Kathleen Castore has worked for Sanofi for almost twenty years. She has held positions in marketing operations, purchasing, and procurement, and is currently Head of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, NA Procurement Excellence. She is responsible for the strategy to increase Sanofi’s opportunities to buy locally, regionally, and nationally ensuring a good source of supply while developing mutually profitable business relationships with small, minority, women, LGBT, and veteran-owned businesses. Kathleen is a constant advocate for supplier development and utilization of small and diverse business owners, doing all she can to assure them the most significant participation in Sanofi’s total purchases.
Kathleen has been a mentor in the Supplier Diversity Mentoring Initiative with Diversity Alliance for Science, Disability: IN, NMSDC NY, as well as, a Corporate Advisory Board member of Diversity Alliance for Science, NMSDC The Council, NaVOBA and previously on the Executive Committee for the NMSDC Healthcare Industry Group. She is an active member of the supplier diversity community, collaborating with peers and advocacy groups on ways to increase contract opportunities for diverse businesses. Kathleen is a current member and former co-chair of The ISM Supplier Diversity Pharmaceutical Forum, an industry group working to expand supply base diversity and development in the pharmaceutical industry. She has also been a contributor, panelist, developer and facilitator for various workshops and organizations on supplier development.