Richard Wilding OBE

Professor of Supply Chain Strategy, Cranfield School of Management

As Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management UK, Richard works with European and International companies on Logistics and Supply Chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food, drink and professional services to name a few.  He is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at Industrial Conferences and has undertaken lecture tours of Europe and Asia at the invitation of local Universities & Confederations of Industry.  He has published widely in the area of Supply Chain Management and is Editorial Advisor to a number of top journals in this area.

Richard was appointed in 2005 as the first ever Full Professor and Chair of “Supply Chain Risk Management” in the World.  This was in recognition of his significant contribution to this subject area.  Supply chain risk is still a key focus of his research within the context of an organisations overall Supply Chain Strategy, thus enabling companies to create sustainable and resilient competitive advantage.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the area of logistics & supply chain management, Richard was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Business.  He was winner of the “Individual Contribution Award” at the “European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2010”.  This is presented to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supply chain excellence.  In 2009 his biography was entered into the 162nd edition of “Who’s Who” described as “Britain’s most famous reference book” for those who have “reached the pinnacle of excellence in their field”.  At the European Supply Chain Distinction Awards 2008, Professor Wilding received the ‘Distinguished Service Award for Thought Leadership and Service to Supply Chain Management’.

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