#28: Importance of Supply Chain in Stationery Industry


Mario Berra es el SVP Américas & Global Manufacturing en BIC durante los últimos 2 años, con sede en México. Anteriormente, Mario se desempeñó como Vicepresidente de fabricación de las Américas y también como Director Industrial de Stationery de las Américas. Antes de unirse a BIC, trabajó en Electrolux como Gerente de Planta por más de 2 años, y también tuvo responsabilidades anteriores como Director de Operaciones y Gerente de Operaciones. También trabajó en Samsung Electronics como Gerente de Producción y en LG Electronics como Gerente de Fabricación en la industria de Refrigeración. Es Ingeniero Industrial de Producción.


Mario Berra is the SVP Americas & Global Manufacturing at BIC for the last 2 years, based in Mexico. Previously, Mario performed as a VP Manufacturing Americas and also Industrial Director Stationery Americas. Before joining BIC, he worked at Electrolux as a Plant Manager for over 2 years, and also previous responsibilities as Operations Director and Operations Manager. He also worked at Samsung Electronics as Production Manager and LG Electronics as Manufacturing Manager in the Refrigeration industry. He is a Production Industrial Engineer.

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Mario Berra: LinkedIn

Algunos de los aspectos más destacados del podcast:

  • Introducción de Mario Berra
  • Su trayectoria profesional inicial:
    • Electrónica Daewoo
    • Peterson Springs
  • Tu llegada a LG Electronics
    • Responsable de la operación de fabricación.
    • Los pasos iniciales en el Mundo de la Refrigeración y su Cadena de Suministro
  • Cambiar a un nuevo desafío en Samsung
    • ¿Cómo fue tu experiencia en el mundo electrónico?
    • El boom de la electrónica.
  • Pasar a nuevos roles en Electrolux
    • Gerente de Operaciones y Director de Operaciones
    • Gerente de Planta
  • Una nueva experiencia en tu carrera en BIC.
    • Una nueva responsabilidad más amplia para las Américas como Director Industrial Papelería.
    • Una nueva promoción como VP Manufacturing Américas
    • ¿Qué retos empezaste a enfrentar en tu Cadena de Suministro?
    • ¿Cómo lidiaste con la pandemia de Covid 19 y los cierres en la cadena de suministro mundial?
    • Una nueva responsabilidad más grande asumiendo SVP Américas & Global Manufacturing
  • ¿Cómo ve la importancia de los procesos de la cadena de suministro como SVP Américas & Global Manufacturing para su negocio?
  • ¿Cómo ha sido la transformación digital de la Cadena de Suministro en BIC a través de sus asignaciones?
  • ¿Qué habilidades considera más importantes para SCCO para liderar su organización y equipos?
  • Su recomendación final para los profesionales en Cadena de Suministros
  • Despedida

Some of the highlights from the podcast:

  • Introduction of Mario Berra
  • Your initial career path:
    • Daewoo Electronics
    • Peterson Springs
  • Your arrival at LG Electronics
    • Accountable for the manufacturing operation.
    • The initial steps in the Refrigeration World and its Supply Chain
  • Changing to a new challenge in Samsung
    • How was your experience in the electronic world?
    • The boom o electronics.
  • Moving to new roles in Electrolux
    • Operation Manager and Operation Director
    • Plant Manager
  • A new experience in your career in BIC.
    • A new wider responsibility for Americas as Industrial Director Stationery.
    • A new promotion as VP Manufacturing Americas
    • Which challenges did you start to face in your Supply Chain?
    • How did you deal with Covid 19 pandemic and the shutdowns in the world Supply Chain?
    • A new bigger responsibility assuming SVP Americas & Global Manufacturing
  • How do you see the importance of the Supply Chain Processes as SVP Americas & Global Manufacturing for your Business?
  • How have been the digital transformation of the Supply Chain in BIC through your assignments?
  • Which skills do you consider the most important for SCCO to lead their organization and teams.?
  • Your final recommendation for SC Professionals.
  • Farewell

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About the Host:

The host, Xabier Basañez is a well-rounded Supply Chain expert, with end-to-end experience in different industries: FMCG, Logistics, 3PL, and Retail. He is a natural Processes synchronizer strengthening organizational operations. He loves to connect supply chain professionals to create spaces for discussion and analysis, focusing on LATAM & USA.

Alcott Global connects and upgrades the supply chain ecosystem by finding the right talent through executive search, developing talent through learning solutions, and meeting supply chain technology needs through a comprehensive crunch base marketplace.

The supply chain executive search has been our focus since the very beginning, offering recruitment services for top-tier supply chain roles at every level of the end-to-end supply chain: plan, source / procure, make, and deliver. Our consultants have years of experience in placing top talent, in North America, LATAM, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC, and besides speed, one of our biggest strengths is our network within the supply chain industry, and we capitalize on it to find the best solutions.

Through the years, we have grown as an organization and our offerings with it. One of our initiatives, the learning solutions- training and supply chain academy, is focused on transforming leadership- self-leadership, executive presence, influence capital, and business acumen. Through Supplify, we aim to match corporations with the top technology companies to solve their supply chain and logistics challenges with a focus on innovation and digital transformation.

We are in constant touch with the leaders in supply chain, inviting them to inspire the supply chain professionals in thought-provoking podcast episodes and events, and showcasing what is possible at the yearly Leaders in Supply Chain Awards.

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