15 women to watch in procurement

At Fairmarkit, we are continuously excited and eager to learn from the procurement leaders that are driving the strategies at their companies, challenging the status quo, and pushing the envelope on innovation and technology. In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we compiled a list of fifteen women that we believe are changing the game when it comes to the procurement function, and embody what it means to be a leading woman in procurement and supply chain. Keep your eye on them for the rest of 2020—we guarantee you’ll be seeing more of them!

1. Julia Brown

Julia Brown is the Chief Procurement Officer at Carnival Corporation, responsible for overseeing 33,000 suppliers globally and roughly $10 billion in spending. She has over 25 years of global procurement experience and has held CPO and leadership titles at Mondelēz International, P&G, and Clorox. In 2019, Julia was named to the Savoy Most Influential Women in Corporate America list of African American women achievers impacting corporate America for the second time. 

2. Stacey Taylor

Stacey Taylor is the SVP & Chief Procurement Officer at MGM Resorts International. Unlike many people in procurement, Stacey began her career in purchasing at age 18. Fast forward to today and she manages over $2 billion spend for U.S. and international properties, with over 100 people on her team alone. Diversity in procurement is important to Stacey, which we loved learning in the spirit of International Women’s Day. She does her best to implement that on her team with 4 of her direct reports being women and 2 being men. 

3. Jill Robbins

Jill Robbins is currently the Senior Director of Global Procurement - Indirect Goods and Services at Elanco. On top of her day job where she is leading a global team and responsible for more than $1.5B in spend, Jill is also an award-winning member of Thinkers 360 thought leadership platform. She speaks as a keynote and thought leader at top conferences, organizations and business schools worldwide about her expertise in entrepreneurship, business, negotiations, and supply chain.

4. Nancy Murray

Nancy Murray has worked in the strategic sourcing and procurement field for over 15 years and is currently the Vice President of Sourcing, Procurement and Travel Operations at Endeavor. She is also on the Endeavor M&A integration management team. Nancy is past President of ISM-NY and is a speaker at the 2020 ProcureCon Travel conference coming up this May. 

5. Taryn Thompson

"The financial services industry is facing increasing pressure to ensure that the expanding networks of suppliers and partners with which we work are adequately prepared to manage and mitigate risk," says Taryn Thompson, who recently became the Chief Procurement Officer at Bank of America. She has spent over 15 years with the company, climbing through the ranks to the C-suite.

6. Vee Sandhu

Vee Sandhu is the Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing at Twilio Inc. and has been a procurement leader of teams at household names including Amazon.com, SAP, Walmartlabs, Salesforce, and Box. To combat the pressures of Silicon Valley, Vee is also a speaker and creator of corporate mindfulness programs to help coach and mentor people balancing their home and work lives. 

7. Kimberly DeWitt

Kimberly DeWitt is the Head of Procurement and Material Control at CF Industries. She has transformed procurement in massive organizations through strategic leadership, process improvement, and the development of global sourcing networks and talent. Kimberly has held a variety of leadership roles at BP, Oldcastle, Disney, Diversey (formerly JohnsonDiversey, part of the SC Johnson family of companies) now Sealed Air and Morton (now part of Dow). She is also a past speaker of ProcureCon East. 

8. Christy Bradley Orazi

Christy Bradley Orazi is the newly appointed Chief Procurement Officer at MUFG. Prior to joining MUFG, Christy spent 11 years in various procurement leadership roles at BB&T, and prior to that, she spent 12 years at IBM in supply chain, engineering and procurement leadership roles. She has a passion for innovating solutions utilizing technology to enable business models that drive client success.

9. Katie Smith

Katie Smith is the Head of Global Strategic Sourcing & Procurement COE at HERE Technologies. She is a past speaker of ProcureCon Indirect West. When asked how to drive value beyond savings, Katie’s advice is to: “Find out stakeholders’ strategies, find out their plans. Build a business case using their language.”

10. Kerry Walland

Kerry Walland is the Chief Procurement Officer at Travelport. She has over 20 years of experience in sourcing, procurement, supply chain, and leadership for Fortune 100 and 500 companies including NBC Universal, GE Capital, Sony Pictures, Mattel, Gemstar-TV Guide, TiVo Corporation (formerly Rovi), and Travelport. Kerry has also effectively managed over $2 Billion of both direct and indirect spend, mergers and acquisitions, and over 1000 resources globally.

11. Linda Chuan

Linda Chuan is the Head of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement at Box and has experience working with organizations such as GE Capital, Gap Inc., PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems, Yahoo!, Salesforce and Thomson Reuters. Linda is best known as a pioneer, advocate, and co-champion of "CRM for the Buy-Side" at Salesforce, showing how CRM can be utilized for the buy-side to realize automation and efficiency while achieving transparency and savings. She has been a Dreamforce speaker three times as a thought leader on the topics of supply chain and procurement. 

12. Evelyn MacLean-Quick

Evelyn MacLean-Quick spent over 4 years as the Chief Procurement Officer at Hess and is currently the VP: Energy Workforce Transformation. Evelyn is a Corporate Board Service Member of Hess Denmark ApS and a member of INSEAD Alumni. She is also an executive sponsor of the company’s Women Inspiring Success and Excellence (WISE) network and an Executive Member of the Houston Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network, which we loved to hear in the spirit of International Women’s Day! 

13. Jocelyn Stahl

Jocelyn Stahl has been with The Hershey Company for over 11 years in procurement. Always looking continue learning, Jocelyn recently moved from indirect procurement to her current role as Director of Manufacturing Alliances which encompasses contract manufacturing and contract packaging. She and the team have challenged the status quo while serving the needs of the business and improved the perception of working with procurement departments. 

14. Nisreen Bagasra

Nisreen Bagasra leads Veolia North America’s procurement organization as their CPO, where she maximizes value and mitigates risk across the company’s supply base. Beyond her work with Veolia’s North American procurement operations, Nisreen also has a seat at Veolia’s global executive procurement counsel. Nisreen is excited about the future of procurement and “the ability we have to make more happen with less by automating transactional purchasing using technology.”

15. Rendi Miller

Rendi Miller is a sourcing and procurement leader and is currently the VP of Procurement at Zendesk. She is experienced in developing global strategic sourcing, category management, and P2P solutions with a strong background in travel and expense programs. She recently sat down with Mark Raffan of the Negotiations Ninja podcast to discuss how procurement professionals can improve interfacing with business stakeholders to develop trust and build relationships. 

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