73rd Annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program to Focus on Environmental Social Governance

    The Whitman School of Management’s H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management hosted its annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Whitman (Room 007).

    This year's program will be focused on the critical role of supply chain management and how it has been recognized throughout the past few years with respect to consumer goods and disaster response. In addition, there has been an increasing focus on environmental social governance (ESG) which is highlighting the role of supply chain decisions such as sourcing, production, and distribution on the broader global good. This year’s Salzberg Award honors both Patagonia and Jan Fransoo, professor of operations and logistics management, at Tilburg University, for their early leadership and continued work in the role of supply chain in ESG.

    Patagonia was built on a commitment to supply chain decisions that prioritize social and environmental impacts. They were early adopters of supply chain transparency and the importance of supply chain impacts from source to sale and return. The award will be accepted by Todd Soller, vice president of global supply chain.

    Jan Fransoo’s current research focuses on retail distribution and channel management in developing markets and on sustainability and social responsibility in supply chains. His recent books include Reaching 50 Million Nanostores: Retail Distribution in Emerging Megacities and Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-Based Textbook on Operations and Strategy. Fransoo is a professor of operations and logistics management at Tilburg University’s School of Economics and Management in Tilburg, the Netherlands.


    Program for Salzberg 2022

    Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022
    Whitman School of Management, Lender Auditorium

    1 – 1:10 p.m.
    Interim Dean Alex McKelvie

    1:10 – 1:20 p.m.
    Opening Remarks
    Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud

    1:20 – 1:30 p.m.
    Presentation of the Zinsmeister Award

    1:30 – 1:35 p.m.
    Introduction of Jan Fransoo
    Anne Robinson, chief strategy officer, Kinaxis

    1:35 – 1:45 p.m.
    Presentation of the Salzberg Academic Medallion Award
    Jan Fransoo, professor of operations and logistics management, Tilburg University

    1:45 – 1:55 p.m.
    Presentation of Salzberg Industry Medallion Award
    Patagonia Inc.
    Accepted by Todd Soller, vice president of global supply chain, Patagonia Inc.

    1:55 – 2:30 p.m.
    Presentation and Q&A
    Jan Fransoo, professor of operations and logistics management, Tilburg University

    2:30 – 3:10 p.m.
    Todd Soller, vice president of global supply chain, Patagonia Inc.

    3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

    3:30 – 4:10 p.m.
    Sean Cleland, vice president, strategy & partnerships, B-Stock

    4:10 – 4:50 p.m.
    Anne Robinson, chief strategy officer, Kinaxis

    4:50 – 5:15 p.m.
    Student Presentation: Dark Chocolate – The Dark Side of Chocolate
    Iliana Dezelic ’24, Kevin Dorr ’24 (WSM/MAX), Phalen Foley-Salvador ’24 and Lauren Perry ’24 (WSM/MAX)

    5:30 p.m.
    Milton Room (4th floor), Whitman School


    New this Year: Academic Research Day Oct. 14, 2022

    This year we will feature a second day of activities focused on academic research using field research to make societal impacts.


    Friday Oct. 14, 2022 Agenda

    Using Field Data in SCM Research

    When: Friday Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Where: Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.  4th Floor Milton Room

    Who: doctoral students from Whitman, across SU, and from nearby schools and research faculty

    Breakfast, Introductory Remarks: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

    Morning: Doctoral Workshop: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    How to Establish Industry Relationships

    Dr. Jan Fransoo's presentation/panel/Q&A on how to build these relationships and publish the findings.
    Working Lunch: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (lunch provided)

    Afternoon Research Talks: 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Dr. Jan Fransoo  11:30 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
    Urban Logistics and Nanostores

    Dr. Deishin Lee   12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Food Pantries and Food Supply Chains

    Break:  1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

    Dr. Anne Robinson: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    The Importance of Industry-Academic Partnerships

    Concluding remarks: 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.


    Additional Information:

    Patagonia Inc.
    Patagonia Inc. is an American retailer of outdoor clothing. It was founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 and is based in Ventura, California. Patagonia has hundreds of stores in 10+ countries across 5 continents, as well as factories in 16 countries.

    Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. Patagonia is being recognized for its focus on sustainable and ethical sourcing and distribution of its products.

    Jan C. Fransoo, professor of operations and logistics management at Tilburg University
    Jan C. Fransoo is a professor of operations and logistics management at the School of Economics and Management of Tilburg University in Tilburg, Netherlands. He has conducted research across a wide variety of domains and methodologies, all related to supply chain and operations management, and published extensively in many journals in operations management, operations research, industrial engineering, and transportation. He currently serves as associate editor of operations research, as well as production and operations management. In recent years, his research has mainly focused on retail operations in developing countries and other emerging markets. Much of this research is conducted in collaboration with consumer packaged goods companies, technology startups, and intergovernmental agencies such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Apart from this line of research, he also has active research lines on omnichannel retail, intermodal transportation, and urban logistics.

    The Salzberg event will feature two other keynote speakers: Sean McCleland, vice president for strategy & partnerships for B-Stock which focuses on managing the stream of product returns that has increased dramatically with online sales, and Anne Robinson – INFORMS fellow 2022 and chief strategy officer of Kinaxis – about the role of technology in managing SCM environmental impact in the future.


    For more information:

    Sue B. Dean

    (315) 443-1381



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