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Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council honors FCA US with two awards

FCA US LLC was named Corporation of the Year at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s (MMSDC) 33rd annual Ambassadors Championing Excellence (ACE) Awards, honoring excellence and ongoing commitment to working with and helping to develop and mentor minority business enterprises. Kevin Bell, Head of Diversity Supplier Development at FCA US, received the Jethro Joseph … Continued

FCA US LLC was named Corporation of the Year at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s (MMSDC) 33rd annual Ambassadors Championing Excellence (ACE) Awards, honoring excellence and ongoing commitment to working with and helping to develop and mentor minority business enterprises.

Kevin Bell, Head of Diversity Supplier Development at FCA US, received the Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award. Named after a former employee at the automaker, this award is given to a leader whose commitment to minority economic development symbolizes the true spirit and intent of supplier diversity.

The awards were given at a ceremony in Detroit on October 6.

“As FCA US attracts new customers to our global vehicle brands, like Jeep® and Ram, it is essential that we have diverse supplier partners who can offer fresh ideas and creative solutions,” said Scott Thiele, Chief Purchasing Officer for FCA NV and Head of Purchasing and Supplier Quality for FCA – North America. “I am proud of our supplier diversity team’s dedication and the mentorship they offer our business partners as we look to ensure mutual long-term growth.”

In 2015, FCA US spent $3 billion with approximately 230 minority-, women- and veteran-owned suppliers, representing 8 percent of the Company’s total annual purchasing. Since 1983, the Company has purchased nearly $55 billion from diverse suppliers.

“We recognized corporations, minority businesses and individuals who excelled in engaging, mentoring and advocating diverse suppliers this past year,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO of MMSDC. “Our ambassadors are true champions of excellence in minority supplier development.”

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