Supply Chain Excellence in the Digital Age

Reuben Slone delivered the opening keynote on September 13th of the 2016 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit entitled, Supply Chain Excellence in the Digital Age.

Reuben Slone is Senior Vice-President, Supply Chain for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Illinois. He serves on the Walgreens Executive Operating Committee with responsibility for Retail and Pharmacy Renewal, two initiatives that will replace the company’s store and pharmacy systems. As head of supply chain, Slone is responsible for inventory management and replenishment, imports, transportation, distribution center operations and logistics for the company.

Slone previously worked at OfficeMax, where he served as executive vice president of supply chain and general manager of services. In his eight years with OfficeMax, he was responsible for inventory management, transportation and warehousing, strategic sourcing, real estate, store development, facilities, print and copy, B2B technology, managed print services, and break room and facilities maintenance products businesses. In addition, Slone managed front-end inventory at OfficeMax and oversaw supplier development. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Slone held various executive positions with Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS and Ernst & Young.

Slone has authored two articles published by Harvard Business Review: “Leading a Supply Chain Turnaround” in October 2004 and “Are You the Weakest Link in your Supply Chain?” in September 2007. In May 2010, Harvard Business Press published Slone’s first book: “The New Supply Chain Agenda.”

Slone is also a member and past chairman of the board of directors of Aspire of Illinois, a non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.

He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1984.