New procurement chiefs at Goodyear and Airbus

12 September 2007
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13 September 2007 | Paul Snell

Goodyear and Airbus have appointed new heads of procurement.

Mark Purtilar will take over as chief procurement officer at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company replacing Gary Miller, who is retiring after 40 years with the firm. At Goodyear Purtilar will be responsible for $10 billion (£5 billion) annual spend.

Purtilar was previously vice-president of global procurement for commercial vehicle systems at US car parts supplier ArvinMeritor, where he controlled annual spend of $3 million (£1.5 million) and developed low-cost country and global sourcing strategies.

He also spent 11 years in purchasing roles at food manufacturer Sara Lee and was CEO of parts supplier Auto Body Panels.

Meanwhile, Airbus has appointed Klaus Richter as executive vice-president for procurement. He takes over at the start of November from Tom Williams, who has been acting head of the department following the departure of Henri Courpron in March this year.

Richter is currently head of the production materials purchasing division at BMW. He will also serve as a member of Airbus' executive committee, where he will be responsible for introducing a new procurement model to work with the aviation firm's Power8 cost saving plan.


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