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Procurement Leadership Council

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The Council is a vehicle for senior purchasing executives to exchange views and experiences on a peer-to-peer basis and to follow their field’s rapidly changing trends. The marketplace and conditions for the purchasing professional have changed significantly over the last several years, and there is no indication that this trend will change. In fact, the battle not only for talent but also for commodities and other materials and equipment is proving increasingly challenging.

This Council addresses issues that chief procurement officers face when implementing strategies for change. Organizational structures (the role of the procurement office), management standards, tools and processes for best-in-class performance, cost controls, suppliers' relations, and partnerships are regularly discussed. In a confidential setting, members share their initiatives, their experiences with fluctuating market demands, and ways to anticipate risks.

  • A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Axel Springer SE
  • Bayer AG
  • Beiersdorf AG
  • Danfoss A/S
  • Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Ecolab Europe GmbH
  • Faurecia
  • Ferrero S.p.A.
  • FrieslandCampina Nederland B.V.
  • GF Casting Solutions AG
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Henkel Global Supply Chain BV
  • Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
  • Infineon Technologies AG
  • Kingspan Group plc
  • Lindt & Sprungli AG
  • Lufthansa Group
  • MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc.
  • Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK Limited
  • Merck KGaA
  • Mettler-Toledo International AG
  • Nestle S.A.
  • OC Oerlikon Management AG
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Rockwool International A/S
  • SAP SE
  • SGS SA
  • SHV Holdings NV
  • Sanofi
  • Stryker Europe
  • Tetra Pak International SA
  • Whirlpool Europe S.R.L.
  • Wintershall Dea GmbH
  • Yanfeng Europe Automotive Interior Systems Management Limited & Co. KG

Enduring relationships with trusted peers is the core of the Council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the council value. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

  • Collective topic selection and problem solving that puts your issues on the agenda
  • Informal, real-time benchmarking of current approaches by member companies to the most challenging issues faced by product development
  • Multi-industry insights and best practices from non-competitive peers via in-depth discussions
  • Performance accelerating ideas for a key growth engine for your company
  • Networking, reputation building and access within your peer community

  • Digital Transformation in Procurement
  • Requirements for Big Project / CapEx Procurement
  • Capex Funding and Resourcing
  • Stakeholder Management
  • MRO
  • Contract Management
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • AI/ Robotics/Analytics
  • Offshoring/Outsourcing/Insourcing

Members will be the most senior purchasing executives within their organization. They will have Global or EMEA remit.

Maggie Robinson

Maggie Robinson

Council Director, Procurement Leadership Council
The Conference Board
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Why join the Procurement Leadership Council?

All Council meetings have a “hot” topic on the agenda, which is chosen for a deep dive to gain multiple insights from the members. Supplier Relationship Management was one of the topics 3 years ago which was a high priority at Danfoss. The experiences shared contributed to finetuning our vision. A great source of value was that one of the council members was invited as an external speaker to our Management Team Meeting to share a best practice on this topic. This boosted implementation.

Hans Keeris, Vice President Procurement, Danfoss

Being a council member is a perfect way to exchange with peers in a trusted environment. The group drives the agenda, and every council member is respected, and welcome to contribute. Coming back from a council meeting is refreshing and you always have takeaways. I think The Conference Board Councils’ secret is to have a homogenous group with the same interests, which at the same time maintains diversity.

Franz-Lothar Wolf, Head of Procurement Strategy, SAP SE

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