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Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Debbi Wan, Cisco


Wan was one of the young professionals recognized in the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars recognition program, a jointly sponsored initiative of ThomasNet and Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

Wan earned a triple major that included supply chain, marketing, and sustainability. She started her supply chain career at Cisco as an analyst. Since then, she’s gotten a reputation for out of the box thinking and solid follow through that makes the organization perform better. Just one example: Wan noticed the sourcing team was using offline documents for tracking, an inefficient practice that made collaboration difficult. After enhancing the spreadsheet, Wan wanted to do more. She leveraged a contact from a previous position to design and develop a robust web-based tool to solve the issue. Next, she led efforts to develop an efficient way to view sourcing analytics that gave greater visibility and improved collaboration, allowing for aggressive pricing on new products and substantial savings.

EBN talked to Wan about her experiences in the electronics supply chain, as well as for her advice on other young professionals who might want to enter the field. Read more here.