Ann Oka is the former senior vice president of supply management for Sodexo, Inc. in North America. She had supply chain responsibility for more than US$5.5 billion in spend. Reporting directly to CEO George Chavel, she was also a member of the company's executive team.
Oka joined Sodexo in 2003 following 20 years with Unilever Bestfoods, where she most recently served as vice president of supply management, responsible for supporting Unilever's North American food business.
A seasoned supply chain professional, Oka began her career in operations, managing a vegetable oil refinery in San Francisco and later overseeing food production operations in Santa Fe Springs, California. In the mid-1990s, she took a corporate position at Bestfood's headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, as a systems and financial liaison for a nascent shared service purchasing organization. She rose steadily through the organization to become the senior purchasing executive for Bestfoods. Oka was named vice president of supply management, following the company's merger with Unilever in 2000.
Oka's business and industry expertise have allowed her to expand her influence. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Sodexo Foundation, the board of trustees for the A.T. Kearney Center for Strategic Supply Leadership at ISM (CSSL) and as member of the executive committee of the GS1 Foodservice Initiative.
Oka holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.