Krannert Executive Forum - Jordan Williams, Advisor, Strategic Sourcing National Brands with Cardina
Friday, April 20, 2018
Jordan Williams is from Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from Purdue’s Krannert School of Management in 2014 with a B.S. in Management and a concentration in Marketing. During his time at Purdue, Jordan was a participant in the Business Opportunity Program and was a member of the Management Ambassadors. He also worked as a Manager for the Purdue Men’s Basketball Team beginning his freshman through senior year.
Upon graduation Jordan accepted an offer with Target as a Merchandise Planning Business Analyst for Boy’s Toys in Minneapolis, MN which involved the purchasing, forecasting, and allocation of puzzles and miscellaneous games. After Target, he accepted the role as a Sr. Business Analyst with Cardinal Health in Waukegan, IL supporting the Ambulatory Care sales reps in the NW region with pricing and analysis. Jordan was recently promoted to the role of Advisor in Strategic Sourcing for National Brand products. He will be negotiating Cardinal Health contracts in an effort to optimize supply chain and mitigate risk.
Cardinal Health, a drug wholesaler that also makes gloves and surgical apparel, has been shoring up its future earnings through a series of strategic acquisitions, development of its alternate care business, and promotion of its specialty drug assets. In late 2015 the company acquired Cordis, naviHealth, and Harvard Drug; it spent much of 2016 integrating them, with a 19% increase in annual revenue to show for it. The company’s pharmaceutical segment endured ongoing profit pressures for generics and the loss of a major customer but lessened the blows with new drug launches and sales growth; its medical segment grew because of acquisitions. The partnerships and purchases are a way for Cardinal Health to snag a greater share of the medical products sold to hospitals, physicians, and ambulatory centers. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. They are currently #15 on the Fortune 500 list.