10. Thomas Udesen ─ Chief Procurement Officer, Bayer

Germany-based Thomas Udesen has been involved in the managing procurement teams at Bayer for over seven years now. Last year, Bayer procured goods and services from 86,400 suppliers for approximately €17.6 billion, so Udesen is a true procurement heavyweight. He gained a masters from the Cranfield School of Management, perhaps the most famous procurement education institution in Europe. He then went onto hone his procurement expertise in multiple roles at consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson. Going forward, he says a top priority for Bayer is passionately supporting and facilitating both the personal and professional development of its people.