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Tom Linton

Board Member, Senior Advisor, Author

Tom Linton was most recently the chief procurement and supply chain officer for Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flex has more than 220,000 professionals across 30 countries providing innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services.

Mr. Linton spent 20 years at IBM, developing and founding several world-wide trading and technical centers. After leaving IBM, Mr. Linton helped found E2Open, Inc., a supply chain software company.  He has served as chief procurement officer of Agere Systems, Freescale Semiconductor and executive vice president and chief procurement officer at LG Electronics.  

Mr. Linton is a widely recognized expert on operations, with a focus on procurement and supply chain, and was honored with the Institute of Supply Management’s prestigious J. Shipman Gold Medal in 2019 and the Life Time Achievement Award from the Procurement Leaders Organization at the World Procurement Congress in 2017.  In 2015 Mr. Linton received Procurement Leaders award on Global Risk Management.

He is a former chair of the Institute of Supply Management which issues the monthly Report on Business® and the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI®). He recently co-authored “The Living Supply Chain; The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time”, currently a leading book on Supply Chain Management. His articles and talks on supply chain management have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Supply Chain Management Review, Inside Supply Management, Supply Chain Management Review and The Procurement Leaders Quarterly.

In 2017 Mr. Linton was inducted into the Chief Procurement Officers Hall of Fame. Also in 2017 he received Gartner’s  Supply Chain Innovator Award for “flex Pulse”, an industry leading real-time supply chain information system.

In 2018, the Financial Times of London recognized Mr. Linton with its Intelligent Business Award as one of the “Top Ten People Globally Directing Technology to Change the way Business is Done”. 

Recently, The Economist Magazine featured Mr. Linton in its July 2019 Supply Chain feature on global risks.

Mr. Linton is the holder of a key supply chain patent on collecting supplier performance information over the internet and he has seven patents pending with the US Patent Office.

Mr. Linton currently serves as a Member of Board at Sierra Wireless (SWIR) and as Executive Director of the Board at Resilinc.  He is also a Senior Advisor at McKinsey and Company and Lutron Inc..

His second book on the future of Supply Chain Management will be published in 2021.

Mr. Linton lived and worked in Japan, Singapore, and Korea for 23 years with his wife, Dr. Cheryl Linton and their 3 sons.