Curriculum Vitae

Sheri Hinish,



SupplyChainQueen ® | Executive Advisor and Thought Leader | IBM Futurist | Influencer in Supply Chain, Sustainability, Innovation, and Leadership



Strengths: Supply Chain Strategy, Swag, Digital Transformations, Organizational Leadership & Change Management, Talent Management, Sustainability, Brand Activation & Marketing, Sales & Operations Planning and IBP, Circular Thinking, Divergent Thinking, Adding Value to Others


  • Demonstrated leadership in re-imagining how we connect, promise, plan, source, make, and deliver across supply chains.
  • Advocate of systems thinking and the alignment of people, profit, and planet using sustainable supply chain design and collaboration.
  • Able to build, empower, and guide synergistic teams throughout transitions and transformations to uncover and close critical gaps in the supply chain function.
  • Poise and polish in a global environment, with consummate strengths in supply chain agility & innovation, leveraging cutting-edge technologies, process optimization, and cycle time optimization.
  • Expertise in supply chain analysis and management, project leadership, strategy development, order fulfillment, sales & operations planning, and E2E process re-engineering.
  • Proficiency in all aspects of global supply chain management, strategy, quality control, Lean methods/DfSS, supply chain analytics, supply chain finance, and cultivating cross-functional collaborations.

Industry & Consulting Experience

  • JDA, Global Solutions Executive, Solution Strategy & Advisory, Sustainability and Supply Chain Planning

    Using my passion for sustainable supply chain and industrial ecology, I am very excited to build a platform that aligns and optimizes technological, natural, industrial, and human systems. By leveraging hands-on business experience, industry knowledge, supply chain expertise, and a unique point of view, I collaborate with C-level executives and their teams to align their business and supply chain strategy with value delivery, process transformation, and a solution roadmap. Within JDA, my focus is developing the next-gen Luminate portfolio including acceleration of Blue Yonder and proving the sustainability benefits of JDA's advances in e2e visibility, AI, ML, cognitive demand and IBP.

  • JDA, Director of Strategic Services, North America

    As a leader on JDA’s Global Strategic Services team, I provide deep domain knowledge and thought leadership in reimagining supply chain and manufacturing best practice. I ensure close executive alignment around strategy, organizational leadership, processes, and change management for comprehensive sales & operations planning (S&OP) and integrated business planning (IBP) transformations. I’m also supporting innovation in JDA's digital innovation services offering tied to advances in digital supply chain, cognitive demand, AI and machine learning. 

  •      IBM, Watson Supply Chain, Futurist and Influencer

    Recognized by IBM Watson Supply Chain as an IBM Futurist (1 of 70 globally), I provide thought leadership and perspective on emerging trends, and all things supply chain. I participate in leading industry conferences and events to share the latest in supply chain technology and advancements. Point of view is my own.

  • Panasonic, B2B Integrated Supply Chain Expert and Influencer

    I provided subject matter expertise in Supply Chain Technology highlighted at CES 2018 including the:

    • RFID checkout solution using facial recognition, AI, and deep learning to automate purchase and payment
    • Parallel Link Robot that automates the movement of hand with 6 degrees of freedom using AI, offering the highest degree of speed and quality in micro-manufacturing
    • Automated Pallet Jack using LIDAR for handsfree warehousing
    • E2E RFID visibility solution by Zetes
  • WR Grace & Co., Supply Chain Excellence Leader

    Driving a culture of supply chain excellence and operational performance, my key responsibilities include championing change, designing, influencing, and managing strategic improvements across all facets of the Global Grace Supply Chain. Transformation projects encompass order fulfillment, sourcing & procurement, integrated business planning, logistics, insights & analytics, talent management, external engagement, culture and communications, and E2E integrated mega-process optimization.


