How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges

Town Hall - 04-02-2020 Corporate Panelists

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Thursday, April 2
3:00-4:30 PM (EDT)

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For its third weekly virtual Town Hall in the ongoing health emergency, NMSDC invites you to join us on Thursday, April 2, for an essential discussion – “How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges.”

  • What actions are they taking to mitigate the risk in their supply chains?
  • How are they working with their MBEs to reduce the impact to their businesses?
  • To limit the risk to minority suppliers, what strategies do these CPOs recommend to other corporations?

On April 2, hear the answers to these and other questions posed by the audience of MBEs and corporate members of NMSDC. We welcome your participation, questions, and insights on the critical CPO-MBE connection in this crisis.

As this health emergency continues to unfold, NMSDC’s transformed mission is even more vitally important than ever – today, tomorrow, and beyond. This Town Hall is a component in that mission. We need to hear your questions, your concerns, and your ideas. With your feedback, we can work more effectively as a network. Hosting the Town Hall is NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble.

Adrienne assumed the leadership of NMSDC after a successful career in the corporate world, much of it spearheading the supplier diversity initiative at Toyota North America – an ideal perspective from which to anchor this discussion. Panelists joining her on Thursday are:

Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Moderator
President and CEO
The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Kala Gibson, Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank
Kala Gibson
Panelist
Executive Vice President
Head of Business Banking
Fifth Third Bank

Kala Gibson is executive vice president and head of Business Banking. He oversees the strategic planning, operations, sales force and products for the division. Business Banking serves clients with annual revenues up to $20 million across 1,155 banking centers and 10 states.

Read Kala’s full bio here.

Farryn Melton, SVP, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)
Farryn Melton
Panelist

SVP, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

With revenues in excess of $35B, her team is responsible for managing the company’s external spend of ~ $12B from early research to distribution. In addition to Global Procurement and Supplier Relationship Management, she is responsible for strategy-to-pay processes, global travel and fleet operations. She leads a diverse team of over 400 + colleagues around the world and manages large external partnerships.

Read Farryn’s full bio here.

Thomas Nash, Vice President & CPO, American Red Cross
Thomas Nash
Panelist
Vice President & CPO
American Red Cross

Tom is the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the American Red Cross, a $3 Billion humanitarian and blood supply organization. Tom has led Procurement and Supply Chain transformations in three (3) industries (manufacturing, consumer services and health care).He holds an Executive M.B.A. from LSU and a B.S. degree in Production Operations (Supply Chain) from Arizona State University. He is certified by ISM and APICS.

Read Thomas’ full bio here.

Brad Pomerleau, Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Procurement COE Target Corporation
Brad Pomerleau
Panelist
Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Procurement COE
Target Corporation

Brad Pomerleau is accountable for creating competitive advantage and achieving operational excellence through cost and process optimization for Target through its indirect sourcing and procurement organization. Brad leads his global team by effectively and efficiently managing the end to end “source to pay” function across 33 categories including construction, corporate services, marketing, property management, supply chain and technology. Brad is also responsible for the Supplier Diversity function
within Target.

Read Brad’s full bio here.

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