Georgia-Pacific has named Duriya Farooqui president of Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation.
In her role, Farooqui will oversee Point A's strategic direction and lead member recruitment efforts. The center, which opened June 2018 in Atlanta's TechSquare Labs, is a forward-thinking innovation hub where members collaborate to develop solutions that drive global supply chain efficiency.
"Companies across industries face similar challenges, while existing and next-generation technologies have the power to redefine their future supply chain," Farooqui said. "By bringing companies together to contribute their unique capabilities and develop solutions that benefit all, we have the opportunity to cement Atlanta's position as a global leader in supply chain innovation."
A former principal at Bain & Company, Farooqui has held several leadership positions with the city of Atlanta, including chief operating officer. She is on the boards of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) and its subsidiaries, including the New York Stock Exchange. She is also an advisor for Engage, an Atlanta venture fund and accelerator created to strengthen collaboration between corporations and entrepreneurs - of which Georgia-Pacific is a member.
Farooqui most recently served as executive director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, a public-private partnership of corporate and civic leaders focused on critical investments in the city's future. Her leadership was instrumental in launching a Center for Workforce Innovation, a partnership between five corporations and Atlanta Technical College.
Farooqui earned a master's degree in public administration in international development from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics from Hampshire College.
"Duriya brings nearly 20 years of executive leadership and strategic consulting experience in which she successfully led organizations through complex challenges and opportunities," said Kevin Heath, Georgia-Pacific senior vice president and chief procurement officer. "Her depth and breadth of experience make her the right choice to lead this effort to help transform the global supply chain."
About the Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation
The Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation is a place where leading companies, start-ups and academic institutions come together to solve complex supply chain challenges through rapid experimentation. Opened in June 2018 and backed by Georgia-Pacific, Point A members conduct use cases for harnessing and applying Industry 4.0 innovations such as robotics, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning and autonomous vehicles to build the supply chain of the future. To learn more, visit www.gp.com/point-a.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and STAINMASTER™ household cleaning products. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world's largest recyclers of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates nearly 200 facilities and employs approximately 35,000 people directly and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: gp.com.