New CIPS President Babs Omotowa has urged procurement professionals to seize the opportunity to boost the status of the profession and to move out of their comfort zone.
Speaking to SM before he takes up the presidency on 1 November, Omotowa, CEO and managing director at Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, said it was a humbling experience to be nominated for the presidency and he hopes it will act as inspiration for members.
“The CIPS education equipped me with the know-how of maximising value chains and this has been fundamental in enabling me to reach the heights as CEO of a multi-billion dollar company. It shows members the sky is the limit and CIPS and the profession provides you with an opportunity to aspire to the very top,” he said.
The theme of Omotowa’s presidency is ‘procurement and supply comes of age – raise your game, raise your voice’. And he is passionate that now is the time for action.
“The procurement profession has such a role to play. How we play that role and take advantage of that opportunity, will enable the profession to get the recognition it deserves.
“We need to raise our game to drive value and provide solutions to the bigger issues, and raise our voice to let the world know what value we bring – if we don’t, nobody else will.”
David Noble, group CEO, CIPS, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Babs Omotowa as the next CIPS President. He will be an asset to the profession and to the institute as he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge about procurement and supply management as well as business principles.
“We’re particularly pleased as he is our first procurement professional-turned-CEO as president and demonstrates how ability in the profession can develop into the highest leadership roles in business.”
☛ A full interview with Babs Omotowa will appear in the November edition of Supply Management