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John Lathion

Emerging Leaders 13-15
EL - John Lathion

Name:   John Lathion
Title:    Senior Project Manager 
Organization:    Cigna/Express Scripts
Sector:   Supply Chain, Retail Network Operations


1)     How did you get started in project management?

At a very pivotal moment in my career, I was fortunate enough to work for a senior leader who also took me under her wing as a mentee. Her background was in project management; specifically, Six Sigma. Witnessing the value that project management brought into initiatives, and operations lit a fire within me that will most likely burn forever.


2)      What is your favorite project that you worked on or would like to work on?

One of my favorite projects that I have been a part of is ironically one that I am currently helping to lead. Not only will it create operational efficiencies and increase margins, it will also directly create value for our customers; hitting that sweet spot is truly rewarding.


3)      What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job are the relationships that I build along the way. People are our most important asset, and finding ways to be of service to them while also delivering value back to the business is a dream come true.


4)      Where do you see yourself professionally in the next 3-5 years?

In the next 3-5 years, I see myself helping organizations transition towards the culture shifts, and business outcomes they desire.


5)    Who is a leader that you admire and why?

o A leader that I have come to admire is Katie Walsh, VP of the Retail Network Operations group here at Express Scripts. Witnessing her help people shift their focus between the "big picture" view, and the details required for precise execution is absolutely humbling; it appears to happen effortlessly for her. If there was a "gold standard" for people leadership, she would be it

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