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In Archamps (French Geneva Border), FRANCE

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  Ms Claudia Fischer, Talent Manager

Claudia Fischer


Claudia Fischer is Talent Manager Locomotives, Light Rail Vehicles and Equipment (LLE) at Bombardier Transportation, where she is responsible for all Talent Management and Talent Development within the LLE Division. Currently, one change project is to transform people managers into talent champions. She delivers regularly trainings and career coaching to different employee groups within the division.
Previously, she was managing Bombardier Transportation's Global Graduate Program and helped to establish a high quality talent acquisition program to develop Bombardier's future leaders. Additionally she was involved in the design of the Professional Graduate

Program, aiming to attract young engineers for expert careers helping to build a graduate talent pipeline for the organization. In that role she designed and delivered a number of development modules and trainings.
Claudia Fischer began her career in operational HR positions. At the moment she is doing her Master degree in Learning and Competency Management at Berlin University of Professional Studies (DUW). Additionally, she is a mentor of the program "Mentoring for Women in Brandenburg" which is aiming to keep young female talent in the Berlin-Brandenburg region after university graduation. Within the program she trained the mentees on career opportunities and required competencies to work for multinational companies.

  Mr Paul Gardner, VP Milk & Direct Materials

Paul Gardner

  Paul started his career in Manufacturing with Krafts foods making soluble coffee, before joining Nestle Petfood in 1996.
He joined Danone in 1999 and moved into WW Purchasing in 2002, starting in packaging, covering the Biscuits division (LU) and then the fresh Dairy Division. He then headed up the WW Milk Purchasing Category before taking full responsibility for all materials in 2012.
The role of the global categories is to lead and implement global strategies, but that must have at its core sustainability.
Paul has sponsored the Danone sustainable Agriculture Program, with pilots running WW
in Milk and fruit.



  Mr Pierre-François Thaler, Managing Director
Pierre-François Thaler  

Pierre-François Thaler, is a co-founder of Eco Vadis – a leading provider of Sustainable Supply Management solutions. Eco Vadis On-Demand platform allows large organisations to assess the environmental & social performance of their suppliers, providing seamless integration of these new criteria into their procurement processes. Pierre-François is the co-author of the “HEC Sustainable Procurement Benchmark” published in 2007 by HEC Business School, and wrote multiple articles on this topic.
Pierre-François brings 13 years experience in Purchasing, working for global industrial companies and innovative service providers. He was previously director of e-Procurement for ALSTOM and CEO of B2Build the first electronic procurement solution for the European

construction industry. Prior to joining Eco Vadis, he was a director of ARIBA Procurement Outsourcing business.
Pierre-François is an electrical engineer by trade, holding a Master of Science from Supelec and a MBA from Insead.  

  Mr Bernard Gracia, Director

Bernard Gracia

  In 1976, Bernard GRACIA collaborated in the launching of one of the first post-graduate programme in Purchasing in the world (M.A.I – Master Industrial Purchasing for the Bordeaux Business School). As Director of this post-graduate programme, Bernard GRACIA developed M.A.I Diploma as a market standard in France.
As director of MAI  (Master programme in Industrial Purchasing) in Bordeaux in the 80’s, Bernard developed an important network of Purchasing  Managers  and positioned the MAI Diploma as market standard in France.
In 1990, he gathered companies such as Aerospatiale, Alcatel, Bull,Nokia, Pechiney, Philips and Renault associated with the European Union to found the European
Institute  of Purchasing Management. (EIPM)
As director of EIPM, he launched the first  MBA programme specialised in  Purchasing Management in  Europe on  December 1991 and the first  European Roundtable for Senior Executives in 1993.
Bernard GRACIA acts mainly in consulting strategy, training engineering for multinational companies such as DuPont, Alcan, Bayer, Volvo, …
He also gives courses and develops research activities for companies mainly on competences and excellence model.

