Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is Featured Participant in Half-Day Forum for Thought Leaders

FOR RELEASE: October 24, 2005

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143
Senior executives in procurement, supply chain, finance and information technology to convene in Chicago November 10, 2005

(TEMPE, Ariz.) Oct. 24, 2005 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), the world's largest supply management organization, is supporting a half-day forum to be held November 10, 2005 in Chicago at The Metropolitan Club. "The Future of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management: Making a Strategic Contribution" is an invitation-only Economist Conference. Economist Conferences are high-level forums at which senior executives can gain insights, exchange views, and compare strategies.

ISM Board Member Tony Milikin, senior vice president — global supply chain, MeadWestvaco Corporation, will participate in two leaders panels to discuss complex issues affecting the supply chain organization. Milikin will join experts from Economist Intelligence Unit and SAP in a panel titled, "Global Trends and Transformative Forces Impacting Purchasing." He joins supply management executives from PepsiCo and Intel Corporation in a panel titled, "Global Business and the Supply Management Organization."

A third panel titled "Innovation and Competitive Advantage: The Next-Generation Supply Chain" will include leaders from H.J. Heinz Company, RadioShack and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

For a full agenda or for more information on how to reserve your place at this invitation-only event for senior executives from major corporations, contact Economist Conferences 212/554-0605.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) Visit ISM's Media Room at, Quick Search: QS130.

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