FOR RELEASE: May 9, 2006
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TEMPE, Ariz., May 9, 2006 — Supply management executive R. David Nelson, C.P.M., A.P.P. tonight accepted his profession's highest honor at Institute for Supply Management's™ (ISM) 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. Nelson accepted the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award in Minneapolis in recognition of modest, unselfish, sincere and persistent efforts for the advancement of supply management.
Like all J. Shipman Gold Medal Award winners, Nelson exemplifies a multi-faceted approach to supply management, not simply excellence in a single aspect of the profession. "I've been extremely fortunate to be part of the leveling up of supply management, with all its disciplines, to advance the profession and gain competitive advantage for my employers," he says.
Throughout his professional career, Nelson has provided leadership to the supply chain organizations at several global corporations including TRW, Honda of America Manufacturing, Deere & Company and Delphi Corporation. After 30 years with TRW, Nelson joined Honda in 1987 as vice president of purchasing. He led the purchasing division's growth from 100 to 400 associates and North American purchases increase from $600 million to $6 billion. In 1995, Honda's purchasing division was awarded Purchasing magazine's Medal of Professional Excellence. In 1996, Nelson was promoted to senior vice president of purchasing and corporate affairs where he served as a member of the company's senior operations committee and the Honda Global Purchasing Council. Nelson was promoted to Honda's board of directors in 1997.
Nelson moved next to Deere & Company, where he again displayed impeccable industry mastery as vice president of worldwide supply management. For the next four and a half years, he led Deere's implementation of world-class supply management processes and best practices. In 2001, his efforts again garnered industry acclaim when Purchasing magazine awarded Deere the Medal of Professional Excellence.
Nelson joined Delphi Corporation in 2002. For the past four years, he has led Delphi Corporation's worldwide supply management operations, encompassing 2,200 supply chain professionals and $14 billion in annual spend. Nelson is a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group. He also serves as the executive champion for Delphi's Global Supply Management Task Force.
The 2006 J. Shipman Gold Medal Award recipient has been an advocate for the transformation of supply management at all levels. Nelson is a trustee for the A.T. Kearney Center for Strategic Supply Leadership at ISM and also serves on the board of trustees for CAPS: Center for Strategic Supply Research. Nelson is chair emeritus and a current board member of Institute for Supply Management™. "I'm pleased to have served as chair during one of the most exciting times in ISM's history, which included adopting a new name and championing the strategic capabilities of the broader field of supply management," Nelson says.
ISM joins the members of the 2005-2006 J. Shipman Gold Medal Award Committee — Thomas H. Slaight; Aaron D. Dent; Timothy R. Fiore, C.P.M.; and David L. Sorensen — in congratulating R. David Nelson, C.P.M., A.P.P., on this prestigious award. The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award was created by the Purchasing Management Association of New York in 1931 to honor Johnson Shipman, a pioneer in the profession.
As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).