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5 April 2012 | Paul Snell
Dutch electronics company Philips has hired Fredrick Spalcke as its new chief purchasing officer.
Spalcke was previously executive chief procurement officer at the Chinese telecoms company Huawei Technologies. While at the company he led efforts to boost CSR in the supply chain, asking suppliers to sign an agreement that committed them to labour, health and safety, ethical and environmental standards.
Speaking at the company’s annual CSR conference in September 2011, he said: "In addition to helping promote CSR standards for the industry, Huawei will only do business with suppliers that choose to comply with global standards for ethical corporate governance and sustainable business practices. Let us not forget that following CSR is not only a legal requirement but also an obligation in making decisions in corporations to the societies in which we live as citizens.”
Spalcke started his role on 1 April, and takes over from Maarten de Vries who became CPO in September 2008. De Vries was appointed head of Philips’ television business in November 2011, which was spun off into a joint-venture with TPV Technology called TP Vision at the start of April where he is now CEO.
De Vries took over from previous CPO Barbara Kux, who subsequently joined Siemens as purchasing chief.
Last summer the firm announced a €500 million (£410 million) cost-cutting programme to tackle high raw material prices.