    Dr Corey Billington, EIPM MBA Professor
Dr Corey Billington  

Corey is a founding partner of e3 associates and a pioneer in the field of Supply Chain Management. He has 20 years of experience in formulating and delivering strategic innovation programs across the globe and in most major industries. As the director of Hewlett-Packard’s SpaM Group, and later VP of procurement, he not only defined how supply chain management is practiced in the high-tech industry, he also published a number of seminal papers. From 2005-2010 he was Professor of Operations Management and Procurement at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, where,as director of the flagship action learning program, he began applying open innovation and collective intelligence to business processes.

Prior to that, Corey was a consulting professor in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at Stanford University. In March 2007, the Production and Operations Management Society awarded him the Martin K. Starr Excellence in POM Practice Award. He is also President of the Procurement Sciences Institute.

    Dr Rhoda Davidson, EIPM MBA Professor
Dr Rhoda Davidson  

Rhoda is a founding partner of e3 Associates. She has over 20 years of experience working with companies to create and improve strategy.
Firstly consulting with McKinsey & Company and secondly building tailor-made executive programs with IMD business school in Switzerland, her focus has been on building senior managers leadership capabilities to take charge of strategic business problems and to implement workable solutions.
She has worked with multinational companies from a wide range of business sectors including BP, Canon Europe, Heineken, ING, KONE, Mars, Monsanto, PMI, Skanska, UniCredit (and others) and has addressed strategic business challenges that cover

all major business functions.

   Mr Henrik R. Rasmussen, EIPM MBA Alumni     

Henrik R  Rasmussen  

Henrik R. Rasmussen holds a master degree in Civil Engineering. He is an experienced operations and purchasing executive with a career in printing business and mechanical industry. His recent, highly praised MBA thesis on "Supply Risk Management" was based on extensive research and peer benchmark studies.
Henrik led the 2013 EIPM Survey on Supply Risk Management, and facilitated the later SRiM workshop on the EIPM French Geneva Campus. His article on Supply Risk Management was selected for presentation and well received at the 2013 IPSERA conference in Nantes.

   Mr Xavier Sarrat, Director, EIPM China     

Xavier Sarrat  

Xavier Sarrat has been working for over 10 years in the field of purchasing and sourcing as well as supply chain. Xavier started his career with PSA Peugeot Citroen. In his last position, Xavier was in charge of wood-pulp sourcing and supply chain management for the 15 Mills of the Arjowiggins Group in Europe for a total spend of € 500 M. Through his career, Xavier has been working within sourcing organizations and occupied various positions, covering various industries e.g. Automotive or Paper. Xavier had the opportunity to successfully implement all the key strategies of sourcing in order to provide as much value as possible from the sourcing side. As senior manager, he experienced both centralized and decentralized organizations.

Xavier is now the General Manager of EIPM China where he gives courses and develops research activities for companies mainly on competences and excellence model.



   Mrs Elsa Richard, Global Purchasing Director “Innovation & Supplier Partnership”
Elsa Richard  

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience with L’OREAL, Elsa is the Global Purchasing Director of “Innovation & Supplier Partnership” for the worldwide L’OREAL Operations.
Beyond exploring and identifying potential innovative packaging from selected suppliers, Elsa created several breakthrough business models enhancing the relationship with the suppliers and supporting L’OREAL business growth.
In the same vein, Elsa is a key leader in the organization of a very private exhibition inside L’OREAL, dedicated to Innovation, called “Cherry pack”, where very few selected suppliers, from all over the world and pre-briefed on main products expectations, propose their most innovative answers to all Brands Marketing teams and General Management, under strict confidentiality and exclusivity mode.

Since Elsa joined L’OREAL, she took over various positions in Purchasing domain from direct responsibility at plant level to a global responsibility for the Consumer Products Division and the Luxe Division.
She created as well the function of “Product and Packaging Intelligence” at the Packaging Research Department where she developed her strong skills in Innovation fields.
Elsa holds a post-graduate programme in Purchasing (M.A.I – Master Industrial Purchasing from the Bordeaux Business School).

    Mrs Layina Oudrhiri, Sourcing Leader "Innovation & Supplier Partnership"
Layina Oudrhiri  

Over the past two years, Layina has been managing innovative projects as Sourcing Leader in L'OREAL's Purchasing Department.
As such, Layina has been contributing in providing sustainable competitive advantage to the Group and attracting suppliers’ innovations through partnerships.
Layina joined L’OREAL 6 years ago on Purchasing Department, she holds a Masters in Projects Management from HEC Paris and a Masters in Industrial Engineering from ESTP / ENSAM Paris.



