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Institute for Supply Management, Inc.® Membership Vote Information

Proposals as Outlined on the Ballot:
1. Election of the ISM Board of Directors

The ISM Bylaws provide that the Nominating Committee recommends a slate of individuals to serve on the ISM Board of Directors. The Bylaws further require a membership vote, either in person or by proxy, to elect the candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee.

The current Nominating Committee is composed of two ISM members appointed by the Chair and ISM’s CEO. A current Board member chairs the Nominating Committee. The Committee’s goal is to recruit leaders who come from diverse economic sectors and backgrounds, and who bring unique qualifications and skills to lead our Institute. Individuals may be involved in supply management or other fields that the Nominating Committee believes will help the Institute with its mission to advance the practice of supply management to drive value and competitive advantage, and contribute to a prosperous, sustainable world. Each Board member’s term is four years and begins at the Board meeting following the Annual Membership Meeting. Your Board unanimously recommends your vote “For” these outstanding individuals.

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Kimberly De Witt, CPSM (Term: 4 Years)

Head of Procurement and Material Control CF Industries

At CF Industries, Kimberly De Witt and her team are responsible for the procurement of equipment, materials and services utilized to support the company’s manufacturing and distribution operations.

Before joining CF Industries in 2015, De Witt held a variety of procurement leadership roles at BP, Oldcastle Materials Group, The Walt Disney Company, JohnsonDiversey and Morton International. She has worked in finance, engineering and sales for ExxonMobil and Akzo Nobel Chemicals.

De Witt holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA in finance from Columbia University. She is an active member of Girl Scouts, having served as a troop leader and a member of her local council’s Global Action Volunteer Team. She also participates in Camp CEO, which gives high school girls an opportunity to learn about business and leadership.

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Michelle Hawkins, PMP (Term: 4 Years)

Senior Vice President, Strategic Procurement Charter Communications

Michelle Hawkins joined Charter in June 2012 to develop and transform its procurement organization. She and her team provide strategic-sourcing expertise aimed at bringing business value to functional areas across the enterprise. The organization also includes the centralized purchasing and contracts-administration functions and is responsible for Charter’s supplier diversity program.

Her career began in the telecommunications industry. She spent 22 years at Motorola in various leadership positions in direct and indirect procurement, overseeing team members in 16 countries.

Hawkins holds a bachelor's degree in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She has a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2010, she was a board member for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Hawkins was an instructor in 2011 for the Leadership in Supply Management program at DePaul University, helping prepare participants to earn ISM’s CPSM certification.

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Hemant Porwal, CPSM (Term: 4 Years)

Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Operations WESCO Distribution, Inc.

Hemant Porwal, CPSM, leads WESCO Distribution’s supply chain and operations strategy, responsible for all global procurement, inventory, pricing, operations, transportation, sustainability and supplier diversity functions. He joined the company in 2015 and is based in its Pittsburgh headquarters.

Prior to joining WESCO, Porwal worked at Sears Holdings Corporation, where he served for four years as vice president of global procurement function. He spent 13 years with PepsiCo, including management roles in operations, supply chain, finance and procurement.

Porwal received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tatyasaheb Kore Institute of Engineering and Technology in Warananagar, India. He has a master’s degree in management information systems from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in finance and leadership from New York University.

2. Proposed Amendment to the ISM Bylaws

Amend Article I, II, III, IV and VII of the ISM Bylaws to:
  1. a. Revise definitions (Article I)
  2. b. Amend the definition of a Member and remove references to Direct Membership (Article II)
  3. c. Replace the term “Affiliated Association” with “Chapter” (Article III)
  4. d. Eliminate the “Volume Discount Dues Program” and clarify language. The Volume Discount Dues Program has been superseded by the ISM Corporate Program (Article IV)
  5. e. Remove the Affiliate, Group and Forum Relations Committee from the Bylaws (Article VII)

The ISM Board of Directors unanimously recommends ISM Membership approval of the amendment to the Institute’s Bylaws, to enable successful implementation of a revitalized and effective chapter strategy. By doing so, ISM and local chapters will be able to work together to grow and provide local benefits to ISM members. Current references to “Affiliated Association” will be replaced with “Chapter” and the definition of an ISM Member is updated to align with the chapter strategy. Other modifications include the cessation of the Volume Discount Dues Program, which has been superseded by the ISM Corporate Program, and the disbanding of the Affiliate, Group and Forum Relations Committee. Communication with the ISM Board and strategy development for ISM chapters is now facilitated through other work groups such as the Chapter Advisory Council. Specific details may be found in Attachments A (proposed amendment) and Attachment B (comparison to current Bylaws).

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How You Can Register Your Vote

To ensure the complete confidentiality of the voting process and the accurate tallying of the votes, ISM has partnered with an outside election company, Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), to administer the 2019 membership vote.

Vote on the Web Starting July 10, 2019 8:00 a.m. MDT, USA
Click on the link provided in the election notice that will be emailed to you between July 10-12, 2019.


Go to to access the online ballot.
    • You will need your ISM Member Number and your Election Passcode that will be emailed to you between July 10-2019. You need both numbers to access the online ballot.

    • Once you have logged on, follow the online voting instructions.

    • If you need help logging onto the web ballot or you do not have your ISM Member Number and Election Passcode, you may contact Survey & Ballot Systems by phone, email or live chat, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT, USA. (The phone number, email information and live chat link is posted on the website,

  • Online voting opens on July 10, 8:00 a.m.MDT and ends at 8:30 a.m. MDT, USA, on August 22, 2019.