Procurement pioneers

19 December 2008
Blog picSome more light-hearted agendas have gripped the SM office today, amid the festive cheer. Paul, Steve and I have turned our thoughts to pioneers in the procurement profession and a few names have sprung to mind. Take the late Gene Richter, former head of purchasing at IBM, Black & Decker and HP, who is heralded by US magazine Purchasing as "one of the great figures in purchasing and the supply chain of the twentieth century". He is also described as a "leader, innovator and friend" by some his past colleagues. Another example could be Peter Kraljic, who gave the profession the four-box ‘portfolio analysis’ matrix in his Harvard Business Review article. It has been used in many a boardroom presentation to the bosses and to determine strategic priorities for procurement going forward. In the UK, figures such as Jon Hughes, executive chairman of Future Purchasing and procurement adviser and presenter Dick Russill have been honoured by CIPS with the Swinbank Medal, which recognises academic contribution to the profession. Can you think of any other procurement pioneers? If so, what qualifies them for such a title?
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