Wes Bean -- Senior Advisor, World Strategies, LLC
Wes is a strategic business leader with the ability to apply an innovative and collaborative approach to solving business challenges that spans functions, divisions and industries. Wes has significant international experience, having lived or worked in more than 20 international markets. He is a respected thought leader and is a frequent speaker at industry forums on sustainability, innovation and data-driven change management.
Previously, Wes was Vice President of Global Supply Chain at APR Energy, LLC, a private equity-backed energy company focused on global Fast Track power solutions. Wes led the strategy and operational execution of Supply Chain, including Global Procurement, Logistics, Global Inventory Management, Warehouse Operations & Data Management teams. Prior to joining APR, Wes was VP Own Brands, Pricing Strategy & Data Integrity for Southeastern Grocers, a 700-store food retailer based in the southeastern USA. Additional, he set up a best in class Strategic Sourcing division to execute organization wide negotiations.
Prior to Southeastern Grocers, Wes held various leadership positions at Walmart Stores including Director of Global Business Development, Director of Strategic Sourcing, and Deputy Director of International Trade Development. Wes worked with Walmart’s international leadership to develop and implement procurement and new market development strategies across the global supply base. He advised on the impact of international trade and foreign economic policy on the company’s global sourcing strategies. He planned and directed strategic initiatives for market development, risk assessment and identification of global opportunities for supply base development. Wes helped Walmart leverage its buying potential across international market for direct/indirect commodities and reorganized the global sourcing and product development functions. His leadership resulted in major technology implementation along with a restructuring of the broader Global Procurement division.
His professional background is supported by a degree in International Studies/Politics & Diplomacy from the University of Richmond, an MBA in International Business from CIMBA (Italy), and executive studies in trade, economics & negotiations at Harvard’s JFK School of Government.
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Angela Marshall Hofmann - Founder and President of World Strategies
Angela has served as a trusted advisor to members of the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch as well as to CEOs and senior executives in complex, multi-national organizations for over two decades.
Previously, Angela was Vice President, International Corporate Affairs, at Walmart Stores, Inc. where she led the company’s external engagement in 40+ retail, ecommerce and sourcing countries around the world. She also launched innovative public-private chain capacity building projects focused on transparency, building safety, agricultural development and women’s economic empowerment in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Angela joined the company in 2002 as Director of International Corporate Affairs in the company’s Federal Government Relations office in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she moved to company headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas where she led corporate affairs engagement in the Americas as well as gained operational experience in the supply chain when she was promoted to Vice President, GNFR (indirect spend) and Sourcing Services in Walmart Global Sourcing.
Prior to Walmart, she served as International Trade Counsel on U.S. Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Max Baucus. Angela joined the Senator’s staff in 1989 as a congressional liaison in the State of Montana and in 1997, after receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana, was his legislative counsel for agriculture and trade in Washington, D.C.
Angela is a staunch advocate for women’s empowerment and continues to be active in the Organization of Women in International Trade ("OWIT") a voluntary, non-profit association of professionals interested in international trade. She joined the organization in 1997 and in 2005 served as President of the Washington, D.C. chapter. From 2010-2013 she served as President of the organization which included 25 chapters and 2000+ members around the globe.
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