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#121 Process and Supply Chain Traceability with Grainne Lynch

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Most people don’t know what a “traceability expert” is, but they appreciate the importance of knowing how products are made – from initial creation to distribution. Linda Rigano’s guest is Grainne Lynch, who heads up Supply Chain Traceability for Accenture’s newly acquired ESP Enterprise System Partners Group. Grainne started her career writing software for a firm in the maritime logistics industry. Supported by an incredible work ethic and strong mentors, Grainne worked her way up to be one of the first female specialists in serialization and supply chain traceability in the EU. Grainne helps manufacturers to digitize their supply chains so they can track every step of a product’s life cycle – from production of raw materials – to final distribution to the consumer. Today, she is focused on the pharmaceutical industry. Grainne comes from a long line of strong role models – and farming influences where she was first introduced to traceability in food. She credits her classic “Irish” mother with giving her a master class in multi-tasking. Grainne is able to juggle being a recognized traceability expert at Accenture with her true passion – her three children and husband. She is also an athlete and in her little spare time enjoys rock climbing.


Linda Rigano

Linda Rigano is the Principal Consultant of The Rigano Group. Her expertise and enthusiasm for strategic and effective communication permeate all that she does as a consultant to B2B and B2C technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and publishing organizations to improve business performance and stakeholder relationships by building highly successful and measurable communications programs.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Linda has excelled in helping organizations advance the discussion of important industry issues. She was central to the development and promotion of ThomasNet’s annual Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey on the state of manufacturing, the ThomasNet/ISM “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program, and ThomasNet’s North American Scholarship Program. Linda also served as Director of Strategic Alliances for ThomasNet, and for many years was the Publisher of the Thomas Food Industry Register.

Throughout her career, Linda has been an active participant and presenter for manufacturing, supply management, and business associations. She is widely quoted in business and trade media, including Bloomberg BusinessweekNightly Business Report, and Industry Today. Linda holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University.

Connect with Linda Rigano on LinkedIn.


Grainne Lynch

Grainne Lynch has a passion for connecting people and systems using the latest technologies, so it really is no surprise that Grainne works in supply chain. Grainne has worked as an IT System Consultant in the transport, logistics and supply chain sectors for nearly 2 decades, in research organizations, boutique consultancies, and now for Accenture. Currently, Grainne is managing anti-counterfeit implementation in the pharmaceutical industry and she specializes in Trace and Trace systems.

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