Lara Nichols, CPSM is the current Head of Global Procurement at Flatiron Health, where she is transforming their procurement team and function. She also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for Innovecture.
Prior to Flatiron, Lara served as a strategic partner to key leaders throughout Deluxe Corp and focused on transforming the end-to-end procurement function. She held the responsibility of developing Deluxe’s global supply management and strategic sourcing strategy and roadmap, minimizing the cost of products/services while optimizing service, inventory levels and profit margins.
Following a long history in strategic operations development and planning at well-known global companies such as Tyco International, Merck Pharmaceuticals and Wells Fargo Corporation, Lara spent the last year transforming Deluxe’s procurement function. Prior to Deluxe Lara devoted seven years to NFP Corp, a provider of benefits, insurance and wealth management brokerage services, building the company’s first ever strategic office services plan as senior vice president, head of procurement and managing director of the Alterity Group in New York.
Lara obtained post-graduate certification in technology coordination & IT training from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has a bachelor of science degree in marketing education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
With strengths in organizational leadership and development, process engineering, complex business transformation, global business services and outsourcing, enterprise technology planning and implementation and design for ESG ideation and integration, Lara’s expertise spans all facets of corporate operations. Lara’s proficiencies extend into merger, acquisition and divestiture activities through her engagement in more than 500 successful transactions in banking, industrial manufacturing, services and fintech industries.
Lara has served on numerous advisory councils, industry roundtables and leadership committees around the world. She is an active member of Chief, a network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders, and serves as a volunteer leader with the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Lara loves supporting next-generation operations leaders through her engagements with Rutgers University, Howard University, GenHERation, scholarship selection programs, and student case competitions.