Business Forerunners, Inc.
Scott Stephens is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Forerunners, Inc. a company specializing in assisting government and industry in achieving operational excellence, particularly in the area of supply chain management.
From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Stephens was a key contributor to the Supply Chain Council (SCC). As one of the founding members and the first chair of the Council’s Board of Directors (representing Lockheed Martin), he was instrumental in establishing the Supply-Chain Council and transitioning the Council from a loose consortium of practitioners to an independent, not-for-profit trade association. For almost ten years, Mr. Stephens served as the Chief Technology Officer of the Council, working with practitioners, academicians, software providers, government organizations, and consulting companies in developing and advancing the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) Model. SCOR is a cross-industry supply-chain management reference model designed to describe, measure and analyze the performance of supply chain configurations. SCOR contains standard supply-chain process definitions, metrics, best practices, and references to enabling technology, which can contribute to SCM efficiency.
Mr. Stephens works with the world’s leading organizations in industry, government, and academia in supply chain initiatives in Europe, Asia, Australia / New Zealand and the Americas. Mr. Stephens publishes and speaks frequently in international supply chain management and business forums. He is a guest lecturer at universities world-wide. He has delivered supply chain management workshops to over 2000 executives, globally and was responsible for training and certifying all SCOR instructors during his tenure as the SCC’s Chief Technology Officer. He has assisted a number of Fortune 100 companies with business transformation and supply chain improvement.
Prior to establishing his business, and serving for a time as the full time Supply Chain Council Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Stephens had profit and loss responsibilities at Lockheed Martin. There his responsibilities included: all phases of product delivery (sales through support) for customized products, the identification, development and implementation of supply chain strategy and technology to improve corporate competitiveness, the identification of commercial supply chain management best practice and off-the-shelf technology in support of DOD programs through the design and delivery of supply chain management “command and control systems,” and supply chain management support for Lockheed Martin’s commercial customers.
Before joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Stephens was a U.S. Naval Officer serving aboard destroyers and hydrofoils in Europe and the Caribbean. Mr. Stephens received his undergraduate degree in 1976, his MBA in 1993, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Management.