Lynne Sprugel is a visionary Retail Product and Supply Chain Executive, Advisor, Speaker, Thought Leader, and Board Member with more than 30 years of success across the retail, higher education, and apparel & fashion industries. Her areas of expertise include global supply chain management, branding, product development, quality assurance, global sourcing, production management, logistics, sourcing/factory compliance, Asian operations, and supply chain software solutions.
Lynne holds a leadership position as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of abuzz global LLC, which is an advisory firm for businesses needing global supply chain solutions, foresight supply chain risk management planning, and cross-functional supply chain training.
Lynne has also served as the Vice President and Managing Director of International Sourcing Operations for Academy International Ltd based in Hong Kong for six years where she focused on sourcing, production, quality assurance, logistics, and factory compliance. She developed and executed six years of Asian sourcing plan, opening an Asia Hub office in Hong Kong and created a dedicated quality assurance team in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangladesh.
Lynne additionally led as the Vice President of Global Sourcing for Academy Sports + Outdoors as well as the Senior Director of Import and Domestic Logistics and Compliance. Prior to joining Academy, Lynne was Vice President--International Sourcing, Quality Assurance, Logistics, and Compliance for Jerell Ltd., the womenswear division of The Haggar Clothing Co. At JCPenney Purchasing Corporation in Dallas, TX, Lynne managed International Sourcing and Customs Broker Operations/Payment Processing. She also worked for Norman Krieger Customs Brokerage in Los Angeles, and Radio Shack Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lynne obtained her Doctor of Business Administration in Management Science (Supply Chain) from the City University of Hong Kong, a Master of Business Administration in International Management from the University of Dallas. She has also received a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Texas Christian University.
She has attended Executive Education courses at University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Cambridge-Lucy Cavendish College, University of Houston, and GMI Sustainability training. Lynne has been an Adjunct Instructor at several U.S. universities, and continues at University of Dallas, teaching Global Strategy at the Gupta College of Business MBA program. Lynne is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker.
Lynne is a Vice Chair—Hong Kong American Chamber of Commerce-Apparel, Footwear, and Supply Chain Committee; is Vice President and on the Board of Directors of Americas Apparel Producers Network (AAPN), and member of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA). She is an advisor for Texas Tech University-Dept of Design, Apparel Design, and Manufacturing. She has also spoken at many events and universities such as the recent University of Dallas Leadership Lab webinar on ‘The Current State of Supply Chain’, Spieckerman Retail, PI Apparel-Hong Kong, Inside Fashion HK Summit, Fashion Transformer, and CBX Global Sourcing Days. Lynne loves sports, playing the flute, and monitoring global current events.