By Susan Avery
A. Schulman, Inc. a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, powders and resins based in Akron, Ohio, has promoted Gary A. Miller to Chief Operating Officer.
Miller has served as Executive Vice President Global Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer for A. Schulman since 2008. In the new role, he will be responsible for the efficiency and effectiveness of the company's global operations.
"Gary is a consummate professional with a proven track record of driving increased operational quality and cost structure improvements," says Joseph M. Gingo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "He will play a critical role in restoring A. Schulman's operational and financial performance worldwide.” Miller will report to him.
As Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Chief Procurement, Miller was responsible for the company's supply chain and procurement activities to better leverage its worldwide purchasing power, reduce materials inventories, eliminate waste and improve efficiency as well as the company's global resin distribution services and rotomolding business.
Previously, he was with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for more than 35 years, including responsibility for the company's global purchasing activities for 16 years. His positions at Goodyear included Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer for the company and President of Goodyear/SRI, Global Purchasing Company, a joint venture between Goodyear and Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
Miller earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University; the Executive Program at Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia; and Kellogg School for Graduate Studies, Northwestern University.
At A. Schulman, Miller put in place the infrastructure for a supply chain that’s truly global, and helped elevate the role of procurement by fostering collaboration internally with the company’s businesses and externally with suppliers.
In a 2012 article at My Purchasing Center, Building a Stronger Global Supply Chain, he said, “We built global procurement and supply chain step-by-step. We put a skeleton infrastructure in place, flesh on the bones and set up the operating policies, procedures, practices we want to use as a company in terms of how we purchase.”
At the time, Jennifer K. Beeman, Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, added: “Gary came in to really drive a global organization in procurement and to set the pace for the future. Going forward as we execute on our growth strategies and continue to evaluate future acquisition targets, we consider synergies in procurement and supply chain.”
Susan Avery is Editor-in-Chief at My Purchasing Center. She writes articles, blogs and white papers and manages and creates other content for the online procurement and supply management publication. She produces and moderates roundtable discussions, podcasts, webcasts and video interviews. Susan has 30 years experience covering procurement and supply management for Purchasing magazine and Purchasing.com.
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