01 November 2007 | Paul Snell
Jon Kirby, chief procurement officer at Barclays, will leave the bank at the end of January to take up the role of global CPO at AstraZeneca.
Kirby will succeed John Taylor, the former global vice-president of purchasing, who left the pharmaceutical firm in March. Taylor had led AstraZeneca's worldwide purchasing network of 700 staff with a total spend of $9 billion (£4.3 billion) since March 2003.
A spokeswoman for Barclays confirmed the group's current procurement transformation project would continue under a new leader. "We are two years into a three-year programme that will continue to be implemented," she said.
Barclays said it would be seeking someone else of Kirby's calibre to fill the CPO role and that he will be involved in the election process for his successor. It expects to have someone in place by the time Kirby leaves.
Kirby joined Barclays as CPO in December 2005 after the surprise exit of former procurement chief Kim Godwin (News, 15 December 2005
). He controls around £4.5 billion of spend and 120 procurement staff.
His previous roles include CPO for US and Canada at food service firm Compass Group. He began his career in purchasing at Ford.