Top 10 Logistics & Supply Chain Leaders You Should Know

Mar 24, 2022

Great leaders are at the core of every organization. In addition to relishing responsibility and accountability, they inspire confidence in their teams and bring out the best in each and every one of them. While some are lauded around the world and go on to become household names, others seldom receive the adulation they deserve. The latter is often true of supply chain leaders, many of whom are renowned only among those in their own fields.

From COVID-19 lockdowns to hindrances in transportation services due to labor shortages, the past two years have been filled with unprecedented challenges for supply chain leaders around the world. With so much uncertainty and political instability taking place in today’s society, it is now more crucial than ever to seek insights and guidance from those responsible for shaping the future of the entire supply chain sector.

With this in mind, we have compiled a list of 10 logistics and supply chain leaders who are at the top of their field and included some of their most notable achievements in this article. Who are these people and why should we know about them? How has each of them contributed to the industry and what makes them different from the rest? Let’s find out!

#1: Dr. Yossi Sheffi, Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics 

Yossi Sheffi, Director of MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics

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Dr. Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he now holds the Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics position. An expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management, Dr. Sheffi has written several scientific publications and books on related topics. Among his many accolades are the Salzberg Medal & Award by the University of Syracuse, which recognizes his outstanding leadership and innovations in supply chain management. 

Outside academia, Dr. Sheffi consults with leading enterprises and has founded (or co-founded) five successful companies including LogiCorp and PTCG. When he is not busy working, he is often found on Linkedin sharing insightful content with his followers, many of whom are logistics and supply chain professionals. During a recent interview with Mecalux, Dr. Sheffi pointed out how COVID-19 has elevated the role of supply chains: “One of the metrics we see as a result of this is many more women joining the profession.”

#2: Su Yin Neo, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Post 

Su Yin Neo, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Post 

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Su Yin Neo joined SingPost as the Vice President of Customer Experience in early 2019, overseeing the service quality and customer experience for post and parcel delivery services. She comes with a wealth of experience in operations and customer service, having worked under both Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the Republic of Singapore Navy. In her role as a General Manager at CAG, she was in charge of day-to-day management and customer relations across all four terminals. Before joining CAG, she served nearly two decades in the military, where she held numerous leadership positions including Commanding Officer of a warship.

In the present day, the former Singapore Armed Forces Merit Scholar is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Post. She is responsible for driving the future of Post strategy with the redesign of the urban logistics landscape in Singapore with a focus on sustainability. Being the people-person that she is, Su Yin has a unique talent for bringing out the best in those she works with and is always willing to go that extra mile for her customers. As one of the only female leaders in this overwhelmingly male-dominated industry, Su Yin is indeed breaking down many biases while paving the way for the future generation of young women around the world.

#3: Charles Brewer, Group CEO, POS Malaysia 

Charles Brewer, Group CEO, POS Malaysia 

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Charles Brewer has a varied background in e-commerce and logistics, with stints at DHL Express, Canada Post and Pos Malaysia Berhad. He first began his DHL career in 1984 as a courier and rose through the ranks throughout his 34-year tenure. During his time there, he led operations in several countries, including Malaysia between 2004 and 2006 as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DHL Express.

As of 1 August 2021, Charles has been appointed the new Group CEO of Pos Malaysia Berhad as many believe that his extensive knowledge of the Asia market would bode well for the company. A charismatic and authentic leader with global experience and great adaptability, Charles takes pride in being able to realize opportunities, engage teams and deliver stellar results. Above all else, he is passionate about discussing all things e-commerce logistics, postal services and digital transformations. In a recent episode of Leader Talk,  he mentioned that “while many leadership skills are universal, it’s essential that you can adapt and adjust your management style to the team and environment around you.”

#4: Erin Van Zeeland, Group Senior Vice President & General Manager, Schneider Logistics Services 

Erin van Zeeland, Group Senior Vice President & General Manager, Schneider Logistics Services 

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After joining straight out of Penn State University, Erin Van Zeeland has been the driving force behind numerous technological advancements at Schneider for the past 3 decades. Over the course of her career, she has held various senior positions in areas including brokerage operations, business transformation and human resources before moving to the logistics segment in 2016. Known to be a remarkable individual with great passion for her craft, Erin was recognized in Computer World’s Premier 100 IT leaders in 2009 and received the first-ever Women in Supply Chain Award by Supply & Demand Chain Executive two years ago.

As the current Group Vice President and General Manager of Logistics Services at Schneider, Erin is accountable for transportation and logistics solutions such as inventory management, freight forwarding and supply chain advisory services. Within her functional responsibilities, she helps to ensure that all 34,000+ third-party carriers and service providers are effectively utilized to meet supply chain requirements and profitability targets across all modes of services.

#5: Arne Jeroschewski, CEO & Co-Founder, Parcel Perform

Arne Jeroschewski, CEO & Co-Founder, Parcel Perform

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Arne Jeroschewki is the CEO & Co-Founder of Parcel Perform, the leading delivery experience platform for modern e-commerce enterprises and their end-customers that covers 800+ logistics carriers worldwide. At Parcel Perform, Arne oversees the overall business strategy, growth, and vision of the company. With over 100M parcel updates executed daily, the data-first platform now has customers all over Asia Pacific, Europe, the US and even Africa. 

Prior to establishing Parcel Perform, Arne has worked in several e-commerce and logistics roles across Europe and Asia, the more notable ones being the General Manager of vPost & B2C e-commerce at Singapore Post and CEO & Co-Founder of Zalora, a premier online fashion portal in Southeast Asia. A frequent speaker on e-commerce logistics topics, he deems himself an advocate for the next wave of industry transformations poised to take place over the next few years.

#6: Kathryn Wengel, EVP & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson 

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