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Scheller College helps Clorox Ensure its Supply Chain Leadership Pipeline

Scheller College helps Clorox Ensure its Supply Chain Leadership Pipeline

The Clorox Company was selected as one of two recipients of the Supply Chainnovator Award from Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. The awards program recognizes midsize supply chain organizations that have been successful with unconventional, innovative and/or high-impact approaches. Clorox was honored because of its supply chain’s ability to build a better pipeline of leadership talent with the help of the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Executive Education Custom Programs. Details about the award can be found in Gartner’s report: Supply Chainnovators 2015: Transformation Discipline and Supply Chain Leadership published Gartner, Inc. in December 2015.

When the $5.7 billion consumer goods company’s supply chain leadership realized that the talent market to support their ambitious growth and globalization agendas was becoming increasingly competitive, they worked with Scheller College to build a sustainable leadership program. Clorox knew that Scheller’s Executive Education Custom Programs understood the drivers of competitive change and could partner closely with them to solve their most complex business challenges. Clorox and Scheller College collaborated to create the Supply Chain Strategy & Leadership Forum (SLF), an internal supply chain academy for associate development emphasizing four key areas: strategic thinking, operations excellence, leadership skills and applied knowledge.

Since the first 40 associates began classes at the Huang Executive Education Center in January 2013, Clorox has placed 120 global associates from eight different countries through the SLF with impressive results. Succession planning has vastly improved with two ready-now candidates for each key supply chain leadership position. The SLF pays for itself with a return of 70% on projects executed within the forum and saved $550,000 on the previous supply chain training budget. The success of the SLF program has led to the creation of the Global Operations Leadership Forum (GOLF) for supply chain junior managers. By 2020, approximately 800 managers are expected to graduate from these leadership programs, more than 85% of Clorox’s salaried supply chain workforce.

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