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FOREWORD

Best of the Best

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“We are proud to present this final list of 100 leaders, innovators and influencers”

hen we began our search for the Top 100 Leaders in Supply Chain six months ago, I don’t think we appreciated what a task it would be. Hundreds of nominations flooded in and we quickly realised that devising the final list was going to be a welcome challenge – welcome as there are so many talented leaders in supply chain. We are proud to present this final list of 100 leaders, innovators and influencers. Each thoroughly deserves their place, yet so many great names had to be excluded. Well done to everyone who was nominated and who knows? Maybe they will make this annual list next year.

SCOTT BIRCH

scott.birch@bizclikmedia.com

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Leaders in Supply Chain Launched in June, BizClik Media Group is once again celebrating leading individuals that are blazing trails in our industry.

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aving published the Top 100 Women in Supply Chain on March 8th – to coincide with International Women’s Day – we are now proud to recognise and acknowledge the Top 100 Leaders in Supply Chain. Nominated by readers of Supply Chain magazine and compiled by our in-house team, the announcement of this extensive list is sure to become a landmark date in the calendar – which takes place this year at the end of Day 1 of Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE (September 28). The Top 100 list of the leading executives and influencers in the

industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list. “The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,“ says Scott Birch, Editorial Director, BizClik Media Group. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about supply chain and embracing best practice that’s good for business.“ “We had thousands of nominations and can’t wait for the big reveal. No doubt there will be some surprises and everyone who makes the list fully deserves their place, from 1 to 100.“ The full list will be unveiled at the end of Day 1 of the show and the special supplement can be accessed online at supplychaindigital.com

“We had thousands of nominations and can’t wait for the big reveal. No doubt there will be some surprises and everyone who makes the list fully deserves their place, from 1 to 100” supplychaindigital.com

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Group CPO

Managing Director - Head of Global Sourcing

CPO

Tony Welch

Lloyd’s of London

Philip Thomas Barclays

Sopan Shah IHG Hotels & Resorts

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Group CPO

CPO

Emmanuel Gatille

Mike Simpson

CMA CGM

T-Mobile

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Head of Procurement / CPO

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Senior VP - Procurement & Logistics / CPO

Daniel Helmig Credit Suisse 6

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Mourad Tamoud Schneider Electric

Hari Madhav Premanath ABB


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CEO

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Global CPO

Sabine Mueller DHL Consulting

Nick Jenkinson Santander UK

Rhonda England Deloitte

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CPO

Global VP Indirects

Senior VP, Operations & Technology, Road Logistics

Angela Qu Lufthansa Cargo

Arvind Kumar NTT Global Sourcing

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Senior VP Global Supply Chain & Ext. Manufacturing Operations

CPO

Brigitte Michaud STADA Group

Janelle Orozco Diageo

Amit Sethi

Kuehne+Nagel

“As long as you are meeting not only your own but also suppliers’ business needs, the door to deeper collaboration is open” supplychaindigital.com

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“We’re going the extra mile beyond traditional procurement to find more value for the business”

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CPO

Group CPO

Kai Nowosel Accenture

Caroline Tissot AccorHotels

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CSCO Laundry & Home Care

CPO

Senior VP & CPO

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Global Head of Procurement / CPO

Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer

Senior VP & CPO

Dr. Dirk Holbach Henkel

Jane Liang BAT 8

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Uwe Günther Deutsche Bahn

Lynn Torrel Flex

Keith Tice GoDaddy

Lisa Martin GSK


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Senior VP & CPO

Executive VP & CPO

Chief Commercial Officer

Bob Gemmil Leidos

Craig Cuffie Salesforce

Jacqueline Rock NHS Test and Trace

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VP Digital Supply Chain

Executive VP, Chief Sourcing & Procurement Officer

CPO

Wendy Herrick Unilever

Chris Gallucci ViacomCBS

Sylvie Noel Covéa Insurance Group

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VP, Global Procurement

Director, Head of Procurement

CPO

Reagan Smith Visa

Rachel Lemos

Canadian Western Bank

Patricia Stroup Nestlé

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President & CEO

VP, Global Supply Chain

VP, Global Technology & Vendor Management Operation

Scott Temple FedEx Supply Chain

Sean Murphy Facebook - FRL

Anthony F. Porter Metlife

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Senior VP, Operations Supply Chain

