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KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Global Supply Chain Institute welcomes four more international organizations as sponsors of its Supply Chain Forum.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the Tennessee Valley Authority, Penske, and FreightWatch International recently joined the initiative.

In 2011 alone, the forum welcomed fifteen new members. GSK is the forum’s first new sponsor in 2012.

“What an honor to have these four prestigious organizations join our forum,” said Paul Dittmann, the institute’s executive director. “We now have over fifty international organizations learning best practices from one another, arming themselves with practical ideas, having first-look access to the latest supply chain research, and receiving special pricing on UT executive education.”

UT’s Supply Chain Forum is the largest of its kind in the academic world, with more than 160 executives representing fifty-two companies.

“Our Supply Chain Forum sponsors enjoy a wide range of benefits, including education, networking, and recruiting top-ranked students,” Dittmann said.

For nearly two decades, UT’s supply chain management faculty has hosted a US-based forum for corporate leaders, professors and students to share ideas about the latest supply chain issues. Held twice a year, the three-day meetings include presentations, breakout sessions, and networking receptions.

An outgrowth of UT’s US-based Supply Chain Forum is its new Global Supply Chain Forum, launched June 2011 in Paris, France, in partnership with the ESSEC Business School. Similar in structure to the US forum, the international forum enables members from multiple industries and a global faculty to focus on worldwide and region-specific supply chain issues in locations across the globe.

The Global Supply Chain Institute, housed in the UT College of Business Administration’s Center for Executive Education, unites under one umbrella the college’s broad spectrum of supply chain offerings. It includes the delivery of degree, non-degree, and custom executive education programs, worldwide industry forums, research initiatives, custom programs, global partnerships, and corporate audits.

It also brings a worldwide perspective to supply chain issues through its relationships with academic institutions in Asia, Latin America, and Central and Western Europe.

The Supply Chain Forum’s other sponsors include Alcoa, Amazon, Amway, APL Logistics, Averitt Express, Avery Dennison, Bayer Healthcare, BNSF Railway, Boeing, Boise Inc., Bush Brothers & Company, Caterpillar Logistics, Cintas Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., Deere & Company, Defense Logistics Agency, Dell Inc., Dover Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company, Ernst & Young LLC, Estee Lauder, Honeywell International, Inmar, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Kenco Logistic Services, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Lowe’s Companies, Macy’s, Martin-Brower, McCormick & Company Inc., ModusLink, Nestlé USA, Nissan North America, OfficeMax, OHL, Pepsico, Pilot Flying J, Procter & Gamble, Radio Systems Corporation, Ryder, Terra Technology, the Walt Disney Company, Whirlpool Corporation, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., and WWL Vehicle Services Americas Inc.

C O N T A C T S :

Cindy Raines (865-974-4359, craines1@utk.edu)

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lola.alapo@tennessee.edu)