Fabienne Lesbros, chief procurement officer at Britvic, and Owen Standen, senior vice president of professional services at Citi, were named professionals of the year at the CIPS Supply Management Awards last night.
The gala ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London saw Lesbros win the CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year title. Judges commented on Lesbros’ procurement transformation at Britvic "by recognising the importance of people and managing stakeholders, focusing on the need for relationships and influence at a business level.” Lesbros said she is excited by the potential inherent in her role and is intent on driving procurement to be a core part of the business, shedding any remnants of ‘silo mentality’.
Standen was named CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year. He has “moved the dial on our approach to professional services procurement within EMEA,” Jane Ellis, chief procurement officer at Citi, said in his entry. He leads a multi-location team managing more than $200 million (£118.6 million) of spend across legal services, consulting services, business process outsourcing and indirect tax education.
Judges said: “Without a procurement mandate to fall back on, Owen has genuinely made improvements in the way legal services and consultancy has been contracted, winning real buy-in and showing great understanding and influencing what can be very demanding stakeholders.”
AirPlus International was the headline sponsor, Hays Procurement the platinum sponsor and QinetiQ Commerce Decisions returned as official technology provider for the judging.
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