EPIC Award Recipients Tops in Procurement

By Susan Avery

February 14, 2015 at 8:31 AM

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My Purchasing Center and ProcureCon presented the 2015 EPIC Career Award to Bill Mangen, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement and Supplier Diversity, Cox Communications, at a luncheon ceremony on February 12 during the ProcureCon Indirect East conference in Orlando, Fla.   

It is the third year that My Purchasing Center and ProcureCon recognize procurement professionals with the Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories Awards and the first year the two honor an individual for achievement throughout his or her career. 

Susan Avery, Editor, My Purchasing Center, and Frank Musero, Executive Director, ProcureCon Events, handed out the awards at the ceremony in front of approximately 300 procurement professionals and others. My Purchasing Center is media partner for ProcureCon Indirect East.

There are six EPIC Awards: Rising Star, Supplier, Individual, Team, Innovator and Career. The 2015 EPIC Awards judging panel did not receive worthy nominations for the Innovator Award so they did not select a recipient. 

Accomplished Executive 

2015 EPIC Career Award Recipient Bill Mangen is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience and a history of delivering year-over-year supply chain productivity gains through disciplined sourcing processes and strategic category management. 

At Cox, Mangen leads a team that’s responsible for more than $3 billion in spend and develops and executes supplier strategies to achieve Cox’s supply chain goals. He and his team have transformed strategic sourcing by building capabilities in supplier management, process improvement, risk management and by aligning to Cox’s go-to market strategy.

Before joining Cox, Mangen was Senior Director of Global Supply Chain Category Management and Strategic Sourcing at Hewlett-Packard. He spent five years in a global leadership role with Citigroup and 13 years with Verizon as Director of Procurement Operations and in other roles. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Tampa.

Supplier Collaboration

Tracy Joshua, Vice President, Indirect Procurement at Kellogg nominated the recipient of the 2015 EPIC Supplier Award: GEP. Of GEP, Joshua says: 

“In 2007, Kellogg began a procurement transformation and selected this supplier after a thorough evaluation. The challenge was to deliver $100 million in savings over three years while improving service. The supplier provided program management support, category expertise, supply market intelligence, analytics and tools to partner with procurement and business stakeholders to drive savings and embed leading procurement practices. Kellogg and the supplier exceeded targets by 50%. The supplier continues to be a strategic partner.”

Honoring Talented Individuals

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The 2015 EPIC Rising Star Award recognizes a procurement professional who is fairly new to indirect and shows promise in her or career. The recipient is Marissa Gilbert, Senior Buyer, Marketing Services at Campbell Soup Company. 

Vince Borzillo, Vice President, Global Indirect Procurement, submitted the nomination. In it, he writes of Gilbert: 

“Marissa deserves the award for many reasons but none greater than her ability to create transparency and trust at all levels of leadership. Two years into her tenure with Campbell Soup, the Chief Marketing Officer and other leaders sought Marissa to manage strategic projects on their behalf. She has an exceptional work ethic and executes with excellence. Marissa is reliable, proactive, and professionally mature beyond her years. I’m fortunate to have a great young leader on my team and excited to watch the promising career of this Rising Star.”

Individual Skilled at Team Leadership

The 2015 EPIC Individual Award goes to Viet Ho, Chief Procurement Officer at Frank Russell Co., also known as Russell Investments. 

When Ho arrived at Russell Investments, sourcing and procurement was decentralized. A team in finance was rubber stamping contracts for the businesses. No one was tracking projects or savings, leveraging standard processes or using spend analytics. There was no category management or supplier relationship management. 

Ho defined a mission statement and ensured stakeholder alignment and engagement. He developed relationships with stakeholders and demonstrated how collaboration can yield results. He created a balanced mix on the GSP team, partnered with audit, and demonstrates success to ensure return client business. He brings supplier ideas to stakeholders and senior managers.

Now, Global Sourcing and Procurement has a seat at the table, participating in strategic corporate initiatives that anticipate or use third parties to achieve results. The team is engaged early to partner with the business to define objectives and challenges and is responsible for identifying market solutions that help address the issues or meet the opportunity. 

Selecting a Team: Most Challenging

The 2015 EPIC Team Award receives the most nominations and is the most competitive. My Purchasing Center introduced the finalists for the EPIC Team Award during a webcast in January. Sharing their stories on transforming indirect procurement at their organizations were leaders of procurement teams at Campbell Soup Company, Flextronics and Intel. 

The recipient of the 2015 EPIC Team Award is Intel. 

The EPIC Awards judging panel finds Corporate Strategic Procurement at Intel excels in all areas: Healthcare, IT, HR and Product Engineering Services. Through collaboration and partnership with HR senior leaders, CSP has delivered the triple aim of reducing Intel's $700 million healthcare spend below national trends, improved the health of employees and drove accountability by implementing pay-for-performance contracting directly with delivery system providers, the first of its kind.

My Purchasing Center and ProcureCon will begin accepting nominations for all the 2016 EPIC Awards in September through October, 2015. Judging takes place in November. The two announce finalists in December. They will present the Awards at ProcureCon Indirect East which takes place February 22-24, 2016, at Omni Championsgate Resort, Orlando, Fla. 

For more information on the EPIC Awards, please contact Susan Avery by email at savery@mediasolvegroup.com

To learn about the achievements of the procurement team at Intel, recipient of the 2015 EPIC Award and finalist teams at Campbell Soup Company and Flextronics, watch the My Purchasing Center webcast, Procurement Teams for the 21st Century on demand. 

To listen to the stories of the 2015 EPIC Rising Star Award recipient Marissa Gilbert of Campbell Soup and finalists Megan Russell of Unum and Lance Sprague of American Financial Group, download the podcasts in the Media Center at My Purchasing Center

Also see the My Purchasing Center articles Meet 2015 EPIC Career Award Finalist Bill Mangen and Procurement Positioned as Leader

Peers in Procurement Select EPIC Award Recipients 

A panel of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) and leaders in procurement representing the My Purchasing Center Editorial Advisory Board and the ProcureCon Board of Directors selects the EPIC Award recipients from nominations submitted in the fall of the previous year. 

In making their selection, the judging panel measures performance of indirect procurement professionals using these metrics: 

  • Aligns with corporate goals and helps advance strategic initiatives
  • Identifies challenges, determines a plan to meet them and works to exceed management expectations
  • Encourages suppliers to be innovative and meet stakeholder goals
  • Measures effectiveness and delivers values

The 2015 EPIC Awards judging panel consists of:

  • William E. Bagley, Vice President, Global Procurement, Unum
  • Quave Burton, Vice President, Global Expense Management, Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Charen Buyce, Director, Global Indirect Procurement, Amway, and recipient, 2013 EPIC Individual Award  
  • David Butler, Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain, Philips Healthcare
  • John MacLean, Vice President, Purchasing and Transportation, American Airlines

  • Mike Rager, Director, Supply Chain, PPL
  • Frank Sanders, Director, Corporate Strategic Procurement, Intel 
  • Brent Shinall, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Rowan Companies
  • Frank Musero, Executive Director, ProcureCon Events, Worldwide Business Research 
  • Susan Avery, Editor, My Purchasing Center 

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Category: News Article

Susan Avery


Susan Avery is Editor-in-Chief at My Purchasing Center. She writes articles, blogs and white papers and manages and creates other content for the online procurement and supply management publication. She produces and moderates roundtable discussions, podcasts, webcasts and video interviews. Susan has 30 years experience covering procurement and supply management for Purchasing magazine and Purchasing.com. 

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