Power of the Profession

2021 Finalists Revealed

Celebrate the initiatives that create a supply chain impact

The Gartner Power of the Profession Awards are a community-led recognition of the most impactful supply chain initiatives every year.  

Selected exclusively by the supply chain community and a panel of top chief supply chain officers, these awards encourage the community to identify standout business and talent initiatives to advance the supply chain profession.

The Gartner 2021 Power of the Profession Awards Finalists have been announced.

How to Vote

First, all entries will be shortlisted down to a group of semi-finalists by expert analysts from Gartner Supply Chain research teams.

Then we invite members of the supply chain profession who are part of the Gartner community to vote for who should make the group of finalists. Voting will take place between November 6th and December 11th, 2020 – it’s up to your professional peers to decide who makes it to the final stage!

As a Gartner member, you will be able to cast your vote for up to six entries. You may not vote for your own company. Ineligible votes will be discarded.

Voting can be done using the following platform: https://potp.awardsplatform.com/

The finalists will then be individually evaluated by an expert panel of the world’s leading C-level supply chain executives and academics. In this final stage, each judge will rank the three finalists in each category based on their achievement against each of the three award criteria: innovation, execution, and impact. The final winners will be revealed at Gartner’s Peer Forum in San Diego (Date TBD).

2021 Executive Judges

Ann Ackerson

Antoine Simonnet
Global Head of Supply Chain Operations
HP Inc.

Barry Greenhouse
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain

Bart Derde
Senior Vice President, Consumer Health Supply Chain and Quality

Cliff Henson
Corporate Vice President, Cloud Supply Chain and Provisioning

Curtis Lancaster
Vice President, Supply Chain

Donald Frieson
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Donna Warton
General Manager, Devices Supply Chain 

Dr. Dirk Holbach
Corporate Senior Vice President and CSCO, Laundry & Home Care, Managing Director Henkel Global Supply Chain B.V.

Eugene Jaramillo
Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Raytheon Missiles & Defense

Ewan Andrew
President, Global Supply & Procurement and Chief Sustainability Officer

Fares Sayegh
Vice President, Supply Chain

Frank Crespo
Chief Supply Chain Officer

Gerry Rogers
Chief Digital Officer

Greg Jozwiak
Corporate, Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain

Halide Alagöz
Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Sustainability Officer
Ralph Lauren

Hardeep Kharaud 
Senior Vice President, Market Merchandising and Promotions

Ivanka Janssen
Senior Vice President, Global Integrated Supply Chain

Jason Reiman 
Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer 

Jim Radin
Vice President, Operations

John Church
Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Global Business Solutions
General Mills

John Kern
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations

Kathy Wengel 
Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
Johnson & Johnson

Larry Grischow
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Procurement
Abercrombie & Fitch

Linzell Harris
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Strategy

Liz O'Neill
Executive Vice President & President, Product, Innovation and Supply Chain

Luigi Giucca
Group Head of Supply Chain
British American Tobacco

Maria Nieradka
Head of Business Operations

Mark Sutcliffe
Global Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Renault Nissan Mitsubishi

Melanie Cook
Chief Operating Officer
GE Appliances 

Michael Edmunds
Vice President, Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain 

Mike Brewer
Vice President, Global Sourcing and Manufacturing 

Mike Duijser
Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Morris Cohen
Co-Director, Fishman -Davidson Center for Service and Operations Management
Wharton University of Pennsylvania 

Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier
Chaired Professor of Production Management 

Prof. Hau Lee
Co-Director, Value Chain Innovation Initiative
Stanford University

Prof. Jan Fransoo, PHD
Prof. of Operations Management and Logistics,
Dean of Research
Küehne Logistics University

Ramsey Musa
Vice President, Supply Chain
Newmont Mining    

Randhir Thakur
Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Global Supply Chain

Renee Ure
Chief Operating Officer, Lenovo Data Center Group 

Ricardo Ernst 
Baratta Chair in Global Business, Prof. of Operations and Global Logistics
Georgetown University

Rick Spann
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Church & Dwight

Robert Blackburn
Senior Vice President, Global Operations 
Stanley Black & Decker

Sandra MacQuillan
Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer
Mondelēz International

Sarah Clarke
Executive Vice President, PVH Supply North America

Sean Hunkler 
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Western Digital

Shawn Curran
Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain & Product Operations

Sikko Zoer
Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Distribution and Logistics

Terrance Brick 
Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Boston Scientific 

Viju Menon
Group President, Global Quality & Operations

Yone Dewberry
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Land O'Lakes

Additional Resources

After participating in these awards, I can see now why sharing stories across the industry lifts up the entire profession.

Donna Warton

General Manager, Devices Supply Chain, Microsoft

How the community celebrates the profession

One major category, with four subcategories, focusing on advancing the profession:

Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year

  • Customer or Patient Innovation of the Year
  • Process or Technology Innovation of the Year
  • Social Impact of the Year
  • People Breakthrough of the Year
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2020-2021 Timeline

Oct 2, 2020

Power of the Profession Submissions Close

Nov 6, 2020

Semi-Finalists Announced on Live Webinar

Nov 18, 2020 

EMEA Virtual Peer Forum


Nov 6 - Dec 11, 2020

Supply Chain Practitioner Voting

Dec 18, 2020

Award Finalist Announced

Dec 18, 2020 -
Jan 31, 2021

Executive Judging Panel Voting


Power of Profession Winners Announced at the Spring Peer Forum

Insights from the 2020 winners

Gartner’s Power of the Profession Awards recognizes exemplary supply chain and talent breakthroughs that help to elevate the power of the supply chain profession. Please note that some of last year’s categories were different from this year’s.

2020 Talent Diversity Champion and Top Talent Breakthrough of the Year

Intermountain Healthcare wins for expanding work opportunities for underserved communities, ensuring the organization is a place where the disabled are enabled, and minorities feel like majorities.

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2020 Business Win and Top Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year 

Schneider Electric wins for redefining the meaning of “Smart Logistics” through a platform that delivers increased performance and customer visibility for the end-to-end customer fulfillment process.

2020 Talent Payback of the Year

Intel wins by building strategic advantage through analytic fluency and skillset thanks to a comprehensive training and coaching program which has boosted analytical capabilities in supply chain.

2020 Talent Partnership of the Year

Bayer wins for revolutionizing local employability in Argentina by offering free skills training to members of the community in partnership with local non-governmental organizations.

2020 Social Impact of the Year

Colgate-Palmolive wins for reducing impact on the environment through TRUE Zero Waste certification, which enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals while reducing costs.

2020 Customer or Patient Innovation of the Year

Ralph Lauren wins for transforming its value chain with serialized digital product identities, offering valuable product information and recommendations to end consumers.

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