Women in Procurement


Women in Procurement 

CPD 2The Swiss branch of CIPS cordially invites you to our latest event in Zurich about Women in Procurement. Procurement is playing an increasingly important role in public and private organizations and the topic of gender balance is climbing the agenda for enterprises wanting optimal talent mixes.

During the event 3 outstanding speakers will share their experience and knowledge on the topic of women, diversity and inclusion and relevance to the procurement profession – we encourage lively participation and best practice exchange.

Following the presentations and discussions there will be refreshments and snacks, i.e. plenty of opportunity for networking. Join us, learn about the status of women in procurement across the International and Swiss procurement and supply chain community.

Please view presentation sldies form the event

Katharina Stenholm SABmiller - Male of female leader in Procurement - does gender matter?

Mary Jane-Hogg, Dow Europe GmbH, Don't tell my husband!, winning, woman style

Advance - Empowering Women in Swiss Business

John Everett, Women in procurement - aspects from an International survey

Event Summary

Date: Wednesday 05 October 2016
Venue: Swiss Re Academy
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £25.00 per person


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This event is open to both CIPS members and non - members to attend


-    Event Registration
-   Welcome and Introduction to the International Landscape of Women in Procurement, John Everett, CIPS Switzerland and Dow Chemical
-   "Lets finally break the glass ceiling", Alkistis Petropaki, advance Women in Swiss Business
-   "Male or female leader in Procurement: does it matter", Katharina Stenholm, CPO at SAB Miller
19.15   -   "Dont tell my husband - winning women style", Mary-Jane Hogg, Commercial Director at Dow Chemical
19.45   -   Networking 

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Please note the programme is approximate timings and may be subject to change.


Alkistis Petropaki, Advance Women in Swiss Business, General Manager
Alkistis Petropaki is the General Manager of Advance Women in Swiss Business“. She is a marketing expert with over 20 years experience in leading positions at well known FMCG companies like L’Oreal, Nestlé, Mövenpick and Lindt. Before joining Advance she was the Country Manager of Yves Rocher in Switzerland. Alkistis is married and has 2 teenage children.

Alkistis strongly believes in the benefits of mixed-gender teams for society, for organizations as well as for women and men. With her engagement with Advance she is convinced to be able to make an impact in the Swiss economy

Summary of presentation: “Let's finally break the glass ceiling"

Katharina Stenholm, SABMiller Procurement GmbH, CEO and CPO
Katharina Stenholm joined SABMiller Procurement as VP Brewing Raw Materials in April 2010, from the Polttimo Group where she was CEO. She built a strong Brewing Raw Materials team before accepting the role as VP Business Transformation in SABMiller Procurement. After successful completion of this transformation programme, Katharina was appointed SABMiller’s CEO of SABMiller Procurement GmbH, accountable for around $10bn of external spend. Katharina has a PhD in Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry.

Summary of presentation: "Male or female leader in Procurement: does it matter”

Mary-Jane Hogg, Dow Chemical, Commercial Director for Liquid Feedstocks
Joined Dow Chemical in the UK in 1988 as a commercial trainee and since then has served the company in many positions. Moving through a variety of sales roles in Basic Plastics and Specialty Chemicals both in the UK and in Germany, in 2001 she became Marketing Manager Hygiene & Medical Polyolefins and New Business Development Manager INSPIRE* Performance Polymers for Dow Europe. In 2004 Mary-Jane became Product Director Polypropylene for the Europe IMEA geography, and in 2009 added responsibility for the HDPE business. In 2010 she moved to her current position within the Hydrocarbons & Energy department.

She holds an M.B.A. from The Open University and a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry from the University of Surrey (UK). Mary-Jane is married to Andrew, and they have two children, Georgia (16) and Sam (13). Her spare time is spent alpine skiing and playing golf with the family, and watching her children play football, basketball and volleyball.

Summary of presentation: "Don't tell my husband - Winning, woman style"


There is no fee for CIPS members, but there is a fee of 35CHF (£25.00 GBP) for non - members to attend.


Swiss Re Academy
Soodring 6
8134 Adliswil

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