15 February 2007
Two of SM's "Superstars of Procurement 2006" have accepted new roles.
Tom Rae, senior vice-president, corporate purchasing, at automotive supplier Continental, will join Japanese glassmaker NSG in the newly-created head of global procurement role at the beginning of April.
Kees Linse left his role as executive vice-president, contracting and procurement, at oil company Shell at the beginning of this month, to become project director, shared services, with the firm.
Rae and Linse were among the 24 "superstars" nominated by peers in their profession for their contribution to buying and the example they set their colleagues (Features, 30 November 2006).
Rae spent 15 years at Continental, where he had a corporate team of 70 directly responsible for a ¤5 billion (£3.2 billion) spend. He was CPO for his last six years at the firm. He told SM's
sister magazine CPO Agenda that he was leaving the company to be nearer his 12-year-old son, who lives in Scotland.
Linse's brief for his new role involves bringing consistency to Shell's multiple shared services centres worldwide. His successor will be Dominique Gardy, previously Shell's head of exploration and production in the Far East.