2011 New England Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition - NESCON Hall of
2011 NESCON SUPPLY CHAIN HALL OF FAME WINNER
2011 honoree for NESCON’s Supply Chain Hall of Fame Award is Christiane Loup, a
long-time contributor to the supply management profession as both a “doer” and a
leader in business and administrative operations, in the transfer of application
knowledge, in progressive functional thought, and in the professional growth of
two generations of supply practitioners.
Her base is Boston, but her influence has reached the entire New England area
and beyond. The professionals for whom she has been a mentor, have spread to
various positions across the country, and indeed, around the world.
Chris gained a global perspective early, having been born and educated in
Switzerland, then moving to the United States for high school, a BA at Rhode
Island College, a graduate stint back in Geneva, and a Master’s degree from
She came to supply management after earning her stripes (AND a further respect
for education) as a college level teacher, and then textbook editor. Her supply
upbringing began at GTE (now Verizon, and formerly Sylvania).
Purchasing and logistics requirements were integrated into her area of
responsibility under the moniker of Materials Management, the predecessor name
for Supply Management. GTE was one of the earliest adopters of the integrated
supply concept, and she grew her supply expertise under the tutelage of GTE’s
senior supply management officers.
Chris rose quickly in responsibility and title, becoming the Director of
Materials at Bolt, Beranek & Newman in Boston, & then returned to the GTE
corporate office in Connecticut, in a senior purchasing position, and then, of
all things, retired! Or so she thought…. In 1988 she became the Executive
Director of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston, with the charge to
maintain the organization, its members and the profession -- with the same
dedication as her long-serving predecessors. And that she did for 20 years,
receiving PMAB’s Harry J. Graham Memorial Award, for Outstanding Service to the
Purchasing Profession in 1997, and then finally – really – retiring, in 2008.
During her tenure at PMAB, Chris formulated an array of educational programs,
that were second to none, rivaling the quality of the executive programs
sponsored by the very prestigious New England colleges and universities. In
parallel, she grew PMAB’s membership significantly.
Chris also developed a regional Business Survey in conjunction with UMass-Lowell
that continues today, and she also committed PMAB to host the ISM national
conference in 1989, in Boston.
She initiated and implemented exchange between PMAB and other professional
organizations, in addition to establishing an undergraduate supply studies
scholarship, honoring Herb Hamilton at Northeastern University.
As the organizational and operational leader and implementer of the New England
Supply Chain Conference (NESCON, originally called NECON at the time), Chris worked
TIRELESSLY, contributing countless hours of her own time, to help promote and
grow this conference, which continues today largely in the format that Chris
envisioned. This attribution about her effort, states her contribution best:
“the NESCON project has proven to be a cost effective, educational, supply chain
regional event, of the highest quality; it is one of its kind in the country,
and it benefits not only our volunteer organizations but the volunteers
And all along, she inspired us, and continues to do so, with her parallel
commitment to her partner and children. After her family, Chris’ most lasting
legacy is the leadership growth that the volunteers whom served with her, gained
through her influence. Her example of professionalism elevated the bar for
supply chain management people throughout New England.
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