Supply Chain Now Episode 551
“It’s been proven that diverse businesses spread their profits back out to diverse communities. So working with them is a way for corporations to really help people in diverse communities.”
– Hannah Kain, President and CEO of ALOM
There are many different aspects of a supply chain that can be outsourced or executed through third parties, but few service providers can handle them all. ALOM seems to be one of the exceptions to this rule, providing everything from procurement and inventory management to ecommerce and reverse logistics.
Their President and CEO is Hannah Kain, who founded the company in Freemont California in 1997. Her journey began in Denmark, where she was exposed to international business from an early age, which is why – after she and her husband bought one-way tickets to the U.S. – she may have felt so at home in the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley and how she ended up being featured in the book ‘Scrappy Women in Business’.
In this conversation, Hannah tells Supply Chain Now Co-hosts Greg White and Scott Luton:
· Why it is personally and professionally important to her to elevate diverse and women-owned businesses
· What she looks for above all else when she is added a member to the ALOM team
· How she sees connections between what is happening in manufacturing in the U.S. and geopolitical events around the globe
Hannah Kain is President and CEO of ALOM, a global supply chain company she founded in 1997 headquartered in Fremont, California. ALOM operates out of 19 global locations to support its Fortune 500 customers in the technology, automotive, medical, financial, and energy sectors with brand enhancing supply chain management services and solutions. Hannah was born in Denmark where – in addition to a business and political career – she taught at Copenhagen Business School. Hannah holds three university degrees. Hannah is a current board member of the National Association of Manufacturers, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and WBEC-Pacific. She is the board chair of How Women Lead, Silicon Valley, serves on the Advisory Council of Heritage Bank of Commerce and is a member of the exclusive invitation-only Committee of 200 for executive women. She has received numerous awards for her supply chain, leadership and diversity activities. Among her 2020 recognition: Business Insider named her one of the top 100 people transforming business. For the sixth year in a row, Hannah was named a Supply Chain Pro to Know. She was recognized as one of the top 10 women in logistics, and she won the inaugural SDCE Women in Supply Chain award in September 2020. Among her prior awards, 2019 WBEC-Pacific Pinnacle Award, 2017 Gold Woman of The Year Stevie, and the 2017 Silver Stevie for best global woman-owned business. She has been honored as a Top 25 Champion of Diversity in STEM, won the Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead Award, the YWCA Tribute to Women Award, inducted into the Silicon Valley Capitol Club wall of fame, won the global Vistage Leadership Award, and named a WBENC Business Star.
Cyndi Lago is a Vice President and the leader of Supply Chain for Capgemini, where she helps large, complex organizations in multiple industries digitally transform supply chain operations in areas including demand planning, order management, master data management, and analytics. Prior to leading the supply-chain organization, Cyndi was the US Consumer Products and Distribution Leader for Capgemini, helping some of the world’s largest consumer-products companies in their efforts to develop innovative solutions that realize business value through technology. Cyndi’s perspectives have appeared in numerous industry publications including Industry Week, Environmental Leader, Supply Chain World, and Apparel Magazine.
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