AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award

The 2016 ALL Award was presented to two outstanding supply chain leaders on opening night of the AWESOME Symposium on April 27.

The 2016 Honorees are Annette Clayton, EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric, and Jackie Sturm, VP of Global Supply Management at Intel.

Annette, whose office is in Hong Kong, accepted via video – and also appeared in a video describing her career journey and her offering advice to others in the field.

Jackie Sturm participated in the opening reception and recognition dinner, connecting with attendees and also sharing her story and lessons learned in an on-stage interview with Debbie Lentz, SVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., and a 2015 ALL Award Honoree.


More about the honorees:

Clayton_Annette-150x150Annette Clayton is the Executive Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer of Schneider Electric, responsible for a 12 billion euro operation comprised of 90,000 employees and more than 218 manufacturing factories and 100 distribution centers in 44 countries. She also oversees the company’s India Commercial Sales zone and the Customer Satisfaction & Quality and Safety, Environment & Real Estate organizations.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric in 2011, Annette led Dell’s supply chain transformation and manufacturing and fulfillment operations, and was also responsible for the commercial order management and customer care operations in 16 countries. She joined General Motors in 1983 and held senior management positions in engineering and production, including serving as the President of Saturn Corporation. She was also a member of the North American Strategy Board and served as the Vice President of Quality. Annette serves on the board of Polaris Industries and advisory board for SCM World.

Sturm_Jackie-150x150As VP of Global Supply Management at Intel, Jackie Sturm is responsible for all of Intel’s strategic sourcing and procurement worldwide, delivering on solutions that meet stringent objectives across a complex and diverse set of businesses, technologies, and supply ecosystems. Her organization is a 7-time winner of Intel’s prestigious Intel Quality and Achievement Awards and was most recently cited by Gartner as #4 in its Top 25 Global Supply Chains. Jackie is a member of Intel’s Ethics and Compliance Oversight Committee, and directs the Supply Chain Environmental and Social Governance program, which includes Intel’s first-mover Conflict Minerals initiative. Jackie’s experience prior to Intel included Hewlett Packard, start-up Ridge Computer, and Apple.

As a leader, Jackie’s primary focus is on talent and professional growth of her entire team and she sponsors targeted advancement programs such as Women in Supply Chain Excellence to address the particular challenges faced by women in technology. She is an active member of the Intel Network of Executive Women.

“The ALL Award recognizes women supply chain leaders who have achieved extraordinary professional excellence and addressed challenges for women in our field,” said Dr. Nancy Nix, AWESOME’s executive director. “These leaders have advanced the landscape of supply chain leadership, raising visibility for the possibilities that exist for women today.”

2015 Awardees

Ford-Beth-150Beth Ford joined Land O’Lakes in January 2012 as Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain and Operations Officer. In this role, she is responsible for all supply chain and operating functions from sourcing through to customer delivery as well as for R&D and IT. During her 25+year career, Beth has held line operating and senior leadership positions with global companies in multiple industries including chemicals (International Flavors and Fragrances), consumer package goods (Pepsi), publishing (Scholastic and Hachette), and oil and gas (Mobil Oil).

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School, and a BBA from Iowa State University. She remains involved with both universities, sitting on the Deming Center Board of Advisors for Columbia University Business School and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Business at Iowa State. Beth is also active in her community and in industry, having accepted Board appointments with both the United Way and Children’s Theater of Minneapolis as well as with the Executive Advisory Board of think tank SCM World.

Beth sits on the Board of Directors for Clearwater Paper Corporation and PACCAR, Inc.

Debbie Lentz is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., responsible for distribution, transportation, fleet operations, customs compliance, global importing and exporting, and engineering. In this role, she also oversees sales and operations planning, merchandise planning and allocation, inventory management as well as e-commerce/ Omni Channel fulfillment. She is a key member of the executive team leading the company’s “TRU Transformation” strategy.
Before joining Toys“R”Us, Inc. in 2014, Debbie spent 13 years at Kraft Foods Group, where she most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Logistics. In this role, she was responsible for product supply, fulfillment, demand planning, distribution, transportation, customer service and customer development. She led a successful transformation which drove significant cost savings, inventory reduction and service improvement as well as the seamless separation and spin off of Kraft Foods Group from Mondelez International for her function. Prior to this role, she lived and worked in Zurich, Switzerland, where she led customer service and logistics for 23 countries in Europe. She successfully integrated two key acquisitions, LU Biscuits and Cadbury, designed an integrated supply chain organization model and opened a transportation load control center in Bratislava.

