Unilever’s Marc Engel again the No. 1 Supply Chain Executive in Europe

Marc Engel

Who is the most influential supply chain leader in Europe? To answer this question, Supply Chain Media applied a thorough methodology to produce the 4th edition of its European supply chain leaders’ ranking. This resulted in a list of the Top 28 Supply Chain Executives in Europe, with Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Unilever, taking the top spot for the second consecutive year.

The previous three editions of the Top 28 Supply Chain Executives in Europe and the Top 25 for Denmark (since 2017) – both developed and published in conjunction with the executive supply-chain recruitment agency Inspired-Search – as well as the Top 27 Supply Chain Executives in the DACH region, produced in partnership with the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), have all been tremendously well received. Building on that success, Supply Chain Media has now published its 2018 edition of the Top 28 Supply Chain Executives in Europe: a ranking of the leaders in senior supply chain management positions within multinational companies who inspire, innovate and succeed in achieving consistently exceptional results.

The Top 28 Supply Chain Executives in Europe ranking is based on four quadrants each worth 25%. 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 (SCOR), 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.

Marc Engel

Marc Engel has earned the title of Number 1 Supply Chain Executive in Europe for the second year in a row. Financially, Unilever registered an increase in both revenue (1.9%) and EBIT (3%) in 2017 compared to 2016. Accordingly, in 2018 Engel’s visibility also increased versus 2017, due to the number of interviews given and conferences attended. In the peer voting quadrant, Engel was unanimously awarded the maximum number of points and accumulated 15.5% of all awarded votes. With a master’s degree in applied physics from the University of Groningen, he is an exceptional leader driven by innovation and continuous improvement. He has been Chief Supply Chain Officer at Unilever since February 2016, based in London, UK.

The complete Top 28 of Supply Chain Executives in Europe 2018

  1. Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer (Unilever)
  2. Susanne Hundsbæk-Pedersen, Senior VP – Devices and Supply Chain Management (Novo Nordisk)
  3. Marc Joseph Gross, Chief Supply Chain Officer (Heineken)
  4. Roberto Canevari, Chief Supply Chain Officer (Burberry)
  5. Ivanka Janssen, VP Supply Chain Europe, Eastern Europe and Sub Saharan Africa (PepsiCo)
  6. Jürgen Braunstetter, Senior VP Supply Chain Management Automotive (Continental)
  7. Jean Marc Lechene, Executive Vice-President & COO (Vestas)
  8. Johannes Giloth, Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer (Nokia)
  9. Dirk Holbach, Corporate Senior VP, Chief Supply Chain Officer (Henkel)
  10. Sami Naffakh, EVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer (Arla Foods)
  11. Thomas Panzer, SVP Head Supply Chain Management (Bayer AG)
  12. Peter Kossler, Board of Management of Audi AG Production and Logistics (Audi AG)
  13. Thomas Schachner, SVP Global Supply Chain (Grohe)
  14. Lars Bang, EVP Supply Operations & Engineering (H. Lundbeck)
  15. Philip Hodges, EVP Group Supply Chain (Carlsberg Group)
  16. Ralf Busche, Head of Supply Chain Management (BASF)
  17. Vineet Khanna, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Supply Chain (Nestlé)
  18. Fares Sayegh, Vice-President Supply Chain Europe (Procter & Gamble)
  19. Tariq Farooq, Senior Vice President Supply Chain Global (Sanofi)
  20. Dan Bartel, Group SVP, Head of Procurement & Logistics/Chief Procurement Officer (ABB)
  21. Sikko Zoer, VP Customer Care & Supply Chain EMEA (Medtronic)
  22. Alexander Bähr, Director Supply Chain Information & Integration (McDonald’s)
  23. Bas Verkooijen, Senior Vice President Product Supply & Sales (OMV Downstream)
  24. Isabelle Conrot, Head of Global Supply Chain Operations (Roche)
  25. Lars Sørensen, Chief Operating Officer (Puma)
  26. Gary Calveley, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Europe including CEE & Russia and Global Manufacturing (Ecolab)
  27. Stefano Picasso, Head of Global Supply Chain Management (Franke)
  28. Per Rud, Senior Vice President After Sales Marine & Power Plants (MAN Energy Solutions)