Paul D. Ericksen retired from John Deere in 2006, after holding several managerial-level positions in the supply chain area over his 30 years of service. His last assignment at Deere was as process-owner of the company's supplier development function. He later went on to serve a stint as Chief Procurement Officer at a Fortune 300 company. Ericksen has written widely on supply chain issues, and currently serves as IndustryWeek's Supply Chain Advisor. Currently, Ericksen advises companies and organizations on supply management strategy and practice, as well as promoting progressive changes in supply management strategy.