Robert Gifford serves as executive vice president, global logistics of Ingram Micro Inc. Based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., Gifford has comprehensive responsibility and oversight for all elements of the company's distribution centers and supply-chain operations throughout the world, including the Ingram Micro Logistics fee-for-service business unit. He joined the company in June 2010.
Gifford has more than 30 years of experience in operations and supply-chain leadership. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, global supply chain for Ecolab Inc., a Fortune 500 manufacturer and distributor serving the hospitality, institutional and industrial markets. He led all aspects of the company’s supply chain globally, optimizing 37 manufacturing plants and 84 distribution sites, while integrating dozens of acquisitions during his six-year tenure.
Prior to Ecolab, Gifford was the vice president of worldwide logistics for the Hewlett-Packard Company, where he was responsible for more than $2 billion in logistics operations encompassing everything from contracts to compliance to vendor selection and transportation. He joined HP following the 2002 acquisition of Compaq, where he spent seven years in manufacturing and supply-chain management.
Gifford holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in manufacturing management with a minor in industrial technology from San Jose State University.