University of Tennessee

Ted Stank named chair for international supply chain professionals association

November 23, 2014

Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at 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 spoke about his career in supply chain management, beginning as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Persian Gulf War.

During one deployment, his warship’s missile launcher broke down and his crew was informed the part needed to fix it was not available for six months. “That is when I learned an important lesson,” says Stank. “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.”

The intervening years have seen Stank go on to meet and regularly confer with some of the industry’s top professionals as well as become a thought leader in the field. He credits CSCMP’s conferences for many of these relationships and the exchange of ideas that have inspired his research.

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

The CSCMP is an 8,500-member, professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research on supply chain management. Members represent 67 countries and all fields of logistics and supply chain management. For a complete version of the article, please visit

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