Senior Sourcing Manager Is 1,000th CPSM®

FOR RELEASE: July 17, 2009

ISM’s newest professional credential reaches milestone

(TEMPE, Ariz.) July17, 2009 - Sandeep Dar, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., a senior sourcing manager with Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is the 1,000th person to earn a Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) from the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM). He works at Winn-Dixie's corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dar has worked at Winn-Dixie, Inc. for more than five years, and says that given the dynamic nature of his industry, the tools and knowledge reflected in the CPSM® have proved to be very valuable. "Winn-Dixie's Strategic Sourcing Group has embedded understanding market dynamics, stakeholder analysis, change management, long-term supply-chain and environmental impact of sourcing decisions, and other tools into our culture," he says. "By encouraging supply professionals to align department goals with corporate goals, the CPSM® takes purchasing away from being a tactical group and instead makes us a strategic, cross-functional, value-enhancing partner in the company." Dar adds that the inclusion of social responsibility makes this certification very relevant with the times.

In addition to covering a broader body of knowledge encompassing the entire supply management field, the CPSM® requires at least a bachelor's degree. Dar holds a bachelor's degree in higher mathematics from Vikram University in Ujjain, India and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta.

ISM launched the CPSM® in May 2008. In a little more than one year, ISM has granted more than 1,000 CPSM®s to professionals in more than 15 countries. The content of the CPSM® Exam is based on the findings of a job analysis of the supply management professional position. The various topics covered are designed to reflect the knowledge areas needed to perform the important occupational duties of professionals employed in the field of supply management. For additional information on the CPSM® program, to download an application or to sign up for CPSM® e-mail updates, log on to and select Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) Program. Contact ISM Professional Credentials at

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 a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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