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Advisory Boards

The Grainger Center has deep ties to industry. Our extensive network of corporate partners provides real-world perspective that enhances the curriculum and applied learning program, and provides invaluable career guidance to students.

The Executive Advisory Board is comprised of senior executives at leading firms renowned for supply chain management excellence. The Alumni Advisory Board is composed of early- and mid-career Grainger Center alumni from the BBA and MBA programs.

Throughout the year, board members provide guidance and recruiting opportunities and participate in numerous development activities. Students interact with board members during their job search, at speaker events, and at the annual meeting.

Executive Advisory Board

John C. Kenny

Freeflow Ltd.

Claudia Knowlton-Chike

Senior Director, Global Logistics Operations

Sheri Lewis

Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Distribution and Logistics
Medtronic, Inc.

Steve Loehr

Vice President, Global Technology Services

Scott Morey

Senior Director, Strategy & Planning- Global Distribution Sales

Terry Nadeau

Vice President, Global Procurement
Johnson Controls, Inc.

Ernest Nicolas

Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Rockwell Automation

Kevin O'Marah

Director, Amazon Global Communities

Thomas F. Pyle Jr.

The Pyle Group

Chris Smith

Specialist Leader, Supply Chain

Eric Smith

Supply Chain Director
Kohler Co.

Robert Stefansic

Sr. VP, Operating Excellence, Information Technology and Chief Supply Chain Officer
Ingredion, Inc.

Kevin Weadick


Carolyn A. Woznicki

Vice President Global Strategic Sourcing and Environmental, Health & Safety
Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

Alumni Advisory Board

Samy Affo

Samy Affo

Senior Planning Analyst
Intel Corporation

Saskia Burmeister

Global Supply Manager
Apple Inc

Alex Chaet

Reddy Ice

Mark Dyer

Director of Supply Chain Operations and Global Planning

Justin Goninen

Manager of Supply Chain Network Optimization

Gloria Guo

Director of Global Supply Chain
Mars Wrigley

Thushan Hemachandra

Global Product Manager
Scott Hughes

Scott Hughes

Accelerated Leadership Program
GE Transportation

J.R. Petnkeu

Lincoln Operations Specialist
Ford Motor Company
Yulie Qiao

Yulie Qiao

Marketing Execution Coordinator

Daniel Rodriguez

Associate Supply Chain Manager
Vishnu Tadepalli

Vishnu Tadepalli

Global Program Manager, Procurement and Blockchain Solutions

Joren Thompson

Supplier Business Manager
Lam Research

Corey Wilhelm

Procurement Manager
Land O’Lakes, Inc.