GM Logistics Provider Bolsters Management Team

By Peter Strozniak Vector SCM, a newly established company that will serve as lead logistics service provider for Detroit-based General Motors Corp., continues to develop its management team with the recent appointment of Gregory A. Humes as Vector SCM's vice president and chief operating officer. Humes will be responsible for planning, designing, and implementing the company's logistics infrastructure. Vector SCM, Novi, Mich., was founded three months ago as a joint venture between GM and Palo Alto, Calif.-based CNF Inc., the parent company of Con-Way Transportation Services, Emery Worldwide, and Menlo Logistics. GM's goal with Vector SCM is to improve the speed, flexibility, and reliability of its global supply chain, ultimately reducing vehicle-order cycle time from more than 60 days to an average of 15 to 20 days, Vector SCM reports. To accomplish this, Vector SCM will focus on improving logistics efficiencies throughout GM's supply chain, including the shipment of parts to manufacturing plants and vehicles to dealers. GM has over 180 million pounds of materials shipped to it daily from 12,000 points of origin. Humes joins a management team that includes Gary Kowalski, president and chief executive officer of Vector SCM; Jim Commiskey, vice president of global services; and Joseph Tillman, vice president and chief financial officer.

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