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 UT's Global Supply Chain Institute Forms Supply Chain
Leaders Advisory Board

Global Supply Chain Institute logoKNOXVILLE -- The Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has formed an advisory board of senior supply chain executives from thirty companies. Its inaugural meeting is May 31.

The executives serving on this board rank as vice presidents of supply chain and above, from companies representing office products, online services, technology, transportation, aerospace and defense, apparel, dining, and pharmaceuticals. Some of the thirty companies include Amazon, Avery Dennison, Bayer, Boeing, Boise, BNSF Railroad, Caterpillar, Cintas, ConAgra, Cracker Barrel, Dell, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Lockheed Martin, Lowe's, Macy’s, McCormick Foods, Nestlé, P&G, and Office Max. 

"This advisory board is by far the largest assembly of senior supply chain executives in the world," said Paul Dittmann, executive director of UT Knoxville's Global Supply Chain Institute. The board will meet quarterly through a web conference, thereby minimizing members' time commitment and eliminating travel expense.

The purpose of this advisory board is two-fold:

  • To solicit advice from supply chain leaders on the various domestic and global supply chain programs at UT Knoxville, including the Global Supply Chain Executive MBA and Global Supply Chain Forum.

  • To serve as a connection point for senior supply chain executives to discuss the latest supply chain trends and benchmark best practices.

"This is a unique opportunity for senior supply chain executives to compare notes on issues that 'keep them up at night,'" said Dittmann.

To learn more about the institute, please visit

May 2011

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