Supply Chain Chiefs Primed to Disrupt
The Agenda article, “Supply Chain Chiefs Primed to Disrupt," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Ben Shrewsbury on the dynamic role of the CSCO. The article is excerpted below.
So far this year, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Avon Products and U.S. Food Holding Corp. are among the companies that are appointing chief supply chain officers — executives who can be responsible for spending up to two thirds of their firms’ operating budgets. Experts say that boards and chief executives are elevating former vice presidents from the supply chain, logistics or procurement groups into the C-suite because of a growing realization that operations excellence can be a crucial source of competitive advantage.
“It’s really the marriage of speed of disruption, technology and complexity in an enterprise-wide leadership that hasn’t existed before,” says Ben Shrewsbury, a consultant who heads up the supply chain officers’ practice at executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. CSCOs “may have grown up on the factory floor, but they’ve gone on to broader areas.”
In many ways, CSCOs seem to be doing the same tasks as chief operating officers (COOs). But Shrewsbury maintains that the job is different than the COO’s. He says the CSCO role is more specialized and focused on integrating operations.
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