Katie Malakhov Named a Winner of the 2023 Women in Supply Chain Award 

Sep 22, 2023 3 min

This award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women at all levels of a company’s supply chain network.    

RELEX Solutions today announced that Katie Malakhov, VP of Professional Services, North America, has been honored as one of the winners of this year’s Women in Supply Chain Award, which honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network. The awards are organized by Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

Commenting on this notable recognition, Ron Fleischer, SVP Operations, Americas at RELEX, to whom Katie reports, remarked, “Katie is a standout in the supply chain world, leading a world class professional services organization that has delivered over 50 successful implementations. She frequently stands as the singular woman in executive circles leading with an unrivaled combination of competency, intelligence and poise. The Women at RELEX group she founded in 2018 showcases her drive for creating meaningful connections and fostering growth. Additionally, her one-on-one mentorships highlight her commitment to guiding emerging talents. Simply put, Katie’s influence goes beyond her achievements; she’s shaping the future of our industry.” 

Katie has been selected for this award due to her significant contributions to the supply chain industry, marked by over a decade of expertise. Beyond her technical expertise, she shines as a role model for women in the sector, highlighted by her establishment of the Women at RELEX  group, which promotes mentorship and cross-functional development. Her commitment is further underscored by her personal mentorship initiatives and her lasting bonds with mentees, even after they’ve left RELEX. 

“This year, we received over 400 submissions, the highest amount of applications not only for this award, but also for all of our awards. What’s more, 118 of those applications were submitted by male counterparts, nominating their boss, co-worker or associate. Last year, that figure was just at 75. Also this year, 39 women self-nominated, a tremendous uptick from last year’s award, which just saw 12 self-nominations. This shows progress. This shows hope that one day, we won’t need an award like this because men and women in the supply chain will be equal,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “While there’s still more work to be done, what we’re doing is working. From truck drivers to CEOs, what these winners are doing matters to the future of all supply chains.” 

“Women have been making a significant impact in supply chain management, contributing to the growth and innovation of the supply chain industry. As more women join the supply chain workforce, they bring diverse perspectives that can help address complex supply chain problems and improve global supply chain operations. It is important that we empower, recognize and elevate these achievements through initiatives like the Women in Supply Chain Award, as seen through the overwhelming response. Congratulations to all the winners, those who nominated others and the bravery of those who nominated themselves,” adds Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, founder of Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcast and Blended Pledge project, both exclusive sponsors of the Women in Supply Chain award. 

See the full list of winners here. Recipients will be honored at this year’s Women in Supply Chain Forum, on Nov. 14-15, 2023 in Atlanta. Visit www.WomenInSupplyChainForum.com to register and learn more.