Preparing Your Supply Chain Organization for Growth by M&A

  • Redefining fast by transforming how M&A and Supply Chain strategy are used to drive growth and new capabilities to respond to market trends
  • A new standard of execution: Integrating new acquisitions into large, global organizations with quality and speed
  • Managing the technical complexity of integration without disrupting KPIs driving operational performance

Surfing the M&A Wave: How to Avoid a Wipeout

The business world is witnessing a rash of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Aisha Steptoe, group director of system, transformation and operations with The Coca-Cola Company, explains the reasons behind the trend, and outlines some common mistakes that companies make in the process.

During the 2018 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit, Executive Platforms was proud to partner with SupplyChainBrain to conduct a number of onsite interviews between our speaker faculty and SupplyChainBrain’s Managing Editor Robert Bowman.

Aisha Steptoe
Group Director, System Transformation Operations
The Coca-Cola Company

Aisha Steptoe is the Group Director of System Transformation Operations/PMO in the North America Product Supply System division for The Coca Cola Company. In this role, Aisha provides strategic leadership for the Coca Cola Refreshments (CCR) Supply Chain organization to develop operational strategy, governance, and program management execution for a multi-year business transformation initiative to implement a new supply chain operating model with Coca Cola’s Independent Franchise Bottling network across operational business processes, people, and technology platforms. In her previous roles at The Coca Cola Company, Aisha developed and executed supply chain integration strategies for the organization’s key manufacturing and distribution M&A initiatives.

Prior to joining The Coca Cola Company in 2012, Aisha had several years of experience assisting other global organizations develop strategies to optimize business processes, mitigate operational risk, and drive productivity in key areas such as supply chain strategy, manufacturing, demand planning, logistics, production planning, inventory management, product commercialization, and program management. Her vast experience in the Consumer Products industry spans multiple categories such as food, beverage, paper, and hygiene products.

Aisha’s prior industry roles include Director, Supply Chain Management for Associated Hygienic Products LLC (acquired by Domtar in 2013 and the leading private label manufacturer of baby diapers) with ownership for supply chain strategy, manufacturing, supply planning, procurement, product commercialization, and customer-specific logistics programs for key accounts such as Wal-Mart, Target, HEB, Kroger, CVS, and Publix. She also held prior roles with KPMG LLP as Manager, Advisory Services (management consulting), Georgia Pacific in a Category Planning role for the Retail Consumer Products Division (towel/napkin category), and began her career in supply chain with General Mills, Inc. in a variety of Supply/Logistics Planning, Demand Planning, Manufacturing, and Distribution roles. Aisha has an MBA in Supply Chain Management & Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology from Purdue University.

Robert Bowman
Managing Editor

Robert Bowman is a veteran editor, reporter and writer covering supply-chain management, international trade, economics, finance, regulation, compliance, technology, logistics, professional education, the environment, human rights, and labor management. Bob writes and edits theme-based articles, in-depth case studies, and a weekly blog. I’ve served as interviewer in thousands of videos, hosted numerous webinars, and produce and host a weekly podcast. Bob is also a published novelist. Prior to SupplyChainBrain, Bob has also contributed to the Journal of Commerce, World Trade, Distribution, Shipping and Trade News (Tokyo), Traffic World, Buyside, Cargovision, Warehousing Management, Pacific Shipper, Lloyd’s List and Lloyd’s Maritime Asia.

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