#166: Diversity, Purpose, and Passion in Pharma Supply Chain

Frederic Brut is the head of the supply chain EEMEA and the Asia Pacific, China & Japan Region for MSD. He describes himself as an inclusive leader, adapting with speed and agility to a continuously changing world. 

Prior to MSD, he held a number of Head of SC and Operations positions in various sectors, including Retail, Building Material products, and Pharmaceutical wholesaling in Europe and Latin America. Fred is passionate about rugby, CrossFit, traveling & cooking. He values loyalty, trust, and commitment. 

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Frederic Brut: LinkedIn

Some of the highlights from the podcast:

  • Diverse Career Journey: Fred’s versatile supply chain career
  • Diversity and Inclusion Advocate: commitment to DEI and its significance
  • Purpose-Driven Culture: fostering passion within and beyond the company
  • Future Talent Qualities: essential qualities for future supply chain 

Show notes:

  • [1:09] Tell us about yourself and your career journey. Why did you choose a career in supply chain?
  • [2:43] How do you like it in the supply chain?
  • [4:04] What are your current responsibilities and priorities at MSD?
  • [6:29] Can you share some achievements and milestones in your current role?
  • [8:31] Can you share your approach to training and developing people in the supply chain field?
  • [9:52] With a development approach, we train our people on multiple angles of the supply chain to gain inflexibility and be prepared for the unknown in the future.
  • [10:04] You are a sincere believer in diversity and inclusion. What does it mean to you?
  • [11:37] How do you see its relevance to the future of your organization and the supply chain industry as a whole?
  • [12:13] One of the key priorities in our supply chain organization, and as a company, as well, is about being courteous with each individual and building trust, trust is key. 
  • [15:23] What strategies do you employ to ensure that people in your team feel a sense of inclusion and belonging?
  • [15:58] So, into MSD, we have some concrete actions on a daily basis, the most during our commitment, but you know, about having our employees in their organization to feel that sense of inclusion belonging inequity
  • [19:17] Tell us about your project of “creating passion inside and outside the company”
  • [25:22] What are the major qualities you look for in supply chain talents of the future?
  • [28:21] What is your personal motto? 
  • [29:39] If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be, and why?

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About the Host:

The host, Fei Yu has over 15+ years of experience in Executive Search and Talent Acquisition & Management, gained from top-tier consultancy and premium executive search firms. She is an advocate of cross-cultural networking and has successfully organized and moderated public events.

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-based 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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