Career Profiles: Julia M. Brown, CPO

Julia M. Brown Career Profiles


Carnival Corporation Names Julia M. Brown to Newly Created Role
by VERGE Staff |  Career Profiles | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest travel and leisure company, recently named Julia M. Brown to the newly created role of Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) overseeing strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management.

As part of this new role, Brown will work closely with the company's nine brands and their support groups to strategically procure goods and services to further strengthen the company's supplier relationships, leverage its global scale, and improve guest experiences onboard the company’s ships.

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).

Together, these brands operate 101 ships totaling 216,000 lower berths with nine new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2015 and 2018. 

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. 

"I've had the opportunity to get to know Julia through our mutual association with the Executive Leadership Council, and she not only has an exceptional track record of leading procurement at companies with massive global operations, but also has a highly strategic and collaborative approach that will help us partner more closely with our suppliers to exceed guest expectations and drive value for the business," said Arnold Donald, president & CEO for Carnival Corporation & plc.

In addition to serving on the board for the Executive Leadership Foundation, Brown 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 received a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and brings 25 years of leadership and global procurement experience to her new role.

Photo caption: Julia M. Brown, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) at Carnival Corporation & plc.  Photo credit: Carnival Corporation & plc

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