Walt Charles


Walter Charles is the Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen. Walter is a sought-after speaker at national and international Supply Chain and Procurement Conferences, a visionary Supply Chain leader, an impactful results deliverer and an inspiring Procurement Futurist. At each of his last 4 Fortune companies, his global procurement teams supported the purchase of billions of dollars a year of products and services supporting Research & Development, Manufacturing, MRO, Lab Services, Marketing, Legal, Capital, IT, Plant Operations, Travel, and General and Administrative services. Walter has held Chief Procurement Officer roles at iconic companies such as Allergan, Biogen, Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Supply Chain and Cordis (one of J&J’s former medical devices companies). As such, he has the unique perspective of serving on Supply Chain Leadership Teams, and leading procurement transformations across Biotechnology, Consumer Packaged Goods, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Businesses. In 2020, Walter started the 400 Company Digital Challenge, where he pledged to personally help 400 of his ~30,000 social connections make the jump to industry 4.0 technologies in the practice of procurement.   Connect with him on LinkedIn to start your digital transformation today. Walter holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University; a Master of Engineering Degree in Environmental Engineering from The Stevens Institute of Technology; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.