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

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


80. Nev Rowbottom
Based in Hong Kong, Rowbottom is operations director with Mantis Electronics specializing in purchasing and supply chain management for the European market. Working primarily with small- to medium-sized organizations, Rowbottom helps with their electronics product sourcing and purchasing needs, design for manufacturing and test and NPI all through to surface mount production volume runs.

79. Liam Casey
Casey is founder at PCH International. Casey’s firm provides outsourcing operational expertise for supply chain management solutions in Asia / China. His firm focuses on outsourcing of consumer electronics products and serves the entire technology product supply chain; from concept and branding to product delivery, including design and engineering, sourcing, manufacturing and inventory management and fulfillment. PCH also offers a number of proprietary tools to help clients manage their outsourcing engagements.

78. Robert M. Monczka
Monezka is distinguished research professor of supply chain management at the W. P. Carey school of business at Arizona State University and director, strategic sourcing and supply chain strategy research at Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS) Research, where Monczka is also leading Project 10X for CAPS, which is an on-going research initiative to determine the next generation of sourcing and supply chain strategies that will lead to breakthrough improvements. For 25+ years, and counting, Monczka has researched, taught and consulted regarding strategic sourcing and supply chain management strategies and their implementation. Currently, Monezka is also principle investigator on two major National Science Foundation projects focused on purchasing and supply measurement and supplier integration into new product development. (See, also: #54#56#59#62#77)

77. Cuihong Li
Assistant professor of operations and information management at the school of business, University of Connecticut, Li is passionate about finding ways technology OEM companies can take cost out of their supply chains while leveraging strengths of their EMS partners. A number of EMS industry articles surfaced, written by others in industry, about the various assumed risks in the OEM-EMS relationship immediately following an article we wrote with considerable information contributed by Li and her research. Li’s insightful approach into various ways OEMs can possibly lower outsource design and manufacturing costs through better EMS provider management is great reading for any OEM wanting to reduce costs. (See, also: #54, #56, #59, #62, #78)

76. Sunil Vachani
Vachani is chairman and managing director at Indian EMS provider Dixon Technologies. Under Vachani’s leadership, Dixon serves India’s domestic and international consumer electronics and appliances markets. Vachani’s objective is for Dixon to eventually manufacture 15% of the Indian market’s requirements for consumer electronics; lighting, appliances, set-top boxes and other categories. To accomplish this, Vachani’s plans include relying on Dixon’s depth of engineering talent and R&D experience. (See, also: #11#21#26#45#84)


VO Top 100 EMS Influencer-2012


75. Robert Yap Chin Kok
Yap is chairman and CEO of YCH Group, Singapore’s leading end-to-end supply chain operations company providing supply chain management solutions spanning the entire Asia Pacific region. Yap is also a council member with the Singapore Business Federation. With more than 30 years of experience in logistics and supply chains, as the world has become more dynamic – especially in the Asia Pacific region – Yap recognized early on the importance of building stronger and more capable supply chains, and that people must rely on one another to do this. It is this type of thinking which lead Yap to become a strong endorser of personal professional development. Yap constantly encourages young professionals to grow by knowledge sharing through networking.

74. Masatsune Yamaji
Based in Japan, Yamaji is semiconductor principal research analyst with Gartner Research with focus on semiconductor demand consumption. Yamaji’s reports are reviewed at various levels across the supply chain at electronics OEM, ODM and EMS provider companies, by region, by device and by application. Yamaji’s research is often cited by semiconductor business development executives when developing strategies for allocating design-in activity and possible distribution channels. (See, also: #32, #35, #36, #37, #43, #44, #49, #51, #69)

73. Stefano Baggio
Baggio is senior director of purchasing for the APAC region with multinational lighting manufacturer Osram’s Asia Pacific division. This executive knows corporate procurement. With spend responsibility canvassing 12 manufacturing facilities in 6 countries, Baggio has accrued an impressive amount of materials supply chain management and leadership expertise including management of ODM and EMS finished product hubs.

72. Shoshanah Cohen
Cohen, a certified fellow in production and inventory management by APICS, is one of the leaders of operational excellence consulting firm PRTM’s worldwide supply chain innovation practice. A book, titled: ‘Strategic supply chain management: the five disciplines for top performance’, which Cohen co-authored with fellow PRTM colleague Joseph Roussel, has become the industry bible for supply chain management practitioners. Cohen has assisted numerous management teams in redesigning their processes for dramatic improvements in productivity; increasing production flexibility and customer service levels, and greatly reducing inventory investment. Cohen is also founding member of the Supply Chain Council and one of the original developers of SCOR, the supply chain operations reference model.

71. Steve DeWaters
DeWaters is a consultant. If you’re an EMS provider and you’re new to defense or you want to get involved in defense, we can’t think of anyone more suitable to talk with than DeWaters, a seemingly permanent fixture in many prime contractor factories and EMS provider facilities serving the defense electronics end market. This non-traditional EMS sector is growing at a faster CAGR than the overall worldwide EMS market and its one reason many EMS providers not currently serving defense want to become qualified.

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