Supply and procurement movers and shakers

By Sean Ashcroft
Logistics company BDP International and digital supply-chain solutions outfit Cognizant are among those who have hired key new team members


BDP International

Global logistics and transportation solutions company BDP International has announced Anthony Elwine as its new chief commercial officer. Elwine will oversee BDP’s commercial strategy throughout its global network.

He brings 30 years of logistics and supply chain experience to the role. He has a background in transportation, sales strategy, chemical, petrochemical, industrial and manufacturing products. 

Elwine joined BDP in 2019, most recently serving as senior VP of sales, where he oversaw strategy and initiatives for expanded growth opportunities. 

CEO Frank Calabria said: “I look forward to harnessing with Anthony BDP’s commitment to delivering the future of global logistics in all aspects of our customer relationships and solutions offerings in today’s complex landscape.”



Digital supply-chain solutions company Cognizant has appointed Maged Wassim as its new head of Middle East business operation.

Based in Dubai, Wassim is part of the Global Growth Markets (GGM) country leadership team, reporting to Ursula Morgenstern. He most recently served as VP of technology, focusing on enterprise digital transformation. 

Wassim has built his 23-year career across diverse areas, including consultancy services, infrastructure, technology services, industry solutions, and software sales across the Middle East and Africa. He spent 22 years at IBM, where his final post was as VP cloud and cognitive software.


UK law firm Shoosmiths has hired Ryan Fordham, a construction lawyer with a speciality in procurement. 

Formerly the head of construction and engineering at Travers Smith, Fordham has 12 years’ experience advising developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, landlords, tenants, investors and funders on construction and engineering projects, both in the UK and internationally. 

Patrick Garner, partner and national head of Shoosmiths’ construction team said “We are seeing increasing demand for support and advice from construction clients as they navigate the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic. Ryan’s appointment will help us with this.”


Origin Energy

Australia-based Origin Energy has appointed James Magill to the newly created role of executive general manager of Origin Zero, a business unit created to accelerate Origin’s supply of cleaner energy products and services to business customers.

Magill joins Origin from New Zealand energy company Genesis, where he held a range of roles, including chief digital officer, with responsibility for technology, data, new product development, and the large customer portfolio.

Magill will report to CEO Frank Calabria and will form part of the executive leadership team.

“Many large customers are already seeking Origin’s expertise beyond traditional energy supply and across decarbonisation more broadly and we expect the demand in this area to continue to grow rapidly. The Origin Zero business will ensure we are well placed to meet our customers’ needs for that broader range of products and services.

Calabria said: “We are thrilled to welcome James to Origin in a new role, at a time that we are supporting customers with everything from traditional energy supply and renewable energy supply to demand management.”



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