Chief Procurement Officer, DS Smith
Panel: Managing global versus local supply chains – mitigating risk and reducing spend

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 DSSmith and part of the General Operating Council (GOC) setting the strategic direction for the company. DSSmith are a leading provider of corrugated packaging and are present in 37 countries, employing around 28,000 people, who do not just offer raw materials, packaging and recycling processes, but as packaging strategists they consider 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 Chief Procurment Officer at Rexam, where he was responsible for their 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 $3.5Billion worth of assets required to be sold by the EU and FTC following the acquisition of Rexam by Ball. Alex also spent 7 years in Procurement roles at both Toyota and GE.

Alex puts much of his success in Procurement down to the 6 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, he believes a much underated skill in Procurement. Alex is committed to help driving the improvement of the profession, having previously being an elected member of CIPS congress.

Outside of work Alex and his wife Sharon enjoy volunteering at the Kings Arms Project providing hot food and drink for rough sleepers and those in need, acting as mentors on the pathways to work programme. His other passions are their 3 boys, 2 dogs, travelling, gardening, golf and Aston Villa.