Australian companies are leading the way in supply chain management, innovation technology and best practice. The strong list of 2007 Mercury Awards entries attests to that.
Submissions have been received from Cadbury Schweppes, Ceva Logistics, FedEx, Woolworths and acclaimed laser vision correction technology specialist Customvis – to name just a few.
The Mercury Awards entries are now being considered by our prestigious panel of judges.
Rob O’Byrne, managing director of the Australian Logistics Bureau, Phil Lumsden, intercontinental operations
manager DHL Global Forwarding and Steven Pereira chief information officer, GS1 Australia join Logistics Magazine editor Anna Game-Lopata to select finalists in six categories.
GS1 Supply chain visibility expertise
Steven Pereira joined GS1 Australia in August 1996 and has held a number of high-level managerial positions. His current responsibilities involve Business Systems, Standards & Emerging Technologies and Education.
Trained in business and commerce at the University of Western Australia, Pereira believes that a thorough understanding of supply chain principles is critical to business success.
A large part of his role is to facilitate the availability of GS1 subject matter experts to external parties such as educational institutions and businesses.
Pereira has been involved in several Asia-Pacific training programs and international forums, and is a member of the GS1 Global Standards Management Process.
He also sits on a number of tertiary institutions’ industry advisory committees, including Deakin School of Information Systems Industry Advisory Committee, and Swinburne Centre for Collaborative Business Innovation Advisory Group.
Pereira is involved in several Australian industry working groups, and is an Advisory Board member on CIO Executive Council.
Prior to GS1 Australia, Pereira worked at Coles Myer Ltd for 17 years where he was involved in distribution centre operations, logistics, distribution systems development, EDI implementation and finance/administration.
DHL, global logistics leadership
Based in NSW, Phil Lumsden has been in the logistics industry for over 32 years and has been employed by DHL Global Forwarding for a similar period.
Currently the NSW Manager for Global Forwarding, Phil Lumsden is responsible for the successful integration in NSW of the two forwarding operations of the former Exel and Danzas Air and Ocean business units.
He’s experienced in all areas of the supply chain, including international forwarding management, warehousing and local distribution.
Lumsden’s capabilities include, management responsibility for profit and loss since 1985, capability and capacity to implement structural reform to maintain the competitiveness of the business area under direct reporting, change management and project management.
A Sales & Marketing graduate, Lumsden has been a customs broker since 1978 and responsible for air and ocean freight forwarding since 1982.
Various management functions performed include divisional management experience from 1985 and state management responsibility since 1989. Lumsden has also managed warehousing and transport operations in South Australia between 1989 and 1992.
He was NSW Manager between1992 — 2000 covering all areas of our services offered in the state. Between 2000- 2006, Lumsden was South Pacific Manager for Logistics Management Services.
Logistics Bureau, thought leadership
Rob O’Byrne has more than 25 years of operational logistics management and consulting experience. Clients include many national and multi-national Top 500 companies both in Australia and overseas, and industries as diverse as pharmaceutical, healthcare, automotive, mining and FMCG.
O’Byrne’s specialist areas of expertise are Cost to ServeTM, outsourcing, supply chain strategy and sales and
He has an MSc in Logistics Management from Cranfield University in the UK. Born and educated in Jersey
(UK/Channel Islands), Rob O’Byrne trained as an explosives Engineer. This “first career” spanned 18 years and
was focussed very much in the Logistics area.
Following completion of a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management initially in logistics management
education and training at Britain’s Cranfield University (UK), O’Byrne embarked on his second career, which involved the planning, delivery and management of a range of postgraduate Logistics courses aimed at middle to senior management.
O’Byrne says this training role exposed him to the challenges of consulting, inspiring a third career change in 1993, when he joined a well-known Australian management-consulting firm with the aim of establishing a Sydney practice.
This was carried out with great success and O’Byrne began building a reputation as a no nonsense consultant delivering results to his customers. He established his own consulting company, Logistics Bureau with business partner Maurice Sinclair.
“We’re proud to have such a prestigious group on board,” says Anna Game-Lopata . “The quality of the entries received indicates the importance in the industry of the Mercury Awards; a significant achievement for an awards program in it’s second year.”
“I’m sure it’ll be a tough, but highly rewarding job to decide the winners,” she says.
Mercury Awards finalists will be announced in the December issue of Logistics Magazine.
Winners will be presented their awards at a gala Christmas dinner on 5 December 2007 at the WatersEdge, Walsh Bay, Sydney and announced in the February 2008 issue of Logistics.
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