Whitman Hosts 67th Annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program

BASF honored with Salzberg Medallion

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University’s H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management hosted its annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Oct. 13, at the Whitman School’s Lender Auditorium.

Established in 1949, the annual Salzberg event is a central component of Whitman’s Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management, which is consistently recognized among the best in the country by leading publications and organizations. During the event, industry executives from leading corporations shared insights into trends, advancements and innovation in the fields of SCM, transportation and logistics. Highlights for the day included:

2:30 p.m. – Salzberg Award Presentation: BASF was recognized for its contributions as an innovator and leader in supply chain sustainability through its Verbund initiative. This interconnectivity of infrastructure, human resources, technology and customers will have a profound influence on future supply chain designs. Alejandro Obelink, director of transport services, accepted the Salzberg Medallion on behalf of BASF.

3 p.m. – Franklin Council for Supply Chain Management Student Roundtable Presentation: Student presenters discussed “International Maritime Industry: Critical Analysis of Significant Factors Affecting Strategy.”

3:30 p.m. – Ken Ruggles, managing vice president, Gartner Supply Chain Research Group

Whitman students also were honored. Jennie Waterfall May ’17 was presented with the Zinsmeister Award and The Robert H. Brethen Prize was awarded to Xinye Zou ’17.

The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is home to the nation’s first supply chain management program (SCM). A specialization in traffic and transportation was first offered in 1919 when the School of Management was founded. Currently, the SCM program offers rigorous PhD, MBA, M.S. and B.S. degrees, as well as executive education. Whitman’s award-winning SCM faculty is renowned for teaching, research and outreach partnerships. The program has evolved into one of national prominence with recent rankings by leading organizations and mediums including Gartner, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Business Week.

Chancellor Syverud, Gary LaPoint, assistant professor of supply chain practice, Jennie Waterfall May ’17 and Mike Haynie, vice chancellor and acting dean of the Whitman School.


Chancellor Syverud, Xinye Zou ’17, Fred Easton, professor of supply chain management, and Mike Haynie, vice chancellor and acting dean of the Whitman School.