Kurt Salmon Associates, Inc (KSA), a global management consulting firm serving the retail, consumer products, and health care industries, announced the appointment of J. Lynn Spuhler, formerly managing director of KSA Asia-Pacific, to lead the firm's operations and logistics practices. In addition, KSA names Ken Walker in the post of West Coast regional services director. Jerry Black will assume the role of managing director, Asia-Pacific and will be named to a seat on the board of directors of KSA.

J. Lynn Spuhler

J. Lynn Spuhler, managing director, Asia-Pacific, and a 25-year veteran of KSA, returns to head both the operations and logistics practices. Mr Spuhler will work from KSA's Los Angeles office.

John T. Champion, KSA' s managing director, North America, remarked, "Lynn Spuhler's rich background of strategy, process, and technology assignments throughout the world enables KSA's clients to meet the challenges of operations and logistics on a global scale."

Ken Walker

Ken Walker, a principal in KSA's Logistics practice, has accepted the position of West Coast regional services director. A specialist in consumer packaged goods logistics and grocery retailing, Walker is an 18-year veteran of the firm. He has extensive experience in all areas of logistics including logistics network design and implemenation, facility planning and implementation, logistics systems design and installation, and operational productivity improvement. Mr Walker is well-known among food, drug, and grocery clients (including brick-and-mortar, click-and-mortar, and pure play) for his innovative logistics solutions in their specialized environments.

The West Coast has become a major focus for many KSA clients as these companies source and move product around the globe. Mr Walker will be based in KSA's Los Angeles office.

Jerry Black

Jerry Black has been named managing director, Asia-Pacific, and has been appointed to KSA's Board of Directors. He rotates into the role previously held by Mr Spuhler.

In 1995, Mr Black assumed responsibility for coordinating global initiatives for KSA's Japan-based clients, who are the leading retailers and suppliers in the region. At the same time, many of KSA's North American clients were considering expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, and asked for KSA's assistance.

He formerly held senior executive positions with two large US-based retailers. He is a specialist in Inventory Management and Replenishment. Mr Black works with clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region from KSA's office in Tokyo.

When making the personnel announcements, Mr Champion said, "The services KSA brings to its clients today are solutions that integrate strategic planning with process and technology deployment. All three individuals have deep experience in driving these types of solutions. KSA and our clients are fortunate to have senior executive leadership with global experience, who understand the supply chain and implement vertical solutions."

Kurt Salmon Associates provides a full complement of consulting services to retailers, consumer products suppliers and health care providers and suppliers. Offices are located around the globe. www.kurtsalmon.com.