Bob Holmes

Executive Director,
Strategy & Partnerships

Bob is a Senior Advisor at SCW with expertise in Track and Trace Program Management and Supply Chain Management. He has over 4 decades of successful general management and technical experience, with a broad business background obtained from extensive hands-on leadership in sales, marketing, commercial operations, strategic planning, human resources, administration, production, and supply chain operations. His experience spans three industries, with a focus on life sciences/healthcare, and includes working at large multi-national companies as well as with start-up organizations.

Bob graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Engineering and a second major in Analytical Management. He served on active duty and in the Naval Reserves as a Naval Supply Officer for over fifteen years, and earned several leadership and achievement awards.

Prior to Supply Chain Wizard, Bob worked at Alcon (a Novartis company) wherein he established and led a global program for both pharmaceutical Track & Trace (T&T) and medical device unique device identification (UDI) projects. His program management and leadership efforts provided a clear roadmap for Alcon to drive these projects to conclusion and achieve compliance with current/emerging regulatory requirements. Prior to this, Bob worked at CIBA VISION (a Novartis company) and established/led a global cost improvement program across the global supply chain to reduce end-to-end distribution costs for finished goods, while delivering superior customer service. His team identified dozens of logistics projects/opportunities that delivered multiple millions of dollars in savings. Bob received the CEO Outstanding Achievement Award for Productivity in recognition of his successful efforts to reduce cost and improve capabilities, allowing the company to invest resources in growth initiatives and innovation.

Before joining CIBA VISION, Bob worked for a number of other companies across several functions and industries, including pharmaceutical (Merck, Astra Merck, AstraZeneca), software technology (Synavant), and nuclear power (Westinghouse).

Passion Statement

Bob has had a life-long passion for learning new skills and knowledge, and has consistently challenged himself professionally and personally to “get out of his comfort zone.” Bob’s career paths, both in the Navy and in the business world, have taken him across multiple functions, roles, and industries, and give testimony to his desire to gain a business/personal perspective from all points of view. This has taught him how to work effectively within and across various functions and teams, and to respect and incorporate other points of view in a collaborative manner.

On a personal level, Bob has been a life-long fan of The Blue Angels, the Navy’s precision flight demonstration team. He admires the level of teamwork, collaboration, and personal skill mastery demonstrated by the Blue Angels pilots (and maintenance crew), and has aspired to achieve this same level of competence in his own professional and personal life. His personal motto is “Not for self, but for others” and is the same as the motto of his graduating class at Annapolis. On the home front, Bob is also passionate about his miniature dachshunds, and thoroughly enjoys having his pack around him when he is at home!

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