Robert Benson, PhD, Managing Principal
Mr. Benson has spent the past 18 years working on Supply Chain Management challenges with clients in the Semiconductor and high-tech industries. His career began at UC Berkeley where a team of researchers and consultants developed some of the earliest optimization based planning solutions for the Semiconductor industry. Key elements of these solutions are still found in supply chain planning applications from leading companies in the commercial marketplace. As commercial software for supply chain planning developed to become the Advanced Planning Systems (APS) market, Mr. Benson began helping clients use these applications more effectively though improved process design and measurement. His recent client work focuses on combining the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process with APS tools to further enhance the ability to predict and manage complex, global supply chains.
Mr. Benson holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley. He also received his B.S. in Operations Research from Cornell University. He is a recipient of the Franz Edelman Award for Management Science Achievement for his work on optimization based planning systems with the team from UC Berkeley.
Mr. Benson is Co-Founder of Spinnaker Management Group (“SMG”). SMG is a holding company with 4 lines of business that has evolved and grown to more than 270 employees across 3 continents. As the Managing Principal for Spinnaker's Supply Chain practice areas, Mr. Benson guides the strategic direction for the company's Supply Chain Consulting, JDA Services, and Value-Added Warehousing & Distribution offerings. He is also in charge of back office operations of the firm.