    Dr. Nicolas Reinecke, Leader of Global Purchasing and Supply Management Practice, member of the leadership group of the European Operation Practicer
Dr. Nicolas Reinecke  

Dr. Nicolas Reinecke is Principal in the McKinsey Hamburg Office (former Offices include New York/New Jersey and Silicon Valley). He is leader of McKinsey’s Global Purchasing and Supply Management Practice and member of the leadership group of the European Operation Practice. Since joining McKinsey in 1996, he has focused on operations engagements with a particular focus on manufacturing and procurement. He holds the degree of a DR;-Ing.(Ph.D.) in energy and chemical engineering and a Dipl.-Ing. (M;Sc. and B.A.) in mechanical engineering from the University of Hannover.
He has done research in the field of oil processing, multiphase flows and chemical reactions at MIT.



    Mr Jarkko Sakki, Vice President, Sourcing, Operations,
Jarkko Sakki  

Mr Sakki has been with Nokia for 14 years and has during this time held number of different leadership roles: he has lead software engineering and R&D activities for one of the business units, been responsible for customer care, customer support & telesales operations and worked as chief-of-staff for number of EVP’s including also current CEO Stephen Elop.
Today he is responsible for all Nokia sourcing and procurement activities: sourcing, indirect sourcing, material management and inbound logistics management world-wide.
Prior to Nokia Mr. Sakki was 8 years with PerkinElmer where he was responsible for software engineering & related service operations.

He has M.Sc in Computer Systems and eMBA. During his free time he enjoys digital photography, cooking and spending time with his family.

    Mr Frederic Petit, Senior Client Service Director,
Frederic Petit  

Frédéric PETIT is a Senior CSD at Resources Global Professionals France since 2005 and coordinates the Supply Chain practice in Europe. In that role, he is helping companies achieve their Procurement and Supply Chain projects together with his team of experts.
Prior to joining Resources he has been advising major companies in the industry, communication and pharmaceutical sector in sourcing and procurement re-organization.
Frederic was Chief Procurement Officer at Fournier (Pharmaceutical Group) in charge of non-production purchases.

He is co-writer of the book “Purchasing Management” written by Mr O. Bruel (04/07 Ed. Economica).
Frederic is also an interim professor at HEC Business School.

    Mr Jon Wesoky, Global Managing Director, Supply Chain Management
Jon Wesoky  

Jon is the global leader of RGP's Supply Chain Management (SCM) practice.  In this role, Jon is focused on setting the direction and strategy of our SCM practice area, working with our clients' management and executive teams to provide direct strategic and operational advisory support, and ensuring that the Resources' engagements and teams are appropriately scoped, staffed, and executed.  Jon has led numerous transformation initiatives in our clients' Finance, Supply Chain, IT, and Operations functions including engagements focused on process, technology, and organizational alignment.  Prior to joining Resources in 2005, Jon was Director at BearingPoint where he held a leadership role in the firm's Communications Industry group. As a Senior Manager at Andersen

Business Consulting, Jon led the Mid-Atlantic Region's Supply Chain team. Additionally, Jon has held both operational and consulting positions in the distribution and transportation sectors. Jon received his MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BS in Operations Management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

    Mr Oliver Knapp, Partner
Oliver Knapp  

Oliver Knapp is a Partner at Roland Berger. He holds a Business Management with Engineering degree from the Technical College of Aalen and an MBA from the University of Denver, USA. In 2000 he joined Roland Berger's Operations Strategy Competence Center.
His key projects include: Product margin improvement for a consumer goods company, development of global procurement organizations in the automotive and engineered products industry, PMI and cost reduction in various industries, moderation of the product development process and development of a market entry strategy China for a machinery manufacturer, implementation of a Lead Engineering organization for a

commercial vehicle manufacturer, development of a module strategy for a vehicle manufacturer, due diligence/red flag report in the floor covering industry, global benchmarking and identification of industry trends for a vehicle manufacturer, validation of the After Sales logistics strategy and development of a segmentation methodology for a global vehicle manufacturer.

