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14 November 2012 | Adam Leach
The Global Fund has appointed Christopher Game as chief procurement officer in a bid to strengthen its procurement and delivery activities.
A public-private partnership, the Global Fund provides funding and resources to countries across the world in order to treat sufferers and take preventative measures. Game, previously CPO at healthcare provider Capsugel, will be responsible for overseeing the purchase of goods and services that the organisation uses to help support the treatment and prevention of serious diseases such as AIDS and malaria.
Gabriel Jaramillo, general manager at the Global Fund, highlighted the importance of the appointment, identifying procurement as central to the organisation’s success. “Game is exactly what we need – a highly skilled executive who can make sure our purchasing and delivery is top notch,” he said. “Procurement is a critical part of what we do and he is helping us make a quantum leap forward in ensuring our operations are efficient and safe.”
Game has worked in procurement for more than 20 years, holding a number of senior roles. He started out at Nissan Motors in South Africa before moving to its competitor Toyota, where he was taught the lean operating methodology. Later, he was global head of sourcing at the pharmaceutical division of Novartis, managing a spend of $2.7 billion (£1.6 billion) and a team of 120.
He will report to the Global Fund’s chief financial officer Daniel Camus, who joined from EDF where he held overall responsibility for procurement at the power company.