Mike Ilitch School of Business instructor now vice president of supply chain firm

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August 09, 2017

Michael Silvio, a Mike Ilitch School of Business part-time faculty member in global supply chain management, has been hired as vice president of logistics innovation at Surgere, an industry leader in providing visibility and control within a digitized supply chain, including RFID, robotics and advanced data analytics.

Silvio is an automotive executive with 25 years of experience in global supply chain management. His responsibilities have included global logistics, customs, packaging, materials and purchasing, most recently at Cooper Standard Automotive, a tier one supplier based in Novi, Mich., where he was senior director of supply chain management for fifteen years.

He has been an Ilitch School adjunct faculty member since 2013 and will continue to teach. He also sits on the board of directors of EWI Worldwide.

Silvio’s new role will put him at the helm of Surgere’s newest vertical, logistics innovation. This includes a new finished vehicle and yard management platform called Hawkeye, a solution that monitors finished vehicles' location and disposition by leveraging multiple tracking technologies and sensors to feed a cloud based analytics and asset management system. Currently rolling out at an OEM in Canton, Miss., the industry can now successfully move beyond barcodes and make data available for real-time and advanced analytics.

“I want to help Surgere grow and solve many of the supply chain problems I have experienced first-hand,” Silvio said. “I look forward to sharing the passion for the technology Surgere offers, and helping our clients achieve success on the bottom line.”

Over the next few months, Silvio will be presenting at events around the globe on a variety of topics including "The digital transformation of the automotive supply chain," "The smart packaging paradigm," and "Logistics innovation and impact."

About the Mike Ilitch School of Business
The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advances the boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, and enhances the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and beyond through its programs, research and community engagement. Established in 1946, the business school was renamed in 2015 in recognition of a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. Thanks to this lead investment, a new state-of-the-art building is slated to open in the heart of the District Detroit in 2018, and entrepreneurial programming and collaboration with city businesses are expanding. For more information, visit ilitchbusiness.wayne.edu

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