Darrell Edwards is Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Officer for La-Z-Boy Incorporated. In this capacity, he leads an operations team composed of more than 5,500 employees in the areas of manufacturing, global procurement, distribution, lean engineering, sales and operations planning, customer experience, and research and development. Darrell joined La-Z-Boy in 2004 and has held positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure with the company, including his prior role as Senior Vice President of Operations.
Darrell’s area of expertise encompasses all facets of supply chain operations with respect to procurement and lean production initiatives, including organizational strategy, leadership, and team building through talent management and education/training. At La-Z-Boy, Darrell created the company’s Supply Chain Operational Excellence (SCOE) initiative, realigning every component of the company’s supply chain strategy, including forging new ways to work with suppliers to further improve the efficiencies within their own organizations to benefit customers. On the procurement side of the business, he and his team established an Asian-based operation to source, manage and flow component parts and product to ensure efficient and timely production at the company’s U.S. manufacturing facilities. It has been noted that La-Z-Boy’s supply chain initiatives have been a key contributor to the company’s profitability. While at La-Z-Boy, Darrell was one of the lead executives responsible for the implementation of cellular production across La-Z-Boy’s branded manufacturing facilities. The move to this more modern process significantly decreased costs and increased production speed and quality, which, in turn, improved profitability as well as the company’s competitive positioning in the marketplace.
Darrell has led numerous business units to achieve national recognition for operational excellence, is a frequent guest speaker at various national forums, and author of articles in several business trade publications. He is on the Advisory Board for the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee, the Michigan State University Supply Chain Management Council and Rutgers University Cybersecurity Advisory Board. Additionally, Darrell was selected as a 2018 Rainmaker Award winner from DC Velocity Magazine.
Darrell holds a Doctor of Business Administration Degree from the Fox School of business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a Master’s Degree in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.