Chief Procurement Officers

  • Spend Analysis, Italian Style

    April 16, 2010

    Spend Analysis, Italian Style

    We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming…. Two of my favorite things: (1) waking up in Italy and (2) talking about spend analysis. Despite my 90-year old Nonna’s... Read more

  • Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 3)

    April 12, 2010

    Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 3)

    Today we conclude a series of articles (found here, here, and here) on Supplier Innovation. At the core, competitive advantage is built upon a foundation of enterprise partnerships with customers... Read more

  • CPOs: Think Globally, Network Locally

    March 26, 2010

    CPOs: Think Globally, Network Locally

    The CPOs in the Bay Area have an informal group that gets together from time to time to network and discuss best practices (Sidebar: I dialed into their meeting a... Read more

  • The “CPO Bump”

    March 17, 2010

    The “CPO Bump”

    While the cost of some marketing programs can be excessive, effective campaigns can pay huge dividends for many years. One of the most challenging aspects in all of marketing is... Read more

  • Supplier Day, Beautiful Day

    March 10, 2010

    Supplier Day, Beautiful Day

    I have been tracking the procurement activity at LG Electronics (“LG”) since Tom Linton joined as the first Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) in company history (after a long stint at... Read more

  • CFO-CPO Relations: A Work in Progress

    March 8, 2010

    CFO-CPO Relations: A Work in Progress

    As someone who has worked for many years in both finance and supply management, I have always found the relationship between the CPO and the CFO (and their departments) to... Read more

  • Fail-safe

    March 3, 2010

    Fail-safe

    When things don’t go according to plans, the unprepared are often forced to just grin and bear it and hope that no one notices or that the total impact of... Read more

  • Proof: eAuctions are NOT Evil

    February 26, 2010

    Proof: eAuctions are NOT Evil

    Hypothesis: eAuctions (and eSourcing) are not evil. Proof: I. Google’s Code of Conduct states in its Preface: “Don’t be evil.” Googlers generally apply those words to how we serve our... Read more

  • Meadwestvaco’s Total P2P Package

    February 24, 2010

    Meadwestvaco’s Total P2P Package

    Chris Osen, Vice President of Supply Management at Meadwestvaco (“MWV”) took the presentation baton from me at the NAPP Conference (after I took it from Bill Dempsey) and delivered a... Read more

  • P2P Tastes Great at MillerCoors

    February 17, 2010

    P2P Tastes Great at MillerCoors

    Bill Dempsey, Director of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing at MillerCoors (“MC”) kicked off the 18th Annual NAPP Conference in Marina Del Rey this past Monday with a Keynote Address entitled... Read more

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