COVID-19/Coronavirus

CIPS Breakfast Briefing - Managing Risk in Procurement and Supply on 30 April 2020 at etc.venues, Fenchurch Street, London, has been postponed - new event format or dates to be announced.

CIPS and Haymarket Media Group (who deliver events on behalf of the CIPS) have been closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus on a daily basis and the welfare of our delegates is always front of mind.

In this instance, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event to the nearest suitable opportunity in the future or to present this as an online, virtual event.

We have not made this decision lightly but we want to ensure we can provide the best experience possible for attendees. If you have booked on the event your booking will be automatically confirmed for the revised date, or event format, which will be announced as soon as possible. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your continued support.

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Alex Jennings

Alex Jennings

SpecialityChief Procurement Officer, DS Smith
Alex is a global procurement, supply chain and sales leader, with a track record of delivering bottom- line results through comprehensive business and process improvements, backed by extensive procurement, supply chain and commercial experience. Alex is the chief procurement officer at DS Smith and part of the General Operating Council (GOC), setting the strategic direction for the company. DS Smith are a leading provider of corrugated packaging and are present in 37 countries, employing around 30,000 people. The firm does not just offer raw materials, packaging and recycling processes, but as packaging strategists considers a longer term strategy to create a more efficient packaging ecosystem. Alex’s key role is to transform the procurement and logistics operations inline with the expectations of a FTSE100 business. Previously, Alex was CPO at Rexam, where he was responsible for global procurement, managing teams out of London, Rio, Chicago & Dubai. His final role at Rexam was as part of the leadership team of Divestco, tasked with selling $3.5bn worth of assets required to be sold by the EU and FTC following the acquisition of Rexam by Ball. Alex also spent seven years in procurement roles at both Toyota and GE. Alex puts much of his success in procurement down to the six years he was responsible for the European sales team at Rexam, where he learned to understand things from the other side of the fence and developed the art of selling, which he believes a much underated skill in procurement. He is committed to driving the improvement of the profession, having previously been an elected member of CIPS congress. Outside of work Alex and his wife Sharon volunteer at the Kings Arms Project providing hot food and drink for rough sleepers and those in need and acting as mentors on the Pathways to Work programme. His other passions are their three boys, two dogs, travelling, gardening, golf and Aston Villa.

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