Greg Smith is Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain at Medtronic. He is responsible for the performance and integration of all aspects of the company’s operations including Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Supply Management, Operational Excellence and Transformation, Enterprise Risk and Facilities, and Operations Quality.
Before joining Medtronic in April 2021, Greg was the Executive Vice President of U.S. Supply Chain at Walmart, one of the world’s largest and most complex supply chains. Greg transformed Walmart’s supply chain to be best-in-class, developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy that drove sales, achieved operational excellence, reduced costs and created an engaging, enabling and empowering work environment.
Greg is deeply committed to diversity, equality, and the belief that a diverse workplace where everyone feels included results in stronger teams and the highest level of service to our patients, customers and employees. He was recognised as a 2020 Diversity Leader by Diversity Journal.
Before joining Walmart, Greg was Senior Vice President, Global Operations at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, responsible for 52 manufacturing facilities across four business units around the world. He successfully led the company’s global optimisation program and implemented an enterprise manufacturing operating system, a global procurement program and an enterprise planning and logistics approach. With more than 30 years of supply chain and operations experience, Greg has transformed manufacturing, procurement and logistics programs at companies like Goodyear, ConAgra Foods, United Signature Foods, VDK Frozen Foods and Quaker Oats.
Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. He currently serves on the Global Supply Chain and College of Business advisory boards at the University of Tennessee.