Chair’s Welcome Address and Opening Keynote: The Process of Leadership Alignment

Chair’s Welcome Address

Daniel Myers
Senior Fellow at Haslam School of Business
University of Tennessee
Retired EVP of Integrated Supply Chain
Mondelēz International

  • Senior Fellow at Haslam School of Business, University of Tennessee
  • Board Member for Two Companies
  • Private Equity Senior Operating Executive for The Carlyle Group
  • Retired EVP, Global Supply Chain, Mondelēz International
  • Former EVP, Global Supply Chain, Kraft Foods
  • Former Global VP, Product Supply, Procter & Gamble

Daniel Myers is currently a Senior Fellow at Haslam School of Business teaching both graduate and under-graduate studies. He is the retired Executive Vice President of the Global Integrated Supply Chain of Mondelez International where he led the Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Customer Service and Logistics groups, which represent more than 70,000 of the company’s employees.  Daniel held the same position at Kraft Foods Inc., the predecessor to Mondelēz International.  The spin-off of Kraft Foods North American grocery operations occurred in October of 2012.  Under Daniel’s leadership, Mondelez funded a major reinvention of its worldwide supply chain delivering more than $3 billion in savings over 3 years.

Prior to Kraft Foods, Daniel worked for Procter & Gamble for 33 years, serving in roles across all areas of the Supply Chain. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Product Supply, where he led the supply chain function for P&G’s Global Hair Care business. He was also responsible for coordinating the company’s $28 Billion Beauty & Grooming business.  He had responsibility for P&G’s Customer Service and Logistics operations globally for four years and while in this role he led the integration of the operations of the Gillette company into P&G. Gillette was a $56 Billion acquisition by P&G and the largest in the consumer products industry.

Daniel has strong experience building supply chains in emerging markets.  He has over 25 years’ experience in global category and platform management, worked in 54 countries, and lived outside the U.S. for more than 10 years. He has led the successful implementation of best practices in supply chain including High Performance Organizations, Total Quality and Lean Six Sigma. He has led multiple plants to win the Japanese Institute TPM Excellence Award. During his career, Daniel has had responsibility for over 250 manufacturing plants and over 400 warehouse and distribution centers operating in over 160 countries.

Daniel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and served on the Global Supply Chain Institute Advisory Board at the University of Tennessee for 8 years. He served on the Global Board of GS1 for 6 years which manages the electronic standards used in commercial trade globally. He currently serves on 2 company boards and works as a Senior Advisor to a major Private Equity Firms

Daniel and Karen, his wife of 40 years, are Christians who have led music and youth groups in three different countries over a period of 25 years. They have been active in mission work helping support and build schools or orphanages in Venezuela, Romania, Nigeria, Kenya, India and Myanmar.

The Process of Leadership Alignment

  • Developing the organizational engagement needed to improve safety, quality, service and cost
  • People-driven change: Connecting the design and implementation of an integration strategy to its mission and purpose
  • Achieving operational excellence through process, culture and results transformations

Greg Smith
EVP, Supply Chain
Walmart U.S.

Greg Smith is executive vice president, supply chain for Walmart U.S. He has responsibility for all product flow, distribution and fulfillment center operations, e-commerce replenishment as well as responsibility for all domestic and global transportation functions.

Prior to his current role, Greg served as a senior vice president of global operations at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. With more than 30 years of supply chain and operations experience, Greg has transformed manufacturing, procurement and logistics programs at companies like Goodyear, ConAgra Foods, United Signature Foods, VDK Frozen Foods and Quaker Oats.

Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. He currently serves on the Global Supply Chain and College of Business advisory boards at the University of Tennessee.