Senior VP Supply Chain, Biomedical Services

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Bill Church

XPO Logistics

Elisa Basenight

American Red Cross

Antoine Simonnet HP

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Executive VP, Chief Supply Chain & Logistics Officer

Managing Director & Partner

CPO, Managing Director

Arthur Valdez Jr Target 10

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Daniel Weise BCG

Patrick O'Hanlon Morgan Stanley


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General Manager Procurement Operations & Digital

CPO & Head of Supply Chain Services

CPO (Asia-Pacific)

Sarath Ravipati Chevron

Mark Westfall

The Coca-Cola Company

Sapna Alva Tariyal Capgemini

Senior VP Global Supply Chain & Operations

“Covid-19 has made us think even more about sustainable and responsible supply chain management”

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Senior VP, Global Supply Chain Management

VP, Global Procurement

Senior VP & CPO

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Paul Rodio

Cardinal Health

Craig Kennedy Merck

Mike Hoffman Pfizer

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Jack Stephens

President, Global Procurement and Sourcing

McKesson

Tony Abate Cigna

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Dan Holton

VP, Global Supply Chain

Exxon Mobil

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Honeywell

Pilz helms supply chain for electronic manufacturer Honeywell. A talented mentor, the trilingual supply chain officer has also worked at SpaceX and Amazon.

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Robert Copeland

Group Procurement & Supply Chain Director

Copeland is skilled in the areas of procurement, strategic sourcing, eSourcing, supplier ESG and sustainability, on either a small scale or a global platform.

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Torsten Pilz

Committed to cross-functional team leadership, the Cornell University graduate first studied Civil & Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University and undertook study abroad in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Bassem Shehata Senior VP Supply Chain & Purchases

Procter & Gamble

Shehata’s career with Procter & Gamble has taken him from Cairo, where he worked as a Plant Manager, to his current role in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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VP Supply Chain & Procurement

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Jens Gruenkemeier Amazon Web Services

Gruenkemeier manages global supply chain and procurement for Amazon’s corporate infrastructure and web services division. He previously worked for Dell and Siemens.

“The capabilities that our partners offer us is a cornerstone for our innovation and success”

Dr. Randhir Thakur Intel Corporation

Responsible for managing Intel’s external ecosystem, Dr. Randhir Thakur has been the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Intel Corporation since 2017.

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Senior VP & CPO

CPO

Carol Danoff Discovery Inc. Being an influential procurement leader and valued business partner, Danoff has been the Senior Vice President and CPO of Discovery Inc. since 2018.

Bob Murphy IBM Working at IBM for 14 years, Bob Murphy is the current Chief Procurement Officer at the American multinational technology corporation.

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James Gowen

Senior VP Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer

Verizon

Committed to reducing Verizon’s environmental footprint, Gowen has been the Senior VP Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer since 2021 and 2009 respectively.

“There is no silver bullet to just save the environment… It’s going to be a series of incremental steps”

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Dan Rosckes

VP, Global Procurement

Apple

Rosckes has worked at Apple for 21 years, starting out as Senior Director of Procurement. Today, Rosckes is the VP of Global Procurement for the technology company.

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Kevin Brown

Chief Supply Chain Officer

VP Global Purchasing and Supply Chain

Kevin Brown has been a part of Dell Technologies for 23 years. Starting out as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, he is today the Chief Supply Chain Officer.

Shilpan Amin is a General Motors (GM) man through and through. His 25-year career has been at GM working in supply chain and procurement.

Dell Technologies

Shilpan Amin General Motors


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CPO

Global Supply Chain Director and CEO

Managing Director & CPO

Vodafone Procurement

BNY Mellon

Responsible for global sourcing of all categories at General Mills, Colleen Soukup has been at the company for 24 years and is the current Chief Procurement Officer.

Starting his career at Vodafone as Technology Procurement Director, Wilson has been the Global Supply Chain Director and CEO at Vodafone Procurement since 2016.

With over 20 years of experience in procurement, Joseph Martinez has been the Managing Director and Chief Procurement Officer of BNY Mellon since March 2019.

