Supply Chain Solutions restructures executive team


Supply Chain Solutions completed a restructuring of its team to aid its evolution from a third-party logistics provider to a full-service supply chain solutions company with a global customer base.

Kentwood-based Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) said Thursday, Jan. 6, it promoted four employees to various roles as part of its organizational restructuring, effective Jan. 1.

The restructuring initiative was outlined in an email sent to company associates in the U.S. and abroad from Dave Whittaker, the new company president.

“Our results over the past year have demonstrated that our strategy is working and is a solid foundation for growth,” Whittaker said. “The opportunity now is to accelerate this momentum and continue to build on our strengths.

“These actions will drive long-term change to further establish SCS as the leader of the well-connected, integrated supply chain, and I am confident that we’ll emerge more productive, with broader reach and sharper execution.”

In addition to creating efficiencies, SCS plans to increase investment in products and technologies that will fuel revenue growth while driving value for its customers.

Organizational changes

Kendra Townsend was promoted from vice president of client development and retention to vice president of integrated logistics solutions. Her key focus areas are solution design and implementation, value proofing and client reviews. She already has experienced success in these areas, SCS said.

Kirk Papke was promoted from vice president of warehouse operations to vice president of domestic operations. Papke will continue to lead warehouse operations while also overseeing domestic managed service and brokerage transportation.

Melissa Hermenitt was promoted from executive director of international operations to vice president of international operations. The company has seen growth in this area recently and said it looks forward to Hermenitt’s continued leadership. She will head import and export operations for the SCS branches in Philadelphia; Miami; Long Beach, California; Chicago; and greater Grand Rapids.

Liz Yeiter was promoted from controller to vice president of finance. During the past two years she has been with the company, Yeiter has assembled an “excellent” finance team and updated the SCS accounting systems and processes, the company said.

Supply Chain Solutions

Founded in 2001, Supply Chain Solutions offers supply chain performance improvement, consulting and management; air, ocean, import, export and premium transportation services; transportation management; lean materials management; warehouse, distribution and inventory management; and customs brokerage and compliance services for businesses of all sizes.

The company employs over 264 people across its locations.

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