Author Archives: Gert van der Heijden

New CPOs: Start in the Finance, Sales, and Marketing Departments, Not Procurement!

Last week Spend Matters Netherlands welcomed a new guest blogger who is well known in the Dutch sourcing and procurement community, Dick Bartelse. He is the Purchasing Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coating division. In his role as Purchasing Director, Dick is always looking for new strategic challenges in the world of commodity buying. AkzoNobel is one of the leading companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Dick introduced Supplier Support Visits for Far East suppliers at AkzoNobel, and he is seen in the Netherlands as one of the best strategic thinkers in supply management. Later we will share with you the whole idea behind these Supplier Support Visits and the business cases Dick made.