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"Assessing Sustainability of Supply Chains: Operations in Environmental Management"

Geoff Slaff
Technology Management Program, UCSB

GFSlaff Consultancy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
11:30 - 12:30
Bren 1424

“Because so many corporations manage increasingly complex supply chains, understanding the role of operations is crucial for any environmental manager who works in the corporate world. Along these lines, Professor Slaff's introduction to assessing sustainability in supply chains will serve Bren students well.” — Hosted by Noelle Phares, MESM 2014

"Technical operations" is the organization in a company responsible for delivering a product to a customer. In order to perform this task, the operations group must develop and manage a supply chain that usually starts with the procurement of raw materials and/or components; proceeds to manufacturing, testing and warehousing; and ends with distribution of the final product to the wholesaler, distributor, or retailer, and/or directly to the customer. Over the past few years, many operations organizations have worked to make their supply chains more sustainable. This talk will cover sustainable supply chains: How are they defined? What are the business drivers? What are the hurdles, internally and externally, to implementing sustainability programs? What role can Bren students play in these efforts?

Geoff Slaff is the president of GFSlaff Consultancy and former senior vice president of process and product engineering for Amgen. He has over 27 years of experience in operations for global pharma/biotech companies. In his 13-year career with Amgen, Slaff held leadership positions in engineering, risk management, clinical and commercial manufacturing, and process development. He was also an active member of functional and corporate-level executive management teams and led global, technically diverse organizations comprising 1,500 scientists and engineers. He was engaged in developing research discoveries into commercial products and was intimately involved with the launch of seven protein and small-molecule therapeutics, multiple-drug delivery, and patient convenience devices. Slaff has experience working with the FDA, European Medicines Agency, and other international regulatory agencies. Fall 2013 will be the fourth time Slaff teaches Managing Operations with the Technology Management Program at UCSB. He earned a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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