Top 10: Women in Supply Chain in the US

To celebrate the launch of our Top 100 Women in Supply Chain 2024 list, Supply Chain Digital takes a look at the US leaders who are reshaping the industry

Supply Chain Digital has just published its Top 100 Women in Supply Chain 2024 supplement, celebrating the fantastic individuals who are blazing a trail for the next generation of talent. 

Here, we take a look at the US-based executives who are leading the way when it comes to operations, logistics, sustainability, risk management and beyond. 

Brooke Fan, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Kaiser Permanente

10. Brooke Fan

Company: Kaiser Permanente
Revenue: US$101bn
Employees: 236,000

Brooke Fan is a results-orientated supply chain executive with a proven track record of development and implementing innovative solutions.

With this mindset, Brooke has achieved significant cost savings and improved services and efficiencies across the retail and healthcare industries. 

In 2021, Brooke took on the role of Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Kaiser Permanente, where she is responsible for the national supply chain operations.

Donna Warton, CVP Supply Chain and Sustainability at Microsoft

9. Donna Warton

Company: Microsoft
Revenue: US$212bn
Employees: 221,000

Donna Warton is an experienced supply chain executive who has worked for big-name companies including Bell & Howell, Motorola, Mettler Toledo and Dell Technologies.

Currently, Donna is the Corporate Vice President of Supply Chain and Sustainability at technology giant Microsoft. 

Donna holds a BS in accounting from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in information technology from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.

Ali Green, VP Supply Chain Operations at Walmart

8. Ali Green

Company: Walmart
Revenue: US$611bn
Employees: 2,100,000

A distinguished Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Ali Green joined Walmart in 2019.

Her specialities include safety, maintenance, engineering and operations within the supply chain industry. 

Ali also has a track record of enhancing safety, employee experience, reliability, productivity and operational excellence by crafting strategies that elevate performance and establish competitive advantages.

Stephanie Rankin Smith, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at The Home Depot

7. Stephanie Rankin Smith

Company: The Home Depot
Revenue: US$157bn
Employees: 518,000

Experienced in aviation, consulting and retail, Stephanie Rankin Smith has dedicated the last 30 years to supply chains, operations, inventory management and fulfilment.

Stephanie is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at The Home Depot, having spent two decades with the business.

She says: "At The Home Depot, we truly believe our culture is what defines our company and makes us a special place to work – it's our competitive advantage."

Carol B. Tomé, CEO at UPS

6. Carol B. Tomé

Company: UPS
Revenue: US$91bn
Employees: 500,000

An influential leader and achiever of many firsts, Carol B. Tomé stepped out of retirement – having spent 24 years at The Home Depot – to take on her dream role in 2020 as CEO at UPS.

By doing so, Carol became UPS' first outsider CEO, as well as the first female Chief Executive not only in the company's history, but across the industry as a whole.

Carol is a driver of change and innovation within the supply chain and logistics industry and is dedicated to making a positive difference.

Susan Johnson, EVP & General Manager of Wireline Transformation and Global Supply Chain at AT&T

5. Susan Johnson

Company: AT&T
Revenue: US$122bn
Employees: 150,000

Susan Johnson has spent the last 20 years of her career working for leading telecommunications firm AT&T.

As Executive Vice President and General Manager of Wireline Transformation and Global Supply Chain, Johnson heads up the organisation's supply chain and procurement function.

“We absolutely believe that our supplier base should be as diverse as our employee base and the customers we serve," Johnson comments.

"We will maintain our focus on an inclusive supply chain that recognises the value that Black-owned and other diverse suppliers bring to AT&T.”

Karen Jordan, Chief Supply Chain Officer at PepsiCo

4. Karen Jordan

Company: PepsiCo
Revenue: US$92bn
Employees: 318,000

A dynamic supply chain leader, Karen Jordan is experienced in collaboratively driving benchmark productivity and service results in an FMCG retail environment.

Karen has spent the last 20 years working within the supply chain function at PepsiCo, amassing experience in manufacturing, warehouse operations, strategy and commercialisation. 

Today, Karen is the Chief Supply Chain Officer, leading the supply chain function in North America for the beverage division. 

Reflecting on an important moment from her tenure, she says: "I was profoundly moved by the possibility of accepting the role as one of the first African-American female plant managers in my company and being an extension of my aunt’s dreams two generations before me."

Taryn Thompson, Chief Finance Officer of Global Technology and Global Operations at Bank of America

3. Taryn Thompson

Company: Bank of America
Revenue: US$172bn
Employees: 213,000

"The financial services industry is facing increasing pressure to ensure the expanding networks of suppliers and partners with which we work are adequately prepared to manage and mitigate risk."

Those the thoughts of Taryn Thompson, who has dedicated the entirety of her 20-year career to Bank of America and has been integral to both procurement and finance operations.

In her current role as Chief Finance Officer of Global Technology and Global Operations, Taryn is responsible for executing all core finance functions within the institution.

Sheri Hinish, Principal/Senior Partner and Global Consulting Sustainability, Technology and Ecosystems Leader at EY

2. Sheri Hinish

Company: EY
Revenue: US$50bn
Employees: 400,000

An impact leader and driver of change, Sheri Hinish has dedicated her career to helping customers rethink, design and build future-fit enterprises and ecosystems that operationalise sustainability-led business transformation. 

Having joined EY in 2023, Sheri is a Principal/Senior Partner and Global Consulting Sustainability, Technology and Ecosystems Leader with the consulting giant. 

Known among her peers as ‘The Supply Chain Queen’, Sheri is trusted by the world’s leading organisations to drive transformation in sustainability, digital supply chain, purpose-driven leadership and disruptive thinking as part of large-scale transformations.

“Supply chains can change the world," says Sheri. "Every product in your hand, from your phone to your coffee cup, has a story of its making.

"With more than 40% of the global workforce involved in supply chain activities, the potential for transformation is nearly limitless.”

Gretchen McCarthy, Chief Supply Chain and Logistics Officer at Target

1. Gretchen McCarthy

Company: Target
Revenue: US$109bn
Employees: 400,000

Gretchen McCarthy has dedicated the past two decades to merchandising, supply chain, inventory, logistics and operations at Target, during which time she has been a driving force in growing the retailer’s successful supply chain operations. 

Gretchen first joined Target as a Buyer back in 2004 and has ascended the ranks to become Chief Supply Chain and Logistics Officer. As this title suggests, her job is to oversee the global supply chain and logistics network.

A graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Hotel Administration, McCarthy’s specialities include trend analysis, merchandising, inventory management, forecasting, sales and business process improvements.

Gretchen says: “My approach to every role I’ve held is to be curious [...] I learned from the experts, asked a lot of questions and trusted the experience I had built to help me make good decisions.

"It’s a trait that has driven my career and led me to new opportunities across the business."


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