    Dr. Sebastian Durst, Project Manager
Dr Sebastian Durst  

Dr. Sebastian Durst is a Project Manager at Roland Berger. He focuses on Purchasing and Supply Chain management. He holds the degree of a Dr. rer. pol. (thesis on strategic supplier development) and a Dipl.-Kfm./EMBSc from the University of Bamberg/Edinburgh. In 2005 he joined Roland Berger’s Operations Strategy Competence Center.
His key projects include: Design and implementation of global procurement organisations for various companies, setup and implementation of a program to manage critical raw materials in the automotive industry, development and implementation of a cross-functional value management concept for a consumer goods company, ramp up support for a joint venture focused on e-mobility, cross-functional material cost reduction at

several companies.

    Dr Jean-Philippe Collin, Chief Procurement Officer
Dr Jean-Philippe Collin  

Chief Procurement Officer at Sanofi since April 2010, Jean-Philippe Collin, graduated from Supelec, PhD Physics and started his career at IBM in 1982. He has held several executive positions in the areas of technology, quality and Procurement at IBM, Valeo & Thomson. In 2004, he joined PSA Peugeot Citroën as Chief Procurement Officer, and subsequently served as CEO of the Two-wheels Division, then as General Manager of the Peugeot brand in addition to being appointed on the executive Board of PSA.

    Mr William Shorten, Director of Specialist Training Programmes
William Shorten  

After graduating from university with a degree in Modern History William worked for 14 years for the UK Paper and Packaging company DS Smith in a variety of rolls from Operations, to R&D to Sales and completed an MBA. 
In 2008 he joined Saint-Gobain with responsibility for the purchasing of paper for the Gypsum activity (global annual spend of c.€250M) and became Deputy Purchasing Director for Gypsum in 2010. 
William moved to Paris in September 2013 to take up the role of Director of Specialist Training Programmes within the Corporate Training and Development department. 

    Mr Julien Chabannas, IT and Telecom Commodity Manager
Mr Julien Chabannas  

Julien Chabannas, IT and Telecom Commodity Manager at Schneider Electric, has been in the Procurement profession for 8 years. He has worked for 3 major companies in energy field as well as a Telecom operator. During his professional career, he has held various positions within Procurement and his responsibilities included Production and Non-Production Procurement (Electrical engines, Temporary Labor, Engineering services, IT Outsourcing, Software, Hardware and Telecom).


   Mr Jan Grönvall, VP Supplier Management    


Jan Grönvall joined Tetra Pak in 1980, and started off on the production side of the business. He was factory manager in UK and Argentina before taking up the production director job in Sweden.
In 1994 he became responsible for Base Material purchasing and for Tetra Pak's Converting operations worldwide. He headed Carton Division and later the business area Carton Chilled. He was member of the executive leadership team of Tetra Pak from 1994 to 2006.. Today he is VP, Supplier Management for the Tetra Pak Group. He is located in Lausanne, Switzerland

Jan was born in Sweden in 1952, and he holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Lund.


   Mrs Sabine Heine, Principal SCM Strategy and Governance Manager

Sabine Heine  

Sabine Heine is responsible for the overall strategic direction and governance of Vodafone's "OneSCM" supply chain function. Her portfolio also includes the SCM Academy, executive reporting and internal and external communications.
Sabine has over 12 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. Prior to her role in supply chain, she was part of Vodafone's corporate strategy team developing strategic direction for the company overall.
Prior to working in strategy roles, she worked in business transformation and project management roles with a predominant IT focus. Before moving into the corporate world,

Sabine held various scientific research roles. Sabine holds a Masters in IT from Glasgow University, a Masters in Fisheries Science from Aberdeen University and a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University.

  For more information, please contact :    
Mrs Natalia Savitcaia : nsavitcaia@eipm.org Tel. : +33(0)4 50 31 56 73
The European Institute of Purchasing Management
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 31 56 78 - Fax +33 (0)4 50 31 56 80  www.eipm.org
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