A veteran leader, Cyrus Hadavi is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Adexa. He left his home country Iran at age of 15 to study in the UK. Manifesting his dreams at every step of the journey, defecting hurdles, fulfilling his passion, and adhering to the values of leadership and team culture, Cyrus has set an example of a true leader.
After high school, he went to the University of Birmingham, UK to study electrical Engineering. He further went ahead to pursue two master’s degrees, Master of Sc. Degree at the University of Southampton in computer engineering and another Master’s degree in Industrial Management also at the University of Birmingham, UK. He then applied to US schools for his Ph.D. program and entered the University of Michigan.
Early Professional Life
After completing graduation, Cyrus worked at Siemens Research Labs and created the very first planning system using AI for Siemens’s high-tech operations in Germany. After almost a decade at Siemens, he started working for a small start-up company, i2 Technologies.
Two years later, he felt that there is a much better approach to the problem of supply chain planning and scheduling factories. So, back in 1994, he founded Adexa organically without any VC funding. In the meantime, he implemented its solutions in some of the best companies in the world including TSMC, Seagate, Hanes Brands, Allergan and Philips.
An Endless Passion for Supply Chain
Supply Chain Supply chain planning has always been a passion in Cyrus’s career. He feels that since the 80s the technology has changed but business processes remain more or less the same with gaps between planning and operational executions.
His goal was to create a system that can digitally represent both planning and execution in a unified and seamless environment. And then be able to add intelligence to recommend solutions rather than just so-called visibility, alerts, and messages which can become overwhelming for planners and users of the system. Given today’s complexity of supply chains, he feels that they took the right approach.
An Ideal Leadership
Cyrus believes that leadership has so many facets, but the most important quality in leadership is building trust between you and the rest. The trust his team has in him and in taking the company in the right direction, and in return, his trust in them doing everything in their power to grow, add value and build the company. They trust each other to be open and listen.
They trust to be part of the whole for the greater good of the company. With a high level of transparency, people do what they can, and are capable of just to enhance company objectives and advance the goals. Trust is also critical between the clients and the company. In the absence of trust, every little bump on the road becomes an uphill battle.
Cyrus looks forward to being one step ahead of the competition. He tackles every challenge with ease and effort. Some of the challenges that he effectively deals with on a day-to-day basis include
- Attracting the best talent to the company
- Expanding the reach of Adexa to emerging markets and some of the fastest-growing economies in the world with different cultures and expectations
- Being agile and predicting the next move rather than just responding and reacting
The Ultimate Mission and Vision
Maintain Adexa as the most trusted supply chain planning company in the world, the most sought after, and the best and most advanced solutions that can be offered to the marketplace. Most of its clients are Fortune class companies realizing what their challenges are and how critical their supply chain issues are.
Adexa’s mission is to provide them with solutions that offer decision that makes them the best in their industry. Best in profitability, best in ESG goals, best in resilience, and best in the agility of their supply chain operations and execution of factories, all in ONE system. Its logo says it is best to predict not just respond.
Fulfilling Adexa’s Purpose
Every company that ensures to follow the correct path and stay true to its vision and mission creates a win-win situation. Adexa is walking in the right footsteps and has the best talent, the right culture of caring and trust, and the passion to accomplish and deliver to its clients, to the economy, to a better planet building greener supply chains, and beyond.
The company has delivered billions of dollars in value and savings to its clients worldwide. It is now helping the companies to improve not just profitability but also environmental issues such as carbon emission reduction of their operations, regulations, and compliances across different countries and how to minimize and mitigate the geopolitical impact on their supply chain and financials.
Building a Strong Future
Adexa is well on its way now to democratize the use of supply chain planning technology and make it fast and simple enough to make it affordable for much smaller companies as well as larger corporations. The complexity of the supply chain does not care about the size of the company. Fast implementations, embedded intelligence for autonomous planning and affordability, and injecting novel business processes are its priorities. It is now working in many emerging countries around the world including the Middle East and North Africa helping them in their effort to digitalize their supply chain and build more sustainable operations.
From Cyrus’s Desk
Supply chain operations and execution are not just about profit but also sustainability, circular economy, compliance, and how to be resilient given that supply chain disruptions are the norm and no longer exceptions. To this end, the systems need to be intelligent enough to learn the underlying patterns, that are not visible to humans and use that to predict what is coming and be able to take actions to mitigate the risk.
Given the large amount of data that is now available and millions of variables that need to be dealt with, no human being, or armies of people, are capable of making optimal decisions in real-time. Digitalization provides a Digital Mirror of the supply chain that can then be used by intelligent algorithms to make good decisions in real time by predicting and responding. Thus, the digital drives the physical. A true Metaverse of planning.
Adexa is the premier AI-powered enterprise business planning solution that performs both S&OP(Sales and Operations Planning) and S&OE(Sales and Operations Execution) in a unified data model. This distributed architecture, based on intelligent agents or Adexa Genies©, enables strategic planning, financial planning, and supply chain planning to be planned and seamlessly executed without manual intervention.
In this synchronized environment, the financial impact of planning decisions, and their ramifications on the enterprise, are predicted to ensure profitable decisions are made every time in real-time. The end result is a digitalized enterprise, able to proactively adjust to changing market conditions autonomously and support growth and capitalization.