Supply Chain Matters has previously alerted our readers among multiple previous postings to the red hot demand for both experienced supply chain professionals and executive leaders. (Search on the term: ‘talent management’ in our Categories section in the right-hand panel). While such demand for supply chain talent extends across multiple industry settings, the needs for highly experienced supply chain leadership within the pharmaceutical and medical device sector are especially growing.

Premier executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles today acknowledged the “white hot demand for supply chain executives.” The executive search firm appointed Carlos Garcia an added Partner within the firm’s Supply Chain and Operations Practice.  Mr. Garcia’s concentration will be on building a practice in the pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device industry sector. The appointment is described as a new strategic talent initiative for this executive search firm.

It is gratifying to again observe the continued demand for experienced supply chain executives. Let us hope that C-Suite and specialty executive search firms targeting pharma and medical supply chain executive needs understand that the best leaders for taking this industry forward may well come from leaders with proven experience from other industries that have overcome complexity, cost burdens and partner dysfunction across the extended supply chain network. Such successful leaders believe in building a cross-functional talent base with multiple industry experience, perspectives and learnings that can be successfully applied to healthcare delivery.

Amid the growing evidence of needs in supply chain and customer fulfillment management, students about to enter their new university academic studies may want to seriously consider a concentration in this area.

Bob Ferrari