Top 10: Women in Supply Chain in the UK and Europe

Following the launch of our Top 100 Women in Supply Chain 2024 list, Supply Chain Digital takes a look at the UK and Europe leaders reshaping the industry

Supply Chain Digital recently 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 UK and Europe-based executives who are leading the way when it comes to operations, logistics, sustainability, risk management and beyond. 

10. Francesca Gamboni

Company: Volvo Cars
Revenue: US$38bn
Employees: 43,000

Specialising in supply chain management, manufacturing and procurement, Francesca Gamboni has gained an array of experience across pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, aerospace and cosmetics over the last 30 years.

These days she is Head of Global Procurement and Supply Chain at automotive giant Volvo Cars.

9. Kerstin Strauss

Company: Kuehne + Nagel
Revenue: US$30bn
Employees: 81,000

Kerstin Strauss has spent the entirety of her three-decade career at Kuehne + Nagel, where she started out as a Forwarding Apprentice.

Climbing the ranks, Strauss subsequently gained experience in air freight operations, strategy, logistics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Today, she is VP of Logistics Operations and Global Air Logistics.

8. Sheena Behn

Company: AstraZeneca
Revenue: US$46bn 
Employees: 90,000

Sheena Behn has dedicated the last 15 years of to supply chain and manufacturing operations at AstraZeneca, where she now serves as Vice President of Commercial Operations, Global Supply Chain and Strategy.

Behn specialises in research and development, strategy and commercial operations.

7. Catherine Blackman

Company: Sanofi
Revenue: US$47bn
Employees: 86,000

An experienced supply chain leader in the pharmaceutical industry, Catherine Blackman specialises in leading teams to design and manage high-performing complex supply chains and launch new products.

At present, she serves as Vice President and Head of Supply Chain Europe at Sanofi. 

6. Alexandra Loboda 

Company: Maersk
Revenue: US$51bn
Employees: 106,000

Alexandra Loboda has spent the last 18 years specialising in logistics.

These days, she serves as VP of Leading Global Operations for Lead Logistics, Customs and Project Logistics at A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Previously, she was integral to logistics operations at Kuehne + Nagel.

5. Anna-Kathrin Werkmeister

Company: Siemens
Revenue: US$85bn
Employees: 320,000

Anna-Kathrin Werkmeister has been working in the industry for the last decade, specialising in the transformation of procurement, supplier quality and logistics. 

At Siemens, Werkmeister serves as Vice President of Global Procurement and Logistics for Rolling Stock and Siemens Mobility GmbH.

4. Lisbeth Buschkühl

Company: E.ON
Revenue: US$126bn
Employees: 72,000

Building herself a career in the utilities industry, Lisbeth Buschkühl has worked for the likes of Uniper, OGE, HanseWerk-Gruppe, Westenergie and E.ON over the years.

Today, she is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer at E.ON.

Nóra Oláh

3. Nóra Oláh

Company: Deutsche Telekom
Revenue: US$27bn 
Employees: 200,000

Specialising in global supply chain management, procurement, business transformation and DE&I, Nóra Oláh spent a little over 10 years at Deutsche Telekom.

Her final role with the telecommunications giant was Vice President of Supply Chain.

In February 2024, Oláh joined 3rdGEN, an exclusive management consulting company offering C-level executives multi-industry and multicultural experience to deliver solutions for their clients.

2. Stephanie O'Brien

Company: Nestlé
Revenue: US$105bn 
Employees: 270,000

A highly effective end-to-end supply chain operations management executive, Stephanie O'Brien has extensive experience in designing and executing logistics and supply chain solutions for enterprise corporations. 

O’Brien is the Vice President of Business Supply Chain and Planning at Nestlé, where she specialises in building strategies that secure reductions in costs, improve productivity and increase revenue.

Before Nestlé, she spent almost 15 years at Electronic Arts, latterly as Senior Operations Manager.

Jacqui Rock, Chief Commercial Officer at NHS England

1. Jacqui Rock

Company: NHS England
Procurement Spend: US$30bn
Employees: 15,000

A driver of meaningful change in procurement and supply chain, Jacqui Rock is the Chief Commercial Officer at NHS England.

In her role, she oversees the Commercial Directorate of NHS England, leading a national team of commercial and estates professionals to build a world-class commercial function for the UK health system.

Rock has dedicated the last 20 years to procurement and supply chain within the private and public sector. During her time as Chief Commercial Officer for the UK Health Security Agency, Rock was instrumental in the rapid innovation and technology development in the supply chain of NHS Test and Trace.

"It’s an honour to be recognised alongside an amazing group of inspiring female leaders," comments Rock. "I’m passionate about my role and the impact excellent commercial practice has on improving patient care.

"I'll continue to break down barriers and encourage others to embrace diversity and inclusion."

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