Hosts: Rodney Apple and Chris Gaffney
In This Episode:
In this episode of the “Supply Chain Careers Podcast,” we sit down with Chris Smith, who has a rich background spanning from Walgreens to McKesson. Chris got his start at Home Depot has climbed the ranks to become a venerated and dynamic leader in logistics and operations.
Chris dives into his problem-solving approach, emphasizing the significance of six sigma, lean principles, and ground-level operational insight. He shares invaluable advice for rising professionals, highlighting strategic vision, risk understanding, and operational efficiency as key to advancement.
Reflecting on the lessons learned from challenges, Chris points out the unexpected opportunities crises can present. He wraps up with sage advice on recognizing the potential in others and the importance of clear communication, leaving listeners with actionable insights for their supply chain careers.
Who is Chris Smith?
Chris Smith is president of McLane Company’s Grocery division where he oversees all aspects of McLane Grocery, including Operations, Sales, and Merchandising. Before joining McLane, Chris served as senior VP and chief supply officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, and was the executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at C&S Wholesale, the largest grocery wholesaler in the country. Chris also held senior leadership positions in distribution and logistics with McKesson. Chris started his career in finance at Home Depot and eventually found his way to the logistics area of the business which set the course for his career. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves on Phillips Pet Food & Supplies board.