Former Johnson & Johnson supplier diversity and inclusion executive Beverly Jennings joined the board of directors of Linden-based independent electrical and industrial distributors Turtle & Hughes.
Over a 30-year career at the pharmaceutical company, Jennings focused on driving growth to benefit inclusion-focused and diversity-forward enterprises. Turtle & Hughes says it is a diverse business and the addition of Jennings brings parity to its board of directors.
“As a fourth-generation, woman-owned business, we are thrilled to welcome Bev to our board,” Turtle & Hughes Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer Jayne Millard said. “Her passion for the community, talent in collaborative leadership, and expertise in diversity, supply chain and procurement, will all combine to enhance our board as we set our course for the next 100 years.”
Jennings spent most of her career at Johnson & Johnson. She retired in 2019 as head of Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, a position she held for seven years. During that time, she led the delivery of results of more than $1.7 billion with diverse suppliers and nearly $3 billion with small businesses annually, achieving benchmark levels of performance.
Jennings also served as a key contributor to Johnson & Johnson’s selection as the first health care company to become a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable. Established in 2001, the nonprofit is comprised of companies committed to spending $1 billion or more annually with Tier 1 diversity suppliers.
A resident of Jacksonville, Fla., Jennings earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla., and an MBA in industrial management from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. She is a Certified Master Business Coach from Fowler School of Business in San Diego and completed Life Mastery from Anthony Robbins.