SCM publishes updated list of supply chain leaders

Who are the most influential supply chain executives in Europe? Which leaders are truly shaping their organisations and can be seen as a poster child of the supply chain universe? For the second consecutive year, Supply Chain Media and executive search agency Inspired-Search present a ranking of Europe’s supply chain leaders.

By Martijn Lofvers, Onno Beijers and Marieke Lenstra

The ranking of the top 28 supply chain executives in Europe is based on several criteria including business impact, span of control, visibility and awards won. This year, for the first time, this list of executives also takes into account the annual Supply Chain Top 25 by analyst firm Gartner, which identifies leading companies in global supply chains. Headhunters from the European executive search companies Korn Ferry, Odgers Berndtson and Pod Talent have also cast their personal votes to contribute to this year’s ranking. This brings several newcomers to the list, such as Ralf Busche who moved into the position of Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Strategy & Performance at BASF Group in January 2016. Furthermore there are notably more women in this year’s list, which is positive news for the gender diversity of European supply chain teams.

However, the most important change in this list of Europe’s top supply chain executives is that Chris Tyas, VP Supply Chain at Nestlé, has replaced Pier Luigi Sigismondi as captain of the ranking. Who do you need to know in supply chain executive search in Europe?

Complete list of Europe’s top supply chain executives

No Name Job title Company
1 Chris Tyas Senior Vice President Supply Chain Nestlé
2 Roberto Canevari Chief Supply Chain Officer Burberry
3 Marc Engel Chief Supply Chain Officer Unilever
4 Bert Stevens VP Europe Operations Nike
5 Ralf Busche SVP Global Supply Chain Strategy and Performance BASF Group
6 Sami Naffakh SVP Supply Chain EMEA Estee Lauder Companies Europe
7 Rhiannon Davies Vice President Supply Chain GrandVision
8 Dirk Holbach Corporate SVP & Head Supply Chain Laundry & Home Care Henkel
9 Patrick Dittli Global Supply Chain Director Metro
10 Ivanka Janssen VP Supply Chain Drinks Europe PepsiCo
11 Daniel Helmig Head of Supply Chain Management/CPO ABB
12 Peter Ernsting EVP Group Supply Chain Carlsberg Group
13 Nina Anttila  Chief Supply Chain Officer  Reima Oy
14 Wim van Aalst  Chief Supply Chain Director  Waitrose
15 Ingrid Ebner Director EU Supply Chain Amazon EU Sarl
16 Adrian Kaczmarczyk Corporate VP Global Supply Chain Henkel
17 Bernard Amoury VP Global Supply Chain Sanofi-Aventis
18 Janet Kroes Senior VP of Supply Chain Planning & Distribution The Lego Group
19 Stefano Picasso Head of Global Operations & Suppl Chain Siegwerk
20 Marc Gross Chief Supply Chain Officer Heineken
21 Johannes Giloth SVP Operations Nokia Networks
22 Henri-Xavier Benoist VP Logistics and Supply Chain Europe Bridgestone
23 Edwin van der Meerendonk VP European Operations Walt Disney
24 Sikko Zoer VP Customer Care & Supply Chain EMEA & Canada Medtronic
25 Alexander Bähr Director Supply Chain Information and Integration McDonald’s
26 Perry Buenen SVP Business Operations EMEA Canon
27 Stephan Gotthardt SVP Supply Chain Europe Teva
28 Enrico Mistron Corporate Business Services EVP Luxottica