Breaking News! – Malcolm Harrison Is New CIPS Chief Executive

Malcolm Harrison has been appointed CEO of CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply).  I heard the rumours a couple of weeks back but in the interest of journalistic integrity (??) didn't say anything until the Prime Minister gave her approval for him to move from Crown Commercial Service (yes, that apparently is part of the process for the most senior civil servants).

We will have more on this in the days to come, but our first impression is that this is a good appointment from a CIPS point of view - and less good news for CCS.

Malcom took over the role of Chief Executive at Crown Commercial Service on a permanent basis in September 2016 (where his deep procurement experience was an essential tool) having been interim head in March; he then spent time developing the revised “operating model.” But he began working with CCS even before that, in July 2015 he was there on the basis of a 3-month piece of advisory work. But let's not forget Malcolm has had some very significant procurement roles.

He began in the purchasing department of Mars Confectionery as a young manager, and also worked in several commercial areas, including spending a couple of years based in Africa, doing research and market work on the cocoa crop. He then took a promotion to become head of meat buying for Pedigree Petfoods, another Mars Group firm. He joined Bass which in time became part of brewing giant InBev, where he held senior roles in procurement, supply chain and even sales. Probably his biggest procurement role then followed, as global CPO for Nestle, an incredibly large and international job. So he is a deep "procurement professional” but one who has some genuine Board-level general management experience too.

We are delighted for Malcolm in this distinguised new role, and we understand from a source at CCS that he says "Procurement is a profession that I remain very passionate about and to have the opportunity to lead the organisation whose purpose is to build the capabilities of everyone in the profession is a very special role indeed."

And he is determined to remain committed to CCS:

"... we in CCS have made real progress since 2015 and I want to ensure we sustain this progress, accelerate our growth and that I can hand-over to my successor an organisation that is recognised by our partners and customers for our expertise, our service and our track record of delivering value for money to the UK tax payer."

The appointment will begin from the end of July 2018 and we look forward to following what we're sure will be his many achievements.

The CIPS announcement is here.


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