ISM Announces 2007 Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE: February 13, 2007

Media Contact: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276, Ext. 3143

Senior-Level Professionals Continue to Lead ISM and Supply Management on an International Level

TEMPE, Ariz., February 13, 2007 — The leading organization for supply management professionals, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), announces its 2007 Board of Directors. The leadership-based board is made up of business leaders who hold senior-level positions throughout the world. The 2007 ISM Board of Directors is:

Chair, Lisa Martin, C.P.M., is senior vice president, worldwide procurement for Pfizer Inc. Her organization has responsibility for leveraging the company's cross-divisional spend of approximately $15 billion to achieve cost savings and productivity.

S. Tyrone (Ty) Alexander is executive vice president, human resources and administrative services for Highmark Inc. In this position, he provides executive leadership and strategic direction in development and implementation of policies and programs related to human resources, including staffing, benefits, compensation, employee relations, and training and development for more than 11,000 employees. In addition, he is responsible for leadership of administrative services, including the lease, purchase and maintenance of facilities, as well as corporate procurement, fleet management, food services, corporate travel, risk management and office administrative support operations for all Highmark locations.

John D. Blascovich, C.P.M., is a vice president for A.T. Kearney, Inc., an independent, privately owned management consulting business. Blascovich coordinates A.T. Kearney's global procurement competency center. His work with A.T. Kearney's international e-supply corporate clients has focused on creating meaningful and sustainable cost reduction through large-scale procurement transformation initiatives.

Ian J. Crawford is vice president, global procurement sourcing for IBM Corporation in Greenock, UK. For more than 25 years, Crawford has held top positions with IBM in production procurement, integrated supply chain group and IBM personal systems group (PSG).

Christina De Luca is chief procurement officer, refining and marketing at BP p.l.c. in London. In her current role, she is responsible for procurement of all non-hydrocarbon spend, totaling more than $15 billion, as well as oversight for BP p.l.c.'s purchase to pay processes.

Aaron D. Dent is managing partner of Insight-DRB, LLC., a strategy, operations and supply management consultancy to private equity firms. He is also a partner in Carthage Capital Group, a New York-based private equity firm, where he sources deals, conducts due diligence and drives post-acquisition value creation. Dent is former vice president of supply chain management for Delta Air Lines, where he led the procurement and management of more than $6 billion of assets, goods and services acquired annually by the company.

Robert B. Duncan, Ph.D., is the Eli and Edythe L. Broad dean and professor of management at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He teaches strategy implementation and management of strategic change in Broad's undergraduate, MBA and executive programs. A frequent consultant to senior management and chief executive officers, Duncan is the author of numerous journal articles and two books.

Holly LaCroix Johnson, senior vice president for the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), is corporate secretary for the ISM Board of Directors. In addition, Johnson is responsible for the communication and certification and diversity departments at ISM.

Tony Milikin is the chief procurement officer and senior vice president for supply chain MeadWestvaco, a leading global producer of packaging, coated and specialty papers, consumer and office products, and specialty chemicals. He is responsible for managing $4.5 billion in spend annually for the company, which has 153 operating and office locations in 29 countries.

R. David Nelson, C.P.M., is chief supply chain/strategy for HTC Global Services, Inc. He is former vice president, global supply management for Delphi Corporation, the world's largest maker of automotive and transportation electronics and systems. From 2002-06, he led global supply management operations encompassing 2,700 supply chain professionals and $18 billion in total annual spend. During this time, Nelson also served on the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group.

Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P., is ISM's chief executive officer. Novak led the institute in a major change in its governance, which has resulted in the implementation of a leadership-based board of directors. Following this change, Novak led the organization in broadening its focus from purchasing into supply management.

Dr. Michael Orris is the chief procurement officer for Rolls-Royce plc, in London. Most recently, Orris was executive director of Delphi supply management and corporate director of the company wide initiative Enterprisewide, direct Material Attack on Costs (EMAC). Orris holds a BA in economics and business from the University of Pittsburgh as well as an MA in industrial management from Central Michigan University. He is also a doctor of education in leadership, organizational design, and has had a successful career in manufacturing and supply management.

Grace Puma is the vice president for indirect materials and services global supply chain at Kraft Foods. She has more than 20 years of experience in strategic procurement. As vice president, indirect materials and services, her responsibilities include leading a team of 360 people in the negotiation and contracting of $4 billion of transportation/distribution services, capital equipment and manufacturing services and supplies used across Kraft's global businesses.

Shelley Stewart Jr. is senior vice president operational excellence and chief procurement officer at Tyco International (US) Inc. He is responsible for $20 billion in spend and leads cross-divisional sourcing teams in an effort to reduce procurement costs throughout Tyco by $1 billion. Stewart is also responsible for promoting best practices across the company's supply chain organization through the use of technology such as e-sourcing tools.

Deborah Webber, C.P.M., senior vice president, is corporate treasurer for the ISM Board of Directors. In addition, Webber is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the institute, which include customer service, accounting, information systems/technology and the Web site, purchasing/contracting, human resources, affiliate support, meeting planning and public relations.

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).

ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources and related capabilities the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. Further, supply management is: future oriented, senior-management critical, strategic in relation to the competitive imperatives of the organization, and a significant contributor to marketplace intelligence and profitability. Components included under the supply management umbrella are: purchasing/procurement; strategic sourcing; logistics; quality; inventory control; materials management; warehousing; transportation/traffic/shipping; disposition/investment recovery; distribution; receiving; packaging; product/service development and manufacturing supervision.

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