    • High performer and “Premier Award” recipient in 2018,  for leading Integrated Management Organization to close $416M acquisition with Day 1 SAP integration of Polyolefin Catalysts business in 90 days.
    • Spearheaded transformation projects encompassing order fulfillment, sourcing & procurement, integrated business planning, logistics, insights & analytics, talent management, external engagement, culture and communications, and E2E integrated mega-process optimization.
    • Expertise in management of change, seamlessly interfacing with all enterprise functional groups, boardroom and throughout hierarchy to ensure cohesive and aligned strategy.
    • Project-managed $1.2B global sourcing & procurement transformation blueprint and roadmap to boost efficiency, reduce costs/risks, and create value across source-to-settle and procure-to-pay processes.
    • Steered Supply Chain Connections program to optimize talent acquisition, engagement, retention, and management; recognize, acknowledge, reinforce, and reward behaviors that embody supply chain excellence and corporate standards compliance.
  • Breakthru Beverage Group, Leader in Supply Chain Collaboration, Transformation, and Execution

    Reporting to the CSCO, I am responsible for influencing and leading strategic initiatives for BBG Supply Chain and leveraging best practices across S&OP markets.

    • Demonstrated proficiency in department leadership, technical process design, and training for S&OP (Sales & Operations Planning), MRP, KPI innovation, logistics efficiency, demand planning, and SKU optimization.
    • Successfully reduced DSI and obsolescence while optimizing fill rate and profitability by delivering Lean Kaizen methods.
    • Leveraged best practices across Sales & Operations Planning comprising eight domestic markets, $1B in inventory, and 60,000 SKUs.
    • Helmed cross-functional strategy for S&OP markets to improve forecast accuracy, maintain optimal fill rates per customer segmentation, optimize capacity, and slash inventory obsolescence.
    • Provided crucial inventory risk and financial recommendations related to NPIs, seasonal VAP, and product life cycle management of luxury-brand SKUs and craft spirits.
    • Served as Supply Chain team’s leader in systems, processes, and data by providing critical business decision support through process optimization and thorough operating unit capability assessments.
    • Collaboratively increased speed to market via automated B2B data exchanges, rich EDI collaboration, and direct supplier interaction.
    • At Breakthru Beverage (formerly Charmer Sunbelt Group 2007 to 2016), I supported the IT, Supply Chain, Finance, and Operations organizations in various roles, each with increasing responsibility throughout my career. analyst, senior corporate analyst, project manager, M&A due diligence, and change leader during modernization initiatives. 

Education & Certifications

 Master of Arts Candidate, Sustainability & Supply Chain InnovationHarvard University, 4.0

Focus in Corporate Sustainability and Supply Chain Innovation (Circular Economy and PLCM)



Master of Science, Supply Chain Management,

Rutgers University, 3.96, with Highest Distinction Beta Gamma Sigma

Focus: Supply Chain Strategy, Demand Management, Sustainability, Innovation, Finance



Organizational Behavior & Change Leadership,

Cornell University

Focus: Organizational Leadership, Change Management, and Building High-Performance Teams 



Mini-MBA: Digital Supply Chain,

Rutgers University

Focus: Supply Chain Agility, Innovation, and Emerging Technology

Bachelor of Science, Business & Supply Chain Management, University of Maryland, 3.92, Summa Cum Laude

Focus: Business Management, Supply Chain, and Finance



IBM Design Thinking Co-Creator Certification

IBM Enterprise Design Thinking



Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt

Implementations Engineers, WR Grace

Focus: DfSS, Process Optimization, Cycle Time Optimization



Project Management Professional # 2035181
Project Management Institute






Outreach & Events


  • Advisory Board Member, Rutgers Graduate Supply Chain Management Program, August 2019 
  • Building Business Acumen Podcast, Featured Guest, March 2019
  • "Pro to Know", Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine, 2019, Award for Supply Chain Executive Leadership
  • Guest Panelist, Frost & Sullivan Webinar, 'The Future of Science Chain Technology', 2019
  • Influencer, Gartner ITExpo & Symposium, Orlando, October 2018
  • Featured Guest, Let's Talk Supply Chain Podcast, 2018
  • Guest Speaker, Chinese Association of Science & Technology, USA, 2018, 'The Future of Science Chain Technology'
  • Influencer and B2B Integrated Supply Chain Expert, CES with Panasonic, USA, 2018
  • Presenter, Gartner Special Interest Group, Procurement, 2017, 'Grace's Sourcing & Procurement Transformation'
  • Judge, Big Ten Plus Supply Chain MBA Case Competition at Rutgers University, 2018
  • Honorary Judge, Capstone Presentations for Mini-MBA at Rutgers University, 2018




SupplyChainQueen ® | Executive Advisor and Thought Leader| IBM Futurist | Influencer in Supply Chain, Sustainability, Innovation, and Leadership


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