This year we have taken the rigour of the judging process to the next level across both the World Procurement Awards and the Procurement Leaders Awards, Asia Pacific. With complete transparency through a series of conference calls across multiple time zones and face-to-face judging days, we really ensure the best of the best are recognised.
CHAIR OF JUDGES
Chief Operating Officer
Nandini has 20+ years of experience in business growth, scale and transformation internationally. Nandini commenced her career with Ernst & Young Management Consulting in Australasia. Subsequently in her 11 years with Corporate Executive Board (CEB), she undertook a number of diverse roles in multiple geographies. Highlights of her tenure included being Managing Director, Sales in North America, heading up the EMEA business as well as leading the India Office and the Global Key Accounts portfolio. She was promoted to Executive Director and was part of CEB’s Corporate Leadership Team responsible for formulating firm policy and strategy. Post CEB she was at Opower, where she was SVP and MD, tasked with building the EMEA business from scratch and supporting their successful Nasdaq IPO.
Nandini is our newly appointed Chief Operating Officer. She heads up the Procurement Leaders’ global membership business, a rapidly growing community of over 24,000 senior procurement professionals accessing intelligence, networking and professional development on a subscription based service
President Global Procurement
Yao Fuhai is currently serving as President of the Global Procurement Qualification Management Department of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. In this role he leads and oversees the group in its strategic directions and general operations to provide all business groups timely, accurate, high-quality, low-cost procurement service and to support the achievement of corporate targets.
Since joining Huawei in 1997, Yao has served as Director of the Price Centre, Vice President of the Business Process & IT Management Department, Vice President of the Corporate Development Department, Vice President of the Global Technical Sales Department, President of Global Technical Service Department. Yao holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Electronic. Science and Technology of China.
Assistant Director Policy and Education Procurement
Western Australia Department of Health
Megan joined the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer in the Western Australian Department of Health shortly after the team was created in early 2014 with the remit of delivering a comprehensive procurement reform program across the health system. The reform program has resulted in a significant cultural shift within WA Health and was recognised with a 2015 Premier’s Award for Improving Government. In her role as Assistant Director of Policy and Education, Megan develops and implements strategies to continuously improve transparency, compliance and better value for money in procurement practice. Prior to joining WA Health, Megan worked in the Western Australian Department of Finance managing and developing whole-of-government contracts.
Head of Procurement - Food & Beverage Inflight & Corporate Goods & Services
Cassie is Head of Procurement at Qantas Airways Limited. Widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia, the Qantas Group’s main business is the transportation of customers using two complementary airline brands - Qantas and Jetstar. Qantas also operates subsidiary businesses including other airlines, and businesses in specialist markets such as Q Catering, Qantas Freight and Qantas Loyalty.
Cassie leads a team that develops and manages multiple global category strategies across the Qantas Group businesses and actively manages supplier relationships within a portfolio of categories including; Food and Beverage, Lounges, Media and Marketing, Corporate Goods & Services, Loyalty, Supply Chain and Logistics, People, Inflight Products, Travel and Accommodation. Cassie is currently responsible for leading her procurement team to deliver significant commercial and operating outcomes to the Qantas Transformation Program - one of the biggest turnarounds in Australian corporate history.
Cassie has over 15 years’ experience in strategic procurement roles across the Airline, Defence and Building Products industries and holds bachelor degrees in International Business & International Relations, an MBA majoring in Strategic Procurement and MCIPS certification.
Sing Mo Ho
Director Contracts & Procurement
China Light & Power Hong Kong Limited
SM is the Director – Contracts & Procurement of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, one of the two power utilities that serves 80% of the population in Hong Kong. In his over 30 years career with CLP, SM has exposed to a wide varieties of roles covering planning, design, project, operation & maintenance, asset management, change team and contracts & procurement. He has also worked in a contracting arm of CLP Group, and in sales field before joining CLP. SM is a Fellow of CIPS. He is also a Chartered Engineer with electrical engineering background, and has MSc degree in Business Economics.
SM is an advocate of collaborative relationship with suppliers. He is the Chairman of the Task Force on NEC3 Collaborative Contracting under the Procurement Committee of the Construction Industry Council of Hong Kong.
