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Top 10 Procurement Executives Worldwide

Supply Chain Digital looks at ten of the leading procurement executives from around the world, in no particular order

10 | Rob Halsall

Halsall became the youngest Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (FCIPS) in 2011. An experienced procurement professional, he previously managed procurement at Commonwealth Bank and was the CPO of Westpac New Zealand until July 2019. Halsall led the transformation of the procurement function at the company with a strategic focus on embedding business partner engagement, improving value creation and forming trusted advisor status. Although no longer a current procurement executive, Halsall won multiple procurement awards over the years and is still well-regarded in the industry.

Position: Managing Director at The Executive Athlete

Recognition: CIPS Australasia People Capability Development Winner 2019, CIPS Australasia Risk Mitigation Award Winner 2019, EY Procurement Professional of the Year 2018 (New Zealand), Asia Pacific Procurement Leader of the Year 2018 & CIPS Australasia Procurement Professional of the Year 2018

9 | Waleed Al Saeedi

As part of his role as Director of Procurement at Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA), Al Saeedi manages, monitors and oversees procurement, contracts and Supplier Relationship Management for TCA’s corporate requirements. He looks after the entire procurement function across the organisation and looks to deliver value where possible. With over 17 years’ experience in the procurement space, Al Saeedi is the former Chairman of the CIPS MENA Strategic Advisory Board and remains committed to Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Economic Vision.

Position: Director of Procurement at Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Recognition: Shortlist on Procurement Leader Award

8 | Hervé Le Faou

An experienced procurement professional, Le Faou has been at Heineken since 2016. He leads Heineken’s procurement transformation and helps his firm create a world-class strategic sourcing community. He manages a €13bn ($14.3bn) spend with a team of 1,000 across 75 markets. Heineken was announced as the winner of The GEP Procurement Team Award at the World Procurement Awards 2019 and Le Faou has also made CIPS Procurement Power List 2019.

Position: Chief Procurement Officer at Heineken

Recognition: CIPS “Procurement Power List 2019” & The GEP Procurement Team Award

7 | Bob Murphy

The recipient of the Procurement Leader Award in 2018, Murphy has been the Chief Procurement Officer at IBM since 2014. Having been with the company his whole career, Murphy helps oversee the firm’s Watson computer to analyse suppliers, rate contracts and manage risk. “The first day I joined procurement I knew I wanted to be the CPO,” comments Murphy. “For me procurement is awesome, procurement is fun. We all have a job and a role in convincing the millennials and the talent coming in how awesome and impactful procurement is.”

Position: Chief Procurement Officer at IBM

Recognition: The Smart Cube Procurement Leader Award 2018

6 | Wael Safwat

Since becoming the Director of Procurement (North America) at Black & McDonald in 2017, Safwat has been responsible for transforming the company’s procurement function. As part of his role, he has helped drive the development of a centre-led procurement organisation to support 12 companies across construction, facilities management, power generation, nuclear and renewable energy. Safwat is focused around accelerating procurement across Black & McDonald in a bid to enhance value creation through effective category management, strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, operational excellence, technology enablement and people development. Safwat is also the Chairman of CIPS Canada Branch.

Position: Director of Procurement (North America) at Black & McDonald

Recognition: Winner of the Lifetime Achievement EPIC Procurement Excellence Award 2018

5 | Gordon Tytler

Tytler’s firm were announced as the overall winners of CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019. Tytler is responsible for administrating Rolls-Royce’s $9bn annual spend ethically and sustainably. He acts as the strategic and functional leader across all three of Rolls-Royce’s divisions: civil aerospace, defence aerospace and power systems, as well as the group for indirect purchases. “Procurement is very much a people and knowledge-based organisation,” says Tytler. “The tools allow us to operate more efficiently, effectively and to enable us to link with our suppliers. But, the key differentiator for successful procurement is its people.”

Position: Director of Procurement at Rolls-Royce

Recognition: Rolls-Royce was voted the overall winner of CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019

4 | Karen Dawson

An experienced professional in the industry, Dawson was announced as EY’s Procurement Professional of the Year in 2019. Having joined the Ministry of Education in 2015, she previously worked for Inland Revenue and the Department for Work and Pensions. She is a member of several professional procurement groups, is in charge of an internal procurement network group and a mentor in the MBIE’s developing procurement leaders programme.

