At Supply Chain Matters, we value our role as an educational and thought leadership  resource to the global supply chain management community.

One area of focus includes the highlighting the areas of talent management and career management.

Thus we wanted to call reader attention to a recent CEO appointment.

Ocean Spray Cranberries CEO

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. has named consumer products goods veteran Tom Hayes as the cooperative’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry growers in the United States, Canada and Chile. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is noted as the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the best-selling brand in the North American bottled juice category.

In the formal announcement, Peter Dhillon, chairman of the Ocean Spray Board of Directors indicates: “Tom’s expertise in supply chain management, his understanding of agriculture and the challenges faced by growers, and his decades of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry make him ideally suited to lead Ocean Spray into its second century. We are thrilled to welcome Tom on board.

That statement obviously reinforces the value of a supply chain management leadership, among other needed tenets in desired background. Prior to leading Tyson, Hayes was the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Hillshire Brands and Sara Lee. He has also held significant leadership roles at US Foods, ConAgra, and Kraft. Industry experience and business knowledge was another important factor.

In his new CEO leadership position at Ocean Spray Hayes has oversight of senior executives that include a Chief Operations Officer, Global Head of Supply and Operations, Global Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Digital and Technology Vice President and Director of Innovation Navigation, among other executives. One might surmise from such other leadership roles that supply chain digital transformation is a likely goal as well.

As we have pointed out in highlighting previous senior executive appointments, more so than ever, supply chain management leadership and strategy experience can open doors for CEO roles in companies where such experience is recognized as important to business strategy, operational and financial outcomes.

Supply Chain Matters congratulates Tom Hayes in this recent appointment and recognition.


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