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Virtual Roundtable – May 12, 2021

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We are currently in the process of finalizing our virtual Spring 2021 program. Please check back for updates. Please contact Tara Mostatab at if you have any questions.

Kari Heerdt, Senior Vice President of New Business Innovation & Transformation for MSC Industrial Supply, talks with Adam Isenberg, NAW Vice President – Corporate Relations, about the value of participating in the semi-annual NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable.

The NAW Billion Dollar Company CHRO Roundtable for direct members was created as a new mechanism for the CHRO of large distribution enterprises to network with non-competing peers in multiple lines of trade on key HR issues.

Similar to other billion dollar roundtables NAW has created for the CIO, Operations, CFO, and Chief Legal Officers, this by invitation roundtable is composed of executives from billion dollar companies that meet in Chicago two times per year. This highly interactive group consists of the SENIOR-MOST HR executives. The annual fee is $1,800 per member, which covers meeting costs of four events in a twelve-month cycle. Participants are expected to cover the cost of their hotel and travel. Once the annual fee is paid, there are no additional fees to attend the meetings, which will last one day beginning with a reception and dinner the evening before.

The participating companies can also name an alternate who can take the place of the CHRO, should that person be unable to attend the scheduled meeting.

If you would like to learn more please contact Tara Mostatab at 202.263.4080 or

Eligibility: Companies with $1B+ in annual revenue.
The NAW Billion Dollar Roundtable is the only opportunity that provides networking and benchmarking exclusively with other top executives of non competing, like-sized Wholesale-Distribution companies.

NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Virtual Roundtable Agenda

Virtual Roundtable - May 12, 2021

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM

1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Opening Session & Discussion
ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Readiness

Cheryl D’Cruz-Young, Senior Client Partner, Sustainable Sourcing & CPO COE lead, Korn Ferry

Andrew Lowe, Senior Client Partner, Sustainability & Corporate Affairs lead for EMEA, Korn Ferry

The role and purpose of business in society is evolving at a pace. Customers, investors and employees are demanding that companies play a more active role in progressing social change and provide a sustainable and values-oriented market system. ESG and commercial agendas are now coming closer together – signaling a shift from ‘shareholder capitalism’ to ‘stakeholder capitalism’ – where companies are expected to create long-term value for all their stakeholders.


  • why ESG is commanding time in the boardroom and is fast becoming a requirement for investors, customers, and employees
  • how to launch your ESG program and the impact of ESG ratings
  • the benefits of building towards future resilience while leveraging the power of all


Bringing over 20 years of blended professional experience, Cheryl D’Cruz-Young spent the first half of her career in global supply chain management working and living in London and Paris before moving to New York. Her natural bias towards collaboration meant that she was regularly seconded to recruit, build and develop globally diverse teams; leading the definition through to execution of value enhancing local, national and global procurement & supply chain strategies across all spend management categories for the enterprises at which she worked.

Previously she established and led the procurement & supply chain practice for a boutique, diversity focused firm, where for over ten years she successfully placed global and national functional executives in C-Suite roles.

Delivering results for clients

  • Working within the Supply Chain & Operations Centre of Expertise, Cheryl D’Cruz-Young partners with clients across markets to understand their ESG technical and leadership gaps and leverage the global platform at KF to devise custom-made solutions.
  • She is a founding partner of Global Industrial Market Purpose Through People – where her focus is to provide ESG solutions to assist her clients accelerate towards their goals.
  • Prior to her current role, she worked in close collaboration with procurement and operations leaders to digitize their end-to-end value chains.

Academic and Professional background
Mrs. D’Cruz-Young holds a Master of Arts in Financial Economics from The University of Dundee, Scotland. She is a member of the Institute of Supply Management and an active member of several international professional organizations supporting procurement & supply chain and data science.

Andrew Lowe is a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry, and Sustainability & Corporate Affairs lead for EMEA. He partners with clients – Corporate, Financial Services, Investor, NGO – across the talent spectrum; strategic acquisition, leadership development, organizational strategy, culture transformation, and assessment/succession planning.

Andrew has particular expertise in Sustainable Finance, ESG, Chief Sustainability Officers (CSO’s), and leadership in Corporate Affairs & Communications and Investor Relations. He has successfully worked with global, European and UK clients across all industry sectors, with recent experience in Energy, Healthcare, FMCG, Financial Services, Manufacturing and Technology.

Prior to joining the firm Andrew worked for a leading European search & selection boutique, where he specialized in financial services.

This followed a six year career in the British Army as an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers, having commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Andrew has a bachelor of sciences degree in Geology from Queen’s University Belfast.

He is also certified in via EDGE Learning Agility and is a PRINCE 2 Project Management Practitioner.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 3:10 PM
General Session & Discussion
The Future of Work 

Melissa Hadhazy, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

We stand at a crossroads in the world of work. Organizations are transforming, but don’t feel ready. After covid organizations will operate more virtually, communicate with workforces differently, consider deploying or have deployed less contingent labor, and retrain and reskill works because needs are changing. The shifting landscape is creating both positives and negatives – for organizations and individuals. Korn Ferry will lead a discussion about how work must be organized differently, jobs need to be changed, and where local culture matters. The discussion will lend insights into the who, what when, where, why and how of the future of work.


