Foresight’s Editorial team and Advisory Board make it possible for us to bring our readers the very best combination of research from top academics and insights drawn from earned experience from business forecasters in the field. They’re an impressive group — read on to meet them!

Len Tashman, EditorLen Tashman, Editor

Dr. Len Tashman is an internationally recognized teacher, author, editor, and consultant, with more than 30 years of experience in business forecasting. Len is the founding and continuing editor of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, now in its 15th year of publication. He serves on the board of directors of the International Institute of Forecasters and is organizer and chair of the Forecasting in Practitioner Conference. Len is a professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Vermont and director of the Center for Business Forecasting.

FAB_Kolassa2015Stephan Kolassa, Associate Editor

Stephan Kolassa, Data Science Expert at SAP AG, Switzerland. He is responsible for the statistical and time series analysis aspects in developing software for automatic and robust causal forecasting of daily SKU/store level data in the retail sector. He is also involved in research for downstream forecast-based processes, such as price optimization, assortment planning, and replenishment. In his spare time, he does inferential statistics in biological and clinical psychology.

Mike Gilliland, Associate Editor

Michael Gilliland has over 15 years of forecasting experience in the food, apparel, and consumer electronics industries and is currently Marketing Manager for SAS forecasting software. He is also the author of “The Business Forecasting Deal” and co-editor of the forthcoming “Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions.” Mike has published articles in Supply Chain Management Review, Journal of Business Forecasting, Analytics, Supply Chain Forecasting Digest, APICS Magazine, Swiss Analytics Magazine, and Foresight. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Michigan State University, and master’s degrees in philosophy and mathematical sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Follow his blog, The Business Forecasting Deal.

Roy BatchelorRoy Batchelor, Financial Forecasting Column Editor

Roy Batchelor is a professor of banking and finance at the Cass Business School, City University of London. His chess prowess once earned him a reputation as a Scotland international chess player, but he is now regularly defeated by his smartphone.


Paul Goodwin, Hot New Research Column Editor

Paul Goodwin is a professor emeritus of management science at the University of Bath. He has a PhD from Lancaster University, and his research is concerned with methods for incorporating management judgment into forecasts to improve accuracy. He has provided forecasting advice to many organizations and in 2013, he was elected as an honorary fellow of the International Institute of Forecasters. Until 2015, he was an editor of the International Journal of Forecasting.

Editor_MelloJohn Mello, S&OP Column Editor

John E. Mello (PhD, Tennessee) is a professor of supply chain management and a director for the Center for Supply Chain Management at Arkansas State University. Prior to entering academia, he spent 28 years in the consumer-packaged-goods industry in various supply chain management positions. His research has been published in Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Transportation Journal, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Transportation Research Part E, Journal of Business Forecasting, and Foresight. John is also a co-author with Shane Hunt of the textbook “Marketing” (McGraw-Hill, 2014).

Editor_PetropoulosFotios Petropoulos, Forecasting Support Systems Column Editor

Fotios is an associate professor at the School of Management, University of Bath. Previously he served as an assistant professor at the Cardiff Business School of Cardiff University, senior research associate at the Lancaster University Centre for Forecasting (2012-2014) and research associate and unit coordinator of the Forecasting & Strategy Unit of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) from 2003 to 2012. His research program has addressed behavioral aspects of forecasting and forecast process improvement in business and supply chain. He has provided knowledge transfer and consultancy in retail, supply chain, spare parts, utilities, and software development. Fotios is also an associate editor of International Journal of Forecasting. Lastly, he is a co-founder of the Forecasting Society, which promotes and disseminates judgmental forecasting research and its applications.