Rob Benson, Co-Founder, Managing Principal
Rob Benson is Co-Founder of Spinnaker Management Group (“SMG”), a holding company with four lines of business that has evolved and grown to approximately 300 employees across three continents. For over 18 years, Rob has worked with clients on Supply Chain Management challenges in the Semiconductor and High-tech industries. As the Managing Principal for Spinnaker's Supply Chain practice areas, Rob guides the strategic direction for the company's Supply Chain Consulting, JDA and SAP Practices, and Value-Added Warehousing & Distribution offerings. He is also in charge of back office operations of the firm. 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.
John Sharkey, Senior Vice President
John Sharkey joined Spinnaker in 2004 and as Senior Vice President of Consulting has oversight and leadership responsibility for multiple consulting practices within the firm’s supply chain practice including Management Consulting, SAP SCM, and Returns Management Consulting. In this role he oversees individual practice development and the creation of cross-functional processes spanning the sales and delivery of consulting services and the development of Spinnaker services that drive significant value for our clients.
An expert in the design, development, implementation, and optimization of supply chain planning strategies, business processes, and technologies, John has worked with companies in the High-Tech, Semiconductor, Consumer Products, Medical Products, Industrial, Telecommunications, Paper, and Chemical industries. Having led project teams in a variety of domestic and global supply chain initiatives, he specializes in combining technology and process improvements to design supply chain systems that enable clients to achieve transformational results and achieve strategy objectives.
George Fowler, Vice President
George Fowler is the Vice President of the JDA Implementation and Support Services Practice at Spinnaker SCS. George brings nearly 20 years of experience in Supply Chain and Business Process Management to Spinnaker's world class consulting services organization. An expert in organization and resource management, George has built one of the industries most respected and successful supply chain implementation and support practices. George has delivered highly successful implementations in industries that include: Retail, Telecommunications, Medical Devices, Consumer Foods, and Manufacturing which have provided nearly a billion dollars in ROI. George’s extensive experience in the JDA space gives him both the technical and functional specialization to resolve client challenges. He understands both the limits and capabilities of the application to discern symptoms from root causes.
Jeff Jorgensen, Vice President
Jeff Jorgensen is a seasoned executive with 20 years of Sales, Management Consulting and Supply Chain Operations experience. As a Vice President at Spinnaker SCS Jeff leads the strategic direction and business operations for Supply Chain Execution services across all industry groups and regions. As the leader of the Value-Added Warehousing and Distribution Services team, Jeff manages the account relationships with major outsourcing clients. He is responsible for supply chain and product returns services, as well as oversees capability development efforts to support an expanding set of customers. Jeff’s expertise in strategic planning, transitioning to shared services, business process integration and service management has helped numerous clients to rapidly transform their operations and deliver measurable business results.
John La Bouff, Vice President
John La Bouff is the Vice President of Spinnaker’s Supply Chain Management Consulting Practice. His team of senior practitioners has expertise in supply chain strategy, network and inventory optimization, S&OP and supply chain planning, and effective change management. His focus is on core principles and practices that enable step-function improvements in business performance. John has over 30 years of leadership experience driving supply chain transformation spanning many perspectives: as a business owner, IT executive, application vendor, and consulting professional.
John is an acknowledged writer and speaker on leading practices and concepts in High Tech supply chain management and has worked with leading manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to improve end-to-end supply chain performance. Within Spinnaker, John’s practice management responsibilities include driving our thought leadership efforts focused on innovations in advanced methods and technologies, and is responsible for team development and delivery excellence in management consulting. Working with our clients he is a powerful asset focused on process simplification, effective measurement, and leading transformational change. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Sunil Sanghani, Senior Director
Sunil Sanghani is a Senior Director in Spinnaker’s SAP Supply Chain consulting practice. He has over 20 years of Supply Chain Advisory and significant SAP implementation experience. His focus is primarily on providing Supply Chain Planning and Operations Management consulting services to key clients and developing the firm’s SAP supply chain consulting capabilities. Sunil’s experience spans Agriculture, Consumer Products and Life Sciences sectors. His work experience includes people, process and IT implementations of key supply chain capabilities such as Integrated Business Planning (IBP), Sales & Operations Planning and demand and supply planning. Sunil has also led significant global supply chain transformation efforts at Fortune 100 companies. He hold a master’s degree in Operations and Management Information Services.
Jack DeButts, Director
As a Director and Practice Lead of Spinnaker’s Returns Management Consulting, Jack DeButts is one of the firm’s senior operational and business subject matter experts in returns management. Jack has more than 25 years of leadership experience in global operations, reverse supply chain and medical device operations. At Spinnaker, Jack is responsible for delivery excellence, recruitment, and the growth of the practice. He spends his time partnering with customers to optimize their returns management capabilities and specializes in helping clients define reverse logistics strategies and processes through changes in reverse logistics supply chain design, business processes, and technology.
Jack’s broad functional expertise and passion for cost reductions were fostered by a formative cross-functional career experience in the defense, oilfield tool manufacturing, medical devices and consumer electronics industries. His diverse client experience and thought leadership across multiple industries allow Jack to hone in on complex solutions. This pragmatic approach balances cost with effectiveness to ensure an organization can unlock the value of returned products.
Paul Adamson, Director
Paul Adamson is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Spinnaker. He has over 20 years industry experience in Returns Management, Service Operations and Sustainability. Mr. Adamson is a recognized subject matter expert in Electronics Remanufacturing, Recycling and Second-Life Applications, and has been a regular moderator/panelist at regional and national conferences on reverse logistics, material reuse, and recycling. Mr. Adamson has worked in leadership positions for a variety of industries including Consumer Electronics, Distribution, Retail, and Sustainability.
Prior to joining Spinnaker, Paul founded two successful electronic test and repair companies with global operations. Mr. Adamson’s diverse background includes P&L experience managing the Computer Systems & Services division of Round2 (acquired by Avnet) as well as strategy, operations, and business development roles for other high-tech repair and remanufacturing companies. In these roles he has helped develop reverse logistics, remanufacturing, and recycling strategies for clients with operations across the globe and most recently, Mr. Adamson worked to establish collection and processing capabilities in Central America for universal waste, electronics, metals, and plastics for several clients. Mr. Adamson received his B.S. in Business Administration from LeTourneau University. Mr. Adamson enjoys traveling, learning about wine, and spending time with his family.