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CPO

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Becoming the first Chief Procurement Officer in HCL Technologies’ history, Eric Cohan has held this title leading global supply chains since May 2015.

Customer-obsessed, a problem solver, and team builder, Alexis DePree has been the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Nordstrom since January 2021.

Colleen Soukup General Mills

Ninian Wilson

Eric Cohan HCL Technologies

Joseph Martinez

Alexis DePree Nordstrom

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Head of Strategic Sourcing & Category Management

VP, Supply Chain

Rajeev Karmacharya Fannie Mae

Since 2013, Karmacharya has worked at Fannie Mae. Karmacharya leads the strategic sourcing and category management addressing its $5bn portfolio.

Jeff Betel

The Walt Disney Company Jeff Betel has been deep rooted in The Walt Disney Company since 1995. Today Betel is the Vice President of Supply Chain.

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Senior Vice President, Procurement

President, Supply Chain Operations & Distribution Services

Cheryl Harris

Allstate Insurance Cheryl Harris is the Senior VP of Procurement at Allstate Insurance. She is responsible for optimising its third party spend of $4bn through collaboration and innovation.

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Heather Zenk

AmerisourceBergen

Zenk has worked for AmerisourceBergen for almost 15 years, starting as Director of Integrated Solutions, she is now the President of Supply Chain Operations & Distribution Services.


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Len DeCandia

Peder Gustafson

Johnson & Johnson

UnitedHealth Group

CPO & President

DeCandia has spent 25 years of his career in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. He has held his current role at J&J as CPO and President since 2014.

Head of Procurement

Gustafson’s career spans more than 20 years in the procurement and sourcing industry. He stepped into his current role at UnitedHealth Group in 2017.

“I think you take a little bit from each leader, and you adapt and evolve”

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CEO

Director of Procurement, IT & Technology Services, Professional Services

Carol B. Tomé UPS Tomé is a proud UPSer. After serving 16 years on the Board of Directors, she stepped out of retirement in 2020 to take on the role as CEO. She is one of four women CEOs in Fortune 50 companies.

Mariam Saad

TELUS

A high impact business visionary, Saad joined TELUS in 2015 and is the current Director of Procurement, IT & Technology Services.

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Stephanie R. Smith Senior VP, Supply Chain

The Home Depot

Rankin Smith has spent the last 18 years of her career at The Home Depot. Starting out in store operations management, she has climbed the ranks to Senior VP of Supply Chain. In her role she is responsible for direct fulfillment operations, as well as the development and building of new platforms to support customer fulfillment. Rankin Smith has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology which she now serves on the board of, and was appointed to serve on the Georgia Freight and Logistics Commission.

Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Mondelēz International

Joining Mondelēz International in 2019, Sandra MacQuillan brought to the company, at the time, 18 years of experience in supply chain. In her role as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, MacQuillan leads all aspects of the organisation’s global supply chain including procurement, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, sustainability, and safety. MacQuillan has a passion for the role supply chain plays to drive value to the business. MacQuillan is also a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, and was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her work in encouraging young students, particularly women, into engineering.


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Natasha Gurevich CPO

Nike Starting her procurement career in 2008 at Visa, Natasha Gurevich has since worked for many other leading Fortune 500 organisations in this field. Gurevich joined Nike in 2021, bringing with her 22 years of experience in logistics, supply chain strategic sourcing, and procurement. For Gurevich, the aspect she enjoys the most is designing creative solutions and solving problems for clients, while inspiring teamwork across organisations. Her proudest contributions are her ability to lead cross-functional teams, drive centralisation of disintegrated functions, and design processes resulting in dramatic cost reduction, risk mitigation and technology adoption.

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Susanna Webber Senior VP & CPO

Merck

With deep roots in the supply chain and procurement industry, Susanna Webber began her career in 1997 at General Motors (GM) in Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. Making her way through the ranks at GM, Webber’s last role at the automotive company was President and Managing Director in Moscow. After leaving GM, Webber joined Merck in 2015, as Vice President of Indirect Sourcing. Today she is the Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer.

