About Supply Chain Insights

Founded in February, 2012 by Lora Cecere, Supply Chain Insights is focused on delivering independent, actionable and objective advice for supply chain leaders. If you need to know which practices and technologies make the biggest difference to corporate performance, turn to us. We are a company dedicated to this research. We help you understand supply chain trends, evolving technologies and which metrics matter.

We want to be the first place that supply chain leaders turn to help their supply chain teams get better.

Research is at the center of what we do.  Our offerings include speaking, advisory services, community enablement and training.

Mission

Our mission is to help supply chain make the world a better place.  We want to be the first place that supply chain leaders turn to get information that matters in driving supply chain excellence.

Values

At Supply Chain Insights, we take client interaction seriously.  We are grounded in everything that we do by four principles:

    • Research Sells.  Relationships Renew. Research is at the core of what we do, and we are known for building differentiated relationships with clients.
    • Integrity:  We are focused on serving supply chain business leaders.  We share insights based on facts, we take tough stands based on research, and we have the courage to challenge the status quo based on business insights.
    • Humility:  We Serve our Clients. It is not about us. It is about you.
    • Holistic Approach:  We help clients see the big picture first.  We try to deliver it in a fun, upbeat manner.

Meet the Team

Lora Cecere

Lora Cecere – Founder & CEO

In February 2012, I started Supply Chain Insights. My goal is to provide thought-leading supply chain research for the early adopter seeking first mover advantage.

Research and writing are passions. During the month, you can access my monthly columns in CGT Magazine and Supply Chain Management Review. I am a frequent contributor for Supply Chain Brain, CIO Magazine, and the CSCMP Quarterly. I am also the author of the enterprise software blog Supply Chain Shaman, and contribute frequently as a LinkedIn INfluencer and a Forbes blogger. As an enterprise strategist, I focus on the changing face of enterprise technologies for the supply chain professional.

Previously, I spent 9 years as an industry analyst with Gartner Group, AMR Research, and Altimeter Group; 10 years as a leader in the building of supply chain software at Manugistics and Descartes Systems Group; and 15 years as a supply chain practitioner at Procter & Gamble, Kraft/General Foods, Clorox, and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (now a division of Nestlé).

My education includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, I will graduate with a DBA from Temple in 2016, and I have completed post graduate work in organizational development at Georgetown University. Certifications include APICS CIRM and CPIM and I am a past teacher of effective marketing concepts for software executives in the Pragmatic Marketing program.

Alina Beskrovna

Alina Beskrovna – Research Associate

I am joining Supply Chain Insights from Ukraine. Previously, I worked as a financial strategy developer for a former Financial Minister of Estonia and served as the President of the US Embassy Youth Council Ukraine. I also worked as an International Business Analyst for Lehigh Small Business Development Center.

I hold an M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and an MBA in Finance from Lehigh University. At Lehigh, I was a recipient of a prestigious Global Village-Iacocca scholarship.

At Supply Chain Insights I research and develop the Supply Chains to Admire report and contribute to the monthly publication of the Metrics That Matter Series. I am also in charge of data analytics. Using the data lake on Cloudera, I analyze data patterns and do regression/pattern analytics using visual studio from SAS.

In my spare time I love to do active outdoor activities, especially hiking. My goal is to hike all of the US National Parks in the next 5 years.

Sam Borthwick

Samuel Borthwick – Research Associate

As a Research Associate, I conduct Y Charts analysis for the Supply Chains to Admire Report along with the monthly Metrics that Matter Series. I am a recent graduate of Purdue University where I majored In Supply Chain Management. As someone who loves looking at data, I am very excited to join the team here at Supply Chain Insights and contribute to the creation of knowledge. Part of my interest in supply chain management is the striving for continuous improvement in all phases of a company.

I currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana where I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with my family.

