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How To Handle Supply Chain and Logistics Masterfully with Sandra MacQuillan
Ninaad Acharya, Dan Coll, Sandra MacQuillan
For this episode of the eCom Logistics Podcast, we welcome Sandra MacQuillan, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Mondelēz International. Today, she shares her experience in supply chain leadership and provides meaningful insights to excel in this field.
She talks about how it was leading Mondelēz at the beginning and during the pandemic and the regional differences between Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America when it came to innovation in supply chain efforts.
Sandra also shares advice on building teams for maximum growth and how to go about as a new leader in supply chain.
Sandra MacQuillan is Chief Supply Chain Officer for Mondelēz International, a global company leading the future of snacking with 2019 net revenues of approximately $28.7 billion. In this role, Sandra leads all aspects of the organization’s global supply chain including Procurement, Manufacturing, Logistics, Engineering, Sustainability, and Safety. Sandra is passionate about the role the supply chain plays in leveraging deep understanding and partnership to drive value to the business.
Sandra joined the company in June 2019 from Kimberly-Clark where she was their first-ever Supply Chain Officer. She built their Supply Chain and Supply Chain Leadership team and under her leadership, this work resulted in best-in-class performance in cost-savings and step-changes in cash, customer service, quality, safety, and sustainability.
Before her time at Kimberly-Clark, Sandra worked at Mars Incorporated for more than 20 years, holding supply chain positions of increasing responsibility worldwide. In her last role at Mars, she served as Global Vice President of Supply Chain for its $15Bn Global Petcare business.
Sandra has extensive international experience and has lived and worked in North America, Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. She is on the Board for Trimble, serves on the SCM World’s Executive Advisory Board, and is a Trustee for Atlanta International School, Atlanta, Georgia.
Sandra is a chartered mechanical engineer and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2011. She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her work in encouraging young students, particularly women, into engineering.
- 02:31 How Sandra led as the first-ever Chief Supply Chain Officer of Kimberly-Clark
- 09:33 Must-have attributes when building a team for supply chain
- 13:29 The top priorities leading Mondelēz at the start of the pandemic
- 23:26 On moving to digital
- 27:54 Comparing regional innovation and sustainability
- 36:51 What we can expect with automation in the CPG
04:28 Sandra’s advice for future supply chain leadership: “Don’t lose sight of what supply chain is, is what I would say at the start. There are key principles that we have in supply chain around who we are and what we are. They apply anywhere. So if anybody tells you, you have to rethink everything, that’s not true. There’s core, basic fundamentals, service quality, safety, and all these kinds of things.
29:13 We should connect together where we can – Sandra: “If they’ve not had recognition, they feel the need to be seen, so it has to be theirs. And as opposed to when we get to, hopefully at some point when business and the corporate world gets to the place where we’re gonna share with each other for the better of everything. It sounds a bit naive, but I do believe that’s what we should be doing corporately.”
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