“We believe that the success of the company – and society – depends on enabling diverse businesses to share and grow in the global market”

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Alexandra Lopez

Senior VP & CPO of Global Procurement Service

Cisco

With a career spanning almost 30 years, Alexandra Lopez has worked for many leading organisations along the way including the likes of DHL, Hewlett Packard (HP), and Cisco. In her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer of Global Procurement Services at Cisco, Lopez is responsible for over $9bn annually across the company’s end-to-end buying ecosystem. Outside of her day to day role at Cisco, Lopez is the Board President for the YWCA Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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Heather Ostis

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VP, Head of Global Supply Chain Management

Delta Air Lines

Heather Ostis’s career began more than 20 years ago at the Central Intelligence Agency as a Financial Analyst. Since then, Ostis has worked for a variety of companies in project lead, strategic sourcing, and procurement and supply chain roles. Today, Ostis is the Vice President, Head of Global Supply Chain Management for Delta Air Lines. In her role, she manages $6bn of global spend for the company with a team of more than 130 supply chain and sourcing professionals, delivering results across all lines of business.

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“It's a treat to watch our work in SCM create a better airline for our people and our customers”

Alicia Boler Davis Senior VP of Global Customer Fulfillment

Amazon

Boler Davis is a graduate of Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, and Harvard University, where she studied executive leadership. Over her career, she has shared her skills through voluntary work. She has volunteered at The Links, Incorporated, an organisation dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children, and she is also a board trustee for CARE House of Oakland County and CauseChildren. In her current role, Boler Davis is responsible for a global network of over 300 fulfillment centres, across 16 countries.


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Farryn Melton Senior VP & CPO

Bristol Myers Squibb Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, Farryn Melton has been the Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Bristol Myers Squibb since joining in 2012. So far in her career, Melton has worked in the procurement space for the likes of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pfizer, and Novartis. Currently she manages Bristol Myers Squibb’s $12bn global spend for its fully centralised strategic sourcing and procurement functions. Passionate about driving value, innovation, and making a difference and positive impact, Melton has embedded herself at Bristol Myers Squibb into a culture focused on diversity, inclusion and learning.

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Jackie Sturm

VP, Supply Chain Planning

With a career spanning almost 30 years, Jackie Sturm is a global leader with proven skills in strategy, operations, compliance, and finance. Sturm is driven by ensuring the competitiveness of value added manufacturing and healthy ecosystems that support this. Sturm is also committed to corporate social responsibilities and was recognised for the 2016 AWESOME Legendary Leadership Award, and featured in Supply Chain Digital’s ‘Top 100 Women in Supply Chain’. Currently, Sturm is the Corporate Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations at Intel Corporation.

Dele Oladeji CVS Health

Dele Oladeji has a broad range of experience in supply planning, demand planning, S&OP, supply chain optimisation and procurement. Working for top consulting, retail and consumer goods companies, Oladeji has helped to build diverse, talented, and highperforming teams. Working for the likes of PwC, Levi Strauss & Co, and The Coca-Cola Company, Oladeji is well versed in delivering results when it comes to operating costs, productivity, service level, working capital, inventory turns and end-to-end supply chain management. Today, Oladeji is the Vice President of Supply Chain Planning at CVS Health.

Corporate Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations

Intel Corporation

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Larry Phelan CPO

EY

An experienced business leader, Larry Phelan wields his influence to expand the possibilities of procurement and elevate its position within one of the world’s most influential professional services networks. Through his ‘brand value’ philosophy, Phelan believes in delivering more than just cost savings and traditional sourcing services. A proud New Yorker and music lover, he is known for his personable and avuncular approach to leadership, overseeing an international ‘procurement family’ situated in 35 countries around the world, responsible for $8bn in annual spend.

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Ampy Cheung Aswin Director Supply Chain and Logistics Industry Solutions APAC, Google Cloud

Google

After graduating from Manila’s De La Salle University in 1997, Ampy Cheung Aswin spent close to 25 years at Unilever. Rising through the ranks from the management trainee programme, through a variety of supply chain roles for Asia, Africa and the Middles East, she was named Global Vice President Supply Chain of the consumer goods company’s skincare and cleansing business in 2019. But earlier this year the supply chain veteran shifted focus and joined Google. From Singapore she heads up the tech company’s burgeoning cloud-based supply chain and logistics solutions strand for the APAC territory.

