Honeywell appoints new chief supply chain officer

10 July 2018

Honeywell has appointed Torsten Pilz to the newly-created position of chief supply chain officer.

The commercial and consumer products conglomerate said Pilz would assume responsibility for the “integrated supply chain”, including procurement, and he will “drive improvements in plant efficiency and working capital”.

Pilz has an impressive track record, having previously headed up all supply chain activities at Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Prior to that he spent four years at Amazon leading the execution and expansion of the global consumables and ultrafast e-commerce segment.

Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk said: “The integrated supply chain is a critical enabling factor for Honeywell's continued growth. Bringing Torsten onto our team will allow us to build on our strong HOS [Honeywell Operating System] Gold foundation to drive further improvements in our operations and global supplier relationships to better serve our customers.

“Torsten has a track record over the past two decades of driving operational improvements and delivering outstanding results for a variety of companies with complex global supply chains.

“He is the right person to help Honeywell continue our transformation into a premier software-industrial company by simplifying our manufacturing footprint and enhancing our ability to execute with speed and precision across our operations.”

Pilz was at SpaceX for the past one and half years, and was responsible for all supply chain activities, including planning, purchasing, material management and logistics.

He built and developed a team that supported dozens of rocket launches a year as well as the development and production of the Falcon and Falcon Heavy rockets, the Dragon Spacecraft and the SpaceX satellite programme.

Before Amazon he spent eight years at Henkel, ending up as senior vice president, global operations, and chief executive officer, Schwarzkopf & Henkel Production Europe.

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