MASON, Ohio, April 5, 2012 — FORTE, a leading consulting engineering and systems integration firm in the distribution sector of the supply chain, has hired Eric E. Clark as chief information officer (CIO). In this role, Clark is responsible for the overall technology strategy, implementation leadership and sales support of FORTE’s Smart Warehouse Suite of supply chain execution warehouse control system (WCS) software. He will work closely with FORTE’s product development group to identify new products, the functionality requirements for current applications, as well as future product development road maps. 

“Eric is a hands-on solution engineering and program management leader, focused on delivering personal and departmental software professional services excellence,” said Gene Forte, FORTE’s founder and CEO. “Eric also brings a new dimension to our software development and deployment efforts, as his end-user perspective will be instrumental as we expand and improve our innovative software offerings,” Forte added.

Prior to joining FORTE, Clark spent four years as vice president, enterprise systems for United Natural Foods, a leading national food distributor, with senior management responsibility for its software and IT infrastructure. Before that, he was a value chain planning sales executive for Oracle Corporation. Clark also served as vice president, business systems and technology for Take Two Interactive/Jack of all Games, a video game publisher and distributor, in addition to cofounding Brandywine Computer Group, a software consulting and project implementation organization integrating Oracle, Microsoft, Siebel and other software packages. In all, Clark brings more than 25 years of technology development, business strategy and leadership experience to his role with FORTE.

“As a market leader, FORTE maintains the customer focus and commitment to excellence that are hallmarks of a progressive company,” said Eric Clark. “I look forward to contributing to FORTE’s pioneering tradition.”

About FORTE 
FORTE ( is the pioneering design-build firm in the distribution sector of the supply chain. FORTE provides client-side, network-wide engineering, systems integration and operations optimization services on a consulting-only or single-source turnkey basis for existing distribution facility upgrades or new greenfield operations. FORTE’s expertise and services include supply chain and facility optimization, distribution center design and build, systems integration and supply chain execution software.