Kirby replaces Godwin as chief procurement officer at Barclays

15 December 2005
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15 December 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor

A new chief procurement officer has been appointed at Barclays less than a month after the surprise departure of Kim Godwin.

SM has learnt that Jon Kirby, from food service company Compass Group, started work on 5 December.

As SM reported last issue, Godwin's exit shocked colleagues and came only five months after he was given the CPO title.

Kirby worked for Compass Group for six years, the last five as US-based chief procurement and supply chain officer covering its Americas division. Staff at Barclays learnt of his appointment last week.

A spokesman said Kirby has "15 years' experience leading change programmes within global and complex environments".

This includes posts at the Ford Motor Company and consultancy roles in a number of industries.

In his role as CPO of Barclays, SM understands Kirby will influence £2 billion of spend.

Around £1 billion more is thought to fall under the remit of head of the global technology sourcing team, which is responsible for IT spend. John Durrell held the post until he left at the same time as Godwin. A successor for him has yet to be named.

Barclays' purchasing team has undergone a number of reorganisations in the past few years. The most recent was the company's decision in the summer to centralise procurement to save an additional £20 million over 12 months.


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