“The List recognises those at the top of their game,” Malcolm Harrison, CIPS Group CEO ©Alex Deverill
“The List recognises those at the top of their game,” Malcolm Harrison, CIPS Group CEO ©Alex Deverill

What does it take to be a procurement leader today

posted by Ceri Jones
15 August 2022

Supply Management joined CIPS in recognising the people and incredible talent keeping procurement and supply chain at the cutting edge.

The PPL event

The CIPS Procurement Power List 2022 took place in July, exchanging last year’s digital event for a glittering ceremony in London, UK. But this wasn’t simply a welcome gathering, the Power List also casts a spotlight on exceptional talent; recognising distinguished leaders across the UK, Europe and North America who are continuing to stretch themselves and their teams in response to the incredible demands of today’s business landscape, and contributing to the strength of the profession as a whole.

Malcolm Harrison, CIPS Group CEO, said: “This is the fifth year of the Power List, and these inspiring leaders really are the exemplars of how strong procurement leadership can have a powerful impact on organisations. The people on the list this year are involved in major change transformation projects – driving the sustainability agenda, embedding ED&I into their organisations and implementing the latest digital tools to improve efficiency and transparency in supply chains.”

 Crucially, they also have reputations for delivering on these intentions, for their organisations and their people, and have earned credibility in the wider community, he added.

Inflation and supply chain issues are the key challenges for procurement leaders moving forward, but where ESG and sustainability were previously on the agenda, they are now firmly at the top of it. And as more CEOs are becoming aware of supply chain’s role in areas such as Scope 3 emissions, they are entrusting CPOs to tackle these issues directly from within procurement. Extending that further, trends suggest that this will only increase in line with stronger relationships between procurement and boards.

According to Catherine Thompson, managing consultant at Deloitte: “The firm’s we’re seeing succeed in these challenges are the ones that are getting the right tension between managing the need to be agile with the need to secure supply for companies.” And as the Power List demonstrates, “This is going to need tech, tools, data – and, of course, talent.” 



Sébastien Bals – Chief procurement officer, UCB

Stuart Caborn – Chief procurement officer, Nomad Foods

Giacinto Carullo – Chief procurement & supply chain officer, Leonardo

Bertrand Conquéret – President of global supply chain BV & CPO, Henkel

Claire Costello – Chief procurement officer, Co-op

Stephen Day – Chief procurement officer, Kantar

Lynn De Proft – Chief procurement officer, Solvay

Stéphane Delbos – Chief procurement officer, Coty

John Dickson – Chief procurement officer, AstraZeneca

Jay Doyle – Chief procurement officer, ITV

Stephanie Gemmell – Chief procurement officer, Wella

Isabel Hochgesand – Chief procurement officer, Beiersdorf

David Ingram – Chief procurement officer, Unilever

Rory Lamont – Chief procurement officer, Hitachi Rail

Hervé Le Faou – Chief procurement officer, Heineken NV

Janelle Orozco – Chief procurement officer, Diageo

Barry Parkin – Chief procurement & sustainability officer, Mars

Cyril Pourrat – Managing director & chief executive officer, BT Sourced

Claudine Schelp – Chief procurement officer, Eviosys

Anna Spinelli – Chief procurement officer, DHL Deutsche Post

Matt Swindall – Chief procurement officer, Britvic

Thomas Udesen – Executive vice-president & global head of procurement, Bayer

Nataša Vidmar – Chief procurement officer, TEVA

Ninian Wilson – Global supply chain director & chief executive officer, Vodafone Procurement

Melani Wilson Smith – Chief procurement officer, PepsiCo



Paul Bestford – Chief procurement officer, Nutreco

Jamie Foster – Chief procurement officer, CEVA

Wouter Hut – Strategic procurement executive, Ahlstrom Munksjo

Katiana Iavarone – Chief procurement officer, Bekaert

Caroline Levitt – Procurement director, Drax Group

Andrew New – Chief executive officer, NHS Supply Chain

Bijju Padmanabhan – Chief procurement officer, Reckitt

Oscar Rego – Chief procurement officer, TK Elevator

Jacqui Rock – Chief commercial officer, NHS England

Aurélia Tremblaye – Senior vice-president & group chief procurement officer, Engie


Find more information about the Procurement Power List at the official website

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