Rybeck is best known for spearheading Wal-Mart's successful Internet-based collaboration system with its trading partners--a system that evolved into the first major standard for business-to-business Internet commerce. In conjunction with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, he chairs the Security Best Practices Committee of international leaders from the public and private sector under the auspices of the National Defense Transportation Association.
Rybeck has annually taught a semester-long
graduate course on Value Networks and Championship Mobilization at the
Rybeck's honors include a Kittredge Award for his analysis of the relationship between technology, company organization, and return-on-investment; a Thomas Watson Foundation Fellowship during which Rybeck, based at IBM-Düsseldorf, worked with leading European and Asian corporations to analyze their systems needs; and an appointment by the non-partisan U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment to its review panel on electronic commerce and the Internet.
At Benchmarking Partners, Rybeck has supported supply and demand chain initiatives for more than 700 multinational manufacturers, distributors, retailers, government organizations, utilities, healthcare institutions, financial services firms, and technology providers. The results of these initiatives have been synthesized into Benchmarking Partners' Customer-Oriented Management System (COMS) knowledgebank of best practices and metrics, which Rybeck helped to establish in 1994.
Rybeck has a BA in economics from
Jonathan Wu has over 21 years in the IT industry and has held consulting, sales/marketing, technical, training and senior management positions in US and across Asia/Pacific. He has been responsible for sales and implementation of solutions in government, logistics, supply chain, health, media, financial, and energy sectors, focusing largely on Fortune 500 companies over the past 20 years.
Before joining Benchmarking Partners, Wu was
most recently the General Manager for Aspnetcentre's
China Operation where he started up the
Wu spent over 12 years with IBM Corp in both
Wu earned a BA from the
Peter Szanton, Benchmark Practitioner
Peter Szanton serves as a senior strategist on public sector alignment of
mission, strategy, budgeting, execution, and performance management. At the
White House Budget Bureau (now the Office of Management and Budget), Szanton
was responsible for the first application of the RAND Corporation’s Program
Planning and Budgeting methodology to the Justice Department and the State
Department among other federal agencies. He went on to become founding
President of the New York City-RAND Institute.
During the Nixon and Ford Administrations, Szanton served as Research Director for the presidential Commission on the Organization of the Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy (Murphy Commission); He then served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Carter Administration. In 1985, he became president of Szanton Associates, consulting to governments and other non-profit institutions.
Szanton is a past chairman of the
Szanton holds a BA from
Szanton resides with his wife in
Pat Zilvitis, Benchmark Practitioner
Pat Zilvitis serves
as a "hands-on" senior coach to emerging market leaders among
Benchmarking Partners clients. He first worked with Benchmarking Partners as a
client himself during his eight year tenure as CIO and Corporate Vice President
of The Gillette Company. In that role, he participated in the development by
Wal-Mart and Benchmarking Partners of the Collaborative Forecasting And
Replenishment standard among retailers and suppliers. He currently serves on a
consulting basis as Chief Information Officer for Segway
LLC, the Human Transporter Company in
Prior to Gillette, Zilvitis' career included a variety of high impact roles. In the 1980s, he served as President and General Manager of Martin Marietta Data Systems, a $450M subsidiary which provided internal information technology services to Martin Marietta as well as to the public and private sector. He also formed Digital Equipment's global Consulting Services organization, and served as Vice President of Marketing for Perkin-Elmer, an instrument and computer manufacturer. He began his career with IBM in a range of roles for both the private and public sector including Sales, Marketing, Product and General Management.
Zilvitis is a magna
cum laude engineering graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He earned a
master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the
Lewis Zackin, Senior Director
Lew Zackin joins Benchmarking Partners after thirty years of
distinguished leadership roles at the intersection of finance and supply chain.
Zackin began his career as an engineer at United Technologies, and has
extensive experience in HVAC and in distribution. He holds a B.S. in
engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the Harvard Business
School. Zackin and his wife reside in
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