CIPS Expands North American Operations from New Chicago Offices

CIPS 26 June 2019

The new team is charged with accelerating the already growing demand for CIPS training and certification.

CIPS has hired three people in its Chicago office to support a major expansion of its supply management training, and global certification program in North America. The new team is charged with accelerating the already growing demand for CIPS training and certification, and recruiting and managing partners who can help deliver CIPS world-class educational programs.

CIPS Group CEO, Malcolm Harrison said, “We are responding to the growing demand from both our existing client base and new organizations looking to develop their procurement standards and capabilities across the U.S. and to connect them with CIPS’s globally recognized standards and certifications.”

CIPS Americas Vice President of Operations, Bill Michels said, “The MCIPS certification is earned through a rigorous educational process, and it is recognized around the world. Companies with global operations that are based in the U.S. and Canada want that high, universal standard consistently throughout their firms. Our expanded presence here will allow us to better serve that increasing demand, as well as serve new clients who recognize the quality of CIPS’ standards.”

●        Cheron A. Lessmeister, formerly at the International Foodservice Manufacturing Association, Chicago, Ill., has been hired as business development manager, generating new business from corporate, government and non-profit institutions and enhancing CIPS’ reputation as the leading professional organization for procurement and supply in the U.S.

●        Allison Snyder, formerly at Goodwall, Knoxville, Tenn., has been hired as education manager, responsible for the business development, growth and continuous improvement of CIPS education partners in the U.S.; notably delivery partners (study and exam center network) and CIPS University accredited programs. 

●        Jaclyn Sabatino, formerly at Keypath Education, Chicago, Ill., has been hired as program manager, to provide operational support to deliver CIPS educational and certification programs and events.

The new CIPS staff will be working in office space in Chicago shared with CIPS partner, the Association of Supply Chain (ASCM - formerly APICS). Harrison said, "Chicago is a good location for us for many of the same reasons it is good for ASCM. It is a logistics and supply chain hub in the heart of America and home to many global companies. Co-location with ASCM will also give our staff excellent opportunities to make our long-term partnership successful." The CIPS-ASCM partnership works because CIPS and ASCM have complementary products and services. CIPS' focus is on all aspects of procurement, while ASCM is a specialist in supply chain management and logistics. They are working in close collaboration on a number of joint educational programs and certifications.

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The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organization. It is the worldwide center of excellence on procurement and supply management issues. CIPS has a global community of over 200,000 in 180 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking officials and leading academics. The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organizations and CIPS offers corporate solution packages to improve business profitability. For more information visit Twitter: @CIPSnews


ASCM is the association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The ASCM Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM); APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); ASCM Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD); and ASCM Supply Chain Operations Reference-Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With more than 45,000 members and approximately 300 channel partners, ASCM is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information, visit www.

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