EXTON, PA--(Marketwire - Feb 14, 2013) - Elemica, the leading provider of supply chain integration and optimization solutions, announces that Chief Technology Officer, Rich Katz, has been named a Provider Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. Rich was chosen because his technology-sophisticated and business-savvy skills led him to formulate the advanced technology and supply chain solutions that deliver value and profitability to Elemica customers.
"Rich Katz is an acknowledged and very highly regarded change agent across the global Process Industries," said John Blyzinskyj, CEO of Elemica. "He is our long standing technical thought leader, helping us build state-of-the-art cloud-based supply chain solutions which are easier to maintain and to implement. Rich's vision is displayed in Elemica's product and service portfolio, allowing our customers to go beyond the four walls of their organization; to reach customers, suppliers, and logistics service providers, and derive value across their entire supply chain network. This enables our Fortune 1000 global clients to realize increased productivity and improved business efficiency."
"Our annual list of Provider Pros to Know highlights the many thought-leaders who are helping to shape the supply chain industry and advance supply chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise," said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. "Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for supply chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year's Provider Pros listing."
Rich believes one of the key challenges facing his customers and their supply chains involves the adaptation of supply chains from an enterprise-focused approach to a customer-focused approach, also known as the "Inside-Out" vs. "Outside-In" supply chain. An outside-in approach focuses on and is designed around the needs of customers and requires a Demand Driven Value Network in order to be successful. By integrating disparate systems and automating supply chain processes across all trading partners, companies gain the competitive edge that keeps them profitable in a volatile economy and helps them to better serve the specific needs of their customers.
Rich Katz is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Elemica, a leading supply chain solutions provider for the chemical, tire & rubber, energy and related process industries. As CTO, Rich is responsible for overseeing the System Development and Operational aspects of the Supply Chain Solutions. Rich belongs to several industry organizations, where he takes a leadership role, including APICS and CCSMG (Chemical Customer Service Management Group). He is active with OAGi (Open Applications Group), which helps define the supply chain integration standards for multiple industries. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The Supply & Demand Chain Executive "Pros to Know" awards recognize exceptional supply chain executives at manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises who lead initiatives to help prepare their companies' supply chains or those of their customers for significant challenges ahead. With the 2013 edition of Supply & Demand Chain Executive's Pros to Know, the magazine is recognizing these men and women who are helping the supply chain to be increasingly recognized as a strategic differentiator crucial to meeting the challenges of the "new normal."
Elemica delivers state-of-the-art supply chain solutions in the areas of customer, supplier, sourcing, and logistics management. Elemica drives bottom line business results by promoting reduced cost of operations, faster process execution, automation of key business processes, removal of transactional barriers, and seamless information flow between business partners. Elemica was founded in 2000 and today connects more than 5,000 companies across multiple industries, processing over $150 billion in annual transactions. Elemica's global operations are headquartered outside Philadelphia and include offices in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Frankfurt, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Clients include BASF, BP, Continental, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, LANXESS, Michelin, Rhodia, Shell, Sumitomo Chemical, and Yokohama. For more information, visit www.elemica.com.