Gerry Walsh takes over as CIPS interim CEO

Gerry Walsh will step in as interim CIPS CEO following the death of David Noble.

Walsh, a past president of CIPS who served on both CIPS Council and the Board, is described as an “outstanding procurement supply chain professional who has operated at board level across a number of industries”.

Most recently he was CPO at Amey, a division of Spanish infrastructure company Ferrovial, where he successfully led the integration of two £1bn-plus businesses. Prior to this he was procurement director for the London Olympics, for which he won Professional of the Year in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2012.

Tim Richardson, CIPS chairman, said: “We are delighted that someone with Gerry’s experience and calibre is joining the CIPS team.

“Gerry has an outstanding career background and is not only very highly respected but is an excellent pair of hands to guide the CIPS team through the coming months.”

Walsh will take up the post on Monday 3 April, while the recruitment process for a permanent group CEO will begin in the coming weeks.

Throughout his career Walsh has worked primarily in the fields of purchasing, planning, logistics and operations management.

He started his career in the supply function at Ford Motor Company in 1978 and has since worked in a number of industries including Electrolux, Procter & Gamble and American Express, before moving into the food sector by joining RHM in 2003. He worked for Associated British Foods as CPO in 2007-8. In 2009 he joined the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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