BDA Appoints Preston Akers Director of Product and Supply Chain Integrity
Bensussen Deutsch & Associates Inc. (BDA), the Woodinville, Washington-based merchandise agency of more than half the Fortune 50, announced it has named Preston Akers as director of product and supply chain integrity. With more than 30 years of experience in product sourcing and quality assurance, Akers brings a diverse skill-set to BDA, the industry leader in matters of compliance and safe manufacturing.
"Preston's passion and expertise will be an asset as BDA continues to advocate for greater product safety and quality control protocols," said Jay Deutsch, BDA co-founder and CEO. "He brings a global perspective, remarkable management acumen and integrity that will challenge our internal teams and undoubtedly inspire change and innovation in how our clients' products come to market."
Akers most recently served as the senior manager of quality and social responsibility at Progressive International. His background spans product and supply chain management, global sourcing, vendor relationship building, quality assurance, product testing and implementing social responsibility practices. Akers previously held positions at Eddie Bauer, Lands' End and Target.
"BDA is reshaping the way the branded merchandise industry looks at quality, safety compliance and environmental stewardship," Akers said. "From their rigorous factory auditing processes to their pivotal role in the formation of the Quality Certification Alliance, BDA's commitment to ethical sourcing and ensuring product safety is unrivaled."
Akers, an Ohio State University graduate, boasts extensive international experience. He has partnered with and developed businesses in 19 countries and more than 200 factories throughout the world.
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