Record numbers attend Procurement Leaders World Procurement Congress and Awards

May 2013 – London was the scene of the world’s largest procurement leadership event, as hundreds of senior procurement executives from every corner of the world descended on the UK capital to share best practice and attend the world’s most prestigious procurement awards ceremony.

With CPO speakers from Procter & Gamble, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Delphi, Flextronics and a host of other leading organisations, the World Procurement Congress set a new standard for procurement events globally.

“I always learn something – more or less every hour you’re learning something new,” said Angus McIntosh, CPO of Mars Petcare Europe.

David Rae, content and community director of Procurement Leaders™, said, “If there’s one event that you need to put in your calendar it’s the World Procurement Congress – it’s the standout, flagship event of any company in the world now.”

Following the WPC, more than 700 executives attended the Procurement Leaders Awards to celebrate excellence in the procurement profession.

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Procurement Leaders™ successfully launches Academy and Mini MBA

Mar 2013 – Following months of development, the first Procurement Leaders Academy course took place in London during March with procurement executives from around the world in attendance.

The Mini MBA for Procurement was created to meet the needs of high-potential procurement executives, and featured a five-day programme developed by leading practitioners and academics with decades of procurement experience between them.

The course is specifically designed for executives working within or alongside the procurement function. Taking place in a classroom style format, it delivers the main modules of a conventional MBA programme – from finance, marketing and strategy to leadership and change management.

Ultimately it helps high-potential procurement talent to develop the function’s value proposition while providing the necessary toolkit to take it to the next level.

Commenting on the launch, Procurement Leaders CEO Alex Martinez said, “We know our community has a thirst for knowledge, and the Mini MBA offers an extremely efficient way of learning from both seasoned professionals, academics and peers.”

The inaugural London event will be followed by similar sessions in Boston, Singapore and Miami.

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David Gilbertson, former CEO of EMAP and Informa joins award-winning Sigaria to support international growth.

Oct 2012 – Sigaria Ltd, the award-winning business intelligence and networking organisation for the global procurement sector, today announced the appointment of David Gilbertson, former CEO of EMAP and Informa, who has joined the Board as a non-executive director.

David, who has been acting in an advisory capacity for Sigaria since the beginning of 2012, will take up the role with immediate effect, bringing extensive experience in subscription-led media, data and events and providing valuable support for Sigaria’s international growth plan.

Sigaria, founded in 2004, hosts a collaborative network and professional membership resource that attracts thousands of senior global procurement professionals from the world’s top companies including IBM, Deutsche Telekom, BP and many more.

Commenting on the appointment, Co-founder & CEO Alex Martinez said “David brings with him a wealth of media- and data-specific knowledge, experience and intellect and understands the requirements we need in place to achieve our high growth strategy. Most importantly, David shares our passion, energy and drive for developing innovative and world class products and services for our customers.”

In the past year alone Sigaria has grown its membership base by 150%, expanded significantly in the US and Asia, and picked up five major industry accolades at the PPA, IPAC and data and digital publishing awards.

Commenting on his decision to join the business, David Gilbertson said, “I am delighted to be working with Alex and his team to build on the strong platform Sigaria has already established in the global procurement market. As it continues to extend and deepen its digital content and workflow tools I am sure it will see further accelerated growth and confirm its position as the foremost provider of actionable intelligence to procurement professionals worldwide.”

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