Joset B. Wright, a former procurement executive, has been named president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Wright will succeed Harriet R. Michel, who will retire June 30 after 22 years at the helm of the corporate membership organization.


“We are pleased to have a leader of Wright’s caliber as the next president of NMSDC,” said Richard A. Hughes, chairman of the NMSDC executive committee, who led the national search committee. “Her executive experience, knowledge of procurement and strong understanding of the value of minority supplier development will be instrumental in NMSDC’s expansion.”

Currently, Wright is the executive director of Orchard Village, a not-for-profit organization that supports people with disabilities. Prior to that, she was vice president and managing director at The Hollins Group, a minority-owned executive retained search firm in Chicago.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to join a dynamic organization like NMSDC,” said Wright. “I spent a large part of my corporate career in procurement and supplier diversity, and I’m looking forward to helping NMSDC grow its mission of connecting minority businesses with corporate America.”

Wright spent 13 years at Ameritech. Most recently, she was president of Ameritech Illinois, where she was responsible for all regulatory, legislative and external relations activities following the merger of Ameritech Corporation and SBC Corp. At the time, Ameritech Illinois was the largest communications company in Illinois, with $4.5 billion in annual operating revenues. Prior to that, she was vice president of procurement and property services at Ameritech Corp., where she oversaw the operation of all corporate support services, including procurement, real estate operation and security services. Wright is an attorney. She served as vice president and general counsel for Ameri­tech Enhanced Business Services and Indiana Bell.

Wright received a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and a juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

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