May 17, 2020

The Procurement Power List 2019 announced

Supply Chain
Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
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This year’s Procurement Power List, which reveals the most influential people in procurement, has been announced by CIPS and Supply Management.


This year’s Procurement Power List, which reveals the most influential people in procurement, has been announced by CIPS and Supply Management.

Having been unveiled at an exclusive event at Sea Containers in London earlier this week, the list acknowledges the leaders who are driving procurement and supply chain strategies forward and making a positive contribution to the reputation of the profession.

“We are delighted to announce The Procurement Power List 2019 with another exceptional group of leaders who are raising the bar for procurement; leading and influencing in their organisations, within the profession and among the wider business community,” commented Malcolm Harrison, group CEO of CIPS. “This list is important for procurement as it demonstrates just how far we have come as a profession and places us firmly among our business peers. I hope by reading more about this impressive group that more people will be inspired to enter procurement and become tomorrow's leaders.”

“Those who appear on this list have demonstrated that they are a business leader above and beyond their function, are a valued member of their board, and can align their function to support the business agenda,” added Lucy Harding, of headhunter Odgers Berndtson and one of the panel.


The Procurement Power List 2019 (in alphabetical order):

James Allen, asset management director, Arriva 

Vivienne Bracken, CPO, National Grid 

Annie Brown, head of cost efficiency / CPO, IHG 

Daniel Cameron, chief procurement officer, Pearson Group 

Andrew Cannon-Brookes, global head of supply chain management, Standard Chartered 

Bertrand Conqueret, president of global supply chain B.V & CPO, Henkel 

Mark Dady, SVP, CPO and global supply chain strategy, Mondelez 

Bobby Dhanoa, global CPO, KPMG 

Patrick Dunne, director of group property, procurement & cost base transformation, Sainsbury’s Plc

Laura Faulkner, director, supply chain management, Nationwide Building Society

Jan Fokke van den BoschCPO, HSBC Holdings

Andrew Forzani, chief commercial officer, Ministry of Defence 

Ian Harnett, executive director, human resources and global purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover 

Daniel Helmig, group head quality & operations, ABB 

Alex Jennings, CPO, DS Smith

Melinda Johnson, commercial director, Department of Health and Social Care

Hervé Le Faou, CPO, Heineken 

Ron Lewis, chief supply chain officer, Coca-Cola European Partners

Régine Lucas, SVP GPO, L'Oreal 

Lisa Martin, CPO, GlaxoSmithKline 

Tony Milikin, chief sustainability and procurement officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev 

Jennifer Moceri, CPO, Diageo

Alex Muir, CPO, BP Downstream 

Alf Noto, CPO, Deutsche Bank

Barry Parkin, chief procurement and sustainability officer, Mars

Tom Rae, group director - purchasing, JCB 

Imran Rasul, CPO & group procurement director, BAE Systems 

Gareth Rhys Williams, chief commercial officer, Cabinet Office 

Bilal Shaykh, group CPO, Centrica 

Katharina Stenholm, SVP, CCPO, Danone

Jim Townsend, CPO, Walgreens Boots Alliance 

Thomas Udesen, CPO, Bayer 

Nick Welby, global business services director, Imperial Tobacco 

Michelle Wen, EVP global purchasing & supplier quality, Groupe PSA 

Ninian Wilson, global supply chain director & CEO, Vodafone Procurement  


Ones to watch:

Simon Arnott, procurement & supply chain director, Morgan Sindall 

Roque Carmona, SVP, group CPO, Thales

Andrew Haynes, procurement director, Heathrow Airport

Rachael Legg, CPO, Johnson Matthey

Rob Woodstock, chief commercial officer, HMRC 

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

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Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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