Connie Veates is currently director of executive support with BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, where she previously served as director of supply chain management. Ms. Veates holds an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University and is an adjunct faculty member of Shorter College. She has experience in both marketing and procurement, and has led teams to optimize the supplier base as well as develop long-term strategic relationships with key suppliers.
Courtney E. Lee
Courtney Lee is a supply leader of the supply chain management organization at BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Lee holds BS and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, respectively. Her background includes hardware and software design as well as managing a major customer relationship program as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs (now Lucent Technologies). While at BellSouth, Ms. Lee has managed/coached a group of procurement professionals responsible for emerging technologies’ product streams, developed and facilitated enhanced relationships with key suppliers, and played an active role on a special team to design and implement new processes to optimize the supplier base and capture financial benefits.
The following individuals contributed insights and materials on the structuring, human resources, and training elements of the purchasing and supply organization.
Cathy Martin, manager of supply chain management at BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. shared her expertise in human resources and organizational alignment. Ms. Martin came to procurement services from the human resources organization where she conducted non-management assessments.
Emily Woods, training and development manager of supply chain management at BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. Ms. Woods is responsible for development and training programs for supply chain management and provided insights on tools and processes for developing the purchasing and supply professional.
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