CPO News – April 6, 2017

Posted by Matthew York on April 6th, 2017
Stored in Articles, Chief Procurement Officers, General, People

Rich Products Names Georgia Dachille as EVP of Global Supply Chain and Technology

Earlier this year, Buffalo-based Rich Products Corporation, a multi-national food-service company, announced that it has named Georgia Dachille as its new Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Technology. Dachille ascended to the newly-created role after working at Rich’s for 25 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Development. In her new role, Dachille will be in charge of implementing Rich’s global supply chain and technology strategies, and developing and implementing best practices around collaboration and innovation. Throughout her career at Rich’s, Dachille focused on auditing and financial reporting. Prior to joining Rich’s in 1991, Dachille worked at Ernst & Young. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, as well as her MBA from Canisius College. Dachille is also a CPA.

DeKalb County Names Talisa Clark Chief Procurement Officer

Last month, it was reported that DeKalb County, Georgia CEO, Michael Thurmond, had named Talisa R. Clark as Chief Procurement Officer of DeKalb County. Clark had been serving as interim CPO since December 2015, and last month’s announcement made her appointment official and permanent. Clark began working for the DeKalb County Purchasing and Contracting Department in 2005 and progressed to various procurement roles, from buyer assistant to deputy CPO to procurement deputy director. Clark is also a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and serves as the treasurer on the board of executives for the Georgia chapter, which also named her Procurement Manager of the Year in 2015. Clark earned her BA and MBA from Clayton State University.

84 Lumber Promotes McCrobie to Chief Procurement Officer

Also last month, 84 Lumber of Eight Four, Pennsylvania, which supplies building materials and lumber to construction companies, promoted 20-year company veteran, Michael McCrobie to CPO, where he will lead the company’s purchasing (totaling $2.5 billion a year), inventory management (totaling $300 million), pricing, cost forecasting, and delivery. He will also seek to streamline the company’s procurement systems and collaborate with the yet-to-be named CIO to optimize the store’s processes and systems. McCrobie previously served as the company’s VP of the National and Installed Sales Division. He has been with the company for nearly 20 years, starting in 1998 in the lumber yard after studying business administration and management at Garrett College.

Controversy, Questions Surround Ousted Atlanta CPO

Earlier this year, multiple media outlets reported that Adam Smith, who had been the CPO for the City of Atlanta since 2003, was terminated by the City and may be under or part of an investigation by the FBI. On the day that Smith was terminated and escorted from Atlanta’s City Hall, FBI Agents went to his office and removed his computer and phone, but neither the City of Atlanta nor the FBI has issued an official explanation. It appears that Atlanta’s procurement department has experienced controversy in recent years, with an ongoing bribery and corruption investigation following a couple of other procurement snafus involving airport food and drink concessions contracts that were thrown out and rebid, and counterfeit smoke detectors that were bought for the Fire Department for distribution to at-risk homes and communities. It is unclear if Smith’s termination or the FBI’s involvement has anything to do with these controversies. This is an ongoing matter and we will be following it for updates.


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