Your Vote Counts as the Institute for Supply Management™ Prepares to Elect Its 2003 Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE: November 5, 2002

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) – In early December, ISM members will receive via mail the 2003 Proxy for the Annual Meeting of Members of the Institute for Supply Management, Inc.™ (ISM). This year, you are being asked to vote on the election of ISM Board members. The result of the vote and a report on other association business will be made at the Annual ISM Membership Meeting that will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) at the national headquarters of ISM at 2055 E. Centennial Circle, Tempe, Arizona.

The ISM Bylaws provide that the Nominating Committee recommends a slate of individuals to serve on the ISM national Board. The Bylaws further require a membership vote, either in person or by proxy, to elect the candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee is pleased to have achieved its goal of recruiting leaders who come from diverse economic sectors, genders, and ethnic backgrounds, and who bring individual skills to leading our association. In our second year of transition, the Nominating Committee is recommending that a full Board term be given to those individuals who were approved for a two-year term in May 2001. In addition, the Nominating Committee is filling a current vacancy on the Board.

Your national Board unanimously recommends your vote "FOR" this outstanding group of individuals including:

  • Christine S. Breves, C.P.M., Term: 4 years
    Vice President, Procurement, Alcoa Business Support Services

    Ms. Breves is an ISM member and a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). As vice president of procurement in Alcoa's Business Support Services (ABSS) organization, her responsibility is to lead, coordinate, and direct Alcoa's global purchasing efforts with focus on the purchasing contributions to the company's goals. Ms. Breves' most recent position was director of purchasing, ABSS. She joined Alcoa in 1998 following the company's acquisition of Alumax Inc.

    During her 18 years at Alumax, she held a series of management positions in accounting, maintenance, strategic planning, and materials management, culminating as director of purchasing for the corporation.

    Ms. Breves serves on the board of directors of Quadrem, a procurement-focused e-marketplace in which Alcoa is an equity partner, and is a member of the Purchasing Roundtable and the Procurement Strategy Council. She is also a member of Purchasing magazine's Editorial Advisory Board and a former member of several other professional organizations.

  • Jack Futcher, Term: 3 years
    Senior Vice President and Manager of Procurement, Bechtel Corporation

    Mr. Futcher is an ISM member. He is nominated to fill a vacant term. Mr. Futcher is a senior vice president and manager of procurement for Bechtel Corporation, responsible for worldwide supply chain functions and resources. He has been in this role since 1996.

    In this capacity, Mr. Futcher is responsible for a yearly spend ranging from $5 billion to $8 billion sourced on a global basis. He is on the board of directors of three Bechtel affiliated companies and is also responsible for Six Sigma deployment in one of Bechtel's Global Business Units.

    Prior to assuming responsibilities for Bechtel's worldwide supply chain activities, Mr. Futcher managed supply chain processes for Bechtel's Houston office. A 20-year veteran with Bechtel, his previous assignments have included roles in Bechtel's reengineering activity, jobsite material management, purchasing, contract formation, and expediting. International assignments have taken Mr. Futcher to Italy and Saudi Arabia.

    Mr. Futcher is a member of the Purchasing Roundtable, the Procurement Strategy Council, and the Procurement Executives Group.

  • Barbara B. Lang, Term: 4 years
    President and Chief Executive Officer, D.C. Chamber of Commerce

    Ms. Lang is responsible for the day-to-day and strategic operation of the Chamber – the premier advocate of business in the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ms. Lang was vice president of corporate services and chief procurement officer for Fannie Mae. She was responsible for all of Fannie Mae's procurement of goods and services, real estate and facility and service operations, and security services that supported 4,500-plus employees in 60 locations around the country. Previous assignments at Fannie Mae included vice president of contract and procurement services and vice president for business management services for the technology division. Previously, Ms. Lang worked for IBM for 26 years.

    Ms. Lang serves on the following boards: D.C. Chamber of Commerce, The House of Ruth, and Southeastern University. She has been recognized in the community for her leadership from both a business and community perspective. Recognition includes: 2002, 25 Influential Black Women in Business, The Network Journal: 2000, Going the Distance Award, Minority Business Professional Network, Inc.; 1999, Women in Business Corporate Leadership Award, D.C. Chamber of Commerce; 1999, Diversity Award, Fannie Mae – for demonstrating courage and innovation in support of Fannie Mae's diversity objectives; 1992, Washingtonian of the Year, Washington Magazine, Inc.

  • Theresa Metty, Term: 4 years
    Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, Motorola Personal Communications Sector

    Ms. Metty is an ISM member. She joined Motorola in 2000 to lead its PCS worldwide supply chain operations and within a year reduced net inventory by 63 percent and costs by 22 percent. Ms. Metty was featured in Purchasing magazine (November 2001) as one of the "Women to Watch in Purchasing." As a member of the Motorola PCS leadership team, she is actively leading her organization of more than 10,000 employees worldwide into the Next Generation Supply Chain, a cutting-edge, world-class supply chain function critical to the business' future.

    Before joining Motorola, Ms. Metty led IBM through significant changes in procurement transformation, cost reduction, and client satisfaction, and was part of the leadership team that won Purchasing magazine's Medal of Professional Excellence in 1999. Before joining IBM, she spent more than 20 years at the Associated Spring Division of Barnes Group, Inc.

The ballot and voting instructions will be mailed to you on December 5, 2002. There are two easy and confidential options for voting your Proxy – by fax or mail. Remember your Proxy ballot must be received by the Institute for Supply Management™ by 2:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, January 16, 2003.

To Vote by Fax:

  • Mark your ballot that you received in the mail, placing an "X" in the appropriate box(es).
  • Fax your completed Proxy ballot to 866/830-9374 by 2:00 p.m. MST on January 16, 2003.
  • You must sign your ballot.

To Vote by Mail:

  • Mark your Proxy that you received in the mail, placing an "X" in the appropriate box(es).
  • You must sign your ballot.
  • Mail Proxy in return envelope provided. Mail to ISM Election Processing, P.O. Box 22160, Tempe, AZ 85285-2160, USA. Mailed Proxies must be received no later 2:00 p.m. MST on January 16, 2003. Be sure to allow sufficient time for delivery.

If you have any questions about your ballot or you need a replacement ballot, e-mail or call 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3023. Affiliates are encouraged to post this release in their newsletter.

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