A lesson in leadership

14 March 2013
At last night’s CIPS Annual Dinner, CIPS president Paula Gildert spoke about attending a celebration of the career of her company’s chairman, who is retiring after 25 years. Daniel Vasella, currently chairman of pharmaceutical firm Novartis where Gildert works, was instrumental in the pharmaceutical firm’s development of a treatment for myeloid leukemia and named as one of Time magazine’s top 100 people in 2004. Gildert said the tributes paid to Vasella by colleagues made it an emotional occasion and proof of the impact “leadership and legacy” can have on both individuals and an organisation. As CIPS president, Gildert wants to apply this message to the procurement profession, and get buyers to “pay it forward” (echoing a philosophy of a former CIPS president Gerry Walsh). For procurement professionals, this could be by making a pledge to the CIPS Foundation of money or time to give back to the profession.
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