Don’s career began in 1972 at what is now Reckitt Benckiser where he purchased capital equipment, later becoming materials manager for a number of its manufacturing sites. In 1979, his career took him to Mars, where he had a number of senior positions in Uncle Ben’s and M&M before being promoted to lead Mars’ entire North American logistics operation from its shared service centre in Hackettstown. After 18 years at Mars, he moved to Colgate Palmolive where he took over the global materials, logistics and sourcing role for the entire business. He was given the remit to expand his influence yet more by Colgate in 2005, when the new position of VP and chief procurement officer was created to expand the reach of procurement into “every line of the P&L”.
In 2008, he joined Rutgers University as a full-time faculty professor with the responsibility to develop its new supply chain management program. Under Don’s leadership, Rutgers SCM program is now ranked continuously high in the US by Gartner Research and he has helped a whole new generation of individuals embark on promising careers in procurement. In 2014, Don received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Procurement Leaders.
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