The annual “Top 100 people influencing electronics manufacturing services (EMS)” – 2012

Our ‘best of’ list of the individuals who make the largest impressions.


90. Carolyn Williams
At FedEx, Williams manages business services and strategic sourcing for the global delivery giant where Williams is responsible for sourcing more than $700 million annually in enterprise services. With more than 28 years experience in supply chain development, sourcing and procurement, Williams has provided leadership for multiple sourcing initiatives across diverse commodities and services.

89. Alex Chkliar
Chkliar owns Electronics Publications, an online resource for hosting, distributing and purchasing original reports and research on various segments and sectors in the worldwide electronics industry compiled and written by numerous qualified sources and firms. With Chkliar, visitors always see a good variety, and number of, reports available focused on EMS. There is also a free company directory containing some EMS companies.

88. Günter Schindler
Schindler is COO with German SMT equipment manufacturer SIPLACE, an innovator in the technical assembly side of the EMS industry. Under Schindler’s leadership the Company has emphasized a clear focus on coordination between its R&D group and manufacturing in what Schindler refers to as the lead factory principle. Where many organizations de-couple R&D and manufacturing, Schindler promotes the two groups working side by side in proximity to one another, geographically. Literally. This allows R&D to easily leverage the manufacturing arena to better educate the Company’s R&D teams to then enable SIPLACE to continually improve product innovation and performance and meet constantly evolving electronics OEM and EMS end-user market requirements.

87. Wladimir Janousek
Based in Brazil, Janousek is operations manager with EMS provider Foxconn. Janousek has previous program management expertise while also at Foxconn. Janousek also has expertise in business development with a previous EMS provider, plus OEM employment where Jonousek’s responsibilities included sourcing management of EMS and ODM vendors, RFQ/RFP management, contract negotiations and SLA management and benchmarking of all contract manufacturing partners. (See, also: #1, #8, #19, #30, #49, #56, #85)

86. Gerry P. Smith
Here’s an executive not new to supply chain management accolades. Smith earned the award for supply chain executive of the year at SCM Logistics World 2009. That same year under Smith’s leadership, Lenovo also won an award for supply chain excellence which applauds innovation and superior execution in supply chain management. Who said the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? You can see why Lenovo appointed Smith senior vice president of global supply chain where he is responsible for end-to-end supply chain management encompassing order management, supply / demand planning, procurement, manufacturing and logistics.


VO Top 100 EMS Influencer-2012


85. Edgardo Blanchett
Blanchett is vice president of business planning and logistics at Foxconn the world’s largest EMS provider. A supply chain veteran, Blanchett also developed and implemented supply chain strategies at corporate tech titans like Sony, IBM…where Blanchett honed his ability to build and deploy initiatives aimed at enhancing and streamlining supply and demand management. (See, also: #1#8#19#30#49 #56#87)

84. Srinivasa Moorthy
Moorthy is head of the design center in India for global EMS provider Sanmina-SCI. Moorthy has senior R&D, executive-level product design and global operations experience with development, and product development management, for both western and Indian products in the telecommunications and networking; medical devices, automotive and avionics markets. (See, also: #11, #22#21, #26, #45, #76)

83. Kevin Davenport
Senior director in global procurement with Harman International, Davenport adds an OEM production operations perspective, with P&L responsibility and managing manufacturing cost models, plus oversight with EMS and ODM contract negotiations, to his long list of qualifications supporting Davenport’s understanding of global procurement and optimizing supply chains.

82. Douglas Kent
Kent is vice president with Avnet Velocity, a unit of leading international components distributor Avnet. An Avnet alumni, Kent’s return role allows him to hit the ground running with a mandate to expand supply chain support and solutions to the firm’s largest customers and suppliers. Avnet can rest assured Kent’s deep connections in the electronics industry and previous experience with international supply chain management consulting projects accompanied by a thorough understanding of tech supply chain challenges Kent acquired from bringing OEM and EMS providers together in professional networking environments will serve Kent and Avnet well. (See, also: #39)

81. Katherine Lewis
Lewis is director of procurement and sourcing solutions with IHS Global Insight. A trained economist with a mathematical influence focused on purchasing into supply chain requirements and forecasts, Lewis understands the relationships between developing tools for supply chain procurement strategy and execution and then meeting the needs of executives for better decision making across the enterprise.

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