New CIPS president: 'I want to do what's right for the procurement profession'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
5 November 2015

New CIPS president Richard Masser has announced he wants to "do what's right for the procurement profession" during his term of office.

Giving his first public address as president at a CIPS Fellows of the Future event at the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising in London, Masser said his theme of "putting procurement at the heart of business" was achievable if procurement professionals demonstrated the value they added to organisations.

“Procurement at the heart of business is not merely an aspiration; it’s very achievable,” he said. “How do we go about doing that? We need to demonstrate in our own roles how much value we add.”

Masser spoke of raising the profile of procurement “so it is recognised and sits in the eyes of the public as a true profession”. He stressed the importance of continuity with immediate past president Babs Omotowa’s theme of “raise your game, raise your voice”. “It’s very important that something as passionate as that theme is carried on,” he said.

Masser, a father of three from Leeds, is CEO at kitchen component firm Crestwood. He said one of the toughest challenges he had faced in his career was finding a way to etch wording onto the glass surround of a TV set, with the solution being presented by someone earning $170 a month working in a factory in China.

Masser said this story keyed into his “fundamental philosophies”, which include “respect at all levels” and “noise doesn’t mean knowledge; listen to the quiet ones”. He also emphasised the importance of planning, learning from failures, being “bold and courageous” and professional development. “It’s not complex, it’s very simple,” he said.

Masser also emphasised internal and external relationship management. “Imagine if you were vertically integrated with your suppliers and customers,” he said. “What would it look like?”

Speaking of his presidency Masser added: “I want to do what’s right for the procurement profession, for the institute and for you.”

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