Each year we listen to your feedback about the World Procurement Awards. We have put this valued commentary into practice and our entry and judging process has been revised accordingly. As a result, we set these three key goals:
- To appoint a globally recognised senior panel of judges
- To create representative and coherent criteria to allow you to best showcase your excellence
- To guarantee an independent, transparent and rigorous process
GLOBAL CHAIR OF JUDGES
Director of Content & Community
Steve now oversees Procurement Leaders’ editorial activities and manages the community section of the award-winning Procurement Leaders website. He draws on a decade in business publishing, providing quality coverage to senior business leaders.
Prior to Procurement Leaders, Steve worked in legal publishing.
Group Head of Procurement
Executive VP & CPO
VP, Procurement Strategy & Governance
In Ferrero, he has previously served as Packaging Sourcing Director and as Head of Group Supply Chain (planning, logistics and distribution). Gianluca has been working in FMCG since 1996, focusing on people and organization development, and change management projects in multicultural environments. Before joining Ferrero in 2007, he covered various roles in Procurement, Marketing and Internal Audit in Danone and P&G.
VP Corporate Procurement
Cancer Research UK
Global Supply Chain Director & CEO
Vodafone Procurement Company
From 2014-2016 Ninian held the role of SCM Technology Director, and was responsible for all Technology sourcing in Vodafone including Networks, IT and new product development. In March 2016 he was appointed as Director of Group SCM and CEO of the Vodafone Procurement Company. Prior to joining Vodafone, Ninian held the position of Operations Director for Royal Mail plc, managing the largest work force in the United Kingdom with full accountability for the delivery of Royal Mail’s customer promise and its transformation programme.
Previously Ninian held senior positions in Cable & Wireless plc. (Chief Procurement Officer & Group Property Director) and was a member of the board of the Caribbean business unit and Trustee of the Pension Scheme. Ninian was educated at Aberdeen University and holds a Bsc Hons degree in Geography. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and a life member of the Institute Of Directors.
CIO & CPO
Phil Wilkinson is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the NSG Group. Phil reports to the COO. He joined Pilkington in 1988 and was appointed to his current CPO position in December 2013.
Phil graduated from Bradford University, with a B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems science, joining the Pilkington Glass Limited UK Graduate development scheme in 1988. Since then he has undertaken a number of roles in Information Systems globally. He has worked in both technical areas and in applications, leading significant business change projects across all business lines and group functions. Phil led a number of ERP implementation projects across the world and was responsible for significant key integration projects following the takeover of Pilkington by Nippon Sheet Glass, head quartered in Japan.
Phil is responsible for a number of non-IS activities including shared services for finance, procurement and HR, and leads the company relationship with its £2billion define benefit pension scheme trustee.
In 2013 Phil was asked to take on the Global CPO role in addition to his other responsibilities. His priority is to build and maintain strong relationships with the internal NSG businesses and functions, to maximise the Procurement contribution to the NSG Group Value Added Strategy, while managing the Procurement essentials of cost management, security of supply, sustainability, working capital management and compliance.
Phil is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Phil Wilkinson is married to Veria with two children aged 13 and 15. When opportunity allows he enjoys sailing and watching sport - cricket in summer and Liverpool FC in winter.
VP SC Procurement Vision/Diabetes Care
Johnson & Johnson
Eva is a tenured procurement, supply chain and change management professional, her career spanning two decades of contributions to procurement progress at Motorola, 3Com Corporation, Coors Brewing Company, Molson Coors and SABMiller. She is an advisor on change management and transformation programs, a published author and a regular contributor to Procurement Leaders magazine.
VP Global Sourcing
E. & J. Gallo Winery
With over 30 years of professional experience, he is an internationally recognized, supply chain leader. Previously, Tom has served as Chief Procurement Officer at LG Electronics, Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., and Agere Systems, Inc. He was also a founding vice president of E2Open, Inc.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and has completed executive education programs at the University of Virginia, which is one of the 12 institutions of higher learning where he serves as a guest lecturer.
VP Global Procurement
SVP, Chief Property, Procurement & Customer Care Operations Officer
Walgreens Boots Alliance
Dunne is responsible for enterprise-wide property activities which include real estate, construction, engineering as well as storecare maintenance and facilities for all stores and corporate facilities. He is also responsible on an enterprise-wide basis for the procurement of all goods and services not for resale (GNFR) with responsibilities for all divisions within Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Dunne also leads the Walgreens customer care operations division in the USA and has executive responsibility to lead the Walgreens cost transformation programme
Prior to this role, Dunne was group property and procurement director at Alliance Boots where he helped transform the company’s cost base and maximize the value of its real estate portfolio and extensive procurement spend.
