Alphia, the leading custom manufacturer of super-premium pet food in the U.S., is focusing on supply chain and procurement challenges like no one else in the industry. As COVID continues to disrupt the supply chain for many manufacturers across the globe, experts predict it will take several years to work through these challenges. Alphia has added one of the top leaders in the pet industry, Cindy Yakich, chief procurement officer (CPO), to face the supply chain challenge head-on.
"Investing in industry leading talent in procurement and supply chain is one of the ways we're strengthening our commitment to our customer's success, our efficiencies in the supply chains and our ability to scale for the future," said David McLain, CEO of Alphia.
In her new role, Yakich will lead the procurement teams for Alphia and LANI, Alphia's ingredient milling company, where she will be focused on procurement strategies and managing supplier relationships to provide ongoing value to customers. "Cindy's stellar reputation and procurement expertise will be invaluable to helping us execute Alphia's supply chain strategy for delivering better and more comprehensive solutions to our customers," says McLain.
Cindy Yakich comes from Chewy, as the Sr. Director of Proprietary Brands Sourcing and R&D for Consumables and Healthcare. Previously, she held supply chain and procurement roles with The J.M. Smucker Company, Big Heart Pet, Del Monte and Heinz.
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