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Kevin O'Marah

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Kevin O’Marah is a lifelong supply chain student. He currently serves as the chief content officer for SCM World, a London-based online community and think tank serving senior supply chain executives around the world. He is also a senior research fellow at the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum at Stanford Business School in Palo Alto, California.

Prior to these appointments, Kevin served as group vice president for supply chain at Gartner following the 2009 acquisition of AMR Research, where he was chief strategy officer. Kevin’s 10-year career at AMR included creation of the Supply Chain Top 25 and producing the Supply Chain Executive Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, from 2005 to 2011. Under the banner “Supply Chain Saves the World,” Kevin published a well-received book and led a six-year dialog with supply chain leaders and such luminaries as Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Michael Eisner, and T. Boone Pickens.

During his tenure at AMR, Kevin published over 400 articles and reports detailing disciplines such as demand-driven supply networks and product lifecycle management. His bylined research has also appeared in publications including the Financial Times, Business Week, Forbes, HBR’s Supply Chain Strategy, and Supply Chain Management Review. A frequent guest for broadcast media, Kevin has appeared in studio on CNBC’s Squawk Box and Executive View as well as numerous guest spots for NPR, Bloomberg, Australian Broadcasting Company, and more.

Prior to joining AMR, Kevin was a vice president at Oracle Corporation responsible for supply chain and product lifecycle management applications strategies. He also has served as a strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting in London and in Washington, D.C., as well as with the MAC Group in San Francisco and Calgary. Major engagements included supply chain reengineering work in chemicals, oil and gas, semiconductors, and telecoms. In 1991 and 1992, Kevin worked on privatization projects in the brewing and machine tools industry in Poland.

Kevin holds a BA in economics from Boston College, an MSc in management studies from Oxford University, and an MBA from Stanford University.