MICHAEL
KRESS

MICHAEL
KRESS

Global Director of Supply Chain Design, New York, USA.
Global Director of Supply Chain Design, New York, USA.

500 BEER BRANDS. 50 COUNTRIES.
COUNTLESS CHALLENGES.

Heard of our Global MBA program? Our Global Director of Supply Chain Design at AB InBev, Michael’s travelled the globe with his projects at AB InBev ever since graduating our GMBA in 2015 – sometimes on paper, and sometimes on a plane. Now setting up a team in Leuven, Belgium, he explains the challenges of working through worldwide problems with innovative solutions.

Same day, different country

For Michael, no day at AB InBev is the same. As a Global Director of Supply Chain Design, there’s a world map of challenges that need solving every minute of the day – so there’s no time for small talk. “I can spend one day talking about the details of our model, and really getting into the technical analytics. Or, I can spend time thinking about the distribution strategy in a major city, like Mexico City. Or think about whether we should be opening or closing breweries in China to optimize our global footprint – and that can all happen in three hours, in different meetings,” Michael explains.

It might sound exhausting, but when you love what you do, it’s anything but. “It’s a very dynamic, fast-paced type of day that makes my job super exciting. You never know exactly what to expect each day at AB In Bev.” As a graduate of our Global MBA program, Michael joined AB InBev in New York on our global last-mile logistics team, focusing on improving service for our customers. After two and a half years, new doors and international opportunities opened for Michael – including setting up a team in Belgium, the heart of beer culture. 

Making the last mile matter

Thinking globally goes hand-in-hand with thinking big – which is why Michael relishes the opportunity to bring innovative new ideas to every detail of logistics worldwide. “One of my favorite projects was focusing on our last mile logistics in Brazil, figuring out how our drivers can be more on time with their deliveries.” 

Though the problem might sound small, the impact to driver and customer satisfaction was huge. After discussing the factors that can slow down deliveries of the world’s best beers, like weather changes or traffic delays, Michael launched a smartphone application designed just for drivers. “It was designed to help drivers figure out the right sequence to visit their customers. With this application, we were able to help drivers be more on time and finish their day faster, while providing a better service for our customers.” 

Building a global career

Having built a career around the world with AB InBev, it’s no surprise that Michael a big advocate for the GMBA program. “The GMBA program is a great way to enter the company. It was critical for me to get this new opportunity here in Belgium,” says Mike. “It’s a program for people who are ready to challenge the status quo and come up new ideas to change the way we do business.” 

No matter where his career at AB InBev takes him, Michael’s ready to push the boundaries of what world-class beer can do worldwide. “One of the things that’s really special about AB InBev is that it doesn’t put limits on yourself, your career or what we can do as a company. It’s a company that’s open to new ideas, new thoughts. And that’s a really exciting place to work.”

 

Heard of our Global MBA program? It’s taken Michael all over the world to solve a diverse range of challenges – and propelled him to his role as Global Director of Supply Chain Design.