Innovation Forum Speaker

Chris Smith

President, Grocery
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McLane Company

Chris Smith is president of McLane Company’s Grocery division, a role he assumed on December 1, 2021. Chris reports to McLane Company CEO Tony Frankenberger and oversees all aspects of McLane Grocery, including Operations, Sales, and Merchandising.
Before joining McLane, Chris served as senior vice president and chief supply officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, overseeing supply chain functions for 9,200 U.S.-based Walgreens stores through 16 distribution centers and 9,000 warehouse employees. Before Walgreens, Chris was the executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at C&S Wholesale, the largest grocery wholesaler in the country. Chris also held senior leadership positions in distribution and logistics with McKesson Corporation, a Texas-based leader in healthcare.
Chris started his career in finance at Home Depot and eventually found his way to the logistics area of the business which set the course for his career. As a leader, he’s known for his sharp business acumen, approachable style and people skills, which he attributes to working for and learning from the best leaders and brands in the business.
Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves on Phillips Pet Food & Supplies board. He resides in central Texas with his wife and children and has a passion for fitness and travel.