Walter Charles Joins the tealbook Advisory Board

May 25th, 2017
Walter Charles

We are thrilled to announce that Walter Charles, Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen, has joined the tealbook Advisory Board.

Walt is a visionary supply chain leader and an inspiring procurement futurist. His ability to deliver impactful results has created demand for him as a headlining conference speaker and disruptive industry influencer. Prior to joining Biogen, Walter held CPO roles at iconic companies such as Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Supply Chain, and Cordis (a former J&J’s medical devices company).

All of Walt’s experience as an executive leader has one thing in common: he has never hesitated to revolutionize the way procurement is managed. He quickly identifies ‘busted’ components of procurement process and technology and fixes them, even if he has to create a new solution in order to do so.

One key example of this is Walt’s belief in reusing data, automating repeatable tasks, and the importance of small, diversity, and innovative suppliers. They are the least likely to be uncovered during conventional approaches to supplier discovery, but the most likely to have a significant impact on innovation. He is a huge advocate of investing in diversity suppliers, both for the benefits they offer to enterprise and for the reciprocal contributions that makes to the health of the supplier base.

Our dynamic relationship with Biogen has played a strong role in making tealbook the strategic source of peer-driven intelligence it is today. This is due in large part to Walt’s vision for procurement’s potential impact on corporate competitive advantage.

As he told Supply Chain World in 2016, “I like solving problems, but I like solving problems that actually matter.” For procurement, access to actionable supplier intelligence addresses a series of problems that absolutely matter: diminishing returns from conventional sourcing, limited understanding of available supplier capabilities, and the slow speed of the traditional bid process.

Walt brings his revolutionary approach to our impressive board, which includes Mary Kachinsky, VP of Strategic Sourcing and Operations at FORMA Therapeutics; Chris Sawchuk, Principal and Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader for The Hackett Group; Gregg Brandyberry, Former Vice President of Procurement for GlaxoSmithKline; Rhonda Griscti, VP of Global Procurement at Medidata Solutions; David Davidovic, the Founder of pathForward LLC; Olivier Zitoun, Founder and CEO at Eveo; and Greg Tennyson, CPO at VSP Global.

On behalf of the entire tealbook team, I would like to welcome Walt to the tealbook Advisory Board!

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