SCM publishes updated list of supply chain leaders

Chris Tyas

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

NoNameJob titleCompany
1Chris TyasSenior Vice President Supply ChainNestlé
2Roberto CanevariChief Supply Chain OfficerBurberry
3Marc EngelChief Supply Chain OfficerUnilever
4Bert StevensVP Europe OperationsNike
5Ralf BuscheSVP Global Supply Chain Strategy and PerformanceBASF Group
6Sami NaffakhSVP Supply Chain EMEAEstee Lauder Companies Europe
7Rhiannon DaviesVice President Supply ChainGrandVision
8Dirk HolbachCorporate SVP & Head Supply Chain Laundry & Home CareHenkel
9Patrick DittliGlobal Supply Chain DirectorMetro
10Ivanka JanssenVP Supply Chain Drinks EuropePepsiCo
11Daniel HelmigHead of Supply Chain Management/CPOABB
12Peter ErnstingEVP Group Supply ChainCarlsberg Group
13Nina Anttila Chief Supply Chain Officer Reima Oy
14Wim van Aalst Chief Supply Chain Director Waitrose
15Ingrid EbnerDirector EU Supply ChainAmazon EU Sarl
16Adrian KaczmarczykCorporate VP Global Supply ChainHenkel
17Bernard AmouryVP Global Supply ChainSanofi-Aventis
18Janet KroesSenior VP of Supply Chain Planning & DistributionThe Lego Group
19Stefano PicassoHead of Global Operations & Suppl ChainSiegwerk
20Marc GrossChief Supply Chain OfficerHeineken
21Johannes GilothSVP OperationsNokia Networks
22Henri-Xavier BenoistVP Logistics and Supply Chain EuropeBridgestone
23Edwin van der MeerendonkVP European OperationsWalt Disney
24Sikko ZoerVP Customer Care & Supply Chain EMEA & CanadaMedtronic
25Alexander BährDirector Supply Chain Information and IntegrationMcDonald’s
26Perry BuenenSVP Business Operations EMEACanon
27Stephan GotthardtSVP Supply Chain EuropeTeva
28Enrico MistronCorporate Business Services EVPLuxottica