Chief Supply Chain Officer
Bill Thomas is Chief Supply Chain Officer for Feeding America. He leads the organization’s efforts to secure food and grocery product and oversees the functional areas of Product Sourcing, Customer Service, Transportation and Disaster Services.
In 2008, Bill joined Feeding America as Vice President of Product Development. Under his leadership, Feeding America’s partnerships with retailers, including Food Lion, Kroger, SuperValu and Walmart, spurred tremendous growth in the national Retail Store Donation Program, which has become a vital source of nutritious food for families who struggle with hunger.
Prior to joining Feeding America, Bill spent 10 years with Barilla America serving as Director of Planning, Purchasing and Co-Packers. He improved speed to market capability for new products, which resulted in more than 30 new item introductions in three years – doubling the business in size.
Before Barilla America, Bill spent 19 years with the Quaker Oats Company where he held a number of management positions from marketing to planning to operations. As Supply Chain Leader, Bill identified and implemented capacity expansion work that allowed Quaker Bagged Cereals to expand 0.9 percent to a 1.5 percent share of the Ready-To-Eat Cereals category.
He also held the position of Marketing Manager of Cycle dog food at the Quaker Oats Company where he was responsible for development and implementation of marketing programs for a $200 million portfolio of pet food business.
Thomas earned a master’s degree in marketing from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in general management from Purdue University.