Eric Watson Takes the Lead as New President of Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council

Apr 16, 2013, 08:30 ET from Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council announced that on April 15, Eric Watson will take the helm as the new president and CEO for the regional supplier diversity and economic development organization. Previously, Watson served as vice president of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for Delhaize America, which encompasses the Food Lion, Harvey's and Reid's brands, and grocery stores Bottom Dollar Food, Hannaford Brothers and Sweetbay Supermarkets.

Watson said, "CMSDC's role as a catalyst for enhancing corporate supplier diversity initiatives and expanding economic development for Minority Business Enterprises is invaluable. I'm excited about the opportunity of moving CMSDC forward by connecting our corporate members with minority enterprises to create an environment that is conducive to the bottom line in business." Watson has more than 30 years of experience in operations management and diversity and joined Food Lion as vice president of Diversity & Inclusion in October 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for: The Diversity Forum, Executive Leadership Council, University of North Carolina-Center for International Understanding, and Lead Partner of the UNC-Chapel Hill Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Corporate Advisory Partners Group.

Chiquitha Lloyd, CMSDC board chair said, "We're pleased to officially welcome Eric Watson to the CMSDC family and to support his vision for advancing supplier diversity in the Carolinas. His vast experience in operations and diverse supplier development will only strengthen our ability to sustain business growth and promote business development in North and South Carolina."

The Carolinas MSDC is a non-profit corporation chartered to enhance business opportunities for minority-owned companies by providing support through developing mutually beneficial networking opportunities with corporate members and promoting minority business development. To learn more about CMSDC, visit online at

SOURCE Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council