global logistics team by leveraging a central control tower concept to manage all worldwide logistics from a single office. His efforts have been crucial to driving change management and cost savings across the entire organization, yielding hard dollar savings through consolidation and advanced planning.

  • Praveen Hebalallu, Head of Supply Chain, Precision Group UAE

After running on a legacy system for more than 25 years, Praveen and team’s vision for the future was cloud. From day one, they were able to see analytics that used to take them months to get right. With their immediate success in hand, they are now looking to incorporate emerging tech to create a smart factory and automate their shop floor, maintaining the company’s status as a technology-driven organization while increasing their market competitiveness.

These industry experts have positioned their organizations for success today and far into the future. They’ve enhanced agility, boosted innovation, driven new business models, and created breakthrough experiences for customers, employees, partners, and suppliers.

Supply chain management has become a key driver of business strategy for organizations across all industries and I’m looking forward to continuing our partnership with these visionaries as they meet and overcome the challenges ahead – while delivering stellar customer experiences and fostering business growth. Congratulations to these very deserving winners of the 2020 Oracle SCM Excellence Awards!

Get the full customer stories at the Oracle SCM Excellence Awards website.

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