Before joining Alliance Boots, Dunne was chief operating officer at Howden Kitchens Limited, part of Howden Joinery Plc. He also worked for MFI plc as purchase director where he was based in Hong Kong, China. He began his career at the Nissan Motor Company.
SVP Global Procurement
Global Director of Supplier Management & Procurement
Don Seward leads CH2M’s global procurement team located in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia, and is responsible for global (direct and indirect) spend. His responsibilities include supply chain strategies and tactics for supplier management, strategic category management, regional procurement delivery centers, Global Procurement Shared Service center, procurement policies and procedures, and procurement solutions. He developed and administered CH2M’s U.S. Federal procurement system and U.S. Federal estimating system. He graduated from the California State University at Sacramento in Finance.
Vice President, Global Procurement
Dave Owen is currently the Vice-President of Global Procurement at Ciena. In this role he is responsible for all Direct, Corporate and Contract Manufacturing spend as well as Ciena’s Component engineering and Cost management functions.
Previously, Dave was the Senior Director, Operations Engineering and Quality at Ciena. He held that role since joining Ciena in March of 2010. He was responsible for the engineering of the full supply chain product life cycle including test, product, mechanical and quality engineering as well as a New Product Introduction Program Office.
With over 30 years of telecommunications manufacturing experience, Dave held a number of leadership roles within the Nortel Supply Chain Organization in Engineering, Materials Management, Procurement and Factory Operations management in sites for Ontario, Quebec, Mexico and Ireland. Dave has leveraged this knowledge as he has driven outsourcing initiatives at varying technology levels and in multiple geographies.
Dave is a Professional Engineer and holds an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University in Kingston.
VP of Global Procurement
Nick is VP of Global Procurement at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Under his leadership, Global Procurement manages the company’s multibillion dollar annual spend for non-production goods and services, supporting all business groups as well as all procurement activity for internal use within the company.
Nick’s organization is accountable for driving HPE’s growth by contributing to the company’s bottom line, enabling revenue, balancing risk, and maintaining operational excellence. With over 450 employees globally, Global Procurement is one of the largest and most diverse procurement organizations in the world.
Prior to joining Procurement Leaders in 2010 he spent 10 years working in procurement and management consulting at Shell, Diageo and HSBC. He has practical experience as a category manager for both direct and indirect categories. Particular areas of experience include packaging and software.
Recently, he has overseen research in a number of areas including steel, electricity, packaging, contingent labour and oil and gas infrastructure.
Matthias commenced his career as a lawyer with the large Australian law firm, Clayton Utz. Since then he has had over 20 years of experience in the Building and Construction materials industry in a variety of roles varying from Corporate lawyer, Commercial Manager, Chief Risk Officer to his current role as Chief Procurement Officer at Boral Ltd. Boral is Australia’s largest building and constructions materials supplier with extensive operations throughout Asia and the USA. Matthias has been at Boral Ltd for 14 years and has worked in the USA , Europe , India and throughout Asia. He holds degrees in Economics and Law and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Regional Head Asia Pacific, Global Sourcing & Procurement Services
Kaustubh R. Wadekar
Kaustubh joined the Singtel Group in July 2014 as Group Chief Procurement Officer where he oversees the procurement and supply chain activities for the group companies. Prior to joining Singtel, Kaustubh was the regional CPO & Director of Sourcing/Supplier Relations China & Asia Pacific at Starbucks, based in Hong Kong. He played a pivotal role in regonialising the supply network for Starbucks Asia Pacific. Before joining Starbucks he held various global and regional leadership positions at Kraft Foods Inc., managing procurement strategy, direct and indirect materials procurement portfolios as well as procurement operations based out of London, Chicago and Zurich. His earlier career included roles as a management consultant and as a commodities trader.
General Manager of Raw Materials and Global Services
Mark Pickett is the General Manager of Raw Materials and Global Services within Rio Tinto Procurement’s Global Sourcing hub in Singapore. In that role, he is responsible for leadership of a team of procurement professionals that manage categories ranging from bulk chemicals and raw materials to the services categories of technology, outsourcing, travel, professional services, facilities management and real estate. Mark has been with Rio Tinto in Procurement roles for more than 13 years – his experience has spanned the full spectrum of procurement roles across Australia, USA, Canada, Namibia and Singapore.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Mark held procurement and supply chain roles for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Diageo in the United Kingdom. His functional experience spans strategic category management (regional and global), large commercial negotiations, logistics and warehousing, transactional management, supply chain systems, outsourcing, senior stakeholder management, team leadership and organisational change.
Mark is a New Zealand citizen, married with two young children.