Sachin Modi to lead marketing and global supply chain management programs


Sachin B. Modi has been appointed the next chair of the Department of Marketing and Global Supply Chain Management at Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business, effective Aug. 18, 2021. A Ph.D. graduate in Operations Management and Decision Sciences from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Modi joined the Ilitch School faculty as a professor of global supply chain management in 2016 after stints at the University of Toledo and Iowa State University.

Modi’s research focuses on the financial impact of operations resources/capabilities, sustainable operations, supply management and healthcare operations. His research has appeared in the Production and Operations Management Journal, the Journal of Operations Management and the Journal of Marketing, among others. He is a department editor for the Journal of Operations Management and an associate editor for the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. Modi is also an editorial review board member for the Production and Operations Management Journal and Journal of Supply Chain Management. His industry experience includes working with i2 Technologies (now BlueYonder) and Capgemini, where he was involved in supply chain consulting engagements with multiple organizations such as General Motors, Cummins Inc. and Hyundai-Mobis North America.

“We are very pleased that Sachin has agreed to step into this leadership role,” said Ilitch School Dean Robert Forsythe. “In addition to his outstanding research record, he is an excellent teacher and mentor who is committed to the success of his students and colleagues.”

Modi succeeds John Taylor, who is stepping down after nearly a decade as department chair. Both the marketing and supply chain management programs saw their enrollments grow under Taylor’s leadership. The supply chain management program in particular has grown exponentially from around 75 majors in 2011 to nearly 600 today. The program also ranks among the best in the nation according to Gartner, a leading industry research company that releases program rankings every other year.

“We are extremely grateful for John’s leadership over the last decade,” Forsythe said. “We look forward to maintaining and building upon the relationships he has established within the industry and the many wonderful opportunities he has created for our students.”

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