First International CPSM® Announced

FOR RELEASE: August 7, 2008

Media Contacts:
ISM Public Relations
Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276 extension 3087

Jean McHale
800/888-6276 extension 3143

Eduardo Shelley, CPSM, with Oracle de Mexico, is first to earn ISM's new qualification.

(Tempe, Ariz.) August 7, 2008 — Paving the way for supply management professionals in Mexico, Eduardo Shelley, CPSM, is the first to earn the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®), a new designation designed to help prepare supply managers for broader levels of responsibility. Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) launched the CPSM® during its 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in St. Louis in May 2008.

Shelley is employed by Oracle de Mexico and has been involved in industry operations since 1984. He has led and participated in projects in the automotive, steel and high-tech industries. Shelley was part of the CPSM® pilot testing program through ISM's Mexican affiliate, APROCAL.

In order to earn the CPSM®, Shelley had to meet all the criteria established by ISM for earning the qualification, including:

  • Three years of full-time professional supply management experience (nonclerical or nonsupport);
  • A clear statement from a specific country's higher learning and accrediting body concerning a degree's equivalency or a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Pass all three CPSM® Exams, or take the bridge exam if already a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) in good standing.

"I strongly believe that education is the key for the progress of any country, and that is especially true for Mexico," said Shelley. "We are seeing a lot of companies moving manufacturing facilities to this country. To add value to our products and processes we have to have a more educated workforce at all levels."

The CPSM® represents the highest degree of professional competencies, containing the most comprehensive body of knowledge, and is designed to lead the profession by emphasizing the main components of supply management. Professionals who obtain the CPSM® will have an advanced-level of broad-based skills to make better decisions regarding their organization's supply network, including how to take full advantage of opportunities around the world.

For additional information on the CPSM® program and exam preparation materials, or to sign up for CPSM® e-mail updates, log on to and select Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®) Program.

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).

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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