25 August 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor
Major changes have taken place in the procurement leadership team at drinks firm Diageo.
The appointments are part of a company-wide restructuring programme (see News, 4 August), moving from a predominantly country-based to regional approach in Europe, North America and elsewhere.
Phil Boyd, who was formerly head of procurement for global supply in Scotland, has been appointed head of procurement for Europe.
Oliver Cock, previously senior vice-president for procurement in North American supply, is now the region's head of procurement. As part of the changes, three people have been confirmed as "hub heads" for procurement in various regions.
Andrew Turner is responsible for Africa; Richard Stewart for Asia Pacific; and Raul Rodriguez for Latin America. Ashish Deo, formerly strategy director for global supply, has been appointed procurement commercial development director.
A Diageo spokeswoman said: "The new leadership team will focus on developing the detailed design and resourcing the remainder of the new procurement organisational model, which will take place over the next few months."
The moves come after an organisational review earlier this year, and follow a decision to form a unified purchasing function under the leadership of Allan Burns, head of global procurement.
Diageo told SM the changes were part of an effort to improve the firm's performance in Europe.
Restructuring is also understood to be one of a number of initiatives designed to drive greater cost efficiency across the business.