Christy Morton

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

Plant Manager, Burt’s Bees
The Clorox Company

Working in a manufacturing plant is a way of life. The pace is fast and the challenges are many. The coworkers become like a family.  It is where the intangible becomes tangible and where diverse people work together to achieve goals that they individually never dreamed was possible.

Christy is a supply chain professional whose career has spanned many manufacturing roles, culminating in her current position as a Clorox Plant Manager with over 200 direct employees. In her 27-year career, she has worked in four manufacturing plants with three different Fortune 500 companies. She has a Chemical Engineering degree from NCSU.

In her 12+ years at Clorox, she has proven the value of plant operations to every aspect of the business. Christy’s plant is known for its success across an array of key performance metrics. It achieves world-class safety results and an outstanding “zero waste to landfill” record, all while delivering record Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) manufacturing of over 350 products distributed in more than 50 countries.

Christy is a strong role model for plant employees, especially women in manufacturing roles. She has served as mentor for the Supply Chain Leadership and Development Program (SCLDP), a structured rotational program that Clorox uses for select new employees. As part of this program, new supply chain professionals move through various assignments, including manufacturing, sourcing, engineering, quality and logistics. Christy regularly meets with the team to review what they’ve learned and help them adapt to changing assignments so they can advance quickly. The SCLDP program has had over 30 supply chain professionals (more than half of them female) move through the program in the past few years, and Christy’s role has been invaluable.

Christy stands behind the Clorox value of “Do the Right Thing,” especially through Burt’s Bees, a Clorox company, and its “Greater Good” initiative. She leads the plant in supporting this vision by participating and encouraging others to take part in its community service activities.  Burt’s Bees is a huge supporter of Habitat for Humanity and members of her team have built houses, playgrounds and community gardens. Her entire plant recently participated in volunteer work at the NC Food Bank, Rise Hunger Now and NC Parks Clean-up.

Christy is married to her husband, John, for over 25 years. They have three children, including twins, who are all currently in college. She has been active in their high school PTSA as well as her church. She enjoys traveling, hiking, boating and running. Christy has completed one marathon, eight half-marathons and numerous 5Ks.