Alex Jennings FCIPS

CPO, DS Smith

 

A global procurement, supply chain and sales leader, with a track record of delivering bottom-line
results through comprehensive business and process improvements, backed by extensive
Procurement, Supply Chain and Commercial experience.

Alex is the Chief Procurement Officer at DSSmith and part of the General Operating Council (GOC)
setting the strategic direction for the company. DSSmith are a leading provider of corrugated
packaging and are present in 37 countries, employing around 27,000 people, who do not just offer
raw materials, packaging and recycling processes, but as packaging strategists they consider a longer
term strategy to create a more efficient packaging ecosystem. Alex’s key role is to transform the
Procurement and Logistics operations inline with the expectations of a FTSE100 business.

Previously, Alex was Chief Procurment Officer at Rexam, where he was responsible for their global
procurement, managing teams out of London, Rio, Chicago & Dubai. His final role at Rexam was as
part of the Leadership team of Divestco, tasked with selling $3.5Billion worth of assets required to
be sold by the EU and FTC following the acquisition of Rexam by Ball. Alex also spent 7 years in
Procurement roles at both Toyota and GE.

Alex puts much of his success in Procurement down to the 6 years he was responsible for the
european sales team at Rexam, where he learned to understand things from the other side of the
fence and developed the art of selling, he believes a much underated skill in Procurement. Alex is
committed to help driving the improvement of the profession, having previously being an elected
member of CIPS congress.

Outside of work Alex and his wife Sharon enjoy volunteering at the Kings Arms Project providing hot
food and drink for rough sleepers and those in need, acting as mentors on the pathways to work
programme. His other passions are their 3 boys, 2 dogs, travelling, gardening, golf and Aston Villa.
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