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Collaborative, multilingual senior procurement and supply chain professional with strong domestic and international experience and a demonstrated record of delivering superior results on a global basis. A proven record of accomplishments in driving technology-focused cost saving initiatives, supply chain optimization, and value creation opportunities. Strategically focused with exceptional leadership skills and effective at building high-performance, cross-functional worldwide teams and leading change in competitive, time-sensitive environments. Highly successful in forging relationships with executive-level decision makers, seizing control of critical problem areas, and delivering on customer commitments. A specialist who has developed and executed a comprehensive supply chain strategic plan, which has driven optimal customer satisfaction and profitability. A Six Sigma Black Belt with a striking duality of styles in both Purchasing/Supply Chain and Logistics with expert level understanding of enterprise architecture. Knowledgeable in all aspects associated with Supply Chain Management, ERP implementations, and the business functions that are associated with relevant technologies. Extensive Asian and European sourcing experience. Spoken foreign languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

Work experience

Oct 2004Present

Director of Procurement and Contracts, Global Capital Equipment

Western Digital Corporation
Recruited to negotiate and manage a $750 million annual capital budget for company’s worldwide operations and to provide strategic procurement leadership to purchasing professionals located in firm's divisions in Malaysia, Thailand, and United States. Team advancement and global profiling as best-in-class competencies in several areas. Development, evaluation, and deployment of local, regional, and global cost reduction initiatives with proven, sustainable results. Implementation of global eProcurement system with improvements around cost transparency, cost-control, and process efficiency.
Sep 2003Dec 2008

Cofounder & Managing Director

Two Oceans Consulting (Pty) Ltd.
Sep 1994Oct 2004

Director, Purchasing and Contracts

Read-Rite Corporation
Apr 1991May 1994

Senior Contracts Manager

The Boeing Company (formerly McDonnell Douglas Corporation)
Apr 1984Feb 1991

Senior Materials Manager

Motorola, Inc.
Aug 1982Apr 1984

Language Analyst

National Security Agency



Executive Education

Columbia University - Columbia Business School

Executive Education

IMD (International Institute for Management Development) - Business Programs

Executive Education

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Executive Education

Harvard Business School


Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business


Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business