Throughout her tenure with Kraft, Debbie also held positions in global procurement, information systems, manufacturing operations and supply chain across the company’s multiple businesses in North America and Europe.

Earlier in her career, Debbie worked for Nabisco Foods Group, culminating in the position of Senior Director, Logistics Operations, where she managed all transportation, distribution and warehousing activities.
Debbie serves on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation which focuses on leadership development, mentoring and advancing the careers of women globally, is a past president of the Chicago chapter of the International Women’s Forum, and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Debbie received her bachelor’s degree in Business Logistics from Penn State University and an MBA in Operations Management and Personnel and Labor Relations from the University of Scranton.

She has received several awards for excellence in supply chain management including The Outstanding Achievement in Supply Chain Award from Penn State University in 2008 and The DSC Logistics Thinkers and Movers Award for innovative leadership in 2013.

2014 Awardees

sheehanHeather Sheehan is Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Logistics, Danaher Corporation. As Danaher’s co-Chief Procurement Officer, she has worldwide responsibility for non-production and logistics sourcing, strategy, and implementation across the corporation’s 40-plus operating companies. She is involved with operations in 125 countries, primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia and has led successful changes in supply chain processes, policies, talent, quality, efficiency, and acquisitions as Danaher has grown from $3 billion to over $19 billion in revenues in the past 12 years.

Heather’s career experience spans nearly 30 years in the manufacturing and transportation industries and includes experience living and working in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Danaher in 2002, Heather held various leadership positions in procurement, logistics and marketing with Honeywell, Union Pacific Corporation and NCR Corporation.

Heather has served on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ board of directors for 10 years and this year was elected Chairman of the Board.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Wengel-150Kathy Wengel is Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC). She serves on the Johnson & Johnson Management Committee and chairs the JJSC Leadership Team.

JJSC encompasses five segment supply chains (Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Products, Global Orthopaedics, Global Surgery, and Diabetes Care and Vision Care) that cover plan, source, internal and external manufacturing, Customer Logistics Services and the Office of Strategy & Execution. Other functions that are also part of JJSC and support the entire corporation are Quality & Compliance, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, and Engineering & Technical Operations. Kathy has enterprise leadership responsibility for accelerating the JJSC strategic efforts to meet the diverse needs of Johnson & Johnson businesses and customers around the world by consistently and cost-competitively delivering high quality, reliable products.

During her 26-year tenure with Johnson & Johnson, Kathy has served in diverse quality, operations, technical and business leadership roles. Her early career included manufacturing engineering and facilities roles at Janssen U.S., followed by several leadership roles at the Janssen Gurabo, Puerto Rico, site, including the strategic consolidation and growth of the solid dosage manufacturing portfolio for North America Pharmaceuticals.

Kathy worked in Europe for eight years, serving first as General Manager of Janssen Latina in Italy where she built a strategic growth platform by providing unique pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities for all three sectors of Johnson & Johnson. She was subsequently appointed Vice President, Quality & Compliance, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Worldwide Chemical Production, delivering the first pharmaceutical cross-regional quality strategy while making critical improvements in the legacy product portfolio.

Kathy’s most recent role was Vice President, Quality & Compliance (Q&C), and the first Chief Quality Officer for Johnson & Johnson, a role she held since 2010. She had enterprise leadership responsibility for Q&C, as well as for the Sterility Assurance and Operations Readiness & Convergence groups. In that role, Kathy led the creation of an enterprise Quality & Compliance organization that has worked to simplify and standardize Q&C across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, including a single Johnson & Johnson Quality Policy and a common set of Quality Policy Standards, and an independent internal audit program.

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