Dr. Tracy Joshua, a 23-year veteran with a history of securing savings for business organizations, was named by Emergency Manager Roy S. Roberts, as Chief Procurement and Logistics Officer. She is also a proud graduate of Detroit Public Schools.
Joshua recently served as an executive director with Bristol - Myers Squibb where she led the launch of a global strategic supplier partnership with savings in excess of 25% and the design and launch of Supply Strategy Councils and the redesign of the indirect purchasing organization. She led a team of more than 30 people with an estimated contract value of $2 billion.
Prior to joining Bristol Myers Squibb in 2009, Joshua led the Global Business and Strategy department at Ford Motor Company where she developed and launched global turnaround strategies that leveraged global purchases and built strategic relationships with best-in-class suppliers. She also represented Ford Motor Company at various trade shows, conferences and supplier diversity functions. Also, while at Ford she developed a global strategy and sourcing process that resulted in yearly savings totaling approximately $170 million. Joshua spent 10 years with Ford.
From 1989 to 1999 she led several startup operations including launches in Europe, China and South America that delivered global, strategic and innovative solutions.
Joshua is a graduate of Michigan State University where she completed both her bachelors and masters degrees in Supply Chain and Education, Organizational Development and Labor Relations respectively. Joshua holds a second Masters from Georgia Tech University in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis on International Supply Chains. She completed her Doctorate of Management in Executive Leadership (DMEL) degree in the fall of 2011 from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. She is also a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Thunderbird International School of Management. She received in depth training in Quality/Statistical Process Control with personal tutoring from W. Edwards Deming and completed internships studying the Toyota Production System with certifications in lean office, lean manufacturing as well as Six Sigma. As a leader, she was selected and trained by General Motors as a “Consulting Pair.” In this role, in addition to her normal responsibilities, she served as an internal diversity coach.
She is the founder of a business education partnership with public schools, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies with a mission of raising student academic achievement. Joshua is a current member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council NY/NJ (WBENC), ProcureCon Advisory Board and the Michigan State University Multicultural Business Board and a past board member of the Michigan Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Certification Committee, Eastern Michigan Roundtable Council of Logistics Managers, INROADS and Detroit Community High School. She has served as an adjunct professor at Davenport University and Phoenix University as well as guest lecturer at Central Michigan, Michigan State University and University of Michigan.