United States of America
Karen helps leaders transform complex, global organizations using a unique blend of hard and soft skills.
Karen has led transformation projects in the retail, manufacturing, and services spaces across virtually all sectors. She has deep general management, operations and end-to-end supply chain experience, with a focus on enterprise strategy, integrated business planning, organization design, mergers/acquisitions/divestitures and lean execution. She specializes in the “people implications” of change, whether the change is new markets, business models, leadership, processes, or technology.
Karen has been noted by Barron’s as a “woman of influence” in corporate America, cited in a feature article on corporate social responsibility in The New York Times, and highlighted as one of five “Masters of the Supply Chain” in the trade journal Inbound Logistics. She was also featured as one of seven “role models for leadership” in Jean Otte’s book, Changing the Corporate Landscape. Karen is a member of The Committee of 200, an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most accomplished women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. She is also a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt.
Karen has held senior-level leadership positions–including executive vice president of supply chain for Toys “R” Us, senior vice president of worldwide supply chain for Levi Strauss & Company, and global vice president of operations and supply chain for Warner Lambert and Dell. She also served numerous Fortune 500 clients, across industry sectors as a strategy consultant for Booz & Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.