08 May 2008 | Paul Snell
Richard Boyce has stepped up to the role of Royal Mail's chief buyer.
He has been promoted to group procurement director, having served in the position as an interim since the promotion of Ninian Wilson, the organisation's former head of procurement, to operations director of the group's letters division last year (News, 15 November).
Boyce has held procurement roles at car maker Ford and communications firm Nortel and spent part of his career working in Australia and Singapore. Before joining Royal Mail in 2007 he worked alongside Wilson at telecoms firm Cable and Wireless.
He controls an annual spend of around £2.4 billion across the postal group and sits on the board of the Letters division.
He told SM he would be continuing the transformation programme set up by Wilson, aiming to make the procurement department one of the top three in Europe in three years.
And, he added, one of his biggest challenges would be seeing how procurement can support raw materials and sustainability activity across the group.
"I am delighted to take up the role at such an exciting time in the company's history," he said.