Meet Nengi Krukrubo '00

Nengi Krukrubo ‘00 graduated from Ohio State University in 2003 with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and is now the Chief Supply Chain Officer and Senior Vice President for Apria Healthcare. With great success in his career after leaving Ohio State, Nengi now lives in Orange County, CA with his wife, Lille, and their three children: Ava, Alex-Landry, and Ariella. He enjoys spending his time with his family, attending his daughter’s tennis tournaments, and writing publicly about his leadership journey in the corporate world.

Nengi began his journey in the medical device industry at GE Healthcare, and has quickly progressed through diverse roles of increasing responsibility over the past two decades– holding positions in the fields of energy, aerospace, and industrial distribution. While beginning to make a a name for himself at GE, Nengi was concurrently working toward his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, which he successfully obtained in 2009. Experience, education, and a strong passion for leadership have brought Nengi countless career achievements over the years.

The highlight of Nengi’s journey so far has been taking on a general management role at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. He led operations in-person each day in a manufacturing environment, all while tackling the health and safety concerns of over 250 teammates who were facing a turnaround. “It gave me a deep understanding of the challenges we face as humans balancing work, kids, and aging parents, all whole trying to motivate large teams toward a shared goal,” says Nengi of this experience. 

As an undergraduate, Nengi was incredibly active in both Sigma Phi Epsilon and the campus community. Fulfilling the positions of Vice President of Recruitment and Vice President of Programming within the chapter, he also held the role of President for the National Society for Black Engineers. “Sig Ep was a terrific experience and a chance to build something special while I was at college,” says Nengi, “The chapter shaped my interpersonal skills and ability to build consensus around legacy-defining change.” He gives the following advice to any current or future undergraduates: “Take advantage of the opportunities to contribute, and practice leading change while building lifelong friendships.”