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DK Singh CPO

Walmart DK Singh has helmed the procurement function of Walmart through a tumultuous period for retail, and a transformation of the big box retailer from dominance in the bricks and mortar channel to major investments in omnichannel and e-commerce fulfilment. Singh’s early career was spent at IBM, where he held several roles during a 15 year tenure. Latterly, prior to joining Walmart, he was Chief Procurement Officer for Schneider Electric. Singh holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from GB Pant University in India, and a masters in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University.


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Grace Lao

General Manager/ CPO

Microsoft

After an eight year stint as an auditor and consultant with EY, Grace Lao joined Microsoft in 1998, and has been with the software giant ever since. She held several senior finance roles, including GM Global Finance operations, before making the leap to procurement in August 2019. Based in the company’s corporate home of Redmond, USA, she leads Microsoft’s procurement function, a global procurement team handling everything from strategic sourcing, responsible sourcing and supplier relationship management to procurement policy, compliance and P2P systems.

“I take seriously our responsibility to leverage our size and scale to help transform the global food system for the better”

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Francesca DeBiase

Executive Vice President, Chief Global Supply Chain Officer

McDonald’s

Francesca DeBiase has served in supply chain and sustainability roles under the ubiquitous Golden Arches for more than a decade, stepping up to Chief Global Supply Chain Officer in October 2020. She leads McDonald’s overarching supply chain vision and the $40bn in spend across food, packaging, logistics and more that supports 37,000 restaurants across the planet. High on her agenda is working in concert with suppliers to ensure delivery of essential goods and services while minimising the environmental footprint, a mission she has carried over from former roles.

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Alisa Bornstein

CPO Europe, VP Europe Sourcing

Visa

A relative newcomer to Visa, joining the payments giant in January 2021, Alisa Bornstein is no novice to the world of procurement. She has more than 25 years of experience in senior roles, including as Global Group Procurement Director at semiconductor innovator Arm. At Visa, Bornstein leads sourcing in Europe across all categories and 37 countries. Her focus is modern, strategic procurement that derives long-term value through partnerships and value creation, as well as driving sustainability and diversity initiatives.

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Leslie Fein

Senior VP, Comcast Enterprise Procurement

Comcast

Leslie Fein leads the global procurement team and strategy across Comcast’s technology categories, encompassing enterprise software and hardware, telecoms, broadcast and editorial. An experienced veteran, she is responsible for synergistic cost-savings initiatives across Comcast and its subsidiary brands, including Sky Limited, acquired by Comcast during a heated bidding war in 2018. Previously Fein spearheaded technology sourcing at NBCUniversal for more than two decades, leading procurement strategy and heading up negotiations for enterprise technology.

“Digitalisation influences all areas of procurement”


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Taryn Thompson CPO

Bank of America Taryn Thompson has spent much of her career at Bank of America, joining in 2004 through the Finance Management Associate Program. She has worked her way up to the C-suite, segueing from finance to procurement in December 2019 when she was appointed CPO. Thompson is also a founding board member of The Cooper Royall Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of special needs individuals and their families, and enhancing the resources available to them.

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Kathryn Wengel

Executive VP & Chief Global Supply Chain Officer

Johnson & Johnson

Wengel has served at J&J for close to 35 years, including 19 years with its pharma group Janssen. Today she heads up all aspects of supply chain across Johnson & Johnson’s three core segments - consumer health, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices - leading a global supply chain organisation of 56,000+ members, as well as partners and suppliers. A globally recognised business leader, Wengel also leverages her experience and influence to promote the advancement of women in supply chain. Internally, she spearheads initiatives as the executive sponsor of the J&J Women’s Leadership & Inclusion (WLI) initiative, as well as the Johnson & Johnson Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design (WiSTEM2D) programme. supplychaindigital.com

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Susan Johnson

Executive VP - Global Connections & Supply Chain

AT&T

Susan Johnson oversees supply chain functions that support the business services, entertainment group, and technology and operations divisions of AT&T Communications. She is also responsible for strategy and partnership development for network connections. Her organisation handles procurement functions including strategic sourcing, purchasing and supplier diversity, as well as sustainability, and supply chain logistics, managing approximately $70bn in spend. Johnson has been with AT&T for more than 20 years in a variety of roles, including management of investor relations, and most recently as Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain.

