When did you join Dell and what roles have you held in your time here?
I joined Dell in 1998. My roles have centered in Supply Chain – from Strategy to Operations to Procurement to now Packaging.
What responsibilities are included in your current role?
Two responsibilities, really. First is design of all Dell packaging to ensure our hi-tech products arrive safely and that our packaging continues to progress toward our Zero Waste 2020 goal. Second is to keep my global team engaged and energized so they keep coming up with innovative ideas.
How would you describe the Dell culture?
A lot of adjectives come to mind: engaging, teamwork, always seeking opportunities for improvement, customer focused. In some ways it’s like a great restaurant – we want to delight our customers every single day.
What do you think people interested in working here would need to know?
Bring your game…this is the major leagues.
What keeps you here at Dell?
I get to be involved. If you have an interest in something, chances are Dell will allow you to work on it.
What positive effects have you seen as a result of Dell’s strategy?
People are energized.
What role have you played in helping your customers grow and thrive?
We’ve developed innovative packaging from bamboo and wheat straw. It helps our customers through lower costs and by making it easier to be green. And it helps make a better planet for all of us.
How does Dell differentiate itself when it comes to being an employer of choice?
Dell provides the flexibility for work – life balance. That’s important for my family.
What are some projects that you have recently been involved with and some of your career highlights at Dell?
The projects we work on just seem to get better and better so stay tuned! But definitely the best moment was when I told my engineers we were going to make mushroom packaging. They looked at me like I was crazy. I told them they would make history and they did.
What’s great about Dell is the opportunity to take an idea and run with it. Our sustainable packaging programs – The 3C’s and Zero Waste 2020 Packaging - are two examples of how I’ve fulfilled an interest in the environment and merged it with Dell business objectives. When we developed the original 3C program in order to make it easier for our customers to be green, we encountered very little resistance; actually there was nothing but support. I presented the idea to Michael Dell, he said, “go”, and we haven’t looked back since. It’s been a fantastic ride to see Dell sustainability as being good for people, good for the planet, and good for business. And, there’s more in the pipeline, won’t you join us?