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Our Governance

World Commerce & Contracting is governed on three levels:

Board of Directors

Global Advisory Board

Global Council

Academic Council

Board of Directors

The World Commerce & Contracting Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight governance of the organization. 

The role of our Board  

We value diversity and seek to ensure objectivity and integrity in all our activities. Our Board oversees our work ensures we supports a global and cross-industry perspective agenda. 

The Board has governance responsibility which also includes the following committees: 

  • Finance, audit and risk
  • Remuneration 
  • Nomination 
  • Ethics 

There is a majority of non-executives on each of the committees. 

How we appoint our Board 

The Nomination Committee is responsible for receiving and reviewing applications to join the Board of Directors. Members of our Board of Directors are elected by a majority vote of the current Board. 

Things to consider when applying for a Board position

Board members are expected to attend all meetings (typically four through the year). There is no compensation associated with this role although by agreement we will fund travel or living expenses for board members participating in physical meetings. 

Many organizations require senior approval before employees can take on a Board role with an external organization, if you wish to apply for our Board, you should check the procedures required by your company or organization. 

Board members

Nils Svanberg  - Board of Directors (Chair)

Nils Svanberg

Chair 

Cecilia (Cricket) Middleton - Secretary

Cecilia (Cricket) Middleton

Secretary (Accenture)

Peter Jenkins, Chief Financial Officer

Peter Jenkins

Treasurer

Tim Cummins, President

Tim Cummins

President

Sally Guyer, Global CEO

Sally Guyer

Global CEO

Paul Branch - Chief Operating Officer

Paul Branch

Chief Operating Officer

Lamar Chesney, Chair of the Finance Committee

Lamar Chesney

Chair of the Finance Committee Speaker and Executive Transformational Guide

Craig Conte

Craig Conte

Partner, Deloitte

Ghislaine Gunge, Vice Chair Europe

Ghislaine Gunge

Vice Chair Europe

Barry Hooper, Head of the Ethics Committee

Barry Hooper

Head of the Ethics Committee
(Chief Commercial Officer, UK Ministry of Justice)

Paul Kruspe Vice Chair Asia Pacific

Paul Kruspe

Vice Chair Asia Pacific (Manager: Social Procurement, Department of Treasury and Finance)

Dan Mahlebashian, Executive Advisor - Ashling Partners

Dan Mahlebashian

Executive Advisor (Ashling Partners)

Lawrence (J.R.) Manuel

Lawrence (J.R.) Manuel

Senior Director, Commercial Operations

Joseph Martinez, Global Chief Procurement Officer - BNY Mellon

Joseph Martinez

Global Chief Procurement Officer (BNY Mellon)

Stephen Murphy, Global CEO

Stephen Murphy

Vice President, Global Supply Chain

Isabelle Sabaud, VP Chief Financial Officer

Isabelle Sabaud

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Carol Savage, President

Carol Savage

Director, Global Client Contract Development (IBM)

The Global Advisory Board

The Global Advisory Board functions as a committee of the Board of Directors. It has no legal responsibilities and its primary objective is to support the Board of Directors to broaden the depth and coverage of the association globally through a range of activities, advice and representation as determined by the Board of Directors.  

The role of the Global Advisory Board 

The Advisory Board’s primary function is to support the Governing Board by providing when requested:

  • Specific expertise  
  • Review and validation 
  • Guidance or project oversight  
  • Completion of specific initiatives

Academic Council

How we appoint the Global Advisory Board

Potential members are identified, and the Nominations Committee determine their suitability. Identification of suitable candidates may come from a variety of sources and the Board of Directors may utilize different approaches to identify candidates.  

This may be, but not limited to, a request for nomination process, referrals, council members and approaches to certain organizations, individuals, industry or region.

 

Nominations may occur via a variety of means as determined by the Board of Directors and may include renewal of current members without publicly seeking nominations.   

Once nominations have been received via the Nominations Committee, the Board of Directors would vote to elect recommended Global Advisory Board Members.  

At the beginning of each year, the Board of Directors will elect the Chair and the Secretary of the Global Advisory Board for that specific year.    

The Global Council

World Commerce & Contracting Global Council is structured to be representative of our membership and provide balanced regional, industry and subject matter representation. The Global Council is a forum for people who want to raise their profile and contribute to the ongoing growth of our work and influence.

The role of the Council

The Global Council is a member-elected body representing specific geographic regions or communities. It has no legal responsibilities and its primary objective is advocacy and supporting continued growth of membership in the context of their region or community.  

How we appoint the Council

The Global Council is structured to be truly representative of our global membership and provides regional, industry and subject matter representation through an election process. 

Elections take place every two years. Members are invited to put themselves forward for the Global Council and represent either their region or a community. They are voted by fellow members in that region or community. 

Academic Council