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13 April 2012 | Paul Snell
Pieter Swarts has been appointed chief procurement officer at the Dutch telecoms firm KPN.
He was previously held the post of procurement director at Maxeda, and most recently acted as the CEO of Procumulator when the function was spun out of the retailer to provide indirect procurement outsourcing services to firms that manages a spend of more than €300 million (£248 million). Prior to this he was a senior director, procurement at automotive part manufacturer ArvinMeritor.
Swarts began his role at the start of April and has been tasked with transforming the procurement function at the business. He will report to Thorsten Dirks, member of the board of management.
“As part of our 2015 strategy we have set out a clear ambition on cost leadership and on procurement savings,” Dirks said in a statement. “Pieter brings the right experience, including from private equity owned assets, to achieve the necessary results on these crucial initiatives for KPN.”
Swarts takes over from previous CPO Manfred Gamauf, who joined KPN in 2009.