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Major changes at the top in NSW Procurement

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Following the appointment of David Callahan to the role of Deputy Director General, NSW Procurement in May 2008, sweeping changes to the senior management team have now been effected.

A noticeable trend is the appointment of people with private sector experience, prior deep procurement experience, and relevant tertiary qualifications.  Callahan is a case in point.  Prior to spending three years as the General Manager-North, State Transit Authority, Callahan's experience is in the private sector, including a number of years in Australia and New Zealand with Coca-Cola Amatil.  He has a Masters of Business Administration and Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Bachelor of Arts, according to the Commerce 2007-08 Annual Report.

The key change in Commerce is that the previous three Groups have been collapsed into two, and a new office has been added.

eBusiness Solutions and Policy Support Services Group

Dennis O'Keefe has been appointed Group General Manager, eBusiness Solutions & Policy Support Services which combines two previous Divisions, eBusiness Solutions, and Policy Support Services.  O’Keefe was formerly General Manager, Tendering & Contracting and previously CEO, Health Purchasing Victoria where he was a firm support of reverse auctions. 

There are two functional units under O’Keefe in the new structure, and a number of new appointments have been made within the organisation.  It appears smartbuy may be a casualty of this restructure with a series of recent EOIs released for major technical improvements to the system.

Contracting Services & Strategic Sourcing Group

This is a new Group (incorporating the former Contracting Services Group) headed by Paul Dobbing who has previously held procurement roles in EDS, and has a Bachelor of Manufacturing Management from UTS. The changes to roles under Dobing are significant.  Several new appointments have been announced, and key personnel from the former Contracting Services Group have departed, including Harry Banga, the previous Group General Manager.

Program Management Office

Head of the new PMO, which did not exist in the previous organisation structure, is Adel Salman.  Prior to taking up his Commerce role he is believed to have had a senior procurement role at Cadbury Schweppes, managing a procurement team with an overall spend responsibility in excess of $400m.  Salman is understood to have worked for a number of large multinational organisations, including General Motors and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He has a BEng (Elec) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA.

For more detailed information about the changes at NSW Procurement, and the implications of these changes for suppliers, contact Intermedium.

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