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The ISM Center for Strategic Supply Leadership



The ISM Center for Strategic Supply Leadership (CSSL) is an exclusive organization where forward-thinking executives convene for:

  • Executive development forums
  • Leading business analysis on the future outlook
    for procurement and supply management
  • Unique networking opportunities

Founded in 2004 in partnership with A.T. Kearney, the CSSL is committed to exploring the future of the procurement and supply chain management profession and translating it into robust, strategic development forums designed for executives.

The Center invites program participation of senior-level supply executives and their direct reports and non-consulting organizations with US$1.5 billion plus in annual sales. Other senior-level business executives are also welcome to attend The Center's symposiums.


CSSL Symposium

March 17 – 18, 2015

Geneva, Switzerland

DuPont Worldwide Headquarters

2, chemin du Pavillon – CH 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex (Geneva) 


CSSL Symposium at ISM2015

May 3 -6, 2015

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Convention Center


Registration and Hotel Information

Registration for this event is US$2,495 per attendee. Register online or call Customer Service at 800.888.6276, ext. 8. ISM Corporate Program membership includes one registration for the CSSL event. Hotel is not included. To register as a corporate participant, complete and send this form to Nicole Pattee at


Starling Geneva Hotel & Conference Center
34, route François-Peyrot
1218 Le Grand-Saconnex
Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 747 02 63 or + 41 22 747 0202


Agenda Day 1: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Opening Remarks
Tim Coats | Former Chief Procurement Officer | Worldwide Sourcing | General Mills
World Economic Trends and the Need for Value Enhancement

Session 1: Insights on Contemporary Value Accelerations
Gerard Chick | Chief Knowledge Officer
Author of The Procurement Value Proposition: The Rise of Supply Management

Group Workshops
• Talent acquisition and retention
• Contemporary risk management
• Expanding procurement’s value contribution across the supply chain/enterprise

Session 2: Group Breakout – Exploring the Challenges of Value Acceleration


Agenda Day 2: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Opening Remarks
Tim Coats | Former Chief Procurement Officer, Worldwide Sourcing | General Mills

Session 3: Session topic and speaker to be announced.

Session 4: Transformative Case Studies on Value Acceleration
Dean Fell | Supply Chain Development Executive | Global Indirect Purchasing | Rolls-Royce, plc
Klaids Lafon de Ribeyrolles, CPSM, FCIPS | Executive Vice President, Infrastructure and Services | Rolls-Royce, plc
Michael Throwers | Head of FM Procurement UK and ROI | Sodexo
Santosh Patel | Vice President, Global Sourcing | Lafarge



CSSL Past Participants

Aetna American Honda Motor Company
Bell South BP America
CAPS Research Carmax
Chevron Conagra Foods
Dell Inc. Delphi
DuPont Equifax
Energizer Holdings, Inc. Goldman Sachs
Google Henkels & McCoy
General Mills, Inc. General Motors
GSK Hewlett Packard
Hitachi America, Ltd. Home Depot
IBM Intermountain Healthcare
J. Crew Johnson & Johnson
Kohler Co Kroger
Lilly Lowes
Lufthansa Cargo AG Northrop Grumman
Novartis Vaccines Pfizer, Inc.
PG&E Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Pultegroup Rockline Industries
Schwabe North America Sears Holdings Company
Shell Sodexo
State Farm Insurance Company Sysco
Teva Pharmaceuticals Target Corp
The Boeing Company\Thyssen Krupp ThyssenKrupp NA
Toys “R” Us UPS
W.W. Grainger Walgreen Company
Whitewave Foods Co.  


CSSL Strategic Advisory Board

  • Mark Clouse, Partner, A.T. Kearney
  • Thomas W. Derry, CEO, ISM
  • Sam Dowell, Vice President, Indirect Procurement, Pfizer
  • Tim Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., MCIPS, Former Senior Vice President, Supply Management and Chief Procurement Officer, ThyssenKrupp NA
  • Paula Gibson, General Manager, Strategic Capabilities, Chevron
  • Mike Hales, Partner, A.T. Kearney
  • Jim Pazzanese, Vice President, Supply Management, Sodexo
  • Ron Schnur, Vice President, Dairy Supply and Operations, WhiteWave Foods