Supply Chain Now Episode 557

“I hope supply chain and procurement professionals are passionate about their jobs, because ultimately we are all trying to live together on this planet, but there’s just something a little more special about being able to serve others.” – Kathy Fulton


“You can always teach supply chain. You can always teach procurement. You can always teach forecasting and planning. What you can’t teach is heart and commitment and dedication. The people that work in nonprofits are doing it because they are committed to a cause; it really is a purpose driven environment.” – Anna McGovern


In this inaugural episode of Dial P for Procurement, program co-hosts Kelly Barner (Buyers Meeting Point, Art of Procurement) and Scott Luton (Supply Chain Now) welcome two professionals who have put their procurement and supply chain experience to work in the service of others. Anna McGovern is the Chief Supply Chain Officer at the Food Bank for New York City and Kathy Fulton is the Executive Director of the American Logistics Aid Network. They joined the show to discuss the differences between commercial and nonprofit supply chains, where they would like to see procurement professionals ‘slow down’ in the execution of their duties, and why delivering an amazing customer experience is critical, no matter who your customers are.

Anna B. McGovern was appointed the Chief Supply Chain Officer for the Food Bank For New York City in September 2020. Ms. McGovern brings to the Food Bank for New York City a record of exceptional leadership and strategic vision and front-line experience in the supply chain. She was most recently Managing Director of Pondview Consulting, LLC, specializing in the end-to-end supply chain, including strategic procurement.
Her prior positions include Vice President of Supply Chain and Procurement at Arcade Beauty, a sampling solutions manufacturer for the beauty and cosmetics industry based in Manhattan.
Prior to her work at Arcade Beauty, Ms. McGovern served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including Global Director of Category Procurement Personal Care for Unilever. She spent 23 years at Unilever in various roles in supply chain and procurement across multiple categories. From 1991 to 1995, she worked for Spartech, an industrial plastics manufacturer as a materials planning analyst and purchasing manager.
A native of Connecticut, Ms. McGovern earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport and an MBA from Sacred Heart University. She has completed CPIM and CSCP certification from the Association of Supply Chain Management. She has a certificate from Penn State University for Designing Competitive Supply Chains. She is a volunteer and past vice president of the board of directors for the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras.
Ms. McGovern lives in Connecticut with her husband, two sons, and her 7-year old Weimaraner, Millie.

Kathy Fulton is Executive Director for American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). She leads the organization in delivering logistics information, services, and equipment to ensure communities receive nourishment, hydration, and medical care during crisis.  Ms. Fulton’s passion is the intersection of supply chain and emergency management, focusing on the critical role logistics and supply chain professionals play in disaster relief. She serves on national workgroups focused on efficient coordination of logistics activities during disaster and was a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine consensus committee on “Strengthening Post-Hurricane Supply Chain Resilience.”  Preceding her work with ALAN, Fulton was Senior Manager of Information Technology Services at Saddle Creek Logistics Services where she led IT infrastructure implementation and support, corporate systems, and business continuity planning. 


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