Results-driven Global Sourcing and Product Operations Leader, with broad-spectrum retail merchandising experience from product ideation through manufacturing.
Mr. Samitha Supun Walpola is best known for assessing big picture ideas and mapping out tactical strategies to achieve end goal. Creative, critical thinker and problem solver is an experienced professional who will consistently draw teams together under sound leadership to execute plans with optimal results
As a leader in the sourcing space, he has delivered close to $150 million annual savings leveraging various strategic sourcing initiatives. 20 years of success developing and managing various global sourcing relationships yielding above savings makes him a knowledgeable implementor.
Mr. Walpola was responsible for $600+ million budgets in COGS and other key SG&A activities on the P&L. 10+ years of senior management progression.
He also led and implemented several PLM (product life cycle management) initiatives, which enabled future-state vision for transforming and repositioning many Concepts to Market models resulting in increased gross margin. He particularly excelles in turnaround opportunities.