Bart Tessel is Chief Innovation Officer and oversees NAW’s Innovation and Member Programs Department and the Institute for Distribution Excellence. Prior to joining NAW, Bart’s experience stretches over 25 years of global leadership in wholesale distribution and logistics services including operations, account management, business development, and M&A. Most recently, he served as Head of Corporate Development and M&A at ABB Optical Group, the nation’s largest distributor in the vision care industry with over $1.5B in revenues. Over the years he held various positions at ABB, including Director of Supply Chain, Profitability Management and VP of Business Development. Prior to ABB, Bart worked at DHL, originally in Europe, followed by global development roles developing innovative supply chain solutions for Fortune 100 customers around the globe, establishing DHL Supply Chain in the US and rolling out the Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement practice at DHL Global Forwarding.