The chief procurement officers of Daimler, IBM, Nokia, Reed Elsevier and Shell have accepted positions on the Procurement Leaders Advisory Board, which will see them play a key role in the future development of network services.
The Advisory Board will be steered by Neil Deverill, the former CPO of Royal Philips and Anglo American. The aim of the Advisory Board is to provide an independent and robust platform which can be used to define the future direction of the Procurement Leaders Network as well as the member services it provides.
Neil Deverill, Advisory Board chairman, said, “Procurement and supply chain management in general is developing well as a discipline, but it still needs to change up a gear or two to fully realise the potential that it can provide. Until now, the impetus for improvement has tended to be patchy and sometimes fragmented, lacking a clear point of focus for knowledge and information.”
It is that focus that the Advisory Board will provide, not only for the Network but for the wider procurement profession.
John Paterson, global head of procurement at IBM, said that, currently, procurement professionals must be focused on several areas; including the role they have to play in the current economic climate, the globalisation of supply chains and of the procurement function; sustainability and supply chain security. “I joined the board to help make these topics top of mind for our industry,” he said.
But skills is another topic close to the top of his list of priorities. “I hope the board can influence academia to take a stronger look at the procurement profession and to address the needs of industry as we look to recruit and develop new talent,” said Paterson. “Procurement is exciting, it's global and it offers a lot of opportunities. But unless ‘Generation Y’ is introduced to it as an option, it's not going to get any easier to attract them.”
London, 15 May 2008 -- Sigaria Ltd, governor of the Procurement Leaders Network and publisher of Procurement Leaders magazine today announced accolades in four categories across two major publishing awards.
The title received a Highly Commended award for Brand Extension in the Periodical Publishers ’ Association Independent Publisher Awards 2008, celebrated in London during May. It was also Highly Commended in the Best Paid-For Website category of the Periodical Publisher ’ s Association Magazine Awards 2008 for editorial and publishing excellence, widely regarded as the ‘ Oscars ’ of the magazine publishing world and which recognised titles such as BBC , Esquire and GQ. The magazine also received a finalist position in the IPAC Awards for Best Magazine and Sigaria Ltd was a finalist for Best Independent Publishing Company.
Mark Perera , Chief Executive of Sigaria, commented, "As an independent publisher I am delighted that Procurement Leaders is rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in world publishing, which shows how far we have come in such a short space of time. The fact that we have picked up multiple accolades in our first year of entering the awards is testament to the unprecedented quality and efforts of our team and the ongoing support of clients and partners. We will continue with our commitment to deliver award recognised content and services to our community."
David Rae, editor of Procurement Leaders, said, “This is timely recognition of the growing success of both the magazine and the readers it serves. There really is no better time to be reporting on, and to, the procurement profession. I have no doubt that we will pick up one of these awards next time.”Procurement Leaders (formally European Leaders In Procurement) is Sigaria’ s flagship title and forms part of the Procurement Leaders Network, an international membership-led community for executive level procurement, sourcing and supply chain management professionals.
European Leaders in Procurement , the industry-leading title aimed at procurement and supply-chain professionals, has been renamed Procurement Leaders.
The change of name coincided with a radical overhaul to better reflect the importance and influence senior procurement executives have over their companies. Several new sections have also been introduced.
David Rae, editorial director of Sigaria, the publisher of Procurement Leaders, said that the relaunch reflected feedback he had received from readers, following extensive research and consultation with readers and the magazine’s editorial board.
“The last thing we wanted was change for change’s sake,” said Rae. “But I think we have successfully modernised European Leaders in Procurement in terms of design and editorial while keeping those things that worked. Geography also played a part. Our readers’ roles are not limited by country boundaries and we can provide a better service by removing those barriers and concentrating on global procurement.”
Hand in hand with the magazine relaunch was the rebranding of the European Leaders Network and Awards to the Procurement Leaders Network and Awards. “The publication, events and network will maintain their strong European focus while also connecting with the growing global remit of our audience. One thing won’t change – we are still determined to deliver the latest news, trends, innovations and strategies from around the world,” said Rae.
The first issue of Procurement Leaders will hit readers’ desks on 7 April 2008 .
Sigaria Ltd today announced the appointment of David Rae as Editorial Director.
Rae, will join Sigaria in January 2008 from Financial Director, a leading UK-based magazine, after two and a half years serving as Deputy Editor. His work for the magazine has been short-listed for a number of editorial awards, including the Press Gazette Magazine Journalism awards for columnist and ‘interviewer of the year’ in 2006 and also the prestigious PPA Magazine Awards 2007 where Rae was Highly Commended for his column writing.
As Editorial Director, Rae will have overall control of the industry-leading European Leaders In Procurement magazine. The publication, which was launched in May 2005, now reaches over 7,000 senior supply chain and procurement executives across some of Europe ’s largest companies. Rae’s role will also involve the management of editorial across the company’s full service lines, including events, websites, research and publications.
Mark Perera, CEO , Sigaria, commented: “We’re delighted that David will be joining us and we see his appointment as an important and valuable acquisition for the future of the magazine and our network. He has a proven track record of editorial success with some of the leading publications in the industry and we are confident that he will continue to develop the content and appeal of both our online and offline offerings. “
"I'm joining Sigaria at a hugely exciting time in its history and feel that I can further enhance a magazine that is already extremely successful both with its readers and advertisers," said Rae. "2008 is set to be a key year for Sigaria and European Leaders in Procurement magazine will play a crucial and central role in the development and growth of the wider ELP Network. I look forward to the challenge."
The ELP Forum in Nice has been hailed as the “best yet” by some of Europe’s most senior procurement figures.
The one-day event, which took place at the stunning Hotel Negresco, featured presentations from a number of leading experts on subjects such as risk management, corporate social responsibility and low cost country sourcing.
Among the highlights were addresses from Patrick Scholler, Procurement Director, Hewlett Packard; Dirk Karl, CPO , ING ; Stefan Zeisel, Global Sourcing Director, Deutsche Post WorldNet; and Yooshihiro Ohno, General Manager, CSR Promotion Trust-based Management Department, Seiko Epson Corporation.
“Today’s event has been the best yet,” Eduardo Ruibal, Corporate Director of Purchasing, Altadis, told Sigaria. “The presentations have been superb, I believe ELP has raised the bar again.”
David Taylor, European Procurement Director, Hertz, agreed. “The senior figures these events attract makes them invaluable,” he said.