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Charlene Vickers

Johnson & Johnson

Director, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion

Charlene Vickers is Director, Supplier Diversity and Inclusion (SD&I) at Johnson & Johnson where she is responsible for developing and executing business strategies and solutions for the SD&I program for J&J. She and her extended team build critical relationships with and outreach to external stakeholders including advocacy groups, NGOs, industry partners and peer companies, as well as internal relationships and outreach across Johnson & Johnson.

In her most recent role as Director External Manufacturing Category for Ethicon and Cardiovascular Solutions and Systems (CSS), Charlene established the infrastructure for the newly formed organization and drove category strategies while exceeding cost targets. Additionally, she was instrumental in shaping team strategy and transformation.

Charlene joined Johnson & Johnson in 1998, in the Ethicon-Endo Surgery franchise Procurement organization, and has since established a track record of delivering results. She assumed roles of increasing responsibility serving in multiple supply chain functions expanding her breadth and depth across the global Johnson & Johnson enterprise.

In addition to her functional experience, Charlene has also demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). She has held leadership roles at both the local and national level of the African Ancestry Leadership Council during which she drove initiatives to address health care disparities in partnership with commercial teams. She has also been an active member of Procurement Women Leadership Initiative, leading the communications workstream for several years. In addition, she managed or coached multiple diverse businesses, gaining them the exposure to pursue opportunities within J&J.

Charlene holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NCA&T) State University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, is a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) and a certified Process Excellence Black Belt. She resides in New Jersey.