Donna Warton is the Corporate VP of Microsoft Devices Supply Chain and Sustainability. She is responsible for demand and supply planning, channel management, and fulfillment and logistics for devices and accessories including Surface, Surface Hub, HoloLens, Xbox and PC hardware and software. Her responsibilities are to plan and execute the device business, which includes currently $9 billion in revenue and 50 million units across 75 markets. Her objectives are to ensure customers get the devices they need through demand planning and flawless channel management and fulfillment and logistics; to optimize the device financial performance through product life cycle planning; to manage cash and costs through material and capacity planning; and ultimately, to make it easy to do business with Microsoft through digitized operations.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Donna was VP of Global Operations Planning for Dell, responsible for Sales and Operations Planning, and Supply Chain Planning, for over 100,000 items, Finished Good Inventory Management, Product Transition Management and Operations Performance Management. During her time there, she implemented the transformation of Dell’s famous configure-to-order supply chain to a segmented supply chain model which included standard-offer SKUs. The change in operations led to improved margin for the company, unleased new value propositions, significantly improved customer lead times and saved millions on freight costs, as well as reducing operations planning costs by over 40%.
Before joining Dell, Donna led the Global Supply Chain for Mettler-Toledo International, a $2 billion publicly traded precision balance and scale manufacturer for laboratory, retail and industrial markets, for such customers as Starbucks. She was responsible for Global Procurement, Logistics, Supplier Quality, and Supply Chain Operations. While at Mettler, Donna created global category procurement managers and low-cost country sourcing strategies to improve product margins.
Prior to Mettler-Toledo, Donna spent 16 years at Motorola, where her last role was as Corporate Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain for Motorola’s Mobile Device business. Her responsibilities included customer operations, order-to-cash fulfillment, inventory management, supply planning, sales and operation planning, on-time delivery and value-added fulfillment services. During her time there, she ran the supply chain that launched RAZR, which at its peak was shipping 100 million units a year. She accomplished many firsts for the mobile phone industry, including color-product offers which started with the Pink RAZR, outsourced China manufacturing, and improved profitability from supply chain services, like direct-to-store delivery, to operator and retail customers.
Donna began her career in finance and accounting, and spent 15 years supporting various functions including sales and marketing, engineering, manufacturing, merger and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Donna was an early lover of tech, hence her 25+ years in the industry. She has a passion for business and building great teams. In 2013, she won the Inspiring Leader Award at Dell’s companywide annual leadership meeting. She was the executive sponsor for the MS Operations Women’s leadership program, and supports Girlstart, a non-for-profit company that delivers science, technology, engineering and math programs to girls in central Texas. Donna holds a B.S. in accounting from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Loyola University. She is married and has two grown daughters.