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The Consumer Goods Forum (CFG) has announced the unanimous election of Tom Rose as the Retail Chair (Co-Chair) of the End-to-End Value Chain & Standards Pillar (E2EVC).

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Mike Barry, Marks and Spencer’s director of sustainability has confirmed he’ll step down from his current position on the 30th June.

To be succeeded by Carmel McQuaid

Mike Barry has spent 14 years working in the retailer’s sustainability team. He’s previously contributed in the development and implementation of its ‘Plan A’ strategy, which main objective is to make M&S the ‘most sustainable retailer in the UK.’ Since the launch of the plan in 2007, M&S has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status, uses 100% renewable electricity and has attained carbon neutrality across its UK-wide estate of stores, offices and warehouses. He’s also helped phase-out single-use plastics such as carrier bags or cutlery. Furthermore, customers are now able to track the origin of beef, seafood and wool products across M&S global supply chains thanks to a series of digital maps.

Mike Barry hasn’t confirmed yet what role he will take on next, but has confirmed he would take the summer off before divulging his next steps.

Carmel McQuaid, the current head of sustainable business at M&S, will take over the role of sustainability director.

Mr Barry has said in his LinkedIn post: “I’ve had a brilliant blast at M&S; 4000 working days, not a single one of which was the same as the last. [It’s been] a huge honour to work for a great business with amazing people and, most importantly, to have a world-class successor. Now excited to plan the next decade-long dash through the 2020s to build a truly sustainable future.”

An M&S spokesman said in a statement: We’d like to thank Mike for his drive and leadership of our sustainability journey over the last decade and for the significant contribution he’s made to the wider industry.” He adds: “We’re delighted that Carmel McQuaid will now continue this work with a focus on how we integrate sustainability into each area of M&S as we build a family of accountable businesses.”

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Walmart has announced the appointment of Suresh Kumar as its new elevated Chief Technical Officer and Chief Development Officer.

25 years of technology experience

Mr Kumar brings more than 25 years of technology experience, having previously worked with Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM. His 15 years with Amazon will be particularly attractive to Walmart, having most recently held the position of VP, Worldwide Retail Systems and Retail Services. Prior to this, he looked after Amazon’s retail supply chain and inventory management systems. He joins Walmart while its customer and associate experiences are being rapidly overhauled.

Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, said: “The technology of today and tomorrow enables us to serve our customers and associates in ways that weren’t previously possible. We want to take full advantage of those opportunities. Suresh has a unique understanding of the intersection of technology and retail, including supply chain, and has deep experience in advertising, cloud and machine learning. And, he has a track record of working in partnership with business teams to drive results.”

Walmart said that it aims, under Kumar, to bring together its four technology organisations: Global Business Services, Walmart Labs, Sam’s Club Technology and International technology.

The hire comes at a point of time when Walmart is competing with Amazon across several fronts, such as e-commerce, omnichannel, logistics and brick-and-mortar operations.

Mr Kumar said: “Walmart is one of the great success stories in how a company evolves over time to serve the changing needs of its customers, and today, it is in the midst of a very exciting digital transformation. With more than 11,000 stores, a high-growth eCommerce business and more than two million associates worldwide, the potential for technology to help people at scale is unparalleled, and I am excited to be part of this.”

Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

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Mondelez International announced today that it has appointed Sandra MacQuillan as Executive Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain.

What does the job involve?

MacQuillan will be responsible for managing the company’s global procurement, manufacturing, engineering, customer service and logistics group. She brings extensive experience in supply chain technology and emerging markets. She will report directly to the group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dirk Van de Put, and will become a member of the Mondelez International Leadership team effective 10th of June. She is due to succeed to Daniel Myers, who will retire and remain a part of the company for a transition period.

The group’s CEO said: "We are very excited to welcome Sandra to Mondelez International.  She brings a wealth of international expertise in sustainable supply chain and technology strategy, with vast experience in packaged goods at global companies where she has built world-class supply chain capabilities. Her leadership and experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to harness new technology to drive productivity and leverage the strength of our supply chain as a competitive advantage across our global network." He adds: "I want to thank Daniel for his many contributions to our company over the past eight years, including his leadership role in transforming and modernizing our global supply chain.  We wish him all the best in his retirement."

What’s McQuillan’s background?

MacQuillan was Kimberley-Clark Corporation’s Chief Supply Chain Officer and Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, and had global responsibility of procurement, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, quality and regulatory, safety and sustainability since 2015. Before that, she spent over 20 years at Mars Incorporated in numerous roles with increasing levels of responsibility and was most recently Global Vic President, Supply for Mars Global Petcare.

MacQuillan currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors of TRIMBLE, Inc., Executive Advisory Board of Supply Chain Management World (SCM World), and the Board of Trustees of Atlanta International School.

MacQuillan said: “"I am excited to join Mondelez International at this important time as the company continues to execute on its new long-term growth strategy under Dirk Van de Put. I have long admired Mondelez International for its leadership position in global snacking, its strong portfolio of brands and its extensive international footprint, and I look forward to working with the team and its partners across the global supply chain network."

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This is the third in a series of reports detailing the key findings from IGD’s supply chain leaders global survey. This time, the attribute under the microscope is Entrepreneurial – the call to be commercial, creative and courageous. Supply chains need to take a more creative and courageous approach to driving commercial success – if this doesn’t sound like you, read this report to ensure you are not left behind…
This is the second in a series of reports detailing the key findings from IGD’s supply chain leaders global survey. It focuses on the first of the Five E’s: empirical – combining data and experience If you are not developing this attribute, you’re almost certainly falling behind.
This is the first in a series of reports detailing the key findings from IGD’s supply chain leaders global survey. The survey collected responses from supply chain personnel around the world, providing insight on leading supply chains. This introductory report outlines the purpose of the research, provides context for the focus areas, introduces five attributes for success and explores how these can be exhibited by a leading supply chain and a supply chain leader.

100 supply chain leaders from around the world have shared their views on the role of a supply chain leader and what sets apart a leading supply chain function. We’ve used their insights to describe the five attributes you’ll need to succeed and how you can develop them.

Making your business relationships pay

Relationships and the ability to work effectively with people have a disproportionate impact on our success. This series looks at what makes for good relationships, barriers to building and maintaining them and how they will evolve in future.     

  1. Characteristics
  2. What gets in the way?
  3. Evolution

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