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Fri 8th Feb 2013

Optimum Procurement appoint Gerard Chick as Chief Knowledge Officer

Optimum Procurement appoint Gerard Chick as Chief Knowledge Officer

Optimum Procurement is delighted to announce the appointment of Gerard Chick as Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO).

Gerard joins Optimum from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), where he spent 9 years, latterly serving as their Head of Research & Knowledge Development.  He is highly respected within the procurement profession both in the UK and internationally, being widely recognised as a leading knowledge practitioner and shaper of contemporary thinking on procurement and supply.

Gerard’s career and credentials span the public, private and educational sectors.  He is an accomplished, speaker and writer on business and procurement issues; consistently bridging the gap between the academic perspective and the need for the practical application of new ideas within the procurement profession.

Prior to his career at CIPS, Gerard worked in various purchasing and contract management roles at leading organisations including the MOD, MI Group, South Bank University and The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Peter Rushton, Chief Executive of Optimum Procurement commented: “Gerard brings to us expert knowledge, valuable insight and thought leadership across the entire supply chain agenda at an important time for our business.  Our continued growth and recent success in securing more international clients means we are keen to enhance our presence and profile in the core territory of the procurement services arena.  Progressively, this will mean being more visible at key events, in print, online and through the origination of thought leadership collateral on procurement and supply.  The CKO role is pivotal in ensuring we meet this agenda and deliver against the higher future expectations for the ‘Optimum Procurement’ brand.”

Gerard Chick commented:  “I am delighted to be joining Optimum Procurement as they have an excellent reputation and proven track record of success in procurement services.  I’m very impressed by the progress they’ve made in such a short time, securing an impressive client portfolio and assembling a highly talented team. This means, I have no doubt, that the timing is right for me to make a real difference to Optimum in my role as Chief Knowledge Officer ensuring we get our key messages into the marketplace through a range of different media. Importantly, I will be continuing to support the development of the profession through ideas development and challenging orthodoxy.”

Review in Supply Management.