ATCHISON, KANSAS, U.S. — MGP Ingredients, Inc. (MGPI) announced on Dec. 4 the appointment of Cheryl Harrity to the position of corporate director of supply chain effective immediately.

For the past year, she has served as a founding partner of NaviChain, LLC., Maple Valley, Washington, U.S., where she was responsible for project management, including leading clients such as MGPI in customized methodologies for identifying key performance indicators in alignment with strategic corporate goals. Just prior to that, she spent two years with Supply Chain Visions, Kirkland, Washington, U.S., as a principal specializing in consulting activities dedicated to supply chain performance management and performance benchmarking program implementation and training.

“In Cheryl’s position, she will have responsibility and oversight of customer service, procurement, logistics, transportation and inventory management,” said Scott Phillips, vice-president of supply chain at MGPI. “She will play a key role in helping to position MGP Ingredients as a best-in-class customer service organization. Cheryl is a result-driven executive with a proven track record in building and strengthening supply chain business platforms. She joins our company with over 18 years of solid operational experience across a diverse range of industries. Throughout her career, her collaborative style has been instrumental in enabling operating efficiencies, improving supply chain performance and optimizing customer service by synchronizing companywide processes.”

Harrity has held middle-to-executive management positions at CS Integrated, AEP Industries, Ryder Systems, Knouse Foods and ACME Markets as well as consulting roles at KPMG Peat Marwick.

Her experience has also included three years serving as the American Productivity and Quality Center’s (APQC) supply chain practice lead. She has advised industries as a supply chain subject matter expert, leading benchmarking and consortium research and publishing results in supply chain best-practice performance research. In these roles, she served as APQC's representative on Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model project teams for the Supply Chain Council and APQC's lead in the development of the SCOR benchmarking tool and assessment methodology, SCORmarksm.

Harrity additionally served as the Supply Chain Visions' Project Team member for the 2009 release of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP, formerly CLM) Supply Chain Management Process Standards by leading the integration of the CSCMP Standards to the APQC Process Classification Framework (PCF).

Harrity earned a master’s of business administration degree in physical distribution from Temple University and a bachelor’s of science degree in business logistics from The Pennsylvania State University.