D.G. Macpherson leads Grainger’s global supply chain operations including the company’s distribution centers, its product offering and availability. Mr. Macpherson also provides global planning, coordination and specialized expertise to the supply chain organizations in all of Grainger’s business units, including global supply chain architecture and procurement.
In December 2011, Mr. Macpherson was promoted to Senior Vice President and President, Global Supply Chain & Corporate Strategy. With this expansion of his role, Mr. Macpherson added responsibility for an initiative to extend a common SAP platform to the company’s businesses in Canada and Latin America. He also directs the corporation’s overall business strategy.
Mr. Macpherson joined Grainger in 2008 from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was Partner and Managing Director since 2002. In that capacity, he has been a strategic consultant at Grainger and led BCG’s relationship with Grainger since 2001. His guidance has helped Grainger shape and execute many supply chain initiatives that have been foundational to growth including product availability improvements and product line expansion.
At BCG, Mr. Macpherson was a member of the Industrial Goods Leadership Team with strong experience in production systems and continuous improvement methodologies. Early in his career, D.G. was an operations manager for Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Company and a test engineer with the U.S. Air Force.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Mr. Macpherson is a Member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations.