May 14, 2019

Columbia/Okura hires Sabine Woodall as supply chain manager

Robotic palletizing systems producer Columbia/Okura based in Vancouver, Washington, has hired Sabine Woodall to be its materials/supply chain manager.

Sabine WoodallWoodall’s supply chain career started shortly after receiving her degree in foreign trade and distribution from Berufsschule in Kuenzelsau, Germany. While attending Berufsschule, she participated in an apprentice program affiliated with Würth GmbH & Co., which provided knowledge to all facets of Würth’s operation. Upon completing this program, Würth offered her a position in purchasing in the USA-this temporary role led to a five-year assignment, ultimately being responsible for worldwide purchases.

Following her assignment at Würth, Woodall was hired as purchasing manager at Kärcher North America, where she managed a team of five buyers. She then became operations manager at the Kärcher plant in California, where she was responsible for relocating the company’s facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California, to Monterrey, Mexico.

After a successful operation’s assignment in Camas, Washington, Kärcher promoted Woodall to director of materials management of Kärcher North America. In this role, she was responsible for managing purchasing and warehouse operations. Three years later, she was promoted to director of procurement.

Woodall was been responsible for an $80 million purchase spend and oversaw a nine-person supply chain teams at three separate locations during her time in Camas.

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