Karyn Runstrom assumed her current position as the Deputy Director, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Information Operations (J6) on Nov. 10, 2019. She is responsible for supporting the DLA Chief Information Officer in executive level oversight, management, and leadership of all DLA Information Operations programs, resources, and people supporting DLA and its global mission.
Her previous assignment was as the Deputy, Executive Director, Logistics, Policy and Strategic Programs Directorate (J34) for DLA Logistics Operations (J3). As deputy, she was responsible for development and dissemination of enterprise-wide policy of key business and supply chain management functions for order fulfillment, planning, stock positioning, retail sustainment, transportation, distribution network, disposition, technical/quality, and logistics research and development functions. J34 conducts research and analysis to provide DLA leadership with fact-based insights that shape policy development and support informed decisions internal to DLA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff and Military Service partnership programs and initiatives.
Prior to her deputy position, Ms. Runstrom served as the J62P Portfolio Manager, Center of Planning Excellence. In this role, she led an Agency-wide Planning transformation initiative to integrate J3 operations and J6 information technology to deliver value added logistics systemic solutions to our nation’s warfighters. Her focus centered on tighter integration among J6, J3 and relevant stakeholders, cost effective and maintainable IT solutions, agile response to change and value driven prioritization of delivery. She previously served as the Program Manager for the Agency’s Planning Improvement Effort. In this role, Ms. Runstrom transformed the Planning Process Area to increase demand forecast accuracy of customer requirements, improve the end user experience with simplified tool sets and provide system capabilities to influence outcomes.
Ms. Runstrom also served as Retail Integration Branch Chief and successfully led the Inventory Management and Stock Positioning initiative, under the DoD’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) mandate. This effort specifically entailed the integration of DLA and Navy Enterprise Resource Planning systems and the re-engineering of operation processes and information technology to improve warfighter support at the Navy Fleet Readiness Centers.
Ms. Runstrom began her tenure with DLA Troop Support in 2001. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Philadelphia University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Penn State University, where she graduated in 2001.