21 July 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor
Cable & Wireless has announced changes at the top of its procurement department.
Ninian Wilson, the company's former senior vice-president of group purchasing and supply chain, this month assumed the title of chief procurement officer.
The new job title brings him into line with his peers but does not mean a change of role.
Wilson also told SM he had appointed two new vice-presidents, who would both be moving from C&W's competitors.
Stephen Day, former head of supply chain for UK operations at T-Mobile, joins this month as vice-president of supply chain.
And Kendall Smith, who currently leads the worldwide network service procurement function at Vodafone, is to become deputy senior vice-president purchasing and supply chain in September.
Smith has been head of supply chain for Vodafone in the UK and has also worked at Dell and BT.
In his new role, he will have overall responsibility for global networks and IT spending.
Wilson said: "The function has grown in responsibility with the addition of property, hence the focus on attracting some of the most highly skilled procurement and logistics people in the profession.
"The reputation and delivery capability of the function will without doubt be enhanced by the addition of Kendall and Stephen."
C&W provides services to business and residential customers, as well as to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and internet service providers.
Its principal operations are in the UK, the Caribbean, Panama, Macau and Monaco.