Department of Management - Outstanding Alumni Award
A 25-year veteran in supply management and active member of several academic and supply management advisory councils, including the ISM Services Group, Chris Flum, C.P.M., is an expert in integrated supply management. He has a long-standing relationship with WMU's integrated supply management program, serving as director of the ISM Executive Council, and has contributed inestimably to the continued growth and development of the program and its students.
After graduating, he held many progressive supply management positions with three automotive business divisions of AlliedSignal and then moved to ThyssenKrupp Automotive, a $2.5 billion dollar tier-one supplier with the last position held as its vice president of supply management. During his six year tenure at ThyssenKrupp Automotive, he held various key supply management leadership roles, which included direct and indirect supply management as well as supplier quality and development.
In 2003, he joined Harman International to establish an Indirect Procurement organization and is currently their vice president of global indirect supply and procurement, overseeing the supplies and services, logistics, capital and equipment, and IT areas, with total spend of $400 million. Harman is a $4 billion global business that designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets under such brands as AKG, JbL, Infinity, and Harman Kardon.
A regular speaker at various sourcing and procurement events, he was selected twice for the Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine "Pros to Know" issue. He holds a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager certification.