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 Industry Giants Join the University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Forum

KNOXVILLE -- Four of the world's corporate giants -- Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Caterpillar and Honeywell -- have joined European logistics giant Geodis as founding members of the Global Supply Chain Forum. The forum is a logocollaboration between the U.S.-based University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville's College of Business Administration and ESSEC Business School (Paris and Singapore). It brings together industry leaders and outstanding faculty from around the world to discuss global supply chain issues, opportunities and best practices.

The forum's inaugural meeting will be June 28-29 in Paris, France.

"Procter & Gamble is delighted to be one of the founding members of the Global Supply Chain Forum," said Gustavo Lopez, vice president, Procter & Gamble Supply Network Operations. "The dialogue and sharing of the latest supply chain trends and solutions can unlock answers to issues affecting consumers around the world and ultimately help us improve their lives." 

Through its mix of presentations, breakout sessions and networking events, the forum allows attendees to interact with peers and academics from around the globe and learn how supply chain issues are managed worldwide. UT Knoxville's internationally ranked faculty members include some of the most-published academics on supply chain. ESSEC is a leading European business school and world leader in executive education with expertise in logistics and supply chain.

At the upcoming Paris forum, executives from Nestle and Renault will join the forum's other supply chain leaders in discussing how businesses can leverage their supply chains to attain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

"Our forum offers something truly distinctive in global supply chain management," said Shay Scott, director of the Global Supply Chain Forum. "It is the only supply chain assembly that will be convening in five different strategic world locations."

Over the next several years, Global Supply Chain Forums will take place in North America, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America. They will be held in collaboration with UT Knoxville; the Instituto de Logistica e Supply Chain (ILOS); and the Central European University (CEU) Business School in Budapest, Hungary. ILOS specializes in supply chain management and evolved from the prestigious COPPEAD Graduate School of Business in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; CEU Business School offers one of the top MBAs globally.

"We believe that collaborating with a select group of internationally renowned institutions creates a unique opportunity for each academic partner to bring its strengths, capabilities and points of view to the forum discussions," said Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in UT Knoxville's College of Business Administration Department of Marketing and Logistics.

"As a global company whose mission is to touch and improve the lives of consumers around the globe, P&G knows how important it is for industry and academic supply-chain thought-leaders to come together," said Lopez. "We are excited that tomorrow's supply chain leaders -- the students from the member institutions -- will be active participants in the forums." 

To learn more about the Global Supply Chain Forum, visit or call +1-865-974-5311 in the U.S.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) USA in Knoxville, Tenn., USA, has a long history of leadership in logistics and supply chain management, dating back to the 1930s.

In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT Knoxville's supply chain management and logistics programs No. 7 in the United States. The previous year, Supply Chain Management Review published the program as No. 4 in the United States. Also in 2009, Transportation Journal rated UT Knoxville's supply chain faculty No. 2 globally for logistics-oriented research.

For organizations recruiting in North America, AMR Research in 2008 named UT No. 1 in order management and transportation and distribution management skills and No. 2 in supply chain planning and performance skills.

ESSEC Business School (ESSEC), founded in 1907, has campuses in Paris, France and Singapore. It is an established leader in business education and was the first school outside the United States to earn accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Financial Times ranked ESSEC's open enrollment executive education program as No. 1 in France and No. 16 globally in 2009. Its general executive MBA program, offered in partnership with Mannheim University, was ranked No. 21 in the 2009 Financial Times ranking. The Wall Street Journallisted ESSEC as the No. 7 MBA program globally in 2007.

Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, was the first to launch an MBA program in Eastern Europe. As the leading business school in Central and Eastern Europe, CEU has a special mission to train business leaders in Central and Eastern Europe with a sense of social responsibility and public leaders with cutting-edge management skills.

The Transnational Leader MBA program, launched in 2009, testifies to the school's role as a pioneer in global business education. CEU is a partner institution in the International Masters in Management program, which the Financial Times rated the No. 21 executive MBA program globally in 2009.

Instituto de Logistica e Supply Chain (ILOS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a leading source of supply chain market information, research and education throughout Latin America. It sponsors the largest gathering of logistics and supply chain professionals in Latin America as well as numerous other events bridging the gap between corporations and academia.

ILOS evolved from the COPPEAD Graduate School of Business, which in 2010 the Financial Times ranked as the best business school in Latin America and No. 65 globally


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