Rutgers Supply Chain Management Professor Don Klock wins prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award" at 2014 Procurement Leaders Global Awards

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rutgers Supply Chain Management Professor Don Klock

Don Klock was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his leadership in procurement.

Rutgers Supply Chain Management Professor Don Klock was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2014 Procurement Leaders Global Awards ceremony held in London, England on May 20. Klock was chosen for the award by the Procurement Leaders Advisory Board for being a long time proponent of procurement and a leader of the growth of the procurement function throughout his career.

The prestigious, black-tie event was attended by over 800 people in the procurement industry, many senior leaders from Fortune 500 global companies. Klock, who had four decades of experience working in procurement at Colgate and Mars before coming to Rutgers Business School in 2008 was overwhelmed by the honor. “It doesn’t get any better than being recognized by my peers at the end of my career,” he said. Klock sat at the dignitary table along with the evening’s host, tennis legend Boris Becker, who was the youngest player to ever win at Wimbledon.

Though Klock is retiring from working full-time for the Supply Chain Management Department and Center for Supply Chain Management so he can pursue his passion for travel (trips in the works include Manchu Picchu and a long stint in Tuscany), he will still be teaching in Rutgers Executive MBA program and Executive Education courses.

“This is an extraordinary achievement,” said Lei Lei, Professor and Chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management. “Don was instrumental in making Rutgers Supply Chain Management become globally recognized as a leader in supply chain management,” said Lei. Rutgers Supply Chain Management undergraduate program was ranked #2 and the Supply Chain Management MBA program was ranked #3 in North America by Gartner Supply Chain Leaders [read story].

It was only the second “Lifetime Achievement Award” given in Procurement Leaders 10-year history. The first was given to legendary Chief Procurement Officer John Patterson from IBM. Klock’s peers in the industry were not the only ones heaping praise on his accomplishments. Rutgers MBA graduate Martin Esser (right) who now works at IBM in Singapore shared a common sentiment by students, “Professor Klock has always gone above and beyond to help students succeed in their careers,” he said [view Rutgers MBA students' tribute to Professor Klock].

Klock was proud that Rutgers Supply Chain Management MBA students had a 100% placement for internships for the last seven years [see employment outcomes for MBA students]. He believes Rutgers geographic location at the center of globalization will keep Rutgers Business School relevant in the supply chain industry this century. “The trend is clear – more globalization, more off shoring, more outsourcing – companies are going to require talent. And Rutgers Business School students will be prepared to meet these challenges.”

-Daniel J. Stoll

Rutgers Don Klock with Boris Becker

Rutgers Professor Don Klock (center) enjoying the black-tie Procurement Leaders Global Awards along with Boris Becker (left), who won 49 titles in his tennis career.

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