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Supreme Group was a proud sponsor of the recently concluded 51st Munich Security Conference, held from February 6 – 8, 2015 in Munich, Germany. Theo Reichert, Supreme’s Chief Executive Officer and James Jaska, President – Defense and Government Services, were invited to attend the prestigious conference focused on international security policies.
The Conference saw over 400 renowned decision makers in international politics, including 20 heads of state and government, and more than 60 foreign and defense ministers gathered to discuss current and future issues in foreign and security policy. These included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
“For over fifty years, we have been providing critical, life-sustaining services to support military operations in challenging and remote environments across the world. As a leading strategic industry partner, we recognize the crucial role we play in meeting the needs of the future. Being part of conferences such as this presents the opportunity to have a clearer idea of the challenges faced by not just the sector but also respected governments and coalitions, enabling us to look into innovative solutions to support this evolving landscape,” said Reichert.
Amongst key topics discussed at the conference were the issues related to the crisis in Ukraine and its implication for the European security architecture, as well as the deteriorating situation in the Middle East. Other areas of discussion included the global refugee crisis situation and the fight against terrorism.
Supreme Group is a leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions in some of the world’s most challenging and austere locations. The Group’s clients include the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other leading military forces, as well as some of the world’s top commercial organizations.
Supreme Group has appointed a new leadership team for its global defense and government business as part of a strategy to drive growth and expand operations. James Jaska is the new President of Supreme’s Defense and Government Services (DGS) division and CEO of Supreme USA; while Mike Devoto has also been appointed as the Senior Vice President for Supreme’s food-related business line.
James has more than 30 years’ experience in senior leadership roles for a variety of global enterprises around the world, including Tetra Tech Inc., Honeywell and Alliant Techsystems Inc. In his most recent role, James spent 10 years with AECOM Technology Corporation, where he held a number of senior roles including Group Chief Executive,and President of Americas and Government. He also held the position of President of Global Government, where he led worldwide operations for the government, management support services and international development through 34 end markets in over 140 countries.
In his new role, James will play a crucial part in ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of Supreme’s Defense and Government Services contracts worldwide. “We have restructured internally with the aim of leveraging our core services and capabilities to grow the business both within existing markets and also into new sectors. Our vision is for Supreme to become a recognized leader in supply, logistics, operations, systems and management solutions for national governments’ most challenging and complex problems. We will do that by improving our project performance, cost structure and organizational effectiveness,” Jaska commented.
Similarly, Mike Devoto has spent more than 20 years in C-level management positions in leading logistics, supply chain and foodservice organizations including Theodor Wille Intertrade, Reinhart Foodservice, the IJ company, and Kelsan, among others. In this role, Mike is responsible for the expansion of Supreme’s contract portfolio, as well as geographic expansion.
Supreme Group has proudly served defense and government clients around the world for more than 50 years. The company still remains a private, family owned entity that has built a unique reputation for outstanding service in challenging environments. Following the provision of extensive support to NATO and ISAF in the Balkans, Africa and Afghanistan, the company has recently restructured to ensure a solid platform for future growth and diversification. Alongside its DGS business area, a Commercial Division was formed earlier this year to focus on new business opportunities in Africa, with a significant acquisition program underway to fast track growth across the region.
Today Supreme operates in 20 countries across five continents, providing procurement, transportation, storage and full site service solutions. Supreme also recently finalized the acquisition of EMS Seven Seas, a global maritime services group serving merchant marine, offshore and defense customers. The company provides general ship supplies, provisions, stores, spare parts and leading technical maritime brands through its extensive network of 600 ports. For more information, visit www.supreme-group.net.
Supreme Group has recently acquired a 42 per cent stake in GEPACO SA (GEPACO), a Tunisian-based company specializing in the manufacture of food items under the brand Moulin d’Or.
Founded in 1990, GEPACO has grown to become an industry leader with a product range that includes a variety of packaged cakes and breads, as well as baked snacks. The company holds a substantial market share in the cake and cupcake segments, the fastest growing categories within the Tunisian baked goods market. In addition to its market-leading position in Tunisia, with a strong distribution network consisting of 160 independent distributors reaching over 10,000 points of sale, the company has also successfully developed a significant presence in Libya over the past few years.
“GEPACO has created a very distinctive business model, deep expertise and a powerful brand that can cross borders,” said Honore Dainhi, President of Supreme Group’s Africa Division. “We are already discussing potential investments in manufacturing plants, new distribution methods, product customization and looking at new strategic business partnerships in selected African countries. This expansion has always been GEPACO’s ambition, and with the support of Supreme, we can now achieve this goal together.”
“This acquisition is a very important step in our African diversification strategy and is a template for our future acquisitions. Our investment focus is on consumer facing businesses in the food and non-alcoholic beverage sectors in Africa. We are serious about our acquisition strategy and we look forward to forming new partnerships with private organizations and making long term investments focused on growth and partnerships,” Dainhi added.
Supreme Group has proudly served defense and government clients around the world for more than 50 years. The company still remains a privately owned entity that has built a unique reputation for outstanding service in challenging environments. Following a strategic review, Supreme embarked on a diversification journey aimed at identifying future growth opportunities in new sectors. Alongside its defense and government services business area, a Commercial Division was formed to focus on new business opportunities in Africa, with a significant acquisition program underway to fast track growth across the region.
“Supreme is more than a financial investor. The company has been operating in Africa for more than 20 years and as such, has developed extensive logistics and operational networks and considerable local market knowledge,” said Souhail Ben Aissa, Founder of GEPACO.
“Supreme has been managing food and beverage supply and distribution on a massive scale for many years; so we will leverage their expertise to further develop the Moulin d’Or brand across the African continent,” concluded Mohamed Ben Rekhis, CEO of GEPACO.