Top Procurement Leaders Honored at the Annual CPO Rising Summit

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Ardent Partners Inducts Two Chief Procurement Officers into Hall of Fame and Presents Four Other “CPO Honors” Awards

Tom Linton of Flex

The CPO Honors dinner saw two highly-regarded Chief Procurement Officers inducted into the CPO Rising Hall of Fame while four other CPOs and their teams were presented awards for excellence in procurement.

Ardent Partners, a leading industry analyst firm focused on supply management, hosted the “CPO Honors” Gala dinner during its annual CPO Rising Summit last week in Boston. The awards dinner, which capped off day one of the executive symposium, saw two highly-regarded Chief Procurement Officers (“CPOs”) inducted into the CPO Rising Hall of Fame; four other CPOs and their teams were presented with awards for excellence in procurement performance, technology, and innovation.

The CPO Rising Hall of Fame

The CPO Rising Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the career achievements of a select group of Chief Procurement Officers who have driven value from transformational thinking, next-generation strategies, and process excellence, while also possessing a dedication to the craft and investing their time and efforts in advancing the procurement profession.

Tom Linton, chief procurement and supply chain officer at Flex, was inducted into the CPO Rising Hall of Fame based upon the cumulative achievements of a spectacular career, leading large, global procurement organizations and setting the pace for CPOs around the world. Mr. Linton is an evangelist for center-led procurement structures, and, over the past four decades has managed procurement and supply chain operations across multiple geographies to great success. Shelley Stewart, CPO of DuPont, has had an equally impressive professional career and was inducted in absentia. These two inductees join leaders from Apple, GSK, and the public sector in the “CPO Rising Hall of Fame.”

“Tom Linton and Shelley Stewart were inducted into the Hall of Fame because each has made a significant contribution to the procurement profession over the course of their respective careers,” said Andrew Bartolini, founder and chief research officer at Ardent Partners. “Tom and Shelley are not only procurement visionaries, they are also considered among the most forward-thinking executives working in business today.”

The 2017 CPO Honors Awards

Four distinct CPOs and/or procurement teams received CPO Honors awards for their outstanding work and achievement in procurement in 2017. The awards and winners are:

  • The Leadership Award (CPO of the Year): This award is presented to the CPO whose department has achieved new performance heights as a result of their direct involvement, leadership, and exceptional executive management. The 2017 winner of this award is Stephen Listzwan, head of procurement, Shire Pharmaceuticals.
  • The Innovation Award: This award is presented to the CPO that has used new and innovative strategies and approaches to overcome significant hurdles. The 2017 winner of this award is Walter Charles III, CPO, Biogen.
  • Best Team Performance Award: This award is presented to the procurement department that has excelled across the full scope of procurement operations to make a significant impact on overall enterprise results. The 2017 winner of this award is Stan Brown and his team, CA Technologies.
  • The Technology Excellence Award: This award is presented to the team that has leveraged technology solutions to impact procurement operations and overall performance. The 2017 winner of this award is the “procurement team” at Boston Scientific.

“I am extremely honored to receive the CPO of the Year award at the CPO Rising 2017 Summit, especially considering the experience and leadership pedigree of the competition in the category,” said Steve Listzwan, head of procurement, Shire Pharmaceuticals. “The procurement profession continues to remain at the leading edge of driving significant transformational improvements in many world-class organizations and I am thankful that Ardent Partners recognizes the contributions of our great profession through their annual awards.”

“Seeing the caliber of the companies represented at this conference, CA Technologies is very proud to have the opportunity to be considered, and for winning this prestigious award. For CA, winning this award has been a confirmation that to really make a significant, positive impact to the business, you have to have a global team, dedicated to achieving common goals with committed effort across the Procurement function,” said Stan Brown, chief procurement officer, CA Technologies. “Thank you, Ardent Partners, and everyone who voted for CA Technologies.”

“For the past two years, we have been driving a transformation of our Indirect Sourcing Organization. In addition to aggressive cost savings objectives, we set out to build the capabilities of a World Class Sourcing Organization. Technology has played a key part in this transformation and enabled our team to more effective, efficient, and better serve our internal customers and suppliers,” said Tim Dolan, global director of indirect sourcing, Boston Scientific.

“The CPO Honors were developed to recognize individual and team achievement in the current year. We are incredibly excited to honor these Best-in-Class performers,” added Bartolini. “From leadership and innovation to technology usage and team performance, these four winners have demonstrated that top-performing procurement departments are a competitive advantage that can drive bottom line results.”

This CPO Honors Gala dinner was part of the CPO Rising 2017 Summit, which was sponsored by GEP, SAP Fieldglass, ZeroChaos, Coupa, SAP Ariba, EC Sourcing Group, Acquiire, iValua, Determine, and ScoutRFP.

About The CPO Rising Summit
The CPO Rising Summit is an annual conference that brings together a select group of global CPOs and other procurement executives for an interactive two days filled with presentations, panel discussions, roundtables, and networking. The event is an opportunity for CPOs to meet with an exclusive set of like-minded peers and examine industry best practices, discuss innovation and the latest technology trends, network extensively, and challenge the status quo. For more information about the “CPO Honors” awards and the CPO Rising Summit, please visit

About Ardent Partners
Ardent Partners is a leading industry analyst firm focused on defining and advancing the supply management strategies, processes, and technologies that drive Best-in-Class performance and accelerate organizational transformation for procurement and finance departments. Ardent Partners’ analysts have decades of experience conducting and publishing primary research that helps leaders in procurement, supply management, and financial operations make smarter decisions and improve their performance. To learn more about the company, visit

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