Position: Chief Procurement Officer at the Ministry of Education of New Zealand

Recognition: Winner of EY’s Procurement Professional of the Year 2019 (New Zealand)

3 | Sebastian Chua

With over 20 years of experience in the procurement space within the indirect procurement and project sourcing domains, Chua worked for Agilent Technologies, Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise before joining Health Promotion Board in 2013. Over the past several years, Chua has helped transform public procurement to become the best-in-class procurement practice. He helped shift the procurement influence from an ad-hoc business relationship to a strategic partner and problem solver in achieving business success. He is also an industrial speaker at the National University of Singapore, The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific and Nanyang Business School. Chua was announced as the winner of the APAC Procurement Leader Award 2019. Individually, Chua has also won the CIPS Asia Procurement Professional of the Year 2017, was recognised as the Supply Chain Professional of the Year 2017 and won the Singapore Public Service Innovation Champion Award 2018. 

Position: Head of Procurement at Health Promotion Board

Recognition: Winner of “Procurement Leader Award” (APAC)

2 | Gary Foster

It’s been quite the year for Foster. In 2019, he picked up three awards: The World Procurement Leader Award, The Americas Procurement Leader Award and also won the Best Procurement Team Performance. A highly experienced supply chain professional, Foster spent 22 years at Anheuser-Busch in several procurement roles before moving onto RELX and then subsequently Highmark Health in 2016. Over the past few years, Foster has helped overhaul the company’s existing structure to make it as efficient as possible and created a team that consistently performs in cost savings, cycle times and supplier diversity. 

Position: Vice President Procurement at Highmark Health

Recognition: Winner of The Smart Cube Procurement Leader Award & The Americas Procurement Leader Award 2019

1 | Patrick Dunne

Crowned Leader of the Year at the prestigious CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019, Dunne is responsible for all of Sainsbury’s’ procurement, as well as leading its cost base transformation. A graduate from the University of Ulster, Dunne spent almost 10 years as the Senior Vice President, Chief Property and Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance prior to joining Sainsbury’s. As part of his role with the latter, Dunne challenges the traditional role of the company’s procurement department from a service provider into a major value-adding contributor to the bottom-line and realises ambitious targets for procurement synergies and savings, in addition to leading an end-to-end review of the group’s cost base. Upon winning the award, the judges said: “Patrick’s acute commercial acumen and leadership has transformed procurement and supply in several large multi-national brands with a real focus on developing people and raising the bar for the function. He is an inspirational leader who regularly gives back to the profession, demonstrating procurements value beyond its more traditional roots.”

Position: Director of Group Property, Procurement and Cost Transformation at Sainsbury’s 

Recognition: Leader of the Year at CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019

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10 | Rob Halsall

Halsall became the youngest Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (FCIPS) in 2011. An experienced procurement professional, he previously managed procurement at Commonwealth Bank and was the CPO of Westpac New Zealand until July 2019. Halsall led the transformation of the procurement function at the company with a strategic focus on embedding business partner engagement, improving value creation and forming trusted advisor status. Although no longer a current procurement executive, Halsall won multiple procurement awards over the years and is still well-regarded in the industry.

Position: Managing Director at The Executive Athlete

Recognition: CIPS Australasia People Capability Development Winner 2019, CIPS Australasia Risk Mitigation Award Winner 2019, EY Procurement Professional of the Year 2018 (New Zealand), Asia Pacific Procurement Leader of the Year 2018 & CIPS Australasia Procurement Professional of the Year 2018

9 | Waleed Al Saeedi

As part of his role as Director of Procurement at Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA), Al Saeedi manages, monitors and oversees procurement, contracts and Supplier Relationship Management for TCA’s corporate requirements. He looks after the entire procurement function across the organisation and looks to deliver value where possible. With over 17 years’ experience in the procurement space, Al Saeedi is the former Chairman of the CIPS MENA Strategic Advisory Board and remains committed to Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Economic Vision.

Position: Director of Procurement at Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Recognition: Shortlist on Procurement Leader Award

8 | Hervé Le Faou

An experienced procurement professional, Le Faou has been at Heineken since 2016. He leads Heineken’s procurement transformation and helps his firm create a world-class strategic sourcing community. He manages a €13bn ($14.3bn) spend with a team of 1,000 across 75 markets. Heineken was announced as the winner of The GEP Procurement Team Award at the World Procurement Awards 2019 and Le Faou has also made CIPS Procurement Power List 2019.

Position: Chief Procurement Officer at Heineken

Recognition: CIPS “Procurement Power List 2019” & The GEP Procurement Team Award

7 | Bob Murphy

The recipient of the Procurement Leader Award in 2018, Murphy has been the Chief Procurement Officer at IBM since 2014. Having been with the company his whole career, Murphy helps oversee the firm’s Watson computer to analyse suppliers, rate contracts and manage risk. “The first day I joined procurement I knew I wanted to be the CPO,” comments Murphy. “For me procurement is awesome, procurement is fun. We all have a job and a role in convincing the millennials and the talent coming in how awesome and impactful procurement is.”

