Vice President of Supply Chain and Purchasing
Michele Varian is vice president of supply chain and purchasing for the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®, part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and SONIC locations worldwide.
Varian is responsible for all aspects of supply chain management supporting SONIC, including purchasing, distribution, demand planning and supply chain. She recently implemented a new purchasing group to manage indirect spend for the corporate and franchise system.
Varian joined SONIC in 2014 with more than 20 years of experience in foodservice purchasing, distribution and finance. Before joining SONIC, Varian held positions with LSG Sky Chefs NAM, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Brinker International, Campbell Taggart (now part of the Bimbo Bakeries USA), Maybelline Products, Inc. and Yoplait USA – General Mills Company.
Varian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of North Texas, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager certification.
A member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) for 20 years, Varian has volunteered on various committees and served as the vice-chairperson of the volunteer recruitment and development committee as well as chairperson of the virtual events committee. In 2011, Varian was recognized as WFF Volunteer of the Year. She is currently a founding member of SONIC’s Women’s Leadership Network affinity group and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee at SONIC.
Varian serves on the Operations Committee for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Hope’s Kitchen Board and the newly formed Chain Restaurant Advisory Board for IFMA. She is a member of Class 37 of Leadership Oklahoma City, an organization with the mission to develop leaders for civic service.
In her spare time, Varian enjoys international travel with her husband, Dave, and researching family history. She has two grown children, Angela and David.