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Anthony Donofrio, a Chief Supply Chain Officer, to Receive Award from NJIT

Anthony B. Donofrio, chief supply chain officer for Linens ‘n Things, will receive an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Donofrio will receive the award during the college’s annual NCE Awards Banquet, scheduled for April 8, 2005, at the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel.

NCE is one of six colleges that constitute NJIT. 

Donofrio, of Teaneck, has built a successful business career on the foundation of a solid NCE education and is cited as a role model for current NCE students. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (1976) and a master’s degree in engineering management (1981) from NCE.  While attending NCE, he was president of the Theta Chi Fraternity, and vice president of the Inner-Fraternity Council.  He also received a medal for varsity wrestling, and won a medal from the National Association of International Athletics.

Donofrio is recognized for outstanding bottom-line results and share growth at several Fortune 50 companies, with a career record of exceeding business targets, spearheading business, manufacturing and new product strategies and redesigning global supply chains.

Linens ‘n Things, Clifton, is one of the leading national retailers of home textiles, house wares and decorative home accessories, operating more than 400 stores in 45 states and four Canadian provinces. Donofrio reports to the company’s CEO and is responsible for procurement, infrastructure development, vendor operations, inventory management, global logistics and business process re-engineering.

Throughout his career, Donofrio has had a solid record of exceeding business targets and producing impressive results.  Previously, he held senior supply chain responsibilities at Sears Holdings (formerly KMART) and Michaels Stores. At Merck, as vice president of Operations and Engineering, he led the operations and infrastructure redesign strategy for a $15 billion mail order drug dispensing division.  Prior to that, he worked for Pepsico, where he received the coveted Pepsico Chairman’s Award for leading the manufacturing redesign strategy and migration plan for mass customization operating platforms.

He and his wife, Victoria, have a daughter, Samantha

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