Head buyers take off for airlines

19 September 2007
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20 September 2007 | Paul Snell

Two international airlines have this month appointed new heads of procurement.

US-based United Airlines has appointed Grace Puma as its new senior vice-president and chief procurement officer (CPO). Puma was previously the vice-president, global indirect materials and services procurement, at Kraft Foods.

Puma, who is a board member of the US Institute of Supply Management, has 22 years' experience in supply-chain roles at companies such as Motorola, Gillette and chemical firm BASF.

"The continuous improvement work that United has under way gives us the opportunity to take its strategic sourcing initiative and transform it into an industry-leading level," she said.

Puma replaces Garry Kelly, who is to retire. Kraft Foods told SM a replacement for Puma has yet to be appointed.

Scandinavian airline SAS has also appointed a new CPO, after the promotion of its incumbent. Patrik Knutsson, a former head of purchasing at mobile phone firm 3, will replace Björn Alegren.

Alegren has been promoted to president of the firm's subsidiary SAS Ground Services.


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