We all want to leave the world a better place than we found it. This podcast is about procurement and supply chain leaders who are successful in that pursuit.
Episode 20 – Sébastien Bals: Choose Wisely Today to Impact the World Tomorrow
Sébastien Bals Head of Procurement at UCB provides a fascinating perspective from traveling the world sprinkled with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is driven to positively reach as many lives as possible in everything he pursues.
Episode 19 – Marcelo Scarcelli: Walking the Talk on Sustainability
With roughly 20 years of business experience, Marcelo Scarcelli, Head of Procurement for Unilever, successfully manages the company’s F&B portfolio. In this episode, he shares outstanding business cases of innovation and product design—and ties them back to his role in procurement. Stay tuned and dive deeper into understanding how to think of sustainability through an entire value chain perspective.
Episode 18 – Aurélia Tremblaye: From Procurement Intern to Global CPO
“We are an industry that is transforming itself quite rapidly... Which I find quite exciting.” As one of the few female leaders in the procurement area, Aurélia Tremblaye is always at the top of her game - especially when it comes to pursuing a more sustainable practice. At ENGIE, she is tackling different targets at once, from working towards Net Zero by 2045 to discontinuing the company’s coal activity in all of Europe. Stay tuned to her more about her successful decades-long journey in procurement.
Episode 17 – Klaus Blachnik: From Ideal to Real...A Path towards Sustainable Procurement
"When we started this journey in the digital era, with our Ariba project, we said we wanted a lot very fast. It was our Fast Track project; and this was reasonably done. With an agile approach, this project can be technically implemented in three months only.” From the challenges faced by the Oil & Gas Industry since 2020 to OMV showing immense growth in 2021, Klaus Blachnik talks about how he led a complete transformation of procurement, towards creating value out of it. Stay tuned to hear more about his purposeful path towards sustainable procurement—a story which began with Klaus being asked a simple question: “Is your passport valid?”
Episode 16 – Tom Thomas: Providing a Stable Foundation for Albemarle’s Supply Chain
"We're expected to double our size over the next 3 to 5 years, from $3b to $6b. To be able to sustain that growth in that short period of time, we have to have a stable foundation.” Coming from a Chemical Engineering background, Tom Thomas now leads a unified and standardized supply chain at Albemarle. In this episode, he shares the intricacies of his role, his journey with SAP, and some personal anecdotes, such as when he explained what supply chain is to his six-year-old daughter.
Episode 15 – José Antonio Valgañón: Revolutionizing the Energy Business Across 5 Continents
“To some extent, the Oil & Gas Industry has always belonged to the Energy Industry; so, today, in most of the cases, the key players in Oil & Gas industry are also key players in electricity, and biofuels...” José Antonio Valgañón is the CPO for one of the leading Oil & Gas companies in the world–CEPSA. From a personal perspective, he shares about his close connection to the Basque Culture, and to the small village his grandparents are from, called Valgañón. Professionally speaking, he delves into the specificities of the Oil & Gas–or, better said, Energy–Business, and into CEPSA’s initiatives to revolutionize the industry. Stay tuned to hear all about it!