Regina Denman

Regina Denman – Client Services Director

As a Client Services Director I work with the clients and analysts to enable better collaboration. I manage research projects both internally and externally. I also help clients understand what is available within the community in addition to coordinating networking opportunities. Previously, I worked at Altimeter Group and AMR Research in a similar capacity. I started my career as a programmer working with manufacturers and distributors in Connecticut and New York. I then did consulting and moved to Massachusetts where I worked with Marcam Solutions as a programmer, senior development manager, and marketing manager. I oversaw and helped in all aspects of design, development and implementation of the solution for process industries. I was responsible for all product offerings, whether internal or through partnerships. I developed and delivered presentations and training for worldwide sales and distributor organizations. Additionally I developed strategic partnerships with software companies for B2B, BIS, Mobile Computing and UCCNet. Also worked with Latin America, European, and Asia/Pacific partners and distributors to deliver training, and supervise solution positioning.

I received my MBA from Suffolk University. Currently, I live in Northern Maine (potato country) with my husband, an Irish Wolfhound (who is almost twice my size) and 3 rescue cats where every day I learn something new about nature.

Kathi Gagliano

Kathi Gagliano – Enterprise Data Architect

My job is to compile the bits of data, collected through research and outreach, into something that makes sense and is useable. As the designated ‘data wrangler’ I spend my time wrestling structured and unstructured data into submission. Data that is pristine and well prepped is the foundation for many of our initiatives.
Prior to joining Supply Chain Insights, I worked with Healthy Directions, a Helen of Troy company, overseeing CRM, order, promotion, and offer technology and execution. Part of my domain was the data warehouse we used for reporting and analysis. I enjoy leveraging both data and applications to tackle tough business problems. With several enterprise-wide technology implementations behind me, I bring a myriad of lessons learned to my role here. One of the most important is an appreciation for the sometimes-chaotic dynamics inherent in diverse teams. With passion comes strong opinions which can lead to some hairy situations; I am a strong proponent of working through the tension because the end product will invariably be better.
I live in Gaithersburg, MD, with my husband, three kids, two cats, and a snail. We are prolific Sorry! players and when I’m not shopping on Etsy I’m usually either in an art museum or watching crime documentaries. On Sunday mornings, you can find me teaching sixth grade girls’ Sunday School at our church in Bethesda, MD.

Heather Hart

Heather Hart – Research Director

As the Research Director at Supply Chain Insights, I am responsible for managing our primary, quantitative research surveys – from survey design and execution through to data analysis and presentation. I have over 20 years of client and supplier side research experience, most recently on the supplier side at novaQuant and Marketlab, where I managed a wide assortment of consumer and business-to-business research projects. Prior to that I have had many years managing research and marketing for interactive TV services at Wink and OpenTV as well as managing audience research at the NBC television network.

I have a BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College and a MA in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

A consistent theme throughout my career and education has been a passion for understanding people – what they think, what they want, what’s working for them and what’s not. I enjoy research as a tool for understanding people, products and processes in a systematic and quantifiable way and with Supply Chain Insights, I enjoy using research to understand the pain points, successes and goals of the supply chain community.

I live outside of Portland, OR with my husband and two children. I am active in the children’s school and enjoy hiking, playing tennis and running around with our labradoodle, Willoughby.

Helen King

Helen King – Marketing Manager

As Marketing Manager I take pride in assisting the team with crafting the presentation of our concepts and methodologies. I’m lucky enough to work with extremely talented individuals who are forging the future and my job is to make sure that the information flows freely into the hands of a thriving community who can leverage it. After all, great marketing begins and ends with the customer. If you are getting the tools you need to be successful in your endeavors and sharing them with others then I’m doing what I love to do.

I am a recent graduate of Tuskegee University with a bachelor’s degree in Sales and Marketing. I believe that education is important, but so is life experience and giving back to the community. So while pursuing my degree I worked in several positions that gave me a foundation of real world know-how and positioned me for success here at Supply Chain Insights. I also successfully founded and led a non-profit focused on empowering disadvantaged and at-risk youth in my state.

I live in Tuskegee with my seven-year-old daughter who keeps me on my toes, along with our pet guinea pig, Poppy, and our German Shepard, Blackberry . We enjoy playing in the yard and listening to musicals.