Remembering Karen van Vuuren, a pioneering Procurement Professional

| 1 Comment

  

KarenVanVuuren.jpgThe recent passing of Karen van Vuuren is being widely felt among the supply chain fraternity. 


Karen will be remembered by many for the important, pioneering work she did in establishing the procurement fraternity as a profession.
 

In addition to her tireless and distinguished contributions to the procurement fraternity, she held key leadership positions in industry, such as being Chief Procurement Officer of Absa, Transnet and the Gauteng Shared Service Centre.
 

She was VP of Supply Chain Strategy and Excellence for Anglo Gold Ashanti and Chairman of the Board of Management for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) when she passed away last week after a long illness.


Many will remember her for her great company – highly intelligent, strong minded and interesting. Always the advocate for the importance of leadership in the procurement profession, she spoke with urgent enthusiasim about how supply chains assist companies to address "the many economic challenges that lie ahead for both the private and public sectors in South Africa, Africa and indeed the world".
 

“Karen Van Vuuren was one of the most dedicated, thoroughly professional, engaging business women I’ve ever met," said David Smith, the 2013 CIPS president. "I was immediately taken by her leadership skills and vast professional knowledge of procurement and business as well as her engaging manner and charm as a speaker. She would have an audience of hundreds hanging on every one of her words. She has given hugely to the profession and served as a member of the Board of Management and Board of Trustees including two years as Chair. She was truly a woman of Africa, who contributed so much to making procurement available there as a real profession of choice. Our profession is a far poorer place without her”.


"Karen was instrumental in establishing the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in South Africa, having spearheaded the transition of IPSA (the Institute of Purchasing of South Africa) to CIPS. Her strategic thinking in this regard laid a foundation that has resulted in advocacy for the procurement profession taking a giant leap forward. Her work at Transnet in establishing the Competitive Supplier Development Programme (CSDP) is influencing supplier development strategy at a national level and will have an impact on the competitiveness of the country for generations," notes Bernie van Niekerk, Editor of SmartProcurement.


"Always positive, always pushing forward, Karen was a welcome sight at our events over the years and her guiding contributions to SmartProcurement and Smart Procurement World will be treasured. Thank you Karen."
 

"When Karen graciously agreed to a profile on SmartProcurement she said her management motto is “being nice” and her favourite global organisation was the the Body Shop, because the socially aware UK beauty chain had "made a business out of being nice"."
 

Karen's legacy in Procurement and Supply Chain Management will continue to be felt and we offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
 

Karen van Vuuren was a member of the SmartProcurement Advisory Board, providing direction for the content of our conferences so that they are always useful to the profession. Her candid input is irreplaceable she will be sadly missed.

1 Comment

Thank you for the recognition given to one of Supply Chain's greatest supporters and designer of Supply Chain in the 21st century. Karen will be missed dearly.

Leave a comment


SmartProcurement Newsletter
X

Please enter your details below to receive the SmartProcurement Newsletter for FREE on a regular basis.

As part of the SmartProcurement Newsletter you will be receiving World Class Procurement News, Tools, Tips, Tactics, Procurement Training updates, Upcoming Events, and the latest Procurement Career Openings.

* Email Address:
* Title:
* First Name:
* Surname:
* Company:
  Position:
* Country:
* Public / Private:

 

Career opportunites

Sourcing

  • >500 000 Gauteng Permanent Procurement Officer / Specialist Strategic Sourcing
Sourcing R 800 000 – R 1.0 million ...More

Sourcing

  • >500 000 Gauteng Permanent Procurement Officer / Specialist Strategic Sourcing
Sourcing R 800 000 – R 1.0 million ...More

Supply Chain Planner

  • <500 000 >500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supply Chain
 Supply Chain Planner R 350 000 - R550 ...More

Supply Chain Planner

  • <500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supply Chain
Supply Chain Planner .R 350 000 - R550 ...More

Supply Chain Planner

  • <500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supply Chain
Supply Chain Planner .R 350 000 - R550 ...More

Supply Chain Planner

  • <500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supply Chain
Supply Chain Planner .R 350 000 - R550 ...More

Supply Chain Planner

  • <500 000 >500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supply Chain
Supply Chain Planner R 350 000 - R550 ...More

Demand Planner.

  • <500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Strategic Sourcing
Demand Planner.R 400 000 – R 500 000 ...More

Logistics Specialist

  • >500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Permanent Procurement Officer / Specialist
Logistics Specialist,R 400 000 – R 500 000 ...More

Warehouse & Distribution Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent
Warehouse & Distribution Manager.R 550 000 – R ...More

Operations Excellence Manager

  • >500 000 KwaZulu Natal Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supply Chain
Operations Excellence Manager,R 700 000 – R 800 ...More

Operations Excellence Manager

  • >500 000 KwaZulu Natal Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Procurement Management
Operations Excellence Manager:R 750 000 – R 850 ...More

Supply Chain Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Permanent Supply Chain
https://www.tech-pro.co.za/pages/jobdetail.aspx#!Gauteng/Supply%20Chain/Supply%20Chain%20Optimization%20Manager/TP2004313/MMaR 900 000 – R 1.0 million CTC ...More

Procurement Specialist / Buyer

  • <500 000 >500 000 Permanent Procurement Officer / Specialist
Job Purpose/Scope The role will manage relatively small

Assistant Distribution Center Operations Manager

  • <500 000 Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Procurement Management Western Cape
(Total Cost to Company R360K-R420K) .Location: Cape Town.Opportunity ...More

Business Analyst Continuous Improvement Analyst

  • <500 000 Analyst Permanent Supplier / Business Development Western Cape
(Total Cost to Company R550K – R650K)Role: Business ...More

Senior Analyst

  • >500 000 Analyst Gauteng Permanent Projects / Category Management
(Total Cost to Company R600k – R700K) excluding ...More

Demand Planner

  • <500 000 Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supplier / Business Development Western Cape
(Total Cost to Company R500K-R650K) Location: Cape TownThe opportunity ...More

Demand Planner

  • >500 000 Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supplier / Business Development Western Cape
 (Total Cost to Company R500K-R650K) Location: Cape TownThe opportunity ...More

Commodity Specialist

  • >500 000 Commodities Gauteng Permanent Procurement Officer / Specialist
 (Total Cost to Company R500K – R600K) excluding ...More