Harley-Davidson Inc. CEO to Head Corporate Membership Organization
DENVER, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.® (NMSDC®) announced Keith E. Wandell, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc., as its new chairman.
"We are pleased to have Mr. Wandell as our new chairman," said NMSDC President Joset B. Wright. "Harley-Davidson is one of the world's most iconic brands, and has a long history of fostering supplier diversity. We are confident that his transformational leadership style will help shape the future of NMSDC and the role it plays in developing and supporting minority suppliers for the corporate supply chain."
Mr. Wandell was elected by the NMSDC Board of Directors earlier today. He replaces outgoing Chairman Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc. NMSDC is a corporate membership organization working to advance business opportunities for Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American-owned firms.
"In a global economy, supplier diversity is good business practice that also can provide a competitive and strategic advantage for U.S. companies," said Mr. Wandell. "Throughout its 40-year history, NMSDC has demonstrated the power of effective advocacy and programs to advance supplier diversity, and I am honored to serve in furthering the organization's mission."
Mr. Wandell is a member of the board of directors of Constellation Brands, a leader in premium wines, and Dana Holding Corporation, a global supplier of parts to off-road and commercial vehicle manufacturers.
The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the country's leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.
The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 36 Regional Councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America's largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned NMSDC companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match more than 16,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their products and services.
SOURCE National Minority Supplier Development Council