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CME's Products Can Address the US Navy's Demanding Supply Chain Needs

Commerce Events Appoints Rear Admiral Smoke Hickman to the Advisory Board

CAMPBELL, Calif., Jan. 2 -- Commerce Events, Inc. (CME), the leader in powering adaptive supply chains, received additional validation that it provides the best solutions for demanding military needs. Rear Admiral Donald E. “Smoke” Hickman, a 37-year veteran of the Navy, has joined the CME Advisory Board. Admiral Hickman was most recently with the United States Navy as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps. As chief executive of one of the largest supply organizations in the nation, he directed over 10,000 people in 13 locations and managed an operating budget of $2.3 billion.

Admiral “Smoke” Hickman’s leadership and advocacy for aggressive improvements in logistics was in complete accordance with the proverb “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Admiral Hickman led an effort to re-engineer the Navy supply chain for the new millennium, a new automated information system for distribution of material, and the creation of the Navy’s first logistics plan. He is a strong advocate for the adoption of new technologies to streamline Defense logistics. “CME’s products can shorten and reduce the Department of Defense’s pipeline and inventory of materials,” said Admiral Hickman. “They also solve long-standing supply chain management problems that cannot be tackled with any other solutions available today.”

Having such a distinguished former officer join the CME Advisory Board is a strong validation of CME’s unique strengths in powering supply chains that must adapt nearly instantaneously in response not only to supply chain events but also to other information such as up-to-the-minute intelligence updates. “Having run not only one of the largest but also one of the most mobile supply chain organizations in the world, Admiral Hickman will help us expand our products’ unique capabilities for both the Defense and the Commercial segments,” said Anand M. Das, CEO and CTO of Commerce Events, “We are pleased to have our company’s mission and products validated by a logistics innovator such as Admiral Hickman.”

About Commerce Events

Commerce Events, Inc. (CME) is the industry leader in powering adaptive supply chains. Founded by veteran software industry executives and leading enterprise integration experts, CME’s mission is to develop powerful, next-generation networked applications that will for the first time enable enterprises to adapt in real-time to changing business conditions, to accommodate accelerated product life cycles, and to deliver mass customization. CME solutions help Global 5000 enterprises and governmental agencies optimize the organization’s objectives – whether they are increasing revenue through optimizing the entire supply chain, increasing flexibility to respond to the unexpected, or decreasing costs through operational efficiencies.

Headquartered in the Silicon Valley area of California, CME has operations throughout the US and the globe. CME has established strategic partnerships with leading technology vendors such as BEA (Nasdaq: BEAS), IBM (NYSE: IBM), and SUN (Nasdaq: SUNW). More information about CME can be found at

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