Supply Chain Executive Robert Martichenko to Receive CSCMP's Prestigious Distinguished Service Award

July 21, 2015

Robert Martichenko, chief executive officer of LeanCor Supply Chain Group, will receive the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) 2015 Distinguished Service Award. He will be presented with the award during the Opening General Session at CSCMP’s Annual Conference in San Diego, California on Monday, September 28, 2015.

“Robert Martichenko is the personification of CSCMP’s Distinguished Service Award,” said Rick Blasgen, CSCMP’s president and chief executive officer. “He is a champion of innovation and creativity, and cares deeply about the people in our profession. He has a unique ability to share his knowledge in ways that positively impact our community. His myriad contributions have left an indelible mark on our industry, and we are extremely proud that he is joining this elite group of distinguished supply chain leaders.”

CSCMP’s Distinguished Service Award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, bestowed upon an individual for significant achievements in the logistics and supply chain management professions. Presented annually, the award was instituted in 1965 as a tribute to logistics pioneer John Drury Sheahan.

Robert Martichenko is widely recognized as a leader of practice and knowledge creation in the field of supply chain management. He is well known around the world for his landmark contributions to the study and practice of lean logistics and lean supply chain operations. Martichenko has devoted his career to improving professional standards, educational opportunities, and operational thought leadership in supply chain management, and is a long-time advocate of supply chain innovation.

“Receiving this award prompted me to take a moment to reflect on the last three decades,” said Martichenko. “During this reflection, it struck me how lucky I have been to participate in such an amazing industry. Collectively, we have all been given the gifts of developing countless lifelong friendships and the opportunities to solve challenging business problems. I truly believe that we, as professionals, have made the world a better place. Being part of CSCMP throughout my career has only enhanced the richness of my professional and personal experiences. Finally, receiving this award has created dialogue in my home for yet another attempt to finally explain to my family what I actually do for a living!”

Early in his career in the transportation and warehousing industries, Martichenko recognized the unmet logistics needs of lean manufacturers and began to focus on integrating lean principles and techniques across the entire spectrum of the value chain. He founded LeanCor Supply Chain Group in 2005 for the purpose of supporting customers in building and sustaining supply chain performance. His company offers a combination of training and education, hands-on consulting, and outsourced logistics services, which have contributed to major client successes in lean supply chain transformation.

His foresight in the field of end-to-end supply chain management has helped prepare the industry for changing business conditions resulting from globalization, market and product complexity, and changing customer preferences and demand patterns. By expanding the conceptual and geographical boundaries of the supply chain management practice, Martichenko has contributed to key developments in the industry that have enabled supply chain management to become a critical leverage for 21st century companies.

He is also dedicated to developing the next generation of supply chain management, and established the Ron Dobson and Mark Timpany Leadership Award at his former school, Rideau District High School in Ontario, Canada. This award provides annual scholarships to seniors who will be studying business, operations management, or logistics in college. He actively serves on the front lines of education and training, and is a member of the executive education faculties at Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute and the Lean Enterprise Institute.

Martichenko serves in an advisory capacity on the board of The Urban Electric Company, and has held many roles at CSCMP, including past president of the organization’s Cincinnati roundtable, regional roundtable chair, member of its Education Strategies Committee, and annual conference track chair. He has authored six books and numerous industry articles. Two of his books received The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence for research and professional publication.

He was recently named a “Rainmaker” by DC Velocity, a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and an honoree of the C-Suite Award for Cincinnati’s Venue and LEAD Magazine. He is a frequently invited guest speaker on the subject of supply chain management at organizations all over the world, including corporations, universities, hospitals, supplier conferences, and professional associations, such as CSCMP and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME).

Prior to LeanCor, Martichenko worked for Challenger Motor Freight and Transfreight. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Windsor and his master of business administration in finance from Baker College.

CSCMP’s Annual Conference is the largest of its kind for the supply chain management profession, and is the only event representing the entire supply chain from end-to-end. This year’s event will feature over 30 hours of educational content, 25 hours of dedicated networking with leading professionals, and the highest caliber attendee profile in supply chain.

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Since 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has been the leading worldwide professional association dedicated to education, research, and the advancement of the supply chain management profession. With more than 9,000 members globally, representing business, government, and academia from 62 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management. CSCMP on social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

For more information, please contact:
Amy Thomasson
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
333 East Butterfield Road, Suite 140
Lombard, Illinois  60148-5617 USA
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