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 350 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. 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.
Beginning his career at UC Berkeley, Rob worked with a team of researchers and consultants that 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, Rob helped clients use these applications more effectively though improved process design and measurement.
Rob 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. Rob 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.
John Sharkey, Senior Vice President
John Sharkey is Spinnaker’s Senior Vice President of Consulting and has oversight and leadership responsibility for the firm’s supply chain planning and strategy consulting practices which provide management consulting and technology consulting/support services. In this role he oversees strategy and individual practice development, provides business development and marketing direction, and is responsible for overall financial performance for the group. Additionally, Mr. Sharkey is a frequent industry speaker and supply chain thought leader.
As a consultant, John is an expert in the design, development, implementation, and optimization of supply chain planning strategies, business processes, and technologies and helps oversee supply chain transformation initiatives. 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. Mr. Sharkey holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and master’s degrees in engineering and business from MIT. At MIT, John was a graduate fellow in the Leaders for Manufacturing (now Leaders for Global Operations) program, a partnership between MIT’s business and engineering schools and a consortium of leading global manufacturers. He lives in Chicago, Illinois and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and golf.
George Fowler, Vice President
George Fowler leads the JDA Implementation and Support Services Practice at Spinnaker. 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 spent 15 years working for JDA/Manugistics, where he architected methodologies still used by JDA today. He spent five years as a Practice Director of JDA Software Group’s Technical Consulting Practice and managed an international team of more than 50 Technical Supply Chain consultants across the full spectrum of JDA Supply Chain applications. George’s practice was one of JDA’s largest and most profitable groups. Before its eventual acquisition by JDA software, George spent more than 10 years at the Manugistics Group, Inc where he delivered significant business value to more than 60 supply chain related client implementations within market verticals that include: Consumer Goods, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications, Hospitality, and Retail. George has also established himself as a supply chain innovator, having driven several significant product enhancements while serving in the role of Product Director at Manugistics, a role he held for more than three years during his tenure with the company.
Since coming to Spinnaker, 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.
George was recognized three times by Supply and Demand Chain Magazine as one of the industry’s top 100 Pro’s to Know. George received his B.S. in Decision Information Sciences with a minor in History from the University of Maryland at College Park. George lives in Bowie, Maryland. Outside of his time at Spinnaker, George enjoys skiing, scuba diving, triathlons, and chasing after his kids.
Jeff Jorgensen, Vice President
Jeff Jorgensen is a seasoned executive with 20 years of Sales, Management Consulting and Supply Chain Operations experience. At Spinnaker, 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.
Prior to joining Spinnaker in 2007, Jeff led Solution Development teams for Accenture’s Business Process Outsourcing division, contributed to Innovation and Offering Management efforts, and executed large-scale transformational outsourcing programs. He has a demonstrated track record of designing and executing business change through pioneering solutions tailored specifically for Automotive, Financial Services, High-Tech, Telecommunications, and Energy/Resources industry groups. His diverse experience includes defining Go-To-Market strategies for growth-oriented small to medium sized enterprises, managing the deployment of complex information systems, as well as orchestrating transformation programs for large multi-national organizations.
Jeff has several years of international business experience having lived, worked and studied abroad. He is a graduate of Miami University in Ohio where he received a B.AS. in Engineering Management. He also participates in several expert networks and local organizations related to Project Management, Talent Management and Supply Chain Management like the Rocky Mountain roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Jeff lives in Denver where he is an avid mountain biker, skier, and golfer.
John La Bouff, Vice President
John La Bouff has over 30 years of leadership in high tech supply chain management. John has a wealth of experience driving supply chain transformations as a business owner, IT executive, application vendor, and consulting professional. He is an acknowledged writer and speaker on leading practices and concepts in supply chain management. In addition to helping clients develop and improve core supply chain planning capabilities and leading the firm’s activities in the high technology and electronics industries, John focuses on the latest innovations in supply chain leading practices and technologies for Spinnaker. He is a powerful asset for our clients in process simplification, effective measurement, and managing transformational change.
Prior to joining Spinnaker, John led supply chain and IT groups at several electronics manufacturers, founded a software company in the 1990s that innovated supply chain planning solutions for the fabless semiconductor industry, and consulted extensively for high tech companies both individually and with Deloitte Consulting.
John has completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training as well as a variety of training for various applications and in change management. A graduate of Stanford University, John holds a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering. John lives in Mountain View, California. He is an avid wine maker and world traveler.
Jack DeButts, Director
As the practice leader of Spinnaker’s Returns Management Consulting practice, Jack Debutts is the operational and business subject matter expert in returns management. Jack is a senior executive with 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 process.
In his most recent leadership role, he was pivotal in driving down the cost and improving overall recoveries for the Global Dell Outlet (GDO) business. As director and senior manager of reverse logistics at Dell from 2005 to 2013, Jack led global teams to start up and grow Dell’s global retail returns process. Jack developed the global retail returns processes from start-up to $70 million in secondary market revenue. Jack also developed the global boilerplate language for the initial retailer returns contracts.
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.
A graduate of Texas State University, Jack received a B.A.S. in Business Administration. He lives in Round Rock, Texas and is actively involved in multiple non-profits, including serving as a board member for Kids at the Crossroads and Brady’s Bridge. Outside of his time at Spinnaker, Jack enjoys playing racquet ball and golf and spending time with his two granddaughters.
Paul Adamson, Director
Paul Adamson is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Spinnaker. He has over 20 years of industry experience in Returns Management, Service Operations, and Sustainability. A recognized subject matter expert in Electronics Remanufacturing, Recycling, and Second-Life Applications, Paul has been a regular moderator and panelist at regional and national conferences on reverse logistics, material reuse, and recycling. Throughout his career, Paul 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. Paul’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. Most recently, Paul worked to establish collection and processing capabilities in Central America for universal waste, electronics, metals, and plastics. Paul received his B.S. in Business Administration from LeTourneau University.