ISM - A.T. Kearney and Institute for Supply Management™ Partner to Create Center for Strategic Supply Leadership

FOR RELEASE: December 18, 2003

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Center will create curriculum for senior level supply management executives

Chicago and Tempe, Ariz. — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) and global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney today announced a partnership and sponsorship agreement that will lead to the creation of the A.T. Kearney Center for Strategic Supply Leadership (CSSL) at ISM.

The center will serve as a catalyst for new thought in the field of supply management. It will be dedicated to closing the gap between the growing expectations of senior management and the results delivered by their organizations' supply partners. The center will work to identify breakthroughs in purchasing and supply at the highest levels and translate them into robust multi-level educational programs that shape an organizations' capabilities and business performance.

"In wrestling with issues such as globalization, technology and more complex supply chains, today's senior executives are demanding strategic insight and innovation from their supply management operations," said Paul Novak, ISM CEO. "ISM is grateful to A.T. Kearney for supporting our effort to reach higher into the supply management field through CSSL's creation of curriculum specifically addressing the issues and demands facing supply management executives."

Through the sponsorship of A.T. Kearney, the center will gain access to the insight of a global leader in strategic sourcing. Much of the center's curriculum will be developed in conjunction with sourcing experts from A.T. Kearney and designed for senior supply management executives.

"For the last 10 years, our recurring research on supply management issues has pointed to the evolving strategic role of the supply management executive," said Tom Slaight, A.T. Kearney vice president. "Companies viewed as leaders in supply management are using these capabilities to outperform their competitors. We're delighted to be joining with ISM to help shape the development of tomorrow's supply management leaders."

"Leading supply managemment executives have clearly demonstrated their operations can create real value by working with suppliers to eliminate waste and produce real cost reductions, not just price reductions, and also by developing strategic opportunities. The combination of ISM and A.T. Kearney in the creation of the CSSL will ensure that senior supply management executives have the insights and tools they need to bring similar value to their organizations," said Dave Nelson, vice president of Delphi Corporation and chair emeritus of ISM. The center's curriculum offerings will be researched and developed during the first quarter of 2004, with the first course planned for June 2004. The center will be governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of senior leaders from Fortune 500 companies. The members of this board will be announced in early 2004.


A.T. Kearney ( is one of the world's largest management consulting firms. With a global presence that includes more than 60 offices in 37 countries, spanning major and emerging markets, A.T. Kearney provides strategic, operational, organizational and technology consulting and executive search services to the world's leading companies. A.T. Kearney is the high-value management consulting subsidiary of EDS, the premier global outsourcing services company.


Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the largest supply management association in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities and education. ISM's membership base includes more than 45,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM is a not-for-profit association that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

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