16 February 2007 | Paul Snell
Procurement and supply chain operations at computer manufacturer Dell are to be centralised.
The company's procurement, supply chain and manufacturing will be combined into a new global organisation, in which these areas will now report to the newly created role of president, global operations.
Michael Cannon, previously president and chief executive at Solectron, a provider of supply chain and electronics manufacturing services, has been appointed to the new role.
He will report to chief executive Michael Dell, who was reappointed as CEO of the company on 31 January this year. Dell's supply chain was ranked first in AMR Research's Top 25 supply chains in 2005 and 2006.
Michael Dell said in a statement: "As we continue to grow worldwide it is important that we increase our ability to manufacture close to our customer and fully integrate our supply chain into one global organisation. This will allow us to drive for even greater excellence in quality, cycle time and delivered cost.
"We will innovate and adapt our supply chain model to help drive product design, manufacturing and distribution models."