Jane EllisMSDUK is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Jane Ellis, Manging Director: Head of Enterprise Supply Chain, EMEA, at Citi, as the new Chair. Jane takes over the role from 1st January 2016 for a three year term.

Jane brings with her over 22 years commercial, procurement and general management experience, the last 15 years at Director level and has been a Trustee and Board member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply 2001-2009 including serving as both Chair and President during this time. Jane has a PhD from University of Bath on Commercial Relationships for Supply. Jane is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement And Supply since 2005.

Welcoming Jane as she takes over the role of MSDUK’s Chairperson, Mayank Shah, CEO said, ‘We all are excited to have Jane lead this organisation during this important period as we enter our 10th year and embark on an ambitious growth programme to expand our network of EMBs and corporate organisations and make inclusive procurement part of every corporate supply chain. Jane’s vast experience in diverse industries and procurement network and her visionary leadership will help cement MSDUK as the leader in supplier diversity within UK and Europe.’

Commenting on her appointment, Jane said, ’ I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair of MSDUK. An inclusive approach when building organisation’s supply chain is increasingly important if you’re going to demonstrate best practice as an organisation – but will also become something which distinguishes companies from their competitors. As MSDUK enters its 10th year, I hope many new organisations want to join the existing members of MSDUK to create a truly sustainable approach to diverse supply chains in the UK. The evidence is already very clear to me that with the help of MSDUK, large corporates can have a positive impact on building and supporting diverse businesses across the UK – but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.’