Paul Dittmann is Executive Director of The Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee. He is responsible for the University of Tennessee Supply Chain Forum, with over fifty sponsoring companies. In addition, he teaches supply chain courses in the business school, and lectures in its executive education programs.

Dr. Dittmann comes to the University of Tennessee after a thirty-two year career in industry. He has held Fortune 150 positions, such as Vice President, Logistics, for North America, Vice President Global Logistics Systems, and most recently served as Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy, Projects, and Systems for the Whirlpool Corporation.

Dr. Dittmann also manages many of the special projects done for companies including the supply chain audits. In managing the audits, and other projects, he has consulted or done executive education for over fifty firms such as Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Honeywell, Cummins, Cooper Tire, Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, Michelin, Brunswick, Nissan, Lockheed Martin, Office Depot, Sony, GlaxoSmithKline, Lowes, United States Army, United States Marine Corps, and the United States Air Force.

He also has taught numerous public seminars in the areas of lean manufacturing, global business, and supply chain excellence, and has spoken at many conferences on these and other topics. He has served as a certified instructor for the Project Management Institute

Dr. Dittmann co‐authored a recent Harvard Business Review article: Are You the Weakest Link in Your Supply Chain, and also co‐authored the book, The New Supply Chain Agenda, published by Harvard Business Publishing. Another book, Supply Chain Transformation: Building and Implementing an Integrated Supply Chain Strategy was published by McGraw Hill in August 2012.

He is on the Board of Directors of Kenco Group, a member of University of Missouri Industrial Engineering Hall of Fame; was selected as a Rainmaker by DC Velocity Magazine; and was designated one of the Top Ten Supply Chain Thought Leaders in 2013.