Lamont Robinson

Lamont Robinson
Vice President, Supplier Diversity, Nielsen

Lamont Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania through the A Better Chance college preparatory program. He then returned to Illinois to attend Lake Forest College, in Lake Forest, Illinois. After graduating from LFC, he went on to work for the Lake County Forest Preserves while obtaining his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.  After receiving his MBA, he moved on to work for Abbott Laboratories in 2000 as a Senior Purchasing Agent. In 2004, Lamont was part of Abbott’s spin-off, Hospira, as a Senior Purchasing Agent and Small Business Liaison Officer.

In September 2004, Lamont joined Cardinal Health as the Corporate Director of Supplier Diversity where he was responsible for assisting Group Purchasing Organizations with their supplier diversity programs. He then relocated from Illinois to Texas in 2007 to join VHA, Inc. (a national healthcare alliance), to create its supplier diversity program as their Director of Business Development and Supplier Diversity. In 2009, he was promoted as the Senior Director of Supplier Diversity for Novation. At Novation, Lamont directly oversaw the supplier diversity programs for Novation, VHA and Provista (Novation’s sister company), as well as provided support to UHC.

Lamont was honored as one of the nation’s 8 catalysts for supplier diversity professionals from 2000 - 2010 by the Minority Business News USA magazine, as well as led Novation’s supplier diversity program (which was honored by the same magazine as one of the top 101 supplier diversity programs in 2010 and 2011). Lamont received the 2010 Corris Boyd Leadership and Diversity award from the Federation of American Hospitals, which recognizes an individual or company that has made an outstanding contribution in fostering leadership and workplace diversity in the health care industry.

In 2012, Lamont joined Nielsen as the Vice President of Supplier Diversity. His passion for supplier diversity allows him to incorporate creativity into solutions needed for Nielsen constituents. He was honored by MBN magazine as one of the Top 75 Leading Men in Corporate Diversity from 2014 to 2017, and by the same magazine as leading one of the top 101 supplier diversity programs for all years as well. Nielsen’s program was honored by Black EOE Journal as being one of the Top Supplier Diversity Programs for African Americans and by Women’s Enterprise USA magazine as one of WE Corporations of the Year from 2014 to 2017. The National Veteran Owned Business Association honored Lamont with the 2017 Corporate Veteran Champion Award. In 2014, Lamont authored his autobiography “TransformNational: Journey of a Bastard” which details his personal experiences in overcoming challenges on Chicago’s violent West Side to achieve success.