Position: Chief Procurement Officer at IBM

Recognition: The Smart Cube Procurement Leader Award 2018

6 | Wael Safwat

Since becoming the Director of Procurement (North America) at Black & McDonald in 2017, Safwat has been responsible for transforming the company’s procurement function. As part of his role, he has helped drive the development of a centre-led procurement organisation to support 12 companies across construction, facilities management, power generation, nuclear and renewable energy. Safwat is focused around accelerating procurement across Black & McDonald in a bid to enhance value creation through effective category management, strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, operational excellence, technology enablement and people development. Safwat is also the Chairman of CIPS Canada Branch.

Position: Director of Procurement (North America) at Black & McDonald

Recognition: Winner of the Lifetime Achievement EPIC Procurement Excellence Award 2018

5 | Gordon Tytler

Tytler’s firm were announced as the overall winners of CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019. Tytler is responsible for administrating Rolls-Royce’s $9bn annual spend ethically and sustainably. He acts as the strategic and functional leader across all three of Rolls-Royce’s divisions: civil aerospace, defence aerospace and power systems, as well as the group for indirect purchases. “Procurement is very much a people and knowledge-based organisation,” says Tytler. “The tools allow us to operate more efficiently, effectively and to enable us to link with our suppliers. But, the key differentiator for successful procurement is its people.”

Position: Director of Procurement at Rolls-Royce

Recognition: Rolls-Royce was voted the overall winner of CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019

4 | Karen Dawson

An experienced professional in the industry, Dawson was announced as EY’s Procurement Professional of the Year in 2019. Having joined the Ministry of Education in 2015, she previously worked for Inland Revenue and the Department for Work and Pensions. She is a member of several professional procurement groups, is in charge of an internal procurement network group and a mentor in the MBIE’s developing procurement leaders programme.

Position: Chief Procurement Officer at the Ministry of Education of New Zealand

Recognition: Winner of EY’s Procurement Professional of the Year 2019 (New Zealand)

3 | Sebastian Chua

With over 20 years of experience in the procurement space within the indirect procurement and project sourcing domains, Chua worked for Agilent Technologies, Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise before joining Health Promotion Board in 2013. Over the past several years, Chua has helped transform public procurement to become the best-in-class procurement practice. He helped shift the procurement influence from an ad-hoc business relationship to a strategic partner and problem solver in achieving business success. He is also an industrial speaker at the National University of Singapore, The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific and Nanyang Business School. Chua was announced as the winner of the APAC Procurement Leader Award 2019. Individually, Chua has also won the CIPS Asia Procurement Professional of the Year 2017, was recognised as the Supply Chain Professional of the Year 2017 and won the Singapore Public Service Innovation Champion Award 2018. 

Position: Head of Procurement at Health Promotion Board

Recognition: Winner of “Procurement Leader Award” (APAC)

2 | Gary Foster

It’s been quite the year for Foster. In 2019, he picked up three awards: The World Procurement Leader Award, The Americas Procurement Leader Award and also won the Best Procurement Team Performance. A highly experienced supply chain professional, Foster spent 22 years at Anheuser-Busch in several procurement roles before moving onto RELX and then subsequently Highmark Health in 2016. Over the past few years, Foster has helped overhaul the company’s existing structure to make it as efficient as possible and created a team that consistently performs in cost savings, cycle times and supplier diversity. 

Position: Vice President Procurement at Highmark Health

Recognition: Winner of The Smart Cube Procurement Leader Award & The Americas Procurement Leader Award 2019

1 | Patrick Dunne

Crowned Leader of the Year at the prestigious CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019, Dunne is responsible for all of Sainsbury’s’ procurement, as well as leading its cost base transformation. A graduate from the University of Ulster, Dunne spent almost 10 years as the Senior Vice President, Chief Property and Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance prior to joining Sainsbury’s. As part of his role with the latter, Dunne challenges the traditional role of the company’s procurement department from a service provider into a major value-adding contributor to the bottom-line and realises ambitious targets for procurement synergies and savings, in addition to leading an end-to-end review of the group’s cost base. Upon winning the award, the judges said: “Patrick’s acute commercial acumen and leadership has transformed procurement and supply in several large multi-national brands with a real focus on developing people and raising the bar for the function. He is an inspirational leader who regularly gives back to the profession, demonstrating procurements value beyond its more traditional roots.”

Position: Director of Group Property, Procurement and Cost Transformation at Sainsbury’s 

Recognition: Leader of the Year at CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019

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