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Experienced procurement professional Craig Lardner is to take over as president of CIPS on 1 November.
Lardner, who has held senior procurement roles at major organisations including the BOC Group and George Weston Foods - part of the ABF group - is the second international CIPS president and the first Australian to take up the position.
Most recently Lardner combined his role as principal at his consultancy Procurement Advisory Services with the position of interim managing director of CIPS Australasia, an assignment which finished in August.
He told SM he was keen to repay the faith shown in him by his peers and CIPS when he takes up the presidency.
“I think I can make a difference,” he said. “I have been in and around this profession just long enough to know what we are really good at and what we are not so good at. And I can focus on a coupe of things in 12 short months and hopefully make those improvements sustainable.”
Lardner will take up the role at the start of November when the term of current president Paula Gildert finishes.
☛ Read the full interview with Craig Lardner in the November edition of Supply Management