Lawrence b. wooten
Chairman, AACCNJ Foundation Board of Directors
Corporate Supplier Diversity Manager, American Water Works Inc.
Lawrence (Larry) Wooten has over 30 years of supply chain and supplier diversity experience. Larry’s primary responsibilities are as manager corporate supplier diversity manager reporting to the Chief Procurement Officer Larry joins the organization with many years of experience in strategic sourcing and supplier diversity. Larry’s background is diverse in terms of the organizations he has worked for and the responsibilities throughout his professional career.
Prior to joining American Water Works Inc. Larry held leadership positions with: United Rentals North America, The Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC), Pitney Bowes Inc. , MeadWestvaco, Time Warner Corp. and Sikorsky Aircraft (Subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.). His responsibilities varied in nature depending on the state of the supplier diversity program, from building a program from the ground up to enhancing and reinvigorating an existing program. Larry has exceeded expectations and built a reputation as someone who takes personal responsibility for the success of the supplier diversity process.
Larry spent the majority of his professional career with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Sikorsky Aircraft Division. He held various positions of leadership throughout his time with Sikorsky, including Strategic Sourcing Manager, Program Manager, Requirements Planning Manager and Supplier Diversity Manager. Providing leadership and management of annual spend of $900 million to ensure diverse suppliers had the opportunity to compete for contracts awards. Larry was the lead advocate to ensure the company achieved both internal and external goals associated with U.S. Government contracts. Larry also held the position of Commodity Manager with the responsibility of managing annual raw materials spend of $30 million.
Larry is past Vice- Chairman of the Central Region for the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council and is the former Chairman of The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) Board of Directors.
Larry has participated as a panelist on issues effecting small and diverse businesses, and has also spoken in support of increased utilization of diverse businesses in a global environment.
Larry has also been recognized for his efforts as an advocate for diverse suppliers, including being selected as The Minority Business Advocate of the Year by the CT. Minority Supplier Development Council.
Larry holds a B.S. Degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.