Michael Silvio has moved from his role as senior director of supply chain management at tier one supplier, Cooper Standard Automotive, to take up a newly created position as vice-president of logistics innovation at packaging management and supply chain intelligence provider, Surgere. Cooper Standard has yet to announce a replacement for him.

Silvio has 25 years’ experience in global supply chain management and has had responsibilities in logistics, customs, packaging, materials handling and purchasing.

Prior to Cooper Standard, where he stayed for more than 15 years, he worked for Arvin Meritor, Customized Transportation (Ceva) and PepsiCo. He has also been a faculty member at Wayne State University for the past 14 years and sits on the board of directors at marketing and exhibition firm, EWI Worldwide.

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

At Surgere, Silvio will be in charge of the company’s new Logistics Innovation unit, including its latest finished vehicle and yard management platform, Hawkeye, which is designed to track and monitor vehicles’ location and condition and uses a range of technologies and sensors to feed a cloud-based analytics and asset management system.

The company is currently rolling out the system for a major carmaker based in Canton, Mississippi and said the technology would make data available for real-time and advanced analytics.

Over the next few months, Silvio will be talking to the industry at a number of forums about a variety of topics including the digital transformation of the automotive supply chain, smart packaging and logistics innovation. One of those forums will the Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit, which takes place on September 19th-21st.

More on Surgere’s Hawkeye system will appear in the next edition of Finished Vehicle Logistics