Leadership Profile: Ian Russell of ABSA

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This month Smart Procurement profiles the dynamic CPO of ABSA:  Ian Russell.

Ian Russell.jpgFull Name: Ian Russell
Position: CPO, ABSA (SA's largest banking group & a subsidiary of Barclays).
Private sector OR Public sector: Private Sector.
Core business activity of the enterprise: Financial services.
Number of people in your P & SM Organisation:
100 in procurement, 600 in total.
Your organisations' procurement spend: R9 billion.
Management motto: "Just do it."
Membership of professional bodies: A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).
What is your vision for P&SM: That it becomes an integral part of business.
Personal best achievement: Learning to fly before I could drive.
The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: Toby Broome (ex-boss at Barclays).
The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: Toby Broome (ex-boss at Barclays).

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Person you would most like to meet:
Jack Welsh.








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Businessperson who has impressed you most: John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems.







Your Favorite South African Organisation: SAB Miller.
Your Favorite Global Organisation: LVMH.
Your philosophy about life: "Just do it."
Favourite reading: John Connelly, Bernard Cornwall.
Favourite music: Jack Johnson, Jamie Cohen, Mozart, Beethoven, Diana Krall.
Favourite sport: Squash, Polo.
Favourite website: Google.
Hobbies: Polo, Golf, Squash.
Car: Nissan 350Z
Married: To Jessica for 2 years.
Children: None yet, but 2 puppies and 4 ponies.

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