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Melani Wilson Smith CPO

PepsiCo Melani Wilson Smith stepped up to her post as CPO after just seven months with PepsiCo, formerly serving as Senior Vice President, Procurement Market Supply Officer - Pepsi Foods North America. Her multi-industry career spans hospitality, consumer products and hospitality, with senior procurement and business services roles at global leaders including Pfizer, Merck, Mondelēz International, Hilton and Novo Nordisk. Colleagues and peers describe her as a “great leader” and a “thoughtful procurement professional with great capacity for developing her people”. In her spare time, Wilson Smith is a board member of Vanguard Theatre Group, a non-profit theatre organisation dedicated to its ‘DREAM’ philosophy: Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Activism & Mentorship.


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Jim Connell

CPO, Head of Global Supplier Services

JPMorgan Chase & Co Jim Connell has served in a variety of roles during his near eight years of service at JPMorgan Chase & Co. As CPO and Head of Global Supplier Services he is currently engaged in a series of collaborative initiatives with suppliers to dramatically increase collectice spend with diverse suppliers. This also includes mentoring suppliers in best practices to build their own diversity programmes, as well as promoting greater discoverability for diverse suppliers. Connell is also developing the Gold Supplier Program, through which he hopes “to create shared, incremental value with our suppliers above and beyond the traditional supply chain goals of best price and best service”.

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Jim Townsend CPO

Walgreens Boots Alliance Jim Townsend leads Walgreens' procurement (Goods and Services Not For Resale) and its end-toend transformation across cost, risk, CSR, DE&I and more. Prior to joining Walgreens Boots Alliance, he worked for Anglo American and General Electric, also within commercial procurement. He has worked overseas extensively, in both manufacturing and retail environments. He holds an MBA in Strategic Procurement from the University of Birmingham, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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“ I wish people fully appreciated that sourcing professionals are problem solvers and focused on delivering solutions”

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Kelly Bengston

SVP, Chief Procurement Officer

Starbucks

Kelly Bengston’s go-to Starbucks order is a Nitro Cold Brew, just the thing for staying energised and focussed in her position as Chief Procurement Officer. She is responsible for enhancing Starbucks’ enterprise-wide functional strategic sourcing and supplier relationships, creating consistent global sourcing processes, developing a sourcing talent management program and building a values-based approach to working with suppliers across all categories of the business. Bengston joined the Seattle-based coffee company in Supply Chain Commercialisation in 2010. In the

intervening 12 years, she has served in a variety of procurement and supply chain roles, including direct and indirect sourcing, as well as store development. She brings experience from a varied career to her current role as CPO, with former positions at Macy’s, toymaker Hasbro, and merchandise agency Bensussen Deutsch, among others. Bengston holds a B.S. in Business Administration, Management and Operations from Central Washington University.

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“ I believe supply chains can save the world”

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Sheri Hinish

Supply Chain Queen & Global Executive Partner

IBM

Known as the Supply Chain Queen, Sheri Hinish wears her regal sobriquet with panache and purpose. A selfstyled rebel with a cause, she is a vocal proponent of leveraging the ubiquity and power of supply chains for the improvement of our planet and communities. In her capacity at IBM, Hinish is responsible for sustainable supply chains and circular transition across IBM's Finance Supply Chain Transformation centres of competency and ecosystem partners. She is also the founder and host of the Supply Chain Revolution, a podcast exploring the future of sustainable, circular, and equitable supply chains, which has morphed into an

online community of like-minded business leaders. Likewise, she is an Ambassador for the Sustainable Procurement Pledge, a group of procurement leaders, academics and students committed to responsible sourcing. A lifelong student, Hinish this year earned her Masters in Sustainability from Harvard (her second Masters, no less). Like many others in the sector, supply chain was never part of her plan, but it is where she feels she belongs. “I believe supply chains can save the world,” Hinish said in an interview with Supply Chain Digital in May 2021. “And I’d like for supply chain to be accessible as a career path to everyone.”

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