As an advisory leader within Korn Ferry’s Industrial team, Melissa Hadhazy provides strategic and operational guidance through enterprise-wide transformations.

Ms. Hadhazy brings to clients a structured and methodical approach to solving unique and complex challenges. She is able to leverage her experiences across industries to and the overall Supply Chain to better understand a client’s needs and bring forth innovative and disruptive solutions. Ms. Hadhazy appreciates the value in spending time with each client to understand the desired overall outcome of a transformation to then be able to break it down into an actionable plan.

With over twelve years of industry and consulting experience, Ms. Hadhazy has worked on a wide breadth of distribution, operations, and strategy projects. Her extensive experience includes roles throughout Europe, Asia and North and South America for leading international companies in the Consumer Goods, Heavy Manufacturing, Retail, Construction, Logistics and Services Industries. She also has deep knowledge in Lean manufacturing, process re-engineering, supply chain optimization, inventory and warehouse management, corporate risk management, project management, negotiations tactics and strategy development.

Ms. Hadhazy has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and an active member of The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM

3:20 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing Session & Discussion
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Devray Kirkland, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Cardinal Health

This areas can be challenging for organizations to address in a meaningful and sustainable way. Realizing all of the different variables that you need to be aware of in this work can be overwhelming and daunting at times. There is not a one size fits all solution and it will not be a overnight fix. This  is a journey that is undertaken will require intentionally, determination  and relentless focus to persevere to see change occur.

Key Takeaways:

  • How important is leadership in this work?
  • What do you need to have in place to help make your efforts successful?
  • What are the benefits of doing this work?
  • How can you measure the impact of your efforts?


Devray Kirkland is vice president, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and chief diversity officer (CDO) for Cardinal Health, a global, integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, healthcare systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide.

As CDO, Devray has led the development and implementation of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide diversity strategy through related programs, initiatives, and projects. He also provides direction to business segments on tactical programs and systems related to attracting, retaining, and promoting a diverse workforce. In partnership with the Cardinal Health Executive Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Council, Devray fosters critical dialogue and strategic counsel across the business to progress and sustain an inclusive work culture. He was integral in the formation of both the D&I Council and employee resource groups at Cardinal Health.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open Discussion
Our agenda includes an open discussion where you can raise any issue you would like and have the group provide their thoughts. Please come prepared with two questions or issues you are trying to solve that you would like to ask your peers. You will have the chance to go “around the screen” during the roundtable and ask your specific question (or two) to your CHRO peers.

5:00 PM

Wholesale distribution companies participating in the Spring 2021 Billion Dollar CHRO Virtual Roundtable:

  • A B C Supply Co Inc
  • Ace Hardware Corp
  • A D I
  • Border States Electric Supply
  • Bunzl Distribution USA Inc
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Grainger Inc
  • Graybar Electric Co Inc
  • Mayer
  • M S C Industrial Supply Co
  • SanMar Corp
  • S R S Distribution Inc
  • U S LBM Holdings LLC

NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtable Members and/or Participants of 2020 Roundtables

  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ACE Hardware Corp
  • ADI Global
  • Alro Steel Corp
  • AmeriGas Propane
  • Big Rock Sports
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag North America Inc
  • Bunzl Distribution USA
  • Core & Main
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods Inc
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • Huttig Building Products
  • Imperial Dade
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Mayer
  • McLane
  • MSC Industrial
  • ORS Medco
  • Orgill Inc
  • PetroChoice
  • Republic National Distributing Co
  • SanMar Corp
  • Sonepar USA
  • Uline
  • US LBM Holdings
  • Wilbur-Ellis

The following wholesale distribution companies have attended previous NAW Billion Dollar CHRO Roundtables:

  • Hajoca
  • Huttig Building Projects
  • ABC Supply Co Inc.
  • ADI Global
  • Airgas an Air Liquide Company
  • Animal Supply Co
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Boise Cascade
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Brenntag
  • Bunzl Distribution USA.
  • Charmer Sunbelt Group (The)
  • Core & Main
  • Core Mark Internatonal
  • Do it Best Corp
  • Dot Foods
  • Essendant
  • Genuine Parts
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Grainger
  • Graybar
  • L&W Supply
  • Medline
  • McLane Company Inc
  • MRC Global
  • MSC
  • Network Services Company
  • Patterson Companies
  • PetroChoice
  • Pool Corp.
  • PrimeSource
  • Sonepar
  • SRS Distribution
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Uline
  • Uni Select
  • US LBM Holdings, Inc.
  • Veritiv
  • Victory Packaging
  • WESCO Distribution
  • WinSupply

The Billion Dollar CHRO Virtual Roundtable will take place via Zoom Meetings. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom meeting information.