Top 10 Procurement Professionals
Supply Chain Digital ranks the top 10 procurement professionals in the world, according to the CIPS Procurement Power List 2018.
10 | Rob Douglas, CPO, Direct Line Group
As CPO of Direct Line Group, one of the leading motor, home and small business insurers in the UK, Douglas leads the company’s transformation of its procurement department. He leads a team of 85 procurement professionals that are responsible for an annual spend of £1.5bn. Prior to joining Direct Line in 2016, Douglas was previously a procurement consultant as well as the head of procurement at National Grip, DSG International as well as other roles at Barclays Bank and Capgemini.
9 | Paula Davila Martinez, CPO, Adidas
The Vice President and CPO of Adidas, one of the world’s leading sports and leisure brands, Martinez joined the company back in 2017 with a vision to transform a decentralised procurement department into a high performing and strategic function. Based at the company’s headquarters in Germany, Martinez is currently building a new operating model in order to create a mature procurement division. She has previously worked in leading procurement roles at UCB Biopharma, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Anheuser Busch InBev.
8 | Adrian Cook, Director of fresh foods, Sainsbury’s
Tasked with overseeing Sainsbury’s £10bn Fresh Foods Business, Cook looks at utilising key customer focused outcomes to shape and influence the company’s sales and profit performances as it looks to cement its position as the second largest grocery retailer in the UK. Cook’s career has been one of sales management in a number of industries including FMCG, consulting, construction, support services and defence.
7 | Oliver Cock, Managing Director, Foodbuy
Foodbuy is a leading food and food related procurement organisation that spends around £1bn each year. Cock played a key role in the creation of Foodbuy back in 2016 following his work with its parent company, and biggest client, Compass Group, as both procurement director and then commercial director. Cock oversees a procurement team of 200 procurement professionals and utilises unrivalled scale and outstanding data analysis that sets it apart from its competitors.
6 | James Cay, CPO, BNY Mellon
Cay oversees the procurement function of BNY Mellon, a global investments company that supports clients in managing and servicing their financial assets throughout the investment cycle. Prior to joining the company back in 2013, then as Managing Director, Cay has worked in procurement roles for Barclays, Alliance and Leicester and A.T. Kearney.
5 | Andrew Cannon-Brookes, Global head, supply chain management, Standard Chartered Bank
Cannon-Brookes joined Standard Chartered Bank back in November 2016, operating in Singapore and reporting to the company’s global head of business efficiency. He is a seasoned procurement and supply chain professional with more than 20 years experience, working for IBM, IBM China and most notably, the UK Ministry of Defence. During his time there, Cannon-Brooks reduced the UK inventory to £32bn and delivered a £1.6bn logistics information services transformation programme.
4 | Dhaval Buch, CPO, Unilever
Responsible for all procurement across Unilever since 2014, Dhaval Buch successfully led the company’s Asia and Africa Supply Chain functions as Senior Vice President, prior to his current role. During his time there, Buch was responsible for the successful operation and management of 120 factories and a 100+ strong distribution network. As part of his current role, Buch is tasked with creating a responsible supplier network that acts as an “exemplar” of integrity and global best practice.
3 | Julia Brown, CPO, Carnival Corporation
As CPO of Carnival Corporation & Plc, Julia Brown is in charge of all strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management. Working across the company’s 10 brands, Brown works with leadership teams to solidify the company’s supplier relationships and leverage its $9bn spend. Prior to joining the company, Brown was CPO and Senior Vice President at Kraft Foods in which she was responsible for overseeing a $30+bn sourcing function. She has also worked with Proctor & Gamble, Diageo and Gillette. Brown has also been listed as one of the top 100 Women to Watch by Today's Chicago Woman and listed in Black Enterprise's Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business.
2 | Annie Brown, Senior vice president, global procurement and cost efficiency, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Having first joined IHG back in 1998, Annie Brown become CPO of the company in 2012. Over the following years, her role expanded to cover cost efficiency and in 2016 she was promoted to senior vice president, global procurement and cost efficiency. Prior to IHG, Brown worked for Invicta Leisure, in its time one of the leading golf and leisure companies in the UK, heading up its retail division. Most recently, Brown was invited to become part of the Chartered Institute of Procurement (CIPS).
1 | Dapo Ajayi, Vice President manufacturing and technical operations, Janssen
As Vice President of manufacturing and technical operations, as well as being part of supply chain leadership team for The Janssen Pharmaceutical Company, Johnson & Johnson, Dapo Ajayi is a very powerful and influential figure in the procurement space. Through her role she leads the internal and external global manufacturing network, as well as being responsible for the technical operations that champion continuous and transformational growth. Across an experienced career in supply chain and procurement, Ajayi was the CPO for AstraZeneca and has had numerous roles across technical operations, quality assurance and plant management.