In “From dreams to reality: How to turn innovative ideas into real-world applications” (page 18), Kristi
Montgomery explains a process she engages in every day. As Vice President, Kenco Innovation Labs,
Montgomery leads a team of specialists who collaborate with customers, entrepreneurs, and vendors from mul-
tiple industries to identify, research, and prototype creative ideas with the potential to impact the supply chain.
Montgomery has been with the Lab’s parent company Kenco, a provider of third-party logistics and warehous-
ing services, since 1990, with responsibility for software implementations and technology development. Prior
to her current position, she was Kenco’s Vice President, Information Technology.
Here’s a look at some of the faces behind the articles in this issue
There’s a lot of buzz about disruptive technologies, but how do you know which ones to prioritize for adoption, and which to simply keep an eye on? In “Disruptive technologies: Should you
give them the green light?” (page 34) the genial team of Farzad Mahmoodi, Ph.D., and Mike
Wasserman, Ph.D., of Clarkson University offers a framework for making those decisions.
Mahmoodi’s research interests focus on design and control of manufacturing and logistics systems. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Industrial Engineering and
the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. Wasserman is Associate Professor
of Organizational Studies; his research interests include the integration of technology and
human capital into business strategy and the supply chain, and the linkages among managerial thinking, innovation, technology
architectures, and firm performance. His research has been published in journals as diverse as Journal of Supply Chain Management
and Journal of Applied Psychology. Both men have received several awards at Clarkson for the quality of their teaching.
In “Using supply chain-enabled PLCM to boost margin growth” (page 26), a quartet of academic researchers explains how leading companies are implementing and benefiting from a
strategy called Platform Life Cycle Management. Theodore P. (Ted) Stank, Ph.D., is the
Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business and Professor of Supply Chain Management at the
University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The co-author of over 100 articles and four books, he
works on applied research, executive education, and consulting in supply chain management
strategy. Chad W. Autry, Ph.D., is the Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management and
head of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the University of
Tennessee. His research focuses primarily on relationships within the supply chain and their
impacts on organizational performance. Michael Burnette is the Associate Director of the
Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) at the University of Tennessee. He comes to UT after
a 33-year career as a supply chain executive at Procter and Gamble. He is a co-author of the
book Supply Chain Game Changers and multiple GSCI white papers. All three are located
within the university’s Haslam College of Business. Lance Saunders, PE, Ph.D., is Assistant
Professor of Supply Chain Management in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth
University. With a background in industrial and systems engineering, his current research
interests include supply chain sustainability, agility, and fragmentation.
Few people are as well positioned as Christopher Van Riet to discuss supply chain challenges in today’s Russia,
the subject of “Supply chain evolution in a crisis: Case studies from Russia” (page 40). Van Riet is managing director of Radius Group, which builds, finances, and operates warehousing and manufacturing facilities
in Russia and Ukraine. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School, the U.S.
native has lived and worked in Russia since 1995. He has served on the boards of the American Chamber of
Commerce of Russia, the U.S.–Russian Chamber of Commerce, and the Young President’s Organization Russia
Chapter. Van Riet believes the people of Russia and leading developed nations share similar values, and he is
committed to fostering greater understanding of Russia and its people, particularly in the United States.