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DPW shares biggest CPO hires in 2021

2 December, 2021 | By DPW

They transform companies and deliver business objectives. They are purpose-driven leaders who think like a CEO. They guide their companies through risks and opportunities. They collaborate and create unprecedented value from diverse innovation networks. They attract and develop the next generation of CPO thinking. The 50+ people in DPW’s annual list of top CPO hires highlights global leaders that stepped into the CPO role propelling the industry forward at this incredibly difficult time.

Great news, it was another year of progress for female executives, as many women ascended to the top of their procurement departments. Here are our biggest CPO hires in 2021:

1. Bobby Dhanoa

Title: CPO & Head of Accounts Payable
Company: HSBC


2. Natasha Gurevich

Title: CPO
Company: Nike


3. Melani Wilson Smith

Title: CPO
Company: PepsiCo


4. Al Williams

Title: CPO
Company: Cognizant


“This is a very exciting time to be a CPO. The future of procurement is AI-augmented intelligence — humans plus technology — freeing up professionals for more strategic, value-add work and relationship management.”

Bob Murphy, CPO, IBM

5. Barbara Frenkel

Title: Member of the Executive Board, Purchasing
Company: Porsche AG


6. Graham Wright

Title: CPO
Company: Kyndryl


7. Fabienne Lesbros

Title: CPO
Company: Kone


8. Clint Grimes

Title: CPO
Company: Capital One


9. Christophe Gourlay

Title: CPO
Company: Alstom


10. Veronica Jones

Title: CPO
Company: Gilead Sciences


“Modern CPOs are less about being functional masters of procurement. They are more of enterprise leaders who manage the business.”

Lorena Keough, Managing Partner, Diversified Search Group

11. Clare Harris

Title: EVP Supply Chain, Contracting and Procurement
Company: Shell


12. Sarah Rae Murphy

Title: SVP Global Sourcing & CPO
Company: United Airlines


13. Paul Bestford

Title: CPO
Company: Nutreco


14. Michaela Mayrhofer

Title: CPO & VP
Company: Telia Company


15. Daniel Helmig

Title: CPO
Company: Credit Suisse


16. Paul Courtney

Title: CPO
Company: Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)


17. Michelle Baker

Title: Head of Services
Company: Thomson Reuters


18. Chris Gallucci

Title: Chief Sourcing and Procurement Officer
Company: ViacomCBS


“Top-performing CPOs are able to speak the language of the business and link procurement strategy and deliverables to the corporate agenda.”

Lucy Harding, Partner, Odgers Berndtson

19. Kevin Oakes

Title: CPO
Company: Synchrony


20. Lisbeth Buschkühl

Title: SVP Supply Chain and CPO
Company: E.ON


21. Nick Jenkinson

Title: CPO
Company: Santander UK


22. Michael Schiappa

Title: CPO
Company: Beeline


23. Juud Tempelman-Sassen

Title: Global CPO
Company: JLL


24. Ben Tessone

Title: CPO
Company: Micron Technology


25. Thomas Roemer

Title: CPO
Company: Covestro


26. Kerstin Enochsson

Title: CPO
Company: Volvo Cars


27. Raj Desai

Title: CPO
Company: Fluor Corporation


28. Séverine Schumacher

Title: CPO
Company: Eramet


29. Remi Charachon

Title: Group CPO & Transform
Company: Air Liquide


“Strategic, tactical, and customer-focused: Features of a great CPO”

Brad Berke, Vice Chairman, Global Supply Chain Officers, Korn Ferry

30. Donna Osiri

Title: CPO
Company: Sony Pictures Entertainment


31. Nedi Telvi

Title: CPO
Company: ADP


32. Massimo Selmo

Title: CPO
Company: Barry Callebaut Group


33. Denna Williams

Title: CPO
Company: Biogen


34. Doug Kortfelt

Title: SVP, Global Procurement Services Leader
Company: Chubb


35. Lisa Zukauskas

Title: CPO
Company: Organon


36. Stéphane Delbos

Title: CPO
Company: Coty


37. Samantha Donaldson

Title: CPO
Company: abrdn


38. Jan Grothe

Title: CPO
Company: Deutsche Bahn


39. Harro Meijran

Title: CPO
Company: Fresenius Medical Care


“In a crisis, CPOs must connect with, motivate, and inspire their team, suppliers, and stakeholders – and show genuine compassion.”

Bernhard Raschke, Chief Transformation Officer, Electrocomponents

40. Barbara Buttinger

Title: CPO
Company: GKN Aerospace


41. Job Verkerke

Title: CPO
Company: Heijmans


42. Louise Clark

Title: CPO
Company: Interpublic Group 


43. Jeroen Wegkamp

Title: CPO
Company: KPN


44. Niklas Hamnstedt

Title: SVP Global Purchasing
Company: Magna International


45. Alexander Ilmert

Title: SVP Procurement
Company: MAN Truck & Bus


46. Estelle Remise

Title: CPO
Company: Randstad


47. Phillip Duncan

Title: SVP Procurement
Company: McKesson


48. James Czarnecki

Title: CPO
Company: MGM Resorts International


49. Rick Bruno

Title: CPO
Company: News Corp


50. Katiana Iavarone

Title: CPO
Company: Bekaert


51. Jeffrey Wincel

Title: CPO
Company: NXP Semiconductors


52. Kristofer Ternstedt

Title: CPO
Company: Saab


53. Michael Hansén

Title: CPO
Company: SEB


54. Emelia Nosser

Title: CPO
Company: Pactiv Evergreen


55. Jose Maria Trujillano

Title: CPO
Company: STELIA Aerospace


56. Melissa McClintock

Title: CPO
Company: Voya Financial


57. Martijn Fijman

Title: CPO
Company: Frontier Communications


58. Brett Whitfield

Title: SVP Global Procurement
Company: Jumeirah Group


“Our vision is a procurement operating model transformed by humans, supported by cognitive technologies, driven by purpose, and delivering business objectives. As a facilitator of collaboration and co-creation, we believe that procurement will extract unprecedented alue from broad and diverse innovation networks. To enable this bold future, procurement leaders must take on an increasingly entrepreneurial role and become a magnet for a new generation of CPO thinking.”

Matthias Gutzmann, Founder, DPW

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