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Poole College of Management

Supply Chain Resource Cooperative

Irene Marnell


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Forward thinking and respected leader with over twenty years of success in high profile Supply Management roles in Fortune 100 companies and large non-profits. Irene is known for initiating and managing powerful initiatives, strategies, systems, and processes that a financially attractive, reduce risk, and that generate positive change.  She has a strong background in process and program management, supplier sourcing and contracting in a broad range of commodities, IT, pharmaceutical distribution, operations management, and quality principles. Irene has a passion of teaching, mentoring, sharing, and connecting others.


  • Institute of Supply Management: Certified Professional in Supply Management
  • American Society of Transportation and Logistics: Certification in Transportation and Logistics
  • National Contract Management Association: Certified Professional Contracts Manager


BS , Education , Marshall University
MPS, Supply Chain Management and Logistics , Pennsylvania State University

Key Specialization

  • Strategic Sourcing Strategy Development
  • Commodity Expertise in a broad range of Direct and Indirect Supply Categories
  • Supplier Management
  • Purchasing
  • Negotiations & Deal Making
  • Contract Management
  • Operations Management
  • Global Organization & Program Management
  • Quality Programs & Certification Processes
  • Team Leadership
  • Project and Program Management
  • Sales and Supply Chain Planning
  • Business Case Development
  • Inventory and Distribution Methods
  • Training and Training Development
  • Contingent Labor

Career Highlights

  • Irene has worked in major corporations and trade associations for over 20 years, including AT&T, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs (now Nokia), Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, AmerisourceBergen, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Syngenta.    She has received multiple awards for leading successful teams, programs, and processes, and for her successes in developing supplier strategies, negotiating, and managing supplier contracts (including managing up to $4B in global contracts), and for her leadership in purchasing and supply management training and certification programs.  She has held multiple board positions for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), including 3 affiliates and the ISM National Risk Management Group, and was president of the ISM – Northern Virginia affiliate.  Irene has also been a frequent speaker at major supply chain and financial conferences and at universities.
  • Some of Irene’s Company awards:  “President’s Award for Awesome Execution”, “Chairman’s Award – Strategic Area of Focus Winning Environment, Winning Team”; “Quality Organization Recognition for Business Partnership; “Lucent Worldwide Services’ President’s Gold Award”, CIO Awards for “High Performance Behaviors” and “Action for Savings;” Awards for “Teams Achieving High Performance”;Recognition of Leadership”; “Business Unit Access Planning Distinguished Service Recognition Award”; “Five Star Recognition Award”
  • Purchasing Magazine: “Medal of Excellence” awarded to Lucent’s Supply Chain Networks Organization
  •  Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: Award to AT&T’s Network Services Division
  • Personal Favorite:    “Best Boss We Ever Had” (unsolicited from one of my larger teams)

Consulting Highlights

  • Irene worked at a Shire Pharmaceuticals through Source One Management Consulting to lead efforts related to development of their IT Sourcing Strategy and in assisting with high profile negotiations with key suppliers.  She also was an advisor to students at University of Maryland, Drexel, and Temple in behalf of ISM for the National Capital Area, Northern Virginia, and Philadelphia affiliates.