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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and Global Humanitarian Derreck Kayongo to Keynote APICS 2017


APICS announces keynotes for its flagship supply chain professional event

CHICAGO – June 6, 2017 – Today APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, announced John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, and Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and founder of the Global Soap Project, will keynote APICS 2017. The event will take place at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, October 15 – 17, 2017.

APICS 2017 brings together more than 2,000 attendees, 65+ educational sessions, 12 facility tours, and countless networking opportunities. This year’s theme, Leading the Way, explores the many opportunities that have emerged with the rise of supply chain, and the skills it takes to excel, manage and lead in today’s complex, dynamic global environment.

“Both John and Derreck are exceptional leaders with unique visions for their organizations,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “The evolving business model of Whole Foods and the creativity of the Global Soap Project will be inspiring for our attendees and greatly enhance the leadership programming offered at APICS 2017.”

More on each keynote speaker below:

  • John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $14 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 410 stores and 88,000 team members in three countries. Mackey has led the transformation of the grocery sector through his focus on building a more conscious way of doing business. He was the visionary for Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, the Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness. A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey also co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business to boldly defend and reimagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.

  • Derreck Kayongo, CEO of National Center for Civil and Human Rights, is a former refugee turned successful entrepreneur and renowned human rights activist. Kayongo founded the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. In creating this global humanitarian initiative, Kayongo has demonstrated that a simple, yet novel idea has the power to transform the lives of millions. Recognized as a CNN Hero, Kayongo’s passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking earned him his current role as CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Kayongo believes in the spirit of entrepreneurialism and creative problem-solving, and inspires audiences to dream big as he shares his vision for harnessing the power of observation to identify issues and solve challenges in any community or organization.

The conference features 65+ sessions that explore topics inspired by the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model and its processes: Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Return, and Enable. Please visit the APICS 2017 website to learn more about the event and the many education sessions, facility tours, and networking events available to attendees. Registration is now open, with early bird rates available through June 30.

APICS will also showcase the latest in technologies and solutions for supply chain professionals in the expo hall.  For more information on exhibiting opportunities, visit



APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With over 45,000 members and approximately 300 channel partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information, visit

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Shelley Nall
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