Gordon CRICHTON studied Electronic Engineering at Manchester University before starting his professional activities with the Plessey Group in the UK. He later moved to ITT before joining Thomson, and later moving to Sony.
Gordon then became Director of the Institut du Management de l’Achat International (MAI), a position he still holds today. The Institut du Management de l’Achat International is a Post Graduate Institute which has full time, part time, in-company and consultancy activities specialised in Purchasing Management.
The MAI is widely considered to be the reference in its field today. The Institute supplies young purchasing professionals to multi-nationals essentially throughout Europe.
Over the past 10 years, the MAI has worked directly, reorganising purchasing structures and offering training support, to Renault, Novartis, Reckitt Benckiser, Sanofi Aventis, Mars, L'Oréal, Johnson and Johnson, Air France, Société Générale, Danone, LVMH....
More recently, his activities have been dedicated to developing and implementing purchasing transformation programmes for major multinationals and more especially concerning the internal decision making process, multi-site purchasing organisation and supplier relationship management.
Gordon lectures at Ecole Centrale Paris and is also responsible for all purchasing lectures at Insead/Cedep at Fontainbleau. He is currently leading a research programme focussing on "The impact of Purchasing on Sustainable Shareholder Value".
Edouard de La Poëze studied management and international purchasing.
He started his career as a raw materials buyer within Reckitt Benckiser team in London.
In 2012, after a long internship at Clarins purchasing department a couple of years earlier, he took the opportunity to join L’Oréal Group starting as a leadbuyer for The Body Shop in UK.
Pierre-Henry Colus started his career at Reckitt Benckiser as packaging buyer in Italy. He then moved to Paris and joined Canal+ Group, working as procurement manager for both direct and indirect spends.
In 2010, he finally joined Proxima, one of the world leading procurement outsourcing services provider, to work for Universal Music as Procurement Manager France.