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David Aquino '93

David Aquino '93

CEO and Founder
Certain Supply

David Aquino created Certain Supply as a solution to the PPE shortages our nation experienced in 2020. With nearly 30 years of experience in supply chain leadership, operations, and IT, and with a background in the fashion industry, David was able to utilize his experience, knowledge, and resources to launch Certain Supply as a leading high-quality, effective, and ethical manufacturer in the PPE industry. Leveraging his network created as the COO of SharkNinja and COO/CIO of Barco Uniforms, he was able to quickly source factories and distributors all over the world to produce and provide PPE products for healthcare workers, businesses, and individuals. Aquino’s mission was to develop safety-specific supply chains quickly, ethically, and responsibly for each high-demand protective product, and that is what he delivered with Certain Supply.

Before his new company, he was COO of Careismatic. In addition, Aquino was executive vice president of global operations & IT of SharkNinja, a large household appliance company based in Needham, M.A. Aquino was a critical player in driving business cross-functionally and globally. Aquino prepared the business for significant international growth by building a scalable, international infrastructure.

Aquino was executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief information officer at Barco Uniforms, where he focused on strategy formulation, process development, organizational design, and daily execution that delivered consistently strong results across product development, global sourcing, supply chain planning, manufacturing, distribution, quality assurance, and enterprise technology.

Aquino has led global and technological improvement initiatives in supply chain, operations, and technology, while building strong partnerships throughout his distinguished career at such companies as Unilever, Pepsi, Scholastic, Aramark, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Aquino also spent several years conducting research and advising Fortune 500 organizations on best practices in supply chain management and technology while at Gartner Research.

Aquino earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing at Syracuse University and his M.S. in administration from Fordham University. Aquino has previously taught as an adjunct professor of supply chain management in Northeastern University’s MBA program and is currently serving as chair of the Advisory Board of the H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management at Syracuse University.