Chris Tyas of Nestlé No. 1 Supply Chain Executive in DACH region

Chris Tyas

Who is the most influential supply chain leader in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (the ‘DACH’ region)? To answer this question, Supply Chain Media applied its methodology to produce the Top 27 Supply Chain Executives in the DACH region. During the first edition of the European Supply Chain Excellence Summit in Dresden, Germany, Chris Tyas of Nestlé was announced as the region’s top-ranking supply chain executive.

Following on from the success of Supply Chain Media’s Top 28 Supply Chain Executives in Europe (since 2015) and the Top 25 for Denmark (since 2017), both developed and published in conjunction with the executive supply-chain recruitment agency Inspired-Search, the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) asked Supply Chain Media to develop a ranking of the Top 27 Supply Chain Executives in the DACH region.

The ranking of the Top 27 Supply Chain Executives in DACH is based on four quadrants each worth 25 percent. The first quadrant is “Company Success” which is based on the financial performance of the executive’s company, such as the yearly revenue, revenue growth, EBIT and EBIT growth. The second quadrant is “Personal Responsibility” which measures the executive’s span of control, the geographical area he or she manages, supply chain complexity and supply chain maturity based on the Gartner model. The third quadrant is “Personal Visibility” which measures the executive’s public media presence created through press releases, interviews, keynote presentations and university guest lectures. The fourth quadrant is “Peer Voting” which is the ranking given by experienced people involved in the SCM sector such as executive recruiters and professors.

Chris Tyas

As a result of the thorough methodology, Chris Tyas, Senior Vice President Supply Chain at Nestlé SA, tops the list of supply chain leaders in the German-speaking countries, earning himself the title of the No. 1 Supply Chain Executive in the DACH region 2018. Chris Tyas started at Nestlé in 1982, later moving up to become Supply Chain and Business Services Director. In 2010, after 28 years with the company, he was appointed Senior Vice President Supply Chain. Since 2013 he has been responsible for all the global and locally managed business for the Nestlé Group based in Vevey, Switzerland. He has created great personal visibility in the field of SCM by participating at conferences, giving interviews and lecturing to students as a visiting professor at Sheffield University School of Management.

The complete Top 27 of Supply Chain Executives in the DACH region 2018

  1. Chris Tyas, Senior Vice President Supply Chain (Nestlé SA) (135.2*)
  2. Juergen Braunstetter, Sr. VP Supply Chain Management (Continental Automotive) (108.5)
  3. Thomas Panzer, Sr. VP – Head Supply Chain Management (Bayer AG) (107.3)
  4. Ralf Busche, Chief Supply Chain Officer (BASF) (104.3)
  5. Peter Kossler, Board of Management of Audi AG Production and Logistics (Audi AG) (100.0)
  6. Ivanka Janssen, VP Supply Chain Europe, Eastern Europe & Sub Saharan Africa (PepsiCo) (89.2)
  7. Dan Bartel, Group SVP, Head of Supply Chain/Chief Procurement Officer (ABB) (88.2)
  8. Hans Ehm, Lead Principal Supply Chain Management (Infineon Technologies AG) (86.0)
  9. Carsten Koetter, Head Supply Chain, Injectable Platform (Sanofi-Aventis) (81.7)
  10. Dr Ulrich Glas, Corporate SVP Supply Chain & Assets (Boehringer Ingelheim) (76.4)
  11. Lars Sørensen, Chief Operating Officer (Puma) (71.8)
  12. Fares Sayegh, VP Supply Chain – Europe, Global Business Services (Procter & Gamble) (71.3)
  13. Johannes Giloth, VP Supply Chain – Europe & Global Business Services (Nokia) (70.8)
  14. Sönke Jungclaus, Director Global Purchasing & SCM (Freudenberg Performance Materials) (69.3)
  15. Volker Schmitz, Vice President – Head of EMEA Supply Chain (HP) (69.0)
  16. Bas Verkooijen, Sr. VP Product Supply & Sales at OMV Downstream (OMV) (68.8)
  17. Wolfgang Böhme, Corporate Process Owner Supply Chain Management (Siemens) (67.4)
  18. Gary Calvely, Sr. VP of Supply Chain Europe & Russia and Global Manufacturing (Ecolab) (65.8)
  19. Hans Gerl, Head of Supply Chain Assurance (BMW Group) (64.2)
  20. Xavier Cahiz, Head of Supply Chain International (Baxter International) (63.6)
  21. Isabelle Conrot, Head of Global Supply Chain Operations (Roche) (63.1)
  22. Frederic Brut, Head of Supply Chain EMEA (MSD) (62.7)
  23. Daniel Senn, Head of Supply Chain Management (Würth International) (61.2)
  24. Harald Emberger, Head of Supply Chain (Beiersdorf) (60.0)
  25. Sabine Simeon-Aissaoui, Head of Supply Chain Europe (Schindler Group) (59.6)
  26. Stefan Seiss, Vice-President Supply Chain (Coca-Cola) (59.2)
  27. Mario Reis, Chief Global Supply Chain (Coty) (54.3)
* Weighted total index score of the four quadrants “Company Success”, “Personal Responsibility”,    “Personal Visibility” and “Peer Voting”

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