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Greg Smith is Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain at Medtronic. He is responsible for the performance and integration of all aspects of the company’s operations including Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Supply Management, Operational Excellence and Transformation, Enterprise Risk and Facilities, and Operations Quality.
Before joining Medtronic in April 2021, Greg was the Executive Vice President of U.S. Supply Chain at Walmart, one of the world’s largest and most complex supply chains. Greg transformed Walmart’s supply chain to be best in class, developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy that drove sales, achieved operational excellence, reduced costs, and that created an engaging, enabling, and empowering work environment.
Greg is deeply committed to diversity, equality, and the belief that a diverse workplace where everyone feels included results in stronger teams and the highest level of service to our patients, customers, and employees. He was recognized as a 2020 Diversity Leader by Diversity Journal.
Before joining Walmart, Greg was Senior Vice President, Global Operations at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, where he was responsible for 52 manufacturing facilities across four business units around the world. He successfully led the company’s global optimization program and implemented an enterprise manufacturing operating system, a global procurement program, and an enterprise planning and logistics approach.
In his more than 35 years of supply chain and operations experience, Greg has also transformed manufacturing, procurement, and logistics programs at companies including ConAgra Foods, United Signature Foods, VDK Frozen Foods, and Quaker Oats.
Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and he currently serves on the university’s Global Supply Chain Institute and College of Business advisory board. He serves on the GS1 Management Board and is a member of its Board Committee for Healthcare. Additionally, he serves as co-lead of the Supply Chain vertical of the Action Collaborative for Decarbonization for the National Academy of Medicine, and he is a member of the Gartner Supply Chain Advisory Board.
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