Paul Novak, former Institute for Supply Management CEO, named Shipman Award Recipient for 2014

FOR RELEASE: May 6, 2014

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Receives recognition for distinguished service to supply management profession

(Tempe, Ariz.) May 6, 2014 — Longtime Institute for Supply Management Executive and Former ISM CEO Paul Novak, A.P.P., C.P.M., CPSM., has been named the 2014 J. Shipman Gold Medal Award recipient.

The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award was created by the Purchasing Management Association of New York in 1931, and is awarded annually to an individual who has performed distinguished service for the cause and advancement of the supply management profession. Novak received the Shipman Award at ISM2014, the 99th Annual International Supply Management Conference in Las Vegas during a special Awards Luncheon on May 6, 2014.

As CEO from 1997 until he retired in 2012, Novak oversaw all ISM (formerly the National Association of Purchasing Management) day-to-day operations. He began his career there in 1988 as Director of Membership.

Novak was a noted national and global speaker who was a proponent of the value of supply management, speaking to hundreds of audiences on the topic, and authoring countless articles that appeared in trade and business publications. He spoke to MBA and advanced degree classes at universities around the world on the association, motivating students to consider a career in supply management and procurement. Novak also served as President and Board Member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

"To say that Paul was a leader in his profession is an understatement. He was instrumental in raising the professionalism of the purchasing and supply management field both domestically and internationally. Paul helped establish global standards and a Global Standards Board for professional certification, raising the service level in countries where standards were low. Seven countries have been approved for international certification using the ISM guidelines he created," said Craig Johnson, CEO of Harry & David, a past ISM Board Member who has been involved with many ISM committees over the years.

Novak also broadened the reach of the profession into other countries, helping to establish 15 non-U.S. affiliates of ISM and 28 partnership countries for certification programs.

"It's quite an honor because I have known the last 20-plus winners in my role and to be in the same category of those recipients is humbling," Novak said.

In addition, Novak spent his career as a strong advocate and leader in helping to bring diversity and inclusion into the profession and ISM. He helped establish the Black Executive's Forum and worked with others in ISM and the profession to increase active participation by women, Hispanics and other minorities.

The profession has evolved over the years, Novak said, and the responsibilities are much greater now than ever before.

"The role of supply chain and procurement has become much more strategic in nature," Novak said. "It's global in scope and more demanding and complex. You can't make any decisions in a vacuum and as a professional you need to know your supply base. So the CEO needs to be in touch with the Chief Procurement Officer regularly. We have seen some major mistakes from companies where that communication wasn't present."

As for young professionals, Novak said they need to understand their role and their business to succeed in the industry.

"You need to realize how your position helps the company make a profit and to truly know your business," he said. "There is a lot of opportunity for young professionals that have success."

Novak earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and holds a Harvard Business School Faculty Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management. He served on Executive Advisory Boards for the Supply Chain Management Programs at both Michigan State and the University of San Diego. On a personal level, Novak was a 16-year member of Rotary International and the first male member of the Saginaw County Women's Shelter Board of Directors. Today he remains on the board of the Supply Chain Management committee with the World Trade Organization.

Johnson Shipman was a pioneer member of the New York affiliate of the National Association of Purchasing Agents, now Institute for Supply Management®, well-known for giving liberally of his time and counsel. The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award was created by the Purchasing Management Association of New York in 1931, and is presented to those individuals whose modest, unselfish, sincere, and persistent efforts have aided the advancement of the procurement and supply chain management field. Those chosen for the award have also assisted and guided members of the profession in their endeavors.


Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM's mission is to enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM® Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD®) certifications.


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