16 December 2020
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has appointed Hui C. Yang, a highly experienced procurement and supply chain executive, as Head of its Supply Operations Department. Ms. Yang brings over two decades of experience in both the public and private sector and will join the Global Fund on 1 March 2021.
Welcoming her appointment, which followed a rigorous competitive search process, Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund said: “Hui brings the leadership, skillset and vision to drive an end-to-end approach to sourcing and supply, from expediting the launch of new products, through large-scale procurement to on the ground delivery to the last mile.”
Ms. Yang’s experience across a wide range of markets and sectors has been gained over the course of a 16-year career with Procter & Gamble. In her various global and regional leadership roles she managed large global teams across complex matrix market structures, developed and implemented sound business strategies and implemented major investment projects in emerging markets.
While at P&G, Yang championed supply chain sustainability initiatives with a focus on lifecycle management, partnership and eco-system management, business transformation and innovation. She led the complex redesign of the purchasing organization and developed a mastery of change management through her handling of various business integrations.
Ms. Yang rose to the position of Purchase Senior Director in P&G’s Global Hygiene Material and Category Procurement Leadership, before moving into private consultancy in 2014 to pursue her passion for development work. Since 2017, Ms. Yang has been at the International Organization for Migration where she established and has led the organization’s procurement and supply function. At the IOM, Yang developed a five-year Procurement and Supply Chain Strategy and Governance Framework. She has been instrumental in leading business transformation at the organization, designed to strengthen capabilities, process integration and automation. Yang has also been responsible for the coordination and support to supply chain operations in disaster relief and humanitarian operations, including large scale humanitarian aid relief in Bangladesh, South Sudan, DRC, Yemen and Mozambique.
Of Chinese origin, Yang grew up Germany, where she studied economics and Japanese at Hamburg University. Her career in procurement and supply began in 1998 with P&G, with which she moved to Geneva the following year.
Welcoming her appointment, Ms. Yang said: “I have a passion for using my skillset for the wider good. As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the Global Fund is an opportunity to make an impact in building greater global health security.”
Peter Sands added: “Ms. Yang joins the Global Fund at a time when the value and importance of our procurement and supply chain capabilities have never been so clear. Protecting the gains in HIV, TB and malaria has required rigorous tracking of supply disruptions, and swift and imaginative interventions to ensure continuity of supply of life-saving commodities. Supporting countries’ responses to COVID-19, through our partnership with the ACT-Accelerator, has underscored our comparative advantages in procuring and deploying vital scarce commodities, such as diagnostics and PPE, at pace and scale. Looking ahead, the supply chain dimension of Supply Operations activities will come into even greater focus as we deliver on our aspiration to build in-country capacity and invest in country-led efforts to drive resilience, self-reliance and sustainability.”