Remembering procurement pioneers

22 April 2009
Amid all the problems with US defence procurement right now, it was heartening to see this tribute in the Washington Post to the late David J Burke – a retired Air Force colonel and authority on weapons procurement. Burke – whose time in the profession included four years at Andrews Air Force Base from 1977 – is not alone in getting high-profile accolades for his hard work in purchasing and supply over the years. When Wal-Mart’s former president David Glass decided not to seek board re-election this year, chairman Rob Walton this week pointed to Glass’s pioneering supply chain work as a major achievement. "David joined Wal-Mart at a crucial time in the company's history, bringing expertise in finance and distribution and pioneering the use of computer systems to link our stores and supply chain," Walton said in a statement to media. Glass joined Wal-Mart in 1976. It got us here at SM thinking, which contributions to the profession will the current high-flyers be remembered for in a few decades time?
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