Reuben Slone Walgreen Co.

Reuben Slone

Walgreen Co.

Supply Chain Excellence in the Digital Age: Merging the “Science” of Supply Chain Technology with the “Art” of Process and People Leadership

Running a successful Supply Chain requires focus on the traditional outcomes of product availability, inventory productivity and cost productivity. As customer demands shift and industries evolve, Supply Chain leaders must also adapt and broaden their focus to look both inward to their people and outward to their customers. In light of this, we created our Walgreens Supply Chain vision, to become the number one patient and customer driven supply chain in the world through segmentation and agility. To achieve that, we’re transforming to an omni-channel supply chain: giving customers and patients what they want, when and how they want it. Every day, understanding our customers and uncovering our peoples’ potential are helping us achieve our vision. In this session, participants will hear how Supply Chain can push past traditional boundaries and forge new partnerships to unlock supply chain excellence.


Reuben Slone

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Walgreen, Co.

Reuben Slone is senior vice president of supply chain for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Illinois. He also serves on the Walgreens Executive Operating Committee.

As head of supply chain, Slone is also responsible for inventory management and replenishment, imports, transportation, distribution center operations and logistics for the company.

Slone previously worked at OfficeMax, where he served as executive vice president of supply chain and general manager of services. In his eight years with OfficeMax, he was responsible for inventory management, transportation and warehousing, strategic sourcing, real estate, store development, facilities, print and copy, B2B technology, managed print services, and break room and facilities maintenance products businesses. In addition, Slone managed front-end inventory at OfficeMax and oversaw supplier development. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Slone held various executive positions with Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS and Ernst & Young.

Slone has authored two articles published by Harvard Business Review: “Leading a Supply Chain Turnaround” in October 2004 and “Are You the Weakest Link in your Supply Chain?” in September 2007.  In May 2010, Harvard Business Press published Slone’s first book: “The New Supply Chain Agenda.”

Slone currently serves on the board of directors of Advance Auto Parts. He is also a member and past chairman of the board of directors of Aspire of Illinois, a non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities.

He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1984.