Dirk Holbach, chief supply-chain officer for Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care business unit, shares lessons from his seven-year journey in the role and what leaders should be prepared for in the future.
While current headlines about product shortages and empty shelves have highlighted the importance of the supply chain, that process began in early 2020. Companies that had labored to create a lean global supply chain needed to scramble to adjust to the effects of the pandemic. Beyond that, sustainability has also become a top priority on the CEO agenda, making the supply chain an integral part of managing an organization’s carbon footprint. Consider, finally, the imperative to incorporate digital technologies, and one could argue that managing the supply chain in the current landscape is one of the most complex roles in an organization.
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