|Julia M. Brown, chief procurement officer, Carnival Corp.|
Carnival Corp. has announced two new additions to its executive team. The company has named Julia M. Brown to the newly formed position of chief procurement officer and James Chedgey to the position of vice president of global financial planning and analysis.
As part of the new role, Brown will work closely with the company's nine brands and their support groups to strategically procure goods and services to strengthen the company's supplier relationships and leverage its global scale.
Carnival Corporation's Chief Operations Officer Alan Buckelew said, "As we have become increasingly global, the role of coordinating our procurement and supply chains has become more and more complex. At the same time, our global sourcing function creates opportunities for us to improve guest experiences onboard our ships and collaborate across our brands to operate more efficiently."
Brown will report to Josh Leibowitz, chief strategy officer for Carnival Corporation, and will be based at the company's headquarters in Miami.
Brown most recently served as CPO on the global management team at Mondelez International, which split from Kraft Foods in 2012. Prior to the split, Brown served as CPO and SVP of global procurement at Kraft Foods, responsible for the company's $30 billion strategic sourcing function. Prior to Kraft, she served as CPO and VP of corporate procurement and contract manufacturing at Clorox. Brown began her career at Procter & Gamble and also served in strategic roles at Diageo and Gillette.
Brown is on the board for the Executive Leadership Foundation and also serves as a trustee for the African American Experience Fund, which is part of The National Park Service. She also serves as a board member for the Primo Center in Chicago.
Brown has been named as one of the top 100 most "Influential Blacks in Corporate America" by Savoy Magazine, the top 100 Women to Watch by Today's Chicago Woman and listed in Black Enterprise's Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business.
She received a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
Chedgey will help develop Carnival's corporate strategy, determining its public earnings guidance, and providing analytical support on long term planning and monthly forecasting, all of which will be key foundational contributors to the future success of the company. He will also work with the company's senior leaders to ensure operational strength and financial flexibility across Carnival Corporation's portfolio of nine brands.
Chedgey will report to Josh Weinstein, treasurer of Carnival Corporation, and will be based at the company's headquarters in Miami, relocating from Southampton, England, where he previously served as corporate finance and planning director for Carnival UK. As part of that role, which he assumed in January 2013, Chedgey led the annual and long-term planning process for the company's P&O Cruises and Cunard brands and partnered with the executive team in driving efficiencies into the company's processes to support business objectives.
Chedgey started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London in 1999 before moving to BDO International. Following that, he spent more than four years at Charter International, a British engineering business. Most recently, Chedgey served in various roles of increasing responsibility with Royal Mail, including head of transformation finance operations.
Chedgey is originally from England and graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Commerce in business administration. Chedgey is a Chartered Accountant, earning his ACA qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.