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Robyn Best

Johnson & Johnson

Supplier Diversity Program Leader, Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion

In Johnson & Johnson’s Global Procurement Citizenship Center of Excellence (CoE), Robyn Best is the Supplier Diversity Program Leader, Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion. As part of the CoE’s Solutions team, Robyn executes against a strategy that continually and proactively enhances our Program with J&J customers and external advocacy partners. She helps to deliver against J&J’s annual business plan, and long-term commitments for Supplier Diversity Tier I, Tier II and Small Business goals, driving a positive economic impact and creating value for J&J, customers, and partners. Best is also the Small Business Liaison Officer for J&J’s Medical Device and Janssen businesses. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance, and Diversity Alliance for Science, and is actively involved in numerous other advocacy organizations, as well.

Previously, Best held the position of Business Lead in Supplier Risk Management, focusing on Enterprise Source Risk Management in the Supply Chain, collaborating with business partners to identify source and sub-tier supplier risk, utilizing risk assessment tools, market intelligence and event monitoring systems, to build greater resiliency.

Best is a Johnson & Johnson Procurement Management Development Program (PMDP) – 2014 graduate. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Procurement Recognition & Standards of Leadership Award for Supplier Diversity – Small Business Achievement.

Best initially joined Johnson & Johnson in 2004, as a Sourcing Manager, Chemicals & API categories, for Janssen Supply Chain (JSC). She is active in the Procurement Women’s Leadership and Inclusion ERG, Community pillar.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Best held leadership positions in Procurement at Berlex Biosciences, Applied Materials, Syntex Pharmaceuticals, and the University of California – Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (US Dept. of Energy). She holds an MBA and a BS in Business Administration.

Outside of work, Best is an accomplished skydiver, and holds numerous FAI world records, including a “400” person large formation skydive completed in Thailand, and a “151” person (all women) large formation skydive, completed during a “Jump for the Cause” event in the U.S., which helped to raise awareness of breast cancer, and research funds. Best is also an avid scuba diver and enjoys traveling.