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Karin Hayes

Karin is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Cairns LLC, a management consultancy focused on supply chain and procurement. Cairns strives to enable clients to optimize performance through applying best practices to business processes and use of innovative technology to their domestic and international distribution networks. Cairns goal is to build sustainable business practices and ensure that strong leadership and resource development is in place for fundamental core processes. Karin has over 30 years of experience leading teams in supply chain operations to deliver measurable cost and service improvements to the bottom line. Karin was Director, Distribution & Logistics for Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. a Fortune 500 company which operates in 50 countries and serves markets in energy, chemicals, electronics, manufacturing, healthcare, and food and beverage. Karin is recognized for building and coaching diverse teams that collaborate to deliver excellent customer service. She is expert in procuring and integrating third party logistics services with in-house processes while maintaining regulatory compliance. Her key strengths are in Supply Chain Planning & Improvements, Sourcing & Contracting Logistics Carriers, IT Process Enablement, Visibility of Metrics & Data, Hazardous Material Transport, Inventor Management Process, International Trade & Regulatory Systems, Professional Team Development, Fleet Asset Management & Procurement, and Acquisition Integration.  Karin earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.  Karin currently sits on the Governor appointed PA DOT Rail Advisory Committee and has presented at a number of industry events. Karin has been affiliated with various industry organizations including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), Pennsylvania State University Transportation Benchmarking Consortium, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, and American Association of University Women (AAUW). She has an active interest in promoting science and math education programs at all education levels.

 

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