Sharman joins Alexander Proudfoot as global buying head

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4 February 2011 | Angeline Albert

Former IBM procurement executive John Sharman has been appointed to lead the global buying practice at AlexanderProudfoot.

His responsibilities at the consultancy firm include identifying, developing and implementing tools and systems to help clients improve their procurement functions and maximise their returns. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta in the US.

Prior to this appointment, Sharman worked at a senior level for a number of consultancies for the past five years on operational issues, gaining experience over a range of industry sectors. Before this, he spent 30 years at IBM, where he became global procurement practice executive and provided leadership as the company diversified and grew from a computer company into the world’s largest IT and consulting services company.

Sharman said of his new role: “There is already a very solid foundation to build upon that will enable Alexander Proudfoot to become quickly the consulting firm to go to for effective procurement transformations.”

Mike Melling, Alexander Proudfoot UK president said: “John is a leading supply chain expert with more than 25 years of wide-ranging experience. He is a proven leader with first-hand experience of transforming businesses, and I am sure that his appointment will further strengthen our ability to deliver significant improvements in our clients’ organisations, as we are proud to have done for more than 65 years.”

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