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Ted Stank, a professor in the Haslam College of Business, was recently elected chair of the board of directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

In an interview for the organization’s newsletter, Stank, the Bruce Chair of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, spoke about his career in supply chain management, beginning as a lieutenant in the US Navy during the Gulf War.

During one deployment, his warship’s missile launcher broke down and his crew was informed that the part needed to fix it would not be available for six months.

“That is when I learned an important lesson,” Stank said. “A navy—or a business—is only as good as its ability to get access to the critical supplies it needs to deliver on its value proposition.”

Over the years, Stank has regularly conferred with some of the industry’s top professionals as he became a thought leader in the field. He credits the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals conferences for many of these relationships and the exchange of ideas that has inspired his research.

As chair of the board of directors, he hopes to expand the organization’s global reach and encourage engagement with the youngest generation of supply chain professionals.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is an 8,500-member professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research on supply chain management. Members represent sixty-seven countries and all fields of logistics and supply chain management.

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