Johns Manville (JM), a global building and specialty products manufacturer and a Berkshire Hathaway company, hired Marcia Howes as vice-president of global supply chain. Howes joined JM from a similar position with BJC HealthCare in St. Louis. She is a veteran business leader and supply chain professional with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of supply chain. She previously worked at Ecolab where she was vice president of global supply chain and head of global planning for both the medical device health care division and the water process systems businesses. Howes earned a MBA from the University of Maryland. She is a Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing practitioner and an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional member.
Tom Lee has been named senior vice-president, supply chain at SpartanNash. Lee will oversee SpartanNash’s supply chain, logistics, transportation and inventory management departments, reporting to Dave Staples, president and COO. From 2015 to 2017, Lee served as vice-president, merchandising operations, US e-Commerce for Walmart. In the role, he oversaw the planning and replenishment for both owned and drop-ship vendors with more than 10,000 suppliers and 26 million unique SKUs across a $1 billion inventory. Previously Lee was vice-president, supply chain innovations, global e-Commerce for Walmart. He has also held supply chain leadership positions for Henry Schein and Office Depot and has been a senior-level consultant for both Ernst & Young and KPMG. Lee holds a master’s degree in executive managerial business administration from Vanderbilt University.
Tony Puri has been named executive vice-president of SFC Global Supply Chain, Inc, a subsidiary of Schwan’s Company, replacing Doug Olsem, who recently accepted a newly created position leading Schwan’s sourcing, contract partner sales business, travel and real estate teams. Puri will be responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company’s manufacturing facilities and distribution centres. He will also serve on the company’s executive leadership team. Puri brings more than 30 years of food industry experience to his new role. Most recently, he served as vice president of global manufacturing for CSM Bakery Solutions. He started his career with Ralston Purina before progressing to other leadership roles with Cadbury, Warner Lambert, Kraft and Mondelez International. Puri has a master’s degrees in biochemical and chemical engineering from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in business administration, marketing and finance from Rockford College in Illinois.