Ron Castro / Vice President of Supply Chain for IBM

As Vice President of Supply Chain for IBM, Ron Castro is responsible for all strategy, execution and transformation of IBM’s global end to end supply chain, delivering to clients across more than 170 countries. This transformation is inclusive of thought leadership, global talent development and is supported by a culture of engagement, agility and innovation. Ron is leading the digital and cognitive transformation for supply chain leveraging emerging technologies to build transparent, intelligent and predictive supply chains at scale.

Prior to his current role, Ron served as Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain Execution for the company, including global manufacturing, brand and market operations –plus overall supply chain execution for IBM hardware and software – accountable for global operations of 11 manufacturing and fulfillment sites worldwide.

Ron also spent four years in Shanghai, China as IBM’s senior executive responsible for supply chain operations for the Growth Market Unit, supporting emerging regions, and developing a unique global perspective.

Ron is committed to advancing global leadership development, as well as excellence in skills development and education. He is an executive board member of DBMA’s Supply Chain Leaders in Action, National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Leadership Council, and University of Tennessee Supply Chain Institute Advisory Board. Ron is an active member of the IBM Hispanic Council, which is focused on driving important initiatives for the Hispanic community at IBM. Ron serves in the Board of Directors for Haven House Services.

Ron holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Management from Purdue University. He is recognized as a supply chain thought leader, who delivers fast and impactful results in multi-cultural and complex environments.