Christopher R. Houck is director of solutions marketing for the supply chain management business unit at i2 Technologies Inc. of Dallas.
I2 is a global leader in the electronic-commerce field, helping customers integrate enterprise resource planning with Internet marketplaces. A number of electronic marketplaces use i2's TradeMatrix technology. The firm claims to have created $16 billion in value for 950 customers.
The company, which was founded in 1988 and went public in 1996, reported revenue of more than $1 billion for 2000. In 2000, i2 bought San Francisco-based SupplyBase Inc., a leading developer of high-end interactive database products. Supplybase's Web sites specialize in linking makers of custom parts, like injection molded components, with potential customers.
Houck joined i2 in 1996 and has managed numerous software-implementation programs in a variety of industries, until becoming director of product development for the apparel, footwear and textile industry for i2.
Houck is responsible for development of i2's supply-chain management solutions efforts, working with customers such as Sara Lee Corp. of Chicago, VF Corp. of Greensboro, N.C., Clark's USA of Newton, Mass., National Textiles LLC of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Nike Inc. of Beaverton, Ore.
Houck earned a doctoral degree in industrial engineering/operations research from North Carolina State University, where his studies included creating "genetic" computer algorithms to solve business problems and using neural networks for real-time scheduling of manufacturing operations.
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