Client: Copia Global
Requirement: VP, Supply Chain
The Client Copia Global is the best of Amazon, Fedex and a healthy dose of BoP expertise. With a network of agents country-wide, Copia are making accessible a wide range of trusted, reliable consumer goods to consumers at the middle and base of the economic pyramid. Founded in 2013, Copia started its operations in Kenya and were rapidly expanding.
The Challenge As the company began to serve more customers and plan for regional expansion, they needed an operational, dynamic and highly effective VP Supply Chain to lead all Supply Chain & Logistics processes, infrastructure and enablers to meet customer expectations. As Copia were establishing the first of its kind distribution model, Copia needed someone with market experience but also with the critical thinking skills and adaptability to develop systems that worked for them.
The Results KCH conducted a thorough search, evaluating candidates across the logistics and supply chain sector and function areas. The biggest gap was finding candidates that had the multinational experience, but also the ability to set up systems from scratch, to think entrepreneurially, to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. Ken brought in the right mix of skillsets, having worked with the big names like Coca-Cola, Nestle and Safaricom, but also having consulted with various locally owned businesses helping them set up systems and close gaps in their current processes. Ken’s excitement for Copia’s model and its potential disruption brought him out of the consulting life and willing to jump back into employment.