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 through 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, Supply Chain Consulting
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 strategies, business processes, and technologies and helps oversee supply chain transformation initiatives. John has worked with a wide range of leading companies in the Apparel, Chemicals, Consumer Products, High-Tech/ Semiconductor, Industrial Manufacturing, Medical Products, Metals, Paper, Retail, and Telecommunications 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 | Group Vice President, Planning Systems
George Fowler is a Group Vice President in Spinnaker’s Supply Chain business unit where he leads the firm’s Planning Systems Implementation and Managed Services Practice. An industry veteran, George brings more than 22 years of experience in Supply Chain and Business Process Management experience to Spinnaker's team. An expert in technology-enabled supply chain transformations, George spent 13 years working for JDA/Manugistics, where he developed solutions that remain a prominent component of the JDA architecture, even today.
During his 5-year tenure as Practice Director of JDA’s Global Technical Consulting Practice, George played a fundamental role in the shaping the deployment methodology for the on-premise and cloud services deployment of the JDA Application Suite. There he also managed an international team of more than 50 technical consultants supporting the full spectrum of JDA Supply Chain applications.
A 3-time recipient of Supply and Demand Chain Magazine’s Top 100 Pros to Know distinction, George has distinguished himself a notable expert with many of the industry’s most prominent technologies. He leverages this acumen in his capacity as solution adviser for many of the supply industry’s most prominent technology companies. Additionally, he has personally led more than 75 planning initiatives that have generated billions in realized business value for companies across various industry verticals.
At Spinnaker, George maintains a critical role in directing the activities day to day activities for one of the industry’s leading supply chain delivery and support practices. Included in these duties is responsibility for practice strategy, organizational development, project delivery, account management, and financial performance. George received his B.S. in Decision Information Sciences with a minor in History from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Nick Hamm | Vice President, Supply Chain Design
Nick Hamm is Spinnaker’s Vice President of Supply Chain Design. Nick has deep expertise in supply chain design and analytics as well as over a decade of experience applying technology to help solve some of the most challenging supply chain problems faced by industry today. Beyond being a technical expert, Nick brings a solid perspective on the broader strategy, process, and change management issues companies need to address to truly transform supply chain performance.
Prior to joining Spinnaker, Nick was the first employee of LLamasoft and spent 8 years with the leading supply chain software firm in a variety of consulting and engineering roles including serving as the first product manager for LLamasoft’s flagship product, Supply Chain Guru. While at LLamasoft, Nick also served on the Applied Research team which is a group of Operations Research professionals that develop the algorithms used by Supply Chain Guru.
Nick’s supply chain modeling expertise includes strategic network design using mixed-integer linear programming, multi-echelon inventory optimization, vehicle route optimization, discrete event simulation, and advanced supply chain analytics.
Over the course of his career, Nick has successfully delivered over 75 projects and has worked with over 60% of Gartner’s top 25 supply chains. His projects span many industries including OEM manufacturing, logistics and 3PL, consumer electronics, retail, consumer packaged goods, grocery, medical devices, chemical, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, and military applications. Nick received his B.S. in Industrial Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and now lives with his family in Denver, CO. When away from Spinnaker, he enjoys fly fishing and hiking.
John La Bouff | Supply Chain Fellow
John La Bouff, Supply Chain Fellow, leads our supply chain strategy as well as our SAP-enabled focus areas. He has over 35 years of leadership in supply chain management and brings 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, John focuses on the latest innovations in supply chain best practices that bring new clarity to complex challenges. He is a powerful asset for our clients in process simplification, effective measurement, and leading 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.