SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

March 18, 2008 15:06 ET

Aberdeen Lands Two Thought Leaders on the "2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know" List

Bartolini and Viswanathan Are Recognized for Their Individual Accomplishments and Thought Leadership in the Areas of Supply Chain, Supply Management, and e-Payables

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), announced today that Andrew Bartolini, vice president and group director of global supply management research, and Nari Viswanathan, senior director of supply chain research at Aberdeen, have been named to the "2008 Pros to Know" list published by Supply & Demand Chain Executive ("SDCExec"). Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know is a listing of individuals who have personally helped clients build their 21st century supply chain, including their view on the role of technology in enabling the 21st century economy, the processes and technologies employed to move the clients toward this vision, and the results that the clients are realizing from moving toward this vision.

Andrew Bartolini leads the global supply management practice at Aberdeen and is a recognized expert in sourcing, procurement and supply management. According to SDCExec, Mr. Bartolini's "vision for the future e-Payables has had a profound impact on many of the companies that he counsels. Additionally, Mr. Bartolini focuses his research on helping enterprises identify and leverage solutions to achieve operational excellence within clients' procurement and finance departments, as well as to enable technology and service providers to better cater to the needs of procurement."

Nari Viswanathan heads up the supply chain planning practice within Aberdeen and counsels enterprises on their supply chain planning strategies in areas such as sales and operations planning, demand management, inventory management, and customer/supplier collaboration with specific emphasis on financial performance. According to SDCExec, Mr. Viswanathan "has worked in the supply chain management space for 15 years, providing a compelling description of sales and operations planning excellence that moves from a historical, reporting-based approach to a proactive, scenario-driven approach adopted by leaders in this space. He is pushing the thinking of executives in this area, as well as pointing to the future of new capabilities required."

Mr. Bartolini and Mr. Viswanathan are acknowledged leaders in their fields, and each will be heading up annual research conferences in their related fields of expertise. Mr. Viswanathan will present key research findings at Aberdeen's second annual Supply Chain Management (SCM) Summit next month. This is the preeminent best practices and networking event for supply chain executives to accelerate their strategies in supply chain management. This event offers best practices in supply chain strategy and execution for vice presidents of supply chain, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, CIOs, and senior executives of logistics, manufacturing, and purchasing. The event takes place on April 2-3, 2008 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston, MA.

Mr. Bartolini has successfully reported key research findings at Aberdeen's annual Chief Procurement Officer's (CPO) Summit for the past two years. The CPO Summit has become the definitive meeting place for global procurement executives and their peers in supply chain, finance and operations to learn, network, and discuss the strategies needed to extend the broad transformation of their procurement organizations. This year's event takes place on November 13-14, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in San Francisco CA.

"Aberdeen is very proud of the commitment and quality that Mr. Bartolini and Mr. Viswanathan bring to their respective research and we thank them for continuing to lead supply management and supply chain professionals into the 21st Century with their thought leadership and fact-based research," notes Stephen Gold, President of Aberdeen Group.

To review the Supply & Demand Chain Executive article in its entirety, please visit http://www.sdcexec.com/print/Supply-and-Demand-Chain-Executive/2008-Supply-and-Demand-Chain-Executive-Pros-to-Know/1$10300

To learn more about Aberdeen Summits, please visit

2008 Supply Chain Management (SCM) Summit: http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/GSC08/

2008 Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Summit: http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/CPO08/

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