“What motivates me is the desire to do what most people think is impossible” - Supply Management
Julia Brown, Carnival's first global procurement boss, sees communication as key to managing change © Brian Smith
Julia Brown, Carnival's first global procurement boss, sees communication as key to managing change © Brian Smith

“What motivates me is the desire to do what most people think is impossible”

20 February 2017

At cruise giant Carnival, Julia Brown is transforming procurement, using teams to buy mattresses and lettuce, and dealing with the consequences of Hurricane Matthew

Julia Brown puts communication high up her list of priorities, and doesn’t let much get in its way. From her home in Miami, the first ever CPO of cruise giant Carnival answers emails in the early hours, and travels from Southampton to London to join networking dinners despite jet lag and a brutal travel schedule the following day. That focus has served her well: she has won most of her jobs through contacts, including her current role at Carnival, which she started in 2015.

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