New hires for Procurement Leaders research division boosts strategic procurement experience

Procurement Leaders has announced the appointment of three senior hires to its content, research and Academy divisions.

Eva Milko, the former senior director of global procurement at Molson Coors, has joined as vice president, product development; Heather Scothern, former Global Procurement Capability Manager at Diageo, has joined as Director of the Procurement Leaders Academy; while Cara Wiggins, a former procurement director at BT, has joined as research development director.

Both Milko and Wiggins bring a huge amount of strategic procurement experience to Procurement Leaders and will be working with the current content team to bring even greater value to the membership community. Scothern will help to grow and develop the Academy offering, following a successful career in strategic learning solutions.

Milko joined the Coors Brewing Company in 1999 after a successful spell at 3Com, and was responsible for $400m of marketing spend and a multinational team of procurement professionals spread across nine countries. She also coordinated the development and maintenance of global procurement systems.

Wiggins is a global procurement executive with more than 25-years’ experience in both the private and public sector. She joins Procurement Leaders following senior roles at GE, Barclays, Lloyds TSB, BT and deSter and brings significant experience in the development and implementation of strategic programmes for process improvement, leverage of spend and the governance of critical supply relationships.

With over 20 years in Learning & Development, Scothern has extensive experience of developing and implementing functional learning academies. Previous roles have included Director of her own learning development consultancy, working with E-on and both small and medium enterprises; plus leading global learning functions in the Financial Services sector, Local Government, Retail and most recently Diageo – strategically providing interactive learning solutions to meet business needs.

Alex Martinez, chief executive of Procurement Leaders, said: “There is a breadth of opportunity and masses of exciting products to develop and launch, and Cara, Heather and Eva are three crucial hires that will help us to bring maximum value to our members.”