Is Chief Knowledge Officer at Optimum Procurement Group. He has considerable experience working with some of the keenest minds at the most senior level in supply management today. He is regularly invited to make keynote presentations and deliver workshops on strategic procurement issues to senior executive teams across the world. Gerard was until recently a visiting Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University in Australia, a visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management, and a member of the Logistics and Operations Management Board of Cardiff Business School. is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management, and director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. He is Consulting Editor of the Journal of Operations Management, and has written several books on supply chain management. He was recently recognized as a ‘Pro to Know’ in Supply and Demand Chain Executive. He is a leading speaker at executive forums, has consulted with over twenty five Fortune 500 companies and he has published more than one hundred articles in top management journals.