New CIPS president - Procurement and Supply Comes of Age - Raise your Game, Raise your Voice

CIPS 27 October 2014

CIPS is pleased to announce the next CIPS President for 2014/2015

CIPS is pleased to announce that the next CIPS President for 2014/2015 will be Babs Omotowa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG. He succeeds Australian national Craig Lardner, Principal at Procurement Advisory Services.

Babs Omotowa is the first CEO with a procurement background to take the post and has chosen his presidential theme of Procurement and Supply Comes of Age - Raise your Game, Raise your Voice, to encourage the profession to understand more widely the language and needs of business.

He says, “I am a living example of what can be achieved with hard work, determination and a support network offering advice and knowledge on how to use the values of procurement and supply management at the highest levels of business. I believe that procurement should report to CEOs directly – that’s how important this work is. It’s already happening in my organisation.

“During my year as President, I will continue to demonstrate my core values and those of NLNG – those of integrity, teamwork, excellence and caring and show how these are fundamental to procurement and business globally. I hope also to inspire members across the world through this appointment and to embolden them to professionalise for the greater good of society.”

His theme will encourage professionals to move out of their comfort zone in procurement but also translate the value procurement can offer business in a way CEOs and boards can understand. He is also encouraging professionals to tackle society’s issues including corruption, environment and sustainability and to develop talented individuals to strengthen the profession.

David Noble, Group CEO, CIPS said, ““We’re delighted to welcome Babs Omotowa as the next CIPS President. He will be an asset to the profession and to the institute as he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge about procurement and supply management as well as business principles.

“We’re particularly pleased as Omotowa is our first procurement professional-turned-CEO as president and demonstrates how ability in the profession can develop into the highest leadership roles in business. We are confident that his approach to his presidential year and Procurement and Supply Comes of Age - Raise your Game, Raise your Voice theme, will offer a call to action our members will respond to and help them understand the language of business so they too can achieve similar success.”

A feature on Babs Omotowa will appear in the November edition of Supply Management magazine.


The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation.  It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues.  CIPS has a global community of over 106,000 in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics.  The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability.; @CIPSNews

Press contacts:

Liz Lees, Head of Public Relations, CIPS, at on 01780 761574/07917648564

Trudy Salandiak PR Manager, CIPS, at on 01780 761576/07554 400731

Tony Okonedo; Manager, Communications and Public Affairs; 08141371636

Anne-Marie Palmer-Ikuku;; Head, Media Relations, Nigeria LNG Limited; 08039603013

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