Author, educator and business consultant Kate Vitasek is a internationally recognised innovator in the practice of supply chain management and outsourcing. She is the founder, faculty and lead researcher in the concept of vested (also known as vested outsourcing), which was developed in conjunction with the University of Tennessee. She is the creator and author of an upcoming book series on vested for Palgrave Macmillan and author of Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules that will Transform Outsourcing.
Vitasek’s approaches and insights have been widely published. She is the co-author of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ best selling mini-book series, Supply Chain Process Standards, and has contributed to other management books as well. Vitasek has written more than 150 articles that have been published in respected academic and trade journals, including the Journal of Business Logistics, Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, Supply Chain Management Review, Inside Supply Management, Aviation Week, Distribution Business Management Journal, World Trade Magazine, Supply Chain Quarterly, and Outsourced Logistics. Vitasek also hosts expert insight blogs for DC Velocity Magazine and the Outsourcing Institute.
The Journal of Commerce recently recognised Vitasek as a “Woman on the Move in Trade and Transportation” for her leadership in the profession, and DC Velocity Magazine dubbed her a “Rainmaker” for her efforts in helping to build the logistics and supply chain profession. Logistics Quarterly and Supply Chain Digest have both honored her as a “Woman in Supply Chain” and she was honored as a “Woman of International Influence” by Global Executive Women. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Vitasek’s storied career includes positions with P&G, Microsoft, Kroger, Accenture and Stream International. She is also the Founder of Supply Chain Visions – a boutique consulting firm recognised by ARC Advisory Group as a Top 10 Boutique Consulting firm specialising in Supply Chain Management.
Vitasek graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with an MBA in logistics. She also holds a B.S in Marketing and was the top graduate in her class.