CPO News – May 13, 2016

Posted by Matthew York on May 13th, 2016
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Wai Mun Wong Named VP of Global Supply Management at Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Late last month, Hospitalitynet.org reported that Wai Mun Wong had been named Vice President of Global Supply Management, Asia-Pacific, at Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Singapore. Wong had previously served as Director of Supplier Management, SEA and HKG, at Carlson Wagonlit when she joined the company in October 2012. In her new role, Wong will report to Scott Brennan, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Supplier Management. She will continue to develop partnerships with suppliers and overseeing relationships with airlines, hotels, rental car agencies, and other travel and hospitality partners in the Asia Pacific region.

Jeffrey Shaw Named Chief Supply Chain, Quality, and Business Improvement Officer at Sun Chemical

On May 5, PackagingEurope.com announced that Jeffrey Shaw of Sun Chemical was promoted to Chief Supply Chain, Quality, and Business Improvement Officer back in January. Previously, he had been VP of Supply Chain, Quality, and Business Improvement at Sun Chemical when he joined the company in May 2010. Shaw replaces Ed Pruitt, who had been Sun Chemical’s Chief Procurement Officer for the past nine years. In his new role, Shaw will employ his 22 years of procurement and supply management experience and work with both internal and external stakeholders to optimize supplier relationships and purchasing behaviors, oversee plant scheduling, and ensure timely and consistent shipping of Sun Chemical’s product line to customers across the global. Shaw earned his Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University and his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Gap Appoints Supply Chain VP to Lead Old Navy

Last month, just-style.com announced that Gap, Inc. had appointed Sonia Syngal, formerly the Executive Vice President of Global Supply Management at Gap, as President of Old Navy, a Gap brand. Syngal joined Gap in July 2004 as Vice President of Sourcing Strategy, and over the last 12 years has gone between Gap and Old Navy, serving in progressively senior roles. As President of Old Navy, she will lead the $7 billion brand globally across all geographies and channels. Gap leaders made the selection based, in part, on Syngal’s ability to drive transformation within and across the organization, to right-size the company’s product-to-market strategy, and to drive growth within the brand. Prior to joining Gap/Old Navy, Syngal worked for nine years at Sun Microsystems, and before that, for six years at Ford Motor Company. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and her Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems from Stanford University.

U.S. Government Foregoes Conflict Minerals Decision Appeal

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), opted not to appeal an earlier U.S. Supreme Court Decision regarding the constitutionality of a part of Section 1502 of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (i.e., the Conflict Minerals Provision of the Dodd-Frank Act). Readers may recall that in August 2015, the D.C. Circuit Court of the U.S. Court of Appeals had, once again, ruled that the reporting requirement of Section 1502 that would have forced companies to publicly state whether or not their products and components are “DRC Conflict Free” is compelled speech and thus infringes upon their First Amendment rights (click here for a refresher).

The U.S. Government had until April 7 of 2016 to file a writ of certiorari, effectively an appeal that challenges this decision. What does this mean for “covered” or “potentially covered” organizations? Nothing new, reports conflictmineralslaw.com. The SEC’s guidance that it issued in April of 2014 and partially upheld by the Supreme Court in May 2014 still stands. As they note, the unconstitutionality of the public reporting requirement does not alleviate companies from conducting due diligence and submitting their reports to the SEC by the May 31, 2016, deadline.

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