FOR RELEASE: February 26, 2008
ISM Public Relations
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(Tempe, Ariz.) February 26, 2008 — The leading organization for supply management professionals, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), announces its 2008 Board of Directors. The leadership-based board is made up of business leaders who hold senior-level positions throughout the world. The 2008 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 $17 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. During his time at A.T. Kearney, Blascovich has led strategic sourcing projects that have delivered cost savings for clients that range from $100 million to more than $1 billion.
Julia Brown is vice president, global procurement and contract manufacturing for The Clorox Company. In her position, Brown leads a strategic sourcing transformation at Clorox and sits on the boards of the Clorox Foundation and Junior Achievement — Greater Bay Area. Brown is the former global director and director of the Strategic Sourcing Center of Excellence for Gillette.
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 WRAA, Inc. and several of its affiliates, focused on developing and operating The Grape wine bar/gourmet bistro stores internationally. 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.
Holly LaCroix Johnson, senior vice president for Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), is corporate secretary for the ISM Board of Directors. In addition, Johnson is responsible for the Communications and Professional Credentials departments at ISM.
R. David Nelson, C.P.M., A.P.P., is chief executive officer and chief supply chain officer at Best Window Co. He is former chief supply chain/strategy for HTC Global Services, Inc and former vice president, global supply management for Delphi Corporation, the world's largest maker of automotive and transportation electronics and systems.
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, the implementation of a Board of Directors comprised of senior officers at major companies. Following this change, Novak led the organization in broadening its focus from purchasing into supply management. Novak is in his first year of a two-year term as president of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).
Dr. Michael Orris is the chief procurement officer for Rolls-Royce plc, in London. Formerly, 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.
Grace Puma is senior vice president — strategic sourcing and chief procurement officer for indirect materials and services global supply chain at United Airlines. Prior to joining United Airlines, Puma worked as a senior leader at Kraft Foods. As vice president, global indirect materials and services procurement, her responsibilities included leading a team in the negotiation and contracting of $6.8 billion of transportation/distribution services, capital equipment, manufacturing services/supplies, marketing services, and corporate and professional services used across Kraft's global businesses.
Craig Reed is vice president, global sourcing for MeadWestvaco's Consumer Solutions Group, responsible for the procurement and supply management of more than 50 production plants and administrative operations located around the world. Reed has supply chain management experience with Delta Air Lines, Deere & Co., BMW Manufacturing and Honda of America Manufacturing. Reed is also a speaker on the profession of supply chain management and has presented at universities as well as conferences on such topics as strategic sourcing, supplier management, development and supplier diversity.
Anthony Santiago, C.P.M., is former vice president, global sourcing and supplier management for Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global healthcare company. Santiago had sourcing responsibility for all cross-divisional supply chain items, which included primary and secondary packaging components, chemicals, energy, logistics and some third-party manufacturing, and also had responsibility for all indirect sourcing throughout the company.
Shelley Stewart, Jr. is senior vice president operational excellence and chief procurement officer at Tyco International. In this position, Stewart leads Tyco's Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, information technology, working capital, real estate and supply chain initiatives across the company. Stewart is responsible for $13 billion in procurement spend, $600 million in IT costs and leads cross-divisional teams in an effort to reduce cost and increase efficiency throughout Tyco.
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 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 is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. 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).