General Manager Raw Materials and Services
Mark Pickett is the General Manager of Raw Materials and Global Services within Rio Tinto Procurement’s Global Sourcing hub in Singapore. In that role, he is responsible for leadership of a team of procurement professionals that manage categories ranging from bulk chemicals and raw materials to the services categories of technology, outsourcing, travel, professional services, facilities management and real estate. Mark has been with Rio Tinto in Procurement roles for more than 13 years – his experience has spanned the full spectrum of procurement roles across Australia, USA, Canada, Namibia and Singapore.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Mark held procurement and supply chain roles for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Diageo in the United Kingdom. His functional experience spans strategic category management (regional and global), large commercial negotiations, logistics and warehousing, transactional management, supply chain systems, outsourcing, senior stakeholder management, team leadership and organisational change.
Mark is a New Zealand citizen, married with two young children.
Regional Head Asia Pacific Global Sourcing & Procurement Services
Jan Piskadlo joined AIG in September 2013 to take up a newly created role to transform the capability & contribution of procurement within AIG across Asia Pacific & Japan. This project has involved new investment in strategic capability, resulting in greater customer engagement and partnering within the business. Prior to joining AIG, Piskadlo was responsible for indirect procurement across Asia Pacific, China & Japan for GlaxoSmithKline, where he supported Pharmaceuticals & Consumer Healthcare. In his more than 20 years with Glaxo, he gained in-depth experience of all areas of procurement working in the UK, Europe, Africa & Asia. One of his achievements within the group was the creation of a world class Procurement Graduate Programme for Asia which has since been exported from Asia to the US & Europe. Prior to joining GSK, Piskadlo served at a senior level within Food & Beverage and Brewing industries in the UK & Asia. Piskadlo’s thorough grounding in procurement and strategic sourcing, combined with his passion for organizational development and his global experience, make him a particularly effective manager and a transformative influence on the function.
General Manager Procurement
Air New Zealand
Andy Richards was appointed as General Manager Procurement at Air Zealand in September 2015, and leads a team of procurement professionals who partner with the airline’s business units to simplify their operations, drive out cost and deliver a seamless and sustainable customer journey. Air New Zealand is one of the world’s leading airlines, which provides air passenger and cargo transport services within New Zealand, as well as to and from Australia, the South West Pacific, Asia, North and South America and the United Kingdom. Air New Zealand also encompasses business units providing engineering and ground handling services, and subsidiaries extend to travel booking systems and wholesaling.
Andy has recently led a transformation of the procurement function within the airline, delivering an organisation with a clear and simplified category model, that is better aligned and resourced to support the business and the other 11,000 Air New Zealanders to deliver an outstanding customer experience. As well as delivering some great commercial outcomes, his teams are leading the development and execution of other key value adding activities in the areas of Sustainable Sourcing, Supplier Enabled Innovation and Operational Excellence. Air New Zealand recently announced its best performance in its 75 year history, and the procurement team are proud to have played an important part in helping to deliver that performance. Prior to Air New Zealand, Andy spent 23 years with Unilever, with a career spanning a number of Supply Chain and Procurement leadership roles, based in the UK, France, Switzerland and Singapore.
Group Chief procurement Officer
Kaustubh has over 20 years of experience in fields of Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Commodities Trading and Strategy Consulting, ranging from operational to executive leadership roles at regional and global levels.
Kaustubh joined the Singtel Group in July 2014 as Group Chief Procurement Officer where he oversees the procurement and supply chain activities for the group companies. Prior to joining Singtel, Kaustubh was the regional CPO & Director of Sourcing/Supplier Relations China & Asia Pacific at Starbucks, based in Hong Kong. He played a pivotal role in regonialising the supply network for Starbucks Asia Pacific. Before joining Starbucks he held various global and regional leadership positions at Kraft Foods Inc., managing procurement strategy, direct and indirect materials procurement portfolios as well as procurement operations based out of London, Chicago and Zurich. His earlier career included roles as a management consultant and as a commodities trader.
Kaustubh holds an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Head of Group Procurement
Michael Werner was named as Head of Group Procurement at Axiata Group, one of Asia’s largest telecommunication groups serving approximately 290 million customers across 10 countries, in December 2015. He has been with Axiata Group Procurement since February 2014 and has been instrumental in transforming the Telco’s procurement from a decentralized structure into a centre led shared service and in setting up the Axiata Procurement Centre in 2014. Prior to joining Axiata Michael Werner worked for more than 11 years in Vodafone in various positions, finally heading the Group Procurement for Radio Networks in the Vodafone Procurement Company based out of Luxembourg. Michael holds a Diploma of Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen/Germany.