Career Spotlight: Juliette Samson


Julia Simson

Chief Information Officer & VP Supply Chain, World Finer Foods

Have you ever wondered what it takes to reach an executive level position or how to join a board of directors? Columbia University graduate Juliette Samson will join us to share her personal experiences, challenges and the roadmap of her career, culminating in her most recent assignment at World Finer Foods in a role as Chief Information Officer and VP of Supply Chain . She’ll address how her career plans have changed over the years, what she should and shouldn’t do, and she’ll talk about the many golden nuggets that have helped her get to where she is now. Juliette will also discuss what has helped her achieve executive and executive level positions, along with “how-tos” for becoming a board member and what companies look for in a board member. She will share her networking skills and the power behind an alumni network. Join this exciting event and learn how you can apply these skills in your own career development.

This will be an interactive session. The Q&A document will be shared after the event.

This event is FREE but you must respond.

This event is hosted by the Columbia Alumni Club of New York.

Juliette W Samson is an executive with a proven track record of leading change, formulating and executing strategy with a focus on customer service and program delivery in the consumer goods, finance, communications and information technology industries. She has managed organizations with over 100 employees in various roles from executive to technical engineer. Additionally, her extensive experience in technology, supplier management and contract negotiation has resulted in significant savings in each of her various global, multi-site roles.

Juliette currently leads the technology and supply chain sector of World Finer Foods.

She overhauled World Finer Food’s ERP platform, migrated to a hosted virtual environment and drove financial and performance optimization. She also leads the transformation of the end-to-end supply chain process and lifecycle, including contract renegotiation, to improve the company’s speed, service levels and overall profitability.

Juliette joined WFF from Pfizer’s shared services program delivery and portfolio management organization, where she oversees IT Worldwide Technology with program and portfolio expertise. Under Juliette’s leadership, her organization was responsible for delivering complex, large-scale programs (with total budgets in excess of $600 million) for Pfizer’s global technology organization. She also led IT M&A integrations in infrastructure and global shared services.

Prior to that, Juliette spent time at Merrill Lynch implementing large enterprise programs that introduced standardization and efficiencies while delivering business value. During her time at Merrill Lynch (now Bank of America), she renegotiated several $40 million outsourced contracts and created and implemented measurement systems to manage the overall health of their global network business to significantly increase business value while reducing operational costs to lower.

Her previous positions include 10 years at Lucent Technologies (now Nokia) as Executive Vice President of Customer Delivery and Customer Operations, where she led multiple organizations from R&D to product development and was responsible for over $1 billion in revenue and spearheaded several cost-cutting initiatives that culminated in hundreds of millions saved.

Her 12 years at AT&T in product and business development resulted in accomplishments such as expanding the ATT business internationally, opening up the Brazilian/Latin American market and leading market strategies that delivered over 200% profitable growth. She began her career at Western Electric Co. as a factory engineer while also teaching mathematics at several universities.

She lives in the tri-state area with her husband and two children; She is a graduate of Cornell and Columbia University and speaks 4 languages, Romanian, Hungarian, Spanish and English.


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