Ex Diageo head joins Heinz as CPO

6 February 2012 | Adam Leach

Dickson will be responsible for global sourcing and procurement for the company, which owns the market-leading ketchup and baked beans brands. He will play a crucial role in helping the business generate cost savings of more than $1 billion (£634.6 million) through a number of supply chain initiatives over the next five years.

Speaking to SM, Dickson said he was looking forward to “really getting my hands around a global challenge and hopefully raise continuity and push the functional agenda, not just on behalf of procurement in Heinz, but for procurement functions elsewhere”.

Dickson, who also previously held a number of senior procurement roles at pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, will take over responsibility for procurement at Heinz from Herve Le Fao, vice president of procurement EMEA, who has been standing in since the departure of John Hans last year.

A spokesman for the company said: “John [Dickson] will be responsible for implementing Heinz’s global procurement strategy to improve sourcing and procurement effectiveness and performance. He will be based in the UK and report directly to Bob Ostryniec, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer.”