Helene York

Chief Procurement Officer, Guckenheimer Enterprises;
Faculty Member, Food Business School, Culinary Institute of America

Helene York is a supply chain innovator with global and national experience, and currently serves as chief procurement officer at Guckenheimer Enterprises. From 2012-2017, York oversaw procurement and initiatives in water, waste, and energy as global director of responsible business for Compass Group at Google.  Prior to that she was national director of purchasing strategy and director of strategic initiatives for Bon Appetit Management Company.

Impatient with supply chains “as is,” York works to understand what motivates suppliers and to partner with them on making significant improvements. She has developed new produce, seafood, meat, chocolate, and coffee supply chains for large-scale contract catering services, and has visited countless farms, fisheries, and processors. Her deep passion is in helping create channels for byproducts dismissed as “waste,” or sea vegetables (“eat what fish eat”).

York started her career in food promoting sustainable seafood to chefs who, along with supply chain managers, are the ‘choice editors’ of our food system and the real levers of change. Helene has served on the board of FishChoice and Humane Farm Animal Care, been named an international Seafood Champion by SeaWeb, and presented to audiences at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Commonwealth Club. She wrote for The Atlantic online (Food Channel) for 4 years. Helene graduated from Harvard College and the Yale School of Management. Give her a choice of eating oysters or anything else, and those little creatures – raw, fried, on a salad, or in a soufflé – will always win.

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