At its 2017 fall forum, the Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recognized Daniel Myers, executive vice president of integrated supply chain at Mondelēz International, for his outstanding contributions to supply chain management and the Haslam College of Business with a Distinguished Service Award.
“Daniel epitomizes how supply chain executives can be true enterprise leaders, not just focused on optimizing efficiency and lowering costs,” said Ted Stank, the Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business. “He pushes his teams to reimagine what their best can be, and he has done the same for the Haslam College of Business.”
Myers was a driving force in establishing the Global Supply Chain Institute’s advisory board, a group of 40 supply chain executives that meet twice a year to confer with Haslam’s supply chain faculty on current industry trends, research and curricular initiatives. Myers has sponsored upwards of 20 students in Haslam’s Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain (EMBA-GSC).
“It is not an over statement to say that the EMBA-GSC might not exist without Daniel’s support,” Stank said. “He believes in developing talent and in the way our programs give students first-hand exposure to global supply chain networks.”
Under his leadership, Mondelēz International funded the reinvention of a major, worldwide supply chain with a goal of delivering more than $3 billion in savings over three years. Prior to joining the company, Myers worked at Procter & Gamble for 33 years, serving in roles across all areas of the supply chain. While building supply chains in emerging markets for P&G, Myers worked in 52 countries and lived outside the United States for more than 10 years.
Myers’ view of supply chain as a competitive differential function within business has, in part, inspired and informed Haslam’s teaching on the subject across program levels.
“We call it supply chain, but it’s not just supply,” Myers says. “It is the value chain. We make the product, collect the order, deliver the product and collect the cash. The only way you create a competitive advantage is to deliver superior products with lower cost and cash than anyone else in the market.”
Myers earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UT. He is the third recipient of a Global Supply Chain Institute Distinguished Service Award.