January 2009, Vol. 21, No. 1
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Send In Your Vote Today

The 2009 Proxy for the Annual Meeting of Members of the Institute for Supply Management, Inc.™ (ISM) was mailed to you on January 8, 2009. You are being asked to vote on the election of ISM Board members. The report of the vote and other business of the organization will be made at the Annual ISM Membership Meeting that will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time at the headquarters of ISM at 2055 E. Centennial Circle, Tempe, Arizona.

How can you register your vote?

The ballot and voting instructions were mailed to you on January 8, 2009. You have the option of voting your Proxy via the Web, fax or mail. |It is easy and confidential.

Vote on the WEB
  • Please go to to find the link to the ballot.
  • You will need your Election PIN and your ISM Member ID that were mailed to you on January 8, 2009. You need both numbers to access the online ballot.
  • Once you have logged on, follow the online voting instructions.
  • Online voting begins January 8, 2009, and ends at 11:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) February 12, 2009.
Vote by FAX
  • Mark your Proxy you received in the mail, by placing an "X" in the appropriate box(es).
  • Fax your completed Proxy ballot to +1 480/752-7890 by 11:30 a.m. MST on February 12, 2009.
  • You must sign your ballot.
Vote by MAIL
  • Mark your Proxy that you received in the mail by placing an "X" in the appropriate box(es).
  • You must sign your ballot.
  • Mail your Proxy ballot 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 than 11:30 a.m. MST on February 12, 2009. Please 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.

A brochure containing the following information was included with your mailed Proxy and explains each issue on the Proxy.

Proposals as Outlined on Ballot

1.  Election of the ISM Board of Directors

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

The current Nominating Committee is comprised of four members from the Board of Directors, two ISM members selected by the Board chair and ISM's CEO. A current Board member chairs the Nominating Committee. The Committee's goal is to recruit leaders of either gender who come from diverse economic sectors and ethnic backgrounds, and who bring individual skills to leading our Institute. Individuals may be involved in supply management or other fields that the Nominating Committee believes will help the Institute with its mission to lead supply management. A Board member's term is four years, and begins at the Board meeting following the Annual Meeting also to be held on February 12, 2009. Your Board unanimously recommends your vote "For" this outstanding group of individuals.

  1. Jean Baderschneider, Term: 4 years
    Vice President, Global Procurement, Exxon Mobil Corporation

    Jean Baderschneider is vice president, global procurement for Exxon Mobil. In this position, she is responsible for procurement, strategic sourcing, supply chain management, warehousing and accounts payable worldwide.

    Baderschneider joined Exxon Mobil in 1983. Her experience includes assignments in refining, marketing, exploration and producing as well as corporate-level assignments. She is currently a member of the CAPS Research Board of Trustees, the Senior Advisory Council of the Corporate Executive Board and the Executive Board of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the ILR School at Cornell and a member of Cornell's President's Council. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

  2. Sidney Johnson, Term: 4 years
    Vice President, Global Supply Management, Delphi Corporation

    Sidney Johnson is an ISM member.

    Johnson is vice president, global supply management at Delphi Corporation. Johnson is a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group. Additionally, Johnson serves as the executive champion for the DGSM Task Team.

    Johnson began his career in 1988 at General Motors. In 1995, he began work with Delphi as a supplier quality manager at the former Delphi Interior Systems in Warren, Michigan. In 2000, Johnson was promoted to director, North America purchasing for Delphi Packard Electric Systems and later was named director, global supply management for Delphi Packard Electric Systems. In February 2006, Johnson was named to his current position of vice president, global supply management.

    Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and technology from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He holds a master's degree in industrial management from Wesleyan University in Indianapolis.

  3. Craig Reed, Term: 3 years
    Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Eaton Corporation

    Craig Reed is an ISM member.

    Reed was nominated and approved to fill an open one-year term for the 2008 year. He is now nominated to serve the remaining three years of a Board member's four-year term.

    Reed is senior vice president, supply chain management for Eaton Corporation, a global diversified power management company. In this position, he leads global policy and functional alignment for supply chain management worldwide for Eaton Corporation.

    Prior to joining Eaton Corporation, Reed was vice president, global sourcing for MeadWestvaco's Consumer Solutions Group, and held responsibility for the procurement and supply management of more than 50 production plants and administrative operations around the world. He also has supply chain management experience with Delta Air Lines, Deere & Company, BMW Manufacturing and Honda of America Manufacturing.

    Reed is a speaker for the profession and has presented at universities as well as conferences on such topics as strategic sourcing, supplier management, development and supplier diversity. He has also helped to develop a Supply Chain Advisory Board for Clark Atlanta University and is a founding member of the Conference Board's, Global Outsourcing and Offshoring Council.

    Reed received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Florida A&M University and his MBA degree, with a supply chain management concentration, from Arizona State University.

  4. Ronald Schnur, Term: 4 years
    Vice President, Procurement and Supplier Management, Sears Holdings Corporation

    Ronald Schnur is an ISM member.

    Schnur is vice president procurement and supplier management for Sears Holdings Management Corporation. In this position, he is responsible for procurement and supplier management activities for all nonmerchandise goods and services. Schnur's team of procurement and supply management professionals works across the enterprise to influence and leverage supplier capabilities in areas such as facilities, supplies, IT, marketing, travel, printing and paper. His team is also responsible for corporate aviation, e-sourcing and supplier diversity.

    Prior to joining Sears Holdings, Schnur was vice president, strategic sourcing for Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado. In this position, he held responsibility for all procurement and supplier management activities encompassing raw materials, packaging, corporate services and supplier diversity. Schnur has held procurement and supply leadership positions in several other organizations, including Eaton Corporation and Chrysler Corporation. Schnur received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University — Bloomington and his MBA degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a board member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council as well as its Corporate Plus Committee. He serves on the Pennsylvania State MBA Advisory Board and has served as a curriculum adviser for Pennsylvania State's supply chain management program. In addition, he has served on the Conference Board Procurement Council, Purchasing Roundtable and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is the 2006 recipient of the Robert Pashek Award from The Pennsylvania State University for contributions made to enhancing the logistics and supply chain management profession.

The complete ISM Bylaws can be accessed on the ISM Web site by selecting About ISM, Association Governance and then ISM Bylaws.

Remember, your Proxy ballot must be received by the Institute for Supply Management™ by 11:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, February 12, 2009.

Notice of Annual Institute for Supply Management, Inc.™ Membership Meeting

Your attendance is requested at the ISM Annual Membership Meeting. Please plan to join us for a report on Institute business, including the election of the ISM Board of Directors and other matters as stated in the Proxy dated January 8, 2009.

The Annual Membership Meeting will be held immediately following the 2008 ISM Board of Directors meeting on February 12, 2009, 11:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, at ISM headquarters, 2055 E. Centennial Circle, Tempe, Arizona.

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