09 January 2008 | Paul Snell
Korean electronics firm LG has appointed a chief procurement officer in a reorganisation of senior management roles.
The company has appointed Thomas Linton as CPO in a newly created role, and tasked him with creating a company-wide purchasing strategy and redesigning the company's processes. The firm will also be increasing the number of staff in its procurement function.
Linton was previously vice-president and CPO at Texas-based component supplier Freescale Semiconductor. He has also served as the CPO at component manufacturer Agere Systems, and has worked at IBM and supply chain management software firm e2open.
Last year LG announced its intention to collaborate with rival manufacturer Samsung in areas including purchasing, R&D and patents, to tackle increased competition from rival manufacturers in China, Taiwan and Japan (Features, 19 July 2007).