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We all want to leave the world a better place than we found it. This podcast is about procurement and supply chain leaders who are successful in that pursuit.

We all want to leave the world a better place than we found it. This podcast is about procurement and supply chain leaders who are successful in that pursuit.




We all want to leave the world a better place than we found it. This podcast is about procurement and supply chain leaders who are successful in that pursuit.




Episode 10 – Susanna Zhu: Spreading Goodness

​Susanna Zhu, Vice President of US Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations at Hershey, shares lifelong purpose statement and personal interests in this episode. Furthermore, as a woman leader in the supply chain, Susanna has demonstrated her passion for leading and mentoring young professionals in the fields and the commitments to sustainable projects like Cocoa for Good for the chocolate industry.


Episode 9 – Martha Buffington: Following her own North Star

“…we're not just about sourcing, we're not just about savings, it's really about having bigger picture strategic impact on the business…” Martha Buffington, Chief Procurement Officer of Royal DSM, a €9 billion global company producing health, nutrition, and sustainable living products to enhance the lives of people and the sustainability of the planet, shares her career purpose and personal goal along her journey from the U.S. to Netherland. As a mentor and supporter of women in business,...


Episode 8 – Bertrand Conquéret: Sustainability, Sharing, and Responsible Leadership

"My purpose is very strongly embedded in sustainability leadership… a key message for today, to enhance, to grow, to learn along the purpose that we've shared today." As a global leader in sustainability, Bertrand has long held a vision that procurement and supply chain fundamentally contribute to the longevity of the planet. As president of Together for Sustainability (TfS) and co-founder and ambassador of the Sustainable Procurement Pledge, he talks through this vision and how he...


Episode 7: Mohamad Saker: Sustainable Innovation in the Desert

Mohamad Saker, Chief Corporate Services Officer at Al Dahra Holding, an agribusiness company in United Arab Emirates, shares his personal philosophy on innovation, lifelong learning and the importance of culture to inspire commitment and innovation across his team. He will discuss his passion for procurement and food security and how continuous discovery at work has led to impactful savings for Al Dahra.


Episode 6 – Julie McAlindon: Transformation Master – Plastics Recycling at Eastman Chemical

Julie McAlindon is the chief procurement officer and vice president of transformation at Eastman Chemical Company. Listen to learn how transformation has been a constant in her journey, in both her career aspirations and her work at Eastman Chemical. You’ll hear about Eastman’s important role in the circular economy through their industry-leading molecular recycling process. Molecular recycling allows Eastman to expand beyond post-consumer waste to incorporate post-industrial waste and...


Episode 5 – Rodrigo Ferreira: The Game Changer – ESG Purpose and Anti-Fragile Capabilities

Rodrigo Ferreira is CPO and executive manager of supply chain for Petrobras and a member of the energy sector Think Tank at SAP. Join us for a discussion about how his supply chain career path started at GE, progressed to Siemens Gamesa, and then to Petrobras during the pandemic in 2020. In addition, you’ll not only hear about new technologies, anti-fragile suppliers, and carbon reduction in the oil and gas industry, but also about Ferreira’s close call with becoming a billionaire.


Episode 4 – Thomas Meinel: Life’s transformative journey and the impact of digital empowerment

Thomas Meinel is senior vice president and head of indirect procurement for Evonik Industries AG and a member of the Think Tank program for the chemical sector at SAP. Listen as he talks about how his career started in IT and then pivoted to business and procurement.


Episode 3 – Terri Macleod: Value the Sustainability – Energy Transition at Suncor

Soo has a conversation with Terri Macleod, general manager of supply chain shared services at Suncor Energy and a member of the Think Tank program for the energy sector at SAP. Listen as they discuss Terri’s passion for not only environmental sustainability, but also for social sustainability, pursued through her work with the indigenous community. In addition to insights gained there, Terri shares her views on COVID-19 challenges, energy transitions, and personal purpose.


Episode 2 – Ralf Peters, Part 2: Living with a Purpose: Reducing CO2 and Waste

Soo continues the conversation with Ralf to explore how he is driving CCEP environmental and social sustainability objectives. Ralf discusses his passion for the Coca-Cola environmental program World Without Waste, the initiative to turn CCEP into a net-zero emissions company by 2040, and the importance of supplier collaboration in the effort.


Episode 1 – Ralf Peters, Coca-Cola European Partners: A Growth Mindset

Listen as Ralf Peters, vice president of procurement for Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), shares his journey from East Berlin to West Berlin, growing up in a communist country, and what drove him through his education as the Berlin wall came down. Ralf talks about his 25 years of leadership experience within the Coca-Cola system, from sales to finance to procurement, as well as how to demonstrate value to the organization with SAP as a business partner.]


About the Series

Industry Leader’s Journey is an ongoing series of conversations with top leaders in supply chain and procurement.